Photos courtesy of The Ridge at Wellington/Equinium Sports Marketing.
Wellington, Florida (January 15, 2016) – An unseasonably wet winter has not made it easy to organize or participate in the equestrian events in Wellington, Florida. Due to a forecast of rain, lighting, wind, and possible tornadoes on Friday, January 15, The Ridge at Wellington has decided to postpone the second day of competition during the second week of the 2016 Turf Tour for the safety of its competitors. An identical class schedule will commence at 8am on Saturday, January 16, which currently has a significantly milder forecast.
The first day of Turf Tour Week 2, January 13, was crisp and sunny. With the elegant International Polo Club as a backdrop, top international riders, including Jessica Springsteen, Conor Swail, and Quentin Judge, vied for a slew of prize money in classes ranging from the 1.30-1.35 Jumpers to 5- and 7-Year-Old Jumper classes. The unique competition venue and natural grass footing offer a way to condition green horses and riders to large competitions, while providing a change of scenery and the chance to hone specific skills to the more experienced competitors. Saturday’s class schedule will feature the $15,000 Grand Prix, as well as Schooling Jumpers, Child/Adult & Low Junior/Amateur Jumper divisions.
The 13-week show series is a unique addition to Wellington’s growing winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, generous prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere. Young horses and advancing riders are able to test their mettle in classes ranging from junior and amateur jumpers to the Grand Prix, and in a variety of venues reminiscent of the large European tours. Organized by Olympic show jumper Nona Garson, George D’Ambrosio, and Craig Bergman, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was bringing back the old world flair to over fences classes, staging competitions on springy, natural turf surfaces away from the chaotic intensity of other show grounds. But the laid back atmosphere, which includes open ended show times and concurrently running divisions, doesn’t fail to attract some of the sport’s biggest names, keeping the competition up to par.
In the event that the USEF does not approve the revised schedule, The Ridge at Wellington will host the event as an unrecognized show.
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