The equestrian industry adds an estimated $500 million to the Palm Beach County’s economy annually. Within the town of Wellington, we have around 7,000 sport horses, which is the largest concentration of sport horses anywhere in the world, according to Mark Bellissimo, CEO and chairman of Equestrian Sport Productions, which made a $200 million investment to not only develop the sport for exhibitors, riders, and spectators alike but also to create a destination where people who simply love horses can come to visit and enjoy these magnificent animals.
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Equestrian Sport Productions owns the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and produces the $6 Million FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The WEF is the world's largest and longest running equestrian competition. The event hosts 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from 49 states and 30 countries.
The Festival runs from January through April each year. Equestrian Sport Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellington Equestrian Partners, a group of individuals dedicated to creating excellence in horse sports that they achieved in their businesses.
WEP created ESP to bring together from around the world the best and most experienced individuals in managing horse shows, producing spectacular equestrian events and providing the highest levels of facilities and services to fulfill WEPs' goal of building in Wellington, Florida the top equestrian showcase on Earth.
The WEP Partnership includes some of America's most prominent equestrian families who are committed to provide a home in Wellington for the equestrian community and to assure harmony between equestrian and non-equestrian interests in and around the horse show grounds named the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The investments made by the partners will preserve the legacy of the facilities they have supported for many years and continue the traditions they helped to establish.
The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in America today. It is a 500-acre "Equestrian Lifestyle Destination" nestled in the heart of an 8,000-acre equestrian paradise in Wellington, Florida.
|"We estimate there's a $600 million direct and indirect economic impact here. We have continued to grow, with a schedule that includes 260 polo games in a four-month season."|
|John Walsh, President of Club Operations, International Polo Club|
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Located only 15 miles west of Palm Beach International Airport, Wellington is an area renowned as a winter get-a-way for those who are attracted by the splendid warm weather and a lifestyle that revolves around horses. During the winter season (December-April) Wellington becomes an equestrian mecca, home to more than 7,000 local and visiting horses of all breeds and sporting disciplines including show jumping, hunter, dressage, western/trail riding, driving and polo.
Over the last three years, the PBIEC horse showgrounds received a $20 million facelift to create a state-of-the-art facility for equestrian competition. There, a number of hospitality and vendor pavilions dedicated to dining, shopping and VIP areas were created; and grandstands, box seats, private chalets and hospitality pavilions surround the International Arena, providing up-close views for all spectators. Equestrian Sport Productions, producers, and mangers of the WEF, is dedicated to providing a first-class experience for equestrian competitors and spectators alike.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located in Wellington, Florida – in the heart of South Florida's famed horse country. Founded in 2002, IPC hosts major tournaments and world-class events throughout the Palm Beach Polo Season, including the Highest Goal Polo played in the U.S. and prestigious competitions including the Iglehart Cup, Joe Barry Memorial Cup, Ylvisaker Cup, C.V. Whitney Cup, and Piaget Gold Cup, culminating with the 106th playing of the coveted U.S. Open Polo Championship™. The world's polo elite descend upon Wellington each season to enjoy their love of the sport and the lifestyle in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility in the nation.
IPC features eight manicured polo fields and the Piaget Field, the Nespresso Grande Pavilion, private boxes and viewing stands, tennis courts, a croquet field, a state-of-the-art spa, a lushly landscaped pool deck, après polo celebrations and a fabled gourmet Sunday brunch hosted by NYC's Bistrot Bagatelle.
Where can you get more information?
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
Brian Cartland, Vice President, Business Recruitment
Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion