Three Spectacular Events to Highlight Wellington Winter Season
Wellington, Florida – November 16, 2018 – The world’s best horses and riders will be returning toDeeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, this winter for the expanded 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series®, featuring three of show jumping’s biggest events! The highly anticipated world-class competitions include the Palm Beach Masters CSI 4*-W featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington; the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States; and the Deeridge Derby.
The Palm Beach Masters Series® hosts top international equestrian competitors from across the U.S. and abroad. Beginning with one elite competition in 2016, the series has grown into one of the sport’s most reputable events. The show grounds are located at the magnificent Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida. The events’ picturesque location, unrivaled hospitality, custom-built jumping rings and world-class facilities guarantee a unique experience for riders and spectators.
Lou Jacobs, who co-founded the series along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson, said, “We are thrilled to kick off another Palm Beach Masters Series season. From the outset, our goal was to ensure that Wellington is a favorite destination for the highest levels of horse sport. With the World Cup-qualifying Masters, the Derby, and now the added honor of hosting the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States, we remain steadfast in our commitment. Above all else, we hope to engage and inspire future generations of riders and equestrian fans.”
Palm Beach Masters CSI 4*-W featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington: January 30–February 3
The Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W will showcase exhilarating competition from start to finish. The week’s featured event is the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington, one of the final two East Coast qualifiers in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League (NAL) where the top names in the sport will vie for top prize money and a chance to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Daniel Coyle of Ireland, who won last year’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ competition at Deeridge Farms aboard Cita, remarked, “This is an amazing event. The conditions could not be any better; the footing is perfect and being here is just a fantastic experience.”
Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States: February 14–17
The Palm Beach Masters Series has been selected to host the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States, a CSIO 5* competition which will be hosted annually at Deeridge Farms through the year 2021. The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, celebrating its 110th year in 2019, features international teams made up the world’s most talented horses and riders. The Nations Cup™ at Deeridge Farms will be the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final that matches the top qualifying teams from around the world. It will also include FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth competitions (Young Rider, Junior, and Children’s) to showcase the next generation of jumpers.
Deeridge Derby: February 28–March 3
Returning for its third year is the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally-rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses take center stage to compete in prestigious hunter classes highlighted by the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Victoria Colvin, winner of last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby, raved about the experience of riding at Deeridge Farms. “It’s so beautiful here,” she said. “It’s really great to be able to jump on grass. The footing is excellent and it’s a blast to be in a big galloping field that feels like the old-style hunters. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to show at a venue like this!”
The Showgrounds at Deeridge Farms
Events are hosted at the spectacular Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the series, which include masterfully-created competition arenas – a Grand Prix turf arena and the other an all-weather sand arena. Additionally, there are two Bermuda grass schooling arenas, one designated for FEI and the other for non-FEI competitors. There is an all-weather schooling arena adjacent to the competition arena as well as an all-weather schooling arena located near the stables.
The VIP Club at the Palm Beach Masters Series offers a distinctive, two-story venue for watching the classes in either competition arena. Spectators are treated to special amenities and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Further information on the Palm Beach Master Series is available at www.palmbeachmasters.com.
Source: Press release by Meg Rivetti / Classic Communications for Palm Beach Masters
Photos: © Palm Beach Masters / Kathy Russel Photography