Florida to Host 11 CDI3*+ Events for 2013, Including 2 5* and 5 World Cups

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Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's Global Dressage Festival grounds. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Florida’s winter circuit will host half of the 22 CDIs rated 3* and higher in the United States in 2013, inclduing two CDI5* events, a Nations Cup and five World Cup qualifiers.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation calendar for 2013 almost mirrors this year’s list of events that received a big boost from the newly created Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, with $275,000 in prize money for its five events, overshadowing all other shows combined.

Florida’s winter circuit from Jan. 17 through April 14 at three show grounds in Palm Beach includes five World Cup events, two CDI5*s and a Nations Cup.

However, the 2013 calender for Wellington–a 5*, two CDI-Ws, the Nations Cup and a 3*–is under a cloud. Permits to operate the dressage complex, part of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center which also hosts the $6 million Winter Equestrian Festival of jumpers and hunters, have been revoked by the local government in a political dispute.

Also, the other CDI5* event is a question mark as John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach that sponsored the World Dressage Masters the last two years, was convicted of driving under the influence manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March and sentenced to 16 years in prison. The case is being appealed.

California will host two World Cup events, in Burbank Feb. 22-24 and Del Mar Mar. 7-10, as well as two CDI3* events throughout the year.

The complete schedule of CDIs in 2013:

Jan. 17-20 – Goald Coast Opener CDI-W – West Palm Beach, Florida
Jan. 23-27 – Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CDI5*/3* – West Palm Beach
Jan. 31-Feb. 3 – Wellington Dressage CDI-W/3* – Wellington
Feb. 7-10 – Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDI3* – West Palm Beach
Feb. 14-17 – Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W/3* – Wellington
Feb. 22-24 – Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W – Burbank, California
Feb. 28-Mar. 3 – Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W – Loxahatchee, Florida
Mar. 7-10 – Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II CDI1* – West Palm Beach
Mar. 7-10 – Dressage Affaire CDI-W/3* – Del Mar, California
Mar. 14-17 – WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* – Wellington
Mar. 21-24 – International Horse Sport Championship Cup CDI-W – West Palm Beach
Mar. 28-31 – Festival of the Horse CDI3* – Burbank
Mar. 28-31 – Dressage at Equestrian Estates CDI3* – Loxahatchee
April 4-7 – 5* West Palm Beach CDI5*/3* – Wellington
April 11-14 – WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*/3* – Wellington
April 25-28 – Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic CDI3* – Katy, Texas
May 17-19 – Woodside Spring Dressage CDI1* – Woodside, California
May 23-26 – ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage CDI3* – Allentown, New Jersey
May 24-26 – Dressage at Flintridge CDI1* – La Canada-Flintridge, California
May 25-26 – KDA Spring Warm-Up Show CDI3* – Lexington, Kentucky
Aug. 15-18 – Centerline Events at HITS on the Hudson CDI3* – Saugerties, New York+
Aug. 15-18 – Paragon Dressage CDI3* – Estes Park, Colorado
Sept. 12-15 – NEDA Fall Festival CDI3* – Saugerties, New York+
Sept. 26-29 – Dressage at Devon CDI3* – Devon, Pennsylvania+
Nov. 16-18 – CDI3* – Rancho Murieta, California+

+ Approved as CDI3*, CDI-W to be considered later