The 2010 schedule of the Exquis World Dressage Masters, the globe's richest line up of competitions each with €100,000 (US$149,850) in prize money, was announced Monday.
A WDM Rider Ranking award of €25,000 (US$37,000) is also offered by Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe at WDM in Munich in 2010. Munich will also be the venue for a WDM gala celebration.
The 2010 schedule of confirmed competitions of the Exquis World Dressage Masters, founded by Exquis and also sponsored by Moorland Stables and Moorland Investments and Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe, is:
- Feb. 4-6 - Palm Beach, Florida, USA
- May 13-16 - Munich, Germany
- July 29-Aug. 1, Hickstead, England
Dr. Erich Herrgen, president of Pferd International at Munich, said: "We are excited to have the World Dressage Masters return to this historic Olympic stadium in 2010. The investment in new competition arenas and other facilities for such a prestigious event was appreciated by the large crowds in 2009 and we are working to make it even better in 2010."
Dane Rawlins, founder of Dressage at Hickstead, said: "We have no doubt that the 2010 WDM will exceed the tremendous success we enjoyed at the 2009 competition. The top horses and riders from both sides of the Atlantic created an event with a very special atmosphere that is now ranked among the top three dressage shows in the world."
Anthony M. Kies, founder of Exquis World Dressage Masters, said: "The World Dressage Masters in 2010 promises to raise the sport to even higher levels of quality and participation in Europe and North America. We could not be happier that Exquis and our partners and sponsors have achieved so much in such a short time. The future is, indeed, very bright."
Kees Visser, whose Moorland Stables and Moorland Investments is a major sponsor, said: "As sponsor, we are pleased that within one year of starting the WDM the fixtures are already highlights among the dressage community. The formula has produced world records and brings in the best riders in the world such as Isabell Werth and Anky van Grunsven, both gold medalist of the last Olympics, and Edward Gal, European Champion in team and freestyle."
The 2010 WDM events all have been designated with the highest rating of CDI5* by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
All three venues hosted an Exquis World Dressage Masters in its inaugural year in 2009.
The City of Cannes, on the French Riviera, was also among the 2009 shows. As the date in 2010 places it amidst the national championships in both The Netherlands and Germany, participation in 2010 is being reviewed.
Discussions are also being held with organizers of other premier horse shows to host a World Dressage Masters event next year.
Each competition consists of a Grand Prix with prize money of €10,000 (US$14,980) of up to 20 riders from the top of the FEI Rider Rankings List, qualifying through a CDI3* or by special invitation.
Up to eight, and a minimum of six, advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle with prize money of €60,000 (US$89,740) and the remaining 12 to the Grand Prix Special with a purse of €30,000 (US$44,875).
The Dutch stable Exquis, owned by Anthony M.Kies that owns top horses in the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and eventing, founded World Dressage Masters.
Moorland Stables and Moorland Investments of The Netherlands, headed up by Tosca and Kees Visser and owners of Moorlands Totilas, were founding sponsors.
Nürnberger Versicherunggruppe, the sponsor of the world famous Nürnberger Burg-Pokal high performance horse development series in Germany, created the WDM Rider Rankings offering a bonus of €25,000 (US$37,000).
The Rider Rankings award takes into account the results of Cannes and Hickstead in 2009 and Palm Beach and Munich in 2010. The Munich Final promises extra excitement as double points are offered for the award. Prior to the final, Munich will present a gala celebration.
In 2009, nine of the world's top 10 riders and horses competed in at least one Exquis World Dressage Masters.
Included were 2009 World Cup champion Steffen Peters and Ravel of the United States, European Championships team and musical freestyle gold medalists Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas, European Championships team and individual Grand Prix Special gold medalist Adelinde Cornelissen, multiple Olympic gold medalist Anky van Grunsven and Salinero, Olympic silver medalist Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Nadine, all of The Netherlands, multiple Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth and Satchmo of Germany, Great Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, Finland's Kyra Kyrklund and Max and Ashley Holzer and Pop Art of Canada.
NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe WDM Rider Ranking
(after WDM, Hickstead 2009)
1.Edward Gal/NED/1 event/1020
2.Marc Boblet/FRA/2 events/945
3.Adelinde Cornelissen/NED/1 event/870
4.Laura Bechtolsheimer/GBR/1 event/855
5.Catherine Haddad/USA/2 events/855
6.Daniel Pinto/POR/2 events/855
7.Imke Schellekens-Bartels/NED/1 event/780
8.Anky van Grunsven/NED/1 event/750
9.Ashley Holzer/CAN/1 event/750
10.Hans Peter Minderhoud/NED/1 event/615
11.Kyra Kyrklund/FIN/1 event/615
12.Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein/DEN/1 event/585
13.Leslie Morse/USA/1 event/585
14.Fiona Bigwood/GBR/1 event/570
15.Jordi Domingo/ESP/1 event/558
16.Jeroen Devroe/BEL/1 event/540
17.Anders Dahl/DEN/1 event/510
18.Maria Eilberg/GBR/1 event/495
19.Anja Plönzke/GER/1 event/495
20.Michal Rapcewicz/POL/1 event/470
21.Stefan van Ingelgem/BEL/1 event/450
22.Judy Harvey/GBR/1 event/435
23.Anne van Uytert/NED/1 event/420
24.Evi Strasser/CAN/1 event/405
25.Sarah Jane Elmslie/GBR/1 event/405
26.Jane Gregory/GBR/1 event/390
27.Constance Menard/ISR/1 event/375
28.Dane Rawlins/GBR/1 event/375
29.Marc Peter Spahn/BEL/1 event/360
30.Remy Issartel/FRA/1 event/360
Note: In the case of tied points, the best individual result in Grand Prix will be decisive