Wellington, Fla. – March 15, 2017 – All horses entered for the CDI competition presented by Havensafe Farm in the tenth week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival have been cleared in Wednesday morning’s jog inspection. In addition to the 3* and 4* competition, this week will showcase young riders in the Fourth Annual Florida Youth Dressage Championships.
Kimberly Van Kampen, owner of Hampton Green Farm and supporter of youth dressage programs in Florida, is excited to see a movement of so many young dressage riders to the arenas in Wellington.
“We started this to build the youth programs here in Florida,” she explained. “We were finding that having a championship in conjunction with some of the other youth efforts down here would bring more and more young people down to compete internationally at the youth levels, and that’s what it has done.”
Junior rider Michelle Sabga-Aboud of Trinidad is looking forward to her first CDI competition in Florida with her mount Cassius CKS, a 13-year-old Zweibrucker gelding. She aims to have a good experience in the ring for her first time in Wellington and focus on competing against herself.
“We were supposed to ride in a national show but we had to scratch,” Sabga-Aboud said. “So our first show ever here is a CDI. I’m just going to go for it!”
Sabga-Aboud expressed her love of Wellington’s unique environment as an equestrian community.
“The other day I took Cassius on a trail ride and it was on a path made of sand along the road,” she said. “The whole atmosphere makes you so excited. Everything is horses. There’s nothing not to love.”
Cameron Manuli, a Junior rider representing the United States, will compete this week on Salvador Dali, an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Being Manuli’s first CDI competition as well as her first season in Wellington, she also hopes to come away with a positive first ride in the CDI ring.
“I’ve been doing a lot of national shows getting ready,” Manuli said. “[Salvador Dali] has been here but I haven’t. This is my first time in Florida so I’m getting used to it.”
“It’s crazy,” she continued. “You see horses walking on the side of the road and it’s a normal thing. It’s definitely Welly World.”
The FEI Intermediate II 16-25* class will start on Thursday, March 16 at 9:10 a.m. The CDI3* Grand Prix will begin at 10:25 a.m., followed by the CDI4* Grand Prix.
FEI Intermediate II 16-25* Order of Go
1.Genay Vaughn/USA/Donarweiss GGF
2. Juan Matute Guimon/ESP/Don Diego Ymas
3. Natalie Pai/USA/Unlimited
4.Diane Porsche/AUT/Di Sandro
5. Mathilde Blais Tetreault/CAN/Utah
CDI3* Grand Prix Order of Go
4.Anna Marek/USA/Dee Clair
5. Ellesse Tzinberg/PHI/Triviant 2
6.Kelly Layne/AUS/Von Primaire
7.Yvonne Losos De Muniz/DOM/Aquamarijn
8.Adrienne Pot/USA/Something Special
10.P.J. Rizvi/USA/Breaking Dawn
11.Barbara Bertschinger/SUI/Rubin Cortes OLD
12.Susan Dutta/USA/Currency DC
CDI4* Grand Prix Order of Go
2.Tuny Page/USA/Dr. House 2
3.Maria Florencia Manfredi/ARG/Bandurria Kacero
5.Juan Matute Guimon/ESP/Quantico Ymas
6.Katherine Bateson Chandler/USA/Alcazar
7.Jacqueline Brooks/CAN/D Niro
9.Jill Irving/CAN/Degas 12