For Immediate Release
Wellington, FL – February 21, 2018 – Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) are proud to announce the introduction of a Master Class with world renowned dressage trainer, competitor, and Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester, MBE. The Master Class will be held on Wednesday, February 28, during week eight of the 12-week AGDF season. The UK-based Hester will welcome three sessions composed of a total of six riders from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the International Ring at Equestrian Village.
Hester is a household name amongst those in the dressage community and is one of the most decorated dressage Olympians of all time. He was the youngest British rider to ever be selected for an Olympic Games, competing successfully at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and has since ridden in four other Olympics, earning the Team Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the Team Silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
“I am really looking forward to my Master Class in just over a week at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival,” said Hester. “I was only at AGDF earlier this month and always love visiting as it really is a great chance to see world-class riders and horses, as well as all the future talent, in a beautiful setting. The Master Class will be a showcase of a handful of these talented riders and I’m looking forward to making it informative for those who attend.”
Hester’s show record also boasts accomplishments such as two Silver Team medals at both the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games™ and the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™, a top 10 finish at the 2005 FEI World Cup™ Final, and a top three finish at the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Final.
Due to Hester’s lengthy European competition schedule, his appearance in the United States is limited, which increases the value of this incredibly unique equestrian opportunity.
Thomas Baur, AGDF Director of Sport commented, “We are very excited to announce the first Master Class that will be held here at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival this year. To start out on such a high note with Carl Hester, a hero of our sport, is truly an honor.
“I’m confident that this is the perfect start to propel us forward with other AGDF Master Classes in the future. We know that the members of the dressage community will embrace this opportunity, and join us in learning from a true master in what is sure to be a spectacular evening under the lights,” he continued.
The riders selected to participate in the Master Class are as follows:
Paige Hendrick aboard Tiny
Jan Ebeling aboard Indeed V
Rakeya Moussa aboard Davidoff van het Trichelhof
Austin Weber and Abercrombie TF
Chase Shipka and Ziggy
Jade Ellery aboard Porsche’s Eloy
Søren Wind aboard Just Perfect
General admission will be on a first come, first serve basis, and is $30 per person. Parking is $10/per car. A VIP option will also be offered, enhancing the auditor experience with exclusive seating, as well as a buffet dinner, open bar, and valet parking. Purchase tickets online at www.globaldressagefestival.com.