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Wellington Equestrian News | Sophia Calamari: National Equestrian Champion at 13

Wellington Equestrian News | Sophia Calamari: National Equestrian Champion at 13

Sophia Calamari, a 13 year old teen from New Milford, Pennysylvania along with her 6-year-old pony, Smitten, have gained major recognition  after being hailed as champions during the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals held in Lexington, Kentucky. The pair bested 250 ponies and riders during the completion as they conquered the Small Green Pony Championship and the Overall Green Pony Championship.

Sophia and Smitten have set a record by garnering the highest points in the history of the competition after bagging 1,011.50 points in total. The points included the 252 points in the under saddle phase, 249.75 points in the over-fences, and 260 points in the model phase.

Additionally, Sophia and Power Trip, who’s also one of her ponies, got the seventh place during the show’s equitation finals. Yet again, this was another feat conquered as the duo beat 159 pairs in the finals.

For Sophia, riding horses is a passion passed on by her mother, Laurie Scott. With Laurie’s guidance, Sophia has been joining competitions since she was 7 years old. In fact, they both worked together in training and taking care of her award-winning pony, Smitten. He was a bit restless in the beginning, but no one could deny that he possessed natural talent and flare.

After winning the competitions during the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, Sophia and Smitten have impressively set on to earn five championships and one reserve championship within the six shows that they’ve participated in.  

By December this year, Sophia will phase out from the small pony category and will pass on Smitten to her younger sister, Francesca, who is also a rider. Sophia is set out to compete in the junior hunter’s division and will be training for equitation. After graduating from that level, she will be moving on to standard-sized horses.

Sophia, along with her family, is no stranger to Wellington Florida. They have been staying in the village every winter as Sophia trains with her trainer Garry Duffy at the Ponies & Palms Show Stables. Sophia also joins the festivities by competing during the Winter Equestrian Festival here in Wellington.

Sophia went to the Mountain View School District and was a consistent straight-A student before home schooling. One day, she aspires to attend Princeton University and compete in the Olympics.

The future, indeed, looks bright for the young champion, Sophia Calamari, and we cannot wait what she will be conquering next.

Wellington has many equestrian properties available in the market, in case you are interested in horse riding and polo, you can always come here!

Come and join the thousands of Wellington equestrian fans! In case you are looking for a strategic Wellington equestrian property for sale, you can call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135!

Wellington Equestrian News | Horses Healing Hearts Offers Effective Therapy For Substance Abuse and Addiction

Wellington Equestrian News | Horses Healing Hearts Offers Effective Therapy For Substance Abuse and Addiction

Horses Healing Hearts is a non-profit public charity organization founded by Lizabeth Olszewski aiming to aid children of parents who were suffering from substance abuse. Her goal is to enrich their lives through equine experiential learning.

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The organization of Horses Healing Hearts was established in Wellington Florida and though it was only meant to help the children of parents with hurdles in addiction, Lizabeth soon discovered that the parents too need to be empowered in order to rise up, face their battles, and to be healed, along with their children, from the emotional scars they endured because of the addiction.

This is what motivated Lizabeth Olszewski to collaborate with treatment centers. She received training from in EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) which allowed her to broaden her reach and offer therapy to even more families.

Since Horses Healing Hearts is primarily a non-profit organization, it used to be dependent only on grants. However, because of Liz’s partnership with EAGALA, she is able to make profit through the treatment centers that have offered to pay her and donate money to her charity.

In Lizabeth’s words, ““It has given us a new opportunity to aid in addiction while still working with the children to end the cycle.”

If you would like to get involved in this wonderful cause, you can reach Lizabeth at 561-713-6133. It would truly be a great experience to be part of something that helps the community and heals hearts through our amazing equine friends, our dear horses.  

Wellington has many equestrian properties available in the market, in case you are interested in horse riding and polo, you can always come here!

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today to find your equestrian property here in Wellington or to list your farm for sale at 561-541-9936.  

Top Tips To Get Your Wellington Equestrian Property Sold

Top tips to get your Wellington equestrian property sold.

Just like putting your home on the market, listing your Wellington equestrian property for sale requires a great deal of preparation. The preparation you need is quite different, however, because you are not just selling a home but a piece of land that is meant to be ideal for raising and training horses. Here are a few tips you can follow on how you can get your Wellington equestrian property sold:

Top Tips To Get Your Wellington Equestrian Property Sold

  1. Contact an agent at once.

Selling your property is a huge undertaking, and understandably, you would want to get the best price in the transaction. This would only happen if: you have a great marketing plan in place, you have the right contacts, you know the selling process in and out and lastly, you have enough patience to see it through. Nonetheless, agents are fully trained and experienced to handle all of these aspects of selling so the first important tip to getting your property to sell is to work with a good agent specializes in selling a Wellington equestrian property. Your buyer will certainly have an agent and it is best if you also have your own to represent you when the negotiations arise.

  1. Clean and organize.

This can be considered as the easiest and at the same time the most difficult step in selling your property. A horse farm has to be equipped with an efficient water system and a good manure management system to make cleaning easier. Have a place for everything and ensure that you have enough space for farm equipment. Make sure that your property is in its best shape should buyers decide to drop by for a visit. You can check Wellington equestrian properties for sale at www.wellingtonequestrianproperties.net to see how other sellers clean and organize their properties.

  1. Repair as needed.

If certain facilities are damaged, then you simply cannot sell your property for the best price. Keep in mind that a well maintained property will always attract more buyers as opposed to a property that’s damaged, old, and unkempt. With that said, prepare your Wellington equestrian property for sale by repairing what needs to be repaired. This includes possible repairs on the gates, fences, barns, roofs, doors, bulbs, and others. Repainting isn’t a bad idea, too. All the cleaning and fixing is needed before you can proceed with next and final step.

  1. Take photos that pop on the screen.

Today, most buyers start their search through the internet so marketing your property online is a must. Take beautiful photos of your property after it has been cleaned and repaired. These photos will keep your buyers glued to their screen and will motivate them to visit and see more of your farm. Ask your agent for tips on what type of shots would highlight your property’s best features.

These are simple yet very effective tips to prepare your Wellington equestrian property for sale. The most important tip to remember is to work with an agent who is knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced when it comes to selling Wellington equestrian properties.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 today if you’re looking for expert help in buying or selling your Wellington equestrian property!

Wellington Fl Officials Focus on Road Safety As The Winter Equestrian Festival Approaches

Wellington Fl Officials Focus on Road Safety As The Winter Equestrian Festival Approaches

It’s almost that time of the year again when thousands flock to Wellington Fl for the Winter Equestrian Festival, but for now, part-time residents are returning to the village to prepare and train their horses for the season. Of course, with a surge in population comes a surge in traffic. Particularly if you live in Wellington, you’ll know that you won’t be dealing with just ordinary traffic but golf-cart traffic.

Winter Wellington Florida Safety Issues Slow for Horses Wellington Equestrian Properties

Florida law presides over golf traffic in Wellington but the village itself has not been able to pass its own regulations despite previous attempts.

It may come as a surprise to some but golf carts are commonly used by residents in Wellington for quick trips like picking up kids from school or tutors and especially for commuting in equestrian areas like going from farm to farm or heading over to the showgrounds. However, according to village officials, there are many people who use the golf carts illegally on a regular basis and that, according to them, is a real danger.

According to state law, golf carts can only be used either on private property or in golfing communities. They are not allowed to be used on sidewalks and they can only be used on some roads if the golf cart is street-legal which means it would need seat belts, turn signals, windshields and head lights. On top of that, the street-legal golf carts would also need to be inspected, insured, and registered with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. If used, they are only allowed on the road with a maximum speed limit of 35mph.

Since there have been quite a few golf cart-related accidents that happened in Wellington in the past, the officials aim to prevent any mishaps from happening in the future by educating the public with golf cart usage and safety.

Top 3 Ways to Care for Your Wellington Equestrian Properties

Top 3 Ways to Care for Your Wellington Equestrian Properties

When buyers purchase Wellington equestrian properties, a huge responsibility of managing the land to provide a good environment for horses fall on their shoulders

Caring for equestrian properties is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Unlike normal purchased land, you have to think about maintenance duties that are beneficial to the horses. At the same time You will want to keep the land environmentally friendly and not be a drain on your finances.

3 Ways to Care for Your Wellington Equestrian Properties

There are a few general guidelines you should follow especially if you are a first-time buyer of Wellington equestrian properties. Read on for the most basic things you ought to remember about equestrian property management.

  1. Make it as natural as possible

    Ideal homes for horses are exactly what you see in classic posters.  Large green pastures where they are free to move, where there’s plenty clean water and food, and there is a healthy ecosystem. Although we cannot totally duplicate this ideal home, the goal is to copy it as much as possible.

    A more natural lifestyle for horses means less stress for them. To achieve this, try to have a variety of plants and enough trees, aside from green pastures. The existence of an ecosystem promotes a home for your horses that is closer to nature.

  2. Keep it clean, green, and safe

    Nothing can take the place of a clean equestrian property. Cleaning the property entails good manure management and effective watering system. You can also tackle reduction of mud or dust. Cleanliness is important to keep your horses away from diseases.

    Many believe that investing in a more nutritious hard wearing pasture can save you a lot even if it can be more costly in the beginning. Bare patches in paddocks and dried out pastures must be minimized and dealt with immediately.

  3. Constantly find ways to improve your systems

    A lot of things can go wrong if you don’t have effective systems in place. Try to read up and research the most effective ways for grazing and pasture management, manure management, vegetation management, soil management, and horse care systems.

    Explore the best possible options when it comes to tools, equipment, horse facilities, fences and property design. Do not just buy the first idea you hear. Since Wellington Fl is home to some of the best equestrian properties in the world, you can count on the fact that there are others who can offer more knowledge about these things.

Maintaining a Wellington equestrian property is not easy, but with knowledge and hard work, it can be done. Remember to look into the three general guidelines above to help you manage your property better.

Wellington has many equestrian properties that have the ideal facilities needed to train and take care of your horses.

If you are looking for an excellent Wellington equestrian property, do not hesitate to call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 today!

Palm Beach Polo Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup 11-10

Palm Beach Polo Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup 11-10

Palm Beach Polo furiously took the cup from Pony Express in the recently concluded Polo Gear Challenge Cup at the Grand Champions Club on Sunday afternoon.

It was a hard-fought physical battle between Palm Beach Polo (Glenn Straub, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen, Carlos Gracida Jr.) and Pony Express (Justin Daniels, Pancho Eddy, Tomas Goti, and Bob Daniels).

Palm Beach Polo Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup 11-10 | Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset | Wellington Equestrian Properties

Kris Kampsen filled in for Tommy Briddle who was hospitalized the day before the cup.

Pony Express kicked off with a 4-0 lead but Palm Beach Polo managed to tie the game at the second chukker. Goti scored a goal for Pony Express during the start of the third chukker, 5-4. Bob Daniels added a score. Goti goaled again before the chukker ended, 7-4.

It was a fast and furious race with both teams scoring 8 in the fifth chukker. Goti scored to give a 9-8 advantage to Pony Express but Palm Beach Polo roared back behind Kampsen.

Kampsen blocked Goti’s attempt to score and tied the score, 9-9. Gracida’s goal made the 10-9 advantage for Palm Beach Polo. Pony Expressed had two failed goal attempts while Phillips converted a penalty-two shot for an 11-9 lead. Goti scored a final goal 10 seconds left before the game ends.

Kris Kampsen was named MVP, and Tomás Goti´s mare took Best Playing Pony honors. Kris Kampsen played twelve chukkers over twelve hours during the day of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Polo Gear won the Subsidiary, after winning the round robin against Casablanca and Audi.

Wellington polo is a famous sport and Wellington Fl serves as home for the best equestrian properties in the world.

Come and join the thousands of Wellington polo fans! Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 to get started on your home search for your perfect Wellington Polo home.

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