Isabell Werth, Anky van Grunsven & Steffen Peters to Compete at Palm Beach Exquis World Dressage Masters

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Anky van Grunsven, Steffen Peters and Isabell Werth at the 2009 World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/
Anky van Grunsven, Steffen Peters and Isabell Werth at the 2009 World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 17–Steffen Peters on Ravel, Isabell Werth on Satchmo and Anky van Grunsven on Salinero will head up an all-star cast at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach next month that kicks off a second year of the globe’s richest lineup of dressage events.

The CDI5* event on Feb. 4-6 will be the first meeting of the three top combinations since the German and Dutch women–now both mothers–were runnersup to Steffen and Ravel at the World Cup in Las Vegas last April.

Other top combinations are:

* Canada — Ashley Holzer, three-time Olympian, and Pop Art, Belinda Trussell and Anton and Cheryl Meisner and Paganini;

* Germany — Ulla Salzgeber, Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup champion, and Wakana, and Anja Plöntzke and Le Mont d’Or, winners of the Cannes WDM Grand Prix Special;

* The Netherlands — Stephanie Peters and Christa Laarakkers and Ovation;

* Denmark — Mikala Munter Gundersen and Leonberg and Lars Petersen, Olympian and World Cup competitor, and Success, and

* USA — Leslie Morse, WDM Hickstead Grand Prix Special winner, World Equestrian Games and World Cup competitor, and Tip Top, Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF, 2007 Pan American Games team gold and individual silver medal winners, Tina Konyot and Calecto V, Reese Koffler Stanfield and Goughberg’s Kaspar and Michael Barisone and Neruda, winner of the Palm Beach WDM Grand Prix Special and reserve for the 2008 Olympic team.

Other horse and rider combinations may qualify at a CDI3* the week before, or receive an invitation from the organizers, Equestrian Sport Productions.

Tickets will go on sale at noon Monday, at

For VIP box seats and Tiki tables contact Annette Goyette at 561-779-1660.

For VIP tables, contact Kiki Umla at 904-607-5541.

General Admission $20 per day for Friday and Saturday nights

VIP box seats $50 per day for Friday and Saturday nights

Tiki tables $600 per table of 8

International Club tables $750 per table of 6 or $125 per person per night and includes gourmet buffet and open bar.

The WDM at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is the first of at least three of the globe’s richest dressage events held in the U.S. and Europe in 2010. A fourth venue likely will be added.

Total prize money at PBIEC is €100,000 (US$144,000), €10,000 (US$14,400) for the Grand Prix that is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, €30,000 (US$43,200) for the Special on Saturday, Feb. 6 and €60,000 (US$86,400) for the Kür on Saturday night. Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe also offers a WDM Rider Ranking series bonus of €25,000 (US$36,000).

A special gala night of equestrian entertainment is scheduled for Friday night, Feb. 5, featuring a “ride off” between Steffen Peters and a top European rider.

Anky and Isabell have won a combined total of 11 World Cup titles and eight Olympic gold medals in  the 15 years they have dominated global dressage. Anky won the inaugural Palm Beach Masters last January and at Cannes on the French Riviera last June, while Isabell captured the World Dressage Masters in Munich in May.

Steffen Peters & Ravel beeing cheered by 40,000 spectators in Aachen's main stadium after winning the Grand Prix Special CDIO on Independence Day. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz
Steffen Peters and Ravel being cheered by 40,000 spectators at Aachen, Germany. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/

Steffen Peters beat both riders in the 2009 World Cup Final at Las Vegas then went on to make an historic sweep of all three team championship competitions–the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Kür–at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. Those successes led to Steffen being named U.S. Equestrian of the Year for the second straight year and for Ravel being named Horse of the Year.

Anky van Grunsven winning the inaugural Exquis World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in 2009. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/
Anky van Grunsven winning the inaugural Exquis World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in 2009. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/

Anky lives in Erp, The Netherlands, and is married to the Dutch national coach, Sjef Janssen. They have two children.

She has won nine World Cups, five on Bonfire and four on Salinero, three Olympic individual gold medals and two individual World Championship gold medals.

Isabell Werth % Satchmo winning the Exquis World Dressage Masters at Munich, Germany. © 2009 Ken Braddick/
Isabell Werth and Satchmo winning the Exquis World Dressage Masters at Munich. © 2009 Ken Braddick/

Isabell Werth has won four Olympic team and one individual gold medals, three World Championship team and one individual gold medals and two World Cup titles.

She returned to competition the week after Christmas last year after a six-month break during which she gave birth to a baby boy, Frederik.

Despite the long break, she had accumulated so many points in six months of competition that she entered 2010 with both Satchmo and her other top horse, Warum Nicht FRH, in the top 10 in the FEI World Rankings that span a year of shows.

NÜRNBERGER  VersicherungsgruppeWDM Rider Rankings
(Through WDM, Hickstead 2009–second of four competition)

Rank    Rider                                    Nation    # Events    Points
1.    Edward Gal                                NED    1    1020
2.    Marc Boblet                               FRA    2      945
3.    Adelinde Cornelissen                NED    1      870
4.    Laura Bechtolsheimer               GBR    1      855
5.    Catherine Haddad                      USA    2      855
6.    Daniel Pinto                               POR    2      855
7.    Imke Schellekens-Bartels          NED    1      780
8.    Anky van Grunsven                   NED    1      750
9.    Ashley Holzer                            CAN    1      750
10.    Hans Peter Minderhoud             NED    1      615
11.    Kyra Kyrklund                             FIN    1      615
12.    Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein   DEN    1      585
13.    Leslie Morse                               USA    1      585
14.    Fiona Bigwood                           GBR    1      570
15.    Jordi Domingo                             ESP    1      558
16.    Jeroen Devroe                            BEL     1      540
17.    Anders Dahl                               DEN    1      510
18.    Maria Eilberg                             GBR    1      495
19.    Anja Plönzke                              GER    1      495
20.    Michal Rapcewicz                       POL    1      470
21.    Stefan van Ingelgem                    BEL    1      450
22.    Judy Harvey                                GBR    1      435
23.    Anne van Uytert                          NED    1      420
24.    Evi Strasser                                 CAN    1      405
25.    Sarah Jane Elmslie                      GBR    1      405
26.    Jane Gregory                               GBR    1      390
27.    Constance Menard                         ISR   1      375
28.    Dane Rawlins                              GBR    1      375
29.    Marc Peter Spahn                         BEL    1      360
30.    Remy Issartel                                FRA    1      360

Note: In the case of tied points, the best individual result in Grand Prix will be decisive

About WDM

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