Global Dressage Festival’s Seven CDIs to Offer Total Prize Money of $530,000

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Maryanne McPhail (2nd from left) at the award of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Perpetual Trophy for the winner of the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2013 SusanJStickle.com
Maryanne McPhail (2nd from left) at the award of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Perpetual Trophy to Lars Petersen and Marriet as the winner of the 2013 CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle. © SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Nov. 14–A four-fold increase to more than $50,000 in prize money for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup event moving to Wellington will push the total purse for seven CDIs at the Global Dressage Festival to about $530,000 next winter.

All four of the World Cup qualifiers in Florida along with a Nations Cup CDIO3* and CDI4* and CDI5* competitions will be part of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) circuit, yet to be approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, beginning Jan. 8 and running to Mar. 30.

Each of the four World Cup events will have $53,300 in prize money spread over the CDI classes. The Derby had a total of $12,000 in prize money last winter in Loxahatchee, the location of the event for the past 30 years. The annual purse was considerably higher for many years, frequently offering prize money that was among the highest in the world.

The Nations Cup CDIO3* will also have a $53,300 CDI purse while the CDI4* total will be $128,300 and the CDI5* $138,300, according to Equestrian Sport Productions, organizers of GDF that said the amounts offered in 2013 would be maintained for next year.

Agreement was reached between ESP and Maryanne McPhail that controls the USEF license through a private corporation that had staged the event at Maryanne’s Equestrian Estate show grounds in Loxahatchee that is a neighboring community to Wellington. She will continue to own the license. The USEF has to sign off on the transfer to the GDF grounds that would be held on the same dates as listed in the official calender, Feb. 26-Mar. 2.

The agreement is for an initial year with an evaluation by Maryanne McPhail to determine whether to extend the agreement beyond 2014.

ESP will create a McPhail Cup to go along with the array of traditional perpetual trophies that have been an integral part of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

Discussions between the two began after the Palm Beach Dressage Derby organization told dressage-news.com a month ago that arrangements to keep the event at Equestrian Estates were being canceled.

“I think it will be good,” Maryanne told dressage-news.com, “otherwise the Derby was just going to die, it was just going to shrivel up and die. We don’t want that to happen. We worked too hard to let that occur.

“We want it to go on and do well, maybe even be better.

“In some ways it will not be the same. It was kind of a family thing. Everybody pulled together, helped us. Everybody was pleasant. It was fun.”

The Global Dressage Festival CDI schedule, subject to USEF approval:

Jan. 8-12 – World Cup CDI-W
Jan. 22-26 – World Cup CDI-W
Feb. 5-9 – CDI4*
Feb. 18-23 – Nations Cup CDIO3*
Feb. 26-Mar. 2 – Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup CDI-W
Mar. 12-16 – World Cup CDI-W
Mar. 26-30 – CDI5*