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Wellington Equestrian Jumping and Dressage Festivals – The Season is On
We are in full season now here in Wellington Florida home of the equestrian capital of the world. The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival – WEF and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival are under way right now and will be hosting many events until March 30.
Mark Bellissim CEO of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has made a lot of improvements to the grounds and surrounding areas to really have Wellington be deserving of their place on the equestrian map.
Both of these festivals are world class events. Dressage will get even more well known here in Wellington. The infrastructure is in place now and future improvements are in the works.
WEF has a new sponsor – ROLEX. There need not be any more said about this company. Rolex is very supportive of the equestrian community and being able to say that Rolex is your sponsor carries with it a lot of klout. They in turn will attract other sponsors to the show.
Now you can even come and stay all year – you can now train all summer really getting your horses ready for world class competition. The top competitors from all over the world come to Wellington for WEF like Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze, Brazilian Olympic Gold Medalist Rodrigo Pessoa, World Champion Hunter Rider Havens Schatt and Olympic Dressage Rider David Marcus.
This is going to be an amazing 12 weeks of equestrian competition with huge prize money being awarded as well. Even the Nations Cup will be held here.
The Global Dressage Festival is going to be filling an U.S void- there will not be a better built dressage facility than here in Wellington.
Mark Bellissimo has developed a new partnership with world famous Jumping Chantilly in France. Jumping Chantilly hosts some of the top shows in Europe. The winner of Jumping Chantilly Grand Prix in France will be invited to compete in Wellington WEF in 2015. The winner of WEF Artisan Farm Young Rider Grand Prix will be given a free wild card entry to Chantilly Jumping.
Wellington is the equestrian capital in the United States and Chantilly is the equestrian capital in France.
Saturday Night Lights are free for spectators. Come and join us in the fun and enjoy the magnifance of horse and rider.
Wellington is America’s winter horse capital and the equestrian capital of the world. “Like young flavorfully crafted wine, Wellington rose from the fertile South Florida soil to bear fruit, ripen, and ferment into a full-bodied experience unlike any other.” Sue Weakley from Equestrian quarterly wrote.
The winter edition of the Equestrian Quarterly magazine 2013 is celebrating Wellington as the premier destination for winter equestrians.
Charles Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres back in 1951. Back when he bought this property it was nothing but a soggy swamp. The state of Florida passed legislation to drain off the water in this area. The entire area became fertile farmland. There were over 2000 acres of Strawberry Fields here back in those days. In the early 1950s less than 100 people lived here and called Wellington their home. The property that Charles Oliver Wellington purchased became known as “Flying Cow Ranch”. A lot of people ask us what that means. Well it’s actually the owner’s initials and the same icon that he used for his airplanes.There is still a road here called, “Flying Cow Ranch”.
Charles Oliver Wellington died in 1959. Mr. Wellington’s son started to develop a little bit of the land in order to pay for the estate taxes.
It took a long time for this area to develop but equestrians started to discover this area. Soon it became known as America’s winter home for the equestrian elite. Each year polo players, equestrian jumpers, dressage and other horse enthusiasts came to this area for the winter season.
Polo is the sport of Kings and soon Wellington became known for Polo. This was the high society of all things equestrian as women adorned with their big hats came from up North to Palm Beach to watch polo games. Celebrities and royalty from all over the world have been in Wellington at one time or another to watch or participate in a polo game.
Polo enthusiasts such as Prince Charles, Lady Diana, Tommy Lee Jones, Sylvester Stalone, Mary Lou Whitney, and many others have spent time here in Wellington.
Nic Roldan is a third-generation polo player. He was raised here in Wellington. He was born in Buenos Aires Argentina. He is the winner of the crown jewel of polo- the U.S. Open.
Riders from many nations come to compete in Wellington’s jumping competitions. You will see flags from Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Canada and many other nations. The weather is fabulous in Wellington in the winter. Every weekend is filled with excitement in Wellington where you can watch shows jumping, dressage, and polo games every single weekend. There is not another place around that you can watch all of these sports at the same time during the same weekend.
If you are an equestrian rider or polo player you will love to move to Wellington because you can stay here for nearly 6 months out of each year being able to compete. The finale of each season is held at the Palm Beach international equestrian Center towards the end of the march. Then you can travel throughout the rest of the spring and summer for your other competitions. Making Wellington your equestrian home is the best decision you can make!
Wellington is also the host for the great Charity Challenge each year. In this exciting event there are 32 rider teams that are randomly paired with 32 charities serving locally local charities in Palm Beach County. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised each year.
The Masters come here as well each year. Last year we were honored to have the Olympic Games gold medalists Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin who joined other Olympians: Steffen Peters, Adrienne Lyle, Tina Konyat, Minne Tilde, Ashley Holzer, Jacqueline Brooks, Per Sandguaard, and Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven to participate in this event.
On March 9, 2013, the Challenge of the Americas which is an international dressage event will be held here. This is a one-of-a-kind international Grand Prix musical freestyle challenge called “dancing for women around the world”. This event raises money for the breast Cancer research foundation. It will be held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.
This is all what makes Wellington such a great place to live! Contact us to help you find your Wellington Equestrian winter farm at 561-753-0135.
Wellington Horse Stall Rentals Going Fast!
Wellington equestrian season is just around the corner. Plan ahead so you don’t get caught paying the highest premium rent prices for your horses.
You can still get some stalls for dressage horses for under $1000 per stall per month for the season in Loxahatchee. The stalls come with a dressage arena and mirrors.
If you need to be closer into Wellington the prices for horse stall rentals go up. The closer to the showgrounds you need to be the more you are going to pay.
Horse stalls for rent in Wellington near the showgrounds for hunter/ jumper horses are up to about $6000 per stall per month. Click here for the current list of stalls for rent in Wellington.
Contact Nestor Gasset at 561-753-0135 to get your stall rentals locked in before you get here. We can take photos of the stalls and get them to you via email or online.
Wellington Equestrian Properties | Horse Farms | Horse Ranches | Barns and Estates
Wellington Florida is the equestrian capital of the world so it is no surprise that you will find the best in horse properties here.
Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival which takes place annually here. Wellington is also home to International Polo and Dressage events.
Many equestrian riders, trainers and owners come to Wellington each year for the winter equestrian season which begins in November and goes through April of the following year. But many equestrian families, groups, couples and singles also make Wellington their full time residence and ride horses all year round. This is possible because of our great weather in South Florida.
Wellington equestrian properties come in all sorts of sizes and prices. You can have your grooms stay in a condo you buy here for under $200,000 and be a short drive to the showgrounds. You can buy a horse farm in Wellington that will start at about $1,000,000 and go up to $38,000,000 for a complete farm with riding rings, stables, paddocks, grooms quarters and be hacking distance to the showgrounds. If you don’t mind driving your horses to the showgrounds you can find nice equestrian mini farms and ranches for under $1,000,000 on one to two acres of property.
Some of the nicest and most efficient horse barns you will find are located right here in Wellington Florida. Never leave Wellington upon a visit without first taking a tour of the acreage and unplatted sections of Wellington where you will discover amazing horse ranches, farms and estates. One of the comments is that the horses live better than their owners in these spectacular horse estates.
Wellington was voted in the top 100 best places to live in 2010 and we believe it just keeps getting better and better. Wellington is an affluent home town community with great parks, schools and shopping centers.
We have over 100 miles of private and public bridle trails within our community of Wellington. We have over 580 Equestrian farms, 57 Polo fields and 340 sand rings.
We welcome you to contact Nestor Gasset or Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 to discover more about Wellington Equestrian Properties- Wellington welcomes equestrians. Join us today and make your move to Wellington Florida.
What You Can Do At Wellington WEF- Wellington Equestrian Festival
Have you ever watched a horse show? A hunter-jumper competition? This is a great activity for you and your family especially if you have not been to an equestrian event.
Show jumping competitions are every week Wednesday through Sunday. You can stop by during the week just to unwind, feel the breeze, smell the country air and be amazed at the beauty of these horses here. These events are totally free.
Every Saturday night at WEF you can park for $20 a car load and enter WEF for free. Every Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. The Key West Street Performers are here. Also, there are balloon artists, face painters, a petting zoo and more events for the children.
You can enjoy dining in the The Gallery which is like a South Beach lounge or at the famous Tiki Hut. Enjoy Sushi as Rock and Roll Sushi and tacos at Tito’s Tacos.
If you like to shop you can walk down Vender Row. There is this one artist that has gorgeous horse paintings! You can buy belts, hats, equestrian gear and jewerly.
You want to make sure you get here before the season is over in April! Otherwise you will have to wait until November or December!
This is a great venue for a night of fun and excitement or a relaxing day overlooking the horse competitions around the many rings in the Equestrian Center.
Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I – First Competition of Wellington Winter Equestrian Season
The Wellington Classic Dressage is having their first competition for the 2012 Challenge Series this weekend at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at 7500 Forest Hill Blvd.
The competition is being held this Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
The best part about this dressage event is that it is FREE for spectators. If you have not ever seen dressage you need to go and get a glimpse of this high class equestrian style event. The discipline of rider and horse is a true art combined with sport.
What is dressage? It is like horse dancing. You may have seen this on TV but in person it is quite the event. I love being a part of the dressage events. We get to witness some amazing talent from around the world as rider and horse show off their athletic ability that is combined with grace and class.
Don’t worry about lunch either. Just bring some cash with you to taste the many offering from about 8 to 10 specialty food trucks. These trucks are not like the ones on the side of the roads. We are talking some gourmet offerings that will have you back again for seconds.
Hope to see you there!