Champions Elizabeth Towell Boyd and Louise Serio: The Sanctuary Honors Duo of High Performance Working Hunter Champions during Fifth and Sixth Weeks of WEF

Elizabeth Towell Boyd and Brunello won the Sanctuary High Performance Working Hunter division during the fifth week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Louise Serio and Castle Rock (pictured) won the title during week six. (Photo courtesy of Sportfot)

Wellington, FL (February 24, 2011) – The Sanctuary at PBIEC, the new world-class full horse therapy and conditioning center located on the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds, honored two High Performance Working Hunter champions during the fifth and sixth weeks of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Elizabeth Towell Boyd and Brunello rode away as the High Performance Working Hunter Champions during week five and Louise Serio and Castle Rock captured the High Performance title during week six.

Boyd and Serio are well known in the show world and both have long resumes attesting to their success in the hunter ring. Boyd, who owns Brunello with Janet Peterson, works out of her family’s Finally Farm in South Carolina. Brunello, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, is a veteran hunter who Boyd said she reserves for big classes. In 2010, Boyd and Brunello won the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular.

Serio and Castle Rock, week six winners of The Sanctuary High Performance Working Hunter Championship, showed the hunter world how to stay on top when they won the 2011 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular under the lights in the International Arena at PBIEC. Castle Rock, a 12-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood gelding by Corland, is one of the country’s leading hunters.

“The Sanctuary at PBIEC was really thrilled to have two huge names win the High Performance division that we are sponsoring at WEF this year,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary. “Elizabeth and Louise are two of the biggest names in the hunter world, and we look forward to having them bring their talented horses to our facility in Wellington. The Sanctuary High Performance Working Hunter division is a new division at WEF this year and is open to all riders and horses and includes fences ranging in height from 4’ to 4’6”. Horses that have the ability to jump those heights are elite athletes and exactly the kind of equines we cater to at The Sanctuary at PBIEC.”

Boyd and Serio were awarded gift certificates to the new Sanctuary at PBIEC, built in conjunction with Wellington Equestrian Partners, and they will have the opportunity to utilize The Sanctuary’s world-class Wellington center. Located near the permanent stabling area at WEF, the beautiful new facility features above ground water treadmills, cold saltwater leg spa treatment, two vibration plates with solarium, laser therapy, electromagnetic pulse therapy, and a respiratory machine.

“Building The Sanctuary at PBIEC in Wellington adds a new level of innovation to the already state-of-the-art show grounds,” McDuffee said. “We are going to bring a lot to the table to help horses in their competitive lives. We have proven results in helping horses run faster and jump higher as well as preventative maintenance and performance conditioning.”

For more information on The Sanctuary at PBIEC, visit their website at www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com. For more information on the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

For more information contact:

Tom Grabe

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center

www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com

1-352-369-HEAL (4325)

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