Excerpt from Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2015 Press release 1/21/15:

January 22, 2015

Janet Richardson-Pearson and Chesapeake Dressage Institute are also proud to announce their continued sponsorship and support of the 2015 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and are looking forward to another wonderful year of dressage competition. Chespeake Dressage Institute sponsors this week’s CDI-W Small Tour classes: the FEI Prix St. Georges, FEI Intermediaire-1, and FEI I-1 Freestyle.

As AGDF has continued to grow in size and scale each year since its inception, Richardson-Pearson has felt responsible for helping the sport she loves find a permanent home. “After seeing the incredible success of the Winter Equestrian Festival, I felt that there was nothing but good things to come for AGDF under the watchful eye of Mark Bellissimo,” she said. “I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to give dressage a permanent home in Wellington, and AGDF has given it the platform it has needed to attract the superstars of the sport.”

Not only has AGDF strengthened the sport by giving it a permanent winter location, but it has also provided competitors, sponsors, and owners with a sense of camaraderie, helping to bond dressage-enthusiasts alike. “I enjoy being able to share my love for horses and dressage with like-minded people,” said Richardson-Pearson. “I am so proud to be a part of this venue and the way it supports the sport that we love.”

The quality of competition AGDF continually hosts has played a major role in the growing number of international riders who wish to spend their winters in Wellington. While seasoned veteran riders continue to strengthen the level of performance throughout the season, Richardson-Pearson is most proud of the up-coming young riders who have been able to showcase their talents.

“There have been some wonderful moments for us as sponsors, but one moment that stands out was when we awarded Juan Matute, Jr. last year,” she commented. “He was obviously having such a good time competing, he was serious, but in such a light-hearted way. He is such a strong reminder of how fun this sport can be.”

Proud to be a part of the show’s continued growth, Richardson-Pearson and Chesapeake Dressage Institute are excited for the beginning of a new season and would like to wish all competitors a healthy and fun 2015 season. “I once read a statement that said, ‘Never watch bad riding,’ and that has stuck with me ever since. This competition helps to elevate the sport and makes everyone want to be better. We feel that we are supporting the overall quality of dressage through our sponsorship here at AGDF.”

photo – Janet Richardson-Pearson awards last year’s AGDF 3 FEI Prix St. Georges winners, Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas. Photo ©SusanJStickle.com

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