USA 2012 CDI Calendar OF 27 EVENTS–11 IN FLORIDA IN WINTER

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Construction of a new complex to host the Global Dressage Festival at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Construction of a new dressage complex to host the Global Dressage Festival, part of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

A schedule of 27 CDIs for the United States in 2012 has been tentatively approved, including 11 in Florida next winter, up from six in 2011 and sparked by a multimillion dollar investment in a new dressage stadium by the organizers of the world famous Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

Competition weeks headlined by five World Cup qualifiers, two CDI5* shows, three CDI3*s and possibly the first non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere–with associated Young and Junior Rider, Under-25 and Para Equestrian CDIs–have been awarded to four different dressage groups in Palm Beach from mid-January to mid-April.

The dates were approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Committee and are subject to approval by the USEF Executive Committee and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). The World Cup qualifying competition calendar has already been approved by the USEF executive committee.

The 11 weeks of CDI competitions in Florida for 2012 starts on Jan. 19 and runs through the week of April 12 with the Nations Cup.

Wellington Classic Dressage (WCD) and the Gold Coast Dressage Association (GCDA) competitions at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach and International Horse Sport Palm Beach (IHS) shows at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee have the same number of CDI weeks, six, as in 2011, but with some changes in dates.

Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), which took over hunter/jumper and dressage dates at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington four years ago but held no dressage competitions in 2011, was awarded five weeks of CDI competitions in 2012.

The CDI schedule for 2012:

Jan. 19 – CDI-W, CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP, CDIU25 – GCDA, West Palm Beach, Florida – Approved*
Jan, 26 – CDI5*, CDI3*, CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – WCD, West Palm Beach, Florida – Approved
Feb. 2 – CDI-W, CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – ESP, Wellington, Florida – Approved*
Feb. 9 – CDI3*, CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP, CDIU25 – WCD, West Palm Beach, Florida – Approved
Feb. 16 – CDI-W, CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – ESP, Wellington, Florida – Approved*
Feb. 23 – CDI-W, CDIY, CDIJ – Burbank, California – Approved*
Mar. 1 – CDI-W, CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP, CDIU25 – IHS, Loxahatchee, Florida – Provisionally Approved**
Mar. 8 – CDI-W, CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – WCD, West Palm Beach, Florida – Approved*
Mar. 8 – CDI-W, CDIY, CDIJ – Del Mar, California – Approved*
Mar. 15 – CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – ESP, Wellington, Florida – Approved
Mar. 22 – CDI3*,CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – IHS, Loxahatchee, Florida – Approved
Mar. 29 – CDI5* – Wellington, Florida – ESP, Approved
April 4 – CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ – Rancho Murieta, California – Approved
April 12 – CDIO3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – ESP, Wellington, Florida – Approved
April 26 – CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP – Katy, Texas – Approved
April 26 – CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ – Del Mar, California – Approved
May 24 – CDI3*, CDIJ, CDIY – Allentown, New Jersey – Approved
May 24 – CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ – Lexington, Kentucky – Approved
May 31 – CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ – Raleigh, North Carolina – Approved
June 7 – CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ – Lake View Terrace, California – Approved
June 7 – CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIU25 – Batavia, Ohio – Approved
June 14 – CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ – Rancho Murieta, California – Approved
July 18 – North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championships – Lexington, Kentucky – Approved
Aug. 16 – CDI3*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP, CDIU25 – Estes Park, Colorado – Approved
Aug. 16 – CDI-[W], CDIJY, CDIP – Saugerties, New York – Approved as CDI3*, CDI-W to be considered later for 2012/2013 season
Sept. 13 – CDI-[W], CDIJY – Saugerties, New York – Approved as CDI3*, CDI-W to be considered later for 2012/2013 season
Sept. 27 – CDI-[W], CDI1*, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP – Devon, Pennsylvania – Approved as CDI3*, CDI-W to be considered later for 2012/2013 season

* CDI-Ws for the 2011/2012 WCD Season has USEF Executive Committee approval.
** Provisional approval of USEF Dressage Committee and Executive Committee.