A Really, Really Big Week at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Florida -- February 12, 2003 -- Today is the beginning of the fourth
week (out of seven) of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival being
held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. It is
the week of The Florida Classic World Champion Hunter Rider Spectacular
scheduled for Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, The $50,000 Idle
Dice Classic Grand Prix, a World Cup Qualifier, will take place.
The Palm Beach Post, one of Floridas preeminent newspapers,
is the weeks corporate sponsor.
center stage this week: the show hunter horses and riders. A show
hunter class is judged on the manners, form over fences and movement
of the horse, with fence heights ranging from 36, 39
and 4, depending upon the particular class. In sharp contrast,
the jumper classes are judged solely on going clean and fast, over
fences as high as 53.
American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation
dedicated to the governance and promotion of show hunter horses
and riders, takes charge this week in order to showcase its discipline
and members. After four days of serious competition amongst the
best of the best hunter horses and riders, the weeks champions
will square off against one another. Beginning at 7pm on Saturday
night under the lights in The International Arena, those horse and
rider teams will compete at the 36, 39 and
4 levels, until one horse and rider team is crowned The Leading
Hunter Rider Team. All of this will take place while a festive group
dines in the members-only Jockey Club.
Sunday afternoon beginning at 2pm, the first of four World Cup Qualifiers
slated during The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (Wellington and
Tampa Series) will take place. The World Cup, which will take place
this spring in Las Vegas, brings together the top jumpers in the
world. Horses and riders must accumulate the most points in qualifying
classes in order to make it to the final showdown in Las Vegas.
There will be three World Cup Qualifiers in Wellington, with another
in Tampa. Many riders have saved their best mounts for
this first Qualifier, ensuring that this grand prix will be extremely
Palm Beach Post, this weeks sponsor, will make many of the
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13