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A Letter from Equestrian Sport Productions COO and Show Manager David Burton, Jr.

As many of you have heard, Florida Governor DeSantis announced that he is allowing Palm Beach County to enter “Phase 1” of reopening businesses. After reviewing our extensive protocols and the WHO mitigation score classifying Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) horse show operations at a very low risk, the Village of Wellington stated early this week that they would support our shows starting back in “Phase 1.” We appreciate your patience and understanding that we have been reluctant to put out much information regarding our planned events until we had this level of assurance that we could move forward. We are actively finalizing our updated ESP Spring Prize List to publish online as soon as final USEF license approvals have been issued.

We are currently planning to run two schooling show events on May 22-24 and May 29-31, followed by three straight weeks of USEF “A” Rated competitions along with three USEF Local Rated Wednesday Equitation days. A link to all of the schedule drafts can be found HERE.

All of these schedules have been modified to the best of our ability to limit the amount of time exhibitors will spend at the show grounds. We will update the SGL software to the best of our ability to allow for more precise information on when exhibitors will show. “Show and Go” is a large part of our new normal. This includes orders of go for all rings. We will also be utilizing sign up capabilities in the SGL software that will allow for individual requests for time slots to be selected before the finalized order of go is established. Information and tutorials will be announced shortly.

Please note that open schooling days will have times designated by time and height. We will not be allowing for show jumps to be touched during these open schooling times and limitations on horses allowed in the rings will be enforced. If your horse requires ring time before showing, we strongly suggest that you consider entering one of the schooling show days because open schooling will be limited in June.

Next week we will put out a full prize list and entry blanks and we will notify everyone by e-blast as well as posting on the PBIEC.com website and our social media pages. The first step will require that all entry forms, releases, and methods of payments be established. Once all forms are received and processed, you will be assigned a back number that can be used to enter all shows in May and June. The entry process will be opened up on May 18th. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter until a back number is assigned. (Online back numbers of 10,000 or 20,000 are not a back number assignment.)

We strongly suggest that if you are planning to show at any of these shows to fill out the proper forms and establish a payment method. No charges will be made until stall reservations and entries are accepted and processed. Entries will be limited by maximums allowed per ring per day. We strongly recommend that you enter the classes that you plan to show in for all days and all shows. Please do not expect for ring capacity to allow for adds to be accepted the day before. More than ever, your accuracy on entries will allow us to give you more precise information on when you will show.

Stalls will also be limited to those who have accepted entries and processed back numbers. Please note that by request of our local authorities, we will be limiting entries to barns and exhibitors that are not traveling from distances that require overnight housing. Once hotels open up in our area, we will announce that this restriction has been lifted.

Most of you received the “USEF announcement of COVID-19 Competition Action Plan,” and we have created a modified version of this document listing how ESP will adapt these requirements and recommendations to our horse show operation. We ask you all to take the time to read through this document so you can prepare for our “New Normal.” There is a lot of information to absorb in this document, so please read through this carefully. The ESP COVID-19 Competition Action Plan can be found HERE.

Trainers PLEASE read carefully through your responsibilities and bring all of the materials for your staff and clients to operate safely in the areas you control. We have been preparing our own list of protocols since early March with constant changes and adaptions based on USEF and local mandates. We are confident with enforcing these protocols, along with your cooperation, we can restart the sport we all love SAFELY.

As always, your safety and well-being is our number one priority. We sincerely look forward to getting our excellent show staff working again while seeing you all safely competing. We ask in advance for your patience, understanding, and support as we all learn to navigate these uncharted waters. Thanks in advance for your patronage.

David Burton, Jr.
Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC
Show Manager/ Chief Operations Officer

For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

PBIEC Competition Update from Equestrian Sport Productions

Wellington, FL – May 2, 2020 – Over the past month, Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) has been working with the various governing bodies in order to obtain the necessary permissions to resume competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The proposed schedule includes two weeks of schooling events after May 14th, and three weeks of USEF “A” National and 4* Jumper-rated shows in June.

While ESP takes the COVID-19 threat very seriously, it also recognizes the economic hardship that has been placed on all equine industry professionals due to the lack of shows. In order to ensure exhibitor and staff safety at the Equestrian Village facility, an extensive list of COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented since the shut down in mid-March. These protocols are being enhanced as the newest information and recommendations are released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Our modified COVID-19 protocols will then be submitted to and endorsed by our local health officials.

ESP is very cognizant of the serious nature of the pandemic. With the support of the State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and the Village of Wellington, we will begin operating our shows with strictly enforced protocols as soon as it is safe to do so. More information regarding schedules and safety procedures will be available soon at PBIEC.com. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we are working diligently to get you the most accurate information possible. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing our exhibitors in the show ring again while we all navigate our “new normal” show operations. As always, your safety and well-being is our number one priority.

Tentative USEF Show calendar:

ESP June I: June 3-7, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4*
ESP June II: June 10-14, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4*
ESP Spring V: June 17-21, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4* (Pending USEF approval)

** May schooling events will be announced as soon as accurate information can be supplied.

For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center COVID-19 Update

In response to the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and with the guidance of US Equestrian, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) will maintain their cancellation of previously scheduled competitions but hopes to aid riders, trainers, and owners in keeping their horses fit and healthy.

Based on feedback from the equestrian community, and in an effort to preserve equine welfare and keep the staff of PBIEC and those industry professionals who work at ESP events in jobs they can depend on, ESP will offer the following:

  • Open schooling through the end of this week (March 22). Please check schooling schedules on PBIEC.com. Riders must wear their assigned back numbers. No new back numbers will be issued. Next week schedule to be determined.
  • Limiting the number of people accompanying horses to the ring to five per horse (rider, groom, trainer, no more than two additional).
  • No more than two people should be at any fence at one time (ring or schooling area) and a six-foot social distancing protocol is encouraged between all people on the grounds.

How we are keeping you safe:

  • Spectator and public access remains prohibited.
  • ESP has purchased sanitation foggers to clean seating areas and public spaces.
  • ESP staff will continue to diligently clean and sanitize bathrooms.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the grounds. ESP recommend using hand sanitizer both before and after the schooling session. Remember, people are touching the same items (rails, cups, etc.).

Stabling and access to stalls is available for those that have purchased stabling packages until the expiration of those packages. ESP can accommodate those in need of stabling during this period as long as the horses have already been issued WEF back numbers. Staff will be available in the horse show office as needed, but everyone is encouraged to organize weekly close outs and stabling arrangements online, or via telephone.

Consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health Guidelines, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home if sick or uncomfortable being in public, except to get medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw in the trash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

The goal of PBIEC is to keep all humans and horses healthy and safe during this time, while doing our best to help encourage an easy transition back into competition when the time comes. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to provide updates through our website at www.PBIEC.com.

USEF Network and Equestrian Sport Productions Announce Live Streaming Partnership

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian and Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) are pleased to announce their partnership designating the USEF Network as the exclusive live streaming platform for ESP events for the remainder of the 2019 season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

Events streamed on the USEF Network will be free to watch for US Equestrian competing and fan members. Free fan member sign-up and promotional codes will be available each week, beginning with the $25,000 ProElite® National Jumper Classic on Thursday, February 28, using code 2019WEF8. To sign up for a free fan membership, please visit here.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with US Equestrian and the USEF Network for the remainder of the winter season here in Wellington for our streaming needs. We have a great working relationship with US Equestrian and it was very logical for us to work together to help bring our competition streams to a mass audience,” said Michael Stone, President of ESP. “The streams are free to view with a fan membership, which we feel is a great way to help US Equestrian build comradery and interest in our U.S. athletes and competitions.”

The following are the remaining 2019 events to be streamed by the USEF Network:

  • Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) 8 (February 27 – March 3), including the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*
  • WEF 9 (March 6-10)
  • WEF 10 (March 13-17)
  • WEF 11 (March 20-24)
  • WEF 12 (March 27-31), including the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*
  • AGDF 8 (March 1), including “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Havensafe Farm
  • AGDF 10 (March 15), including the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ USA
  • AGDF 12 (March 29)

Visit the USEF Network for a full list of live, upcoming, and on-demand content.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Emanuel Andrade Earns One-Two Finish in $25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Fall Finale Grand Prix

Emanuel Andrade and Wilco. Photos copyright Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – November 3, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), management company of the world-renowned Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), hosted its Fall Finale Horse Show this weekend on October 31 – November 2, 2014, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The show hosted its $25,000 ESP Fall Finale Grand Prix on Sunday with a win for Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade and Wilco, Andrade also finishing second aboard Nokia de Brekka.

Thirty entries contested the first round course set by Hector Loyola, where 13 went clear to advance to the jump-off. Seven combinations jumped double clear over the short course, and Andrade completed the two fastest clear rounds. He and Wilco stopped the clock in 42.74 seconds for the win. With Nokia de Brekka, a brand new horse that he has only been showing for two weeks, Andrade took the second place prize in 44.59 seconds. Tom Foley and Sweet Oak Farm’s Petrushka III placed third in 44.79 seconds, and Catherine Pasmore and Pasmore Stables LLC’s Z Canta were fourth in 45.02 seconds.

Andrade represented Venezuela in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France this summer and spent some time showing in Europe before returning to the states. He was excited to do so well with his horses on Sunday.

“It was a big day. I was in Europe for two months and then I come back and I am doing very good here, so I am very happy. I love this horse show,” the rider acknowledged. “The course was nice. It was technical. It was difficult, but I really liked it.”

Emanuel Andrade and Nokia de Brekka
Emanuel Andrade and Nokia de Brekka

He jumped first with Nokia de Brekka and then improved on that time with Wilco. The winning 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Nabab de Reve x Fedor) is usually Andrade’s 1.60m horse and the rider was surprised at how fast he went.

“The class was difficult, but the jump-off was very difficult,” Andrade stated. “I went fast with my first one and then faster with the second one. Nokia is fun. He is very small, but he is so fast. Wilco is a really good horse. He is a bit german. He is a big horse with big scope and a big stride. That was new for me because I have always been with smaller horses. You didn’t think he could go that fast, but he was really good and I am really happy with the results. He was amazing.”

In addition to his grand prix victory, Andrade also won the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake earlier in the week, repeating his victories from the Fall II and Fall III Welcome Stakes. This time the win came with Nokia de Brekka, a 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Quick Star SF x Apache d’Adriers). Nine out of 19 entries jumped clear to advance to the jump-off where the pair had the fastest double clear round for the win.

“He has a lot of scope and he likes to go forward to every jump, that is the way he likes to jump,” Andrade said of Nokia. “He is like a little toy that you can go really forward with and win the 1.45m class.”

The 2014 ESP Fall Circuit will continue with two more weeks of competition featuring $10,000 Welcome Stakes on Sunday, November 9, and Sunday November 16. The ESP November “Regional” and Jumper 3 horse show runs November 8-9 and counts for both PBCHA & ESP Circuits. The ESP “Regional” Pre-Charity and Jumper 3 competition runs November 15-16. To view the prize list and for more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

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Debbie Stephens and FYI Win $25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Fall III Grand Prix

Debbie Stephens and FYI. Photos copyright Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – October 27, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), management company of the world-renowned Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), hosted its Fall I, Fall II, and Fall III horse shows in October at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The Fall III horse show hosted national “AA” hunter and 3-star rated jumper competition this week on October 24-26, 2014, featuring PBIEC’s first grand prix of the fall season on Sunday. Jumping a course set by Archer “Skip” Bailey, Debbie Stephens of Palmetto, FL guided Centennial Farm’s FYI to the win in the $25,000 Fall III Grand Prix.

Twenty-four entries started in round one and just three combinations were able to jump clear to advance to the jump-off, where Stephens and FYI completed the only double clear round in 46.22 seconds for the win. Michael Morrissey and Starbit Partners LLC’s Padie Blue Cardu had four faults over the short course in 44.99 seconds to place second. Cara Cheska and Windswept Farm’s Imprimis finished third with eight faults in the jump-off in 45.41 seconds. A tight time allowed kept a few others with clear jumping efforts out of the second round.

Stephens has owned FYI, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (VIP x Zeus), since the horse was four years old. After showing him a little when he was younger and then leasing him out for a few years, she decided to finally see what the horse could do at the grand prix level.

“I bought him because he was sired by a horse that I had owned named VIP,” Stephens explained. “VIP didn’t really do a lot of breeding, but all of the horses that are by him are unbelievable. I have had other great horses such as CEO and MVP that I named with initials like him. It is a breed that I love, and they are all amazing jumpers.”

“FYI is just a horse that, because of his bloodlines, I have always thought a lot of him,” Stephens continued. “I didn’t really know how much he could do or could not do. I just got him back off of a lease and I thought that since he is coming 12 years old, he is at a perfect age, and I decided to start showing him and see if he could really be a top grand prix horse or not. This was his maiden voyage to see if he can do it, and he certainly did it.”

Stephens praised Sunday’s course for being set at a high standard and acknowledged the team at Equestrian Sport Productions for keeping all of their shows at PBIEC up to that level.

“I have to commend them because they really have a high standard, whether it be at the fall series or during the winter at WEF. When you go there and you ride in the International Ring, no matter what you are going for, they always keep that standard up,” she commented.

Detailing her jump-off round, Stephens noted, “I only saw the one ahead of me in the jump-off and as I was going in, they were saying that there was no one clear, but even with that, the strategy to me was go for it because you have to win either way. You either win by going clear and fast or you win by maybe having four and going faster than everybody else. I didn’t change my strategy. With only three, I said, ‘You know, I have to see what this horse can do.’ I think the faster he went, the higher he jumped, so it was great.”

“He is very quiet and easy, so I can’t take that much credit,” Stephens laughed. “If anything, he needs a bit of a legging ride. He is not a lot of blood, meaning he is not charging toward the jumps, but he is really careful and very easy to ride. He doesn’t spook, he doesn’t look. He is very scopey and he doesn’t want to hit the jumps, but you do have to have a lot of leg.”

Stephens plans to show FYI again next week and will then compete in a grand prix in Venice, FL the following week. The horse will then come back to compete this winter at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Emanuel Andrade and Bon Jovi
Emanuel Andrade and Bon Jovi

Andrade and Karam Win Fall Welcome Stakes

A $10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class was held on Friday, October 24, during the Fall III competition with a win for Emanuel Andrade aboard his horse Bon Jovi. The class saw 24 entries with seven clear rounds to advance to the jump-off where Andrade and Bon Jovi jumped the fastest of seven double clear rounds in 36.42 seconds. Michael Morrissey and Rae Marie Kennedy’s Torino Q finished second in 38.60 seconds. Luis Larrazabal and San Francisco Stables LLC’s G&C Up Close placed third in 40.40 seconds.

Andrade also took top honors in the $7,000 Open Jumper Stake during the Fall II competition one week prior. In that class, Andrade finished first and second with double clear rounds in a three-horse jump-off. He won with Maria Alejandra Andrade’s Tinkerbell S.C.H.Z. and placed second aboard Ecurie Michel Hecart’s Nokia de Brekka.

In the $10,000 Fall I Open Jumper Stake, Victoria Karam and Elena Couttenye’s Good Boy HM were the winners with the only clear round out of 22 entries. Claudia Billups and Platini VDL and German Cathargo and Centurio each finished with two time faults. Billups was slightly faster to take the second place prize and Cathargo placed third.

The five-week ESP fall circuit began October 10 and continues through November 16 featuring top hunter/jumper competition at PBIEC. The series will host its second grand prix competition coming up during the Fall Finale Horse Show. The $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix will be featured on Sunday, November 2.

The horse shows of the 2014 ESP Fall Circuit are all United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), North American League (NAL), and Marshall & Sterling League (M&S) approved. A $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class will be held at all shows as well as $500 Pony and Hunter Classics. All shows will also highlight great competition for child, junior and amateur jumpers, including Classics.

Remaining show dates include:

Fall Finale “National” and Jumper 3: October 31 – November 2, 2014
$10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class on Friday, October 31
$25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix on Sunday, November 2

ESP November “Regional” and Jumper 3: November 8-9, 2014
$10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class on Sunday, November 9
Counts for both PBCHA & ESP Circuits

ESP “Regional” Pre-Charity and Jumper 3: November 15-16, 2014
$10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class on Sunday, November 16

To view the prize list and for more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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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 www.showgroundslive.com.

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 www.equestriansport.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

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 www.equestriansport.com 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 www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

Equestrian Sport Productions Sends in Formal Expression of Interest to Host 2018 FEI WEG

Wellington, FL – November 17, 2011 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is pleased to announce that they have sent in their formal Expression of Interest to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG). Their documentation was sent in through the United States Equestrian Federation for the United States to host the WEG at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

The Expression of Interest documents are the first step towards submitting a bid to host the FEI World Equestrian Games.

“We are very excited for the bid,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “We believe it will be a great opportunity for the Village of Wellington, Palm Beach County, and the State of Florida. We believe that working on this bid will help bring ESP-produced events to the next level and will only help increase the quality of our shows and the exposure of equestrian sport.”

“We look forward to working with Equestrian Sport Productions on their bid as they consider all the requirements for a successful submission,” said John Long, USEF CEO. “The support of local and state government will be essential in this effort. The USEF is looking forward to sharing experiences learned from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky just last year.”

The world-class equestrian and support facilities in Wellington, and the prestige that Wellington holds in the equestrian world, provide an excellent framework from which to begin a pursuit of the bid for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

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