At Least Six Teams Entered for Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup

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Caroline Roffman on Pie to ride for the United States at the Global Dresage Festival Natons Cup. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 4–At least six teams plan to start in the $35,000 Global Dressage Festival CDIO3*, the first non-championship Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphereand to be held at small tour at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex next week.

The event presented by Stillpoint Farm has two squads from the United States and one team each from Australia and Canada as well as two mixed teams from Latin America. Other individuals have nominated.

The top five teams from the $5,000 Prix St. Georges on Friday, April 13 will move on to the Intermediate Freestyle with its $25,000 purse to be held under lights in the International Arena at the GDF grounds on Saturday night, April 14. Teams not in the Freestyle will compete at Intermediate I for $5,000 in prize money during the day on April 14.

The judging panel for the CDIO3* is Wim Ernes of The Netherlands, Isobel Wessels of Great Britain, Elizabeth McMullen of Canada, Gabriel Armando of Argentina and Janet Foy of the United States.

The event is the first phase of an ambitious undertaking to help transition dressage teams throughout the Americas to Grand Prix to qualify at the Pan American Games for future Olympics, instead of at Prix St. Georges/Intermediaire as in the past. The plan calls for teams in 2013 to be made up of both big and small tour horses with weighted scores and in 2014 to be at Grand Prix.

Nations at the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico, endorsed the idea of phasing in team development in preparation for the 2015 Games in Toronto when qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics the following year is scheduled to be at Grand Prix, the same as the European Championships.

At least one team has taken advantage of FEI rules allowing Grand Prix horses to compete at Prix St. Georges/Intermediate so long as they have not placed in the first 15 in a Grand Prix at a CDIO, FEI Championships, Olympic Games or which have won three first prizes in an Intermediate II and above at a CDI3*/CDI4*/CDI5* or CDIO.

The Nations Cup is the finale of the inaugural Global Dressage Festival winter circuit which staged five CDIs with $270,000 in prize money over two months.

The teams entered so far:

Australia
Ilse Schwarz – Sauvignon
Kelly Layne – Von Primaire
Nicholas Fyffe – Wasmut

Canada
Diane Creech – Hallmark
Chris Von Martels – Udon P
David Marcus – Chrevi’s Capital
Lee Tubman – Vegas

Latin America – Team 1
Alehandro Gomez, Venezuela – Revenge
Marco Bernal, Colombia – Farwell IV
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, Dominican Republic – Dondolo Las Marismas

Latin America – Team 2
Luis Denizard, Puerto Rico – Nalando
Natalia Martin, Puerto Rico – Utha Van de Begijnhoeve
Jessica McTaggert, Cayman Islands
Mica Mabragena, Argentina – Quaterro

USA – Team 1
Caroline Roffman – Pie
Devon Kane – Destiny
Shelly Francis – Doktor
Chris Hickey – Witness Hilltop

USA – Team 2
Tom Noone – Fred Astair
Laura Graves – Verdades
Barbi Asplundh – Rising Star
Jane Cleveland – Rodeo Queen

Other entries
Bianca Berktold, Germany
Neve Myburgh, Germany
Lisa Hyslop, USA – Rolling Stone