September 25, 2011–As an exciting staple of the Wellington winter equestrian scene, International Polo Club Palm Beach will once again bring one of the world’s most elite dressage events to South Florida next year. The World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach will be sponsored by International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2012, bringing together two of the most thrilling horse sport presenters. Occurring January 26 – 29, 2012 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, the World Dressage Masters event is sure to entertain spectators, challenge riders, and reflect the athletic spirit of its presenting sponsor, International Polo Club Palm Beach.
As the founding force behind International Polo Club Palm Beach, John Goodman and family are pleased to be able to offer dressage enthusiasts a chance to glimpse the world’s best riders. “Last year was so successful, and proved to be a sold-out event,” said Goodman. “With more time to prepare this year, the competition for 2012 looks to be even better than ever.”
As a CDI5* event, the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach involves the highest and most difficult levels of dressage tests for riders and their horses. Featuring a Grand Prix, a Grand Prix Special, and a Grand Prix Freestyle, this show brings a new challenge for each day of competition. The World Dressage Masters circuit also awards ?100,000 in prize money per show to its winning riders, making this one of the world’s most lucrative dressage contests, as well as one of the most impressive.
Noreen O’Sullivan, owner of Wellington Classic Dressage, which produces World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach, added, “The show last year was such a wonderful experience for everybody. We’re very excited to again be able to partner with International Polo Club Palm Beach and bring the top dressage riders in the world back to Wellington this winter.”
Wellington Classic Dressage, which hosts varied dressage shows throughout the year, has secured exclusive rights to host the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach through 2013. This global competition is the only North American leg of the celebrated World Dressage Masters circuit, which spans several nations and invites only the best of the best in dressage to compete. The Axel Johnson Group will again sponsor the entire World Dressage Masters circuit, while International Polo Club Palm Beach is honored to sponsor the Palm Beach portion of this renowned competition.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach is South Florida’s premier polo club, attracting thousands of fans each week during the winter polo season. The 2012 season officially kicks off January 8th in Wellington, FL. For more information, please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com or call 561-282-5334.