Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds’ Pieces Coming Together

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Gravel base being laid in one of the main arenas. Three sets of arenas are being constructed--two outdoor rings for the center of the complex, another three outdoor rings near the stabling and an area large enough for three full size arenas under a covered arena. © 2011 Ken Braddick/

With construction of the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in full swing, a steady stream of trucks deliver components vital to maintaining the schedule for completion of the first stage of the multimillion dollar complex by the end of January as shown in photos by Ken Braddick/

Organizers have made it clear they intend to create world class show grounds in time for the first GDF circuit that is part of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that hosts the world’s largest and longest-running jumper/hunter competition.

The facility dedicated to dressage is scheduled to host five CDIs and everal weeks of national competitions beginning at the end of January and culminating in the first non-championship Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere and a parade of inaugural circuit champions. will provide regular updates on progress of the facility, among the largest investments in a facility dedicated solely to dressage anywhere in the world.


Concrete mixing trucks pouring foundations for permanent stabling. © 2011 Ken Braddik/
Internal partitions for up to 200 permanent stables and conduit for miles of electric and video cabling. © 2011 Ken Braddick/
Conduit for eletric and video cabling being buried. © 2011 Ken Braddick/
Bales of felt tp be mixed with specially selected sand that will be dyed coral that has become iconic for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © Ken Braddick/


Jumbotron to be installed near the central outdoor arena. © 2011 Ken Braddick/