Peter Leone, Conor Swail & Michelle Navarro-Grau Capture Wins in 1.35m Jumper Classes at WEF

Beezie Madden and Amadora, owned by Abigail Wexner, competing in the World Development Group 1.35m division during the seventh week of WEF. (Photo courtesy of

Wellington, FL (April 6, 2012) – Olympic rider Peter Leone, who took home a Silver team medal at the 1996 Olympic Games aboard Crown Royal Legato as part of the United States Equestrian Team, was back in the winner’s circle during the seventh week of the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival when he won a World Development Group 1.35m Jumper class. Sponsored by World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the equestrian lifestyle in Wellington and around the world, Leone rode Annie 66, owned by Ri-Arm Farm, to the win.

Leone, who owns Lionshare Farm in Connecticut with his wife Marcella, has enjoyed a long career in the show world, including a highly successful junior career in which he won the “Best Child Rider” Award at prestigious shows such as the Upperville Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Hose Show, the Washington National Horse Show and the National Horse Show in New York City.

Leone’s successful junior career transitioned into an equally successful professional career, which he kicked off by winning the International Jumping Derby in Rhode Island at the tender age of 20. Leone has now been competing successfully on the grand prix circuit for two decades, and in addition to his success in the show world he is also known for being the middle of three brothers who ride as Team Leone.

Other winners of the World Development Group sponsored 1.35m Jumper classes during week seven of the prestigious show circuit included Irish grand prix rider Conor Swail, who rides and trains out of O’Connor/Swail Stables near Dublin. Swail rode into the winner’s circle aboard Donatello, owned by Haras De La Roguet and Normandie Connection. Michelle Navarro-Grau rounded out the 1.35m Jumper winners, piloting her own Tibetano to victory.

“The World Development Group is pleased to be sponsoring the 1.35m Jumpers and we want to congratulate Peter, Conor and Michelle on their victories. The competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival is top-notch and to ride into the winner’s circle is always an achievement,” said David Zinaman, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing for the World Development Group.

Based in Wellington, Florida, the World Development Group earned the achievement of building the new show grounds at the Global Dressage Festival. “The new facility includes five dressage arenas, 200 permanent stalls and world-class hospitality options. A covered arena and more stalls are also part of future plans,” Zinaman said. 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.

The World Development Group uses only the finest products, such as those from MD Barnmaster and Rigid Global Buildings. They also offer a fully licensed in-house architectural group, land development division and zoning and engineering team. “We are able to successfully complete projects in all 50 states and around the world. We are focused on developing projects that promote the equestrian lifestyle and are dedicated to guiding our clients through every decision of the building process,” Zinaman said.

Throughout the Wellington winter show season, the World Development Group is sponsoring the 1.35m Jumpers and the Tack Room Award at the Winter Equestrian Festival. They are also sponsoring a variety of dressage shows, from being inaugural sponsors of the Global Dressage Festival to sponsoring classes at the Wellington Classic Dressage Association, the Gold Coast Dressage Association and the International Horse Sport Palm Beach circuit.

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For more information contact:
David Zinaman, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing
World Development Group

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