Wellington, FL (January 9, 2014): Thirteen weeks of world-class competition in tropical paradise; this sums up the Adequan Global Dressage Festival underway in Wellington, Florida. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is the world's largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. Starting with the GDF1 CDIW & National Show on January 9-12, 2014 and ending with GDF12 CDI5*/3* & National Show on March 27-30, 2014, outstanding dressage horses, riders, owners and enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to compete with the best.
Hanoverians have been wowing the crowds in classes at the AGDF to date, including the following outstanding horses and riders:
- Swedish rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello (Don Davidoff - Wey O Mey by Weltmeyer), a 2002 bay Hanoverian gelding, topped the FEI Grand Prix, with a winning score of 77.670% during the first day of competition for the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Don Auriello also took home a win in the “Friday Night Stars” series with an exciting FEI Grand Prix Freestyle competition and full spectator stands with a score of 81.575%.
- Bon Chance (Belissimo M - SPS WIntersong) and Caroline Roffman, Lionshare Dressage, Wellington, FL performed brilliantly to win GDF1 CDI FEI Prix St. Georges with a score of 70.237%. Bon Chance is a 2005 chestnut Hanoverian gelding owned by Caroline Roffman and bred by Marefield Meadows.
- Don Diego Ymas (Don Frederico - SPS Wie Platine by Wolkenstein II) and Juan Matute Jr. lead the victory lap in GDF1 CDI FEI Intermediare I, with Heather Mason & Zar in second place. Stunningly elegant, this pair was the crowd favorite and Juan's family was thrilled. In a field of 16 outstanding horses, Juan & Don Diego Ymas rode to victory again a few days later in GDF3 CDI FEI Prix St. Georges with a score of 71.421% & in GDF3 CDI FEI Intermediare I Freestyle with a score of 74.400%. A brilliant beginning to an outstanding show season!
- Juan Matute Jr. had four more brilliant rides on Dhannie Ymas to win FEI Junior Individual & FEI Junior Team at both the GDF1 & GDF3 CDI shows. Dhannie Ymas is a 2007 black Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador (Don Bosco - SPS Larissa by Laurie's Crusador) and out of SPS Welina, a Weltmeyer - Wenzel I mare, owned by Cristina Danguillecourt, Wellington, FL.
- For My Love (For Feeling - Escudine) and amateur owner Katharina Stump had an outstanding ride and placed first in 2014 GDF3 National FEI Intermediare B - Open. For My Love is a 2001 black Hanoverian gelding imported from Germany (shown there as "Figaro"). It is interesting to note the For My Love's dam, Escudine, is also the dam of the licensed premium Hanoverian stallion, Sheik It by Stolzenberg. Sheik It is approved for breeding in Hanover, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg, OS-International, Rhineland, Westphalia and South German studbooks and owned by HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai, V.A.E
- Diamonds R Forever (Don Frederico - SPS Myrtle Mae by Matcho x) and Natalia Martin won the GDF3 National FEI Prix St. Georges-Open with a score of 66.842%. Diamonds R Forever is a 2002 grey Hanoverian mare owned by Natalia Martin & Kara Dickey and bred by Patchwork Farm.
- Lumiere Gold (Liberty Gold - Diotima), a 2008 chestnut Hanoverian mare ridden by Michelle Sizemore placed first in USEF First Level, Test 1- Open & USEF Training Level, Test 1-Open. Lumiere Gold is owned by Nicole Polaski, Wellington, FL and was bred by Marefield Meadows.