Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W Draws Competitive Field of Olympians
Friday, March 1, 2013
Posted by Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Don Kontes, Marcus' mount for the Dressage Derby, has also had a successful start to his season, winning the Freestyle and taking second in the Grand Prix at the Jan. 23-27 Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge CDI3*.
Jacqueline Brooks, who rode with Marcus on Canada's 2012 Olympic dressage team and also competed at the 2008 Games in Beijing, is bringing her London mount D Niro to the Dressage Derby. The pair has earned third place finishes in several Grand Prix competitions on the South Florida circuit this season, including the Grand Prix Special at the World Dressage Masters CDI5* and the Freestyles at the Wellington Dressage CDI3* and the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W.
A third Canadian Olympic team member, Evi Strasser, brings her extensive international experience to the Dressage Derby field. Along with her 1996 appearance at the Olympics, she has often represented Canada on the international stage and earned a team Silver Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. Strasser will ride Action Tyme in the Dressage Derby.
Cesar Parra, who now rides for the United States, rounds out the elite group of Olympians competing at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Parra rode for Colombia in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, but has since become a United States citizen. He and Van the Man won the Grand Prix Special at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W earlier this season.
With such a talented group of riders assembled, the Palm Beach Dressage Derby promises to be a highly competitive event. John Flanagan, the Advertising and Sponsorship Director of the Derby, is pleased with the high caliber of riders in the field.
"We're looking forward to welcoming the six-time Olympian, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, back to the Dressage Derby," Flanagan said.
Other upcoming International Horse Sport events include the March 21-24 International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W and the March 28-31 Dressage at Equestrian Estates CDI3*.
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Palm Beach Dressage Derby Presented By Blue Hors of Denmark Fast Facts:
- USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the 2013 World Cup
- Over $20,000 in Cash and Prizes
- 2013 USEF National Grand Prix & Intermediaire I Championship
- 2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF North American Junior & Young Rider's Championship
- USEF National Pony Rider Championships, USEF Developing Horse Championships
- Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, USEF National Brentina Cup Championships
- USEF Level 5 Competition- USDF Musical Freestyles; USEF First thru Fourth Levels;
- FEI PSG thru Grand Prix, including FEI Musical Freestyles, JY/YR, FEI Five & Six Year Old Tests.
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Feb.28- March 3
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