Two New CDIs Set for Wellington, Florida in November & December

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The Global Dressage Festival grounds. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

July 20, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Two new international dressage competitions–in November and December–have been added in Wellington, Florida ahead of the planned winter-long Adequan Global Dressage with its seven CDIs.

The new events for CDI3* and other international levels including ponies, junior and young riders, under-25, amateurs and young horse are listed on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for Nov. 12-15 and Dec. 10-13. The December event is also under consideration as a qualifier for the World Cup Final.

The additions were posted as Florida is in the midst of surging Covid-19 cases. Several jumper and hunter events have been staged for more than two months at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village venue where Global is held. The shows are held under Covid-19 protocols that require face masks except while on horses, social distancing, temperature checks and spectators limited to a minimum and associated only with horses entered.

If the two Wellington events go ahead, the United States will see a total of five international competitions in the last quarter of the year, two in California, two in Florida and one in North Carolina.

The schedule: Tryon, North Carolina Oct. 22-25; Temecula, California Nov. 11-15; Wellington Nov. 12-15; Thermal, California Nov. 19-22 and Wellington Dec. 10-13.

The November Wellington competition clashes with Temecula World Cup while December conflicts with the White Fences Polar Express national event in neighboring Loxahatchee.

The 2020 Global circuit that was scheduled to run for 12 weeks through the end of March was cut short by two weeks because of coronavirus. The pandemic also led to cancellation of the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April as well as nine other international events in the U.S., including the North American Youth Championships.

CDIs in Canada also were canceled.

Postponement of the Olympics for a year with dressage scheduled in Tokyo for the end of July is expected to lead to a new round of qualifying competitions. Both Canada and the U.S. have earned starting places for teams of three riders and horses in Tokyo, though both countries are expected to send four combinations with one in reserve if the Games are held.

Individual starting places have also been allocated to Bermuda, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

The incomplete calendar of U.S. events for 2021 shows Wellington’s Global circuit beginning with a World Cup event Jan. 7-10, a World Cup event set for Temecula March 11-14 and the North American Youth Championships scheduled for Traverse City, Michigan Aug. 10-15, the same location set for the 2020 show that was canceled.

The World Cup Final, scheduled for Gothenburg, Sweden, the first week of April provides for a total of 18 pairs, including at least two from North America.