Biggest Global Dressage Festival CDI So Far Kicks Off, Start Lists

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Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén with Benetton Dream that she will debut at international Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén with Benetton Dream that she will debut at international Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Forida, Jan. 21, 2015–The largest Adequan Global Dressage Festival international competition since founding of the winter circuit four years ago kicks off Thursday with combinations from nine nations in the Grand Prix and 10 countries in the Prix St. Georges that is so large it runs over two days.

The second of seven international events labeled as CDIs from January through the end of March that include the top rated CDI5* with the highest prize money of $200,000 (€172,400) of any dressage event in the world this year, includes 34 horses and riders in the Grand Prix and 48 in the Prix St. Georges.

Highlights of the Grand Prix include Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Benetton Dream in the international Grand Prix debut for the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion and the first performance in the United States by Grandioso ridden by José Daniel Martín Dockx since Courtney King-Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident five years ago.

Tinne said the outing for Benetton Dream is more “educational” to get him into international competition that comes at a good time–while the horse is rested and fresh and before the start of breeding.

José Daniel Martín Dockx leading Grandioso in the veterinary check. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
José Daniel Martín Dockx leading Grandioso in the veterinary check. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“This is the largest CDI competition that we have had in the four-year history of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, organizer of dressage as well as the companion Winter Equestrian Festival of jumping and hunters at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“We are thrilled to see the immense support that this circuit has received from dressage riders, owners, trainers, and fans and we will work to keep providing an incredible experience for them here at PBIEC.”

The Global Festival has become a focal point for all of the Americas as it is the first time since the circuit was created that it is preparation for the Pan American Games held only once every four years and to be staged in Toronto in July.

Small tour combinations looking to compete at the Pan Ams with its unique format of mixed Big and Small Tour teams and showing at Global are riders from Bermuda, Canada. Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela.

Alexandra Dominguez Thomas of Guatemala and Beijing A. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Alexandra Dominguez Thomas of Guatemala and Beijing A. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

With Canada and the U.S. likely to battle at Toronto for the single team berth available through the Pan Ams for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year, competition is fierce in both camps to qualify for their respective squads.

America's Sabine Schut Kery on Sanceo is among the partnerships given a good shot at making the squad for the Pan Ams. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
America’s Sabine Schut Kery on Sanceo is among the partnerships given a good shot at making the squad for the Pan Ams. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“We are excited with the way AGDF has continued to grow each season and are only expecting that growth to continue,” said Thomas Baur, Director of Sport. “The size and stature of this competition only continues to increase each year, and it offers a special opportunity for riders, owners, and trainers, whether national or international, to feel rewarded for their hard work and dedication to this sport.”

A growing number of riders from Europe are seeking to improve their world rankings by earning points on the Florida circuit.

Germany's 2010 World Equestrian Games team rider Christoph Koschel with Tiesto. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Germany’s 2010 World Equestrian Games team rider Christoph Koschel with Tiesto. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Devon Kane of the United States with Destiny. Her family's Diamante Farms is sponsoring the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* that is the world's biggest dressage prize money event in 2015. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Devon Kane of the United States with Destiny. Her family’s Diamante Farms is sponsoring the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* that is the world’s biggest dressage prize money event in 2015. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Sonia Zugel of Ireland and her Afago Da Raposa were in matching outfits at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival veterinary check. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Sonia Zugel of Ireland and her Afago Da Raposa were in matching outfits at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival veterinary check. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Start lists:

Grand Prix
E: Torrente – COL H: Mattiesen – DEN C: Holler – GER M: McMullen – CAN B: Weatherwax – USA
Ride Time Rider Nation Horse
8:00:00 AM Schopf, Carrie ARM Sancisco OLD
8:00:00 AM Matute, Paula ESP Tarpan Ymas
8:09:00 AM Duncan, Alexandra CAN Vitall
8:18:00 AM Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer
8:27:00 AM Wilcox, Lisa USA Pikko del Cerro HU
8:36:00 AM Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas
8:45:00 AM Cast, Helen USA Donnersohn
8:54:00 AM Collomb, Stephanie FRA Oceane Du Desert
9:03:00 AM Dvorak, Tom CAN Fling
9:27:00 AM Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Benetton Dream
9:36:00 AM Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special C
9:45:00 AM Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano
9:54:00 AM Wilson, Leah CAN Fabian JS
10:03:00 AM Bukowski, Lisa CAN Santos Utopia
10:12:00 AM Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman
10:21:00 AM Page, Arlene USA Woodstock
10:30:00 AM Marek, Anna USA Unico G
10:54:00 AM Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet
11:03:00 AM Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento
11:12:00 AM Barisone, Michael USA HF Victor
11:21:00 AM Kane, Devon USA Destiny
11:30:00 AM Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12
11:39:00 AM Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC
11:48:00 AM Darcourt, Caroline SWE Paridon Magi
11:57:00 AM Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro
12:55:00 PM Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P
1:04:00 PM Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto
1:13:00 PM Page, Arlene USA Alina
1:22:00 PM Creech, Diane CAN Devon L
1:31:00 PM Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett
1:40:00 PM Francis, Shelly USA Doktor
1:49:00 PM Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri
1:58:00 PM Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Grandioso
2:07:00 PM Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady
Prix St. Georges (1st Section)
E: Saleh – FRA H: Zang – USA C: Ernes – NED M: Tubman – USA B: Armando – USA
Ride Time Rider Nation Horse
2:55:00 PM Truebenbach Lund, Kristy USA Akvavit
3:03:00 PM Davis, Meagan USA Royale
3:10:00 PM Gomez, Alejandro VEN Drakkar Noir
3:10:00 PM Watchorn, Julie CAN Debonair Tyme
3:11:00 PM McKey, Virginia BER Wolkenglanz
3:19:00 PM Boylen, Christilot CAN Donatella 79
3:27:00 PM Darcourt, Caroline SWE Horatio 18
3:35:00 PM Wilson, Leah CAN Wendy Dice
3:43:00 PM Persson, Karin SWE Cortison
3:51:00 PM Dvorak, Alexandra CAN Rubinio
3:59:00 PM Von Martels, Chris CAN Zilverstar
4:07:00 PM Perry, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet
4:30:00 PM Yarur, Virginia CHI El Dorado
4:38:00 PM Buckland, Dominique CAN Rockwell
4:46:00 PM Klimke, Michael GER Fineliner 2
4:54:00 PM Gallagher-Legriffon, Denielle CAN Argo Conti Tyme
5:02:00 PM Uhlir, Ayden USA Sjapoer
5:10:00 PM Irving, Jill CAN Dio Mio
5:18:00 PM Jackson, Melissa USA Whirlpool
5:26:00 PM Matute Jr, Juan ESP Dhannie Ymas