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Wellington Dressage Nations Cup to be at Center of 2014 Florida Winter Circuit

Teams at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Global Dressage Festival's Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Teams at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* at the Global Dressage Festival’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Wellington Dressage Nations Cup will likely be staged at the peak of Florida’s winter circuit within a few days of the jumping Nations Cup that could create the first CHIO in the Americas, similar to premier events in Europe.

The Nations Cup CDIO3* along with the first eventing CIC for Wellington are being tentatively scheduled for the week of Feb. 21, 2014, a week before the jumping Nations Cup that has become a highlight of the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Jumping Nations Cups for children, Junior and Young Riders are also being planned for the same week as the senior jumping Nations Cup, under lights on Friday nght, Feb. 28, for the second year in a row.

Approval of the dressage and jumping Nations Cups and the CIC event linked in the same schedule would mirror that at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany though its dressage team competition is given the highest rating of 5* in addition to the jumping CSIO5*.

The crowded CDI schedule in Florida in the past two years pushed the Wellington Nations Cup and a CDI5*–the highest level for individuals–into April after WEF ended and after many of the thousands of equestrians in Florida for the winter circuit had left.

Moving the dressage Nations Cup to the heart of the WEF circuit of 12 weeks from early January to the end of March has been made possible by a reorganization of the CDI calendar and cutting the number of international events to eight in 2014 from the 12 that were sheduled in 2013.

The draft reorganization of the CDI calendar, to be considered for approval next week, provides for five CDIs, including the CDIO3*, to be held at the Global Dressage Festival grounds that are part of PBIEC.

The other three CDIs will be held at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee.

Those include the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, a headline event for 30 years in Florida, and two International Horse Sport shows.

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