Wellington’s Global Fall Festival World Cup Last International Dressage Show of Year Decimated by Coronavirus
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 10, 2020–The Adequan Global Fall Festival World Cup got underway Thursday with riders from eight nations set to compete in the last international dressage show of a year decimated by coronavirus.
The three-day CDI at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will be the 64th show on the FEI dressage calendar that listed 164 shows around the world canceled, overwhelmingly due to the pandemic.
The last show to be held at the onset of the pandemic was the Global Dressage Festival’s Nations Cup in mid-March.
The World Cup Final in Las Vegas scheduled for April was canceled, the Olympics postponed for a year and the World Young Horse Championships abandoned for 2020 after a months-long was not enough to ease restrictions enough.
Shows were resumed at Palm Beach in late May with a series of hunter/jumper competitions throughout summer and fall, without incident but no spectators.
Global’s winter circuit of seven CDIs begins in a month with indications that the arrival of riders from around the world, many seeking to qualify for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, will make the event as big as ever.