Germany’s Anja Plönzke to Compete in Florida in March

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Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d'Or at the 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Germany’s Anja Plönzke, a three-time competitor in the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, is returning to Florida for several weeks to ride in three CDIs including the only CDI5* in North America this year, a $125,000 (€95,000) event scheduled for the new Global Dressage Festival grounds at the end of March.

Anja is bringing with her Le Mont d’Or, the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Landjuwel Gold x Wie Andrea x Wie Weltmeyer) she has competed at Grand Prix for four years The pair rode in the WDM event in West Palm Beach last month.

Her schedule for Florida includes the CDI3* in Wellington Mar. 15-18, the IHS Champions Cup CDI3* in Loxahatchee Mar. 22-25 and the CDI5* in Wellington Mar. 29-April 1. She is also planning clinics and teaching.

“It is so nice in Florida and I really want to stay longer in the future,” Anja told dressage-news.com.

She said that in future she hopes to spend two months during the winter circuit in Florida which this year has 11 CDIs at three different show grounds over three months.

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén is spending her second winter season based in Wellington.

Before returning to Florida, the 43-year-old German rider and her husband, Roland Baür, first have to organize the annual stallion show at her family’s Gestüt Tannenhof near Wiesbaden, where she is also in charge of dressage training. Her father, Klaus, was a successful businessman. In recent years, he  created ClipMyHorse.tv, the premier horse show streaming video enterprise in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Anja and Le Mont d’Or have compete extensively in the WDM series, including the last three events in Florida, and is a past winner of the Nürnberger World Dressage Masters Rider Award of  €25,000 (US$31,800). She is in the running for a second rider award to be decided at Munich in May.