Alix Szepesi and William Top the Scoreboard at Global Dressage Festival National Challenge

Wellington, FL - Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, MA took top honors at the Global Dressage Festival National Challenge on Tuesday. The FEI dressage trainer, who winters in Wellington, rode William to an impressive 77.432% in the USEF First Level Test 2-Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).

Alix Szepesi and William


Susanne Dutt-Roth of Canada came close to receiving the highest score with a 77.000% in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1-Open on D2. The GDF National Challenge was only the second show for the eight-year-old warmblood.

The Global Dressage Festival also welcomed their first Para-Equestrian competitor on Tuesday. Jody Schloss of Canada scored impressively in both of her classes. In the FEI Para Test of Choice she scored a 74.118% on Inspector Rebus and in the FEI Para Freestyle Test of Choice the pair received a 75.500%.

The GDF National Challenge continues on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:30 am. Start lists and results are available on the GDF website at under the link for dressage show information on the main homepage.  

GDF Schooling

Schooling opportunities are available for those competitors that are interested in having a look at the GDF show grounds before participating in an event. Riders just need to fill out a non-compete form at the show office upon arrival.

Anja Plönzke Dressage Clinic Series

Renowned international dressage trainer and competitor Anja Plönzke of Germany will be giving a series of clinics in the International arena at the Global Dressage Festival Stadium show grounds. The dates for the clinics are as follows: Clinic 1, March 12 & 13; Clinic 2: March 22 & 23; and Clinic 3: March 26 & 27.  
Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact: Jamie Saults, or call 561-784-4278


Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus


About the Global Dressage Festival

The Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events. 
The GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the GDF will feature four separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.
The GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes four outdoor arenas with world class footing and 200 permanent stalls. Future planned improvements include a covered arena, permanent covered spectator seating for the central outdoor arena and a permanent Global Pavilion. There are also plans for another 100 permanent stalls.  

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.