California’s 2 Fall International Dressage World Cup Shows Merge at Thermal

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Sept. 8, 2020

Two dressage World Cup events scheduled for separate show grounds in California have merged to offer back-to-back weeks of top sport at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal.

Organizers of the Pacific Coast CDI disclosed Tuesday the switch was made after management at Galway Downs, Temecula decided to host a jumper show on the same dates of Nov. 12-15 that were already on both the U.S. and international calendars as a dressage CDI.

The decision forced the grassroots organizing group to make a deal with the Thermal show that was already scheduled to host a World Cup event a week later, Nov. 19-22.

Now, there will be two World Cup qualifiers at Thermal, the major West Coast winter jumper venue that was sold a year ago to new ownership.

Both CDIs will be managed by Thomas Baur who also manages the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.

Barbara Biernat, a tack store owner, heads up the local group in Southern California organizing shows following collapse of the West Coast Dressage Festival after two years hosting competitions.