Anky van Grunsven, Edward Gal, Steffen Peters to Compete at World Dressage Masters in Wellington in January

Friday, December 19, 2008
Posted by bossmare


More Top Internationa Riders Confirmed and To Be Announced Soon

Anky van Grunsven, the most successful musical freestyle competitor in the history of dressage, Holland's Edward Gal who captivated American audiences at the World Cup Finals, and USA Olympian Steffen Peters are among riders to confirm their participation in the inaugural $140,000 Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* in Wellington Jan. 28-31, 2009.

Olympians Ashley Holzer of Canada and Hans Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands have also commited to the event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Details were released Thursday of three days of the World Dressage Masters (WDM) competition and ticket availability. Ticket prices have been set to enable as many dressage fans as possible to share a unique experience.

Anky's World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2006 Freestyle Gold Medal effort in Aachen, Germany.


The WDM has been created so the world's top dressage riders can compete in the Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Special or the Grand Prix Freestyle for €100,000 (US$144,000) in total prize money at the spectacular PBIEC, a permanent showcase of the finest equestrian sports.

Twenty riders and horses invited from around the world will compete in the Grand Prix during the day on Thursday Jan. 29 for a purse of €10,000 (US$14,400).

The Grand Prix will be held in the International Arena with its newly constructed spectator areas. There is no charge for admission to the Grand Prix. The complete schedule of rides will be announced when it is available.

Van Grunsven, winner of the World Cup for eight years and three times Olympic individual gold, Edward Gal whose electric performance challenged his compatriot and trainer, van Grunsven, at the 2005 World Cup in Las Vegas and the exciting Olympic combination of Steffen Peters and Ravel from the USA will be among the competitors. So, too, will be three-time Olympian Ashley Holzer and Pop Art of Canada and Hans Peter Mindehoud who helped The Netherlands win silver at the 2008 Games.

More riders will be announced in coming weeks.

Friday and Saturday will present two days of unprecedented dressage festivities in the United States with the entire International Arena including the International Club catered by Equestrian Club by Tavern on the Green, VIP boxes and general admission seating available for reservations.

On Friday, van Grunsven will host a clinic with a group of selected riders in the International Arena under lights, an environment that is similar to the 2008 Olympic equestrian venue in which van Grunsven won her third straight Olympic individual gold medal.

The riders in the clinic include young riders, small tour competitors and Grand Prix combinations.

Saturday will be the WDM highlight with the:

€30,000 ($40,000) Grand Prix Special and,

* €60,000 ($80,000) Grand Prix Freestyle.

Ticket options for WDM are:

  • International Club $750 for a table of six per night on Friday night or Saturday night or $1,350 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included. For reservations, call Kiki Umla at 561-793-5867 or 904-607-5541.
  • International Club individual seats $125 per night on Friday night and Saturday night or $225 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included. For reservations, call Kiki Umla at 561-793-5867 or 904-607-5541.
  • VIP boxes $50 individual seats on Friday night and Saturday night or $90 for both nights. For reservations, call Annette Goyette at 561 793 5867.
  • General admission is $20 per night or $35 for two nights. Seating options will be available through equestriansport.com.

The Wellington competition is the inaugural and only U.S. event in the first WDM series. The other competitions are Salzburg Austria, (May 1-3), Munich, Germany, (May 21-24) and Hickstead, Great Britain (July 23-26).

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PBIEC INFORMATION & TICKETS: Order On Line www.equestriansport.com 561/793-5867

THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home
to the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor
Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the all-weather International Arena, the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena, Mogavero Ring and Grand Hunter Field in addition to several other competition rings. The competition and warm up rings have all-weather footing. Amenities include the International Club, refreshment and shopping areas.

DIRECTIONS: From the Florida Turnpike south, take Exit #93, Lake Worth
Blvd., and travel west, crossing over US 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.

From Interstate I-95, take Exit #49. Travel west on Forest Hills Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.

FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendor areas around the International Arena, and are open during show hours.

SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the
International Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, home
furnishings and more.

CAR RENTAL: Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs. Call 1-800-593-0505 or go online to enterprise.com and use the WEF reference number 41W0087 and the PIN; win for a discount.

HOTELS: Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington
2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696
(Closest hotel, just two miles from show grounds)

Hampton Inn Lake Worth Road
8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980
(New location just five miles from Wellington)

Hampton Inn West Palm Beach
Okeechobee Blvd. at Jog Rd.
2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990
(Just 12 miles away at Emerald Dunes)

RV: For recreational vehicle rentals and full hook ups at on the PBIEC show grounds weekly, monthly and seasonal call Gigi at RV sales +1 954 583-3382 or go to: http://www.rvsalesofbroward.com

GOLF CARS: Dever, Inc., the Official & Exclusive Supplier of Golf
Cars. Orders and information at www.deverinc.com or telephone Dever
Inc.'s PBIEC office at 859-509-7265, the home office at
800-714-2201 or Randy Lambert directly to Randy Lambert: 859-621-8927

HORSE TRANSPORTATION: BROOK LEDGE, INC. WEF Official Horse Transportation. Daily service to Ocala, vans based in Wellington, one horse or van load, all trips expedited, Florida serviced year round, dozens of trips weekly. Quotes, Questions, Bookings call: Andrea 800-523-8143 or Email: andreag@brookledge.com