Two Great Choices For Equestrian Action This Weekend in Wellington
This weekend marks the 3rd annual Wellington Eventing Showcase when top international event riders converge on Wellington at the Global Dressage show grounds! William Fox-Pitt, who has been in the states teaching clinics and competing at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, will be joined by other top event riders from abroad and throughout the USA. Riders and spectators alike are drawn to the showcase style format of this competition and the $100,000 prize purse.
Fox-Pitt came to the US to teach a 3-day clinic in Aiken at Stable View, where fellow Olympian Boyd Martin and his wife, Grand Prix rider Silva Martin, are based for the winter. The concept presented itself to entice Fox-Pitt to stay here in the states to compete in the Wellington Eventing Showcase, and Boyd was quick to get involved. Through the generosity of Boyd’s owners, Fox-Pitt was offered the ride on Steady Eddie, an Australian-born Thoroughbred that Boyd has produced to the 4* level. While at Stable View, Fox-Pitt was able to acclimate himself to the ride on Steady Eddie in a collaborative effort with Martin.
For the first two years of the Eventing Showcase, Boyd Martin has walked away with the top prize and biggest check. In 2015 he won on Trading Aces, returning in 2016 to win aboard Blackfoot Mystery, who went on to be his mount in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where they placed 16th individually. The 2016 Wellington Eventing Showcase was also an exciting event for the crew at Wellington Equestrian Realty, who were the official realtor of last year’s competition.
Dressage kicks off this morning (Friday), and stadium and cross country are run on Saturday on the adjacent derby field, which has been transformed into a proper 3* course by designer Captain Mark Phillips and course builder Eric Bull. Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) and the Chronicle of the Horse (Mark Bellissimo) remain the organizers of this event, which will be live streamed throughout all 3 phases!
If you didn’t watch the event last year, the competitors had to ride through the VIP spectator’s tent and jump a drop down into the arena before crossing through the finish flags. This year, a jump has been positioned in the middle of the tent, adding an additional technical element and further thrill for the riders and spectators!
Details of the event, entries, ride times and a link to the live streaming can be found HERE, compliments of COTH.
Wellington Equestrian Realty Rallies for the Great Charity Challenge
Founded in 2010 by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige, the Great Charity Challenge has grown into a fun and inspirational event that is passionately supported by the equestrian community here in greater Palm Beach County. The event is held February 4th, 2017 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The event is poised this year to break the $10 million dollar mark in raised donations, with all of the proceeds going back to Palm Beach County non-profits that are randomly drawn each year as beneficiaries.
Click HERE for a list of this year’s charities.
The back-story on the GCC via Equestrian Sport Production’s press release is as follows:
Since its beginning in 2010, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) has seen the equestrian community take charitable giving to a new level while impacting thousands of lives through its unique team competition. The GCC returns to Wellington during the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit this Saturday, February 4, marking its eighth year at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
The relay-style show jumping competition depends on sponsors who not only donate funds but also on riders, both professional and amateur, who ride on behalf of randomly assigned local non-profits. One-hundred percent of the event’s proceeds go directly to Palm Beach County charities, while all costs associated with the event are covered by Equestrian Sport Productions, the managing organization of WEF, as well as the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), and International Polo Club (IPC).
A Team Show Jumping Competition with A Creative Twist
The competition itself features show jumping teams that are comprised of junior, amateur and world class equestrians, battling it out for top prize money for their assigned charity. An added element of fun is that all the teams dress in costume and are judged on the creativity of their outfits.
Wellington Equestrian Realty has proudly been a corporate sponsor of this event since 2012, and being involved in our community through charitable organizations is important to our core business values.
This year Wellington Equestrian Realty returns as the only real estate sponsor for this event, and we are thrilled to take part in the festivities Saturday Evening. WER is the official costume contest sponsor and Craig Martin is taking part by sitting on the judging panel for the costume portion of the event!
Please come out and join us tomorrow evening to celebrate one of the best charitable evenings in this region. The event is open and free to the public, and the evening entertainment promises to be memorable!