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The $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W and National Show Gets Underway at 2012 Global Dressage Festival

RELEASE: February 17, 2012
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Jamie Saults and Betsy LaBelle for the Global Dressage Festival

Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn at the Veterinary Inspection (Susan J. Stickle)
Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn at the Veterinary Inspection (Susan J. Stickle)
Wellington, FL
- The second event of the 2012 Global Dressage Festival (GDF), the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, and National Show took place on Thursday with six levels of competition at the Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Christopher Hickey had the high score of the day on Balissa HTF with a 77.500% in the USEF First Level Test II - Open class. Ilse Schwarz of Australia had the second highest score of the day and took home two blue ribbons winning the USEF First Level Test I -Open on Don Joseph with 73.793% and the FEI Intermediare II-Open on Cadenza with a score of 67.500%. John Amber also won two classes taking the FEI Prix St. George-Open on Shakespeare RSF with a 63.882% and the USEF Training Level 3 - Open on World Games TFH scoring 64.800%. The third double winner went to Laurie Moore winning the USEF Second Level Test I -Open scoring 68.500% on Rolero. The pair improved on their win in the USEF Second Level Test II scoring 73.158%.

The jog for the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W also took place and was a complete success with 47 entries passing the veterinary inspection. The stately palms surrounded the area where the jog was held. President of the ground jury, Linda Zang (USA) commented, "The jog went very well and all the horses passed. I am very happy with the way it went."

The Dressage Classic continues on Friday at 8:00 AM with the FEI Prix St. Georges. Ten riders will compete on their horses in front of the Patrons Club and two sets of stands that seat up to 1500 people. 

For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at: under the link of dressage show information and ride times on the main homepage.