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Dawn Rivera, Publisher
World’s Top Dressage Riders In Wellington For The 2018 AGDF
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Maturing into one of the largest dressage circuits in the world, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is home to top-level national and international competition right here in Wellington. This year’s AGDF is setting the stage for top horse and rider combinations, and laying the stepping stones leading up to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. This issue, we provide an overview of the dressage festival, including a look at key sponsors and a preview of what you will find at the popular Friday Night Stars series, which features the amazing FEI Grand Prix Freestyle event.
Our cover feature this month profiles dressage star Adrienne Lyle, who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. She’s competing in Wellington this season with an eye on qualifying for the FEI World Cup in Paris and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tyron. Our Faces of Dressage section includes a look at many of the other top dressage riders competing in Wellington this season, and we also chat with P.J. Rizvi on how horses are crucial to her family life.
In keeping with our dressage theme, we tour the impressive breeding operation of Louise Leatherdale at Leatherdale Farms, and visit with Miranda Van Kol, stable manager at Marcus Fyffe Dressage. And if you’re looking to keep up with dressage news, we chat with the staff behind PS Dressage, who follow the circuit bringing the latest news to dressage fans around the world.
Look no further than Wellington for the latest advances in equestrian technology, such as Nicole Lakin’s groundbreaking BarnManager program and Charles Tota’s expanding line of custom-designed tack created with horse comfort in mind. Both are featured in this month’s issue.
Over the past eight years, the annual International Gay Polo Tournament, previewed this month, has grown from a local polo event to a world-renowned four-day festival celebrating the “sport of kings” and its diverse group of players. The popular event returns to Wellington April 5-8 with a focus on helping the LGBTQ community.
Our Wellington Professional series continues this month featuring Bob and Karen Cavanagh, who have been serving local insurance needs for more than 30 years. Our Wellington Senior series profiles Dr. Wesley Boughner, an amazing world traveler and founder of the Wellington Rotary Club’s Peace Initiative. Wellington Real Estate visits with Steven Prince of Ideal Lending Solutions, while Wellington Health tours the new Weight Management Center at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Wellington Home stops by a newly remodeled estate in the Maidstone section of Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. Finally, Wellington Table samples the menu at Wellington National Golf Club’s new Champions Bistro.
As we celebrate all of the competitors and sponsors of the AGDF and wish them a fantastic season, we thank all of our loyal advertisers, business partners and dedicated staff for helping us bring the equestrian sports world to our readers here in Wellington and around the world.
Joshua I. Manning
senior graphic designer