World Cup 2011/2012 Schedule of 11 Qualifiers for North America, 5 in Florida Winter Circuit
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The schedule of World Cup qualifiers for North America has been released by the International Equestrian Federation, with 11 events in the U.S. and Canada for 2011/2012, including five for next winter’s Florida circuit, two new shows at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that is building a new dressage complex.
For the 2011/2012 season leading to the Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, April 18-22, events are scheduled for Canada, California, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida, unlike recent years which saw a decline in the number of North American World Cup qualifiers with none in California for the 2009/2010 season and none in Canada for the 2010/2011 season. Mexico is also part of the North American League but has no qualifiers scheduled.
The most intense schedule is for Palm Beach in Florida where five qualifiers are scheduled over seven weeks, two at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach, one at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee and two at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. A new dressage complex of six arenas is under construction at PBIEC which also hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival of 12 weeks of jumper and hunter competitions.
The schedule of other CDIs will be announced next month.
The published schedule of World Cup events in the North American League:
June 23-26 – Milton, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 18-21 – Saugerties, New York
Sept. 13-18 – Saugerties, New York
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 – Devon, Pennsylvania*
Jan. 19-22 – West Palm Beach, Florida
Feb. 2-5 – Wellington, Florida
Feb. 16-19 – Wellington, Florida
Feb. 23-26 – Burbank, California
Mar. 1-4 – Loxahatchee, Florida*
Mar. 8-11 – Del Mar, California
Mar. 8-11 – West Palm Beach, Florida
* Provisionally approved
Two places in the Final are reserved for North America, and extra combinations may be invited by the FEI.
The World Cup, the sole annual global championship in dressage, comprises four qualifying leagues: Central Europe, Western Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific.
New rules for the North American League give organizers the right to also hold a Grand Prix Special as part of the World Cup event, though only the Freestyle scores count for qualifying points. The two best freestyle scores count toward qualifying for the Final. Riders in the NAL can start up to two horses in the Grand Prix and, if qualified, also compete both horses in the Freestyle.
Riders from the Western European League can earn extra points competing in a maximum of two events in other leagues, receiving 100 per cent of the points from a single competition and 50 per cent of the points from the second competition.