Two New CDIs in 2020 Produced by Volunteers at Famous El Campeon Farms Near Los Angeles

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El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California.

Nov. 26, 2019

Two new international dressage CDIs are scheduled for California at the famous El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, in March and November organized by a group of volunteers after the West Coast Dressage Festival collapsed.

Pacific Coast CDI, headed up by Barbara Biernat, an equestrian retailer on both the East and West Coasts, was approved for a CDI3* March 5-8 and a CDI-W World Cup event Nov 12-15.

The shows will be managed by Debra Reinhardt of Centerline Events that has organized events for seceral years including a Saugerties, New York World Cup.

El Campeon Farms is the home of U.S. dressage team rider Sabine Schut-Kery, 2008 Olympic jumping team gold medalist Will Simpson and jumping rider Hannah Selleck.

The facility in Hidden Valley, 45 minutes north of Los Angeles, is well known as a location for movies and advertising shoots. Budweiser Clydesdale commercials have been among the shoots at El Campeon.

Barbara, who helped set up national competitions in California, said the group of volunteers will work to create smaller, financially sustainable CDIs in Southern California that has seen the creation and collapse of two dressage circuits in recent years.

The facility has international show quality footing, a covered arena and is located near West Lake Village with a variety of hotels and restaurants.

The West Coast Dressage Festival offered an ambitious schedule of CDI competitions, mostly at Temecula, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego to provide an alternative to the successful Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Over the past decade, Global has grown to a winter-long circuit of weekly competitions of seven CDIs that include the only top rated CDI5* and a Nations Cup outside Europe and attracting competitors from more than 30 countries.