Germany’s Marc Stanuschewski & Graciella 1st Combination to Qualify for Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series Developing Prix St. George Final

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Marc Stanuschewski and Graciella qualified for Future Stars Performance Series final at Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 12, 2018–Germany’s Marc Stanuschewski on Graciella became the first combination in the Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series to qualify for the $10,000 final of the Developing Prix St. Georges for seven to nine year-old horses.

Marc and the nine-year-old Oldenburg mare qualified Saturday in the inaugural qualifying competition of eight scheduled throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for the end of March Iron Spring final presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.

Combinations that qualify in eight Global national events will be invited to the final in the last of 12 weeks of competitions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex.

Iron Spring Farm of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a leading American sport horse breeder, is title sponsor of the series. Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock insurance of Goshen, New York and Legacy Farms of Loxahatchee, Florida are supporting sponsors.

The series is open to riders of all nationalities. Combinations that place first or second in one USEF Developing Prix St. Georges competition automatically qualify for the final. Riders can qualify more than one horse. The series is loosely based on the world famous Nürnberger Burg-Pokal that is the German championship of horses aged seven to nine years at small tour.

Marc grew up in Leipzig, Germany riding both jumpers and dressage.

Graciella (Sir Donnerhall x Welt Hit II) was bought at the Oldenburg auction in 2015 and in 2017 Marc came to Wellington to compete in the Young Rider division.

The family has bought property in Wellington and plans to build a barn.

Marc, 22 years old, started at small tour this year with an eye on the Under-25 division for 2020.

Qualifying Future Stars Performance Series competitions are scheduled for:

-GDF3 Jan. 23-27
-GDF5 Feb. 6-10
-GDF6 Feb. 15-16
-GDF7 Feb. 20-24
-GDF8 Feb. 27-Mar. 3
-GDF9 Mar. 7-10
-GDF10 Mar. 13-17

Final: GDF12 Mar. 27-31-International Arena, Global Dressage Festival