Dressage IV CDI-W Underway at World Equestrian Center – Ocala

October 21, 2021 - Ocala, FL

Shelley Van Den Neste and High Light DB are one of the many FEI competitors at the World Equestrian Center Dressage IV CDI-W show at World Equestrian Center - Ocala.
Photo by SusanJStickle.com

World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s Dressage IV CDI-W show started on Thursday, October 21, 2021, with horses being presented to the ground jury for inspection. The Dressage IV CDI-W competition runs Friday, October 22, through Sunday, October 24, and hosts top-level international competition sanctioned by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Featured classes will include Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle classes in the CDI-W rated Large Tour, as well as Prix St. Georges, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 1 Freestyle CDI3* in the Small Tour.

This competition will also serve as a qualifier for the 2022 FEI North American Youth Championships at the Junior and Young Rider levels, as well as for the Pony, Children’s and Brentina Cup divisions at the 2022 US Dressage Finals.

All CDI classes will be held in the CaptiveOne Advisors Arena, also known as Arena 1.

The schedule and timing for the CDI featured classes can be found below, and the entire show schedule and further information can be found HERE.

Friday, October 22, 2021:
Prix St. Georges CDI3* | 1:30 p.m. start
Grand Prix to Special CDI-W | 4:45 p.m. start
Grand Prix to Freestyle CDI-W | 7:30 p.m. start

Saturday, October 23, 2021:
Intermediate I CDI3* | 2:20 p.m. start
Grand Prix Special CDI-W | 4:45 p.m. start
Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W | 7:25 p.m. start

Sunday, October 24, 2021:
Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3* | 8 a.m. start

Susan Dutta, a U.S. Dressage team rider and Nations Cup bronze medalist, is awed by the facility in her first time at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.

“All I can say is wow,” she exclaimed. “It is truly amazing. What a facility. There is super stabling and amazing rings. It is just astonishing what they built here. The footing is fantastic and it’s air-conditioned, which is incredible because we have been dealing with the summer heat in Wellington. Coming here is delightful.”

Dutta will be competing Don Design DC, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Der Designer x Sir Donnerhall that was on the U.S. Dressage Team short list for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“He is an amazing horse,” said Dutta. “He just had a super last season, so I am trying to bring him out early and actually put him in this type of environment. I am so excited to show him here. It will be a great experience for him.”

For more information about the Dressage IV CDI-W show, click here.

Dressage fans can enjoy wall-to-wall livestreaming of the event courtesy of ClipMyHorse.tv.

World Equestrian Center – Ocala welcomes spectators near and far! Admission and parking are free. For a full schedule of 2021 events hosted by World Equestrian Center – Ocala, click here.