A newly formed show management partnership is set to have a huge impact on the Florida Dressage scene beginning with the 2011 winter show season. International Horse Sport Palm Beach combines the talents of high performance riders Lars Petersen and Ed Borreson with the management skills of John Flanagan and Noreen O’Sullivan together with longtime supporters of dressage, Walter and Mary Anne McPhail. The new venture will take over management of the highly popular Palm Beach Dressage Derby and Dressage at Equestrian Estates series and will host at least five national and international shows in its inaugural Florida schedule, all of which will be held at the McPhails’ beautiful Equestrian Estates Horse Park, home of the Derby.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for Equestrian Estates” said Mary Anne McPhail. “We are really looking forward to working together as a team in order to provide riders with more high quality shows in a great venue.
Flanagan and O’Sullivan bring to the table their experience managing the successful Wellington Classic Dressage Series at the Jim Brandon Equestrian center. An active board member of the Gold Coast Dressage Association, Noreen has been President and show manager for many GCDA shows, including the annual Gold Coast Opener CDIW.
I think it’s a win-win for the sport of dressage and the local community.” O’Sullivan said. “Equestrian Estates is already home to top international competition and our goal is to build on that and provide more high quality show opportunities for riders.”
“We are very exited about this opportunity that will begin to elevate the show facility in order to provide riders with the feel of showing in a European Venue.” said Petersen, who is currently getting a taste of just that as he competes in Europe this summer.