"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

The equestrian industry is one of Palm Beach County’s most signature economic sectors. No other place in the world can claim to have the highest concentration of sport horses in the world – some 7,000 during the polo and equestrian season.

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), located in Wellington, is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in America. It is a 500-acre "Equestrian Lifestyle Destination" nestled in the heart of an 8,000-acre equestrian paradise. Over $20 million has been invested in the past few years to create a state-of-the-art facility for equestrian competition and enjoyment located only 15 miles west of Palm Beach International Airport.

The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held at the PBIEC is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually from January through April. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. (ESP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which also owns and operates the PBIEC.

According to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the WEF features:

  • Riders from 33 countries and all 50 U.S. states
  • Exhibitors who compete for more than $8 million in prize money, the largest purse offered in the world
  • Over 250,000 people who attend the show over the 12-week circuit
  • More than 6,500 horses that will compete over the 12 weeks
  • More than 100 food and retail vendors generating tens of millions of dollars of commerce
  • Children, juniors, adults and amateurs aged 2 to 70 competing in more than 70 unique divisions of competition
  • Families sharing activities and enjoying pony rides, petting zoos, fun entertainment and live music during the “Saturday Night Lights” events.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is also located in Wellington. 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 many other prestigious competitions culminating with the coveted U.S. Open Polo Championship™.

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

Shereena Coleman, Vice President, Business Facilitation & The Glades Region