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The Best Horse Farms for sale in Harbor Springs, Michigan start here…..

The sales tour begins at Brek-n-Ridge Farm, located just outside of Harbor Springs at the Entrance to the Tunnel of Trees and home to the old Potato House, once a barn in it’s hay day.

in the middle of Winter...Lingh brings Spring.........

in the middle of Winter…Lingh brings Spring………


Lingh frozen semen available in Holland at DE IJZEREN MAN

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Lingh: dressuurhengst van internationale allure. Lingh is een uiterst elegante zoon van de preferente KWPN-hengst Flemmingh, die vooral opvalt door zijn uiterst mooie en atletische exterieur. In 2005 ontving deze uitzonderingshengst zijn KWPN-dekbrevet op basis van zijn geweldige sportcarrière onder Edward Gal. Met vele overwinningen in de internationale Grand Prix, de zilveren medaille tijdens de Wereldbekerfinale in Las Vegas in 2005 en zijn zilveren teammedaille tijdens de Europese kampioenschappen 2005 heeft Lingh bewezen tot de absolute wereldtop te behoren. Vanaf 2006 vervolgde Lingh zijn internationale dressuurcarrière onder het zadel van zijn eigenaresse Karin Reid-Offield met vele hoge plaatsingen. Ook in de fokkerij heeft Lingh inmiddels bewezen zijn kwaliteiten door te geven aan zijn kinderen; bijzonder mooi gemodelleerde dressuurpaarden, die beschikken over een geweldig werkwillig karakter en veel aanleg hebben voor de grote sport, zoals onder andere de KWPN aangewezen hengst Beau, het internationale Grand Prix-paard Bubblingh en de Lichte Tour-paarden Cocksdorp Texel, Biolita DN en B.Argos. Sinds 2015 geniet deze internationale grootheid van zijn welverdiende pension, maar blijft voor de internationale dressuurpaardenfokkerij ter beschikking middels diepvriessperma. Lingh: de internationale prestatiehengst bij uitstek!

Lingh is goedgekeurd voor KWPN, Hannover, Oldenburg, Selle Francais, Brandenburg

Dekgeld: € 1.000,- (vaste kosten € 250,00 + € 750,00 bij dracht) excl. BTW en afdracht

Dekking door diepvriessperma

TRANSLATED….Lingh: A dressage stallion of international stature. Lingh is an extremely elegant son preference KWPN stallion Flemmingh, that stands out with an extremely beautiful and athletic exterior. In 2005 Lingh received this exception KWPN stallion dekbrevet based on his great sports career under Edward Gal. With many victories in International Grand Prix silver medal winner Lingh has been established during the World Cup final in Las Vegas in 2005 and team silver medal at the European Championships 2005 to be among the best in the world. From 2006 Lingh continued his international dressage career ridden by his owner Karin Reid Offield with many high placements. Also in breeding Lingh has proven to pass on his skills to his children; particularly beautiful landscaped dressage horses, which have a great willingness to work, tremendous character and much talent to be in the major sports, several include the KWPN stallion Beau, the international Grand Prix horse Bubblingh and the Small Tour horses Cocksdorp Texel Biolita DN and B .Argos. Since 2015 he enjoys this international greatness of his well-deserved pension, but he remains for the international dressage horse breeding world available via frozen semen. Lingh: international performance stallion par excellence!

Lingh Offspring – Vimeo 49 Videos -Raising Lingh Foals in Holland

Lingh Offspring Videos 2006-2016   CLICK on this link….49 videos

In order to celebrate our horses and our sport, you only have to attend the KWPN show just finishing today in Holland. It is there where the breeders, riders, owners and new buyers meet and produce! It is the place, for me, where the best Lingh Offspring was 2nd that year and was sold to a buyer for over 100,000 euro’s! It was an experience I will never forget. So my heart is still in Holland, and with Lingh now retired in Germany we thought it was time to promote Lingh in Holland once again, and raise some more babies. More on that story soon!
With my friend Theo van Bruggan RIP, we put together a VIMEO channel called LinghOffspring 2006-2013. You will find 49 videos of different Lingh’s, at different stages of their still young careers. Without Theo, the VIMEO channel will be static for a while, but available for you to look at Lingh’s Offspring.
Lingh Offspring 2006-2016

I found a statement by Theo the other day….he said to me

I think we are entering a new era now which must do you proud.
“A nice bunch of dressage people sitting around the open fireplace and talking about dressage” 12/2011

and here we are still talking! Thank you Theo van Bruggen


Merry Christmas, Love Karin and Lingh

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This Winter’s News 2015-16

2016 Winter Equestrian Festival Leads The Way
in FEI Show Jumping Competition
For Immediate Release
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – November 5, 2015 – The 37th annual Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)
will be held once again this winter at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
in Wellington, FL. The 12 weeks of competition run January 13 to April 3, 2016.
They will lead the way for the country’s best show jumping with unmatched opportunities
to compete for more than $7.4 million in total jumper payouts, with more than $5
million in elite jumper divisions alone. Prize money at WEF increases every year,
and 2016 is no different with now more than $9 million on offer for the entire circuit.
The 52 FEI World Ranking classes are the best way for riders to gain valuable world
ranking points, and the caliber of riders and horses improves annually at WEF. Riders
from around the world come to Wellington to compete weekly and in the popular “Saturday
Night Lights” grand prix competitions.

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z won last year’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.

Riders such as the U.S. Pan American team of McLain Ward (individual Pan Am gold
medalist, World #8), Kent Farrington (world #2), Lauren Hough (individual bronze
medalist, World #31) and Georgina Bloomberg will be at WEF this year, along with
other expected top 50 ranked riders in the world Beezie Madden (USA, #4), Harrie
Smolders (NED, #21), Laura Kraut (USA, #22), Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP, #27), Ben
Maher (GBR, #30), Conor Swail (IRL, #37), Todd Minikus (USA, #40), Eric Lamaze
(CAN, #49), Pan Am individual silver medalist Andres Rodriguez (VEN, #42), and Meredith
Michaels-Beerbaum (GER, #51) (rankings as of 10/31/2015). These are just a handful
of the riders that make the competition at WEF some of the best in the world.
“We look forward to another year of amazing show jumping,” said Equestrian Sport
Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo. “The level gets higher each year and the sport
continues to provide exciting moments at WEF. We can’t wait to see who rises to
the top in 2016.”
Highlights of the 2016 WEF include four weeks of CSI 5* competition and three weeks
of CSI 4* competition. Week 12 concludes the circuit with the feature $500,000 Rolex
Grand Prix CSI 5*, but before that riders will contest three other top grand prix
events, including: the $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday,
February 13; a $380,000 Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, February 27; and the $380,000
Douglas Elliman Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, March 12.
The popular FEI Nations Cup returns on Friday, March 4, during week eight’s CSIO
4* competition. This patriotic team competition brings horses and riders from around
the globe to compete on Wellington’s international stage in an impressive night
of top sport. The Nations Cup prize money has increased once again this year to

The FEI Nations Cup is a popular class featuring team competition.

“The FEI Nations Cup is an important fixture on our calendar,” said ESP President
Michael Stone. “We raised the prize money again in 2016 to show our commitment to
hosting this team event. It gives many countries an opportunity that they rarely
get in North and South America, and we expect great competition this winter.”
Featured classes will be held on the beautiful grass jumping field at The Stadium
at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Some of the exciting events
for this year include the $216,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 4* on Sunday, February
7; the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series Speed class presented by
EnTrust Capital, $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series class, and the
$50,000 Jumper Derby on Sunday, February 21; and the $50,000 Artisan Farms Under
25 Grand Prix Series Final and $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
on Sunday, March 27.
The Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series, which features $170,000 in prize money
in seven different classes throughout WEF, will be run under FEI rules in 2016
the Team event), giving young riders even more experience at competing and managing
their horses at an international level.

This year’s Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series will feature FEI competition.

Stone stated, “We feel that the Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series is one
of the most important events that we have at WEF. It offers an unparalleled experience
for the up-and-coming riders in the sport, and with the new FEI status, the classes
will provide even more value.”
The Stadium at PBIEC will also once again host a $86,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* in the
intimate setting of its International Ring on Friday, February 19, and open the
week with the $35,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 on Thursday, February 18. Home to
the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, the Stadium provides a nice change of venue
for horses and riders throughout the circuit.
The Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series and WEF Challenge Cup Series each
provide increased prize money and more opportunities for international riders to
earn valuable world ranking points every week throughout the winter as well.
WEF has proven a valuable training ground for both riders and horses as the last
three of the last four FEI World Cup champions and the last three Olympic Gold
medal teams, as well as many of the top performers at the 2014 Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games and 2015 Pan American Games all competed at WEF in preparation
for these championship events. This year will be no different as riders prove
for team selection in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with success at the
Winter Equestrian Festival.
Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to welcoming international competitors
to Wellington for another fantastic season at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Photos copyright Sportfot and may be used once only in relation to this press release.

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Dear Tiamo Trocadero! Memories for his book needed…..Frozen semen available

Karin Reid Offield Brek-n-Ridge Farm and Offield Farms 7359 S. Lake Shore Drive  Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Dear Tiamo Trocadero Breeder,

Hello, it’s Karin Offield here.  I was the owner of Tiamo Trocadero RIP. I am putting together a book of his offspring, his legacy and need your help.  I am looking for as much detail that you can provide, date of birth, birthplace and state, all the dam lines, the bloodlines, and what the dam accomplished in sport. What keurings, if any, and the results.

If you would be kind enough to send me the information with any photography of your Tiamo Trocadero offspring, it would be wonderful.

If you have sold the horse please send along the new owners contact information as well. I am mailing this to you at either a postal or email address, so please stay in touch and keep us in the loop on your horses progress!

Thank you in advance. Best Regards ,


2015    Hi Karin–
I am in receipt of your letter asking for information on the offspring of Tiamo
Trocadero, so that you can prepare a memorial book detailing the progress of his
get. We have sold both of the foals we raised by him, both born at Newtown Farm in
Benton, LA. Both of the dams have been career broodmares, although Harriet is now
in training as a jumper. Here is information on their foals:
1) Tobey (now eventing under the name of Rein Dancer), a 6-y-o bay Oldenburg NA
gelding out of Harriet (Old) by Coeur de Lion (Holst), is owned by Tracy Hewlett of
Benton, LA, and shown by her daughter Heidi Hewlett Crowley; and
2) Hildegarde (now showing in dressage as Tia), a 6-y-o dark bay Oldenburg NA mare
out of Hermione (Old) by Coeur de Lion (Holst), is now owned by Stephanie Wyly of
Texarkana, TX. Tia was the high point filly at her Oldenburg NA foal inspection at
Newtown Farm.
I will copy this message to each of the new owners and request that they give you an
update on the progress of these two young horses and perhaps send you photographs as
George NewtownNewtown Horse Farm
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Dressage Training in the Winter with Karin Reid Offield in Michigan

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HARRY&SNOWMAN UPDATE – Traveling with Karin to the Festivals

For all our Lingh fans at the Las Vegas World Cup 2015

We can’t be in Las Vegas to wish everyone good luck , but we hope that this video will bring back many wonderful memories…. what a wonderful animal he is. What a fantastic sport! Lingh with no lineart rev 01

Lingh’s Offspring…Born in the USA!

Meet Flingh’s Dream aka Fantastic Flingh!

Beautiful photography by Joanna Jodko at White Fences March 2015

Beautiful photography by Joanna Jodko at White Fences April  2015

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Bred, owned and beautifully trained by Amateur rider Bobbi Carleton    photography by Joanna Jodko

All about Roberta (Bobbi) Carleton and Flingh’s Dream

After a winter of training on her own and with Bill Warren and Jackie Brooks in the White Fences neighborhood of Wellington, superstar amateur rider and owner of Flingh’s Dream made a sensational finale at the Welcome Back to White Fences March Dressage Show.  Flingh’s Dream is Lingh x Kira x Idocus, a 2010 mare that stands about 16.1.

Bobbi Carleton, Flingh’s breeder adds   “Flingh’s Dream” has exceeded all of my expectations on her first adventure to Florida. At the recent show and finale she won her class on Saturday and Sunday (Training Level 3)- Saturday with a 70.682 and Sunday with a 74.773 which was also the high score of the day!!  She was also high score US bred and was awarded a lovely saddle pad embroidered with “Born in the USA!!  I am so proud of my lovely young lady – her eagerness to please and to learn is unsurpassed!!” Bobbi chose to breed to Lingh for his ridability and gaits – and we are so glad she did!  Congratulations Bobbi and Flingh.

For more information on breeding to Lingh

please contact Richard Malmgren and Nicole Hauseman at Sporthorse Legacy

Phone (215) 962-0463 | Fax: (419) 873-7162

Sporthorse Legacy represents a variety of International stallions to North American breeders. Contact us today and let us help you breed your next champion!




Executive Producer Karin Reid Offield’s film ‘Harry & Snowman’ Premiere

We have made it to the Hollywood Reporter and I want to thank all the people that helped make my film JUMPERS take us this far!  Check the Harry & Snowman link on this website and read about the long journey….Saving JUMPERS is quite a tale.

Introducing Lingh’s “Finalia ERS” to Wellington Dressage 2

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Pretty Boy


This talented 5 year old chestnut stallion, Finalia ERS (Lingh x Nathalia x Cocktail) is owned by Kim and Jerry Rhind. and His first show rider was Kassandra Barteau and they had a spectacular showing at White Fences. The pair competed on Friday in the Training Level Test 3, earning a 74.091% to win the class. On Saturday “Finn” and Kassandra took 2nd place with a 77.7800 in the FEI YH Final for 5 Year old, ranking them 4th in the country and then went on to win First Level Test 3 with a 75.735%! The pair ended the weekend with another win in the Training Level Test 3 with a 72.045%.

Kassandra says ” Finn is exceptionally talented, he’s so energetic and serious about his work, and pair that with his wonderful uphill balance. I am very grateful for the ride on him and am excited to be a part of his bright future”

The horse that finished ahead of him is going over to Germany for the world championships with rider Endel Ots, Double Wins and both scores above 80%  at Global Dressage! “Lucky Strike” Continues with 82+% in FEI 5 year olds still highest ranking 5 year old in USA. He was started very differently from Finalia as I believe “Lucky Strike” did four year old competitions and even showed in Germany as a three year old. Finn is closing in on the scores each week and getting better each ride. “We are super happy with him.” says mom Yvonne Barteau.

We are too, congratulations to the Rhind’s – we hope for you a very bright future!

To breed your Lingh offspring, please contact Richard Malmgren and Nicole Hauseman at Sporthorse Legacy

Phone (215) 962-0463 | Fax: (419) 873-7162

Sporthorse Legacy represents a variety of International stallions to North American breeders.

Contact us today and let us help you breed your next champion!

Lingh’s “Made in America” Offspring Win !

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All about Roberta (Bobbi) Carleton and Flingh’s Dream

After a winter of training on her own and with Bill Warren and Jackie Brooks in the White Fences neighborhood of Wellington, superstar amateur rider and owner of Flingh’s Dream made a sensational finale at the Welcome Back to White Fences March Dressage Show.  Flingh’s Dream is Lingh x Kira x Idocus, a 2010 mare that stands about 16.1.

Bobbi Carleton, Flingh’s breeder adds   “Flingh’s Dream” has exceeded all of my expectations on her first adventure to Florida. At the recent show and finale she won her class on Saturday and Sunday (Training Level 3)- Saturday with a 70.682 and Sunday with a 74.773 which was also the high score of the day!!  She was also high score US bred and was awarded a lovely saddle pad embroidered with “Born in the USA!!  I am so proud of my lovely young lady – her eagerness to please and to learn is unsurpassed!!” Bobbi chose to breed to Lingh for his ridability and gaits – and we are so glad she did!  Congratulations Bobbi and Flingh.

For more information on breeding to Lingh

please contact Richard Malmgren and Nicole Hauseman at Sporthorse Legacy

Phone (215) 962-0463 | Fax: (419) 873-7162

Sporthorse Legacy represents a variety of International stallions to North American breeders.

Contact us today and let us help you breed your next champion

Lingh Retires from Active Breeding – Frozen Semen Available

Lingh Retirement 

February 10, 2015 


Dear Friends,

Gestut Birkhof, Thomas Casper and Karin Reid Offield are pleased to announce that the beloved and celebrated stallion Lingh will now enjoy a well deserved retirement in 2015! With his active breeding career now over, we look forward to celebrating Lingh’s 22nd birthday this spring.  Lingh’s offspring continue to shine as they grow up, show off and excel in training by excited and devoted owners. Lingh’s offspring generate fans the world over!

As we celebrate and honor Lingh’s current contribution to breeding and sport, we continue to seek to produce approved stallions by this exceptional stallion. Lingh on the dam side has also proven greatly successful. Mare owners on all continents are enthusiastic about the quality and strengths Lingh brings to a variety of damlines.

As of today, there are approximately 500 foals and offspring worldwide born of Lingh. Owners, riders and trainers find them to be genuinely kind, easy to handle horses who possess the prized highlights of Lingh, with all qualities needed to excel in top horse sport. Frozen semen from Lingh is currently available in New Zealand, Sweden, England, Holland, USA, and across Germany. The global marketing and sales of Lingh’s frozen semen in the United States will be handled by Sporthorse Legacy LLC.

Lingh’s success over the years in breeding comes from the enthusiasm of his Dutch fans and Edward Gal; the careful management and council of Susanne Hassler of Hassler Dressage in America; the thoughtful direction of former breeding manager of Sweden’s renowned Flyinge Stud, Karl Henrik-Heimdahl; the robust enthusiasm and breeding new comer Lingh’s owner Karin Reid Offield of Offield Farms and finally, his Stallion Keeper Thomas Casper and family, where Lingh currently and happily resides.

With excitement and pride, we watch Lingh’s Swedish offspring, many of whom are by the older famous Dressage mare lines with the younger offspring born in Germany. To date, Lingh has been lucky to access some of the finest jumping and dressage sport blood in Europe.  Lingh’s Dutch offspring are now approaching FEI and CDI competitive levels! The American born youngsters are beginning their competitive careers. We congratulate and encourage the Lingh offspring owners and riders to ride on to top sport!

If you would like to meet Lingh, in person, we invite you to see him at family Casper’s Gestut Birkhof, a beautiful farm just south of Stuttgart, in Southern Germany. Visitors are always welcome.  On-line Lingh and many offspring success stories can be located at , and the website of Sporthorse Legacy LLC.



In retirement Lingh will play in the fields, enjoy the sunshine by the kitchen door of Gestut Birkhof, and be ridden on the trails and arena by Ina Casper. Lucky Lingh!

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Munich, Germany and Stallion licensing of Lingh Offspring

Lingh youngster to Norway – wonderful news!

Hey! Now here comes a greeting from a happy breeder in Sweden.

A 2011 filly born on our farm. The mother was First Whish. The foal was named Linguetta, and was brown with a white blaze and white front feet (Karin’s translation… )
A very pleasant and positive personality. Fearless, intelligent and willing to learn. We rode her in the fall of 2013 with no problems. She grew and rested over the winter. in the spring, we began to ride and she showed very high rideability and always wanted to do right. Unfortunately, I felt at my age that I could not give her the opportunities she did merit. Several buyers showed interest with no marketing !  I believe it was her rideability that attracted them and she was nice looking, plus three good gaits. She was exported to Norway. I miss her but I know that she is going to knowledgeable and competitive people.  I think she will get to about 170 cm. I would use Lingh again because of the inherited good qualities.


Solbritt Åhman. Sweden

Hej ! Här kommer nu en hälsning från Sverige. 2011 föddes ett stoföl på vår gård. Mamman var efter First Whish. Fölet döptes till Linguetta , var brun med vit bläs och vita kotor fram.
En mycket trevlig och positiv personlighet. Orädd , klok och läraktig. Vi red in henne hösten 2013 utan problem. Hon växte och vilade över vintern. på våren började vi rida och hon
visade mycket stor ridbarhet och ville hela tiden göra rätt. Tyvärr kände jag vid min ålder ( 65 ) att jag ej kunde ge henne de möjligheter som hon gjorde sig förtjänt av. Flera köpare
visade intresse trots att jag ej salufört henne. Hennes ridbarhet lockade och hon var snygg att se på , dessutom tre bra gångarter. Hon blev nu exporterad till Norway. Jag saknar henne
men vet att hon kommer till kunniga personer , tävlingsinriktade. Tror att hon blir ca 170 cm. Skulle använda Lingh igen då han måste nedärvt bra egenskaper. Med vänlig hälsning
Solbritt Åhman. Sweden

Congratulations to you Solbritt, I am so happy to make this announcement. Can you send photographs ?  Thank you, Karin and Lingh

News from Wellington, Florida – the Jumping Circuit

2015 Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Host Opening Press Conference
For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – January 6, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted an opening press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, to kick off the start of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). The WEF circuit will host thousands of the world’s best horses and riders competing in the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines starting January 7 and running through March 29. The AGDF features the best of dressage through from January 8 through March 28.

Tuesday’s press conference panel for the Winter Equestrian Festival included Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo, international show jumpers Kent Farrington (USA), Eric Lamaze (CAN), and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), and top hunter rider Liza Boyd (USA).

Bellissimo began by welcoming everyone to the 2015 WEF circuit and spoke of the incredible growth of the competition, which this year will host four 5* weeks of show jumping and over $8.2 million in total prize money.

“We are very excited about this edition of the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Bellissimo stated. “We are moving forward with a fantastic relationship with Rolex, and they have been a great sponsor. This year does mark a great year for us as we have gone to four five-star events this year spread out across the circuit as requested by the riders. Within that schedule we also have various hunter activities, including the big WCHR week six. We have record prize money this year and record stabling that has come in for the festival. We expect this to be the largest festival with a growth rate in excess of 12-15% from last year.”

With renewed support from the Village of Wellington, Bellissimo and his team have made several improvements to the showgrounds this year, including added parking, extra rings for athletes to practice in, and daily video clips.

“Before the season started, we decided to make as much headway on the infrastructure as we could,” Bellissimo detailed. “The Village of Wellington, led by Mayor Bob Margolis and others, was very supportive to help us. We spent a lot of time working on the existing infrastructure so that it was a good experience for riders not only at the front of house but the back of house as well. We have added some extra riding rings. We have also added video clips this year, which was a request from riders.”

In terms of economic impact, Bellissimo discussed that a new study sponsored by the Tourist Development Commission of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Sports Commission shows that the Winter Equestrian Festival alone contributes nearly $200 million to the economy each year.

“One of the key indicators of the economic impact is bed nights that are generated by WEF,” Bellissimo explained. “In terms of scale, the impact of the WEF is fantastic. They have updated the numbers, and just for WEF, we are now generating 122,000 bed nights. That is a very significant factor and just amazing growth. It has doubled or tripled over our 10-year ownership.”

Bellissimo looks forward to welcoming riders from 50 states and 33 countries to this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival. “We are very excited about this year’s competition. We have some great competitors, some great new barns here, and riders from all over the world. We think it is going to be a spectacular year,” he said.

Also on the panel for Tuesday’s press conference was Kent Farrington, who is currently the number five ranked rider in the world and helped the U.S. Show Jumping Team earn a bronze medal at this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France.

Farrington spoke to the fact that this year’s WEF circuit will hold 48 FEI World Ranking classes, stating, “I think more important than the number of classes is the quality of classes. When you look at the list of riders that you have here, they are the top riders in the sport. Rolex as a partner, raising the prestige of the sport and the quality of the competition here, is even more important than the number of classes. Four five-star events is huge for North America. It gives us a chance to compete with the rest of the world and also stay current in the sport with the rest of the world.”

The WEF circuit will also host its FEI Nations Cup during week eight, which will be an important event for international riders preparing for team competition at this year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Lamaze, spoke about how important the Nations Cup event will be to the riders this year.

“Most years when you have a championship year, already at the beginning of the season, we start putting a plan together and choosing a horse that we are going to aim towards that competition,” Lamaze explained. “For Canada, most of the horses are here. The Nations Cup here has always been a fantastic evening of show jumping, and it has been very good to us. It is a different Nations Cup in a sense that we see many around the world, but the atmosphere that we raise here at the Winter Equestrian Festival is very different than anywhere else in the world for a Nations Cup, as far as I’m concerned. It gives a chance for a lot of people to compete in a Nations Cup, and I think it summarizes what the Winter Equestrian Festival is all about.”

Three-time FEI World Cup Finals winner, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, discussed the great opportunity to bring along horses at every level during the circuit.

“I am very excited personally to have brought a nice string of horses over for myself.” Michaels-Beerbaum stated. “I brought eight horses here this year ranging from the old and mighty Checkmate at age 20 to young horses as well. Amongst those is last year’s big hope for the future, Fibonacci, and a number of very talented young prospects that I have actually never shown. It will be a great opportunity for me to get those young horses going here and that is one of the things that WEF is so good for is to bring along horses. Just as important as Saturday night grand prixs are also other classes during the week and the opportunity to bring along your horses and get a lot of experience.”

“On Saturday night, the competition here is as good as it gets,” Michaels-Beerbaum declared. “There is nothing lacking in horse or rider here to be able to compete on Saturday Night and to be one of the best. To win a grand prix here is extremely difficult and that is great because the level is so very high here. We have seen that Rolex has played a tremendous part in bringing a lot of good riders and good prize money. If we compare it to last year, we see that it has only increased. It has become bigger and better. As I speak for all the riders, we are delighted to see this growth and improvement.”

Along with the great show jumping competition, WEF features great classes for every level of hunter horse as well, including week six’s $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular and week 12’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Liza Boyd was 2013’s World Championship Hunter Rider Champion and won the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals this summer.

“The hunters are huge here,” Boyd proclaimed. “The quality is amazing. You really have to be at the top of your game here. An 85 (score out of 100) might be fifth place. The scores are in the high 90s class after class. You have to pick and choose the classes to do because we all aim for week six. That is our grand prix, that night class. I have been doing that class since 1997. I as a rider have grown with the class, and it is huge. It is one of our biggest classes of the year, right up there with derby finals. We also have the Pre-Green incentive, which is great for the young horses and the 3’3″ Performance Hunters for the young ones. There are a lot of opportunities to bring horses along and I think they all leave here better, with a lot of mileage.”


Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Jennifer Wood
Communications and Media Relations


Dressage in Wellington, Florida 2015

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Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Welcomes the 2015 Season

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival kicked off the 2015 season with a panel for discussion of its highlights on Tuesday. Mark Bellissimo, Thomas Baur, Allyn Mann, Daniel Martin Dockx, and Devon Kane were there to talk about the circuit.

Bellissimo began, “This is a fantastic transitional year. We made a decision as a partnership to take it on and try to figure out a way to make it impactful and try to create a world center for dressage. I think AGDF has turned into one of the great dressage facilities in the world, and we are thrilled to have Adequan® be a part of it.”

“We had the luxury last year of having Thomas Baur enter in the ranks and he has been an amazing director of sport,” Bellissimo stated. “I think with the leadership of Michael Stone, Thomas Baur, and Lloyd Landkamer, we have been able to set a great agenda for dressage and it is booming. We expect there to be a massive influx this year, and I think it is a testament to the hard work that has gone into designing the Global Dressage Festival and then getting people behind it. I think collectively we have been able to put together something that has been very powerful, and I think we are just scratching the surface of what this is going to look like three years from now.”

Thomas Baur, Director of Sport for AGDF, spoke further of the increase in international competitors this year, explaining that the CDIO Nations Cup will bring several new countries.

“We have moved the CDIO Nations Cup to the last week of AGDF because we want to give the countries from Central and South America the possibility to participate in this last try out of the format of the Pan American Games, which will consist of small tour and large tour,” Baur explained. “That is unique. We only have this format for the Pan American Games. We will see some of the nations from Central and South America like Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, and maybe some riders from Peru. We have one from Chile already. It shows that it is not only attractive to the European riders and the North American riders, but also for Central and South America.”

As the Director of Luitpold Animal Health, the makers of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), Allyn Mann has been one of AGDF’s biggest supporters from the start and looks forward to another fantastic season.

“This has just been a remarkable journey and I am really thankful to Mark and the people behind him that have stepped up to support the dressage community,” Mann acknowledged. “Thomas and Lloyd (Landkamer) have done a wonderful job dealing with the day-to-day activities and have really made it a world-class event. From a corporate standpoint, the opportunity to attach your brand to this world-class type of competition, it doesn’t get any better. I am really looking forward to seeing a lot of new faces this year with the number of riders that are coming in and the quality of horses we will see this year. I expect it to be just a phenomenal year. I am really blessed to be part of it.”

One rider who will take part in the AGDF competition this year is Daniel Martin Dockx of Spain, who is currently the 27th ranked dressage rider in the world and rides for
Hampton Green Farm, owned by AGDF First Founding Sponsor Kimberly Boyer. Commenting on the experience of a European rider coming to Wellington, Dockx stated, “For me it is a great opportunity. Everybody knows now in Europe the winter is very hard. The weather here is lovely. We have a great opportunity to get the scores in the beginning of the year. In my country of Spain, in the very beginning of the year, we do not have international shows. For us it is a great opportunity to come here, have this weather, and compete at this facility. To do a CDI 5* in the beginning of the year with prize money so high is very interesting for us, and I am very happy to be here.”

Devon Kane is also a First Founding sponsor of AGDF through her family’s Diamante Farm and looks forward to the opportunity to develop some of her young horses throughout the circuit. She won the U.S. Dressage Finals Grand Prix Championship this summer on a horse named Destiny that she brought along in recent years competing in Wellington.

“I think for the exhibitors it is fantastic because you can come and watch the young horses. We have everything from the FEI four-year-old and three-year-old classes to the top level,” Kane noted. “You have the Europeans not only bringing their top quality horses, but there is enough going on that they can bring their young horses also, so you get to see a little bit of everything, what is up-and-coming and what is going on in the actual FEI and CDI arena. As a competitor, it is very easy because the facility is welcoming to any level of horse. You can have less developed younger horses there and they can feel safe and comfortable at the facility, but then you also have the international arena that you take your grand prix horse in, and it is a different ambience. It really brings that extra spectacular feeling to the event as well.”

With a full, exciting season at both facilities of the PBIEC, Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to welcoming you to see the best in equestrian sport. The 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 7, and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival begins Thursday, January 8. For more information and for a full schedule of events, please visit or


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