Palm Beach Dressage Derby Move to Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Approved

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Global Dressage Festival grounds with grass jumper derby field (top right) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Global Dressage Festival grounds with grass jumper derby field (top right) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

WELLINGTON, Florida, Nov. 22, 2013–The Palm Beach Dressage Derby move has been approved to join the lineup of seven CDIs in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival winter circuit with a total of $530,000 in prize money

The event that 30 years ago was a foundation competition on the Florida winter dressage circuit in tandem with the world famous Winter Equestrian Festival will be a World Cup event scheduled for Feb. 29 to Mar. 2. Three other World Cup qualifiers are in lineup of the six CDIs owned by the GDF organization.

The event is owned by Mary Anne McPhail who decided to move the derby to Wellington from her Equestrian Estate show grounds in neighboring Loxahatchee to insure its long term viability.

The Global Dressage Festival will begin its third year in January at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex on about 60 acres (24Ha). The dressage facility of three competition arenas and three warmup rings all with Olympic quality footing and a covered arena capable of accommodating another three full size arenas shares the Stadium complex with a grass jumper derby field.

The GDF CDI schedule:
Jan. 8-12 – CDI-W
Jan. 22-26 – CDI-W
Feb. 5-9- – CDI4*
Feb. 18-23 – CDIO3*
Feb. 26-Mar. 2 – Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W
Mar. 12-16 – CDI-W
Mar. 26-30 – CDI5*