The line-up for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, presented by Wellington Classic Dressage, will feature a star-studded cast of riders and horses for the Jan. 23-27 event at the Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Florida. The riders confirmed their participation, and the horses are arriving in Florida to compete for their share of about $131,850 in prize money. The World Dressage Masters series, presented by the Axel Johnson Group, featured over 450,000 euros in prize money over the 2012 series.
"I think we have a fantastic line-up and we will really see top competition for this year’s WDM Palm Beach," said Noreen O'Sullivan, show manager and managing partner of Wellington Classic Dressage, organizers of the event. "For most of these riders, this will be the only appearance in Florida under the lights at Jim Brandon, so this is surely an event not to be missed."
- U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, owned by Akiko Yamazaki, are the U.S. top-ranked rider/horse team, based in San Diego, Calif. They will make the World Dressage Masters their only appearance in Florida.
- Olympians Adrienne Lyle and Wizard, trained by Debbie McDonald and based in Idaho, have already arrived in Florida and are training for the event.
- Olympic athlete Tina Konyot, based in Palm City, Fla., will compete on Calecto V.
- Heather Blitz, who calls Wellington her winter home, will ride Paragon.
- James Koford and Rhett will round out the U.S. riders slated for the Masters.
- World Dressage Masters will also showcase Sweden's top two riders: 2012 London Olympians Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven riding Don Aurelio, ranked No. 1 in Sweden and No. 10 in the world, and Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic, ranked No. 2 in Sweden and No. 11 in the world. “Like I said, I have always been a big fan of WDM,” said Kittel, who is on his way the WDM Palm Beach, his first time competing in the U.S.
- The Netherland's Edward Gal and Inter Floor Next One, the duo that just won the Grand Prix freestyle with a 77.35 percent on Jan. 6 in Drachten, the Netherlands, will be competing along with fellow countryman Hans Peter Minderhoud on Whitney van't Genthof.
- Denmark will be represented by Lars Petersen riding Mariett and Lisbeth Seierskilde riding Jonstrupgardens Raneur.
- Canada's David Marcus riding Chrevi's Capital and Jacqueline Brooks competing on D Niro, Italy's Silvia Rizzo on Donnerbube II and Australia's Nicholas Fyffe on Sentimiento I will round out the world-class line-up. Sentimiento's owner Tamara Gerber is eagerly anticipating watching her horse compete.
- Additionally, the top two qualified riders from the CDI*** Grand Prix qualifier the same weekend will be invited to compete in the WDM for a maximum start field of 18-20.
Limited tickets are still available for 2013 World Dressage Masters for Reserved and VIP seating. Contact Maria Feola at 561-282-5334 and 561-282-5301 or email at [email protected] or Debbie@internationalpoloclub. Or log onto http://wcd.ticketleap.com/2013 to buy your tickets today.