Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2018
Dressage at Wellington, FL
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival
(GDF) circuit offers multiple weeks of National USDF-sanctioned competitions, with scheduled training, young horse, young rider, amateur, and open categories plus a full range of Small and Large Tour and Para events.
Dressage Show Season in Wellington
There is always excitement in the air when the holidays bring top dressage horses and riders from all over the world to compete in these FEI rated dressage shows. At the GDF, world champions and Olympic medalists vie for perfection and a place in horse show history. Few things make a horse lover more focused than watching these stunning horses and riders in a well executed dressage performanace.
The top of the dressage ladder belongs to Charlene Dujardin, a British rider who was the European, World, and current Olympic dressage champion. Other top names included in FEI rankings are Isalbell Wirth, Laura Graves, Carl Hester, Catherine Dufour, and Steffen Peters. These riders will pair with one or two horses to complete the team and train with their horses over many years so they can anticipate each others moves. It is expected that all of the top dressage riders will compete at the 2018 GDF.
Dressage was developed by the Greeks to bring movements to military horses and riders that would help them attack or evade the enemy. The earliest written work about training horses was produced by Xenophon, a Greek military commander. This written document was built on by the military to further horsemanship skills, a key ingredient of military training of the time.
The Renaissance saw European aristocrats displaying highly trained horses in special equestrian pageants. Dressage is French for training. As a result of the training systems developed by European riding masters, the Imperial Spanish Riding School of Vienna was established in 1572. This school still operates today and is home to the famous Lipizzaner Stallion shows and almost all horse lovers have this destination on their bucket list.
The riding principles developed and taught here are still followed in today's dressage world.
Dressage become an Olympic Sport in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm but only commissioned military officers were allowed to compete until 1952 when the rules changed to allow both civilian men and women to compete.
CDI (Concurs de Dressage International)
On the dressage show schedule you will see the term CDI which stands for Concurs de Dressage International (International Dressage Event) with the number of * representing progressively higher requirements and more opportunities.
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington fields the most CDI horse shows in one place in the world. Sanctioned by FEI, the world equestrian governing body, CDI shows represent the highest level of dressage competition.
Dressage Under the Lights
Each CDI Weekend features the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday evening, taking advantage of Florida's mild winter nights for an exciting equestrian night out.