World Equestrian Games American Dressage Team Reunites at World Dressage Masters Palm Beach
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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"I'm hoping three's the charm," says Peters about his third appearance at the 2011 WDM Palm Beach. "Ravel is actually doing better than he was at WEG, according to my trainer Shannon Peters. I'm really looking forward to the Masters."
Peters says that the World Dressage Masters is the only opportunity for North American riders to compete on home soil against Europe's best, apart from when a major championship is occasionally held in North America. "This is the only chance we have for the European riders to come to us. If the World Dressage Masters can keep on inviting European riders annually, it has a huge benefit for the US, and helps to keep the momentum we have seen develop in dressage in this country."
Based on the USEF Grand Prix Rankings, the following American riders have been invited to compete at the WDM Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach:
(North Stonington, CT) - Konyot was the second highest placed American team member at the 2010 WEG. They pair won the 2010 USEF National Dressage Grand Prix Championship at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey. She also competed at the 2010 WDM Palm Beach. The 2011 season started strong for Konyot and her Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V. The pair won the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Dressage CDI-W in January, and won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the Wellington Classic Dressage CDI-W three weeks later.
Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) - Ebeling helped the US team win gold at the 2003 Pan American Games, where he was the highest placed individual, fifth overall. He competed at the 2009 WDM Palm Beach and was an alternate for the 2010 WEG dressage team. Ebeling
The following Canadian riders have been invited to to compete at the WDM Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach:
Coming to America from Europe vying for the prize money and to meet head to head with their North American competition are Tinne Vilhemsson-Silfven of Sweden, Anne Van Olst (DEN), Michal Rapcewicz (POL), Valentina Truppa (ITA) ,Anja Ploenzke (GER) and Christa Laarakkers (NED).
WDM Palm Beach has awarded a wild card for a third Canadian rider to compete at the 2011 WDM Palm Beach. In addition, the two top placed riders from the Grand Prix test at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II CDI3* that is taking place concurrently with the WDM Palm Beach, will be invited to compete in the WDM Palm Beach.
World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Fast Facts:
What: North America's only CDI5*, and part of the richest dressage series in the world. Up to twenty of the world's top dressage stars will compete for 100,000 Euros in prize money at the WDM Palm Beach.
Wednesday March 9th, 1:00 pm:CDI5* horse inspection
Thursday March 10th, 1:00 pm:CDI5* Grand Prix
Friday, March 11th, 1:00 pm:CDI5*Grand Prix Special
Friday, March 11th, 6:00 pm: CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
Okeeheelee Park South
7500 Forest Hill Blvd,
West Palm Beach, FL 33413
Producer: Wellington Classic Dressage
Noreen O'Sullivan 561-714-9026 or John Flanagan 561-714-9058.
WDM Palm Beach Presenting Sponsor: International Polo Club Palm Beach
Additional WDM Palm Beach Sponsor: Akiko Yamazaki
WDM Presenting Partner: Axel Johnson Group
WDM Official partners: Team EXQUIS, Moorland Investments and Moorland Stables, Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe
WDM Official supplier: Jerich International
WDM series 2011: 425,000 Euros in prize money awarded at four individual events:
Palm Beach (USA)
Ticket pricing and information: www.internationalpoloclub.com
Maria Feola at 561-282-5334 - firstname.lastname@example.org - or Julie Pickens at 561-282-5343. Ticket prices begin at $150, including a five course gourmet French meal catered by International Polo Club Catering. A limited number of general admission tickets are available at a price of $80. They must be purchased on line and in advance.
Parking: Valet if desired.
Media Contacts: Mason Phelps 561-371-0118 or Karen Robinson 561-383-1425
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