Bettina Scherer, Boots Wright and Leslie Berndl Win WDG Triple Crown of Combined Driving

Leslie Berndl, one of the winners of the World Development Group Triple Crown. (Photo courtesy of

Wellington, FL (May 4, 2012) – Three talented combined drivers drove away as winners of the World Development Group sponsored Triple Crown, after edging out their competitors by earning the highest score at three events – the Live Oak International CDE, Sunshine State CDE and the Little Everglades CDE. The World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the equestrian lifestyle in Wellington and around the world, sponsored the Triple Crown that culminated at the Live Oak competition in Ocala.

Bettina Scherer, who won the Preliminary division, said, “I competed my Welsh pony Rio in the three combined driving events and won the Triple Crown for the Preliminary Single Pony.  I didn’t set out with a plan to capture the Triple Crown, I knew that you had to compete at all three events, but I am thrilled to have won.” Boots Wright the Intermediate division and Leslie Berndl was the FEI Winner.

Combined driving is considered one of the fastest growing sports in the industry, and is made up of three phases: dressage, marathon and cones. Combined drivers can drive teams of ponies or team of horses, as well as a single pony or a single horse. The marathon phase of a combined driving event attracts large crowds, as it is action-packed and thrilling to watch.

Boots Wright also took top honors. (Photo courtesy of

Jack Mitich, Director of Equestrian Sales and Products for the World Development Group, congratulated all three winners. “The World Development Group is pleased to congratulate Bettina, Boots and Leslie. Winning the Triple Crown is certainly a noteworthy achievement and it recognizes the best-of-the-best of drivers and these three drivers certainly fall within that category,” Mitich said.

Based in Wellington, Florida, the World Development Group is dedicated to developing the best-of-the-best when it comes to everything from private barns to world-class show grounds. The World Development Group has earned rave reviews for their construction of the new show grounds for the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. The new facility includes five dressage arenas, a covered arena, 200 permanent stalls and world-class hospitality options. In addition to building the Global Dressage Festival, the World Development Group has used their extensive talent to build projects ranging from custom homes to high-rise hotels and equestrian themed residential communities.

Bettina Scherer, shown here with Jack Mitich of World Development Group (second from left) and Susan Gilliland of Live Oak International. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

“World Development Group has the resources to build your dream using the very finest products in the industry, while delivering on time and on budget. Our team will work with you through every phase of development giving you professional guidance, personalized service and assurance. We strive to make the experience of designing and building your project a smooth ride that brings you a few strides closer to living your vision of the equestrian lifestyle,” Mitich said. “The good news for those who don’t live in Wellington is that we can build in all 50 states and around the world. We are focused on developing projects that promote the equestrian lifestyle and can’t wait to meet and talk to new clients.”

For more information contact:
Jack Mitich, Director of Equestrian Sales and Products
World Development Group
1-800-583-4190 ext 103

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