WELLINGTON, Fla., Dec. 23--Fans from 23 U.S. states, Canada and Denmark have already reserved seats for the $140,000 Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI-5* that features the top European and North American riders at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Jan. 28-31.
Since tickets went on sale on http://www.equestriansport.com
last Friday, Dec. 19, reservations have been made by residents in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The USA's Steffen Peters, Anky van Grunsven, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands, Anne van Olst of Denmark and Ashley Holzer and Jacqueline Brooks of Canada have committed to the event. More top European and U.S. riders are expected to confirm their participation shortly.
Twenty riders will start in the Grand Prix on Thursday, Jan. 29, then go on to the selected final: the Grand Prix Special during the day on Saturday or the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle under lights on Saturday night.
Van Grunsven, the most successful freestyle competitor in the history of dressage with eight World Cup titles and three individual Olympic gold medals, will host a clinic on Friday, Jan. 30.
"I am really looking forward to competing in the States again after my World Cup Final victory in Las Vegas two years ago," Anky said in confirming that she will take part in the WDM.
"Also, I am curious to see which riders and horses I will have in my clinic. I am sure I can give a number of good tips for the riders together with their horses to perform better in the future."
Tickets for WDM are available online at http://www.equestriansport.com
and clicking on Buy Tickets.
Because of high demand for the limited seating at both the Friday clinic and the Saturday competition, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Online ticket sales will be allocated first based on the date and time of purchase.
Ticket options for WDM 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.
For more information, call Annette Goyette at 561 793 5867.
The Wellington competition is the inaugural and only U.S. event in the first WDM series. The other competitions are Salzburg Austria, (May 1-3), Munich, Germany, (May 21-24) and Hickstead, Great Britain (July 23-26).
The WDM has been created so the world's top dressage riders can compete in the Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Special or the Grand Prix Freestyle for 100,000 (US$144,000) in total prize money at the spectacular PBIEC, a permanent showcase of the finest equestrian sports.
PBIEC INFORMATION & TICKETS: http://www.equestriansport.com
561 793 5867
THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home to the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 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.
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendor areas around the International Arena, and are open during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the International Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, home furnishings and more.
CAR RENTAL: Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs. Call 1-800-593-0505 or go online to enterprise.com and use the WEF reference number 41W0087 and the PIN; win, for a discount.
HOTELS: Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington
2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696
(Closest hotel, just two miles from show grounds)
Hampton Inn Lake Worth Road
8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980
(New location just five miles from Wellington)
Hampton Inn West Palm Beach
Okeechobee Blvd. at Jog Rd.
2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990
(Just 12 miles away at Emerald Dunes)
RV: For recreational vehicle rentals and full hook ups on the PBIEC show grounds weekly, monthly and seasonal call Gigi at RV sales +1 954 583-3382 or go to: http://www.rvsalesofbroward.com
GOLF CARS: Dever, Inc., the Official & Exclusive Supplier of Golf
Cars. Orders and information at http://www.deverinc.com
or telephone Dever Inc.'s PBIEC office at 859-509-7265, the home office at
800-714-2201 or Randy Lambert directly at 859-621-8927
HORSE TRANSPORTATION: BROOK LEDGE, INC. WEF Official Horse Transportation. Daily service to Ocala, vans based in Wellington, one horse or van load, all trips expedited, Florida serviced year round, dozens of trips weekly. Quotes, questions, bookings call: Andrea 800-523-8143 or Email: email@example.com
Photo: World Cup and Olympic Champion Anky van Grunsven who will compete in the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI 5* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Jan. 28-31. The Dutch star will also host a clinic during the WDM. She is shown here giving a mounted clinic in a stadium that was packed despite heavy rain. Photo: 2007 Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA
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