The prestigious PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/CDIY, March 1-4, 2007, will offer an autograph signing with some of the continent’s top dressage riders. The signing will take place following the $4,500 Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday, March 4, 2007. Top finishing riders will be available for photographs and to sign programs. Olympic, World Cup and World Championship team members are expected to participate.
“We have wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said Show Manager Evelyn O’Sullivan. “Over the years, we’ve had an increase in the number of spectators and they all want to meet the riders. An autograph signing is a great way to do this.”
The PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby serves as one of the official USEF High Performance Qualifying competitions for the selection trial for the U.S. Pan American Games team. In addition, the event is also a qualifying competition for the USEF Grand Prix and Intermediaire I National Championships, the U.S. League Final and U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship.
More than $20,000 in prize money and awards attracts top riders from around the continent. Sweetening the pot this year is title sponsor PhelpsSports.com. The revolutionary site will offer free lifetime memberships to the winners of the Grand Prix Freestyle, Intermediaire I Freestyle and the Young Rider Freestyle. Class winners will receive a one-year subscription to the site. Visitors to PhelpsSports.com are raving about the depth and quality of articles found on the site, which includes exclusive event coverage, interviews with top riders, judges and trainers, and more. With more than 100 video and audio clips, the site is revolutionizing equine coverage online. Visit www.PhelpsSports.com to learn more and subscribe.
“We are happy to give memberships to the website to all the winners at the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby,” said Mason Phelps, Jr., founder and president of PhelpsSports.com. “Winning is a special achievement and we are glad to find a way to add to the awards these talented riders will be presented with at the show. We have had so much positive feedback on the site that we know having access to it benefits equestrians in many ways. We’re confident that the new members will feel this additional prize is a valuable reward for their performances at the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby and will enjoy visiting the site.”
For 24 years the Derby has attracted top competitors such as Olympians Lars Peterson, Cesar Parra, Robert Dover and Ashley Holzer. In 1999 the event became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The primary beneficiary of the show is the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.
More information, including schedule, vendor information and sponsorship details, can be found at www.pbderby.com.
About the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Derby
The PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. 2007 marks the 24th anniversary of this prestigious event. This show attracts the best riders from around the globe, including Betsy Steiner, Leslie Morse, Robert Dover, Cesar Parra, Lars Peterson, Arlene Page, Ashley Holzer and many more of the Who’s Who of the dressage world. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is the main event in a two-show series that includes Dressage at Equestrian Estates in April, and educational programs such as the Biomechanics Seminar in January.