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Stars Bring on the Heat as the 40th Edition of the Winter Equestrian Festival Begins

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The Winter Equestrian Festival is less than two days from starting and the 40th edition of the world’s most traditional equestrian circuit promises to be even better this year.

Besides showjumping, there are several other attractions as well, including Jumper & Hunter classes, the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and several other activities for competitors, spectators, familes and children that complement this great festival.

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Beezie Madden (USA) & Breitling were the best last year at WEF

Top equestrians from the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and the rest of the world will certainly enter the rings at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, USA. There will be a lot at stake, not only Longines FEI ranking points in the most important showjumping classes, but also a huge jackpot too.

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Georgina Bloomberg (USA) & Paola 233 flying high and going fast at WEF

Several legends of the sport and renowned riders have made the WEF and southern Florida their winter getaway for nice weather and high-level competition, including the likes of McLain Ward (USA), Kent Farrington (USA), Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden (USA), Laura Kraut (USA), Margie Engle (USA), Jessica Springsteen (USA), Marilyn Little (USA), Kristen Vanderveen (USA), Georgina Bloomberg (USA), Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Ian Millar (CAN), among many others.

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Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Chaganus flying to victory at WEF last year

Americans will face a tough challenge from an international field that includes Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Ben Maher (GBR), Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Darragh Kenny (IRL), Conor Swail, Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Daniel Bluman (ISR), just to name a few.

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Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Cristalline bring their high-flying act to the International Arena at PBIEC

Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), Spencer Smith (USA), Eve Jobs (USA), Emily Moffitt (USA), Lucas Porter (USA), Wilton Porter (USA), Karen Polle (JPN) and Nayel Nassar (EGY) are among the many young guns who are hungrier than ever, trying to outperform the “Titans” of the sport.

For event calendar, please click here.

For official prize list, please click here.

For more information about the Winter Equestrian Festival, please access their website by clicking here.

Photos: © Nuno Coelho Vicente