Dressage Kicks Off First 2004 Olympic Selection Trials Qualifier At
WEF $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Team Spectacular Is Featured
FL - February 3, 2004 - The 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
Florida, kicks off the second week of competition with Wellington
Dressage, February 5-8, the first of two shows that serve as United
States Equestrian Federation Qualifying Competitions for the Olympic
Selection Trials. The dressage show is held simultaneously with
the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***, which runs February
4-8. Highlighting the dressage show is the featured event - the
$25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Team Spectacular on Saturday,
February 7, starting at 3:00 pm.
qualifying classes for the Olympic Selection Trials are the USET
Grand Prix on Friday, February 6; the USET Grand Prix Special on
Saturday, February 7; and the USET Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday,
February 8. Stars of the dressage world, including five-time Olympian
Robert Dover on two horses - Rainier and FBW Kennedy - will log
scores towards qualifying for the Trials. Based on highest average
scores in the designated qualifying competitions nationwide during
the qualifying period, which ends June 4, the top 12 riders will
be invited to compete in the Dressage Selection Trials for the 2004
Athens Olympic Games. The Trials will be held at Oaks Blenheim in
San Juan Capistrano, CA, over two weekends - June 11-13 and June
addition to the Olympic Selection Trials qualifiers, the Wellington
Dressage show features a full gamut of classes from Training Level
through Grand Prix, including qualifiers for the Great American
Insurance Group (GAIG)/United States Dressage Federation (USDF)
Regional Championships and the United States Equestrian Team (USET)
Festival of Champions for the USET Intermediaire I Championship
and the USET Grand Prix Championship.
130 riders are entered in this first dressage show of the 2004 Winter
Equestrian Festival. Most competitors are entered on several mounts
at different levels, bringing the total of horses to approximately
195. Ten judges will officiate, including three International judges
- Joan MaCartney, Lorraine MacDonald and Jessica Ransehousen; plus
four 'S' judges - Betsy Berrey, Sarah Geikie, Jeanne McDonald, and
Brenda Minor; and one 'C' judge - Maryal Barnett.
most heavily contested classes are the Prix St. Georges with a total
of 56 entries on Thursday, February 5, in two sections, plus the
qualifier for the USET I-I Championship; and the Intermediaire I
with 43 entries on Friday, February 6, also in two sections plus
the qualifier for the USET I-I Championship.
Saturday, February 7, the annual $25,000 Windsome Farm Dressage/Jumper
Spectacular will showcase top riders in one of the WEF's most popular
events for riders and spectators alike. Up to 15 teams will compete.
In Phase I, the show jumping rider of each team will ride a USDF
Third Level Test 3. In Phase 2, the dressage rider of each team
will jump an FEI Hit 'N' Hurry course with fences up to 3'9".
To determine the winning team, the points from both phases are added
and the highest number wins.
February 8 has become the traditional 'Freestyle Sunday' at WEF.
Showcased will be rides to music in six classes including a Freestyle
Test of Choice and five classes at the FEI level.
very impressed with the depth of the Young Riders and the depth
of the lower level classes this year," said Mary Silcox, Competition
Secretary. "It's wonderful to see the amateurs coming along
and moving up." Ms. Silcox is especially pleased with the number
of entries for the Dressage/Jumper Spectacular, which includes the
perennial winning team of Olympians Anne Kursinski and Bent Jensen,
who will try to defend their title. "It's our Super Bowl,"
said Silcox. "It's a blast!"
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on
Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information,
visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Foundation Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Foundation Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The