The Vote Is In: The Peslars International Dressage Judges
Forum Was An Overwhelming Success
Florida March 8, 2003 It should have come as no surprise
to those in-the-know that the International Dressage Judges
Forum held at the Everglades Dressage complex owned by Norman and
Rose Peslar was going to be sold-out, oversubscribed and an overwhelming
success. And it was.
Dressage, located in the prestigious Grand Prix Village adjacent
to the showgrounds of The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, is one
of the most spectacular farms in Wellington. Architecturally beautiful
with custom appointments and meticulous landscaping, Everglades
Dressage boasts a complex of stabling, tack rooms, living quarters,
paddocks, outdoor riding fields and a covered, yet open, and mirrored
dressage arena. It is virtually the Versailles of Wellington farms.
the auspices of USA Equestrian, the governing body of U.S. equestrian
activities, the Peslars opened Everglades Dressage to 160 of the
worlds top dressage judges over a 2-day period this past week.
Those judges, with the expert tutelage of famed dressage judges
Hilda Gurney of California and Mariette Withages of Belgium, evaluated
the performances of more than 75 horse and rider teams. It was a
truly extraordinary display of the worlds finest dressage
amongst the crowd were dressage greats Mary Anne McPhail, Carol
Lavell, Suzanne Handler, Sue Blinks, Gary Rockwell, Jane Ayers and
Linda Zang, to name but a few.
were also courtesy of the Peslars generosity. The Peslars
hosted an elegant, private dinner party at their estate in The Polo
Club on one night and a dinner party for all participants at The
Players Club on another.
Peslars 21-year-old daughter, Bethany, competes with her several
horses at the upper Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix levels. Bethany
recently won the FEI Prix St. Georges Class aboard Flinstone
at Dressage at The National, outscoring many seasoned professionals.
Bethanys sights are currently set on the upcoming Pan Am Games
in Santo Domingo.