Combinations Announced for First 2009 World Dressage Masters in Wellington

Tue, 01/20/2009 - 00:00
2009 World Dressage Masters

The schedule and riders' list for the 2009 World Dressage Masters CDI 5* to be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Jan. 29-31 have been announced.

The list of riders is assembled by invitation based on the FEI Riders Ranking. For the Palm Beach qualifier the list contains no major surprises as it features the Dutch and Danish riders who are highest ranked and closely co-operating with title sponsor Exquis. Furthermore a large group of the top ranked Florida based riders has been confirmed. Two U.S. West Coast riders fly in for the show, Steffen Peters and Jan Ebeling. So far, no Germans, nor Swedes nor British have entered to compete.

Up to 20 horse and rider combinations from six nations will compete in the inaugural €100,000 ($135,000) 2009 World Dressage Masters CDI 5* series at PBIEC. The other events are Salzburg, Austria (May 1-3), Munich, Germany (May 21-24) and Hickstead, Great Britain (July 23-26).

The veterinary jog for all the horses will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The Grand Prix starts at 1 p.m. on Friday 30 January 2009 and so far the following combinations are entered:


Rider Horse Country FEI Ranking
Stefan van Ingelgem  Withney van 't Genthof BEL 33
Ashley Holzer Pop Art CAN 9
Jacqueline Brooks Gran Gesto CAN 56
Marco Bernal Diamore COL 149
Mikala Gundersen Leonberg DEN 230
Anne van Olst Exquis Clearwater DEN 36
Lars Petersen Succes DEN 35
Edward Gal Interfloor Next One NED 144
Hans Peter Minderhoud Exquis Escapado NED 27
Tosca Visser Moorland Opportunity NED 403
Anky van Grunsven Painted Black NED 5
Arlene Page Wild One USA 163
Jan Ebeling Rafalca USA 57
Michael Barisone Neruda USA 188
Jane Hannigan Maksymilian USA 74
Joe Sandven Rachmaninoff USA 193
Tara Stegen New Tango USA 119
Steffen Peters Ravel USA 15

Photo courtesy: Tantalus Farm

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