2018 AGDF Program - 100
To Our Friend Jimmy
On October 31, 2017, the Adequan® Global Dressage
Festival lost a beloved member of the family with the
passing of James "Jimmy" Mandala . Jimmy's death, at
just 48 years of age, has sent a wave of sadness through
the dressage community, marking the end of his threeyear-long battle with pancreatic cancer .
From the Central Park Horse Show in New York City,
to the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey,
Jimmy's bright presence was always a comforting one,
as he would light up a room wherever he went . An FEI
Steward and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival's
(AGDF) Facilities Manager, Jimmy was a friend to many
and loved by all .
During the 2017 AGDF show season Mandala and his
wife, Annie Cizadlo, were awarded the Global Dressage
Visionary Award . The award, presented by Carol Cohen
Hodess, exemplified Mandala's extensive efforts at the
facility over the past years .
The sentiments of love for Mandala were reflected in
January of 2016, when Jimmy was handed the keys
to his completely re-built Dodge pickup truck . The
dressage community raised the funds to complete the
gift, and returned the transformed truck to him at the
Adequan® Global Dressage Festival show grounds .
The truck served as a symbol of hope for Jimmy, as it
carried him all over the country to volunteer and work
at various shows . The campaign of hope was led by
dressage rider and trainer Michael Barisone, and saw an
outpouring of donations and support from the rest of
Jimmy's dressage "family ."
Jimmy spent as much time as possible surrounded
by the things he loved most, the horses and their
riders . The feeling was mutual however, and the
equestrian community loved him as well . That love was
represented in those that supported him until his very
last breath, and those who will continue to support his
legacy in the years to come .
While Jimmy may be gone in physical form, his
influence and presence will be felt in the American
Dressage community forever . A light that bright can
never truly be extinguished .
100 * 2018 ADEQUAN® GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL