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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby

Loxahatchee, FL— For 25 years the Palm Beach Dressage Derby has offered

spectators the opportunity to watch the best horses and riders in North

America compete in front of the most prestigious judging panels. The

twenty-fifth edition of the event not only will showcase world-class

competitors, but three full days of celebration of the show that has

become a must-do for serious dressage aficionados. Where else can you

watch Olympians like Klaus Balkenhol and Ulla Salzgeber coach their

protégés while Lisa Wilcox and Lars Petersen compete? And this year’s

Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y, held February

28-March 2, 2008, features top-notch shopping, an art show reception,

the Taste of the Derby and the once in a lifetime “An Olympic Tribute”


“I cannot believe this year is our 25th anniversary,” says show manager

Evelyn O’Sullivan. “Each year the event has grown. We are very excited

about all of the celebrations that we have planned for this year.”

The Derby Art Show and Reception—Friday, February 29, 2008, 4:30-6:00


Each year the Derby program showcases the artwork of an exceptional

equine artist. This year, several of these artists will be honored at a

reception on Friday afternoon. The event will feature an art show,

reception with the artists and refreshments. Among the artists whose

work will be showcased are Beverly Zimmer, Gisela Pferdekaemper,

Michele Hundt, Patricia Powers and Marilyn Fallon. O’Sullivan

continues, “We are very grateful to the wonderful artists that have

made the Derby special each year. This is our way of celebrating all of

them and also giving a spectators and exhibitors a real treat.”

The Taste of the Derby—Saturday, March 1, 2008, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

In addition to the great horseflesh and magnificent riding, a major

draw of the Derby is the incredible dressage and equestrian-themed

shopping available at The Boutiques at the Derby. In 2008 for the first

time these vendors will offer hospitality and refreshments during The

Taste of the Derby. Musical entertainment will round out the festive

atmosphere. You won’t want to miss this!

An Olympic Tribute—Saturday, March 1, 2008 during the lunch break

The Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby is one of the few events

in North America that draws the depth of competitors usually only seen

in Europe. It’s not uncommon at the Derby for a class to have a dozen

Olympic riders. In addition, in 2008 the Derby once again serves as a

USEF High Performance Qualifier for the USEF National Grand Prix

Championship / Olympic Games Selection Trials; USEF National

Intermediaire I Championship; FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final; FEI North

American Junior and Young Riders' Championships; USEF National Junior,

Young Rider, and Brentina Cup Championships; Markel/USEF Young Horse

Dressage Program; and USEF National Developing Horse Dressage

Championships. In celebration of the Derby’s rich Olympic heritage, the

Derby will host “An Olympic Tribute” on Saturday afternoon during the

lunch break. During this once in a lifetime experience, a large group

of Olympic riders will gather for a group photo and autograph signing.

“We always have so many Olympic riders at the Derby,” O’ Sullivan

explains, “and we wanted to honor them for their support as well as

wish some of them good luck at the 2008 Olympics.” Be sure to visit the

Derby’s website the week of the event for more information and


For the second consecutive year the Derby’s title sponsor is

Phelpssports.com. This innovative subscription equestrian sports

website offers equestrians and fans of equestrian sports a single web

address for the latest breaking news of the Hunter, Jumper, Dressage,

Eventing and other High Performance disciplines. Not only is

Phelpssports.com supporting the Derby as a sponsor, they are also

awarding thousands of dollars of gift subscriptions to the class

winners as well as full access passes for all exhibitors. O’Sullivan

says, “We are very grateful to Phelpssports.com for their involvement

at the Derby and we hope that everyone will visit their website.” The

Derby is also pleased to welcome AIRshod Inc., Brigadoon and Mary

Phelps, Markel Equine Insurance Specialist as Gold Sponsors along with

Absorbine, Farm Credit of South Florida and White Fences Home Owners’

Association to its sponsorship roster.

The show includes classes for all levels of horses and riders, but the

big spectator draws are the international and freestyle classes.

Dressage is one of the few Olympic sports where men and women compete

against each other. It is also one of the rare events that older

competitors are often more successful than their younger and less

experienced counterparts. Horses and riders are judged not only on the

precision of their movements, but on their athletic ability and quality

of the performance. The freestyles, which are set to music and

choreographed by the competitors, are crowd favorites much like figure


The PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby is located at the Horse

Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee. Parking and admission are

free on all days. A very limited number of VIP seats are available

Friday-Sunday. VIP tickets include seating in the Grand Prix tent,

continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. All proceeds from the

VIP tickets benefit the USET Foundation. An order form, map, complete

schedule and additional information can be found at http://www.pbderby.com.

Schedule at a glance:

Thursday February 28, 2008

National horse shows classes begin at 12:00

Friday February 29, 2008

International horse show classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

Vaulting demonstration during lunch break

Art show and reception 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Saturday March 1, 2008

International horse show classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

Vaulting demonstration and An Olympic Tribute held during lunch break

A Taste of the Derby 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sunday March 2, 2008

International horse show classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch break features Leadline class and Spanish Horses Exhibition

Presented by Medieval Times

Grand Prix Freestyle begins at 12:30

About the Palm Beach Derby

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

The show attracts the best riders from around the globe, including

Betsy Steiner, Leslie Morse, Robert Dover, Cesar Parra, Lars Peterson,

Arlene Page, Ashley Holzer and many more of the Who’s Who of the

dressage world. The PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby is the

main event in a two-show series that includes Dressage at Equestrian

Estates in April as well as educational programs.


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