Wellington Nations Cup Show Largest CDI Ever in Western Hemisphere

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Teams at the 2013 Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Global Dressage Festival's Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Teams at the 2013 Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Global Dressage Festival’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 16–The Adequan Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup show this week with 242 rides scheduled over five days will be the largest CDI ever staged in the Western Hemisphere and for senior riders among the top in the world, according to a review of official records.

The Stillpoint Farm CDIO3* Nations Cup of nine teams from seven nations of mixed Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges combinations is the centerpiece of the international division in the showcase arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex. Nations with teams are Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

While all 242 entries in the CDI may not make it into the competition arena, the total for the seventh of 12 weeks of dressage shows from January through the end of March compares with a total of 173 combinations that started at the 2013 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, that may have been the largest CDI to this point.

Aachen–often likened to Wimbledon for tennis or the Masters for golf–comprises a CDIO5* Nations Cup, a CDI4* Grand Prix, small tour and Under-25 divisions.

Some CDIs in Europe have more starting combinations, due mostly to scores of pony, junior and young riders. In the United States, these levels typically have only a handful of entries.

in Wellington, more than 250 other rides have have been scheduled for national level competition in two adjoining arenas.

All told, riders from 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Australasia and North and South America are entered to compete at the grounds that are in the third year since being created by the owners and operators of the Winter Equestrian Festival that draws the top riders and horses from around the world.

The veterinary inspection for horses for the Nations Cup is scheduled for Tuesday.

The team competition will be of Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I and Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.

Prix St. Georges section starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and the Grand Prix at 2 p.m.

The Intermediate starts at 11:40 a.m. Thursday and the Grand Prix Special at 4 p.m.

Individual medal competition of Intermediate Freestyle starts at 4 p.m. Friday.

Grand Prix Freestyle start at 8 p.m. Friday and dress for the VIP pavilion is black tie, a first for the GDF.