Florida’s Global Festival CDI4* Event to be Biggest Ever International Dressage Show Outside Europe

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, winners of the Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle in 2017. 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 11, 2018–The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* event this week will be the biggest ever international dressage show outside western Europe with 152 combinations scheduled to start in the five-day competition in the seventh year of the winter-long circuit.

So many entries were received for the show ranging from the first Children’s CDI at Wellington up to the CDI4* with a total purse of $128,400 that competition will start Wednesday, a day earlier than originally scheduled, to run through Sunday.

However, there were too many entries from riders that some combinations had to be turned away, said Thomas Baur, the Global Dressage Sport Director said.

Any more than the 350 rides by combinations representing 23 nations from five continents scheduled for the show could not be handled by the eight international judges.

The Florida International Youth Championship that was inaugurated five years ago to promote divisions from ponies through Under-25 is being staged as part of the CDI lineup.

A children’s CDI will be the first at Global–14-year-old Canadian Lily-Rose Lemaire on Wild Rose is the sole entry.

A national show will be held alongside the CDI.