WELLINGTON, Fla., Jan. 28--The huge response from across the United States and Europe to the inaugural Exquis World Dressage Masters Musical Freestyle in Wellington led to the organizers announcing Wednesday that admission to the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special will be free.
The Grand Prix will be held Friday afternoon in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Grand Prix Special will be held Saturday afternoon.
The Grand Prix Musical Freestyle is scheduled for Saturday night under lights, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. with a live band, and the first horse to enter the ring at 7 p.m.
Anky van Grunsven, triple Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Cup champion, also expanded her Friday night clinic to include six invited riders.
"We have been so struck by the interest and excitement for the clinic that we wanted to respond in kind by adding more riders, inviting six instead of four, and extending the time to 2 1/2/ hours," Anky said.
Equestrian Sport Productions that is managing the event announced the following schedule:
Friday 1 p.m. -- Grand Prix competition of invited riders in the International Arena. Free admission for all. Spectators who have made reservations for VIP tables and boxes for the Friday night clinic will be able to use their assigned seats for the Grand Prix. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Friday 5 p.m. -- Anky van Grunsven, Steffen Peters and Edward Gal autograph signing in Tiki Hut beside International Arena.
Friday 7 p.m. -- Anky van Grunsven clinic in International Arena. Back on Track product giveaways to spectators.
Friday post clinic -- Anky van Grunsven autograph signing at the Special Events Pavilion overlooking the International Arena. Live band, food and beverages available.
Saturday 3 p.m. - Grand Prix Special in International Arena. Free admission for all. Spectators who have made reservations for VIP tables and boxes for the Friday night clinic will be able to use their assigned seats. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Saturday 5:30 p.m. - Autograph signing with Steffen Peters and winner of Grand Prix Special at Tiki Hut.
Saturday 6 p.m. - Festivities begin for Grand Prix Musical Freestyle in International Arena.
6:30 p.m. Parade of Nations--Musical Freestyle riders paraded in convertibles around International Arena. Back on Track product giveaways, Brian O'Connor special demonstration, live band and more. First horse in arena 7 p.m.
Awards ceremony and special finale exhibition by Anky van Grunsven. Live band, food and beverages in Special Events pavilion.
Tickets for WDM are available online at http://www.equestriansport.com
and clicking on Buy Tickets.
Ticket options are:
-International Club $750 for a table of six per night on Friday night or Saturday night, or $1,350 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included.
--International Club individual seats $125 per night on Friday night and Saturday night, or $225 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included.
-VIP boxes $50 for individual seats on Friday night and Saturday night, or $90 for both nights.
-Reserved General Admission is $20 per night, or $35 for two nights.
General admission tickets are available at the gate for $10 or $25 for assigned seating for each night.
For more information, call Annette Goyette at 561 793 5867.
The Wellington competition is the inaugural and only U.S. event in the WDM series. The other competitions are Salzburg Austria, (May 1-3), Munich, Germany, (May 21-24) and Hickstead, Great Britain (July 23-26).
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THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 360' x 280' all-weather International Arena, the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena, Mogavero Ring and Grand Hunter Field in addition to several other competition rings. The competition and warm up rings have all-weather footing. Amenities include the International Club, refreshment and shopping areas.
DIRECTIONS: From the Florida Turnpike south, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over US 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.
From Interstate I-95, take Exit #49. Travel west on Forest Hills Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.
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