Wellington, FL - February 2, 2012 -The opening day of the 2012 Global Dressage Festival (GDF) featuring the Wellington Dressage CDI-W, presented by Magnolia Farm, and National Show was a great success on Thursday. National level classes in nine divisions were held at the newly constructed venue that extends the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds. All of the competitors seemed pleased with the venue, especially local resident Laurie Moore, who had the honor of riding as the first competitor in the show. Moore was pleased with the distinction and with her performance on her horse Rolero. As she exited the arena Moore beamed with excitement and exclaimed, "It's fabulous! The facility has the ambiance of a very significant event with all of the international flags flying over the arena. I felt so important!"
Canadian resident Stephanie Jensen, riding Addiction, echoed the sentiments of Moore, "My horse has never gone so well, this facility is great!"
Competition continues through Sunday, February 5. Start lists and results are available on the GDF website at www.globaldressagefestival.com under the link for dressage show information on the main homepage.
About the Global Dressage Festival
The Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.
The GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the GDF will feature four separate national shows to be held at the newly constructed venue that extends the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.
The GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes four outdoor arenas with world class footing and 200 permanent stalls. Future planned improvements include a covered arena, permanent covered spectator seating for the central outdoor arena, and a permanent Patrons Club. There are also plans for another 200 permanent stalls.
Please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.