AGDF 2020 Welcomes Star-Studded Lineup To Equestrian Village

AGDF 2020 Welcomes Star-Studded Lineup To Equestrian Village

With the winter season rapidly approaching, fans and competitors are marking their calendars for the ninth annual Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), returning to Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington from Jan. 8 through March 29, 2020.

As the largest and longest-running dressage circuit in the world, the AGDF welcomes equestrians from all over the globe to compete across a 10-week schedule of events, offering international and national level showing opportunities for dressage professionals and amateurs alike.

“We are delighted to welcome dressage enthusiasts back for another year of top competition,” AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur said. “This season is imperative, as it delivers opportunities for competitors seeking out World Cup qualification, as well as Olympic and Paralympic preparation. This year, the CDI 5* serves as a mandatory outing for the U.S. Dressage riders striving for team placement; a group of Japanese competitors will make the journey to work toward Tokyo 2020; and a CDI-W has been added into the last week of competition as a final opportunity for riders contending for FEI World Cup Finals. The 2020 AGDF will also strategically host two CPEDIs in January, as a way to accommodate athletes looking to achieve scores before Paralympic qualification ends.”

The AGDF season serves as a strong competition scene for riders seeking to gain more experience with their mounts, Baur explained, and 2019 Pan American Games team silver medalist Jennifer Baumert credited the show for allowing her to do just that in years past.

“AGDF is one of my favorite horse shows,” Baumert said. “As a true pinnacle of dressage in the United States, the people, the atmosphere, the international flair all make it an incredible place to bring your horses to prepare them.”

She is enthusiastic regarding how much the sport of dressage has grown in recent years, with Wellington at the forefront.

“I think it’s incredibly beneficial to have this circuit,” Baumert said. “It has really put the U.S. on that international stage. The fact that we can attract so many riders from other nations is a major accomplishment and a big deal for our sport.”

The incoming lineup features four CDI-Ws, one CDI 4* and CDI 5*, as well as a CDIO 3* and two CPEDI competitions. The invigorating Friday Night Stars series will return as a season staple, highlighting the iconic FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, and national classes will run parallel to international competition throughout all 10 weeks.

The inaugural Lövsta Future Challenge for Young Grand Prix Horses (8- to 10-year-olds) will kick off this year, serving as the next step for horses returning after 2019’s Prix St. Georges Future Challenge, and eDressage will also make its debut in the national and CPEDI arenas this year.

The 2020 season kicks off Jan. 8-12, featuring the first of four CDI-W competitions, as well as the first CPEDI 3* and national show of the season. AGDF 3 will follow (Jan. 22-26) with the same schedule, welcoming CDI-W, CPEDI 3* and national competitors to the arenas at Equestrian Village.

The circuit resumes for AGDF 5 (Feb. 5-9) and will host its third CDI-W of the year, as well as continued national events in the rings adjoining the Global Arena. AGDF 6 (Feb. 12-16) hosts national competition.

AGDF 7 (Feb. 19-23) promises a star-studded spectacular, as competitors from all over the globe go head-to-head competing at the highest caliber in the CDI 5*. The CDI 4* and national levels promise another competitive week during AGDF 8 (Feb. 26 – March 1).

The popular Challenge of the Americas takes center stage for AGDF 9 (March 4-8), and international competition resumes on March 11 with AGDF 10, a national show, and the CDIO3*. Week 11 (March 18-22) welcomes more national competitors to PBIEC.

The finale of the AGDF season will feature the final CDI-W of the 2020 season, and the last chance for riders to achieve qualification for the FEI Dressage World Cup Final, which will be held in conjunction with the Jumping World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April.

“We are grateful to have been on this journey from its inception,” said Allyn Mann, director of strategic partnerships at American Regent Animal Health (formerly Luitpold Pharmaceuticals), makers of Adequan i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the title sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “It is nice to see that AGDF continues to attract a varied audience of riders and horses, giving everyone the chance to ride down the center line. We wish everyone continued success.”

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village site is located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more information about the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, visit

Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2020 event Highlights

January 8-12 — AGDF 1

Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W

Saturday Night Under the Lights –

Para-Dressage CPEDI3* Freestyle


January 22-26 — AGDF 3

Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W

Saturday Night Under the Lights –

Para-Dressage CPEDI3* Freestyle


February 5-9 — AGDF 5

Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W


February 12-16 — AGDF 6

National Show


February 19-23 — AGDF 7


Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*


February 26 – March 1 — AGDF 8


2020 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships

Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*

March 4-8 — AGDF 9

National Show

Friday Night Stars – Challenge of the Americas


March 11-15 — AGDF 10


Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*

Sunday Night – American Equestrians Got Talent


March 18-22 — AGDF 11

National Show


March 25-29 — AGDF 12

Friday Night Stars – Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W


The AGDF Show Grounds are located at Equestrian Village at PBIEC

13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414

AGDF general admission is free.

Parking is $10/car on Friday nights.


For more information, call (561) 793-JUMP