Wellington, FL – March 23, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is excited to announce that they will host the FEI Caribbean Challenge on April 10-11, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP Spring 2 Horse Show.
The FEI Caribbean Challenge will include participants from Group IV, the FEI designation for the geographical area of the United States, Canada, and Caribbean island nations. Similar to the friendship event held in Germany, the class is for riders aged 14-18. Each U.S. and Canadian rider brings two horses to the event, which are put into a draw where they ride one horse and a foreign (Caribbean) rider draws the other.
The event will be held at the 1.10m level and is meant to be fun, friendly, and encourage international sport with young riders. Twenty-two riders will be invited to the event, with 12 coming from the United States and Canada.
Included in the hosting committee and helping arrange social events for the participating riders are USEF President Chrystine Tauber and FEI Group IV Chairman Mark Samuels. Riders are invited to a Welcome Reception, an evening barbeque, a clinic, to view the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Nations Cup competition, and a farewell reception.
“We encourage American and Canadian riders to join this event,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “It’s a great opportunity to ride in a championship-style class, meet international riders, and gain new experiences. We thank the USEF and Equine Canada for their help in organizing the event, and we look forward to welcoming Caribbean riders to the PBIEC.”
Tentative Timetable for the Week
Wednesday, April 10: Morning – Vet inspection, Riders Meeting and Draw for horses
Afternoon – Training session
Evening – Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 11: Warm up competition speed class
Evening – BBQ
Friday, April 12: Morning – Flat work and training session
Afternoon – free (FEI Group IV Meeting at Noon)
Evening – Special outing/Clinic for riders
Saturday, April 13: Group IV Classic Competition jump-off format
Evening – Visit to AGDF CDIO and PBIEC Farewell reception
Sunday, April 14: Group IV Friendship Championship Competition jump-off format
Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.