The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Florida January 3, 2003 -- With over $3 Million in prize
money at stake, The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)
promises to be one of the most highly competitive in its 31-year
history. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping,
Inc., WEF is the horse show of all horse shows in the U. S. Over
4,000 horses and 6,000 people (riders, trainers, owners and grooms)
will be added to the Wellington population during this time.
on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club in Wellington, the best horses and riders in the world in
the equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers, equitation and
dressage will square off against the very best of their peers.
The hunter, jumper and equitation horses will compete in Wellington
for seven weeks through Sunday, March 9, 2003, with the last dressage
competition takes place during the week of March 13th.
Spectators can expect to enjoy classes for all age groups and
discipline interests. And with as many as seven rings going at
any one time, there will be something for every member of the
family. There will be hunter, jumper and equitation classes for
children and junior riders, mounted on ponies and small/large
horses. Adult amateurs of all ages will be represented in hunter,
jumper and equitation classes. The professional and advanced amateur
riders will dominate the competition in pre-green, green and regular
hunter divisions as well as at many levels of the jumper classes.
The dressage competitions, with elegance and grace, will captivate
When its time to take a break from the varied competitions,
spectators can browse amongst the many eclectic boutiques or grab
a bite from one of the multi-ethnic food tents. And theres
always a place to sit, as ringside seating is plentiful.
A Whos Who of U. S. Olympic and Equestrian Team riders --
riders such as Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut, Nona Garson,
Joe Fargis, Todd Minikus, McLain Ward, Molly Ashe and Candace
King -- can be expected to be seen on their best mounts in WEFs
many jumper classes, including the Sunday grand prix championships.
The $50,000 Idle Dice Classic on Sunday, February 16, 2003 and
The $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open on Sunday, March 2, 2003
will be particularly exciting as they are World Cup Qualifying
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, from March 13 through
March 16, 2003, will include a Pan Am Games Selection Trial.
While in Wellington, WEF takes place from Wednesdays through Sundays
beginning at 8am. Wednesdays are free to the public. Children
age 12 and under are always free. Tickets for seniors are $5 each
on all days. On Thursdays and Fridays, the ticket price is $5
for adults; on Saturdays, adults are $10; and on Sundays, adults
are $15. Parking is free. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
is located on Pierson Road in Wellington.
Winter Equestrian Festival (Wellington) Schedule
22- 26: Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic
29-February 2: Bayer Gold Coast Classic
30-February 2: Wellington Dressage
5-9: Kilkenny/ICH Internationale
12-16: Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular
13-16: Florida Dressage Classic
19-23: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters
26-March 2: Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open
5-9: Cosequin Wellington Finale
13-16: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic
For further information, contact Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly
Lake Wilkes at (561) 753-3389.