Compelling Reasons to Visit Wellington During Pre-Season
Prior to the holidays, WEF starts to gear up for the regular season with several AA shows throughout the month of December.
Although it is considered “pre-season” there is a full prize list of AA Hunter and Jumper divisions through the CSI 4* level. In fact, Equestrian Sports Productions ran their year-end award shows during December and typically sees in excess of 50 horse and rider entries in many of the divisions. Although 50 entries are light in comparison to the high-season, the competition level is still representative of the A circuit with top amateur and professional riders entering the ring.
Michael Walton, who traveled from Unionville, Pennsylvania to compete the second week in December, actually prefers the pre-season time to get his horses in the ring. Walton, who is a professional horseman and owner of Walton Place Equestrian, has competed in the performance hunters, Grand Prix show jumpers, and has represented the US Equestrian Team in Nation’s Cup Competition.
He competes at the upper levels of eventing, but also continues to balance his time on the jumper circuit, enjoying “the calm before the storm” in Wellington during the month of December. Walton’s trip to WEF certainly paid off with 2 wins aboard Mia Marano’s Wodca in the level 6 classes (1.30m), besting the field of over 45 riders comprised of amateur, professional and international competitors.
December is actually a great time of year to show at WEF when smaller crowds make it easy to tour the show grounds and vendor shops.
It’s also a great time of year to explore all of Wellington, FL and Palm Beach, FL before the crowds arrive at the beginning of the year. Of course, it’s also a great time of year to call the team at Wellington Equestrian Realty to tour properties that are on the market or for seasonal lease as well!
Stay for the Entire 2017 Winter Season!
January is our favorite time of year when we begin to welcome clients back to Wellington for the winter season. The town is starting to come alive with businesses humming and winter residents arriving for the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival.
As we mentioned in our last article, the 38th annual WEF circuit will run for 12 weeks at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and there will be entertainment for the whole family. There’s no better way to celebrate the 2017 show season than by attending the kick-off event at the Winter Equestrian Festival 1 on January 14th at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center! Below you will find more information on scheduled activities for the kick-off weekend, featuring the popular Saturday Night Lights.
Press Release Courtesy of Equestrian Sports Productions:
During WEF Week 1, we’ll kick off the highly anticipated return of our Saturday Night Lights series with the $75,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Battle of the Sexes Class in which men and women ride head to head for bragging rights all year long! This fun event is always one of the most popular of the season. Cheer on riders as the men’s and women’s teams simultaneously fly over a course of jumps and then dash to the finish!
Bring the whole family for on-site dining, free carousel rides, live music and entertainment for all ages before the competition begins. Kids’ activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, magicians, fire twirlers, face painting, and more! There will be something for everyone!
- Gates open: 6 pm
- Competition begins: 7 pm
Mark your calendars and we’ll see you on Saturday, January 14th! For more information on the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, please visit www.pbiec.com.
WEF is not the only hot spot in town. As the winter season unfolds, we will be featuring news and highlights from the Global Dressage Festival, Palm Beach Polo and the surrounding community as well. The team at Wellington Equestrian Realty is excited to ring in the new year and we welcome you back to Palm Beach County for the 2017 season!