Equestrian Sport Productions and Wellington
Classic Dressage Reach Agreement on Dates for the Future
of Dressage in Wellington
Wellington, FL - May 29, 2013 - Equestrian Sport Productions
(ESP) and Wellington Classic Dressage are pleased to announce
that they have reached an agreement on the structure of
the Dressage calendar for 2014 and beyond and will submit
this to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Working together with the USEF and the other CDI Dressage
show organizers, including IHS Palm Beach and Gold Coast
Dressage, a very balanced Winter Dressage circuit has been
developed that reduces the overall number of CDIs in Palm
Beach County, but creates a series that will be very attractive
to international riders from all over the world.
The proposal is subject to approval by the USEF, but both
organizations are confident that it is in line with recent
discussions between all the parties.
The proposal will utilize the Adequan Global Dressage Festival
venue (The Stadium) as the main base for the international
events except for the iconic Palm Beach Derby CDI-W, while
other shows would continue at the Loxahatchee venue or Jim
Brandon Equestrian Center.
Noreen O'Sullivan, the Manager of Wellington Classic Dressage,
stated, "I am very pleased that an agreement has been
reached to work together and I know that the sport of Dressage
can really grow and reach the level it deserves by utilizing
the fantastic facilities at the Adequan Global Dressage
Mark Bellissimo, CEO of ESP, agreed, "I am delighted
with the outcome; this is a great step forward and is proof
that groups working together despite prior differences are
much more powerful than continued opposition. We can now
give Wellington a world-class circuit at a world-class venue
and that is only to the benefit of both the Dressage and
non-equestrian communities in our great Village."
Michael Stone, President of ESP, stressed that the agreement
was subject to USEF approval, but following recent meetings
with the USEF and the various CDI organizers, he stated,
"I am confident that our proposal will be well received
and is in the best interest of the sport. However, out of
respect to the decision-making process of the USEF, the
full details of the proposal cannot be released until we
have received the formal approval."