Wellington, FL - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is pleased to announce that the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI W is scheduled to be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on February 27 to March 2, pending approval from the USEF. The event joins an incredible line-up of dressage competition in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival season. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which has been held since 1983, is a mainstay on the international dressage calendar in the United States. "We are extremely pleased that we can keep the Palm Beach Dressage Derby on the calendar and bring it to PBIEC," said ESP CEO Mark Bellissimo.
"The event has a great tradition, and we want to maintain its legacy. The idea was brought to me three years ago by Ken Braddick, but it was not possible then, due to contractual obligations. After the decision was made earlier this year to cancel the event, we knew we had to help keep the Palm Beach Dressage Derby alive."
The Palm Beach Dressage Derby was previously held at Mary Anne McPhail's farm at White Fences Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. McPhail and Evelyn O'Sullivan, director of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, will be event chairs of this year's competition. The competition will be managed by ESP.
New this year to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is The Mary Anne McPhail Cup, which will be awarded to the best professional and amateur riders of the circuit. Bellissimo stated, "We want to honor the McPhails for everything that they have done for dressage with this prestigious award."
The Palm Beach Dressage Derby will be one of eight CDI competitions held at PBIEC this season during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The full schedule includes:
AGDF 1 Dressage CDI W
Presented by MTICA Farm and Everglades Dressage
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, January 10)
AGDF 2 Dressage National and Gold Coast Dressage CDI
AGDF 3 Dressage CDI W
Presented by US P.R.E. Association and Chesapeake Dressage Institute
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, January 24)
AGDF 4 Dressage National
AGDF 5 Dressage CDI 4*
Presented by Dutta Corp. and Havensafe Farm
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, February 7)
AGDF 6 Dressage National
AGDF 7 Dressage CDIO
Presented by Stillpoint Farm and Peacock Ridge Farm
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, February 21)
February 27-March 2
AGDF 8 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI W
(Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, March 1)
AGDF 9 Dressage National 3
AGDF 10 Dressage CDI W and CPEDI 3*
Presented by Today's Equestrian, GF Enterprise, LLC and Mike & Roz Collins
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, March 14)
AGDF 11 Dressage National
AGDF 12 Dressage CDI 5*
Presented by Diamante Farm and Wellington Equestrian Realty
(AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, March 28)
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 8 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $400,000 in prize money for the six 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 for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.
Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at:
The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414