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Gone are the days of buying properties during high season.

Although the spring and summer seasons are perceived to be the offseason for real estate sales in Wellington, the team at Wellington Equestrian Realty continues to be diligent and on top of the market trends 365 days a year.

Upon the conclusion of the Winter Equestrian Festival, property owners take advantage of the time of year to do maintenance and improvements in preparation for listing their home or farm on the market. This is where Wellington Equestrian Realty has the edge, through our personal and professional relationships, we work year round to earn those new listings.

Before purchasing property in Wellington, it is important to understand the regional horse farm and real estate market. The Wellington market is constantly changing and sales in this region are dynamic! In order to make the best decision on exactly where to buy your new Wellington horse farm, you need to be guided by our proven expertise in the local market.

The Desino Brothers, Craig Martin, and Matt Varney are year-round Florida residents and their focus on the industry and combined work ethic don’t falter during the spring and summer months.

Craig Martin recently discussed market trends during the summers in Wellington, “We operate year round, unlike many other agents who leave for the summer. The old days where most of the sales happened in the winter are over. While other agents ramp down their business when April rolls around, business for them is over, we know it is the time to capitalize on real estate sales.

Chris Desino, Matt Varney, Craig Martin, and Rob Desino

“Our accessibility to potential buyers is consistent year round. When buyers contact us, we roll out the red carpet for them. Knowledge is power, and with real time information available at the buyers fingertips via the internet listings, buyers are more savvy than ever. We keep on our toes year round and we are ready to answer all of their tough questions right away. We educate them comprehensively so they understand the market and then we work hard to put deals together on their behalf.”

Wellington Equestrian Realty currently has a variety of property listings on the market, so now is the time to shop! As you contemplate your summer travel plans, why not look forward to next winter season with a trip down to Wellington to scout out your dream property?

Peruse our listings of farms and homes on the market, and order a free copy of our Wellington Equestrian Realty Portfolio. Our portfolio is stocked with 100 pages of the largest selection of quality Wellington farms, along with a comprehensive look at the winter season’s equine events and in-depth articles that take you on a tour of our area’s greatest treasures.

“We hope that you enjoy Wellington and the area that we have come to love. There truly is no place like this in the world.”

~ The Team at Wellington Equestrian Realty
Chris and Rob Desino, Matt Varney and Craig Martin

Equestrian Competition Continues Into the Spring & Summer in Wellington!

Spring I winner Jose Robert Reynoso and Azrael W. Photo by Sportfot

Following another exciting winter circuit, the Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) Spring Series proved to be a continued success with five weeks of world class competition.

The ESP Spring Series offers a variety of hunter and jumper classes from April through May as riders and horse enthusiasts continue to enjoy all Wellington has to offer.

Spring I-III boasted two thrilling Grand Prix classes each week at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), alongside countless other hunter/jumper classes. During week four, the action moved to the Equestrian Village with Spring IV-V boasting an exciting 1.40m Open Stakes class, sponsored by TackNRider each weekend.

The Wellington Equestrian Realty Arena at the Equestrian Village also saw hundreds of competitors this spring, featuring classes from small ponies to green hunters to equitation. The availability of divisions for all experience and age levels during the spring season is a testament to ESP’s continued dedication to equestrian excellence year round. Click here to see the extensive prize list offered this spring in Wellington.

To look back at all the ESP Spring Series action, visit their website for their coverage of each week of competition.

With the ESP Spring Series now in the rear view, Wellington competitors look ahead to the upcoming ESP Summer Series, which begins Friday, June 2.

For prize lists and more information about the ESP Summer Series visit their website here!

Wrap Up of 2017 Palm Beach Polo Action!

While show jumpers cleared colored poles, U.S. Polo enthusiasts cheered on 17 weeks of thrilling competition at The International Polo Club Palm Beach (ICP).

The season culminated with the 2017 U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 23rd, where Valiente and Orchard Hill teed up for a rematch of the 2015 final. Ultimately, it was Valiente who tasted victory, winning 13-12 in overtime.

The action took off quickly with defending champion Orchard Hills scoring less than 30 seconds into the game. Their momentum continued as they lead 9-6 at the half, but Valiente fought hard to tie the game and force overtime where Diego Cavanagh scored the game-winning goal for Valiente. Find the full story as reported by Darlene Ricker by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Gladiator Polo™ Arena League proved a smashing success in its inaugural year. The fast-paced competition attracted hoards of spectators to the “Colosseum,” which is more formally referred to as Equestrian Village, from January through April.

The $50,000 Gladiator Polo™ final presented by the U.S. Polo Association was won by Team Spiculus, who was sponsored by Don Graves and Marshal & Sterling Insurance, Equisport Division.

With the inaugural year a success, International Polo Club CEO Mark Bellissimo has big plans for the continued promotion of this, his newest brainchild. You will want to be a part of the excitement next year, so follow updates on their website!

WER At Tryon International Equestrian Center for 2017 Season!

Wellington Equestrian Realty has returned to the Tryon International show grounds for a second year, anticipating another season of top-notch competition at one of the country’s premier equestrian destinations.

Tryon International Equestrian Center Logo

During the 2016 season, the team from Wellington Equestrian Realty and Ocala Horse Properties migrated north with many of our Florida friends and clients to experience the spring and summer show season in Tryon. The Tryon vendor cabin was a great way to promote all of our Wellington and Ocala listings to our equestrian clientele who travel the circuit during the summer to compete.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is the newest passion of Mark Bellissimo and Equestrian Sports Productions, quickly becoming a magnet to the world’s best riders due to the roster of FEI competitions. The facility hosts international level events for the hunter, jumper, dressage and eventing disciplines and has won the bid to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

During the 2016 season, Wellington Equestrian Realty proudly sponsored the $130,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 3* at the Tryon Summer II series. Cameron Scott is pictured in the gallery with the winners, Samuel Parot and Dazzle White, along with Roger Smith of Tryon Equestrian Partners.

In addition, the facility hosts competitions throughout the year for every level equestrian, so you don’t need to be an international level rider to enjoy competing at the show grounds. The facility was designed to bring the equestrian sports to the masses, so TIEC is the perfect excursion for spectators and there is also plenty of family friendly entertainment, including festivals, restaurants and plenty of boutique shopping!

Cameron Scott, a Sales associate from the WER office, has just finished setting up shop at Cabin 11B at the Tryon Equestrian Center! Cam will be there all season to help you with any of your real estate needs regarding properties in Wellington or Ocala.

Feel Free to stop by the vendor cabin to chat with Cam, who can be contacted via email at or give him a call at 434-989-9639.



2017 Winter Season Nearly A Wrap with Week 12 Finale


Sergio Alvarez Moya and Charmeur Winners $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, Photo Credit ESP/COTH

It is hard to believe that the final week of WEF 2017 is upon us, as the busy winter season nears its end.

Last weekend concluded the pinnacle of the Grand Prix Show Jumping competitions at the PBIEC with the Rolex Grand Prix 5*, but there’s still plenty of excitement this coming weekend as well.

This Saturday night’s feature $216,000 4* Grand Prix are sponsored by The Wanderers Club. 143 horses participated in this week’s FEI 4* jog so it is sure to be another busy week!

For those of you who stay past the winter season, upon the conclusion of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Equestrian Sport Productions will host another 5 weeks of Spring Circuit Hunter/Jumper shows at the PBIEC.

$500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* Highlights

Last Saturday night the stands were packed and the crowd was entertained with a nail-biting finish in the Rolex 5*. Crowd favorite McLain Ward and Rothchild, who are rarely beatable, blazed around the jump off, taking the inside turns and leaving all the rails up. Surprisingly this time, that effort did not reward them with the blue, when Spanish Olympian Sergio Alvarez Moya stole the Rolex timepiece and the lion’s share of the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* prize purse. Moya’s lightening speed jump off edged out Mclain Ward by barely 1/2 a second, with WEF week 9 Grand Prix winner Karen Polle coming in third.

Check out the video of Sergio Moya’s winning round, starting over the Wellington Equestrian Realty jump in the $500K Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*!

As reported by Equestrian Sport Productions, “Mclain shouldn’t be too disappointed, however, as he earned the Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series title and a lease on a brand new Range Rover Discovery Sport earlier that night.”

Week 11 Highlights and Week 12 Featured Events

ESP sent the following information on last week’s other classes and a list of the top equestrian events for this week. Don’t forget to get over to watch the Gladiator Polo on Friday night, and take in plenty of other equestrian action in the hunter, jumper and dressage rings!

Courtesy of ESP, “Tiffany Foster (CAN) wasn’t too happy with boyfriend Kent Farrington (USA) as he narrowly edged her out for the win in the $130,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final, with Portugal’s Luciana Diniz coming in third. Also last week, Switzerland’s Beat Mandli won the $50,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, and McKayla Langmeier won the 10 the annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship exhibition and Kerry McCahill won the Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final.”


Kerry McCahill, Winner U25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final, Photo credit Sportfot

This Weekend’s Top Events:

  • Thursday: $86,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 (International Arena) Livestream Here
  • Friday, all day in the International Arena: Spy Coast Farm and Gut Einhaus Developing Young Jumper Series Classics
  • Friday, 7pm: Gladiator Polo (Equestrian Village). Visit for more information.
  • Saturday, 12pm: Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (Derby Field)
  • Saturday: WEF Parade of Circuit Champions and Leadline (4:30pm) followed by the $216,000 Wanderers Club Grand Prix CSI 4* starting at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 10:30am: $50,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final, followed by the $50,000 Suncast® 1.50m National Grand Prix
  • Sunday, 1pm: $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Round 2 (Derby Field)

Gladiator Polo Thrills Spectators In Inaugural Season at PBIEC!


Welcome To the Gladiator Polo Coliseum, Photo credit International Polo Club/COTH

Gladiator Polo is yet another brilliant marketing masterpiece by equestrian powerhouse Mark Bellissimo, as he continues to bring all equestrian sports to enthusiastic spectators in Wellington and beyond.

Think of it as a cross breed of Polo, Ice Hockey, and Box Lacrosse. This is a high-speed game played within an enclosed arena, with 3 players on each team and non-stop continuous play.

Here’s a brief description of the competition from the Gladiator Polo website:

“Gladiator Polo is a professional arena polo league that combines the world’s best polo players with modified rules that keep the play fast. The event is played in a ring with all-weather footing that is approximately 300′ x 150′ which is 1/10 the size of a typical grass polo field. There are three players on each side. The Inaugural Gladiator Polo League will have prize money of $250,000, which is the world’s largest polo purse, and will be played over six Thursday evenings with a final $50,000 final game for the two highest ranked teams.”

There are 4 teams (consisting of 3 players each) battling it out throughout the season, which runs from January through April, with matches on Thursday nights.The teams are fielded with international high goal polo players, and the team names reflect their Roman influence; Spartacus, Crixus, Priscus, and Spiculus.

The series has also grabbed the interest of the local and national level media outlets.NBC Sports provided live coverage at the February 28th tournament, with Triple Crown racing commentator Kenny Rice accompanying hall-of-famer and 10 goal player Adam Snow, calling the play by play action. Rice is a recognizable voice from televised thoroughbred racing, while Snow is world renowned for his success as a high goal polo competitor.

Snow, a well-known personality on the polo circuit for at Palm Beach Polo, has recently diversified his professional focus within the polo world.After decades of traveling throughout the US and the world to compete in high goal matches, Snow now is a sought after clinician, sports commentator, and author. His book, Polo Life, Horses, Sport, 10 and Zen, co-authored with wife Shelley Onderdonk, perfectly captures the essence of the equestrian sporting life.

Get a taste of the action by watching the playback of the February 28th Gladiator Polo match, color commentated by both Kenny Rice and Adam Snow.

promo-posterBellissimo, a managing partner of the International Equestrian Group, has a passionate interest in the sport of polo.

As a result, the Gladiator Polo Series boasts top international level competitors and an impressive series prize purse which has grown from $100,000 to $250,000 in this first season. Aimed to attract crowds of spectators, there’s plenty of Roman themed entertainment.In addition to the main Gladiator Polo match, there are junior gladiators playing at intermission, gladiator games and music in between chukkers. Spectators have a choice of free general admission or VIP ticket options with various dining choices and live music at the after parties.

The following excerpt is from the initial press release on behalf of Mark Bellissimo and the International Polo Club:

“As the popularity of the event grows, Bellissimo is confident that there is a sustainable longevity for arena polo in Wellington, and it will have a home each Thursday evening during the winter starting in 2018. For many years Wellington has served as the winter hub for equestrians around the world, and the addition of arena polo will provide world-class equestrian sport from Thursday to Sunday during the high season. Adding to an already strong weekly schedule featuring the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle at The Stadium on Friday evenings, “Saturday Night Lights” Grand Prix Show Jumping competitions at PBIEC on Saturday nights, and concluding with high-goal polo at the International Polo Club (IPC) onSunday afternoons. Gladiator Polo will entertain audiences and begin the equestrian weekend on Thursday with action-packed family fun!”

There are still two Gladiator Polo matches left this season, Spartacus vs Priscus on March 31st and their Championship game on April 8th, so come join the Wellington Equestrian Realty team for a unique evening of polo and entertainment!

The USPA Polo Network will live stream the events at

For more information on Gladiator Polo please visit

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Weeks 9 & 10


Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz, Photo Credit ©SusanJStickle

Para-Equestrians Strut Their Stuff at Adequan Global Dressage Festival Final CPEDI 3* Of The Season

It is well known that AGDF hosts top level dressage competition throughout the season, but many may not know that a highlight on the calendar is the 3* events for para-equestrians.

Para riders from throughout the country migrate to Wellington to perform in front of top international dressage judges in order to earn their rankings at FEI level events.

It takes years of intense training and competition for these riders to earn their qualifications for the upcoming World Equestrian Games qualifiers and the next Paralympics. Upon the conclusion of last year’s Olympics, the roster of top riders and horses shuffled, as we saw some of our US horse and rider combinations retire from upper-level competition. That allows for the next round of para-equestrian talent to come up through the ranks. Such is the case with Laurietta Oakleaf, who trains with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen based out of Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania.

The Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3*, was won by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion owned by Oakleaf, with a 70.833%. Second place in the the Para Freestyle Test Grade II – CPEDI 3* went to Dale Dedrick (USA) and her own Bardondales Ultrasuede, a 2007 Connamera Cross gelding, with 70.056%.

Local Wellington favorite and 2016 Paralympic Team Member Angela Peavy did also return to the international ring on her newest mount, Royal Dark Chocolate, who she just started riding a bit more than a month ago. The US Paralympic team has great hopes for this competitive pair. Peavy had the following comments to share with Jennifer Wood Media.


Ashley Holzer and Sir Caramello. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle

“Hopefully we make the team for the World Equestrian Games. I would also like to take her to Europe this summer, which is something we are still talking about. I’m going to show her here in the national shows in the next couple of weeks,” she said.

In regards to her time here at The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, Peavy said, “It’s so generous of everyone to sponsor these shows and for allowing us to perform in this stadium to get a more international feel so we are ready to compete at that higher level. It’s really an honor to be here.”

Olympian Ashley Holzer Tops AGDF Week 9 Grand Prix; Week 10 To Feature International Dressage Youth Championships

Olympian Ashley Holzer and Sir Carmello, a 2007 Oldenburg stallion owned by Peacock Ridge Farm, topped the FEI Grand Prix leaderboard during week 9 at AGDF.

The season will continue through March 25th with week 10’s competition beginning Wednesday, March 15, with the CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne.

The week also features a National Show and the 2017 Florida International Dressage Youth Championships.

Check back with Wellington Equestrian Realty or visit the Global Dressage Festival website here.


WEF Mid-Season Highlights and Upcoming Action at PBIEC!

WER Jump6

Photo Courtesy of Sportfot

Wellington Equestrian Realty continues to be an active partner and proud sponsor of the Wellington Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The core portion of the “AA Circuit” at WEF spans a 12 week period from January through March and features multi-level competition for hunter and jumpers. Amateur, junior and pro riders, ranging in skill level from lead-line to grand prix, flock to WEF for the finest in horse sport. WEF is not only a magnificent sports complex but also a destination resort in itself. Whether you are a competitor, spectator, visitor or full-time resident, each week at WEF the action and entertainment are non-stop!

We will continue to bring you updates from the three main competition venues which fall under the umbrella of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center which includes: WEF, Global Dressage, and the International Polo Club.

WEF Week 6 Highlights:

Last week, Scott Stewart and Catch Me won their second consecutive $100,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Pedro Muylaert (BRA) won Friday night’s 3* Grand Prix; Ecuador’s Diego Vivero won the National Grand Prix, and Marilyn Little (USA) won the Suncast® 1.50m Championship  Jumper Classic. The Hollow Creek Under 25 Welcome presented by EnTrust Capital was won by Lucy Deslauriers, and Ireland’s Daniel Coyle took first place in the Hollow Creek U25 Grand Prix, also presented by EnTrust Capital.

For complete details on the above Week 6 news and press releases, please visit the COTH News and Media page.

WEF Week 7 Featured Events and Competitions:

WEF Week 7 is sponsored by Suncast®, a market leader in custom wood structures and high-quality resin products made in the USA for over 25 years, and features the second week of 5* competition of the 2017 season. Livestreaming this week is available here.

Highlights of PBIEC events this week include:

  • Thursday, 11:30 am-1 pm: Lunch & Learn. Topic: “Invisible Workers: The Crucial Role of Working Equines in Sustaining Livelihoods and Food Security” with Kimberly Wells, Senior Animal Welfare Advisor, and special appearances by Brooke USA Ambassadors, presented by Brooke USA. (Wellington Club)
  • Thursday, 12 pm: $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup (International Arena)
  • Thursday, 7 pm: Gladiator Polo presented by U.S. Polo Association. (13500 South Shore Blvd). Tables/tickets available here.
  • Friday, 7 pm: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Axel Johnson Group (Stadium Global Dressage Arena, 13500 South Shore Blvd). Free general admission/parking $10/car.
  • Saturday, 7pm: $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI 5* (International Arena). Free general admission (parking fees apply).
  •  Sunday, 10:30am: $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic followed by $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix (International Arena)

Upcoming events for WEF 8 include the WEF Sport Horse Auction on Thursday, March 2, and $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO 4* on Friday, March 3. To keep up to the minute on the schedule of events at the PBIEC, stay tuned to their website!

Gladiator Polo Charges Into the International Polo Club This Season

Leave it to Mark Bellissimo to continue to promote every discipline of equestrian sport to the masses.

Much in the same way that he marketed the Wellington Eventing Showcase to Palm Beach County, Bellissimo has partnered with the US Polo Association for an evening of polo based entertainment.

Free to the public, and loaded with family-friendly entertainment, the Gladiator Polo™ Tournament is targeted to attract new spectators. However, it is still a world class polo tournament with top players competing for a serious prize purse. This week’s match is the second in the series which offers $250K in total prize money!


US Polo Assn. PR release

Information on the 2/16/17 Gladiator Polo is as follows:

Join us as the world’s top-ranked polo players battle in an Arena Showdown in Wellington, FL on Thursday, February 16th with one of the highest ranked matches in arena polo history! The Gladiator Polo™ presented by U.S. Polo Assn. $33,500 Priscus vs Spicules match will be Game #2 of the $100,000 Gladiator Polo™ League presented by U.S. Polo Assn.

VIP tickets and tables are available through Eventbrite.

General admission & parking are FREE for this incredible evening of family-friendly activities including:

  • chariot racing
  • gladiator jousting
  • live music
  • access to two of the world’s most advanced equine simulators
  • the chance to win free polo lessons with the polo players themselves!

Gates open: 6 pm
Polo begins: 7 pm

Directions: 13500 Southshore Blvd.
Wellington, FL, 33414
IPC Website Information

BrookeUSA2017FundraiserWorld Class Polo and Charitable Events Highlights 2017 Season at the IPC

In addition to the new Gladiator Polo™ series, the International Polo Club (IPC) continues to be one of the world’s top international polo destinations.

“The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well‐equipped polo facility. The 2017 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 1, and will conclude 17 weeks later with the USPA 113th U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 23. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. – See more here.

Throughout the season, the central focus for spectators is on high goal polo. Teams from throughout the world converge on the IPC to battle it out over those 17 weeks in 7 high goal tournaments. Click here for the 2017 High Goal Polo Schedule

Charitable Functions are also a centerpiece of events at the IPC as well. One such evening is on March 24th, at the Sunset Polo in White Party, which raises funds for Brooke USA, the world’s largest animal welfare charity. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge hit. “Due to the great success of the event, Brooke closed 2016 by reaching a massive milestone – helping two million working equines and 12 million people who depend on them.”

For more information on tickets for the polo game and evening festivities, please go to their website.

Make Palm Beach Polo Your Dream Home Location!

Whether or not you’re here on a vacation, or on the search for your dream home in Palm Beach County, a day of polo at the IPC is a must on your bucket list of equestrian entertainment in the region. We feel that once you’ve taken in the lifestyle and all this area has to offer, Palm Beach Polo may top the list for your next dream home location. Wellington Equestrian Realty has over 30 spectacular properties on the market in varying price ranges, so allow us to be your tour guide of Palm Beach Polo!

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Jorst to Open 5th Week of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel's Nintendo

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo

For Immediate Release
Kim Beaudoin for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Victorious to Open Fifth Week of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2017 – Week five kicked off at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) with a win for Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

The week, which runs from February 8-12, features CDI 5* competition presented by Diamante Farms, CDI 3* competition presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, and CDI 1* competition presented by Engel & Völkers, and is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Week five of AGDF includes the FEI Grand Prix 5 CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, on Thursday February 9, as well as the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, on Friday, February 10. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is free and parking is $10/car. Live stream of “Friday Night Stars” can be seen HERE.

Clinching a victory today in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, was Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 71.300%.

Commenting on her ride, Jorst said, “Nintendo just felt so good today. Even in the warm-up he felt so together, and so ready to go. I think that having had a little bit of a break (last weekend) was really nice for him. He was just ready, and I thought we had a really nice test.”

Click here to watch video


Susan Pape and Harmony's Don Noblesse

Susan Pape and Harmony’s Don Noblesse

“I don’t actually know what I’m going to do yet,” said Jorst of her freestyle test that she and Kastel’s Nintendo will perform on Friday. “I have new music that I was going to ride through, but I just got it this morning. I’m torn as to whether or not I should do that. It has a little bit of a higher degree of difficulty and a much more fun floor plan for me. I don’t know if I will do that, or stick with my old music. It’s completely up in the air!”

Dawn White-O'Connor and Legolas 92

Dawn White-O’Connor and Legolas 92

Placing second was Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, with a 70.880%. Third place was awarded to Dawn White-O’Connor (USA), and Legolas 92, a 2002 Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Furstin x Florenstan II) owned by Four Winds Farm, with a score of 70.560%.

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty

Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %

  1. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastel’s Nintendo, 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco owned by Kastel Denmark: 71.300%, 72.600%, 72.600%, 69.000%, 71.000%, 71.300%
  2. Susan Pape (GBR), Harmony’s Don Noblesse, 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff owned by Harmony Sporthorses: 72.600%, 71.300%, 70.700%, 71.100%, 68.700%, 70.880%
  3. Dawn White-O’Connor (USA), Legolas 92, 2002 Westfalen gelding by Laomedon x Furstin x Florenstan II owned by Four Winds Farm: 71.000%, 72.800%, 67.000%, 70.600%, 71.400%, 70.560%
  4. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA), Lonoir, 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by De Noir x Lorani x Loran owned by Olivia LaGoy-Weltz: 70.200%, 72.100%, 67.300%, 69.900%, 71.900%, 70.280%
  5. Megan Lane (CAN), San D’Or, 2002 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Rosana M x Regazonni owned by Jill Irving: 71.600%, 70.200%, 67.700%, 70.500%, 68.900%, 69.780%
  6. Devon Kane (USA), Destiny, 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x Midt-West Regina owned by Diamante Farms: 67.400%, 69.600%, 68.400%, 68.600%, 70.600%, 68.920%
  7. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP), Quantico Ymas, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch owned by Juan F Matute: 67.700%, 70.200%, 66.500%, 70.200%, 69.500%, 68.820%
  8. Chase Hickok (USA), Sagacious HF, 1999 KWPN gelding by Welt Hit II x Judith x Cocktail owned by Hyperion Farm Inc.: 68.500%, 70.200%, 66.500%, 67.000%, 68.200%, 68.080%
Charlotte Jorst and Kastel's Nintendo in their presentation ceremony with Cameron Scott of Wellington Equestrian Realty, judge Hans Christian-Matthiesen (DEN), and Cora Causemann of AGDF.

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo in their presentation ceremony with Cameron Scott of Wellington Equestrian Realty, judge Hans Christian-Matthiesen (DEN), and Cora Causemann of AGDF.

Competition at AGDF will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Grand Prix CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms; FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty; and FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by Engel & Völkers.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit

Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle