Wellington, FL - The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) begins tomorrow with some of the world's best dressage horses and riders competing in the AGDF 1 CDI-W 1*/U25/Y/J/P, with the large and small tours presented by MTICA Farm. This week also highlights the CPEDI 3* for Para-Dressage riders. The featured event of the week is the start of the "Friday Night Stars" series, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by MTICA Farm, on Friday, January 9. Gates open at 6 p.m., and general admission and parking are free. Janne Rumbough and her own MTICA Farm are proud to announce their continued sponsorship of the AGDF for the fourth year. Rumbough and her team are looking forward to an exciting and action-packed 2015 season.
Rumbough, a long-time member of the local dressage community, has waited decades for an event like AGDF to highlight the sport of dressage. Her gratitude to the long list of sponsors who have helped develop the event is always at the forefront of conversation. "We truly owe the success of this show to Mr. Mark Bellissimo and the sponsors that make this competition possible. They are committed to growing the sport and we couldn't be more thankful for their dedication," she said.
A committed competitor herself, Rumbough has, for the past 30 years, spent much of her time trying to bring dressage to the forefront of equestrian sport in the South Florida region. "Back in the 70s, when we first started this adventure, our first competition was held on the polo grounds. It is amazing to think back at where we started and look at where we are now," Rumbough recalled.
As the AGDF continues to expand in size and scale, it has become more than just a show, but a destination for riders, sponsors, and spectators. "AGDF has seen a consistent increase in the number of competitors and exhibitors since beginning four years ago. The difference with this competition compared to many others, is the atmosphere. It is a place where people can come, be together, and enjoy the sport," said Rumbough.
Excited for the promise of AGDF and the opportunities the show now offers both national and international riders, Rumbough believes only good things are in store for the biggest dressage circuit in the world. She noted, "Every year there are more international riders, along with other professionals and amateurs from the U.S., who are joining us for the first time alongside faces we have seen here for the past few years. It is bringing together so many individuals from our sport."
The 2015 competition, which is expected to bring in many new competitors, will offer a variety of new classes for participating riders. Rumbough is pleased to see the addition of classes such as the FEI Adult Amateur division. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Adult Amateurs to experience the large arena. The test is difficult and it will only help strengthen the competition at the show," she commented.
Adequan®, the title sponsor for AGDF, has truly gone above and beyond in Rumbough's opinion. She explained, "We love the product, we all use it, but they [Adequan®] have also devoted so much time and effort to making sure this event is the best in the world. For those of us who had hoped for an event like this for many years, we're so thankful for their support."
As this year's winter season is set to begin, anticipation and expectations are always high leading into the first day of competition. "I want to wish all of the riders and their equine partners a healthy and competitive season," said Rumbough. "We are so fortunate to have a venue and opportunity like the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. It is a true testament to how far our sport has come."
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 $650,000 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.