Adequan Global Dressage Festival Weeks 9 & 10

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Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz, Photo Credit ©SusanJStickle

Para-Equestrians Strut Their Stuff at Adequan Global Dressage Festival Final CPEDI 3* Of The Season

It is well known that AGDF hosts top level dressage competition throughout the season, but many may not know that a highlight on the calendar is the 3* events for para-equestrians.

Para riders from throughout the country migrate to Wellington to perform in front of top international dressage judges in order to earn their rankings at FEI level events.

It takes years of intense training and competition for these riders to earn their qualifications for the upcoming World Equestrian Games qualifiers and the next Paralympics. Upon the conclusion of last year’s Olympics, the roster of top riders and horses shuffled, as we saw some of our US horse and rider combinations retire from upper-level competition. That allows for the next round of para-equestrian talent to come up through the ranks. Such is the case with Laurietta Oakleaf, who trains with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen based out of Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania.

The Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3*, was won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion owned by Oakleaf, with a 70.833%. Second place in the the Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3* went to Dale Dedrick (USA) and her own Bardondales Ultrasuede, a 2007 Connamera Cross gelding, with 70.056%.

Local Wellington favorite and 2016 Paralympic Team Member Angela Peavy did also return to the international ring on her newest mount, Royal Dark Chocolate, who she just started riding a bit more than a month ago. The US Paralympic team has great hopes for this competitive pair. Peavy had the following comments to share with Jennifer Wood Media.

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Ashley Holzer and Sir Caramello. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle

“Hopefully we make the team for the World Equestrian Games. I would also like to take her to Europe this summer, which is something we are still talking about. I’m going to show her here in the national shows in the next couple of weeks,” she said.

In regards to her time here at The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, Peavy said, “It’s so generous of everyone to sponsor these shows and for allowing us to perform in this stadium to get a more international feel so we are ready to compete at that higher level. It’s really an honor to be here.”

Olympian Ashley Holzer Tops AGDF Week 9 Grand Prix; Week 10 To Feature International Dressage Youth Championships

Olympian Ashley Holzer and Sir Carmello, a 2007 Oldenburg stallion owned by Peacock Ridge Farm, topped the FEI Grand Prix leaderboard during week 9 at AGDF.

The season will continue through March 25th with week 10’s competition beginning Wednesday, March 15, with the CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne.

The week also features a National Show and the 2017 Florida International Dressage Youth Championships.

Check back with Wellington Equestrian Realty or visit the Global Dressage Festival website here.