Loxahatchee, FL – The International Horse Sport Palm Beach (IHSPB) 2012 Dressage Show Series is gearing up for another exciting season at the IHS Champions Park in the Equestrian Estates community near Wellington, Florida, where they will continue the legacy of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDIW while also offering a unique series of national and international shows. New improvements to the show grounds, combined with an exciting championship awards program, are all underway for the 2012 winter Dressage season. “The International Horse Sport Palm Beach facility offers a wonderfully unique country atmosphere in Florida, an atmosphere that horses really like,” said Danish Olympic rider Lars Petersen, a managing partner with IHSPB. “It’s a laid back atmosphere and very natural. Horses like to work here in a natural setting, away from the hustle and bustle.”
Competitors have described the show series as having a “Norman Rockwell” flavor, and the 2012 dressage series is promising competitors many improvements while maintaining it’s country-style European flair that had competitors as well as spectators praising the show last year. “We are improving our footing and upgrading our spectator and competitor areas. We also have plans in the works for permanent bathroom facilities,” Petersen said. All of the Dressage Competition rings and warm-ups have been upgraded to GGT Footing, a mixture of polyester fiber and sand which is used in top international facilities throughout the world.
The IHSPB shows also offer a generous and unparalleled awards incentive program sponsored by Blue Hors of Denmark for competitors, including $15,000 in cash and prizes. “We are very excited to offer such a wonderful awards program for our competitors,” Petersen said. “Our 2012 season is gearing up to be fantastic and we look forward to seeing everyone there.”
In addition to Petersen, the IHSPB team is comprised of FEI rider and trainer Edward Borresen, Marketing and Sponsorship Partner John Flanagan and FEI Organizer and Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan. “Last year we added our Beer Garden Viewing Pavilion and tropical landscaping, as well as upgraded the footing in the competition arenas and reconfigured the arena layout for ease of the riders and trainers,” Flanagan said. “We had many positive comments about our improvements last year and we trust everyone will be thrilled with what we have done this year. Last year the spectators and competitors enjoyed socializing and watching the competition from the Beer Garden. It offers a great view of the competition arenas and is the social hub of the show.”
The White Fences Equestrian Estates show grounds has hosted the prestigious Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDIW since 1999, has been the home of the Olympic Selection trials and continues to offer an excellent venue for world-class competition. “The International Horse Sport Palm Beach shows will feature the best horse and riders in the world this year as they make their bid for the 2012 Olympics in London,” Flanagan said. “While the competition will be world class, our show setting also offers something for everyone. We have a fantastic vendor row featuring an amazing array of dressage shopping, from tack and apparel to jewelry and gifts.”
For more information about the International Horse Sport Palm Beach, visit their website at www.ihspb.com.