Wellington, FL - The third week of competition at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival was made even more exciting by Carol Cohen, sponsor of the 2016 Global Dressage Visionary Award, when she hosted seven young riders and their trainers and families for the inaugural Adequan Global Dressage Festival Leadline Exhibition. The event, which was held on Friday night before the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle, gave these future competitors a chance to experience the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s International Stadium for themselves in hopes of building their aspirations of becoming the next group of professional athletes.
The Leadline Exhibition, a shared vision between Cohen and United States Dressage Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, is an effort to create a pipeline for young riders into the discipline of dressage. The seven young participants and their families got to experience the thrill of competing in an International Stadium first hand as they rode their horses and ponies in front of a panel of judges that included famed dressage professionals Christophe Hess, Debbie McDonald, and Christine Traurig. “Our community needs to foster the future riders of the sport, and my hope is that the leadline class becomes a recognized division in the future,” Cohen said. The event was such a success that there will be three more leadline classes held throughout the rest of the 2016 season. Participants can dress up their ponies and horses for the chance to win a Best Pony Turnout Award on February 26. On March 5, it’s the riders’ turn to dress up for the chance to win the Carnival Costume Award. The Grand Leadline Finale of the 2016 season will be held on March 18.
The Leadline Exhibition is a class that is near and dear to Cohen’s heart. Cohen’s daughter, Rebecca, found her passion for all things horses when she participated in a leadline class as a young girl. After that initial experience, the Cohen family has gone on to own two successful dressage farms, and Carol Cohen became a founding sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival— which has taken the town of Wellington, Florida by storm since it’s inception five years ago.
Cohen is grateful to the local businesses and individuals who helped to support the leadline class by contributing the awards that were presented to the exhibitors. Those businesses and individuals included The Tackeria, Beauty for Real, Leslie Munsell, Dressage Sport Boots, JRPR, and White Horse Catering. Another special partner deserving recognition is The Palm Beach Riding Academy. The Academy, which is located on the grounds of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Barn 2, specializes in hunter and jumper lessons for local Wellington residents. The organization is skillfully run by Jessica Nichols, and contributed four pairs of competitors to the event. “The Palm Beach Riding Academy has many young children, ponies, and schoolmasters to teach children correct fundamentals in a fun, affordable, and most importantly safe environment. I am really fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jessica and her team getting children to participate in our event,” said Cohen.
Not only is Cohen a passionate advocate of equestrian sports, she is also active in the local Wellington community as a licensed Real Estate Agent under the umbrella of Engel & Völkers real estate brokers. Like the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Engel & Völkers’ presence is substantial in the Wellington area as well as throughout the world.
For more information about Carol Cohen and her listings at Engel & Völkers Real Estate in Wellington, please visit http://carolcohen.evusa.com/. To see videos from the Leadline Exhibition presented by Carol Cohen, log on to https://youtu.be/gfZq0htb4Y0.