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WELLINGTON APRIL 2021

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A DEEP LOVE FOR HORSES AND THE EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY DRIVES HANNAH SELLECK’S AMBITION & GOALS

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Hannah Selleck has come to Wellington every year since 2013 to train at the highest level and compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. As the only daughter of actors Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack, she grew up understanding that passion is one of the most important drivers in pursuing any career. She has taken that advice seriously, establishing herself as a successful show jumper and influential business owner in the equestrian community. BY ATHENA SOBHAN

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YOUNG EQUESTRIANS TAKE CHALLENGES IN STRIDE AS THEY PROGRESS IN THEIR CAREERS Each year, thousands of equestrians of all ages flock to Wellington, escaping harsh winter weather elsewhere to enjoy near-perfect temperatures while competing in the winter equestrian capital of the world. Young equestrians are doing everything they can to take the usual challenges of the sport and the additional tribulations of these unprecedented times all in stride.Among them are Ava Scharbo, Raine Whitman and Brittany Hildebrand. BY GEORGIE HAMMOND AND MEAGAN DELISLE

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LEXUS INTERNATIONAL GAY POLO TOURNEY RETURNS FOR A FABULOUS & SAFE WEEKEND The Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, went off without a hitch from Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, with the tournament itself presented on the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 on Saturday, March 27. After the weekend’s four events were canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, the players and fans were eager to take to the field this spring for a safely produced series of events.

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GAUNTLET OF POLO SERIES PARTNERS WITH U.S. POLO ASSN. TO SUPPORT CHARITIES U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association and primary sponsor of the Gauntlet of Polo tournament series, is making generous donations to multiple polo charities as part of the exciting tournament series currently underway at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Recipients will be selected by the first and second place teams of each of the Gauntlet’s tournament finals. BY STACEY KOVALSKY

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Professional show jumper and equestrian business owner Hannah Selleck. PHOTO BY ASHLEY NEUHOF

Departments

WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE

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Brooke USA’s Annual Sunset Polo & White Party Event Held At IPC Pope Taekwondo Academy Opens The Doors At Its New Studio Kids Cancer Foundation Hosts Dr. Seuss Night At Wellington Green Equestrian Triathlon Athletes Unite To Support Boys & Girls Club Annual South Florida Garlic Fest Held At Wellington Green Park

53 WELLINGTON TABLE What do you get if you pair an upscale burger joint with nostalgic Americana? Ford’s Garage, of course. And if you’re looking for the perfect cheeseburger, try the Ford’s Signature Burger.

NEW 4EVERYOUNG LOCATION IN WELLINGTON AIMS TO HELP YOU LOOK & FEEL YOUR BEST 56 WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE If you can accomplish your goals with one-stop shopping, you can save time, money and add to the quality of your life.That’s what clients can find provided in the area of health and wellness at one of Wellington’s newest businesses, 4EverYoung, located on Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. In the words of husband-and-wife co-owners Stan and Polina Tolstunov, the goal of their 4EverYoung franchise is to add to what is already a great quality of life for those who live in and around Wellington. BY MIKE MAY

Presented by Marcia Ann Lichtenwalner, this month’s Wellington Real Estate feature visits a private, peaceful home in Little Ranches that is a true equestrian’s delight.

61 CELEBRATE WELLINGTON The importance of giving can never be overemphasized, and there’s always joy in acts of giving. This timeless bit of wisdom is taken to heart by the Wellington Rotary Club, which has been continually serving the community since 1980. BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR

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publisher YOUNG EQUESTRIANS LEAD THE WAY IN PROGRESS! In this month’s issue, we highlight some of the equestrian community’s young leaders, including Ava Scharbo, Raine Whitman and Brittany Hildebrand. Although things looked a bit different this season for most, these individuals took the challenge in stride and continue to blossom. This month’s cover boosts professional horse show jumper and equestrian business owner Hannah Selleck, who exhibits a love for horses and the equestrian community, which drives her ambition and goals. Selleck, the only daughter of actors Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack, has been spending winters here in Wellington since 2013. Nowadays, she’s working her way back up the ranks after recovering from a devastating riding injury.An impressive industry leader, Selleck also spends much of her time building her boutique breeding operation, Descanso Farm. Also this issue, we salute the return of the Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which went off without a hitch at the end of last month. Next, we learn how U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association and primary sponsor of the Gauntlet of Polo tournament series, is making generous donations to multiple polo charities as part of the exciting tournament series currently underway here in Wellington.Then we stop by the grand opening of the Pope Taekwondo Academy, a new martial arts studio located on Fortune Circe. Wellington Health this month visits the new 4EverYoung location on Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green, where owners Stan and Polina Tolstunov aim to help you look and feel your best by offering a wide array of wellness services.Wellington Table’s Signature Dish series continues with a spotlight on Ford’s Garage. If you’re looking to enjoy the perfect cheeseburger, head over to the restaurant and order the Ford’s Signature Burger featuring a half-pound of grilled Black Angus perfection. This issue’s Wellington Real Estate feature stops by a private and peaceful home in Wellington’s Little Ranches neighborhood that is an equestrian’s delight with beautiful grounds and amenities, brought to us by Marcia Ann Lichtenwalner of Keller Williams Luxury International. Finally, our Celebrate Wellington series profiles the Wellington Rotary Club, which has been putting “Service Above Self” for more than four decades. As we prepare for the return of warmer days, we want to take a moment to soak in the breeze and all that this season has had to offer. Although many things looked different, the heart of our equestrian community has still shined bright this season, and we look forward to a spectacular 2021-22 showcase here in the equestrian capital of the world that we call home,Wellington. Until next month, stay well and enjoy our wonderful weather!

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PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

Brooke USA’s Annual Sunset Polo & White Party Event Held At IPC Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party “Special Edition: Latin America,” presented by Lugano Diamonds, was held Thursday, March 18 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.The money raised will help alleviate the suffering of working equines and the people who depend on them in the poorest parts of the world.The normally 1,200-person event was capped at 350 guests to allow for safety and social distancing.The Celebrity Cruises team won the Sunset Polo exhibition match over Invicta Farm and GJ Racing. Learn more about Brooke USA at www.brookeusa.org.

(Left to right) The three competing teams gather after the exhibition matches; Saxon and Harper Girodet with Brooke USA ambassador donkey Kate; Katherine Kaneb and Elena Lusenti; and Stuart Winston, Jolie Burrell, Melissa Brandes and Craig Dickmann of sponsor Lugano Diamonds.

(Left to right) Janice Smith, Larry Coyle and Mari Pati; Molly Roberts and Julia Stone; Rackel Gehlsen, Jesse Graham with Henry, Annalise Phillips and Marion Montgomery; the winning Celebrity Cruises team of John Gobin, Marcos Bignoli, Whitney Ross, Mikey Matz and Tareq Sahahi with Brooke USA CEO Emily Dulin, and Moti Ferder and Stuart Winston of Lugano Diamonds; and Jamie Kellock, Ariane Martinelli and Annie Peavy.

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Pope Taekwondo Academy Opens The Doors At Its New Studio Owners Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero and Master Barry Rivera opened the doors to the new home of the Pope Taekwondo Academy on Saturday, March 13. Although visitors rotated in and out due to COVID-19 restrictions, more than 150 students, alumni, family and friends stopped by for the grand opening celebration. Classes were held for beginners in the Little Tigers and Little Dragons divisions, children and young teens ages 6 to 13, and adults 14 and older.A special black belt class was given as lower-ranking belts watched with inspiration. The Pope Taekwondo Academy, formerly X-Treme Taekwondo at Ultima Fitness, was born out of a simple idea to bring high-quality, traditional martial arts education to the entire community. Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero has been teaching in the western communities for the past 20 years.“Our proven taekwondo curriculum is what sets us apart from the rest,” Pope-Guerriero said.“We have assembled one of the greatest teams, with more than 125 years of combined experience.” The academy is located at 11260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, in Wellington. For more information, or to sign up for a complimentary class, visit www.popetaekwondoacademy. com or call (561) 685-3648.

Pope Taekwondo Academy owners Master Barry Rivera and Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero. The academy is currently offering a complimentary class and a $99 grand opening special, which includes one month of classes and a free uniform.

(Left to right) The Pope Taekwondo Academy team of Master Ryan Maass, Therese Pope, Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero, Christian Pope-Guerriero, Master Lindsay August and Master Barry Rivera; Bernard, Edward, Elizabeth, Hector and Carlito Ibarra; and Bette Alexiadis and Therese Pope-Guerriero.

(Left to right) Leigh, Anthony and Sam Clarke; Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero with Virginia and Milton Greenberg; Master Lindsay August, Christian Pope-Guerriero, Kerry, Grannia and Charles Mock, and Tara and John Oasis; and Christian, Therese and Gustavo Pope-Guerriero.

Students of all levels joined classes on the grand opening day at the new home of the Pope Taekwondo Academy in Wellington.

(Left to right) Christian Pope-Guerriero with Jacqui, Charlotte and John Streetzel; Master Barry Rivera, Tom and Regis Wenham, Master Lindsay August and Grandmaster Gustavo Pope-Guerriero; Therese Pope-Guerriero with Tracy Lentz; and Alvaro Castro with Master Barry Rivera.

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Equestrian Triathlon Athletes Unite To Support Boys & Girls Club The pandemic couldn’t stop the success of the World Championship Equestrian Triathlon held on Monday, Feb. 15. Athletes and a limited number of guests came together to raise more than $130,000 in support of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. Spectators throughout the world joined in on the excitement via Facebook Live as elite polo players, show jumpers and dressage riders switched their sports of expertise to make for an entertaining afternoon.

“My family and I feel truly honored to have been able to host the 2021 World Championship Equestrian Triathlon. Every single participant was generous, fun and passionate about the mission,” said Team Eye Candy Jumpers owner and event hostess Erica Hatfield.“We hope to continue to be a part of the work that the Boys & Girls Club does.” Guests watched from the edge of their seats as the competition came to a three-way tie. Team Sebilion defended

(Left to right) Kerstie Allen; Nacho Figueras; and Paul O’Shea.

their three-peat title, taking home the win in the jumping competition. Team Eye Candy made their triathlon debut taking home the title of dressage champions. Ford’s Garage took home the 2021 World Championship Equestrian Triathlon win and taking one final goal in the last chucker to break the tie. Serving as co-chairs were Neil S. Hirsch and Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome. Frank Lyons and Gus Whitelaw entertained guests as the star announcers. Dressage stars PJ Rizvi, Ashley Holzer and Bebe Davis served as judges. Guests enjoyed the outdoor lunch provided by Ford’s Garage in Wellington. The private showgrounds at EyeCandyLand featured an unrivaled backdrop to highlight the natural beauty and raw power of the elite equestrian competition.

(Left to right) Kerstie Allen and Paula Matute; Pauline Watterlot; and Eric Hatfield with Al Hatfield.

(Left to right) Courtney Muller, Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome, Erica Hatfield, Christine Martin and Tesia De Lange; Vanessa Mannix; and Nic Roldan, Courtney Muller, Betsy Van Dyke, Vanessa Mannix and Olexa Celine of Team Sebilion.

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A Deep Love For Horses And The Equestrian Community Drives Hannah Selleck’s Ambition & Goals STORY BY ATHENA SOBHAN | PHOTOS BY DANIEL ZULIANI

Hannah Selleck’s dedication to equestrian sports fuels her career as a professional show jumping athlete and inspires her work out of the saddle. Selleck, 32, has come to Wellington every year since 2013 to train at the highest level and compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. As the only daughter of actors Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack, she grew up understanding that passion is one of the most important drivers in pursuing any career. She has taken that advice seriously, establishing herself as a successful show jumper and influential business owner in the equestrian community. Blond, gorgeous and boasting an athlete’s frame, Selleck’s earliest memory of riding is at the age of four on a Shetland pony named Sheba.Although she fell off twice during her first lesson, she got back on and quickly learned to manage the pony while staying in the saddle. “I was determined to figure out how to work with this cute little pony,” Selleck recalled during a recent inter-

view in Wellington. “That moment taught me that persistence and perseverance are necessary to ride.” From then on, she was hooked. Lessons continued at the Foxfield Riding School in Westlake Village, California, where Selleck also boarded her first pony,Taffy Apple. “My family and I bonded together over riding, and some of my fondest memories are learning to ride alongside my mom,” Selleck said. “Both of my parents are incredibly supportive of my passion for horses, and they’re always there to cheer me on. They never tried to pressure me to pursue something else. To their credit, they learned about equestrian sports at the same time I did — when I started competing at 10 years old.” Before Selleck became a decorated equestrian athlete, she had her eyes set on the rodeo. Selleck was originally transfixed by barrel racing and eager to learn the ropes and become a barrel racer herself. As fate would have it, no horses were available for

Selleck to train with, so she quickly pivoted and found a similar thrill in show jumping. “For me, it has been about the speed and that adrenaline surge when I complete a jump off with my horse,” she said.“In the ring, I’ve always been known as a fast rider, and I think part of that stems from my early fascination with the rodeo.” Over her career, Selleck has earned a number of top accolades in international show jumping competitions. One of her biggest achievements came in the summer of 2011, when she earned second place at the Spruce Meadows North American tournament, one of her top finishes to date at the five-star level. “Over the course of my career, I’ve grown more cautious of unnecessary risks, especially as I’ve sustained injuries,” she said.“You quickly realize that you only have one body, take care of it and ride smart, as there is very little margin for error at the top of the sport.” wellington the magazine | april 2021 25


Hannah Selleck kicks back at the recently refurbished Colony Hotel in an Alexander McQueen lace camisole, topped with a double-breasted cotton pique Balmain jacket and finished off with Chloe double-face crepe wide-leg pants, all available at Saks Palm Beach and online. Her coordinating white and tan Danielle sneakers from Mint & Rose can be found at Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach. The Karina Brez gold and diamond hooves bangle bracelet and the Jordan Road elegant gold chain necklace complete the look with a bit of sparkle and a nod to Selleck’s equestrian roots, both sold online.

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In 2018, Selleck broke both her fibula and tibula when her stirrup didn’t release properly in a fall.The injury sidelined her from competition for seven months, but Selleck was back successfully competing in early 2019. During last year’s lockdowns, she took the extra downtime to focus on training physically for the upcoming season, but she also turned to mindfulness training as a way to enhance her performance during competitions. “Recovering from a serious injury can be physically and mentally taxing,” Selleck said.“I’ve worked closely with a sports psychologist to practice visualization techniques that have helped me get back into the competition mindset.”


“Show jumping is a tight-knit community, and I work closely with Brooke USA because they promote equine and humanitarian welfare, which are issues close to my heart. I hope to also one day start my own nonprofit organization to continue giving back to the community and beyond.” — Hannah Selleck

Hannah Selleck stuns poolside in a sleek and sophisticated white one-piece swimsuit from Solid & Striped, available locally at Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach and online. PHOTO BY DANIEL ZULIANI

She also had additional support. “I was lucky to have my partner Barla, a horse I’ve competed on for seven years, to help my comeback in 2019,” Selleck said. “The trust that we built together over the years was a motivating factor to enter the competition ring again.” While she prepares for competitions, Selleck is also diving into her education and working toward her MBA at Pepperdine University, aiming to open doors for her career outside the ring. Alongside her athletic career, Selleck founded 28

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Descanso Farm in 2010 as a boutique breeding operation, but recently transitioned to a boutique sales business. “Most jumping horses are bred in Europe, and I recognized an opportunity to import those horses into the U.S. to compete,” she explained. “Working with so many equine partners over the years has given me the experience and knowledge I can apply toward a training and sales operation.” Selleck also serves as an ambassador for Brooke USA, the nonprofit organiza-

tion focused on promoting the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules. “Show jumping is a tight-knit community, and I work closely with Brooke USA because they promote equine and humanitarian welfare, which are issues close to my heart,” she said. “I hope to also one day start my own nonprofit organization to continue giving back to the community and beyond.” For Selleck, every decision she has made throughout her career stems back to her love of horses.


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Hannah Selleck’s white Alexander McQueen power suit makes a statement here, with the white leather Aquazzura sandal strap peeking out from below, both from Saks Palm Beach and online. The classic chain necklace from Jordan Road adds a touch of metallic to finish off the outfit.

“My goal right now is to enjoy each moment with my horses as I work my way back to the top level of the sport,” Selleck concluded.“It’s a blessing anytime I get to compete. It’s important to be present in the moment that you’re in because we are so, so lucky to work with these animals every single day.” Visit www.descansofarm.com to learn more about Hannah Selleck and Descanso Farm.

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YOUNG EQUESTRIANS Ava Scharbo

Ava Scharbo showing Big Shot at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

Raine Whitman

Raine Whitman after placing third at the 2020 National Horse Show with It’s Top Del Maset.

Brittany Hildebrand

Brittany Hildebrand with Salitos 8 at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. PHOTOS BY GEORGIE HAMMOND/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

Young Equestrians Take Challenges In Stride As They Progress In Their Careers BY GEORGIE HAMMOND AND MEAGAN DELISLE

Each year, thousands of equestrians of all ages flock to Wellington, escaping harsh winter weather elsewhere to enjoy near-perfect temperatures while competing in the winter equestrian capital of the world. While this year’s events look slightly different due to the pandemic, young equestrians are doing everything they can to take the usual challenges of the

sport and the additional tribulations of these unprecedented times all in stride. “Young equestrians face many growing pains as they progress in their riding and move through the different phases of the sport,” said Geoff Teall, one of the country’s most prominent equestrian trainers and judges.“This year, especially, these athletes are having to adapt and

change all of the time to overcome obstacles, both physically and mentally. There are many moving parts that go into the success of a young rider, whether they are just learning to ride, moving up to jump new heights, or adjusting to life changes that alter the way they compete in the sport, so it is vital that they maintain level headedness and have the support they need.” wellington the magazine | april 2021 33


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YOUNG EQUESTRIANS

Ava Scharbo and Verdana at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. PHOTO BY GEORGIE HAMMOND/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

Ava Scharbo At 13 years old,Ava Scharbo is just starting to find her footing in the show ring. While she has four years of experience competing, Scharbo recently reached one of the biggest milestones in a young rider’s career as they continue to grow and develop their skills: transitioning from a pony to a horse. “I was definitely a little nervous getting on a larger, stronger animal,” Scharbo explained.“The biggest challenge for me has been taking time to go back and revisit things I thought I already knew. My trainer, Geoff Teall, has taught me that in order to move forward, you have to sometimes go back to basics first.” With the progression from pony to horse comes a jump in competition level as well, something Scharbo found 34

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intimidating at first.With help from Teall, however, she is learning to manage her nerves and persevere, even through the difficult times, by taking things one step at a time. Scharbo has also made efforts to maintain her confidence in her riding by practicing nearly every day, something that has recently been made easier thanks to her family’s move to Wellington to become full-time residents. “If there’s a magic potion for nerves, I haven’t found it yet! This sport challenges me every day I get on my horses, whether I am in the show ring or not,” Scharbo said.“The one thing that keeps me going is knowing that there is always another ride and there is always another show. If I didn’t have a good lesson, or a good show, I need to break my ride down stride-by-stride and figure

out why, so the next ride goes better than the last.”

Raine Whitman Like Scharbo, 14-year-old Raine Whitman has confronted her fair share of trials as a young equestrian. In January 2021, Whitman started a fresh partnership with a new horse, a shift that takes copious amounts of patience and diligence in order to be successful. While this is not her first horse, Whitman’s junior riding career is at a pivotal point as she gears up to start competing in the “Big Eq,” one of the most competitive divisions in junior equestrian sport. Whitman experienced excellent results with her previous horse at some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions in 2020.


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Raine Whitman and Clearano Z at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAGIOVANE/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

However, now more than ever, her resilience is being tested as she learns her new horse and makes strides toward the upper level of junior competition. “The hardest part of any transition is trusting in the process and not allowing frustration to get the better of you if the results are different than your expectations. It’s important to keep working hard and stay focused,” she said. “Thankfully, the transition to my new horse, Clearano Z, happened early in the season, so it was the perfect time to get straight into the show ring and start building our relationship. He was already at my barn, Carriage Hill Farms, before I purchased him.That was a huge help for me in understanding the type of ride he needs because my trainers 36

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already knew him really well. He is a very willing partner and enjoys his job, which made the process of learning a new partner really fun.” With a positive mindset and a strong support system in place, Whitman has turned the challenges before her into learning opportunities every step of the way. In true athlete fashion, she has used her moments of uncertainty to fuel her ambition and drive. “I think hard work and dedication have helped me progress and move up through the divisions,” Whitman said. “I am focused in my training on learning the necessary skills to get to the next level. I am dedicated to learning as much as I can outside of my lessons as well, like riding without stirrups, and

riding extra horses or ponies to gain experience while strengthening my leg and balance, which improves all aspects of my riding.”

Brittany Hildebrand For 29-year-old Brittany Hildebrand, the transition from her junior career to now competing as an adult amateur all the while balancing a busy school schedule posed a new set of challenges that many young equestrians of a similar age find themselves facing. As a graduate student in the marketing program at Baylor University, Hildebrand not only has to juggle a demanding school schedule, but she is also very involved in the care and maintenance of her own show horses.


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Brittany Hildebrand and Calle Cool 14 at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. PHOTO BY GEORGIE HAMMOND/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

“It has definitely been a trial-and-error process,” Hildebrand said. “I’ve had to work really hard to find what schedule works best for me and my horses in this phase of my life. I’m very lucky to have a great support system in place with my trainers Conan and Becky O’Connor and my barn team, who help me every day, but I’m extremely handson and active in all aspects of my horses’ management.” While each week looks different based on the needs of her horses and her rigorous school schedule, Hildebrand has settled into a bit of a rhythm while showing in Wellington this season. “Mondays are our off-days for the horses, so I can be fully dedicated to school. My classes are in six-week, on38

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line sessions, and while most people might think online school is easier, the turnaround time for assignments is tight. Other days, I typically am at the barn from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then can give myself an hour break before diving into my schoolwork through the evening. When I’m showing, I have to get a bit more creative with my schedule. If I have a big assignment due, I may need to rely more on my support team to help me. Every week looks a little different, but we adjust to make sure the horses are getting the daily management they need and to allow myself the time necessary to be successful in school.” With her recent move up in competition level to the High Amateur-Owners and an overall goal of establishing

consistency in her riding this circuit, maintaining a flexible rhythm is essential in all areas of Hildebrand’s life at this stage. No matter what stage of their riding they might be in, young equestrians of all ages must demonstrate an innate ability to roll with the punches and adjust to new obstacles on a daily basis. From transitioning to new divisions, adapting to new horses and demonstrating the ability to balance all aspects of their busy lives, the hurdles may seem never ending. But it is the passion for the sport and their love for the horses that unites these riders, who are at very different places in their lives — and those two things make all of the trials and tribulations a worthwhile endeavor.


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Lexus International Gay Polo Tourney Returns For A Fabulous & Safe Weekend The Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, went off without a hitch from Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, with the tournament itself presented on the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 on Saturday, March 27. After the weekend’s four events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the players and fans were eager to take to the field this spring for a safely produced series of events. This was the first time playing the Gay Polo League’s signature event on IPC’s Field 1 — one of the most famous polo fields in the world. The event was COVID-conscience with mask compliance and social distancing. However, these precautions did not hinder the wonderful energy of the athletes or attendees, nor dampen the creative efforts of the tailgate decorations. Four teams played in the exciting two-day tournament. Players came

from Washington State, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, New York and Argentina.This year, the league welcomed six players making their GPL debut. And for the first time, two teams were composed entirely of LGBTQ+ polo players. Every year, the league engages new players, both LGBTQ+ and allies. “The exceptional thing this year is the number of players competing in GPL for their first time,” said Chip McKenney, the league’s founder and president. “Our teams reflect the diversity of our communities, and we are grateful to each player who participates and supports GPL.” This year also set a new record of three LGBTQ+ polo professionals competing. Other professionals and players are LGBTQ+ allies and strong supporters of diversity, human rights and inclusion. Joey Casey, owner of the Palm City Polo Club, home club of GPL Polo, is the driving force behind providing polo ponies and professional polo play-

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ers, who volunteer their time and skills to the league. “GPL is always a fun event, unique in many ways,” he said. “I am a strong advocate for polo and recognize the value of bringing in new players to the sport. I’ve worked with GPL for 11 years, and each year gets better. It’s a blast.” McKenney was thankful to host a successful event after a difficult 2020 season. “We are delighted with the event, and we are thankful for the ongoing support of our distinguished sponsors that stood by us during 2020 and continue to partner with GPL to promote diversity and inclusion,” he said. wellington the magazine | april 2021 41


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“When companies like Lexus and Douglas Elliman Real Estate collaborate with LGBTQ+ events, like GPL, it speaks volumes about their positive company values and inclusive culture. All of our sponsors share our mission to elevate and promote equality for everyone,” McKenney continued. Attendees enjoyed great polo coupled with the chance to participate in the traditional tailgate competition, as judged by Hotels at Sea and Celebrity Cruises.Tailgates this year were limited to groups of 12 people each and separated to ensure social distancing, yet this did not slow down the creativity of the community. “It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying their time together while staying safe,” McKenney said. Another fun tradition during the tournament weekend was the GPL Polotini event on Friday, March 26. Instead of the usual Wigstock competition, this year’s theme was “MASK-QUERADE,” with the best mask taking home both bragging rights and a trophy. The event’s charity partner was

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U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association and primary sponsor of the Gauntlet of Polo tournament series, is making generous donations to multiple polo charities as part of the exciting tournament series currently underway at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Recipients will be selected by the first and second place teams of each of the Gauntlet’s tournament finals. The Gauntlet of Polo is one of the pinnacle tournament series globally in high-goal

polo competition. This highly competitive event features the most skilled athletes and finest horses in the world. “The sport of polo is at the heart and soul of our brand, so we wanted to ensure that these worthy, polo-based charities were a component of this high-profile polo event,” said J. Michael Prince, president and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the global U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “As a cause-based brand that supports philanthropic events around the world, U.S. Polo Assn.

is extremely honored to partner with these amazing teams and charities during these challenging economic times.” Because of the important causes these charities represent, U.S. Polo Assn. will also make donations to any charity not represented by a team. In total, more than $50,000 will be donated.The USPA is grateful to all the teams participating in the Gauntlet and to U.S. Polo Assn. for not only being the top sponsor of the series, but also for generously donating to these notable polo charities. wellington the magazine | april 2021 45


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These donations will continue to bring awareness and support to the polo community. The participating charities include: Homes for Horses, Polo for Life, the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Polo Pony Rescue, the Polo Players Support

Group, the Polo Training Foundation, Replay Polo, the Retired Racehorse Project and Work to Ride. Homes for Horses is a national coalition dedicated to increasing collaboration, professionalism and growth in the equine rescue and protection community. Members are committed to ending horse slaughter and all other forms of equine abuse. The coalition is an initiative of the Animal Welfare Institute and currently includes more than 520 members representing horse rescue and sanctuaries throughout the U.S. and beyond. Polo for Life is dedicated to helping families facing the challenge of surviving childhood cancers. The nonprofit organization focuses on direct impact initiatives by partnering with local organizations to ensure the needs of patients and their families are met and their financial hardships resulting from a cancer diagnosis are minimized. Polo for Life is the driving force behind Polo

for a Purpose, which has raised nearly $2 million for the benefit of local organizations. The Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the sport, its history, development and traditions by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting collections, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport.The museum is a rich repository of documents and physical treasures, which include works of art, historic trophies, artifacts, books, statistics, periodicals, films, videos, recordings and memorabilia. Polo Pony Rescue rescues equines, primarily former polo ponies that have been neglected, abused, seized by law enforcement or are at risk of slaughter; provides any needed veterinary care, rehabilitation or retraining; and finds them new, loving homes. They also offer per-

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The organization devotes itself to repurposing retired polo ponies that are far from the end of their usefulness, having the experience and character to be “repurposed” for continued usefulness in important new capacities. The Retired Racehorse Project exists to facilitate placement of thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers and organizations that transition them. Since its 2010 founding, RRP has put a spotlight on these horses with social media efforts and events, and it has inspired thousands to choose an “off-thetrack” thoroughbred. Work to Ride is a nonprofit, community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education.The program is housed at Chamounix Stables located in Philadelphia’s Fair-

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If you can accomplish your goals with one-stop shopping, you can save time, money and add to the quality of your life. That’s what clients can find provided in the area of health and wellness by one of Wellington’s newest businesses, 4EverYoung, which is located on Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. In the words of husband-and-wife coowners Stan and Polina Tolstunov, the goal of their 4EverYoung franchise is to add to what is already a great quality of life for those who live in and around Wellington. “We will be offering services that support health and wellness for those people who lead healthy and physically active lifestyles,” Stan explained. “We want people to feel their best.” Polina explained that it is all about feeling better and healthier. “We are committed to working with people who want to make positive changes to their lives, both inside and out,” she said. The Tolstunovs feel so strongly about the issue of health and wellness that they want their new business to give fellow residents in the western communities a chance to feel the same way as they do. They are also busy practicing what they preach. Both exercise daily, take supplements, and use the same services and products at 4EverYoung as they will be offering to their new customers and clients.

“We’ll be offering services that support health and wellness for those people who lead healthy and physically active lifestyles.” — Stan Tolstunov If you are suffering from fatigue, loss of energy, loss of muscle mass, mood changes, loss of productivity, disrupted sleep, difficulty losing weight, anxiety, depression and/or reduced bone density, then 4EverYoung has a solution to your predicament.

Just some of 4EverYoung’s services include IV therapy, hormone replacement therapy, growth hormone peptide therapy, microneedling, platelet rich plasma, dermal fillers, Botox/Dysport, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, testosterone therapy, and facial and skin care. “The body does magical things when treated well,” Stan said. “We want our clients to enjoy our atmosphere and benefit from the social experience at 4EverYoung.” The Tolstunovs want to help people stay forever young, which also happens to be in sync with their daily approach to life. wellington the magazine | april 2021 49


“By using our services at 4EverYoung, you will improve your inner world and your outer appearance,” said Polina, who is a big proponent of 4EverYoung’s hormone replacement therapy. “HRT has been transformational for me. I feel more energetic and my body looks great. I’m 41, but I feel like I’m 25.” They opened their new 4EverYoung franchise in Wellington in March after becoming dedicated patrons of 4Ever Young’s services. “We moved down to South Florida from New Jersey in 2019 with our two kids,” Stan said. “We settled in Boca Raton.” In order to continue supporting their own long-established healthy and physically active lifestyles, they joined the 4EverYoung outlet in Boca Raton. Evidently, they tried it, and they liked. In fact, they loved it. They enjoyed the experience so much that they bought

“We will have a unique setting, which will be both hip and fun. It will create a vibe that will improve wellness.” — Polina Tolstunov their own 4EverYoung franchise in June 2020. With 4EverYoung having a South Florida presence in communities such as Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Plantation, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Jupiter, the Tolstunovs decided to place their franchise here in the western communities. “We decided Wellington was the

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Signature DISH “What separates us from all the other burger companies out there are our half-pound Black Angus burgers, made fresh, never frozen,” co-owner Keith Ledsome said.“With our aged sharp cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon, along with the bourbon barbecue sauce, we are able to incorporate all of these different flavors. This really accommodates the palate and makes our Ford’s Signature Burger our best-selling burger.” If that does not sound like the perfect burger experience to you, not to worry. The menu features more than a dozen other burger creations made from half-

pound grilled Black Angus patties, from the Mushroom Swiss to the Black-NBleu, as well as some smaller burger creations as well. The well-rounded menu also features salads, such as the Ford’s Chop Shop and the Grilled Chicken Cobb, and an array of comfort foods, like Beer Battered Fish N’ Chips and Hand Battered Chicken Tenders. “It’s not just the craft beer and burgers,” Ledsome said. “We have something for everyone’s palate, including glutenfree options and our phenomenal salads. Our gluten-free Chicken Henry is an-

other one of most popular items, and we also have our meatloaf. It’s called Mama Ford’s Homemade Meatloaf.” Co-owner Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome, Keith’s wife, also has her favorite. “My favorite thing on the menu is the Chili Garlic Salmon,” Gannon-Ledsome said.“The flavoring of it is amazing, and the salmon quality we get is unprecedented when compared with any other restaurant in Wellington.” That popular dish features eight ounces of Norwegian Atlantic grilled salmon with a sweet chili garlic sauce and your choice of sides. “Most people assume we are only a burger place, but we have a wide range on the menu, with great salads, perhaps the best in Wellington, and amazing other dishes,” Gannon-Ledsome added. The appetizers also turn heads with their presentation. For example, the signature appetizer is the Giant Funnel Tower of Jumbo Piston Onion Rings,

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Ford’s Garage continues this nostalgic feel with its throwback pieces of Americana. Several restored Ford Model Ts fill the 6,000-square-foot space for guests to admire as they enjoy a meal. The main bar has a Model T hanging as a centerpiece, complete with a working horn and “smoke” that spews from the back. There’s plenty to enjoy at the bar, particularly if you are a beer lover. Craft beer is part of the restaurant’s flair. There’s a selection of 150 beers in all, in homage to the Ford F-150. “We also have a variety of specialty drinks, such as the Lincoln Punch, which features Mount Gay Rum, as well as the Model Tea and the Ford’s Old Fashioned,” Ledsome said. Happy hour is between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $3 premium well drinks and $2 off drinks and drafts. Also featured on the drink menu are several frozen drinks, such as spiked lemonades and margaritas.

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This private and peaceful home in Wellington’s Little Ranches neighborhood is an equestrian’s delight that has been well-maintained with beautiful grounds.The property is perfect for an equestrian family, trainer or investor to customize with a barn that has a long rental history.The home features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a three-car garage and a pool that affords a three-way split plan with separate access for flexibility.The eight-stall center-aisle barn with four satellite stalls offers exceptional air flow, a full apartment, multiple storage areas and outbuildings, plus a separate tack room with a bathroom. The property layout includes plenty of space for expansion of the amenities or the ring. It currently has a GGT regulation dressage arena and 11 paddocks, some with covered shade run-ins. The farm is only minutes from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on all paved roads.

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(Clockwise from top) Rotarians support the Feeding South Florida food distribution program; a third-grade student enjoys her dictionary provided by the Wellington Rotary Club; the club continues its longtime support for Back to Basics; a Buddy Bench is installed at Panther Run Elementary School; Mickey Smith receives the club’s Frank T. Gladney Community Service Award; and Maggie Zeller and Gail Williams with dictionaries destined for third-grade students.

Wellington Rotary Club Emphasizes The Importance Of Service Above Self BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR

The importance of giving can never be overemphasized, and there’s always joy in acts of giving. This timeless bit of wisdom is taken to heart by the Wellington Rotary Club, which has been continually serving the community for 40 years. Rotary International — of which the Wellington club is a local affiliate — is a service organization that spans the globe promoting peace and health. “It has promoted everything from polio vaccines to infrastructure and equipment for indigenes in South America,” said David Berns, the current president of the Wellington club. The local branch is active in a range of activities, from helping hand out

free food to those hardest-hit in the area by the COVID-19 pandemic, to supporting shelters for those less fortunate. Ask any Rotarian, and you’ll get a litany of reasons to get involved with the group, but most of the explanations could easily fall into the category of bettering oneself by improving the local and worldwide communities. The group has spent most of the past year partnering with the Village of Wellington, Feeding South Florida and others to provide weekly food boxes to some 900 local families. “We provide six to 10 people each week to supply helping hands at the distribution point,” Berns said.

Every Tuesday morning, hundreds of cars line up at the Mall at Wellington Green for an efficient distribution of a week’s worth of supplies that have meant a great deal of difference in the lives of locals hard-hit by the present circumstances. Another on-going project has been to get a “Buddy Bench” in each of the elementary schools in the village, with a program of peer “ambassadors” trained and set up to support anyone who feels isolated or bullied. Such a child is encouraged to merely sit on the designated, colorful bench and is soon met by another student to talk with them. The popular and successful program is being expanded. wellington the magazine | april 2021 61


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Rotarians support the Feeding South Florida food distribution program at the Mall at Wellington Green.

“It has been going on for 20 years,” he said. “We give a dictionary to each student in third grade. Some people ask why we give a book when you can find everything on Google, but the kids love it. It is their book. They can hold it in their hands and flip through it.” These are just some of the many acts of giving that the club participates in. “We primarily work in the background,” said Berns, who explained that the group doesn’t seek out publicity. Gross said that the club works wherever it sees a need. “It is involved behind the scenes in every aspect of the community providing benefits,” he said. That group has changed in complexion since its founding in 1980. “Originally, it was older retirees,” Berns said. Then, when women began joining the previously all-male Rotary, the changes were marked. “Today, we are about a 50-50 mix of men and women, and the group of nearly 50 active participants itself has more younger people in their 30s and 40s,” Berns said. Gross agreed that the shifting demographics have brought beneficial changes to the club for this era. “Years ago, ‘supporting’ a program might mean writing a check. Today, it is the hands-on hours put in by the members, not just money,” Gross explained. He said that members are a group of mostly businesspeople and profession64 april 2021 | wellington the magazine

als, and still many are retired. Since the chapter’s inception, even before the Village of Wellington was incorporated, the members have been and still are community leaders interested in the social good. Community Services Coordinator Maggie Zeller joined the club some eight years ago. She pointed out that the original Rotary organization was founded in Chicago in 1905, and it wasn’t until 1987 that the all-male organization began accepting women members. “I truly believe in the Wellington Rotary Club,” Zeller said. “I agree the club has changed with women joining… We helped it evolve from just the check writers who supported things in the past. I think we bring a humanitarian, caring and nurturing perspective of giving back to the community.” While today’s Wellington Rotary Club is now an organization of men and women with spouses encouraged to get involved in the projects as well, “It is far from a mere networking or social club,” Gross said. “The mindset is on community service.” That community mindset has been consistent over the years of growth in the Village of Wellington, the changing needs of its residents and the expansion of demographics in the club. Throughout it all, however, has been the simple joys contained in the act of giving. For more information about the Wellington Rotary Club, visit www. wellingtonrotary.org.


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