We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!
Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!
Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.
The 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival
Hot on the heels of FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival comes the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, also taking place the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. The festivities kicked off on January 9th and will continue through March 30th. This year, competition prize money over the entire circuit will exceed $300,000, making this festival on of the richest dressage circuits in the world. And to think, they still can afford to offer free general admission!
While the Winter Equestrian Festival has “Saturday Night Lights,” Friday nights belong to dressage. Each Friday of a CDI-ranked show, “Friday Night Stars” features a FEI Grand Prix Freestyle competition. Last Friday, the top honors went to Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) on Don Auriello, who won with a score of 81.575%.
We’d love to see a video of that, but until it is posted, we’ll content ourselves with the winning ride for the 2013 AGDF Wellington CDI5* Freestyle from Lars Petersen (DEN) and his mount, Mariett. This video is particularly perfect for The Horse Circus as Petersen and Mariett are preforming to songs from the Big Top!
On Fridays without CDI-ranked competition, like this Friday, the “Friday Night Stars” event mixes it up a bit. Tonight’s featured event is the Wellington Wild West Show, which comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect at a good old-fashioned rodeo. Exhibitions include trick and roman riding by Brandon Perdue and Gena Cox, comic relief from rodeo clowns and Rusty McCray, barrel racing, roping, and more. Sounds like another circus night to us!
Finally, a quick follow up on last week’s Horse Circus. It seems the ladies can’t be beat. The women’s team earned their sixth consecutive victory in the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes last Saturday. Like last year, the women’s team, which was captained by Candice King and also included riders Pippa Allen, Nicole Bellissimo, Danielle Goldstein, Brianne Goutal, Lauren Hough, Maggie Jayne, Laura Kraut, Catherine Pasmore, and Debbie Stephens, clinched the victory in the six-bar competition. Catherine Pasmore and her mount Bibi Sijgje were the only pair to clear the six-bar in round two, securing the win for the women.