2003 Winter Equestrian Festival to Host Top-Level
FLJanuary 17, 2003The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
(WEF) will host three exciting dressage events at the Palm Beach
Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
competitions, including qualifiers for the selection trials to
determine the U.S. Dressage Team for the Pan-American Games to
be held in the summer of 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,
will begin January 30.
dressage events at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival attract
world champion and Olympic veteran riders such as Wellington resident
Sue Blinks and include:
Wellington Dressage, January 30 February 2
Florida Dressage Classic, February 13-16
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, March 13-16
the three weeks of competition, elite competitors will be vying
for championship titles. In addition to the Pan-American Games
Selection Trials qualifiers, WEF will also serve as a qualifier
for the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Grand Prix Dressage
Championship and the USET Intermediaire I Championship, and as
the official Region 3 United States Dressage Federation (USDF)
qualifying competition for the 2003 North American Young Riders
dressage events, horse and rider combinations execute tests within
the confines of a rectangular arena. Horses perform the required
gaits and movements naturally in the herd, but in dressage, the
movements are harnessed and summoned at the riders will.
Dressage, which means simply training in French, forms
the basis for training horses in most disciplines, such as hunters
and jumpers, but only very talented horses and riders can reach
the upper levels of dressage demonstrated during WEF competition.
the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festivals 11-week run, in which
it hosts top-level hunter and jumper competition in addition to
excellent dressage action, it moves to several Florida
venues: The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington and
the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center and Raymond James Stadium in
WEF begins January 22 and includes the following Wellington events:
Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, January 22-27
Bayer Gold Coast Jumper Classic, January 29 February 2
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, February 5-9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular, February 12-16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, February 19-23
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open, February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale, March 5-9
March 12, WEF action moves to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
in Tampa for three major events:
Suncoast Internationale, March 12-16
Tampa Bay Classic, March 19-23
Tournament of Champions, March 26-30
Winter Equestrian Festivals three weeks of competition in
Tampa culminates with the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
in Raymond James Stadium on Saturday evening, March 29. The Winter
Equestrian Festival then returns to Wellington for the $200,000
American Grandprix Association (AGA) National Championship, presented
by Budweiser, April 2-6.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington is free every
Wednesday, and children under 12 are always admitted free. Adult
admission is $5.00 on Thursdays and Fridays, $10.00 on Saturdays,
and $15.00 on Sundays. Senior citizens are $5.00 every Thursday
through Sunday. All adults who attend the Festival any Wednesday,
Thursday, or Friday will receive a coupon entitling them to a
two-for-one admission on that weekend.
more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival and all its
exciting events and activities, please call Stadium Jumping, Inc.
in Wellington at (561) 793-JUMP or visit www.stadiumjumping.com.