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Palm Beach Point: This 5.44 acre pr oper ty is a must see in coveted Palm Beach Point! The upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops opens up to the large family room, which leads to the lovely pool and patio. Marble floors and high ceilings add to the beauty of this spacious home. A stone path takes you to a gazebo on the pond, perfect for relaxing after a long day. The property also includes a 4 stall barn with room to enlarge, build a ring and add paddocks. This is an amazing opportunity to make YOUR equestrian dreams a reality in Palm Beach Point! Offered at $2,495,000

Tempi Cree Farm • Virginia: Located in Upper ville, Vir ginia is a 53 acr e, private gated equestrian estate situated conveniently in the Piedmont Hunt Country, only minutes from the popular destination of Middleburg. This private estate is layed-out with attention to every detail, starting with separate gated entrances for home and barn. The custom built luxury home features hickory floors, metal roof, a gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, a main level master suite and an oversize 3 car side load garage. The King Construction 7 stall barn connects to an Olympic size covered arena along with a covered European Walker. Offered at $4,950,000

Palm Beach Polo • Brookside: This completely renovated Golf Br ook home is like no other! This breathtaking 5 bedroom, 5.1 bathroom home includes Tumbled Travertine flooring throughout, Handmade Cuban tiles in the cabana bath, custom poured Pewter Island Countertop, all new impact doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, Thermidor appliances and a full house generator. The patio, with remote control retractable screens, overlooks an amazing saltwater pool and spa. This backyard was made for entertaining or just relaxing as you enjoy the sunset over the water and golf course! Offered at $2,750,000

Versailles: This 5 bedr oom, 4.1 bath, lake front home will not disappoint! Includes many builder's upgrades, such as painted volume ceilings, custom wood molding, built in shelving, custom lighting, wood paneled decorative walls and crown molding. The gourmet kitchen with center island and breakfast bar adjoins the large family room , making it perfect for family functions. Double doors lead out to a gorgeous screened in, heated pool & spa that overlook the lake. An outdoor fully equipped kitchen, combined with this patio and amazing view, make entertaining as easy and relaxing as possible! Offered at $999,000

Breakers West: Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this home awaits it's new owner. Freshly painted inside complete with wood floors, ceramic tile and plantation shutters, this house will not disappoint. Ample storage, high volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen with center island and Granite Counter tops. This home is light and bright and offers a 3 way split floorplan with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a den. Expansive covered lanai perfect for entertaining and large, lushly landscaped back yard with plenty of room to install a pool/hot tub if desired. Easy to show... don't pass this beautiful Breakers West home up. Offered at $550,000

Versailles: As you enter thr ough the double glass front door s, your eyes ar e drawn to the volume ceilings and the consistent flow of color, materials and warmth. On the lower level you have the large Master Suite with extensive walk in closets. The Grand Master Bathroom offers an oversized shower, dual vanities and jacuzzi tub. There is an additional bedroom on the lower level complete with it's own bathroom. This room could also double as a den or office. The Gourmet Kitchen, Breakfast area and Snack Bar overlook the Family Room and Pool area. Offered at $649,000

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OAK TREE VILLA. Truly an open and airy property, this second-floor 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom residence features a three-way split floor plan. Boasting tranquil views of the Dunes golf course’s 14th hole, the home provides easy access to all show grounds and the amenities at Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club. $449,500.

AERO CLUB HOME. This stately 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is located directly on the runway. The residence features a spacious marble area, direct direct runway runway views, views, an an expansive expansive spacious marble pool pool area, hangar and a full acre of land. With over 5,500 immaculate hanger property is perfect for those wishing to feet under air, the property flyy their private jet or helicopter to Wellington for the winter fl season. $1,695,000.


10 ACRES IN RUSTIC RANCHES. Minutes away from the Wellington Environmental Preserve and WEF show grounds— this property offers a fantastic opportunity to build an equestrian facility. The completed site plan is available, and the sizable lot is located directly across from the main bridle path leading right to the show grounds. With 3 acres fully irrigated, the property holds permits for 40 stalls. $1,275,000.

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PALM BEACH POINT ESTATE. On this sprawling 5.77 acre lot, within hacking distance from WEF, could soon be a new 12-stall show barn. The main house boasts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, marble floors, and a cherry gourmet kitchen. Permitting and site work are builder-ready, and your new barn can be built in time for next season. $2,500,000.


PALM BEACH POLO & COUNTRY CLUB. This spectacular residence recently a full renovation. With 2 PALM BEACH POLOunderwent & COUNTRY CLUB. This spectacular and ample first floor bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, the fi rst fl oor residence recently underwent a full space, renovation. With 2 opportunity rent first floor property presents a fantastic bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, andinvestment ample space, the fi rstto fl oor investment opportunity to rent it out as one unit or separately as a 1 bedroom and studio. property presents a fantastic The location for a as short or drive show it outprime as one unit orallows separately a 1walk bedroom andtostudio. events andwalk amenities. location and allows a short or drive to show grounds, clubfor $299,000. The primeshopping, grounds, shopping, and club events and amenities. $299,000.

WINDSOME FARM ESTATES. Long regarded as one of the most prestigious equestrian estates in Wellington, WINDSOME FARM ESTATES. Long regarded as one of Windsome Estatesequestrian has been redeveloped four of the most Farm prestigious estates in into Wellington, of the finest 10-acre lots thehas area has redeveloped to offer. Phase Windsome Farm Estates been intoone fourhas the been completed, Don’t miss the finest 10-acreand lotssite theplans area are hasapproved. to offer. Phase one has endless possibilities. been completed, and $3,600,000. site plans are approved. Don’t miss the endless possibilities. $3,600,000.

PALM BEACH POLO CLUB HOME. Within the prestigious the prestigious Hunters ChasePOLO community is this Within gorgeous waterfront PALM BEACH CLUB HOME. estate, entertaining is during world-famous polo Huntersperfect Chaseforcommunity this our gorgeous waterfront hole world-famous season. The 3 for bedroom property looks the 15th polo estate, perfect entertaining during our onto of the Cypress course, and features a large a season. The 3 golf bedroom property looks onto thepool 15thwith hole features sleek pool Trulyand a must see,athe home of themarble Cypress golfdeck. course, features large pool with a a designer cooks’ with aJen-air appliances. $899,000. sleek marble pool kitchen deck. Truly must see, the home features a designer cooks’ kitchen with Jen-air appliances. $899,000.

PALM BEACH POLO CLUB BUNGALOW. With both IPC and theBEACH PBIEC POLO close by, thisBUNGALOW. newly-renovated PALM CLUB Withhome both falls IPC nothing of phenomenal. property is complete and the short PBIEC close by, thisThe newly-renovated home with falls guest cottage a 3 bedroom, short of phenomenal. The and property is complete a 1 bedroom,1 bath 2.5 bath nothing with everything is new, including2.5 main home, inbath which impact a 1 bedroom,1 guest cottage and a 3 bedroom, bath and impact floors. which everything kitchen, is new, baths, including windows and in doors, custom-built floors. main home, floors. $765,000. windows and doors, custom-built kitchen, baths, and fl oors. $765,000.









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ENTREPRENEURS SCORE GRANT MONEY AT XCELERATE 2.0 Amy and Scott Angelo of Oceana Coffee wowed the judges at Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 hosted by the Young Professionals of Wellington at the Wanderers Club. Also taking home grant money was local businessman Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear. By Julie Unger












The world’s top dressage riders are back in Wellington for the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. In this issue, we provide an overview of the AGDF, as well as a feature explaining how to watch this ancient sport and a look at key AGDF sponsors. By Kim Beaudoin All of us have that special something that elevates our spirits and makes us happy. For Ann Romney, that special something is the always-challenging sport of dressage. In fact, Romney credits dressage for helping save her life during her successful battle against multiple sclerosis. By Deborah Welky The Dutta family is well-known in the equestrian world. Susan Dutta is an international dressage rider, while her husband Tim and son Timmy both play polo. Equestrian sports first brought the family together and keeps it together. By Julie Unger


Top riders come from around the world to take part in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. These well-known riders join up-and-comers, young riders and even para-dressage riders in the arena. We feature some of them in Faces of Dressage. By Julie Unger

With an ever-evolving eye for bringing European equestrian brands to North America, Equis Boutique co-founders César Hirsch and Elena Couttenye rang in 2017 with big plans to expand into the dressage market. By Lindsay Brock


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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Huge Crowd At PBIEC To Enjoy The 2017 Great Charity Challenge ‘Althea’ Show In Wellington Supports The Equestrian Aid Foundation Annual Art Fest Brings Art Lovers To The Wellington Amphitheater Temple Beth Torah In Wellington Welcomes New Cantor With Gala Pet Haven Rescue Hosts Casino Night Event At Wellington National Vinceremos Hosts Successful 30th Annual Dinner & Auction At IPC





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Wellington Home visits a bright and airy Aero Club estate that personifies the Florida lifestyle. Located on Take Off Place, the home sits on just over an acre of land. It features five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in 3,700 square feet. By Deborah Welky Pasquale’s Pizza, a family-owned restaurant, recently opened on the west side of State Road 7, between Forest Hill and Southern boulevards. Authentic New York-style pizza and Italian food is their specialty. By Julie Unger


ON THE COVER Dressage enthusiast Ann Romney, shown riding Donatello, is profiled in this issue. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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Join Us As We Celebrate The Beautiful Sport Of Dressage Welcome to our annual Faces of Dressage issue highlighting some of the top dressage competitors in the world, who are back in Wellington this winter for the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. This month features an overview of the AGDF, including a look at the beautiful sport of dressage from the spectators’ point of view. On the cover, we feature dressage lover, author and wellknown political spouse Ann Romney, for whom horses became a lifesaver. She tells Wellington The Magazine how the unique challenges of dressage elevate her spirits and make her happy. Love of horses brings together the Dutta family, which is well-known in the equestrian world. Learn more this month about what horses mean to their family as we profile top dressage rider Susie Dutta and polo players Tim and Timmy Dutta. While the family business is transporting horses through the Dutta Corp., working with and training horses is a passion for the family. Other features on an equestrian theme include a look at the new Tota Comfort System. In less than a year, the nosebands and bridles designed by Charles Tota of Wellington’s Dressage Connection have revolutionized tack that has been in use for thousands of years. We also profile Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, visit the Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program for young dressage riders and take a look at the fashions available at Equis Boutique, which recently expanded into the dressage market. Also this issue, Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 recently awarded grants at a special entrepreneurship event hosted by the Young Professionals of Wellington. Oceana Coffee wowed a four-judge panel to win the grant money, while HNM Menswear won the people’s choice award. Meanwhile, Ultima Fitness & Wellness, arm-in-arm with the Village of Wellington, is providing extensive opportunities to get up and get active during the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Let’s Move” campaign this month. Learn more about how you can take part, then lace up your sneakers and get out there! Finally, be sure to check our profile of vintage car lover Scott Levinsohn, who turned his passion into his profession. Wellington Designer brings us to the award-winning Floor Specialists team of Cathy and Tom Ferris. Serving residents of the western communities for more than two decades, Floor Specialists recently opened a new showroom in Wellington. We continue our Wellington Sports series with a profile of 9-yearold Ari Pike. A bundle of boundless energy, she is a tumbling machine with a plethora of trophies to prove it. Wellington Real Estate catches up with Monica Hoffman and Neolfi Hentze of Heritage International Realty, while Wellington Health visits Bella Vida Family Practice. Wellington Home checks out an amazing abode in the Aero Club, and wrapping up this month, Wellington Table stops by Pasquale’s Pizza, where they serve up authentic New York-style Italian cuisine. As we salute another wonderful dressage season, we thank all of our community partners, advertisers and staff, who make each season more exciting than the year before.

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Huge Crowd At PBIEC To Enjoy The 2017 Great Charity Challenge

Top winning teams representing Urban Youth Impact (center, dressed as the Flintstones), Adopt-A-Family (right, dressed as Lilo & Stitch) and Hepzibah House (left, dressed as My Little Pony) celebrate with 2017 Great Charity Challenge sponsors and event organizers.

The eighth annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, was a sight to be seen. Held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Winter Equestrian Festival, 35 charities left with record grants totaling $1.5 million after an exciting evening where more than 100 horse and rider combinations, dressed as animated characters, flew through the air, jumped obstacles and raced against the clock for their charities. The evening brought the eight-year total to $10.7 million donated and distributed to Palm Beach County charities. For complete results, visit

(Left to right) Mark, Katherine and Paige Bellissimo thank Great Charity Challenge Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin; riders Sedona Chamblee, Shane Sweetnam and Lindsey Tomeu brought home the top prize for Urban Youth Impact; Jonathan Corrigan, Nicole Bellissimo and Teagan Long rode for Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County; and Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster rides in costume for Hepzibah House.

(Left to right) Kama Godek, Abby Grabowski and Lia Screnci rode for the Light House CafĂŠ Ministries of the Glades; Place of Hope receives a $25,000 grant from Paige Bellissimo; third-place winners Alexandra Welles, Tiffany Foster and Alex Crown, joined by Selah Bland, dressed as My Little Pony characters; Angel Karolyi takes his turn; and Caroline Donnally rides in costume.

(Left to right) Todd Minikus rides the course; the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County was represented by riders Amanda Derbyshire, Emma Seving and Sophie Gochman; Schuyler Riley, Isabella Russekoff and Savannah Barry rode for the nonprofit Wellington Cares; and Scooby-Doo riders Todd Minikus, Peyton Utset and Hana Bieling represented the Glades Initiative.

(Left to right) Lindsey Tomeu rides on her way to victory for Urban Youth Impact; Cara Raether-Carey rode on the JARC Florida team; the Rotary Club of Wellington Foundation took home $20,500; and Florence Fuller Child Development took home $75,000 for coming in fifth.


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‘Althea’ Show In Wellington Supports The Equestrian Aid Foundation

(Left) EAF Vice President Robert Ross, President Stephanie Riggio Bulger and Board Member Robert Dover. (Right) The show featured amazing feats of horses and humans working together.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation presented “Althea,” a special show featuring former Cavalia artists at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility in Wellington on Sunday, Feb. 12. The show featured amazing feats of horses and humans working together. The Equestrian Aid Foundation assists equestrians coping with catastrophic illness or injury. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Karin Offield, Chris Vance, Joe Scarpa and J.J. Tate; Eduardo Garcia, Tom Meyers, Dawn White-O’Connor and Steffen Peters; EAF board members Jenny Dunion and Jacquie McCutchan; six-year-old twins Logan and Lena Butzer; Freddie and Jodi Vazquez; Susan Shelley and Tony Coppola.

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Annual Art Fest Brings Art Lovers To The Wellington Amphitheater

(Left) Adrianne Hetherington, judge Laura Paboojian and Leslie Pfeiffer with Best of Show winner Terry Smith at his booth (Right) First-place winner David Yuan with Leslie Pfeiffer and Adrianne Hetherington.

The Wellington Art Society held its 11th annual Art Fest on the Green juried fine art and craft show on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The show, chaired by Sandy Axelrod, Leslie Pfeiffer and Adrianne Hetherington, was judged by Laura Paboojian, a certified fine art appraiser. The event featured entertainment by Wellington Art Society member Bobby Gugliuzza and a children’s tent run by Jeanne Bootz of the Bootz Cultural Arts Center. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Second-place winner Juan Carlos Cahue with Leslie Pfeiffer, judge Laura Paboojian and Adrianne Hetherington; Len Jagoda with his pastel painting American Pharoah; Lauren Bilkis, Victoria McGovern, Jeanne Bootz and Jamie Jerchower at the children’s tent; and Steve Axelrod, Wellington Councilman Michael Napoleone, Leslie Pfeiffer, Adrianne Hetherington, Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig.

(Left to right) Laurie Snow Hein specializes in Florida landscapes and wildlife; Claudia Hafner shows Randy Pfeiffer her artwork; John Raya with his fun animal-themed sculptures; and artist Jane Axman-Hyner at her booth.

(Left to right) Artist Toni Willey works on a painting; artist Terry Smith with his “Best of Show” award; Martha and Gary Webster with their purchases; and Rosalia Riera at her art festival booth.

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Temple Beth Torah in Wellington held its annual gala, L’Chaim Around the World, on Saturday, Jan. 28. The gala, chaired by Todd and Debra Barron, welcomed new Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled to the congregation. The event was made possible by a long list of sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Provident Jewelry of Wellington. Many local businesses also donated items for the silent auction. For more info., visit

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Pet Haven Rescue held its third annual Casino Night on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Wellington National Golf & Equestrian Club. There was dinner, dancing, casino games, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The money raised will provide medical care, neuter/spay services and food for rescued animals. For more information, visit

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Vinceremos Hosts Successful 30th Annual Dinner & Auction At IPC

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The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its 30th annual Benefit Dinner & Auction on Friday, Feb. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The event broke fundraising records for the local nonprofit. A highlight of the evening was the Floridian Community Bank Buck Off Championships. The winners were the Real Bucking Deal team, sponsored by Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, which finished with a near-perfect score of 296 out of 300 points given by judges Mike Smith, P.J. Rizvi, Taylor Doebler and Juliet Reid. For more info., visit

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Amy and Scott Angelo of Oceana Coffee (front) accept their $10,000 grant from judges Robbin Lee, Mark Bellissimo, Jeff Brown and Tre Zimmerman.

Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 Awards Grants To Coffee Roaster And Menswear Store Story and Photos by Julie Unger

Amy and Scott Angelo of Oceana Coffee wowed a four-judge panel at Xcelerate Wellington 2.0, a special entrepreneurship event hosted by the Young Professionals of Wellington on Jan. 25 at the Wanderers Club. Oceana Coffee edged out runner-up Aquaco Farms and finalists AllerCheck and Direct Dispatch. After presenting their company, winning the grant was a milestone accomplishment for the Oceana Coffee owners. “We were surprised and kind of overwhelmed, but it definitely makes you feel validated in what you’re doing and that you’re on the right track with your business. It’s an amazing achievement,” Amy said. “We’re super passionate about the product and where it comes from. We’re all about the coffee.”

Judges Tre Zimmerman of Ubicquia and Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee were impressed with the company. Lee felt that the owners showed entrepreneurial drive and epitomized the American spirit. Zimmerman looked for scalability and sustainability with the business model and where the $10,000 grant would have the greatest impact. “We weren’t looking at it as awarding a prize,” Zimmerman said. “Where would we put our money? That was where we all agreed. If we were going

to place our own personal capital into funding and growing a business, it was going to be the coffee business.” Working with groups such as the Young Professionals also helps them refine their pitch, Scott said, which, as the company grows, will help them when approaching larger investors. The grant will help toward opening at kiosk at 189 Bradley Place on Palm Beach and is also helping with a new cold-brew program. “We have our ready-to-drink cold brew in cans, and also in bottles coming,” Amy said. Growing the company and reaching as many people as they can, as well as opening the new location, is what Amy is looking forward to in the coming months. They already have two locawellington the magazine | march 2017


All of the Xcelerate 2.0 competitors with the judges and sponsors.

tions in Tequesta — one with a roasting facility and a café, and the other with a café and a rentable conference room, in addition to approximately 60 wholesale clients in Palm Beach, Martin and Broward counties. Roasting and grinding their own coffee, the company hopes to change the way people enjoy and drink coffee. “It was a selfish necessity,” said Scott, who is from Australia. “I couldn’t find any coffee here that was good enough for me to drink, or that I really enjoyed.”


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Scott realized that creating specialty coffee was a passion that would change his future. “The whole landscape of coffee is changing quite dramatically. Florida is probably a long way behind the rest of the country,” he said. “For me, it’s like a fine red wine. There’s wines you can just go and drink for the sake of drinking, or there are wines that you can certainly really enjoy.” Each coffee that they roast, they know the farmer and the best way to roast the beans.

“People are learning and catching up to the fact that coffee’s not just a brown liquid — it’s something to enjoy and to find our own flavor,” he said. Oceana Coffee is available for order online and ships around the world. Wholesale partners, such as local bakers, candy makers, chocolatiers and other vendors, are welcome to contact the company for more information. “We’re always bringing in new products. Everything that we have is made locally,” Amy said. “It is a higher-end product. It is luxurious, but it’s not out of reach. It’s something that anybody can experience.” Learn more about the company at Also winning at Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 was Wellington businessman Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear. Mosley’s pitch to the audience, including that HNM offers a uniquely large necktie collection, won him the

“Homegrown” People’s Choice Award, a $2,000 grant. Other candidates were the Med Writers and Rich Oak Vineyards. “It was a great opportunity,” Mosley said. “I was very excited.” HNM Menswear epitomizes the evolution of fashion, working to style men — including those wearing big and tall sizes — for a night on the town, polo, special events, an anniversary or casual everyday wear. The grant will allow Mosley to continue growing his business, increase his inventory to keep styles up-to-date and increase his marketing and advertising to let men in the community know that HNM Menswear is here and ready to help. Mosley’s personal touch, rather than a major retailer, makes a huge difference. “When guys come to me, they get my personal service. I pay attention to the details,” he said. “I look at things such as what colors light them up... I pay at-

Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear with the sponsors of the $2,000 “Homegrown” People Choice Award prize. HNM Menswear is located at 9192 Forest Hill Blvd. in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza.

tention to the colors that they like, the styles that they like. With me, every time you come, you’ll see the same guy.” He also tracks what is purchased, allowing customers to avoid unintentionally buying duplicates and making it easier to add complementary items. “You have to put the right colors together that complement their skin tone, their height, their size and their weight,” Mosely explained. Lee was impressed with how Mosley offers both a service as well as a product. HNM Menswear is a local, growth-stimulating company with entrepreneurial

spirit, and that is what impressed Zimmerman most. For more information, visit www. Xcelerate 2.0 presenting sponsor the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center made both the event and the $10,000 grant possible, while the “Homegrown” award, presented by TD Bank and CBIZ, included a $2,000 grant and business assistance from Anidea Engineering, CRGO Law, RM5 Design and Peter Marcus Coaching. Learn more about the Young Professionals at



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Enjoy The Experience Of A Lifetime At The Adequan Global Dressage Festival By Kim Beaudoin

Even if you aren’t personally involved with horses or the art of equestrian riding, chances are that if you are from the Wellington community, you may be familiar with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Now in its sixth year, the AGDF is hosted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and is home to some of the world’s most elite dressage competition at the national and international levels. Riders and spectators come together for the 11-week circuit to enjoy the Olympic sport of dressage and the world’s largest international dressage circuit. When visitors first step onto the show grounds, they will immediately feel calmness in the air. The staff and riders pride themselves on the supportive and educational atmosphere that the festival has to offer. Admission is free, and spectators are encouraged to come out and enjoy all that the venue offers. “The AGDF is an excellent place for spectators to come and watch some of the best dressage riders in the world compete,” AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur said. “There really is so much for the audience to do — shopping, entertainment and fun on Friday nights. There is also a new opportunity this season for spectator participation with a mobile audience test scoring app.” Dressage has been practiced for centuries and was first introduced to cavalry to create obedient and flexible mounts for the militia. The system of training was first recorded by the Greek historian Xenophon and was built upon throughout history by riding-masters of both civilian and military backgrounds. Dressage is often referred to as “ballet on horseback,” and features movements influenced by the rider’s weight, legs and seat. Spectators, now more than ever, have a chance to be involved with the competitions. Beginning this season, the AGDF will give the audience the option to use the new Spectator Judging app. The technology was first thought of by international five-star judge Katrina Wüst of Germany and created by software developer and German national judge Daniel Göhlen. Each app user may give a score movement


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by movement, in a simplified manner, or create an overall score at the end of the ride. The spectators are then able to compare their scores directly with the scores given by the official judges. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival also encourages spectators to check out vendor shopping for both horse and rider, and there is also an array of food vendors to choose from. Equestrian Team Apparel owner Staci Rosner is at the show with her business for the second year in a row. “This is my second year vending at [AGDF]. Everyone has been so nice, and they are all so down-toearth,” she said. “I have a variety of customers, and this year we are really trying to tap into the junior rider crowd.” Rosner sells an assortment of apparel brands, including C4 Belts, Kastel Denmark, EIS and B&C. “I love the relaxed atmosphere here at AGDF,” she said. “As far as the customer base, the riders are very in touch with what they want regarding the products that I have to offer.” She has been very pleased with her experience. “Overall, it’s really a unique and laid-back show,” Rosner said. “The customers are great, the atmosphere is great and the shopping is spot on.” On the competition side, spectators can enjoy watching rides from national and international level horse and rider combinations. One popular rider competing this year is 2016 U.S. Dressage Olympic bronze medalist and AGDF veteran Laura Graves. “I’m just looking forward to being here with the amazing friends that I have made at AGDF — Adequan and the other sponsors of this show who continue to sponsor it and give us this amazing venue that gets packed every Friday night, there is just nothing like it,” she said. “Even competing in Rio, competing at Rotterdam, competing years ago at Aachen, noth-


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ing compares to the atmosphere here. It’s even more unbelievable under the lights.” Select Friday nights throughout the season, part of the Friday Night Stars series, feature a freestyle competition under the lights in the Stadium at PBIEC. A freestyle is a dressage test ridden to choreographed music. The rider and horse execute their movements in a similar system to that of figure skating, and are always impressive to watch. Professional rider Francine Gentile has been competing and enjoying the educational benefits of the festival for years. “There is no place like it on Earth,” she said. “It’s the place to come where you can see the best of the best, not just for the day, but for the whole season. It’s motivating, and it’s really the place where professionals strive to be.” There are many aspects of the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival that make it an amazing event for all to come

out and enjoy. Great food, great horses, great vendors and entertainment are all contributing factors. “I think that we are a family,” said Allyn Mann, director of title sponsor Adequan. “It really is just a wonderful experience to have the owners, the riders, the fans, the grooms and, of course, the horses. I feel that if this was as good as it got, it would be wonderful. But we know that there is much more to come.” The AGDF welcomes spectators and encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the sport of dressage to visit and enjoy the show. The 2017 festival hosts seven CDI events, two CPEDI competitions and national shows through March 25. The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, visit

2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Weekly Schedule March 2-5: AGDF 8

March 16-19: AGDF 10

Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle (Saturday, March 4), presented by Everglades Dressage; FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Special, presented by Peacock Ridge; and FEI Small Tour, presented by the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Schedule includes National Show.

CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by the Dutta Corp; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne. Schedule includes National Show and the Florida International Dressage Youth Championships.

March 10-12: AGDF 9

CDIO 3* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Stillpoint Farm; CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses; and CDI 1*, presented by Yellow Bird Farm. Schedule includes National Show.

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Tentative schedule, subject to change. Friday Night Stars freestyles on Friday nights of CDI competition with exception of AGDF 8. Dates are actual competition days. Visit for more information. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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DRESSAGE 101 Dressage 101: A Spectator’s Guide To This Unique Equestrian Sport Story by Kim Beaudoin • Photos by Susan J. Stickle

If you are out and about in Wellington this winter, you may notice the glow of the stadium lights on a Friday night, or see the numerous trailers of horses coming and going from South Shore Blvd.

You may also see the banners announcing the Friday Night Stars Grand Prix Freestyle. All of these things are connected to the sport of dressage and the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, located at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The equestrian sport of dressage has been practiced for centuries. It was first introduced to cavalry to create obedient and flexible mounts for the militia. The system of training was first recorded by the Greek historian Xenophon and was built upon throughout history by riding masters of civilian and military background. Dressage is often referred to as “ballet on horseback,” and features movements influenced by the rider’s weight, legs and seat. Integrated into the Olympics in 1912, dressage tests used in competition are divided into different levels. Ranging from basic movements at walk/trot to the FEI Grand Prix test, rides are broken down into several judged movements, which are then given a score and combined to determine final class results. Test movements are awarded a


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score ranging from zero (not executed) to 10 (excellent). Some exciting movements that spectators may see in dressage include things such as the extended trot (the horse extends his leg and points his toe), piaffe (the horse executes elevation at the trot while staying in one place), passage (the horse extends his leg at the trot for a longer period of time, appearing in slow motion) and the pirouette (the horse is asked to make a small circle with his front end, that forms around the smaller circle of his hind end). Riders may also choose to ride a test called a freestyle, which is choreographed to different types of music that fit with the particular horse’s movement and is executed in a way that is often compared to a figure skating routine. 2016 United States Dressage Olympic bronze medalist Kasey Perry-Glass is one of many equestrians competing in Wellington this season. “I love the complexity and technique required to be a competitive dressage rider,” she said. “I love that there seems to be an endless amount of informa-

tion and new challenges that arise as I’m figuring out how each of my horses work. Given that they are all so different, a real partnership arises, and it is such a unique bond I create with each of them. It’s a challenge that I love and look forward to each day!” The AGDF hosts the world’s most elite competition at the national and international levels, with riders and spectators all coming together for the love of dressage. “There are so many things that I enjoy about the AGDF,” Perry-Glass said. “The endless amount of shows, the amazing footing and great management are really high on my list. Not to mention the unbelievable sponsors and community at every event. I feel as if there’s nowhere in the world that has anything comparable.” The AGDF welcomes spectators and encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the sport of dressage to come and enjoy the show. This year, the 2017 AGDF hosts seven CDI events, two CPEDI competitions and national shows through March 25. For more information, visit

(Below, left to right) Shelly Francis aboard Danilo; Ashley Holzer aboard Breaking Dawn; Ali Brock aboard Rosevelt; Kasey Perry-Glass aboard Dublet and Juan Matute Jr. aboard Dhannie Ymas.


Growth Of Dressage Festival Serves As Biggest Reward For Dedicated Sponsors The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) has grown into one of the most renowned dressage circuits in the world. Now in its sixth season, it has surpassed expectations and continues to draw riders of diverse nationalities to Wellington for the winter season. This year’s AGDF competition began Jan. 12 and continues through Saturday, March 25 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village site on South Shore Blvd. Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) returns as the title sponsor for the entire circuit, serving as one of the most influential sponsors and supporters of the sport in the past decade. The commitment that Adequan has displayed to the sport of dressage has revolutionized the popularity and interest in the sport, helping to make Wellington one of the most iconic destinations for dressage.


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The first week of the festival (Jan. 1215) welcomed AMCI Group in benefit of Brooke USA as title sponsors of the week’s CDI-W competition. AGDF 1 was the first of four highly anticipated FEI World Cup Qualifiers. The 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Neb., is one of the only major championshipcaliber competitions of the calendar year. Mtica Farm, an original AGDF

founding sponsor, presented the FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Special. Alongside the seven FEI CDI weeks, the AGDF is proud to welcome back para-equestrians, hosting two CPEDI 3* events during the 2017 season. The first CPEDI 3*, presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Nutrena and Adequan, offered competitors the opportunity to compete Jan. 20-22 at the Stadium, in preparation of the atmosphere horse and rider combinations will face in major championships around the world. The second CPEDI 3* of the season will be hosted March 9-12. CDI-W competition returned to the venue during AGDF 3, held Jan. 2629, as the U.S. PRE Association presented the second Friday Night Stars FEI Grand Prix Freestyle of the season, while Yeguada de Ymas sponsored the FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Special. Chesapeake Dressage Institute

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Horses A Lifesaver For Dressage Lover Ann Romney By Deborah Welky

All of us have that one special something that elevates our spirits and makes us happy. For Ann Romney, that special something is the always-challenging sport of dressage. You can hear it in her voice. “I had the best ride of my life today!” Romney enthused, unbidden. “There’s no one happier on the planet than me today! It’s like I won the lottery, and all I did was have a good ride on one horse.” A breakthrough? Perhaps. “He’s been tricky for me to learn how to ride, but I’m learning to figure him out, and he’s learning to figure me out,” she said of her current mount. If you ride, you know that joy. It was a joy that Romney, however, had lost for a time. “I rode as a kid,” Romney recalled. “I galloped around bareback and had a great time. But when I was 16, I started

dating and moved away from horses. In fact, I see this as kind of a common pattern in girls of that age.” Fast-forward through college at Brigham Young University, marriage to high school sweetheart Mitt (the former governor of Massachusetts and Republican U.S. presidential nominee in 2012) and the raising of five boys. Horses remained on the back burner almost out of necessity. But Ann’s athletic side would not be denied. “I played tennis when my kids were young,” she said. “I could get out of the house and be athletic. I had a friend with whom I could play tournament tennis, and it was a great social and

physical outlet for me. It kept me sane while I was raising all those boys.” It was a health crisis that eventually led her back to her equestrian roots. “Just before I turned 50, I started getting sick,” Romney said. “It took a few months to diagnose, but I was losing function very quickly. I lost feeling in my right leg and half my torso. But worse than that was the unremitting fatigue.” When the diagnose finally came, it was not good. Ann Romney had multiple sclerosis (MS). “It was sobering,” Ann recalled. “Mitt was with me, and we both cried. Then he said, ‘Ann, we’re in this together.’ And that’s the name of my book — In This Together: My Story. In life, we think we can do it by ourselves, but when we hit the bumpy road, we need emotional support. We need to learn how to put one foot in front of the other and find joy.” In addition to providing emotional support to readers struggling with overwhelming health issues, Ann supports the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (, which works to accelerate treatments, prevention and cures for the world’s most complex neurologic diseases: multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors. “MS has two stages,” she explained. “It can be relaxing-and-remitting where you’ll get attacked and then go into remission, or it can be progressive, where you get weaker and worse. MS is very treatable for some people. People can (Left and right) Ann Romney credits horses and her love of dressage for helping her defeat multiple sclerosis.


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Ann Romney is helping to find a cure for multiple sclerosis through the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. (L-R) Dr. Howard L. Weiner, Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, Ann & Mitt Romney and Dr. Dennis J. Selkoe at the opening of the Ann Romney Center.

stay in relaxing-and-remitting. Or they can go into remission permanently, like I did. The medications are getting way more targeted. However, once you’re progressive, there’s no drug for that.” Not yet, but Romney is working on it. At the time, however, she looked to her future and didn’t like what she saw: “I thought: ‘Oh dear, this is not going well. My life is over. I’d better go do some things that I love.’” That’s when she started riding again. “I mistakenly fell into dressage,” Romney said. “I didn’t want to start jumping, weak as I was, and I thought, ‘This sport can’t be all that hard to learn.’” Knowing what she does now, she laughed. “I had no idea what I was doing,” Romney said. 46

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The year was 1998 — right about the time her husband took over control of organizing the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. “We went west, and I reinvented life. I couldn’t ride for long because I was so weak but, after I did, I’d have energy for about a half hour or so. And I continued to get stronger! Not physically stronger, but I had more energy,” she recalled. “I was on IV steroids — very aggressive — but through the combination of drugs and riding, I got my energy back.” For close to three years, all Romney did was get out of bed, ride her horses and go back to bed. “The horses were my healing partners and my joy,” she said. “The fact that it was difficult was intriguing; that each of the partners had a different person-

ality; that one could do a beautiful halfpass and the next one struggled with it. It’s always hard, always intriguing.” Once she was back in good health, riding took on another purpose. As involved with dressage as she is now, riding served as a welcome escape during the years Ann spent on the campaign trail alongside her husband, first in his successful bid for governor of Massachusetts, and then in his two unsuccessful bids for the presidency. “I didn’t ride very much then and, when I would, it was just to get my mental health back,” Ann said. “The campaign workers knew when I would get overly fatigued. Everybody knew that I had to get to the horses. It was like watering a flower if I had a few days with them. But I couldn’t compete. It was





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more of a ‘get to the barn, get dirty’ break.” She’s not the only one who rides, by the way. “Mitt rides. We had trail horses. But he gets on, and it’s more of a ‘let’s see how fast we can go’ thing. But he’s very supportive. He watches me go in 20-meter circles, and he can’t figure out the intrigue, but it works for me.” Romney said. She enjoys riding so much that, when her horse Rafalca earned a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she just had one regret — she wasn’t the rider. That honor went to Rafalca’s coowner, Jan Ebeling. “When it comes to the Olympics, it’s fun to watch the best horses and riders in the world, but then I’m thinking, ‘OK, put me on!’ That’s just where I come from. I enjoy competing more than watching,” she said. “I had good success in Wellington last year.”

“The horses were my healing partners and my joy,” Ann Romney explained. “The fact that it was difficult was intriguing; that each of the partners had a different personality; that one could do a beautiful half-pass and the next one struggled with it. It’s always hard, always intriguing.” Indeed. At the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Romney placed first with her horse Donatello in the FEI Intermediate II, then was honored as “Premier Equestrian” for the week by Premier Equestrian, an arena and footing company, for demonstrating “exemplary sportsmanship and admirable

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qualities.” While in town, she also held a book signing for her fans. Her book details how equine therapy and dressage helped her in her recovery. She was back in Wellington this season as well. While dressage was on the agenda, Romney was also the featured speaker at the Feb. 2 installment of the Lunch & Learn series at WEF. Last fall, Romney guided Donatello, a Hanoverian gelding, to victory with a 62.171 percent in the Intermediate 2 Adult Amateur Championship class at the 49th Annual California Dressage Society Annual Championship Show and GAIG/United States Dressage Federation Region 7 Championships in Burbank. “I’ve really got that horse put together,” Romney said with pride. “For an amateur, I’ve climbed the mountain. ‘So aren’t you done?’ Mitt asks. But you always have the hope that you never have to quit. You never want to quit.”

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A Mutual Love Of Horses Brings The Dutta Family Together Story and Photos By Julie Unger

The Dutta family is well-known in the equestrian world. Susan Dutta — most know her as Susie — is an international dressage rider, while her husband Tim and son Timmy both play polo. “We’re a family that is truly all about horses — and all about each other,” Susie said. While the family business is transporting horses through the Dutta Corp., working with horses is a passion for the family. “I’m not only a rider, but a mother and a wife. That’s also really important to me. I love my family. I love my horses. It’s not a business for me. It’s 100 percent a high-end hobby that I am really passionate about,” Susie said. “I love the sport and competing. I love the horse show. I get up in the morning to go to the barn to get ready to go to shows. I really enjoy that. I love the day-to-day stuff. I’m still a girl who loves horses. You can’t lose that. You have to love to give them treats. You have to love to play with them.” Her love affair with riding began at a young age. “I started my dressage with my first pony. I was around other event riders, and I would lengthen my stirrups and pretend I was doing their dressage part, which was part of eventing,” Susie recalled. “I was first an event rider. I rode up to the advanced level. When I was finished with young riders, I realized 50

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that I needed to find something in the equestrian sports that I knew I could carry on with, but I wasn’t going to be a top, top event rider. I switched to dressage when I was 21. I did my first Grand Prix, I think, when I was 24, so I’ve been doing it a long time.” Though dressage is typically explained to non-equestrians as “ballet on horseback,” Susie explains dressage as more like working with horses that dance. “You have an extremely fine-tuned, trained animal,” she said. “Using small aids with your body, you train them to do all sorts of different movements. It’s taking training a horse to the ultimate level.” Her hard work and dedication has paid off. Currency DC, Susie’s primary Grand Prix horse, has traveled and competed around the world. As he gets older, she is looking to bring two of her other horses into higher-level competition — Figeac DC and Dimacci DC. Some of Susie’s competitive goals this year are (Right) Timmy Dutta with Prada, Susie Dutta with Figeac DC and Tim Dutta with Nero. Prada and Nero are the family’s French bulldogs.

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to bring these less-experienced mounts into the small tour internationally, and bring one into Grand Prix competition by the end of the year. Susie competes internationally in some of the biggest dressage shows at Aachen, Hickstead, Falsterbo and Rotterdam. “Any good rider dreams of these shows,” she said. Based in Wellington, Susie trains at Stillpoint Farm. In the off season, she is happy to have the opportunity to travel to Europe and ride shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best riders in the world. Each summer, the Dutta family gets on a plane, with Tim and Timmy coming to Susie’s shows to lend their support. “The three of us together are a force to be reckoned with,” she said. “I really believe that. We’re a power family. We support each other, and we pool together our resources.” A native of India, Tim chased his dreams when he came to the U.S. for a summer vacation when he was 17 years old. Thirty-four years later, he’s still living that dream. He and Susie met at Dressage at Devon in 1992 and have been together ever since. “I was always interested in dressage as a kid growing up,” Tim recalled. “Dressage to me; anybody who rides horses is dressage. We do dressage with our polo ponies every day.” Though Tim and Timmy took up playing polo three years ago — they’re now playing full-force — Tim has been a rider his whole life. “He rode in India,” Susie said. “His father was a rider in the army, and he got a chance to ride horses. He has competed in a lot of disciplines: eventing, show jumping, polo, so he had a huge equestrian background. He has been my driving force. He has always been not only my sponsor, but the person who drove me to become better. You (Right) Susie Dutta spends some quiet time with Figeac DC, one of the horses she is currently training for Grand Prix competition.


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need someone like that behind you.” For the Duttas, raising a horse and training it is a challenge they not only enjoy but also seek out. “My favorite thing about the sport is making my own horses — buying a young horse and training it,” Susie said. “I think that’s the most rewarding thing, training them myself and getting them to the top level. I love to compete. I live to compete… There’s nothing else I’d rather do.” Tim and Timmy have worked together to build their polo string, enjoying training their horses along the way. “That will be our core focus eventually, to start with embryos and produce champions. We love the journey of training horses,” Tim said. “We love buying young horses — we only buy young horses, and we make them. This is our journey, and it’s the journey and not the destination. But we keep the destination very much in focus.” Though Tim and Timmy don’t compete in dressage, they utilize various movements that horses and riders are judged on in dressage when playing polo. “Anybody who rides horses is dressage. It’s riding and training a horse,” Tim explained. “Dressage is training a horse step by step, having control, hav-

Susie and Tim Dutta, shown in Stillpoint Farm’s covered arena, met at Dressage at Devon in 1992.

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For Susie, the connection with her horses is apparent in how they interact with her, coming over for scratches and cuddles, watching her to see what she is going to do. “I’ve tried to pass that on to Timmy,” she said. “Tim already had that. He’s the only polo player out there kissing his horses before he gets on.” “You might pet yours, but daddy kisses his,” she said to Timmy, who at 15 years old has had the opportunity to travel internationally and support his mother at horse shows. For Timmy, horses are central to the family. “Loving horses is what brings us together,” he said. “What really has made us special in the horse community is that my father made his business and made the family about horses. He came to this country and built his love, which is horses, on the business, which is shipping horses. The reason he’s the best is because that’s what he loves, and the reason my mother is so good at what she

does in dressage is because she loves it, and if you don’t love the sport, then you’re not going to win.” Unique to their family, Timmy said, is that if they’re doing something wrong on a horse, they’ll mention the problem and figure out a solution to fix it. Most people will just say you did something wrong, without explaining how to fix it, he said. “In equestrian sports, it’s a lot of hard work,” Susie added. “It has got to be your passion. It has got to be something that you love more than anything, because the work that you put into it is tremendous. It has to come from the heart, not the pocketbook. It can’t be money. You have to be crazy for it.” Giving back is also important to the family, Tim explained. They support dressage, jumping and polo, and always give back to the sport, whether it is through sponsoring Dutta Show Stables, the U.S. Dressage Team, the American Gold Cup, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the Winter

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Dressage is often called “ballet with horses.� It’s a simplistic term that helps the lay person understand the magnificent level of dedication, training and effort it takes for a rider and horse to become one in a sport dating back to ancient times. Precise, controlled movements from the rider direct the horse. The leading leg matters. How many steps a horse takes matters. Seemingly innocuous details matter. Things only the trained eye will pick up on matter, and they mean everything. The elegance of dressage has returned to Wellington once again with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, where some of the best dancing horse and rider combinations can be seen in action. From elite dressage to more introductory levels to the uplifting sport of paradressage, all levels of the sports are on display. On the following pages, we highlight just a few of these riders in Faces of Dressage 2017.

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ADRIENNE LYLE Raised on a small cattle farm in Whidbey Island, Washington, Lyle has always spent time around horses. She originally rode western, then switched to English at age seven. She tried eventing before dressage became her calling. Lyle began competing at 13 years old. She was a member of the silver medal team at the 2002 Cosequin Junior Dressage Championships and the bronze medal Region 6 team at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships. Lyle has trained with Olympic dressage rider Debbie McDonald. Some of her career highlights include competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and contributing to a fourth-place team finish at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. Along the way, she has racked up a number of impressive victories, including the team and individual gold medal at the 2014 CDIO Nations Cup in Wellington. Lyle spends her winters in Wellington, where she is competing this year with her new mount Salvino. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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DEVON KANE Devon Kane is the head trainer at her family’s Diamante Farms in Wellington. She began riding dressage as a young child, earning accolades as a North American Junior and Young Rider Championships individual gold medalist and team bronze medalist in 2007. Kane started with her horse Destiny when he was four, and now she is riding him at the Grand Prix level. Along the way, she has trained with top Olympic professionals, including Michelle Gibson, Debbie McDonald and Hubertus Schmidt. Kane and Destiny opened the 2017 season at the Gold Coast Opener CDI, held as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The pair brought home the blue ribbon in the CDI Grand Prix, and their closest competitor was Kane herself with another mount, Sir Galanto. Kane is also the Young Professionals Committee chair for the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s annual fundraiser dinner and auction, helping to raise money to benefit special needs riders. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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ENDEL OTS A top Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer, Endel Ots trains and develops young dressage horses when he isn’t competing himself. Originally from Wisconsin, Ots trained with Olympian Hubertus Schmidt in Germany before arriving in Wellington, where he studied under Lars Petersen. In 2007, he received the USDF Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year award, as well as USDF Intermediare I and Intermediare I Freestyle, with scores over 75 percent. He was named the alternate for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2011 Pan American Games and is a United States Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold medalist. He has numerous regional and national awards and was the 2012 Reserve Champion at the USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship. Ots received the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award last season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

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JUAN MATUTE JR. Juan Matute Guimรณn, also known as Juan Matute Jr., is a dressage rider from Spain who has lived more than half his life in Wellington. With three-time Olympian Juan Matute Sr. as his father, coach and trainer, Matute Jr. is quickly making a name for himself. He had a great start to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this year, winning the U25 Freestyle on Jan. 15 with Quantico Ymas, with a score of 72.9 percent. In 2016, he was awarded the Most Valuable Rider Award of the 2016 AGDF season by Custom Saddlery. He placed first in the Continental/Regional Championships in Vidauban, France, in 2015 with Dhannie Ymas. He ranked second on the FEI Youth Dressage World Ranking List with Dhannie Ymas, 34th in the FEI Youth Dressage World Ranking List-U25 with Quantico Ymas and 67th in the FEI Youth Dressage World Ranking List-U25 with Don Diego Ymas. He arrived back in Wellington after a successful summer with key European wins on the Under 25 circuit. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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ANGELA ‘ANNIE’ PEAVY Para-equestrian dressage athlete Angela “Annie” Peavy had a stroke in utero that paralyzed the left side of her body. She began riding at four years old as a form of physical therapy, choosing paradressage at age 15. She has been successful ever since, training five times a week. At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Peavy was part of the four-person team to place 12th at the Mixed Dressage Team Open, along with teammates Rebecca Hart, Sydney Collier and Margaret McIntosh. In Mixed Dressage Championship Grade III, she took eighth place. In 2016, she also took first place at the CPEDI 3* GDF0 Global Dressage Festival show in Wellington. Peavy splits her time between Connecticut and Wellington, training for the past four years with Heather Blitz.

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MIKALA GUNDERSEN Mikala MĂźnter Gundersen has been at the top of the U.S. dressage rankings since she began competing here in 2006, after numerous accolades in her native Denmark, including spending three years as a top-10 rider. Gundersen began riding at six years old, when she was allowed to join the local pony club, and has been riding ever since. Gundersen and her husband Henrik, a Grand Prix jumper, operate Bell Tower Farm in Wellington. In 2014, she competed in the FEI World Equestrian Games, ranking 35th individually and seventh with the Danish team. Gundersen also competed in the FEI World Cup Final CDI-W Final Lyon in 2014, placing 11th. In 2015, she competed in the FEI World Cup Final CDI-W Final Las Vegas, placing ninth, and the Continental/Regional Championships CH-EDU-D Aachen, ranking 27th individually and eighth as a team. Gundersen has been a dressage trainer for more than 25 years and is a representative of the Horse Gym USA treadmill system. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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TINNE VILHELMSON SILFVÉN Swedish dressage rider Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén began riding at age seven and became interested in dressage after her mother taught her about the sport. With mount Don Auriello, she is ranked 10th on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking. She is also ranked 30th with Paridon Magi and 95th with Benetton Dream FRH 1301. An Olympic veteran, Vilhelmson Silfvén competed for the seventh time in 2016, earning a team rank of five and individual rank of eight. She rode in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games on Don Auriello, competing in 2008 with Solos Carex, 2004 with Just Mickey, 2000 with Cezar, and 1992 and 1996 with Caprice. She has also competed at three World Equestrian Games, six Dressage World Cup finals and eight European Dressage Championships. She posted several big wins with Don Auriello last year at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. She is back in Wellington this year and has already placed well at several events with Paridon Magi. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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ARLENE ‘TUNY’ PAGE Arlene “Tuny” Page, owner of Stillpoint Farm Dressage, has been a leader in Wellington’s dressage community for decades. She began her professional riding career as a three-day event rider in the 1970s, making the switch to dressage in the 1990s. She was the U.S. Freestyle Champion and U.S. representative to the FEI World Cup in 2006, as well as an alternate to the World Equestrian Games team in 2006, to note just a few highlights from her long career. Page won the People’s Choice Award during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in both 2015 and 2016. She is on the USET Foundation Board of Trustees and the USEF High Performance and Active Athlete Committee, and has been a top international rider, ranking 45th in the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking with her mount Woodstock. Page also serves on the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s board of directors, and her Stillpoint Farm is well-known as one of the area’s top dressage training facilities. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || march march 2017 2017

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It’s time to lace up those walking shoes and pull up your calendar. Ultima Fitness & Wellness, arm-in-arm with the Village of Wellington, is providing extensive opportunities to get up and move during the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s fifth annual “Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge” throughout the month of March. Let’s Move is a free program, modeled after a national campaign that former First Lady Michelle Obama started for people to get more active and eat more nutritious food. The Palm Healthcare Foundation challenges participants to be active at least 30 minutes each day. Wellington Community Projects Manager Scott Campbell is looking forward to the kickoff event, which is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, March 4. The Green Market at Wellington will also be going on at the same time, and residents will be able to walk over to the new Wellington Community Center to sign up for classes. “What we’re really looking to do is show what the village and its partners have to offer in terms of physical activities,” Campbell said.

The focus, he explained, will also be introducing residents to various programs, events and activities that take place throughout the year organized by both the village and Ultima. Last year, Wellington was one of 48 teams competing in the challenge, ending up in fifth place in the county for recorded activity. “The whole point is to get people out and active within the community,” Campbell said. “We really want to enforce that mentality throughout the entire year, rather than just in March.” Jill Merrell, owner of Ultima Fitness, is looking forward to being the fitness provider for Wellington and continuing to participate in this initiative. Ultima became involved in Let’s Move early, liked the program and partnered with the village to help expand it. “Ultima’s goal is to see how we can help make our community be the

healthiest community in the county,” Merrell said. Ultima Fitness General Manager Jeffrey Keller is looking forward to welcoming Wellington residents who are not members, and encouraging those who are, during March’s special events. “This is our fourth year doing Let’s Move. Each year it has gotten bigger and better. This year, we’re hoping to make it even more so,” Keller said. From March 1 through March 7, Wellington residents can redeem a free guest week just by coming in to Ultima, located in the Wellington Plaza at 12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Starting March 8, there will be special free guest days, complimentary martial fitness classes, barre classes, small group training classes and a taekwondo class. Spaces do need to be reserved for specific classes, he said. “On each Saturday in March, those are free guest days as well,” Keller said. “So anyone can come in, utilize the facility and take these classes throughout the month. We want to encourage people to be active.” To sign up for classes, call (561) 7952823. To register with “Well Wellington,” the Ultima/Wellington team with the Palm Healthcare Foundation, visit Let’s Move participants, who can also create their own teams, will visit the site regularly to log minutes once the month-long event begins. Wellington’s Scott Campbell with Jeffrey Keller, Judy Duany, Grandmaster Gustavo PopeGuerriero and Javonti Greene of Ultima Fitness.

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A Fresh Take On Equestrian Fashion By Lindsay Brock

With an ever-evolving eye for bringing European equestrian brands to North America, Equis Boutique co-founders César Hirsch and Elena Couttenye rang in 2017 with big plans. Their goal was to couple Equis Boutique’s success in show jumping circles with a move toward establishing a name for themselves within the dressage community. Originally from Venezuela, both Hirsch and Couttenye now call Wellington home. Drawn by the thriving equestrian community here, they are international judges and horse sport enthusiasts themselves. Their latest equine-inspired endeavor, however, had them stumbling upon a successful business at the hands of the equestrian buyer. Launched in 2014, Equis Boutique started by specializing in horse boots by Kentucky Horsewear. That quickly morphed into a much larger endeavor:

curating luxury tack and apparel items from European countries and introducing them to the North American buyer. Their method of delivering to the consumer is via pop-up boutiques, which provide a mobile shopping experience at top horse shows throughout the United States. The preliminary brands they chose to kick off the business quickly grew in popularity, proving that the market was ready for Equis Boutique’s vision. Hirsch prides himself in Equis Bou-

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tique not being an ordinary tack shop, and even coined the phrase “live the experience” as the boutique’s motto. “We never wanted to become a tack shop,” Hirsch said. “Our goals were to collaborate with select high-end brands and offer a place where a rider can come to relax, be introduced to new products and have a pleasant experience, all while at horse shows.” By introducing new products to the market, Equis Boutique quickly became known as the go-to mobile shop for brands including Dy’on, KASK, Kentucky Horsewear, Kingsland Equestrian, Manfredi Equestrian and Parlanti. “North America was hungry for new brands and new ideas,” Hirsch said. “With every new brand, product or line we started carrying, we found more and more demand for quality and innovation among equestrians.” Equis Boutique was an important player in helping brands like KASK and Parlanti, both based in Italy, break into the North American market. To that end, the boutique again welcomed two new brands to the 2017 line-up. Euro-star, one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality equestrian sportswear in Germany, and Flex-on, innovative stirrups for equestrian sports based in France, are two new brands making their debut in Welling-

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Equis Boutique location at a dressage event. “We experienced such great success within the hunter/jumper community, but we knew there was an untapped customer base among dressage riders,” Hirsch said. “We are very excited to introduce the dressage industry to our approach to sales, as well as our brands.” Embracing the fashion-forward trends spotted both in and out of the dressage show ring, Equis Boutique will carry the Manfredi Shadbelly with a customizable collar that includes options ranging from color variety to textures and prints. In addition, KASK has been widely accepted among dressage riders, thanks in part to its sponsorship of U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Steffen Peters. The helmet company blazed a trail into equestrian sport last year with a legacy of manufacturing protective headwear for downhill skiers and cyclists. Equis Boutique is also doing its part to add a splash of color to the traditional riding apparel with a selection of breeches from Euro-star and Kingsland. Dressage riders can also indulge in comfort thanks to the boutique’s promotion of Parlanti dressage boots. While the Equis Boutique name has become synonymous with top apparel for the rider, it also carries tack and accessories to keep any horse looking its best. From Kentucky Horsewear exercise and turnout boots, to quality dressage bridlework by Dy’on, the boutique has come full circle by dressing both horse and rider. “We are very excited to set roots within the dressage industry and to hear from riders on what they look for in their tack and apparel choices,” Hirsch said. “Being at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the start of a new chapter for Equis Boutique, and it’s already an exciting one.” Visit the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and stop by the Equis Boutique pop-up locations at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. For more information, visit www. wellington the magazine | march 2017



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David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe of Marcus Fyffe Dressage with the Winter Intensive Training Program riders.

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For many equestrians around the world, training in Wellington is a far-off dream. But for 14 youth riders, their dream was granted after being selected to participate in Dressage4Kids’ Winter Intensive Training Program. Running from January through March, the program provides opportunities for young riders to participate in consistent and extensive training not only in riding, but in all areas of horse care, training and competition. Each day has a full schedule of learning, which includes fitness, dressage theory, horsemanship tests, riding lessons, field trips and lectures on many pertinent subjects. Designed by two-time Olympian and United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame inductee Lendon Gray, the Winter Intensive Training Program is designed for young dressage riders aiming to enhance their education and riding skills in a structured setting. The program started in 2012 and gives its students first-hand experience and exposure to the rich equestrian culture of Welling-

ton. Since the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is nearby, participants have the option to compete in weekly shows if they wish. “I wanted to create a program where the riders are getting as full an education as they can,” Gray said. “Fitness is part of it, and they get a lecture or a field trip every day. If you’re a working student, you may get to ride more, but are you getting the fitness and all of the other knowledge about the equestrian industry?” Ranging from ages 11 to 19, the 14 youth riders who were accepted into the program either bring their horse to Wellington’s Hampton Green Farm or they can acquire a mount to lease for the season. The participants adhere to an intense daily schedule that includes barn chores and caring for their wellington the magazine | march 2017


Participant Kayla Kadlubek schooling without stirrups during a session with Lendon Gray. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER

horses, as well as the facility, before they begin their exercise program and lessons with Gray, Liz Caron, Stephanie Beamer and Anna Buffini. After the morning session, the riders attend educational lectures such as sports psychology, saddle fitting, how to acquire sponsorships and media training, in addition to balancing their own academic work. “I try to expose them to as much in

Rider Cammy Manuli training at Hampton Green Farm. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER

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the fitness,” she said. “We’re all getting really strong!” Many of the students balance their academic work with their busy days of dressage education. Tessa Holloran, 12, from Massachusetts, participates in remote schooling while in Wellington — completing learning packets from her teachers while schooling First Level with a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. “I love that you’re allowed to make choices about training and showing, and who you can ride with,” Holloran said. “All of the lectures are different and very helpful. We had an opportunity to go to the FEI-Level Trainers Conference, which we learned a lot from.” Kendall Cox from St. Louis explained the value of the experience they are gaining in Wellington. “I love the Winter Intensive Training Program,” she said. “Riding one-on-one every day — you can have private, semi-private or group lessons, and we have four trainers. We get lessons every day from top people.”

Cox is leasing a horse while participating in the program, schooling at the Prix St. Georges level with hopes of competing in the FEI Young Rider division later in the season. Following the program, she aims to secure a working student position in the Wellington area before attending the University of Findlay in Ohio in the fall, where she plans to double-major in psychology and equine studies. Throughout the duration of the program, the students have been welcomed into top-notch facilities to observe world-class training from Grand Prix trainers, including Catherine Haddad Staller, Alison Brock, David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe. In January, Marcus Fyffe Dressage hosted the young riders for a tour of the facility and an interactive clinic where they were able to ask questions as Marcus rode a developing young horse and Fyffe taught a lesson. “This program did not exist when I was a child, and it’s something I would

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Wellington-Based Tota Comfort System A Leap Forward In Headgear For Horses By Deborah Welky

Word is spreading quickly between barns, behind the scenes and along the sidelines at Wellington’s equestrian venues about the Tota Comfort System for horses. In less than a year, the nosebands and bridles designed by Charles Tota of the Dressage Connection have revolutionized tack that has been in use for thousands of years. A rider himself, Tota grew up alongside a father, who was a master carpenter and “Italian perfectionist,” and he has been intrigued by design ever since he was a boy. “Everything my father did had to be perfect, and that’s the way I look at things, too,” said Tota, already wellknown in equestrian circles for his expertise with saddles. “No matter what it is, I want it to be better. I see so many products on the market that weren’t completed properly, where the stitching is not right, where I can see the shortcuts they’ve taken.” In his Wellington shop, Tota carries only the highest quality products imported from Europe; saddles he designed, then commissioned from German craftsmen, and other equipment that he would put on his own horse. Tota’s strong reputation is what prompted one frustrated Olympic rider to call him with a problem. The Olympian’s horse had developed such an aversion to its headgear that the mount could not be ridden. “They were having tremendous issues with the pull and TMJ in the horse to the point where it resisted having its bridle put on. It had become tremendously sensitive,” Tota recalled. “I worked with the veterinarian, who showed me the medical diagram and explained what needed to be done regarding the facial nerves.” He learned which parts of the horse’s face to stay away from. “Now, we redesign bridles all the

time, but this one took about a month and a half of different prototypes,” Tota said. “We kept fine-tuning it and modifying it and, over the course of the next six months, we came up with this whole new system.” Necessity had, once again, become the mother of invention. “Initially, we started out with just the noseband, trying to make the horse comfortable using the client’s existing bridle, but the functionality wasn’t working,” Tota explained. “That’s how we ended up designing an entire bridle line — the noseband, the bridle, the whole package. We submitted it to the FEI, and it was approved in under two weeks. They saw the medical background — it wasn’t a training gimmick

The Dressage Connection’s Charles Tota is the creator of the Tota Comfort System. PHOTO BY EQUINIUM SPORTS MARKETING

or a wacko invention with a high-profile rider to sponsor it — it had medical guidance and approval.” The Tota Comfort System works because its unique, contouring cheek piece relieves pressure along the poll and facial nerves of the horse. When traditional bridles put pressure on the poll and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the natural connection between the horse’s mouth and the rider’s hands

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is hampered. The cheek piece, browband, crownpiece and throat latch all converge over the TMJ, and all of the equine facial nerves run parallel to the cheek pieces that connect the crown and browband to the noseband. The Tota Comfort System noseband reduces poll pressure by eliminating the forward angle of traditional nosebands along the cheekbone, freeing the TMJ and facial nerves.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu rides All In using the Tota Comfort System. PHOTO BY EQUINIUM SPORTS MARKETING

Inspired by the success of his new design, Tota began fitting and experimenting with the nosebands on horses around Wellington. The results were happier, more engaged athletes and major performance boosts for the horse-and-rider team. While the noseband was intended to help relieve poll and facial pressure, it became clear that the curved cheek pieces and overall design simply provided a more comfortable bridle. In the past year, a number of top professionals and world-renowned trainers have embraced the Tota Comfort System. It has been called a “game-changer” by industry experts. Tota also noted that the testimonials on his web site were not solicited. He’s proud that he never gave any bridles away in exchange for an endorsement. “I’m very proud that it was used in the Olympics. It stands on its own merits. It actually works,” Tota said. “And the horse’s size doesn’t matter,

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Margaret Duprey Instills Importance Of Education Through Philanthropy By Annan Hepner

For lifelong horsewoman Margaret Duprey, supporting charitable programs that align with her passion for education inspires her involvement not only in the equestrian industry, but in many international philanthropies. Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, Duprey was immersed in the horse world from a young age. “I come from a family that owned racehorses throughout my childhood — horses are in my blood,” she explained. Duprey, a Grand Prix dressage rider, owns and operates Cherry Knoll Farm, with locations in Wellington and West Grove, Pa. In addition to it being a haven for retired horses, the Pennsylvania location breeds Black Angus cattle that are nationally competitive and sought-after. Operated with the philosophy of “quality over quantity,” the farm is recognized in the market for its attention to premier

genetics in the Black Angus it produces. Since moving to Wellington 11 years ago from the west coast of Florida, Duprey has come to treasure the unique atmosphere of the world’s winter equestrian capital. “I love that the winters are warm and Wellington has so much to offer,” she explained. “Wellington is an area where people from all over the world come to enjoy the best of horse sport. It has the ability to house all of these talented horses from different disciplines. It is always nice to watch the best riders train and show, and I enjoy watching great jumping.”

Margaret Duprey and Ehrendorf at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. PHOTO BY ILANA CRAMER

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Margaret Duprey with Ehrendorf at Cherry Knoll Farm in Wellington. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER

Besides her personal dressage endeavors, Duprey is involved at all levels of the sport, from importing high-quality young horses to train up through the levels to owning high-performance horses. She owns Beijing Olympic gold medalist Cedric and decorated grand prix show jumper Constable, both competed by Laura Kraut, as well as Rio

Paralympic mount Schroeter’s Romani, ridden by Rebecca Hart. She is also a partner in a syndication for top international show jumper Andretti S. “Watching my horses progress into Olympic athletes is a joy and a profoundly rewarding experience,” Duprey said. “It is every rider’s childhood dream to go to the Olympics. The only


way you can go to the Olympics is to have horses of that caliber, so that was my goal. There was a point in my life when I realized I personally could not compete; however, I could help sponsor someone who could go to the Olympics and still be a part of the team.” In addition to owning world-class equines, she has a deep passion for horses and the people involved with them. Duprey is an active board member for numerous organizations in the equine realm, as well as philanthropies with education initiatives. In 2015, Duprey became Brooke USA’s first ambassador with the goal of taking international animal welfare to a new level and educating owners and laborers to take better care of their animals. Brooke USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of working animals all over the world. “It is a great organization that educates people for the benefit of the ani-

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mals — how to take care of them and educating people in the community,” she explained. “It’s being able to make a difference. By working directly with animal-owning communities and providing practical education, it comes full circle. Brooke USA is a charity that helps the animals and the people. No matter how well-educated, where you come from or how old you are, change is always hard. There is always going to be that resistance. Brooke USA approaches this challenge with strategy, education and proven techniques, which help those individuals build their own understanding. In turn, they have developed a sustainable program that is effective.” Duprey has also given unwavering support to JustWorld International, a nonprofit based in Wellington, as well as the Caridad Center. As a graduate of Cabrini University in Radnor, Pa., she served on its board of trustees for numerous years, and now serves as a

trustee for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. In addition to her contributions to various nonprofit organizations, she recently gifted Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., a donation to enhance its veterinary medical technology (VMT) program. The new Equi-Assist program trains VMT students to provide horses the best veterinary care possible while they remain in their home to ease stress and make the recovery process more efficient. “The program was launched last year and creates a team approach between the veterinarian, the vet tech, the owner and the groom to ensure that the horse receives the best care while recovering at home,” Duprey said. “It is something that is being well-received in all aspects of the equine industry.” She plans to continue these efforts to help the horse community. “When I choose philanthropies to support or design initiatives myself, I

like to think outside of the box,” Duprey said. “I often select programs that are educational for the children or young adults because they are the ones who are the future of the sport and the community. They are the ones who are going to follow in our footsteps, and education at the lower level is important.” To learn more about Margaret Duprey, visit

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The Finest Automobile Auctions’ Scott Levinsohn with a pair of Porsches. PHOTO BY KATHY RUSSELL

Car Lover Scott Levinsohn’s Dream Is Driven To A Reality Of Success Scott Levinsohn took a circuitous route to his career in the automobile industry. He and his father shared a passion for cars. Levinsohn’s love of cars developed as he watched his father collect them. He grew up around cars and always felt that he would eventually work in the automobile industry. “I always wanted to do something with cars, but I never knew what,” said Levinsohn, managing director of The Finest Automobile Auctions. As the reality of life set in, Levinsohn put his passion aside to pursue a more grounded and financially secure path. After graduating from Hofstra University, Levinsohn worked as a financial adviser and wealth manager. However, a void was not being filled. After six years, Levinsohn left the corporate financial industry and drove down an alternative career path in event-based marketing. While transitioning between a few different positions, Levinsohn concentrated mainly on luxury goods and specialized in the cross-branding of products and services using event-driven marketing.

Levinsohn focused on partnerships, tie-ins and bringing products to the market. Working in luxury goods led Levinsohn to the Wellington community, the equestrian capital of the world, which was unfamiliar territory for him. He had never been a part of a tight-knit community like Wellington. “I loved doing events in Wellington because the community welcomed us and appreciated the quality of events we were producing,” he said. “We were selective in order to maintain the integrity of our brand. We were always very cognizant of how other brands are represented in accordance with ours because we worked together to achieve an experience.” When in Wellington, Levinsohn and

his team worked closely with and became familiar with the International Polo Club Palm Beach as they orchestrated Sunday polo VIP parties and sponsored a polo team each season. “We organized many events in conjunction with IPC,” Levinsohn said. “While working and coordinating these events in Wellington, I learned a lot about the luxury space. Most importantly, I learned how to put events together, produce them properly, showcase the products and the selection of sponsors.” He developed an appreciation for the community. Its passion for horses reminded him of his passion for cars. The more time he spent in Wellington, the more Levinsohn saw similarities between the automotive and equestrian communities. “They are all pursuits of passion,” he said. “We try to stress the importance of automobiles in people’s lives in a different capacity than just transportation. We want to convey the experience wellington the magazine | march 2017


of owning them much as participating in polo is an experience and riding a horse is an experience… so there are correlations between them.” After changing lanes and driving full-speed straight into the automobile industry, Levinsohn was brought onto The Finest’s team to pursue his passion as managing director, where he is responsible for overseeing all daily operations and event productions. “How can I take a love of cars and turn it into a business?” he asked, just as he queried of himself. “I always loved cars but never knew what the end product would be. I knew it was going to be something with automotive events. The opportunity to work with cars wasn’t necessarily a dream but something really fun. Thankfully

it turned into a successful, growing business.” The Finest Automobile Auctions is a new auction house that focuses on delivering the finest experience for collector car enthusiasts and offers customized buying opportunities for onsite and online buyers. “We believe that it is important to work together to achieve an experience, as this is seen through our live auctions,” Levinsohn explained. “We want to promote it as an experience for people, one that is enjoyable and unique, which sets us apart from other companies.” The Finest will conduct quarterly online auctions. At this point in time, it is the only automotive auction house to engage collectors in this way. The company found an opening in the in-

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dustry that it is well equipped to fill. “I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of very accomplished and intelligent people,” Levinsohn said. “No one person makes a successful event or company; it’s everyone you work with. I’m very humble in business, and I believe that we learn from everyone we come into contact with. I attribute the intelligence of the people around me to assisting us in becoming successful.” Due to Levinsohn’s Wellington ties, a week before the Feb. 11 auction in Boca Raton, The Finest staged a preview event at The Patio at Polo. Levinsohn enjoyed the time he spent in Wellington so much that a few years ago, he purchased a house in the community. For more information about the auction company, visit

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Cathy and Tom Ferris of Floor Specialists in their new Wellington showroom.

For Cathy And Tom Ferris Of Floor Specialists, Home Décor Begins With The Perfect Floor By Julie Unger

When building a home, you start from the bottom and build up. Floor Specialists applies the same premise when designing a home. “Our tagline is, ‘It begins with a perfect floor,’” owner Cathy Ferris said. “That sets the stage for the entire interior, whether it be hardwood, beautiful porcelain large-format tiles, marble, laminate or beautiful luxury vinyl tile. Your settings will then reflect whatever is on the floor.” For close to two decades, Cathy and Tom Ferris have brought specialty flooring to residents of the western communities. Tom, whose family has long been in the flooring business, specializes in hardwood floors, while Cathy’s forte is design. In 1998, she was hired by a major manufacturer to select specifications for a large home builder. The specific products she chose for the floors and walls then became the standard for the models.

“I would set up their design center and train their designers, who would do the selections on how to put everything together in these homes for their future buyers,” Cathy recalled. She gained vast experience in the 11 years she worked in that job, and offers her experience and expertise to her customers today. “As that grew, so did my knowledge of what works and doesn’t work,” she said. Cathy has worked with high-end designers who have taught her a great deal about surfaces and fabrics, but those come after the flooring is chosen. “Every designer will always start with, ‘What are we putting on the floors?’ That will set the stage on the rest of the furnishings,” she said. “That, in itself, says it all. It begins with a perfect floor.” For example, think about the surface

of the floor. If you use carpet, it provides warmth — and the color provides depth and affects how a room feels. “The overall feel that you want to give to your home dictates the type of floor you want to start with,” Cathy said. “The first question I’m going to ask you is, ‘Tell me a little bit about your lifestyle. wellington the magazine | march 2017


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Do you have children? Do you entertain in your home? Do you have pets?’ You find out more about their lifestyle.” The feelings evoked from the room, or home, as well as the budget and style, direct the product selection. Popular surfaces include laminate, luxury vinyl tile, ceramic or porcelain tile, and wood floors. Laminate, Cathy said, is a great product, but it doesn’t work well in all circumstances, particularly in areas that could get wet. Luxury vinyl tile, on the other hand, is waterproof and feels softer on the foot than laminate. Carpet has transitioned from

covering a room and adding color to something that adds patterns and textures. Large-format tiles mean less grouting of joints. In the past, patterns would repeat frequently, but now they may repeat every 1,000 feet, rather than every four tiles. “Often times, people think that small rooms call for small tile. That is not necessarily true,” Cathy said. “In fact, incorporating a larger-size tile in a smaller room will visually increase the size of the space. And fewer grout lines will help create a cleaner surface appearance.”

Porcelain tiles, which are made of a fine powder, are increasingly more popular than ceramic, granular tiles, which are similar but thicker and grainier, Cathy explained. Both types wear similarly. Due to the surge in popularity, porcelain is more readily available, as factories have found it more cost-effective to focus on one product. Wooden floors, she said, range from oak that looks like it grew where it’s installed, to wide, custom hand-scraped and distressed planks. Cathy likes to find out how long a client plans on staying in their current home. “If the floor is perfect, that’s a selling point,” she said, stressing the importance of doing bathrooms, kitchens and flooring correctly the first time. Her expertise makes it possible to determine what will or won’t work both in the short-term and long-term for a client. After Cathy works with the client on the design, Tom does the final mea-

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surements before the transformation begins. “Often, customers put their trust in me because they really don’t know where to begin,” she said. “The most satisfying part is at the end of the project when I get, ‘Cathy, I cannot believe it. This is exactly what I wanted.’” The best part of designing from the bottom up, she explained, is the process. “Flooring is one of the most costly items that you put in your home. To know they trusted us, and they’re extremely happy in the end... and when they refer someone else — what a great compliment,” Cathy said. The personal, specialty service that clients receive at Floor Specialists makes Cathy and Tom unique. They recently won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, a leading home remodeling and design resource, where Floor Specialists was chosen by members of the platform’s community. Cathy offered the following advice

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for someone looking to remodel their home, or starting out fresh: “If you’re going to hire a designer to do your floors, you want to find somebody who has long-term experience, that when you go into their showroom and/or their flooring store, they’re not just trying to sell you on a product. They’re going to ask you about your lifestyle and help guide you to a product. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right,” she said.

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Nine-Year-Old Wellington Gymnast Ari Pike Has Her Sights Aimed High By Y.A. Teitelbaum

Ari Pike is a bundle of boundless energy. The lithe, lean 9-year-old is a tumbling machine and has a plethora of trophies to prove it, including a silver medal from her performance in the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics in Houston. While continuing to pursue improvement in her tumbling and trampoline talents, Pike is transitioning into skills needed for high school, college and Olympic competition. Her favorite gymnast used to be U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas. Now, it’s U.S. Olympian Simone Biles. And that is the level Pike is striving to reach. “She works very hard and always wants to do better and achieve more, so if she stays this focused and determined throughout middle and high school, she can go far,” said Tina Tyska, owner of TNT Gymnastics, where Pike trains almost daily. Pike is currently at level 6 in tumbling and trampoline; the highest level is 10. After that it’s Junior Elite and Elite. Several major 2017 events on the horizon include the state meet and possibly regionals, if she qualifies. Each level has specific requirements for the gymnasts’ skill set. Pike has 90-minute tumbling and trampoline classes at least two days a week, plus one afternoon with a private coach, open gym on Fridays and is a frequent visitor on Saturdays for a workout. She is also working out twice a week with the level 3 gymnastics team so that she can learn the skills needed for the balance beam and uneven bars, and hopefully compete on both teams next season, according to


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Tyska. She even prints out workouts to do at home. “I get to be with all my friends,” Ari said about why she likes gymnastics. “I like to show off. I like flipping a lot. I want to be like Simone Biles and go to the Olympics.” Pike’s start was simple enough, like many children. “My mom started me. She couldn’t take my energy,” said Pike, a third-grader at Binks Forest Elementary School. Even though she spends five or six days at the gym, her energy is still seemingly endless, as she bounced on a new pogo stick about 200 times during an off day. “I wanted to put her in something athletic, to get exercise,” explained her mother, Pamela Pike. “We did soccer before that, and she was pretty good.” “Some of my friends were in gymnastics, so I asked if I could go,” added her daughter, who has sampled cheerleading and horseback riding. “I want to go back to horseback riding. I’m communicating with my mom about going back to horseback riding.” Her competitive temperament has taken over in the gym, and it permeates everything she does, including the Reading Counts program in school. She would even ask her mother to take her to school early to take the quizzes needed for the points.

“The thing with Ari — she’s come a long way,” Pamela Pike said. “She’s intrinsically motivated, like my husband [Michael], so she pushes herself. She’s got a good, natural work ethic. Even at the gym, when others are not as engaged, she’s practicing.” Percy Price is Pike’s main coach for competitive trampoline and tumbling at TNT. “She is successful in the trampoline and tumbling skills because of her will to win and her want for everything to be perfect,” Price said. “Her best attribute is her sense of humor.” When not at gymnastics classes, she practices at home, whether it’s on the trampoline or the balance beam, or she plays in the pool or watches TV. The entire family cheers for the University of Florida Gators. There is also time to go boating and snorkeling with her father, who practices martial arts. Her favorite shows include Worst Cooks in America, Cupcake Wars, The Thundermans, Dance Moms and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. Pike also likes pretending to be a teacher, with her stuffed animals as the students. And she horses around with the family’s two dogs, a golden doodle (golden retriever-poodle mix) and a cock-a-poo (cocker spaniel-poodle mix). She also enjoys cooking. “Cupcakes, mostly junk food,” said Ari, who has food allergies, as does her sister, 11-year-old Aliyah, an aspiring singer and actress who attends the Bak Middle School of the Arts. Being allergic to dairy and nuts


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Monica Hoffman & Neolfi Hentze Work With Both International And Local Clients By Matthew Auerbach

Working as a team at Heritage International Realty, Monica Hoffman and Neolfi Hentze offer up their experience as seasoned real estate professionals to their many customers, many of whom live a long way from Wellington. “We work with international clients from Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Canada,” Hoffman said. “Neolfi and I just came back from a trip to Bogotá, Colombia, where we had an exclusive presentation to our customers there for investment opportunities in South Florida. We made excellent connections in Bogotá, and we are planning on going to Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago with the same business plan.” While their long-term goal is to entice buyers to settle and/or invest in the South Florida area, they know their No. 1 job is to provide service that is second to none. “My specialty is consulting my clients on their real estate goals, short-term and long-term,” Hentze said. “My extensive experience allows me to work with my clients and their family members in making sound real estate decisions. I love helping people; it is second nature to me and very satisfying when you have clients that are so happy with the service we provide.” Hoffman and Hentze are quite comfortable doing business on other shores. After all, it’s where their individual journeys began. Hoffman was born in Colombia and lived for many years in Venezuela. Hentze was raised in the Dominican Republic before moving to New York. The two have found a shared appreciation for Wellington. “In 2002, I met my husband, James, who at that time ran his company purchasing and rehabbing single and multi-family properties,” Hoffman recalled. “We married and moved here. We fell in love with Wellington and have been raising our family here for more than 10 years. The schools are great, and the equestrian venues are world-class. I love the parks and recreational activities, especially the past few years with all the major improvements to the community center, as well as the proximity to the beach, among many other things.” Hentze agreed. “My family chose to live in the Wellington area for the possibilities of investing as much as it is a great place to live,” she said. “Wellington has been growing, yet it is still an affordable place to live. Schools are good, and there are lots of activities and great restaurants.” Partnering at Heritage International has allowed these two professionals to utilize their strengths and achieve results that are personally gratifying, as well as being beneficial to those who retain their services.

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You’re sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. You’ve filled out your forms. You don’t feel well, and you want to know why. But once those magical doors open and you’re ushered inside, do you still feel like a nondescript number? Not at Bella Vida Family Practice. “Asking questions as if you’re running down a list of bullet points is not getting to know a patient,” Dr. Carmen Marrero explained. “With us, it’s not: ‘Are you married? Do you have children?’ It’s ‘Are you married? Oh, what does your husband do? You have children? I have a four-year-old; we have something in common.’ Here, we incorporate real life and our own life experiences into our talks with patients.” It’s not that Marrero craves conversation that caused her to structure her practice this way. “One of my passions is education,” she explained. “I do rotations with medical students, and I tell them that a person who knows and understands what is going on in their body holds the key to getting healthier. Yes, it is important to control your sugars, but why?” Bella Vida Family Practice also has replaced “pamphlets all over the place” with current technology. There’s an interactive tablet and TV screen in the waiting area that allows patients to pick and choose what they want to learn about while they wait for their appointment. “They can get information on personal fitness, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes — whatever interests them,” Marrero said. “Sometimes what they’ve watched sparks questions. A diabetic may say, ‘Hmm. I need to get my feet checked. Can you recommend a podiatrist?’” There is also an online patient portal for those who are proactive about their healthcare. Patients can update their history, change their address or insurance information, view lab results or send the doctor messages. Marrero co-owns Bella Vida Family Practice with Elaine Fredrickson, a nurse practitioner with 25 years’ experience. Fredrickson worked in a rural setting in North Dakota before moving to the Wellington area in 2001. The two met during residency training at Wellington Regional Medical Center and opened their family practice last August. “All the stars aligned,” Marrero said. “We wanted to treat patients like people — talk to them, spend time with them, get to know about their aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters. Nurse practitioners can function independently, but sometimes we do cross-treat, and patients get two brains for the price of one. We complement each other well. When opening the

(L-R) Dr. Carmen Marrero and nurse practitioner Elaine Fredrickson of Bella Vida Family Practice.

practice, we decided to go 50-50 all the way except for one thing. I told Elaine that I wanted to name the practice. Cowgirl that she is, she was skeptical.” Marrero chose a name that meant something very special to her. “Isabella is the name of my daughter, who was born at Wellington Regional; and ‘Bella Vida’ means ‘beautiful life.’ Elaine liked it. Our main goal is to help our patients to live their beautiful life. Everybody’s beautiful life is a little bit different. They each have their own unique challenges, medical issues and things that they have to overcome. Not everyone’s life is perfect but, at Bella Vida, we help them achieve the level of health and wellness that’s appropriate for their life.” Bella Vida Family Practice is located at 11327 Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Learn more at www.bellavidafamilypractice. com or by calling (561) 340-1615. wellington the magazine | march 2017


Living Room: The formal living room offers a great view of the outdoors through hurricane-rated windows and doors. Throughout the house, the French doors, the windows and even the custom decorative upper windows all boast impact glass. Flanking the living room is the kitchen on one side and the master bedroom on the other. Porcelain tile flooring keeps everything uniform and tidy from room to room.


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Dining Room: The contemporary chandelier in the formal dining room sets the tone for animated conversations. Corner windows allow a glimpse of latearriving guests dashing up the walk the front door. Bright, airy and open, this Aero Club gem is very much a “Florida casual� home.

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Bright And Airy Aero Club Home Personifies The Florida Lifestyle Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos courtesy Casey Flannery

This home in Wellington’s Aero Club neighborhood offers the best of both worlds — lots of space and amenities but easy access to services and the equestrian areas. Located on Take Off Place near the Aero Club entrance, the home sits on just over an acre of land. It features five bedrooms and three-and-ahalf baths in 3,700 square feet of air-conditioned living space. There’s an attached three-car garage and a heated pool. Decorated in today’s neutral tones, the spacious, sunshine-filled home personifies the Florida lifestyle. Kitchen: The high-end, gleaming stainless steel appliances in this chef’s kitchen include a six-burner gas stove. There are also marble countertops and backsplash, and an island that encourages conversation and adds to the ambience. The hearth of the home also features generous storage space with floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a great view of the backyard.

Guest Bedroom: One of two guest bedrooms, this one offers a view of the backyard and its up-lighted landscaping, as well as use of the cabana bath located just around the corner. In addition, there are three more bedrooms in the home.

Master Bath: Natural light floods into this pristine en suite master bath with its inviting white soaking tub, separate glass-walled shower, double sinks, marble countertops and separate water closet. The master bedroom and its accompanying his-and-her walk-in closets are just steps away.

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wellington | home Front Elevation: A shaded front yard can be rare in South Florida, but not at this home. Put those trees together with a Spanish barrel tile roof and the property offers wonderful curb appeal. To the left, the attached three-car garage sports its own oversized window, assuring that there’s plenty of light inside. Not shown here, the property includes recent landscaping embellishments, including privacy hedges.

Pool & Patio: This home has backyard entertaining space that is large enough for the most ambitious of gatherings. A covered patio runs the length of the house, assuring plenty of shade and respite from summer showers. The heated pool is easily large enough for the homeowners and their guests. There is easy access to the space, with multiple entries to step outside, whether it be from the living room, the family room, the master bedroom or the cabana bath.

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Pasquale’s Pizza Serves Up Authentic New York-Style Italian Cuisine

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Pasquale’s Pizza, a family-owned restaurant, recently opened on the west side of State Road 7, between Forest Hill and Southern boulevards. The local restaurant is part of a family-owned chain that also includes three locations in Broward County, said middle son Mike Marrone, who runs the restaurant with his brothers, Nick and George Jr. “We started from humble beginnings,” Marrone said, “with my mom making the sandwiches, my dad making the pizzas and my brother and I growing up in a crib literally in the kitchen, which is kind of cool. This is all we know.” Authentic New York-style pizza and Italian food is their specialty. It all started with Marrone’s father, George, naming the restaurant after his father, Pasquale. The family restaurant tradition is still going strong, with another location opening soon. “My dad has been doing this since 1974. We use the same ingredients that my dad started with back then. We have had a tradition now of almost 40 years doing things the exact same way,” Marrone said.

Attention to detail and caring about the quality and experience is part of the family’s secret to success. The menu had only four things when they first started out. Now, there are salads, wings and more, including authentic zeppoles. “At the end of the day, when you do things right, you serve quality, people are going to understand that and they’re going to get that,” Marrone said. “That’s why we’ve been successful for so many years. We haven’t been in business for more than 40 years because we got lucky. We have really good food, we care about our customers and we’re passionate about what we do.” A visit to Pasquale’s wouldn’t be complete without ordering the Penne Alla Vodka; perfectly cooked penne pasta is mixed with a homemade vodka sauce, garnished and served. “It’s a simple dish made with high-quality ingredients,” Marrone said. “The beauty of the dish is that wellington the magazine | march 2017


Signature Dish there are a multitude of things that go into it, but you don’t taste one thing. It’s like a combination of everything to make a certain flavor that you’re looking for. Everyone loves our Penne Alla Vodka.” The sauce is made with heavy cream, butter, basil, scallions, parsley and vodka, which gets cooked off during the preparation process. Black pepper and crushed red pepper are added, and then the dish is topped with grated Romano cheese. Marrone said customers also can’t get enough of the pizza, wings and strombolis. Popular subs include the cold Super Sub with ham, salami, capicolla, pepper ham and provolone cheese, and the hot Leave It To Us Sub with salami, capicolla, pepper ham, grilled sweet

peppers and melted provolone cheese. “Those are two unique sandwiches to our restaurant using quality Boar’s Head cold cuts and the same great attention to detail that we’ve always had,” Marrone said. “That has been made in our family since 1974.” At Pasquale’s, the meatball parmesan sub is actually made with meat slices, rather than round meatballs, which allows the sandwich to fold. “It’s something neat and different that we do, and it lets the customer know they’re homemade,” he said. “Everything we make on the menu is from scratch. Everything we make is homemade.” Other favorites include deep-fried calzones, which are a New York/New Jersey specialty, and the zeppoles, which

are a northeast delicacy of fried dough with powdered sugar. “They’re almost like funnel cake at a fair — light, soft, airy and with powdered sugar,” he said. The Marrone brothers are working to bring the restaurant’s communityfriendly atmosphere to the new Wellington/Royal Palm Beach location. They like to be active in the community, sponsoring local sports teams and participating in special events. Last year, Pasquale’s was at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Flavors of Wellington, where they won runner-up with the Penne Alla Vodka. “We served meatballs and Penne Alla Vodka. It was awesome,” Marrone said. “Wellington reminds me a lot of Coral Springs,” he added. “A lot of young

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wellington | table families, sports… it’s a growing area.” They’ve already sponsored local sports teams and hosted school fundraisers and other special events. There’s a bar with outlets in case someone wants to enjoy a craft beer or a glass of wine, plenty of seating, freestyle soda machines and a community table for teams to come and hang out. “All of these things are geared toward the trend of how fast, casual dining is going,” Marrone said, noting that Pasquale’s is family-friendly and not the traditional dark, quiet Italian restaurant. “All we want to do is make people happy. We want you to smile.” Pasquale’s also offers takeout and delivery, and is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pasquale’s Pizza is located at 171 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 904-0707 or visit www.

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit to learn more. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 3555900. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wel-

lington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit

Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600.

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit

Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the concept of Asian buffet dining to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For more info., call (561) 753-5566.

A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit Suri West Tapas Bar & Lounge is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd.

Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Voi-La, located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A8, in the Wellington Marketplace, serves high-quality food that is good for the body and soul, with a focus on Venezuelan and South American favorites. For more info., call (786) 281-1589. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 4691109 or visit With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit World of Beer (2465 State Road 7, Suite 100) offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. For info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit

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wellington | calendar Wednesday, March 1 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Greenbriar Circle, Pine Valley and Summerwood Circle at the Community Services Office on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit • Palm Beach Central High School’s Bronco Players will present Shrek the Musical from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5 at the school theater (8499 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). Call (561) 304-1035 for more info. Thursday, March 2 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Women of Worth Award Luncheon on Thursday, March 2 at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach). The guest speaker will be Diana Stanley, CEO of the Lord’s Place. Call (561) 790-6200 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Buttons, Buttons, Buttons for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. Create and design your own pin-back button to put on your bag or wear on your shirt. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, March 2 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the 33 Years Band at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • CJR Fine Arts & Frame (514 N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach) will host an equestrian art show Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info., call (561) 333-9472 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, March 3 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Fri-

day, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. Visit www. for more information. • Live auditions for Wellington Idol will be held on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Finals are Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, March 4 • The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. For more info., visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Village of Wellington and Ultima Fitness will kick off the “Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge” on Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., contact Wellington Community Projects Manager Scott Campbell at (561) 791-4105. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. Build, imagine and create using Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Sunday, March 5 • The Palm Beach chapter of Autism Speaks will hold its 2017 Palm Beach Autism Speaks Walk on Sunday, March 5 at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Proceeds from the walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Register at walk or contact Melissa DiNuzzo at (561) 465-0054 or for more info. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the C.V. Whitney Cup Final on Sunday, March 5. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687.


Monday, March 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Horse Sense: Native Plants for Equestrian Properties” on Monday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Discuss the benefits of planting and preserving native plants — for you, your horses and the environment. Get a voucher for two free three-gallon native plants. The speaker will be Adrienne Deutsch, program assistant for the Native Canopy Education Program and a former dressage competitor. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 894-7529 to pre-register. Tuesday, March 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. Create your own paper airplane and compete to see how far it can go. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Heroine’s Journey” for adults on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Science fiction-fantasy author Tricia Barr will talk about The Heroine’s Journey and its role in creating strong female characters. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, March 8 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Greenview Shores 1 on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit


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wellington | calendar Thursday, March 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, March 9 at 3 p.m. If you love art, create something new each month. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, March 9 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Mason Pace Band at 6:30 p.m. Visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans and enjoy a fun evening of wordplay. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, March 10 • The Palm Beach Contemporary Art, Design & Fashion Show will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. For more information, visit www. Saturday, March 11 • The Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association All Breed Dog Shows will take place Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • Cruisin’ for a Cure, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event for the western communities, will take place Saturday, March 11 from 3 to 11 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info.,


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contact Lisa Noel at (561) 650-0129 or lisa.noel@ Sunday, March 12 • The Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match and Great Futures Brunch at Polo, benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, will take place Sunday, March 12. The day’s events will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Grand Champions Polo Club with a celebrity polo match followed by a 12:30 p.m. brunch at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. For more info., visit or call (561) 683-3287. • The Wellington Garden Club will present Plants Galore & More at the Wellington Amphitheater on Sunday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured will be plants for your spring garden, free seminars on orchid care, easy flower arrangements and proper tree-pruning techniques. Raffle items include a flowering tree, a planted window box, outdoor rugs, a kids gardening basket and a pallet of mulch. New this year are two events for children, a Home Depot craft workshop and a Growums kids gardening kit demo, both scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. For more info., call Joan Kaplan at (561) 628-4752 or e-mail • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the USPA Gold Cup on Sunday, March 12. For more info., visit or call (561) 2045687. Monday, March 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, March 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii

gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Walk and Talk in the White Pine community on Tuesday, March 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Healthy Mind & Body Series: Aromatherapy” for adults on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Learn how aromatherapy and breathing techniques can change your mood and help you relax. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for info. Wednesday, March 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Owl Prowl for ages 10 and up on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. This activity from Okeeheelee Nature Center includes a hands-on owl pellet dissection and a chance to meet owls up close. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Ballet by the Book: Peter and the Wolf” for all ages on Wednesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Ballet Palm Beach brings Sergei Prokofiev’s classic tale to life. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Aero Club community on Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit Thursday, March 16 • Alexandra Boudet of The Palm Beach Post will be the keynote speaker for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce series on digital marketing on Thursday, March 16 at Suri West (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). Registration begins at 6 p.m. To register visit or call (561) 792-6525.


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wellington | calendar • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, March 16 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Ocoee River Band at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Western Business Alliance will hold an after hours social at the Palm Beach Habilitation Center (4522 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth) on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info., visit

lington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Reptile Rumble for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. Join in for stories, songs and a craft featuring some scaly friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The inaugural Reggae4Cure Food & Festival Benefit Concert will be held Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Visit for more info.

Saturday, March 18 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Read Local” Author Forums for adults on Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Enjoy readings and presentations from writers handpicked from the library’s Local Author collection. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Sunday, March 26 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the USPA Gold Cup Final on Sunday, March 26. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will host the USPA Butler Handicap from March 26 through April 2. The single-elimination tournament gives teams the opportunity to compete in a fourth 26-goal championship this spring. For more info., visit

Sunday, March 19 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the USPA Gold Cup on Sunday, March 19. For more info., visit or call (561) 2045687. • The American Equestrians Got Talent Finale will take place Sunday, March 19 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds. The winner will receive a $10,000 grand prize. For more info., visit

Monday, March 27 • Monday, March 27 at noon is the deadline to register for the Wellington Kids Triathlon, which will take place Sunday, April 2 beginning at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd). Participants can register online at No race day registrations will be accepted.

Monday, March 20 • The Spring Ag-ucation Program returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24. For more info., visit Tuesday, March 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Noodle Necklaces for ages 5 to 10 on Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. Celebrate National Noodle Month and make a necklace or two. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a program on Pulitzer Prize Winner Katherine Graham for adults led by Dr. Rose Feinberg on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about her early life, marriage and events that led to her becoming a powerful woman in publishing. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, March 22 • The Village of Wellington will hold Neighborhood Watch Meetings on Wednesday, March 22 for Coventry Green at 6 p.m. and Mayfair at 7 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Shrinky Dink Crafts for ages 12 to 18 on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. Bring your imagination and creativity to make cute and tiny art that can be used as accessories or decorations. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, March 23 • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, March 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, March 24 • Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party, hosted by Mark & Katherine Bellissimo to raise awareness and funds for Brooke USA, will take place Friday, March 24 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Tickets are available at www. Saturday, March 25 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wel-

Tuesday, March 28 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Walk and Talk in the Periwinkle/Lily communities on Tuesday, March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Zen Doodling for adults on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Meditate and relax while creating works of art. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for info. Wednesday, March 29 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon and board installation Wednesday, March 29 at the Wanderers Club featuring State Attorney Dave Aronberg. For more info., visit • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Staghorn/Mulberry communities on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Book Discussion Series: Think Differently” for adults on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Discuss stories about people who see the world differently than you do. This month’s book is Furiously Funny: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, March 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Thursday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Healthy Mind & Body Series: Functional Foods” for adults on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. Superfoods may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases through healthy lifestyle choices. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by Samantha Russel at 6:30 p.m. Visit for info.

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Youth Basketball Fundraiser — Alan and Blanca Greenstein, in partnership with Chris Fratalia, hosted a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction benefiting the Wellington Wolves youth basketball program Friday, Feb. 10 at their Paddock Park home. Shown above are Debra Tendrich, professional football player Jaiquawn Jarrett, Blanca Greenstein and John Saint Juste.

Jacobs Foundation Visits WHS — Katie Jacobs Robinson visited Wellington High School on Thursday, Feb. 2 to observe the visual arts program and the computer-assisted graphics class. The Jacobs Family Foundation recently awarded more than $240,000 to organizations in Wellington, including local schools. Shown above, Isidro Pentzke and Katie Jacobs Robinson observe the work being done by students Janae-Reign Lee and Jamie Elzinga.

TWBA Awards Luncheon — The Western Business Alliance held its inaugural Founders Award Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Several local business members received awards for their outstanding service, leadership and success. Shown above, award winners and nominees gather for a group photo.

WHS Dance Team Annual Showcase — The Wellington High School Royals Dance Team presented its annual showcase on Friday, Jan. 20 in the Wellington High School theater. Led by head coach Brittany Tobasco and summer trainer Kelly Dennis, the students performed dances choreographed by Tobasco, Joyanna Peterson, Yeri Peguero and the dancers themselves. Shown above, the Royal Dance Team performs “Sing it Back.”

Sweet Dreams In Candy Land — Wellington presented its annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Village Park. The theme was “Sweet Dreams in Candy Land” and included dinner, dancing, photo booth fun and a goodie bag.

(Above left) Event sponsor Dr. David Simon with his daughter Lexi. (Above right) Carlos Morales with Olivia and Marlena. (Left) Lily and Violet Underwood and Helen Kafka with Belle and Cinderella.


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