New York, NY - The second annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show is proud to announce the final list of international dressage riders who will take to Wollman Rink in the first annual U.S. Open Dressage Grand Prix, presented by Breyer, on Friday, September 25, at 1pm, and the U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle, presented by Axel Johnson Group, on Saturday, September 26, at 7pm.
The final U.S. Open Dressage riders, representing six nations, include:
- Catherine Haddad Staller (USA)
- Charlotte Jorst (USA)
- Karen Pavicic (CAN)
- Lauren Sammis (USA)
- Isabell Werth (GER)
- Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE)
- Juan Matute Jr. (ESP)
- Charlotte Dujardin - Freestyle Only (GBR)
Competing under the lights in one of the world's most iconic locations, dressage will take the spotlight in Central Park, as returning champion Isabell Werth will look to defend her title, while first-time competitor and six-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén will ride in New York City for the first time.
"I looked on at the show from a distance last year and I think it's very exciting to be able to be a part of this competition," said Vilhelmson Silfvén. "It is important for equestrian sport to have a show like this that promotes and engages an incredible audience with the versatility of horses."
Riding Paridon Magi owned by Lövsta Stuteri, Vilhelmson Silfvén will embrace the incredible experience of riding in the heart of the city that never sleeps. She added, "The atmosphere will be a challenge, but as all of the bigger shows have grown in size and scale, many of the horses competing at this level are used to it. They have to learn to cope with it and it will be exciting and quite the challenge."
In addition to competing inside Wollman Rink, Charlotte Dujardin, one of the most celebrated dressage riders in history, will also present a Dressage Master's Class on Sunday at 1:30pm. Dressage fans will have the opportunity for a personal look into Dujardin's riding, training and some of the secrets to her success.
The U.S. Open Dressage events will be streamed live at www.centralparkhorseshow.com.
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