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February 21, 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-YJ3* Features Top Dressage Olympians and Superb Entertainment

Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-YJ3* Features Top Dressage Olympians and Superb Entertainment


Written by: Lindsay McCall

Del Mar, California-February 21, 2013- The 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-YJ3* will once again feature many of the top dressage riders in the world.  Over four days, March 7-10, equestrians will compete at the Del Mar Horse Park for multiple accolades and high performance qualifying opportunities. Riders include Guenter Seidel, Steffen Peters, Sue Blinks, Christine Traurig, Adrienne Lyle, and Kathleen Raine. The CDI jury is comprised of Linda Zang 5* (USA), Joan Macartney 4* (CAN), Jeanne McDonald 4* (USA), Carlos Lopes 4* (POR), and Bo Jena 4* (SWE). Once again the Dressage Affaire has an impressive list of sponsors including Rancho Valencia, Four Winds Farm, and Leatherdale Farms. The weekend activities will feature special awards, a “judge’s view” educational symposium, world-class freestyles, entertainment, and Wooden Horse Race/ Casino night. On Friday, March 8th after the show ends the 1st Annual Wood Horse Race and a Casino Night will commence with proceeds to benefit the United States Para-Equestrian Association. For more information about the Dressage Affaire entertainment or for sponsorship/advertising  opportunities please visit the KP Production website at www.dressageevents.com.


Limited VIP Tables available- Details available at www.dressageevents.com/spectators


 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire “The Judge’s View” Educational Symposium


Join us March 8-10th in the Rancho Valencia Arena for an exciting interactive and live

commentary with two of the sports most recognized judges; Axel Steiner, USEF “S”, FEI

5* and Sue Curry Shaffer, USEF S Judge and FEI*** Para Equestrian Judge.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-10

Where: Rancho Valencia Arena

Cost: $40.00/day. Enjoy snacks and wine Friday & Saturday, champagne and pastries Sunday during the freestyles.


Included: Headset, program, day sheets, commemorative sticker and pen, as well as an elevated chair seat on the east long side view of the Indoor Arena. Water and Soft drinks also provided.

To register: download the premium seating form at www.dressageevents.com under spectator info.

For more information: contact Laurie Daniel Smith at 866-933-7469 or e-mail: lsmith@dressageevents.com


1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night


What: Horse Races, Casino Night, & “Around the World” Appetizers

When: Friday March 8th (end of show day)


There will be 12 horses available for purchase at check in. Trainers would make a donation for their horse of $50.00 and can decorate them to make them unique. Supplies will be available and payments collected by your Bookie/Barn Manager  Lisa Vidov.


Display your horse in your barn area and solicit clients and friends to join your syndicate for a donation of $5/person.  You can choose to make your investment back first or let it ride in the pot. There is no limit to the size of your syndicate. Proceeds will support the United States Para Equestrian Association.


On Friday, at the end of the show day, all horses will collect in the paddock (warm up arena) for display purposes. Then, when the bugle sounds, each trainer will parade their horse to the start gate and the race will occur down the FEI Jog lane.  Winner and syndicate will get photo opportunity in the Rancho Valencia Arena with their horse and trophy presented during the Brunch on Sunday.



Best decorated horse

Largest syndicate

Best in show for the horse parade to start gate (great mover? crazy? lazy?)

Huge Engraved Trophy to winning trainer and syndicate


Support the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

Continue on to vendor row for “Around the World” appetizers and drinks sponsored by your vendors and try your hand at BlackJack, Craps or Roulette!!! Make a donation to the USPEA for $20.00 worth of chips/play money to use at Casino Night.


Real Dealers!

Real Casino Tables!

Free drawings for more prizes!



Tentative Schedule of Events


Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Rancho Valencia Arena                                                                                    8:00am – 3:00pm

FEI Classes


Ring Three                                                                                                8:00am – 3:00pm

USEF Training Level through Grand Prix

FEI/CDI Jog                                                                                                 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Friday, March 8th, 2013

Rancho Valencia Arena                                                                                    8:00am – 5:00 pm


USEF/USDF Freestyle classes

USEF Developing Horse classes

USEF/FEI Grand Prix

CDI/FEI Prix St. Georges Test

CDI/FEI Young Rider Team Test

CDI/FEI U25 Grand Prix Test

CDI/FEI Grand Prix



Ring Two, Three and Four                                                                                    8:00am – 5:00pm

USEF Training Level – Grand Prix


Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Rancho Valencia Arena                                                                                    8:00am – 5:00pm

USEF/FEI Grand Prix

USEF/FEI Grand Prix Special

USEF Developing Horse and Brentina Cup Classes

CDI/FEI Young Rider Individual Test

CDI/FEI Intermediare I Test

CDI/FEI Grand Prix Special





Ring Two, Three and Four                                                                                    8:00am – 5:00pm

USEF Training Level – Grand Prix


Sunday, March 10th,  2013

Rancho Valencia Arena                                                                                    10:00am – 2:00pm

USEF/USDF Freestyle Classes

Pas de Deux Exhibition

CDI/FEI Young Rider Freestyle Test

CDI/FEI Intermediare I Freestyle Test

CDI/FEI Rancho Valencia Grand Prix Freestyle Test


Ring Two, Three and Four                                                            7:30am – 10:00 and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

USEF Training Level – Grand Prix


Special Awards:


The Winterstern Memorial Award

This award is presented in honor of Winterstern (1990-2006); a talented FEI Horse who was cherished by his rider Evelyn Murphy. Winner is to be an Amateur rider having completed at least 2 tests at either Intermediare II or Grand Prix (freestyles not included). No entry fee required.


2012 Winner – Dani Judy and Antarus


The Neapolitano Amour Perpetual Trophy

This Award will be given to the 2nd Level Open Champion and is donated by Alice Knox in honor of this wonderful mare. Winner is to have completed at least two tests at Second Level over the course of the show (freestyles not included). No entry fee is required.

2012 Winner – Kimberly Monk and Flair


Deja Vu Memorial Perpetual Trophy

This Award is presented in loving memory of Kim’s most talented partner Déjà vu. It will be awarded to the horse/rider combination riding at least 2 tests in the CDI or Open/AA divisions at the Prix St. Georg- es and Intermediare I level throughout the show (freestyles not included). Sponsored by Kim Keenan Stordahl. No entry fee is required.

2012 Winner – Tesse Dick and Versace


The winners for all Awards will be determined by the point system below: First Place–5 points; Second Place–4 points; Third Place–3 points; Fourth place–2 points and Fifth Place–1 point. The number of entries in each class will not impact the points.


The Winterstern Memorial Trophy, Neopolitano Amour Perpetual Trophy and the Deja Vu Memorial Trophy will be awarded on Sunday based on results from Thursday through Saturday Classes only.


2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire is a USEF HP Qualifying Competition for:

2013 USEF National Grand Prix and Intermediare I Championships

2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF National Junior and Young Rider Championships

2013 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

Also Qualifier for:

2013 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships

2013 California Dressage Society Championships

2013 Dressage Association of Southern California Championships



About the Del Mar Horsepark


The Del Mar Horsepark Equestrian Facility is a 65-acre first class equestrian center. Located approximately 3 miles East of the historical Del Mar Fairgrounds (where the surf meets the turf), this facility boasts unsurpassed, full-service accommodations for both the equine and human competitor.


In addition to the unbeatable San Diego weather, this facility has easy access to Interstate 5, and more than enough parking for any event. A wide range of shopping and entertainment options are just around the corner and of course our beautiful beaches are not more than a few miles as well.


Great care has been taken to insure that the footing in all four show rings is top of the line. There are ample warm up areas and 400 permanent show stalls which help make for a safe and stress free stay.


The grounds are gorgeous with a unique blend of stunning rose bushes, mature trees, meticulously manicured grassy spaces, and a variety of local plant life surrounding the common areas.


About KP Production and Events:

KP Events provides full-service planning and management services for equestrian events in the United States in order to provide the environment that allows competitors to qualify for National and International endeavors. Services include all aspects of show management including sponsor development, judge solicitation and accommodation, rider outreach, facilities preparation and decor, stall charts, ride schedules, electronic scoring, entertainment, auctions, booth locations, signage, media, and event promotion.


Past event experience with California Dressage Society includes 2003 Ulla Salzgeber Clinic in Encinitas for 150+ guests, 2003 IMAX Private Screening and Party for 300+ guests, 2004 to present Dressage Affaire Show at Del Mar Horsepark, 2002 to 2007 CDS San Diego Series Shows at Del Mar Horsepark, 2007 and 2008 – CDI W/Y/J International competition “The Del Mar Classic.” 2007 – present – CDI W/Y/J International competition, “The Dressage Affaire.” 2010 to present, CPEDI*** Para Equestrian International competition. For more information please contact Kim Keenan Stordahl at Email: kkeenan@dressageevents.com or Telephone: (866) 933-SHOW (7469) x703 | Fax: (866) 933-7469.


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