Top-Level International Dressage Horses and Riders Compete At The
2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Florida -- January 31, 2003 -- Through Sunday, February 2, 2003,
the top international dressage horses and riders will be competing
at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival currently going on at The
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. The Festival, in
its 31st years, showcases the best horse and rider teams in the
equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers and dressage. This week,
the second of The Wellington Series, jumpers and dressage horses
are being featured.
Dressage is a discipline often compared to ballet or figure-skating,
with the horses being the dancers and skaters. Taking place on
the flat (that is, there is no jumping involved) in a ring
of a specified dimension, a rider competes at varying levels depending
upon the experience and ability of the horse, with more advanced
movements being expected of the more experienced horse. The advancedlevel
performances, on display this week, will leave spectators in awe
of the dressage horses beautiful range of gaits. One of the
disciplines most-watched levels is the freestyle,
where horse and rider literally dance to music. Dressage
is noted for the elegance of both horse and rider.
The international aspect of this weeks competition is exemplified
by the competitors who have traveled to Wellington from Germany,
Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic,
to name but a few.
On a national level, this weekends competition includes qualifying
classes for U.S. riders desiring to make the Pan Am Games Selection
Trials, which will take place at The United States Equestrian Teams
headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey in June, 2003. After competing
in Gladstone, riders who meet the rigorous criteria during those
Selection Trials will become part of the dressage team representing
the U.S. at the Pan Am Games, which will be held in the Dominican
Republic during the first week of August, 2003.
Over the weekend, the levels in which U.S. Pan Am hopefuls must
compete will be Prix St. Georges, Intermediare I and Intermediare
The Pan Am Games are held in the year immediately preceding The
Olympic Games and give team members the opportunity to compete with
the best of the best just prior to The Olympic Selection Process.
The 2004 Olympic Games will be held in Athens, Greece.
For further information about dressage, please contact Mary Silcox
at (941) 744-5465. All results are posted daily at www.stadiumjumping.com.
Thursday results are attached. Photos are available on request.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Gold Coast Classic - January 29 - February 2
Wellington Dressage January 30 February 2
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale February 5 9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13