Great Galloping Gentry

White horse with rider jumps obstacle in equestrian competition

Snowbirds and vacationers descend like migratory birds on Palm Beach every winter. Destination - beach! But not everyone is heading for the coastline. Due west about 30 minutes, there’s that horsey community of Wellington, the winter equestrian playground for the great galloping gentry.

Some of the more well-known celebrities who own property or hang out to compete, Hannah Selleck (Tom’s daughter), Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg whose daughter Georgina competes.

Wellington hosts not one but two different major equestrian events that last through the spring, bringing an influx of spectators, competitors, and their staffs. But let’s not forget the magnificent four-legged creatures who are the stars of the show!

Palm Beach International Polo Season runs December 29, 2019 through April 19, 2020. World-class polo players compete and even average Joes can afford to enjoy this “sport of kings”. General admission tickets are only $10!

Winter Equestrian Festival runs January 8, 2020 through March 29, 2020. Featuring show jumping and dressage, over 6,000 horses will be competing for over half a billion dollars in prize money.

Gallop on down to Wellington to enjoy some equestrian events this winter. Giddy up!

Photo by Robert Stevens courtesy PBBOR


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