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Equestrian Season Preview week of the series with CDI5* classes in the International Ring. In 2021, SchutKery and Sanceo nabbed victory in the Grand Prix Special CDI5* and Grand Prix CDI5*, while Peters and Suppenkasper earned a win in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*. “I feel so much joy and have happy tears,” Schut-Kery said after her back-toback successes. “It’s very emotional. To ride the test, you are focused in the ring, of course, but it’s also joyful. It’s an amazing feeling to have an animal like that respond to you with such small aids and cues. That amazing feeling is still there for me after 30-plus years, how we can communicate with an animal like that.” Fans of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, where riders pilot unfamiliar horses in a knockout competition, will be pleased to know it is returning again during Week Eight. Germany’s Chris-


toph Koschel once again proved that he is the “king of the derby” in 2021 after notching his fifth win in a row, having won derbies in Hamburg, Munich and Palm Beach. If doors are opened to spectators, the best time to visit is during Friday Night Stars, which is a select set of Friday evenings when some of the best dressage combinations in the world will complete tests to music choreographed especially for them and their horses. Spectators will hear everything from classic orchestral pieces to the latest pop hits. “The 2021 season was a challenge due to necessary COVID-19 protocols in place, but all of us at the AGDF hope that we are able to reopen the facility to spectators this upcoming winter. We love having the public join us to experience the beauty and elegance of dressage,” Baur said. “It truly is a special experi-

ence, and there is not a bad seat in the house. We love having dressage experts, as well as people who have never seen the sport before.” Some of dressage’s best up-andcoming riders will be put to the test in a series of Under 25 classes, which will showcase the next generation of talent. On the equine side of things, the Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix Series and Future Challenge/ Young Horse Prix St. George Series will help horses aged eight to 10 years old develop their skills. In addition to toplevel sport, the AGDF will have an entire range of classes available for pony, junior and amateur dressage riders in USEF-rated national events throughout the circuit. For more information about the 2022 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, visit www. globaldressagefestival.com.

wellington the magazine | november 2021