Five Time Olympian Robert Dover Returns To The
Dressage Ring At The
119th Dressage At National Horse Show
Wellington, FloridaNovember 22, 2002The 119th National
Horse Show, the most prestigious horse show in the United States,
will make its debut at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in
Wellington from November 26 through December 1, 2002. The National,
founded in 1883, brings together the best horses and riders in
the U. S. competing in the well-known equestrian disciplines of
hunters, jumpers, equitation dressage and ladies sidesaddle.
For the first time in several years, dressage will be part of
The Nationals schedule and will be called Dressage
at The National. The dressage competitions will take place
on Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1.
Robert Dover, five-time U. S. Olympic dressage rider and three-time
Bronze Medalist, is coming out of retirement to compete at The
National. He will be riding Ramazon, a 14-year-old
Russian-bred, who has recently been winning many top dressage
events in Europe. Dover retired from the show ring after the 2000
Sydney Olympics, but has continued his active involvement in the
sport by training horses and riders.
Dover is grateful to National Horse Show chairman Gene Mische
for bringing The National to Wellington and for including dressage
as part of the event.
Other top dressage riders who will be competing at The National
include Bethany Peslar and Janna Rumbough, both of Palm Beach,
as well as veterans Bent Jensen, Lynda Alicki, Heather Bender,
Marco Bernal, Jan Brons and Tina Konyot.
The 119th National Horse Show runs Tuesday, November 26, through
Sunday, December 1, with competition beginning at 8:00 am and
continuing throughout each day. Friday evenings Jumping
Under the Stars competition begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets,
Tuesday through Saturday, are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors;
on Sunday tickets sell for $15 for adults and $7 for seniors.
Children 12 & under are always admitted free. Thanksgiving
Day, Thursday, admission is free to all. Tickets are available
at the gate or by phoning (800) 237-8924 or (561) 753-3389. Entrance
to the Equestrian Center is on Pierson Road in Wellington, where
parking is free on all days.
For more information on the 119th National Horse Show, please
contact Mason Phelps, Jr., Barbara Lundy or Beverly Lake Wilkes
at (561) 753-3389.