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Genn and Bugatti Earn Another Victory in $25k Pony Up Horse Treats Holiday II Grand Prix

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti. Photos: ©ManciniPhotos.

Lauren Tisbo and Rosiere Vesquerie Capture $10,000 Pony Up Horse Treats Open Stake

Wellington, FL – December 18, 2015 – Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti secured another victory today at PBIEC, this time in the $25,000 Pony Up Horse Treats Holiday II Grand Prix hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Genn, of Lebanon, OH, and Bugatti, who also won the $25,000 Noble Outfitters ESP Year End Grand Prix on December 6, finished atop the class with a time of 39.234 seconds in the jump-off round. Abigail McArdle, of St. Charles, IL, and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve crossed the timers just behind in 40.344 seconds, while Ansgar Holtgers of Wellington, FL and Wisconsin III took home third place honors in 44.171 seconds. Competition at PBIEC continues with the ESP Holiday III Series, which will conclude on Sunday, December 20, with the $25,000 Brazilian Court Holiday III Grand Prix beginning at 2pm.

Genn and Bugatti have had a strong start to their winter season in Florida, collecting several top placings at PBIEC, showcasing their potential talent for the future. Bugatti, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Heartbreaker x Nona Bella), continues to excel in the 1.50m classes and seemed unfazed around the course, designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA).

“I know that I’ve said this before but I really want him to just be consistent and have fun in these types of classes. I want to keep him at this height for a little bit longer and then try to take that next step to the bigger classes in the coming future,” said Genn. “He’s getting smarter and I really felt that today. He completely separated the jump-off and first round, which is what I had mentioned I was starting to feel two weeks ago. He’s starting to understand that part and it is a huge step in his maturity. It makes me very excited.

“I’m thinking about putting him in some of the bigger classes maybe towards the end of January during the WEF circuit and then just seeing how he feels after that,” continued Genn.

Genn and Bugatti mastered both tracks of the class and made quick work of the jump-off round, which saw the speedy McArdle and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve nearly catch their time as the last jump-off pair, but the duo would ultimately settle for second place. Bugatti, not known for his massive stride, was expertly piloted by Genn, who chose to take several risky turns on course to make up time.

“I think it was a very good course today. Guilherme [Jorge] he’s such a smart course designer. He always sets the distances a little bit short here and a little bit long there so you really have to ride,” he noted. “He had a couple of lines today where you had to decide if you wanted to do six strides or seven strides in the middle, but you also had to keep the time in mind. That’s why I decided to do the inside turn after the second jump, because Bugatti doesn’t have that range in his canter. It’s not easy for us to leave out a half-stride and I’d rather add for the seven in the last line. I knew that by doing that I needed to make up the time and had to do the inside turn too.”

As a mount who must always stay mentally sharp to perform at his best, Genn stated that keeping Bugatti interested in the work is key when preparing and practicing for the bigger classes. He explained, “We really try to keep him happy when we’re getting ready. He will do a lot of flat work and trail riding the week of the class because we’re here at the same place quite a bit during circuit and he gets bored and to be honest, a bit lazy. I always try to incorporate things that are going to keep him focused and motivated because that’s when we see him really perform to his potential.”

Lauren Tisbo and Rosiere Vesquerie Capture $10,000 Pony Up Horse Treats Open Stake

Lauren Tisbo, of Wellington, FL, and Rosiere Vesquerie, a 2005 Selle Francais mare (Narcos II x Java de la Vesquerie) owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC, topped a class of 23 entries on Tuesday, December 15, to take home top honors in the $10,000 Pony Up Horse Treats Open Stake hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Lauren Tisbo and Rosiere Vesquerie
Lauren Tisbo and Rosiere Vesquerie

Tisbo and Rosiere Vesquerie raced to the finish in the jump-off round, crossing through the timers in 30.566 seconds. Alexander Zetterman of Wellington, FL, who competes internationally for the country of Sweden, earned second place aboard Zidane, owned by Springfield Showjumpers, with a time of 31.61 seconds, while Mark Bluman of Weston, FL, who competes for Colombia, collected third place aboard Copa Cabana, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.

Competition at PBIEC continues through Sunday, December 20, with the conclusion on the ESP Holiday III Series, which will highlight the $25,000 Brazilian Court Holiday III Grand Prix at 2pm. For a full list of results, please visit

PBIEC to Host Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase

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Wellington, FL – December 18, 2015 – The inaugural Wellington Eventing Showcase, hosted at The Stadium at PBIEC, offered an incredible new platform for the sport of eventing. This year, the Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held at The Stadium at PBIEC on February 5-6 and prize money has been increased to $75,000.

Approximately thirty of the world’s top horse/rider combinations in the sport, including Olympians, Pan American Games participants, and members of World Equestrian Games teams from several countries will compete this winter.

Competitors will demonstrate the first phase of the three-part sport, focusing on the balance and fluidity of dressage on Friday, February 5. The competition then continues with the stadium jumping and cross-country portions of the sport the following day, Saturday, February 6. The event will run at the Advanced level.

In the inaugural event, more than 2,000 spectators enjoyed a spectacular view of the cross-country phase from the hill beside the derby field, as many were introduced to eventing for the first time. Captain Mark Phillips, one of the sport’s most renowned course designers, was responsible for creating a difficult track for competitors that accurately showcased the adrenaline-pumping excitement of the cross-country phase through the polo and derby fields adjacent to The Stadium arena.

Capt. Phillips returns in 2016 with a new course to challenge the riders. Many of the combinations enter the showcase event as preparation for spring CCI 3* and 4* events and the course proved to be perfect.

Asheville2In last year’s press conference following his win, Olympian Boyd Martin commentated to the press, “I’ve been lucky enough – I’m 35 and I’ve competed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, U.S., France, England, and this is by far the best competition I have ever been to,” he said. “The organizers have put on something I have never seen before, and I am just so proud to be here.”

The overall success of the inaugural Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase served as a crucial building point and platform for which the sport of eventing is sure to expand. Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners and CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions LLC, understands that the need to access new groups of potential sponsors and owners, as well as broadening the spectator base, is essential when continuing the effort to secure more mainstream coverage for equestrian sport.

“Michael Stone, Jim Wolf, and I had been contemplating this event for probably three or four years, trying to figure out something interesting we could do with eventing,” remarked Bellissimo. “When we threw out the idea of doing an event, we talked about what it would take to get people to come down here. Jim suggested $25,000; we decided to double it to $50,000, not realizing that it would become the second largest event in terms of prize money in the country. The athletes are spectacular and the owners are amazing in this sport. It is a great group of people, and we are encouraged and inspired to take this sport to the next level in Wellington.”

Inspired by the success of last year’s event, and the reception by the riders, Bellissimo has decided to up the ante and increase the prize money to $75,000.

Along with title sponsor Asheville Regional Airport and presenting sponsor Wellington Equestrian Realty, Equestrian Sport Productions thanks sponsors Rolex, Land Rover, Ariat®, and Adequan®.

VIP tables, which include lunch buffet and drinks each day, are available for the event for prime viewing of both the dressage and stadium jumping arenas as well as the cross-country course. Please contact Shelley Howerton Spielman for details and order forms at

As with all events at The Stadium at PBIEC, general admission and parking are free. The Stadium at PBIEC is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard. For more information, please visit

Show Jumping Returns to The Mar-a-Lago Club for Fourth Annual Trump Invitational

2014 Trump Invitational Grand Prix winners Kent Farrington and Blue Angel. Photos © Sportfot.

Palm Beach, FL – November 25, 2015 – The fourth annual Trump Invitational, presented by Rolex, will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the beautiful Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL. World-class show jumping will be presented along with a special VIP experience overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. This unique event features the $130,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by Rolex, and the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper class.

The $130,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, will showcase some of the world’s top riders in an FEI world ranking competition. World Number Two ranked rider Kent Farrington was the victor in the first two editions of the event, while Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut captured the top prize last year.

“I’m excited to return to the Trump Invitational, presented by Rolex, again this year,” Farrington said. “The riders always look forward to it every winter because it’s truly a unique venue to showcase our sport. Hopefully I can make it a three-peat in 2016.”

Kraut added, “With perfect weather and fantastic footing, last year’s Trump Invitational, presented by Rolex, was so much fun. The location is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to return this winter and defend my title.”

“We look forward to welcoming back equestrians and spectators in 2016,” said event organizer Mark Bellissimo. “The grand prix offers a great start to the winter season for the riders with world ranking points on the line. It is a day of fundraising for the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®, and we know that this year’s event will help us raise more than $1.5 million once again for local Palm Beach County charities.”

Laura Kraut and Cedric took the title in 2015.
Laura Kraut and Cedric took the title in 2015.

The Trump Invitational, presented by Rolex, quickly became one of the most special events on the equestrian calendar with ringside tables bordering two sides of the jumping arena. Guests are welcomed with a red carpet entrance poolside at The Mar-a-Lago Club. A fabulous theme highlights each year’s decorations as the VIP area welcomes equestrians and celebrities with a gourmet brunch buffet, special drinks, and the opportunity to watch equestrian sport at one of the most breathtaking venues in the world.

The Trump Invitational is the only equestrian event ever to be held on Palm Beach Island and is hosted at The Mar-a-Lago Club, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post Estate built in 1924 and purchased and restored by Donald Trump in 1985. It is one of the most magnificent mansions in the world, is in the national register of historic places, and is a designated U.S National Landmark.

The event will benefit the 2016 Great Charity Challenge (GCC), which has raised over $7.5 million dollars over the last six years for more than 150 Palm Beach County charities. Paige Bellissimo, co-founder of the GCC, will be the Chairperson for the Trump Invitational, presented by Rolex. It will also serve as the kickoff party for the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival, the 12-week circuit that runs at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on January 13 to April 3, 2016.

Following the grand prix is a special invitational junior/amateur jumper class that will highlight some of the top junior and amateur riders in the sport.

Riders who would like to participate in either the grand prix or the junior/amateur class, please email Michael Stone at

VIP tables are available – for table information, please contact Anne Caroline Valtin at Table reservation forms are available HERE.

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Hermès Congratulates 2015 Hermès Talented Young Rider Award Recipient Emanuel Andrade

Hermès is pleased to announce the 2015 Hermès Talented Young Rider Award recipient Emanuel Andrade.

The house of Hermès has always been committed to developing young potential in the riding world. The Hermès Talented Young Rider Award follows on this continued support and shares our passion to reach excellence. The award recognizes the best young riders through the WEF circuit and rewards the winner with an Hermes Mini Saddle Trophy and a gift of Hermes Equestrian product.

Hermès would also like to extend its congratulations to:

Rodrigo Pessoa: Brazil
Week 8: 5th in the $150,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix on Tinkabell

Nick Dello Joio: USA
Week 10: 1st in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup on Contiki

Lillie Keenan: USA
Week 10: 3rd in the $34,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic on Super Sox

Alexandra Paillot: France
Week 8: 6th in the $100,000 Nation’s Cup on Polias

Ben Asselin: Canada
Week 11: 5th in the $85,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic on Doremi

Daniel Bluman: Colombia
Week 12: 2nd in the $500,000 Rolex 5* Grand Prix on Conconcreto Sancha LS

And all Hermès Partner Riders who participated in the 2015 WEF Competitions.

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Buy Your Tickets and VIP Tables Now for $100,000 Nations Cup and WEF CSIO Week 8

Tickets for stadium seating are now available for the $100,000 Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, which takes place on the evening of Friday, February 27, 2015, during Week 8 of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Gates Open 6 pm.

Reserved Stadium Seating tickets are $35 plus tax and fees – CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW. Tickets are only e-tickets and must be purchased in advance.

General Parking (on-site) is $20/car. Free off-site parking and free shuttle to venue from 5-11 pm are available at 13421 South Shore Blvd.

For questions regarding reserved stadium seating, please contact Annette at 561-784-1120 or

The Nations Cup is the oldest and most prestigious team show jumping competition in the world. Like the Olympics and the World Equestrian Championships, it is a competition where official “national” teams compete against each other. The competition takes place over two rounds. We have teams competing from across the globe: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Ireland, Mexico, U.S.A. and Venezuela. Come along and cheer on your Country and enjoy a thrilling night of competition.

While reserved stadium seating tickets can be purchased, so too can tables and seats in The Wellington Club, available for the CSIO week of competition (Thursday – Sunday) or just for Friday night’s Nations Cup. The Wellington Club offers a fantastic view of the International Arena. Enjoy a full buffet and open bar courtesy of White Horse Catering while watching thrilling competition from a spectacular vantage point. Tables are going fast, so reserve yours today! Breakfast and lunch are served Thursday – Sunday and dinner is provided for Friday and Saturday nights. For The Wellington Club tables and tickets, please contact Kathleen LaMour at 561-793-5867 or

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Finale Wrap-Up: January 1-5, 2014

Frances Land and Vieanne. Photo © ManciniPhotos.

Frances Land and Vieanne Top $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix

Wellington, FL – January 6, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Holiday Finale horse show on January 1-5 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a full schedule of great competition. The show hosted a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake as well as the $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix, featured under the lights on Saturday night.

Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, was the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC this week. He set the track for 44 entries in Saturday night’s $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix for an exciting win for Frances Land (USA) aboard the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Vieanne (Andiamo x Voltaire). The pair had the fastest of three double clear rounds in the jump-off in 39.556 seconds. They beat out Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Mimosa, owned by Sweek Oak and Spy Coast Farms in their time of 41.195 seconds. Gabriela Mershad (USA) and Mershad Stables LLC’s Skara Glen’s Basel also cleared the short course and finished third with their time of 43.162 seconds. Roberto Teran (COL) and ARK Partners LLC’s Tam Tam Hero had the fastest round of the night in 39.521 seconds, but had one rail down to finish fourth.

Frances Land was beaming after her victory gallop and praised her horse on a great win. “She is the best. She has been so amazing,” Land smiled. “This whole year she has been the 1.45m queen. She loves it.”

The pair had an amazing 2013 season with wins in the $33,000 Pepsi Challenge 1.45m at Spruce Meadows this summer, the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix in Kentucky in October, and the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix in Georgia as well as the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic at ESP’s Holiday and Horses competition in November. Land noted that Vieanne really enjoyed showing under the lights at PBIEC this weekend and thrived off of the crowd cheering her on.

“It’s definitely different,” Land stated. “She is so careful that under the lights maybe she gets a little bit too careful, so I have to use a lot of leg, but now she loves it. She really likes the pressure and the atmosphere. It helps gets her pumped up, and I have been riding her for long enough now that people know the horse and they are all rooting for her.”

Commenting on Saturday’s course, Land noted, “It was hard, but Anthony is one of my favorite course designers. I liked it. He always gives you options, and he never does anything too stupid for the horses. He is never trying to trick or scare the horses, so if you have a good horse and you ride it well, then you have a chance. I really like that with him as a course designer. I think the course really suited my horse because the lines were a little bit forward, and she is always better like that.”

“Going into the jump-off, I knew Shane had been really fast, and him going first, he is always one that you have to chase,” Land said of her plan for the second round. “I went last, and my dad told me exactly what I had to do. She is so adjustable, she is so careful, she is so scopey, and she just does exactly what I ask. She is with me every step of the way, so it is pretty much all you can hope for.”

Land is currently in school at Emory University and rides on the weekends at her family’s farm in Georgia. She plans to return to Wellington during week two of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs January 15-19.

Jumper Highlights

ESP’s Holiday Finale hosted a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class on Thursday afternoon with a win for Danielle Goldstein and Israeli Equestrian Partners’ Carisma. Thirty-one entries showed with 14 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. Just five of those were able to jump double clear, and Goldstein had the fastest round of 37.618 seconds for the win.

Lorenzo De Luca and Neil Jones Equestrian’s Utopias finished second in 38.172 seconds. Lauren Tisbo was third and fourth, stopping the clock in 38.573 seconds aboard Roundthorn Madios and 39.131 seconds with Darcon Scheefkasteel Z, both horses owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC.

The $1,500 Tackeria NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was held on Friday with a win for Jacklynn Carey and Sher-Al Farm’s Lexa 22. Stephanie Ann Cook and Lionsway Farm’s Eastbound and Down finished second with Shanee Herskovitz and Divo in third.

Friday also featured a $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, with a win for Anderson F. Wagner aboard Thunderball. Carly Dvorkin and Joe Saltim Z placed second, and Charles Jacobs Jr. was third aboard CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Elphaba. In the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, Christina Cohan was the winner aboard Susan Dixon’s Shamrock. Elizabeth Craven and Silverado finished second, and Jim Buchanan guided Ariane Stiegler’s Watkiekie to third place honors.

Saturday’s $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic saw a win for Alexandra Indeglia riding Hans, with Hana Bieling and Wonderland Farm LLC’s Rainbow Brite in second. Baily Martin and Contador finished third. In the $1,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic, Jacklynn Carey and Lexa 22 earned another victory. Annie Gardner and Cassandra Z finished second, and Tracey Logan was third aboard Curb Appeal.

The $2,500 Equiline NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was also held on Saturday, with a win for Stephanie Novas aboard Aretina M. Allyson Shryoc placed second aboard Cheval d’Espoir Z, and Stephanie Novas was also third riding Amyra R. Erin Haas and North Face Farm’s As Di Chupito were victorious in the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Gold Coast Feed. Gabriella Mershad and Mershad Stables LLC’s Udonna placed second. Adrienne Sternlicht and Hathaway were third.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

A full schedule of hunter and equitation classes was also held throughout the week. In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division, Krista Weisman and Reality earned the championship with Bella Cramer and Emilio in reserve.

The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″ champion was Redfield Farm’s Playlist, ridden by Eliza Bienstock with Rockin La Bamba and Audrey Muscari in reserve. The #1 Education place Large Junior Hunter champion was Amanda Foard’s Julian, ridden by Ashton Alexander. Further Lane Farm LLC’s Stellar and Sophie Michaels finished in reserve. Ali Tritschler topped the #1 Education Place Small Junior Hunter division, earning the championship aboard Isabelle Mann’s Einstein and finishing in reserve aboard Elizabeth D’Loren’s Zapateada.

In the combined Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ division, championship honors were awarded to Deborah Perkins’ Set To Music, ridden by Havens Schatt. There was a tie for reserve honors between Jane Olson Fisher’s Stoli with Stephen Heinecke in the irons as well as Lordano and owner/rider Lynn Seithel.

Kelley Farmer earned the Regular Conformation Hunter championship with Glefke and Kensel LLC’s Scripted with Zenfield Farm’s Garcia and Adam Ottomanelli in reserve. Ottomanelli and David Glefke’s Pen Name also tied with Zenfield Farm’s Next Page and Evan Colucci for championship honors in the Second Year/High Performance Working Hunters. Kelley Farmer and Glefke and Kensel LLC’s High Regard were reserve champions.

Mary Katherine Shaugnessy won the Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter championship riding Special K, owned by Shaughnessy’s Shamrock Ventures LLC. June Speisman’s Magic Hour and Jennifer Speisman finished in reserve. Shaugnessy was also reserve champion in the Low Working Hunters aboard Shaugnessy’s Shamrock Ventures LLC’s Whitecap with Michael Delfiandra and Karen Brook’s Arjuno topping the division.

In the equitation classes, Ashton Alexander and Donald Stewart’s Fernleigh won the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal presented by Randolph College as well as the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. Ali Tritschler won the ASCPA Maclay class aboard Lauren Wessan’s Krunch, and Ailish Cunniffe won the WIHS Equitation Overall riding Venice. For full results, please visit

The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival begins this Wednesday, January 8, and runs through March 30, 2014. The Mar-a-Lago Club is the title sponsor of week one competition as well as the presenting sponsor of the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix, which will be held on Sunday, January 12, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Another highlight of the week is the $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes, which starts the “Saturday Night Lights” series on Saturday, January 11, with gates opening at 6 p.m. For more information, please visit

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

Don’t Miss the Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping from CHI Geneva Today on NBC!

The Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping will air today on NBC at 4 pm EST. Don’t miss this incredible show jumping event featuring the best riders in the world.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping is the ultimate equestrian challenge, a series of three show jumping events at the best venues in the world. The final event in 2013 was the CHI Geneva with the Rolex Grand Prix.

Tune in at 4 pm to see who captured this year’s Rolex Grand Prix and who is in line to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping!

Equestrian Sport Productions

Wellington Equestrian Partners Accepts Clarified Settlement Resolution with the Village of Wellington

Wellington, FL – November 5, 2013 – After nearly 18 months of legal battles and turmoil in Wellington and in the equestrian industry, Equestrian Sport Productions is pleased to announce that it has conditionally accepted the Equestrian Village Resolutions approved by the Wellington Village Council on October 22, 2013. The only conditions to the acceptance are slight modifications to the language of two conditions to reflect the language clarified and voted on by the Council at the meeting.

The Master Plan Amendment approves the additional ingress and egress access off Pierson Road, allowing for access to the Equestrian Village by exhibitors, horse trailers and others. The Compatibility Determination grants approval for the site to operate as a permanent Commercial Equestrian Arena, with year-round uses of the facilities approved by the Council in a conceptual site plan that lays out in detail what the proposed configuration and uses of the property will be. ESP’s acceptance of the Resolutions is one of the final steps in the settlement agreement with the Village.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the litigation between ESP and the Village will be dismissed and the legal battles will be over. The end result is one that is a benefit to the Wellington community and allows the parties to move forward with a positive and fruitful working relationship. The 2014 Global Dressage Festival will operate at the Equestrian Village property under a Special Use Permit as the permanent improvements approved through the new Resolutions phase in. ESP is looking forward to providing the best dressage venue in the world.

Wellington Equestrian Partners managing partner, Mark Bellissimo, commented, “The resolution as clarified is a great victory for the Village of Wellington, the Equestrian Community, and our Partnership. I thank the council for its leadership in passing the Master Plan and Conditional use resolutions and their concern for safety in allowing us to modify the current Special Use Permit to allow for use of the Pierson Road for the upcoming season. I hope that the parties on all sides of these issues will now focus their energy on continuing to build this great community.”

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

ESP and Wellington Classic Dressage Reach Agreement on Dates for the Future of Dressage in Wellington

Wellington, FL – May 29, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) and Wellington Classic Dressage are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on the structure of the Dressage calendar for 2014 and beyond and will submit this to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Working together with the USEF and the other CDI Dressage show organizers, including IHS Palm Beach and Gold Coast Dressage, a very balanced Winter Dressage circuit has been developed that reduces the overall number of CDIs in Palm Beach County, but creates a series that will be very attractive to international riders from all over the world.

The proposal is subject to approval by the USEF, but both organizations are confident that it is in line with recent discussions between all the parties.

The proposal will utilize the Adequan Global Dressage Festival venue (The Stadium) as the main base for the international events except for the iconic Palm Beach Derby CDI-W, while other shows would continue at the Loxahatchee venue or Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.

Noreen O’Sullivan, the Manager of Wellington Classic Dressage, stated, “I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached to work together and I know that the sport of Dressage can really grow and reach the level it deserves by utilizing the fantastic facilities at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.”

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of ESP, agreed: “I am delighted with the outcome; this is a great step forward and is proof that groups working together despite prior differences are much more powerful than continued opposition. We can now give Wellington a world-class circuit at a world-class venue and that is only to the benefit of both the Dressage and non-equestrian communities in our great Village.”

Michael Stone, President of ESP, stressed that the agreement was subject to USEF approval, but following recent meetings with the USEF and the various CDI organizers, he stated, “I am confident that our proposal will be well received and is in the best interest of the sport. However, out of respect to the decision-making process of the USEF, the full details of the proposal cannot be released until we have received the formal approval.”

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

Special Chance to Ride with Nick Skelton at the Great Charity Challenge!

Two Open Spots for Amateur or Junior Riders

Nick Skelton and Big Star. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – January 23, 2013 – Be a part of Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Skelton’s newly added team for the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments (FTI GCC) on Saturday, January 26, 2013. This is a chance to ride in an historic event with the highest purse in show jumping. Two amateurs or juniors have the opportunity to join in the spirit of giving and compete on behalf of one of 34 Palm Beach County charities to win part of $1.5 million dollars. Two spots are open on Nick Skelton’s team – one rider to compete at the 1.10m level and a second rider to compete at the 1.20m level in a relay race on Saturday evening.

For a tax deductible donation of $10,000 to the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, the new team member will have the thrilling opportunity to ride side by side with one of show jumping’s greatest riders while contributing to a worthy cause in one of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s proudest moments.

Riders will have this chance on a first come, first served basis at each level of 1.10m and 1.20m. Please contact Anne Caroline Valtin at 561-784-1133 to sign up for this team!

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