USA CDI Calendar for 2014

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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

The calendar of 12 international dressage shows in a period of three months that has made Palm Beach, Florida the most concentrated CDI circuit in the world shows no sign of easing off, according to the applications approved by U.S. Equestrian Federation for 2014.

From just three CDIs a decade ago, the number has exploded to 12 for the third straight year, one almost every weekend from mid-January through mid-April and includes two CDI5* events and the only CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere.

A first ever Nations Cup for Young Riders is also planned for 2014 along with the CDIO3* that is testing the unique format of teams made up of mixed small and big tour combinations in preparation for upgrading dressage at the Pan American Games.

Equestrian Sport Productions that organizes the Global Dressage Festival shows said that the success of the inaugural jumping Nations Cups for children, juniors and young riders from a dozen countries this year led them expand the concept to dressage.

The Global Dressage Festival is a companion circuit and held at the same show grounds as the Winter Equestrian Festival os 12 weeks of jumper and hunter competitions that grew up behind polo tournaments and became the the genesis of the Florida winter equestrian season three decades ago.

The Florida circuit now accounts for almost half the entire calendar of 27 CDIs each year for all of the United States. A similar number of national shows are also held in Palm Beach.

Of the Florida CDIs, seven competitions are under the umbralla of one management and five by separate organization.

California is next with seven CDIs, followed by Colorado and New York with two each and one in Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Seven of the 12 World Cup events across the country for the 2013/2014 season will be at one of the three show grounds in Palm Beach–Loxahatchee, West Palm Beach and Wellington. The show grounds–plus a second one in Loxahatchee that stages only national competitions–are less than 30 minutes apart.

California, which has no World Cup qualifiers in 2013, will have two in 2014.

Three of the World Cup events, two in Saugerties, New York and one at Devon, Pennsylvania are provisional.

The complete calendar, subject to approval by the International Equestrian Federation, for 2014:
Jan. 16-19 – Gold Coast Opener CDI-W – West Palm Beach
Jan. 22-26 – Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge/World Dressage Masters CDI5*/3* – West Palm Beach
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 – Wellington Deessage CDI-W/3* – Wellington
Feb. 6-9 – Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDI-W – West Palm Beach
Feb. 13-16 – Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W/3* – Wellington
Feb. 20-23 – Mid Winter Dressage Fair CDI3* – Burbank, California
Feb. 27-Mar. 2 – Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W – Loxahatchee
Mar. 6-9 – Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II CDI1* – West Palm Beach
Mar. 6-9 – The Dressage Affaire CDI-W/3* – Del Mar, California
Mar. 13-16 – WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* – Wellington
Mar. 20-23 – International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W – Loxahatchee
Mar. 27-30 – Festival of the Horse CDI-W – San Juan Capistrano, California
Mar. 27-30 – Dressage at Equestrian Estates CDI-W – Loxahatchee
Apr. 3-6 – 5* West Palm Beach CDI5*/3* – Wellington
Apr. 3-6 – Golden State Dressage Festival CDI3* – Rancho Murieta, California
Apr. 10-13 – WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*/CDI3* – Wellington
Apr. 24-27 – Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic CDI3* – Katy, Texas
Apr. 24-27 – Del Mar National CDI3* – Del Mar, California
May 22-25 – ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage CDI3* – Allentown, New Jersey
May 22-25 – Dressage at Flintridge CDI1* – La Cañada-Flintridge, California
May 22-25 – KDA 28th Annual Dressage Show CDI3* – Lexington, Kentucky
May 22-25 – Paragon Dressage CDI3* – Estes Park, Colorado
June 12-15 – Golden State Dressage Classic CDI3* – Rancho Murieta, California
Aug. 14-17 – Centerline Events at HITS on the Hudson CDI3* – Saugerties, New York
Aug. 14-17 – Estes Park CDI1* – Estes Park, Colprado
Sept. 18-24 – NEDA Fall Festival CDI3* – Saugerties, New York
Sept. 25-28 – Dressage at Devon CDI3* – Devon, Pennsylvania