Wellington, FL - The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) welcomed the second week of FEI CPEDI 3* competition, presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O'Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena, back to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) today. Competitors from the United States and Canada took to the Van Kampen Covered Arena in hopes of earning qualifying positions for the 2016 Paralympic Games to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this year. CPEDI 3* competition at AGDF will continue through Sunday, January 24.
The first day of competition showcased 18 combinations competing in six different divisions, including FEI Para Team Test - 1b, FEI Para Team Test - Grade II, FEI Para Team Test - Grade 1a, FEI Para Team Test - Grade III, and FEI Para Team Test - Grade IV.
Paralympian and President of the USPEA, Hope Hand, expressed, "I am so pleased how the sport has grown in just the last few years. The U.S. team is really raising the bar and showing some great rides during these CPEDI3* events. With talented athletes and their wonderful horses, these Para Dressage riders have earned the right to represent the United States on the world stage at the Rio Paralympics. These final two CPEDI3* qualifying events for Rio at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival are building momentum and excitement for the future."
Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and NTEC Royal Dancer, owned by Julia Handt, rode to an early lead in the FEI Para Team Test - Grade 1a competition, earning a score of 71.499%. Sydney Collier (USA) and Western Rose, owned by Wesley Dunham, topped the Para Team Test - Grade 1b competition with a score of 67.267%, while veteran Rebecca Hart (USA) and her own Schroeter's Romani continued their dominance in the Para Team Test Grade II competition with a score of 72.108%. Angela Peavy (USA) and Lancelot Warrior, owned by Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno, rode a lovely test to receive a 68.816% in the Para Team Test - Grade III. Sophie Ghedin (USA) and her own Remy Martin G captured top honors in the Para Team Test - Grade IV class with a 64.206%.
Hand continued, "Our athletes have a great support team including USEF, USET Foundation, our USEF Discipline Director Laureen Johnson, our Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, each rider's family, grooms, trainers, and so much more. It takes a village to get each horse and rider combination to the international stage. I would also like to thank Mission Control, Rowan O'Riley of Mane Stream, Adequan®, Nutrena, show management and the staff and volunteers at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival for all of their hard work."
Para-Dressage competition at AGDF continues tomorrow beginning at 10am and will see the conclusion of team competition for the weekend. To see a full list of scores and ride times, please visit http://gdf.coth.com/category/day-sheets
For more information on the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $700,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.