World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Announces 2013 Event to Go Ahead

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Steffen Peters with Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain (left) and Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén of Sweden (right) in Florida. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Sept. 24–Organizers of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach announced for the second time in a month that the €100,000 (US$129,000) event will go ahead next Jan. 23-27 but did not name a sponsor.

Noreen O’Sullivan, managing partner for Wellington Classic Dressage that organizes WDM Palm Beach, said, “it will be the premier dressage event of the season in Palm Beach County and it’s certainly a coup that we can again host such a prestigious event and showcase Wellington and Palm Beach to the world.”

Information about the sale of tickets for the event at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach will be released soon, the organizers said.

The event is one of two CDI5* shows scheduled for the 2013 Florida winter circuit, the other on the calendar for the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington in April.

International Polo Club Palm Beach sponsored the event in 2011 and 2012 but has not announced whether it will renew sponsorship in 2013. John Goodman, IPC founder, is confined to his home in Wellington while awaiting an appeal against a sentence of 15 years in prison on convictions earlier this year of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence manslaughter.

The official World Dressage Masters internet site does not provide a 2013 calendar of events. Its 2012 schedule was truncated to three events from four in previous years because of a conflict with the Olympics while its first indoor event planned for Frankfurt, Germany, in December was not approved by the International Equstrian Federation because of the lateness of the application.