During the third week of competition at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Carol Cohen presented Wellington’s Mark and Katherine Bellissimo with the Global Dressage Visionary Award.
Cohen, who presents the Global Dressage Visionary Award during all CDI weeks of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, chose to recognize the Bellissimos for making world class dressage competition in Wellington a reality, and for support of the show series since its inception.
The Bellissimo family — Mark, Katherine and their four children — first traveled from Boston, Mass., to Wellington in 2000 where their two daughters competed, and decided to call Wellington home in 2004.
Mark Bellissimo became increasingly involved in Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival, and eventually become the majority shareholder in Wellington Equestrian Partners, which was formed in 2006.
Cohen, a founding sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, created the Global Visionary Dressage Award to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in the growth and promotion of dressage in America.
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ABOVE: Carol Cohen presents Katherine and Mark Belissimo with the Global Dressage Visionary Award.