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Equestrian Style at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL


A beautiful weekend in Wellington, Florida marked the end of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2013.  Riders from all over the world transport to show at the creme-de-la creme of equestrian facilities for the Nations Cup.  Despite the rain on Saturday afternoon, the weather held up with lots of sunshine and easterly breezes.


The Global Dressage Festival in full of color for the final weekend of the Nations Cup.

Top Left: Paula Matute aboard Califa XV 

Top Right: Ashley Cline of and Elizabeth Lowery of 

Next row: Dressage collection handbags featured at the Nations Cup, a view of the international arena and the barn areas. 

Bottom row: Erin Gilmore of Horse & Style Magazine, Ashley Cline, Elisa Epstein, and Alicia Butler for


Vendors from all over the world come in to showcase new products for both the horse and rider.  We were swooning over the latest Echo of the Dreamer and Mars and Valentine’s Equestrian Sterling Silver Bracelet featured here from  A classic English Equestrian piece to wear at any occasion.

photo 1Dressage collection  was excited to showcase fine equestrian handbags at their first National Dressage horse show, including a sneak preview of the new line coming out in 2 weeks.  “We are extremely delighted introduce our Bridle collection at such at the nations cup of Wellington said Charles Chehebar founder of Dressage Collection. “Our brand represents the upmost attention to quality, luxury and detail. The nations cup at Wellington represents the same lifestyle  and we couldn’t be more pleased to display our collection at such a wonderful event.”

The Bridle collection ranges from $1295-$1595 and is made of a beautiful deconstructed suede with a  naturally grained calfskin. It also features a custom made iconic bridle inspired handle that is sure to reflect the naturally beautiful sport of Dressage.


Flower boxes lined the arena in lavender, ivory and emerald colors.  Beautiful footing by ESI completes each of the rings at the Palm Beach Equestrian Facilities and keeps the riders and horses happy on the ground.

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*Pictured above: Alicia Butler in springtime equestrian style.  She looked like a goddess at the Global Dressage Festival!

Alicia Butler is wearing a beautiful Elizabeth and James Tulip Dress and a new Pride Crossbody from Dressage.

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* Pictured above: Heather Blitz of the USA took the win on Paragon in the FEI Grand Prix.  (In 3rd place on Friday was Cesar Parra)


*Pictured: Susie Dutta strutted the arena in classic Dressage apparel and USA American Flag accents. 



Take a look at her fabulous rhinestone hairpiece with perfectly polished hair.  Susie surely has some fabulous style!





White gloves are worn to coordinate with white stock ties and white breeches creating a classic and traditional equestrian look.


Watching Dressage at the Grand Prix level is fascinating, especially if you are used to riding or watching other equestrian disciplines.  These horses truly look like ballerinas floating across the grounds.  Both horse and rider complement each other with elegance and grace.


Because the Global Dressage Festival is held in Wellington, Florida, the weather can be quite humid and warm.  If you are attending as a rider or spectator, be prepared to pack lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and of course a swim suit for a visit to the beach after-the-show.


* All photos are courtesy of  

About the Global Dressage Festival: The Adequan GDF has offered more than $275,000 in prize money for the 5 international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world.  At this facility it includes five outdoor arenas with world class footing and 200 permanent stalls and a Patrons club.  The show grounds are amid the “Winter Horse Capital” and located right next door to many immaculate polo grounds.  This state-of-the-art facility encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds.

For more information on the Global Dressage Festival, please visit:

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