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SOLD SOLD SOLD - The moment you enter this truly stunning estate home in the sought-out community of Versailles it will take your breath away. The two-story pool home hosts 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath with a three-car garage. The quality workmanship, upgrades and beautiful finishings throughout the home will surpass any buyer’s wishes. The formal dining room, living room, and family room feature the ultimate balance of beauty and functionality, excellent for formal or informal gatherings with family and friends.  

Maria Raspanti, Realtor

Finding The Road To Your Dream Home Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist


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Homeland Offered at $3,375,000 - 11225 Alligator Trail, built in 2016, main house which has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms can be a peaceful retreat as well as an entertainment hub, with a full media room, wet bar, and open floor plan. Fabulous 3/2 guest house w/gourmet kitchen. Both homes are connected via a HUGE covered and tiled patio with summer kitchen that share one roof.  8 stall barn with apartment, tack, feed, laundry, 125X200 sand ring, 7 paddocks.

Jennifer Drahan, Realtor “Let Us Open Doors FOR YOU”


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Palm Beach Polo Club - Golf Brook Offered at $1,000,000.00 — Build your dream home on the only lot available in the beautifully established Golf Brook community. Imagine entertaining guests out by the custom pool and entertainment area overlooking the lagoon and open green space. A new clusia privacy hedge has been planted across the retired golf course adding to the beautiful view.

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Saddle Trail Park Offered at $3,850,000 - 14475 Wellington Trace,  Incredible Opportunity for the Investor or Private owner alike! This, just under 5 acre property, has everything you will need for your horses, tenants and staff for the equestrian season or for a year round facility. The facility includes 40 stalls, 2 sand riding arenas 110 x 200 and 70 x 135 (which can easily be enlarged), grass riding field,Kraft 6-Horse 60’ Covered Walker, as well as ample paddock space, living quarters and storage. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind facility in sought after Saddle Trail just a short hack from WEF!

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13400 Bedford Mews Court Wellington, Fl 33414 - offered at $ 425,000 Completely updated 3 bedroom 3 bath with loft and pool in the heart of Wellington! Large Family room features a modern wet bar,floating shelves and wine fridge. A must see, easy to show!

This Grand Cayman model at Binks is perfect for your family!! - There are 5 bedrooms (one is a dedicated office) and 3 full baths. 2 of the baths are completely remodeled and gorgeous! The ceilings are soaring and there is crown molding throughout the home. You will love the light bright feel of this 3 way split home. The bedrooms are spacious and the views are beautiful. The kitchen has granite counters, white cabinets, and also has an osmosis water system. The home sits on a premium lot in the Preserves of Binks forest and is not only on the canal but has a beautiful view of Wellington National Golf Course.

Mindy Sepinuck, Realtor

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Homeland - Great opportunity to own this private, 5 ac. Equestrian Estate. Custom 4BR, 3 1/2 BA home. Granite counter tops. SS Appliances. Game room/Office. Newer AC’s. Newer Reverse Osmosis 500 Gal. system. Tiki Huts w/power. Heated, Salt Water, Screened Pool. 6 stall CBS barn w/Tack/Feed rooms. GGT 230x125 Ring w/High pressure irrigation. 8 paddocks w/4 Board railing.

Palm Beach Polo - Custom estate home located on an oversized private cul-de-sac lot. The sprawling floor plan showcases 6BR/5BA and 2 half baths, a gourmet kitchen and bar area perfect for entertaining. All living areas open into a tranquil resort style back yard paradise complete with a summer kitchen, heated pool and spa, cabana bath and fully fenced in yard. Be ready for season!!!

Joan “Nappy” Tranter, Realtor

Taking Great Strides To Bring You The Very Best


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Full Circle Stables LLC - Exceptional equestrian haven offered “For Sale” in the sought after Dressage community of Little Ranches. This 5 acre property affords numerous amenities, making riding and work a pleasure! New Regulation Dressage Arena (complete with Mirrors and surrounding track)    15 stalls, 9 large, grassy paddocks,  plus a huge circular drive, CBS design, gorgeous owner’s Apartment, and so much more! THIS FARM HAS IT ALL AND IS PRICED TO SELL AT $1,250,000!  Call Marcia Lichtenwalner at (561) 707-7673

Marcia Ann Lichtenwalner, LLC, Realtor

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Stunning waterfront pool home on over 1/2 acre cul-de-sac lot - & 3800 SF under air. This open floor plan features gorgeous marble flooring thru out living area, cozy fireplace and soaring 15 ft ceilings in living room. Both central AC units are within the last few years. Central vac w/hide a hose. You can easily set this home up for an in law suite or have 2 master suites. The master bath is ADA compliant and also features a Japanese soaking tub. Other features include Crown Molding, Butlers Pantry w/Miele Coffee maker, oversized extra deep garage, Security system and Lorex security cameras. Huge covered screened in patio that is great for entertaining and many mature fruit trees. This home is a must see and will impress your fussiest clients. Offered at $775,000

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Buy or Sell with Confidence. I’ll Show You How!

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WELLINGTON Nancy Jennings, Broker 12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.

Stunning Estate Home On 1.16 Lushly Landscaped Lot - 14791 Farrier Place Paddock Park Wellington Florida 3000sf screened patio, oversized heated pool/spa. 4399sf. 5/3 Expansive Grand Room that encompasses a spacious living room, library with 123’’retractable movie screen and a magnificent glass block circular room. 5th bedroom is a fabulous FULL RECORDING STUDIO complete with a professional sound booth-perfect for Musicians or Podcasters. Generous sized family room, designer kitchen. Accordion shutters, Central Vac, NEW ROOF, NEW WATER HEATERS and meticulous maintenance performed quarterly. Spectacular lot, large circular and side driveway with basketball court. NO HOA, “A” Rated Schools, Offered at $939K.

Bill and Jody, The Jorgensen Team

Your Luxury Real Estate Professionals Client Focused. Results Driven.


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Member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing “We offer superior service to affluent buyers and sellers and in so doing, maximize their own success!”

15611 Latina Place - Everything on your wish list and more can be found in this dazzling 5 bedroom, 4 bath home in the Wellington community of Lakefield West. Prized 1/3 acre, cul-de-sac lot with views of the lake and golf course. Newly installed impact doors and windows. Twelve foot ceilings. 2019 appliances, including a smart refrigerator. Master bedroom and main living area have saturnia marble floors. Remaining bedrooms have wood floors. Surround sound system, crown molding and plantation shutters. AC unit is 2 years old, exterior painted in 2018, and interior painted in 2019. $759,000

Sophie Ghedin, Realtor, C.I.P.S.

Work with a Realtor that speaks YOUR Language


SophieGhedin@kw.com 561-236-1977 www.Sophieghedinrealtor.com

Gorgeous Freshly Renovated Home - Offered at $1,295,000 Located on one of the finest lots in Bent Cypress offering unparalleled views and privacy, while at the same time giving the out of town homeowner the pleasure of easy maintenance. Relax & enjoy all the benefits of million dollar water, golf, & sunset views from the living areas, decks, & pool without the hassle of a large yard to maintain! Enter through a wall of glass into soaring 30 Ft. ceilings to your tastefully furnished & finished home. Built in 2003, this home offers the buyer many modern amenities including travertine/marble flooring & baths, a formal living room with wet bar & wine cooler, and open granite custom kitchen. One will appreciate this ideal floor plan with the oversized master, 2 large in-suite bedrooms, & a family room located downstairs.

Karen Allen, Realtor, ALC,CLHMS “Your Key Real Estate Professionals”


KarenAllenRealtor@gmail.com 561-818-8403 www.karenallengroup.com

Loxahatchee | W. Sycamore Drive $945,000 - Enjoy the peace and serenity beyond a privately gated 5 acre equestrian farm, just a short walk to White Fences. This property has been meticulously maintained from the brand new roof on the house to the new mirrors for the regulation Dressage arena with the very finest GGT/Rubber footing available. Majestic Oak trees grace the grounds of this very well thought out estate, with a 3/2 pool house, 2 barns, arena, garage, ample paddocks and a round pen.

Denise West, Realtor “Let me Welcome you Home”


denise@hearthandhomefl.com 561-313-4006 www.hearthandhomefl.com

About Keller Williams Luxury International Team

Deer Run Equestrian Community - Great opportunity to own a 5 acre property close to Wellington. 3 BR/2BA home plus separate 36’ x 28’ building that can easily be converted to a 6-stall barn, studio/workshop or guest house. Deer Run is an equestrian paradise with endless trails. Offered at $575K

Equestrian Community Homeland - Just minutes from Wellington! 3 BR /2BA home with newer concrete tile roof. High and dry 5 acre property, fully fenced. Barn with 5 stalls, large paddocks. In guard gated community with miles and miles of equestrian trails. Offered at $749K

We understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals. Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice. Our Mission Statement: Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, we haven’t done our job. We don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients.


Anna Niehaus, Realtor “Make The Right Move”


annaniehaus@comcast.net 561-214-3310 www.annaniehaus.com

Nancy Jennings, Broker 12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) | www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.

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World-class equestrian sport is back at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington for the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival, which opened on Jan. 8 and continues until March 29. Aside from a WEF overview, we take a look at WEF sponsors and offer a PBIEC visitor’s guide.


AFTER A STELLAR 2019, ALEX GRANATO HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2020 WITH CARLCHEN W Rising show jumping star Alex Granato, who is originally from Salt Lake City but now calls Wellington home, is coming off an exceptional season and looking forward to raised expectations. Granato and his mount Carlchen W were consistently contending for top honors throughout 2019. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM



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Todd and Amanda Minikus have had an enduring love affair with horses — and each other. They first met at the prestigious National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the late 1990s, just a couple of equestrians at one of the biggest shows in the U.S. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM



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Once again, riders have come to Wellington from all corners of the globe to compete. As we do each year, Wellington The Magazine once again presents our annual Faces of WEF section, offering a glimpse at just a handful of the amazing riders competing this season at the Winter Equestrian Festival.


DARRAGH KENNY BACK IN TOWN AFTER A SHOW-STOPPING EUROPEAN TOUR Twelve consecutive weeks spent in the same community may not seem very permanent, but for Ireland’s highest-ranked show jumper Darragh Kenny, it’s just about the closest thing he has to home.The time he spends in Wellington is the calm before the storm that is his peripatetic lifestyle. BY BARRE DUKES


WELLINGTON MOMS ON A MISSION FOR FAMILIES WITH CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN When Jen Sherry and Kristina Bostwick met 11 years ago through the Mom’s Club of Wellington, they realized immediately that they were destined to become friends. Now they are working on a mission together: launching the Casey Cares Foundation in South Florida.


Show jumping rising star Alex Granato, who is profiled this issue. PHOTO ©PBIEC



Guests Enjoy ‘Roaring 20s’ Fun At Boys & Girls Club Dinner Dance Polo Season Gets Underway With Iglehart Cup At IPC In Wellington Historical Society Hosts New Year’s Gala At Wellington National Provident Jewelry Spreads Holiday Cheer With Quantum House Wellington Celebrates A Successful Hometown Holiday Toy Drive

96 WELLINGTON PROGRAM Wellington is not a community accustomed to idleness, and the village keeps a full schedule of special events for residents to enjoy, explains Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Michelle Garvey in this month’s Wellington Program feature. BY MEREDITH BUROW

AT FYZICAL THERAPY & BALANCE CENTERS, 113 WELLINGTON TABLE Piatto Bravo is a love story blended with a deep passion for Italian THE GOAL IS PREVENTION, NOT JUST REPAIR food. Visions of creative and authentic dishes have come to life at For more than 20 years, Mike Graves has been on a mission to change the way people look at their health. But he realizes 18 that he can only reach his goals by properly educating people 93 about their health.That is what he is trying to do through Fyzi101 cal Therapy & Balance Centers. BY MIKE MAY

the new restaurant located near Trader Joe’s. BY MELANIE KOPACZ



JANUARY 11 - MARCH 28, 2020 FREE GENERAL ADMISSION PARKING $20/CAR (Saturday Nights) • VALET $30/CAR World-Class Show Jumping & Entertainment for the Whole Family! Main Grounds at PBIEC 3400 Equestrian Club Drive Wellington, FL 33414 www.pbiec.com (561) 793-JUMP Premier Seating call (561) 784-1125

January 11

$75,000 Battle of the Sexes presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center

January 18

$73,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 2*

January 25

$137,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*

February 1

The 11th Annual Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®

February 8

$401,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5*

February 15

$100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular

February 22 $401,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSI 5* February 29 $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* March 7

$401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*

March 14

$137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*

March 21

$137,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Series Final

March 28

$500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*

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Guests Enjoy ‘Roaring 20s’ Fun At Boys & Girls Club Dinner Dance The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club returned to the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club for its 32nd annual Wellington Dinner Dance on Friday, Jan. 10.The theme for the evening was “Roaring 20s” and included a cocktail reception before dinner, a performance by club teens, silent and live auctions, and music by the band HyRyZe. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, visit www.bgcpbc.org.

(Left to right) Christine Martin, Julia Giroux, Julie Khanna, Julie Kime, Charlene Ramos, Tracy Priske, Jennifer Black, Susan Ferraro and Angie Payne; Mayor Anne and Alan Gerwig; Nicolette Goldfarb and Charles Lerman; and Georgina Bloomberg and Hillary Dobbs with girls from the Boys & Girls Club.

(Left to right) Keith Ledsome, Kathleen Gannon-Ledsome and Ray Mooney; WRMC CEO Pam Tahan and CFO Tonja Mosley; Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Jaene Miranda with Dr. Juan Ortega; and Councilman John and Michelle McGovern, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, and Councilman Michael and Nathalie Drahos.

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6 BR | 7 BA | 5,536 SF | $1,495,000

9 4 6 2 Mc a n e e n y C o u r t 4 BR | 4 BA | 4,424 SF | $799,000


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12211 Sunnydale Drive


5 BR | 5 BA | 5,031 SF | $890,000

4 BR | 4 BA | 3,380 SF | $750,000

Kim Jenard, CLHMS, CNS, EPro Real Estate Advisor

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The information contained herein has either been given to us by the owner of the property or obtained from sources that we deem reliable. We have no reason to doubt its accuracy but we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided herein.

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A-Mazing … A-gain A-Mazing … A-gain Wellington Regional Medical Center Wellington Regional Medical Center

earned an “A” in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Group earned an “A” in theSafety Fall 2019 Leapfrog Group Hospital Grade. Hospital Safety Grade. This marks two consecutive periods being named This marks two consecutive periods being named among the nation’s safest hospitals. among the nation’s safest hospitals. Visit wellingtonregional.com Visit wellingtonregional.com

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Polo Season Gets Underway With Iglehart Cup At IPC In Wellington The International Polo Club Palm Beach’s new season of Sunday polo action opened with a heart-pounding match Sunday, Jan. 5, as Palm Beach Equine Clinic and Stable Door Polo battled it out for the 2020 Iglehart Cup. In a neck-and-neck battle, Stable Door emerged victorious 10-8. Learn more about the season at www.internationalpoloclub.com.

(Left to right) The winning Stable Door team of Robert Orthwein, Henry Porter, Santino Magrini and Matias Magrini with the Iglehart Cup; Kevin, Kendra and Lydia Droddy enjoy the halftime champagne toast; Alexandra Hall, Chanda and Paul Torrey, and Mari Pati; and Kathleen Szabo brought her 7-week-old Corgi puppy.

(Left to right) John Georgas and Annabella Rockwell; Katherine Kaneb and Amy Ebeling enjoy the match; Palm Beach Equine Clinic player Gonzalo Ferrari rests during halftime; and Sandi and Mark Reuter watch the game.


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PBIEC Welcomes Back Top-Level Competition For 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival

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World-class equestrian sport is back at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington for the 12week Winter Equestrian Festival, which opened on Jan. 8 and continues until March 29. With more than 70 divisions of hunter-jumper competition featuring everything from short-stirrup up to Olympiclevel show jumping,WEF is the premier winter equestrian destination for many of the world’s top horses and riders. Managed by Equestrian Sport Productions,WEF is the largest and longestrunning equestrian festival in the world, with more than 7,000 horses competing throughout the winter circuit and welcoming competitors of all ages to the venue to enjoy the ideal South Florida winter weather. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has long been recognized as one of the finest equestrian venues in the world. Each winter, riders from 50 countries and all 50 states travel to Wellington to compete at PBIEC.The venue covers 500 acres with 80 acres of competition rings alone. In November, the venue completed the installation of a newly engineered riding surface in the International Arena and warm-up ring after assembling a team of five world-class equestrian footing experts. The team consisted of Premier Equestrian Inc., Bart Poels of Poels Equestrian, Bill Hawe of iEquiTek, FEI

footing expert Lars Roepstroff and Travis Gould of JTWG Inc. The new arena now boasts an innovative drainage system, the OTTO Sport Base Mat system, and a state-of-the-art footing surface that’s both safer and more durable for horses and riders. “Horse welfare remains the top priority during our 12-week circuit,” ESP President Michael Stone said. “The popularity of the venue gave rise to accelerated wear and tear over the last few years. Based on our review and feedback from the riders, we were in agreement that the surface needed total replacement to meet the caliber of competition that we are hosting. In addition, with the World Cup Finals taking place in the U.S. next April, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics running in August, we expect the world’s best riders to bring their top-level horses to WEF this season to prepare and organize their international teams.” The four CSI 5* Grand Prix classes, the highest level of international show jumping in the sport, will take place on Feb. 8 (WEF 5), Feb. 22 (WEF 7), March 7 (WEF 9) and March 28 (WEF 12) in the International Arena.These competitions attract top horse-and-rider combinations and include four FEI World Ranking classes during each week. The final CSI 5* competition of the circuit (WEF 12) hosts the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, the most prestigious international class of the 2020 season. This

year, the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* will once again take place on the final Saturday of the season. The $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, kicked off the Saturday Night Lights series on Saturday, Jan. 11, pitting males against females in a battle to see which gender reigns supreme. Always a crowd favorite, spectators were encouraged to support their favorite team by wearing either blue or pink outfits. WEF welcomes Equinimity LLC as a third-year title sponsor of the popular WEF Challenge Cup classes, Thursday’s weekly highlight competition. The Equinimity WEF Challenge classes began Thursday, Jan. 8 and will continue through Thursday, March 26, with distributed prize money ranging from $35,000 up to $132,000. The CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Championship Jumper Classics will once again take place throughout the circuit at both PBIEC’s main grounds and the Derby Field at Equestrian Village, culminating with a final class on Saturday, March 21 with the $132,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Championship Classic Final, which takes place under the lights in the International Arena and offers a substantial prize for the overall series winner. The 2020 winter season will also see a return of the prestigious Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series, showcasing wellington the magazine | february 2020





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“We expect the world’s best riders to bring their top-level horses to WEF this season to prepare and organize their international teams.” — Michael Stone the next generation of talent for five editions of competition. Hosted at both the main grounds of PBIEC and at Equestrian Village, the Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series is sure to impress, once again featuring many of the world’s best riders under the age of 25. The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, a major philanthropic event hosted annually at PBIEC, is set for the evening of Saturday, Feb. 1. Over the last 10 years, the GCC has raised in excess of $13.5 million for more than 250 well-deserving Palm Beach County charities. The GCC is a pro-am style relay race between teams of riders in costume. This year’s theme is “Broadway Musicals,” and teams will have the opportunity to represent plays and musicals, along with their traditional customs in costumes and decorations.The winning team will claim more than $150,000 for their paired charity, while all participating charities receive at least $15,000. The $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular during Week 6 of WEF draws eyes to an evening of stunning hunter displays. Riders competing for one of the discipline’s yearly top honors will take to the International Arena for an evening of traditional and classic hunter competition. This week also features a varying group of hunter divisions competing in the International Arena throughout the week, while FEI CSI 3* jumper classes will take place at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village location.


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A continual crowd favorite, the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO 4*, featuring a team-format competition between riders representing their home countries, will be part of Saturday Night Lights in 2020 and hosted on Saturday, Feb. 29, during Week 8 of WEF. Last year, the United States team claimed the gold medal after a thrilling jumpoff with team members Wilton Porter, Beezie Madden,Adrienne Sternlicht and McLain Ward.This year, the U.S. will look to defend its title. Spectators are encouraged to represent their favorite team and country, as prizes are given to the “most spirited spectators” throughout the evening — so grab your flags and bring the whole family. WEF concludes on Sunday, March 29, with the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the Derby Field of Equestrian Village to officially close out

the 12 weeks of the season.Top hunter riders will set out on a beautiful course in an attempt to capture the final major prize of the winter circuit. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the final day of WEF from the berm on the Derby Field or on the adjacent grassy knoll. General admission is free at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the WEF circuit, which hosts competitions from Wednesday morning through Sunday afternoon. Numerous vendors and shops are open throughout the season, showcasing products and services that range from horse wear and tack, to art, jewelry, fine clothing and emerging technologies. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is located at 3400 Equestrian Club Drive in Wellington. For more information, visit www. pbiec.com or call (561) 793-5867.

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WEF Sponsors Support Growth Of Equestrian Sport And WEF’s Continued Success

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The support and commitment to the Winter Equestrian Festival continues to increase each year, welcoming both new and longstanding sponsors to Wellington for the highly anticipated winter circuit. Each season,WEF welcomes riders and fans of various ages, demographics and origins to the village for three consecutive months. For sponsors of WEF, presence at the competitive venue offers a valuable opportunity to invest in the growth of the sport, while simultaneously reaching a valuable new market of custom-

ers. Competitors and spectators travel from around the globe to attend the 12 weeks of competition.The audience base ranges widely in terms of lifestyle, net worth and interests, which is what makes WEF an incredibly unique hub for acquiring prospective consumers for a variety of brands. Over the years, new and innovative ways to incorporate sponsor messaging and branding have been woven into the overall development of sponsorship packages.These include arena presence with branded and distinctive jumps and

obstacles, branded signage, digital marketing campaigns, custom social media and interactive activations, just to name a few. The equestrian community is a tightknit family, with many supporters and businesses continuing their involvement for many years. Without committed and dedicated partners, the sport would not be able to succeed the way it has in recent years at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Several WEF sponsors have been partnering with the event for more than 10 years.

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“Sponsorship is a crucial component of our business model, and support is essential to the continued expansion and diversification of equestrian sport,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner and CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions. “We are honored and grateful to have the unrelenting and established commitment from our loyal partners and are extremely motived to continue introducing equestrian supporters to new markets, as the opportunities within this domain are endless.” With each new year, the sport and the season at PBIEC attracts more riders, horses and enthusiasts, which is a positive sign for the trajectory of the equestrian industry as a whole. New brands and companies are welcomed each season to join the equestrian community, and personalized campaigns and benefits are developed consistently. The Winter Equestrian Festival thanks the following major sponsors: Adequan, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Fidelity Investments, Horseware Ireland, Lugano Diamonds, NetJets, Premier Equestrian, Wellington Agricultural Services and Wellington Regional Medical Center. Additionally, the Winter Equestrian Festival thanks the following corporate sponsors: Alessandro Albanese, Always 38 february 2020 | wellington the magazine

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Faithful Equestrian Club,Animo,Antarès Sellier France, the Bainbridge Companies, the Brazilian Court Hotel, Bruno Delgrange, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, CaptiveOne Advisors, Carol Sollak of Engel & Völkers, Celebrity Cruises, Champion Equine Insurance, Chronicle of the Horse, Corro, CCTV Agent, CP, CWD, Dever Inc., Devoucoux, Discover the Palm Beaches, Dover Saddlery, Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty, Equifit, Equiline, Equine Tack & Nutritionals, Equinimity LLC, Equitan by IDA Development, Everglades Farm Equipment, Farm Stand, FarmVet, Free x Rein, Gold Coast Feed & Nutrition, Go Rentals, Griffis Residential, Hampton Inn &


Suites at Wellington and Lake Worth, Heathman Farm, Hermès, Hunt LTD, Johnson Horse Transportation, JTWG Inc., Karina Brez Jewelry, Keyes Art Gallery, Maria Mendelsohn of Douglas Elliman, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Martha Jolicoeur at Douglas Elliman, Nutrena, Omega Alpha, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Perfect Products, Platinum Performance, Prestige Italia, ProElite, Puissance America, Restylane, Rosenbaum PLLC, Rushy Marsh Farm, SP Rhodes Equestrian Identity, Sleepy P Ranch, Southern Arches LLC, Sportfot, Spy Coast Farm, Triple Crown Custom by Horseware, Triple Crown Feed, Vestrum, Veuve Clicquot, Vita Flex,Voltaire Design, the Wanderers Club and Wellington Equestrian Realty. The 2020 WEF season began on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and will continue through Sunday, March 29.The 12-week circuit features 60 days of top international show jumping, hunter and equitation competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.The event includes 11 weeks of FEI competition, concluding with the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CIS 5* on Saturday, March 28. To learn more about sponsorships, visit www.pbiec.com or e-mail Whitney Stahl at wstahl@equestriansport. com.

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WEF 2020 Great Charity Challenge, Presented By Fidelity Investments, Returns Feb. 1

Community Partners The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, will be returning to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the 11th year on Saturday, Feb. 1. Founded in 2010 by Mark and Paige Bellissimo, the event has distributed $13.5 million to more than 240 Palm Beach County charities to date. The exciting event hinges on the generous support of the equestrian community and local business partners. Donations and sponsorships from local families, foundations, businesses, vendors, exhibitors and spectators, ranging from $50 to $50,000, are what make the event reach its fundraising goal of more than $1 million every year. Over the last five years, the relay-style show jumping competition has brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes into each yearly celebration.With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “Broadway Musicals” will pay recognition to the wisdom commonly found in these plays. “We look forward to kick-starting this new decade of the GCC, along with the start of our 12-week season, in the company of such outstanding and diverse organizations,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and co-founder of the Great Charity Challenge.“This year’s applicant list is a true reflection of the amazing work they do to make Palm Beach County a better

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place.We are very grateful for them and for the continued support of the event sponsors.We hope that the GCC will become the legacy of our partnership and this facility.” A total of 69 Palm Beach Countybased organizations benefited from the 2019 GCC event. Based on a community-needs assessment with partnering agencies, the team and its board have established that a minimum of two agencies will represent the following seven categories during its upcoming 11th annual event: access to education, access to work and economic growth, child welfare, ending poverty, fighting hunger, good health and well-being, and partnerships for community development. With more than 350 applications received for a chance to participate, organizations were selected in a lotterystyle drawing in early December. “The encouragements and true camaraderie witnessed on social media between nonprofits during the selection process was heartwarming and inspiring,” Paige Bellissimo said. “We look

The Children’s Home Society The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Dress for Success of the Palm Beaches The Equestrian Aid Foundation Feed the Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County Hacer Ministry The Hanley Foundation Help Our Wounded Foundation JARC Florida Little Smiles Morningday Community Solutions Quantum House The Spirit of Giving Network The Step by Step Foundation Vita Nova Wellington Cares Wellington Public Schools PTA/PTO/PTSA The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Additional charities will be selected in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day of the event. wellington the magazine | february 2020




forward to working with many of the organizations in the months to come in an effort to amplify the event’s impact. Our objective is to not only give them a financial leg up, but also increase their visibility and provide the opportunity to connect with each other to better serve the community.” Jeff DeMario, CEO of Vita Nova Inc., one of this year’s selected charities, is enthusiastic about the opportunity. “This is so fantastic, we could scream. In fact, we did! Thank you for this opportunity. It is because of people and teams like those from the Great


Charity Challenge that gives us hope that there are still people who believe in helping others and joining causes like ours,” DeMario said. “Thank you for that. We thank you from each and every homeless and older foster youth we serve.” Equestrian Sport Productions,PBIEC’s operating organization that oversees equestrian events at the venue throughout the year, donates the facility, staff and infrastructure to ensure the success of the charitable event and guarantees that all of the funds raised are redistributed in the community.

The GCC competition will offer free general admission and will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 starting at 6 p.m. at PBIEC during WEF’s Saturday Night Lights. Free parking will be located at 13500 South Shore Blvd., home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. An art contest and gallery involving all 12 Wellington public schools will highlight #NationalFreedomDay using recyclable materials. Displayed in the Wellington Club Gallery at PBIEC, the event will be open to the public free of charge. For more information, visit www. greatcharitychallenge.com.

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WEF What To Do At WEF: A Guide To Enjoying A Visit To PBIEC

Visitor’s Guide The Winter Equestrian Festival, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, is the world’s largest and longest-running horse show circuit, with an elite combination of competition, community, social activity and more. Each WEF season brings the best of the best in the equestrian world to Wellington. Serving as a seasonal home to more than 7,000 horses worth more than half a billion dollars, the 12-week circuit runs from January through March and has something for everyone. Competitors of all ages can participate in a multitude of world-class events, with divisions in hunters, jumpers and equitation available for each level of experience. Spectators are invited to watch horses and riders from around the world vie for more than $13 million in prize money, with the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix events being the cherry on top of each week’s exciting competition. Dubbed the world’s premier winter equestrian event, it is easy to understand how WEF entices competitors from more than 50 countries and more than 500,000 visitors annually. WEF is not just an exceptional competition hub for athletes and spectators, it also provides a luxurious hangout for activities and events outside the show ring. From shopping and casual dining, to exhilarating entertainment and educational opportunities, WEF offers a unique experience for all those who come to visit. General admission to


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PBIEC is free and open to the public all season long. Looking to purchase a new top for your night on the town? Searching for the perfect gift for a friend to give them a little slice of South Florida heaven? Maybe you are a few minutes away from competing and forgot your boot socks. Whatever you are searching for, you’ll find it within minutes at the WEF retail shops.

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More than 100 vendors occupy the show grounds each week and offer a wide variety of products, styles and sizes.The shops are spread over several locations on-site, including on Hunter Hill, over the iconic PBIEC bridge, in Vendor Row, and around the many competition rings. Best of all, there are new vendors every week, so your fab finds are sure to be up to date as the season progresses. Vendor Row hosts the majority of wellington the magazine | february 2020


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vendors in the center of the grounds but be sure to check out the boutiques located by the International Arena. Both areas have shopping that caters to all equestrian and non-equestrian needs, ranging from luxury products to inexpensive merchandise. For those looking to commemorate their visit to the horse show, the WEF Boutique offers clothing, posters and souvenirs with the iconic WEF logo. In addition to shopping opportunities,WEF also has an abundance of food and drink options, ranging from a quiet lunch to a large private event. If you are searching for a quick bite during the day, visit one of the on-site vendors that offer everything from burgers and fries to salads and wraps. Interested in a taco to go? Swing by the new Don Chepo’s spot on Hunter Hill or Tito’s Mexican out by Pony Island. Another popular choice is the Oasis Café, which offers an assortment of fresh and light meals that can be ordered on-site or ahead of time by phone. You can also sit down at the Tiki Hut to eat a delicious meal while enjoying panoramic views of the International Arena. Health gurus and riders looking to fuel up before mounting are sure to love the new Farm Stand food trucks stationed by Ring 11, where you can grab a vegan bite on the way over to the Yoga Deck. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, be sure to try out 44 february 2020 | wellington the magazine

Whitehorse Fashion Cuisine. Located by the main entrance to the show grounds, Whitehorse provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing and refreshing dinner with a wide range of food and drink choices. PBIEC also caters special and corporate events throughout the season. No matter what type of food or experience you are craving, there is something for everyone at WEF. Of course, the main attraction to WEF is the high level of show jumping competition. And there is no better night to witness this exhilarating entertainment than on Saturday evening. The Saturday Night Lights attraction has become a favorite for both competitors and spectators. Beyond watching the best riders in the world, there are numerous attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Pony rides, petting zoos and stilt-walkers are just a few of the many things you’ll see when you walk through the front gates at WEF on Saturday night — and it’s all free to the general public. Saturday Night Lights is not just for the kids, because adults can also have fun at one of the many bars located around the International Arena both during and after the Grand Prix. You can also dance the night away at the Gallery following the equestrian competition. If you can only attend WEF one day a week, Saturday is the best choice. Outside the ring, the Winter Equestrian Festival continues to offer sev-

eral learning experiences and activities for everyone. Come take a tour of the world-renowned facility followed by a catered lunch. Explore all 12 of the competition rings, the stabling area where horses prepare for competition, and a stroll through Vendor Village and Trailer Row. Perhaps you’d like to forgo the tour and sit in and expand your knowledge at one of the popular Lunch & Learn events. Hosted on Thursdays weekly during WEF, the Lunch & Learn series provides educational platforms for horse enthusiasts to learn more about a variety of equine-related topics, including management and maintenance, horsemanship and care, as well as emerging technologies and treatment methods available in the equine veterinary industry. Speak with experts in their respective industries and enter to win fun, end-of-season prizes. Whether staying for the entire 12 weeks of competition or just passing through for a few days, there is plenty to do at WEF. You can witness the world’s best riders compete daily, dine at a variety of restaurants, shop until you drop, entertain the kids, enjoy an adults-only night out and learn more about various equine topics — all without leaving the showgrounds. For more information about the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, visit www.pbiec.com.

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After Stellar 2019, Alex Granato Has Big Plans For 2020 With Top Mount Carlchen W

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Remember the name Alex Granato. A rising star in the ultra-competitive U.S. show jumping realm, he is on the cusp of becoming a household name, joining the likes of superstars such as McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Margie Engle and Laura Kraut. Granato, who is originally from Salt Lake City but now calls Wellington home, is coming off an exceptional 2019 season and looking forward to raised expectations. He has worked his way up in the industry, dominating the Midwest circuit for many years before coming to Wellington. He has won more than 50 Grand Prix events during his career, but last year was one to remember. “I feel like my 2019 season was surreal,” said Granato, a relative newcomer to the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington. “I think it was a big year for me to learn about putting the proper attention on my horses and my program.And to also be looking forward and planning for new goals.” Granato and his most prominent mount, Carlchen W, a naturally fast and quick horse, were consistently contending for top honors throughout 2019. They won several major events, including a World Cup qualifier in Wellington last February and another World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio in October. They were also part of the silver medal-

winning U.S. Nations Cup team in Mexico in early May. Their steady, reliable record resulted in Granato’s selection to his first Pan American Games, held in Lima, Peru in early August, where the U.S. team earned the bronze medal. One of his Pan Am teammates was four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden. “Alex does not necessarily remind me of anyone in particular, but I think he is a great representative of the American style,” said Madden, a fan favorite at WEF. “He is very comfortable working out of a forward gallop and being aggressive, making him very competitive.” Jeff Gogul is a top hunter rider who has known Granato for many years. “His talent is God-given,” Gogul said. “I think he’s thoughtful and intuitive with his horses. He doesn’t rush horses along. He helps them meet their potential. He spent a lot of time with Carl, and they have had two incredible seasons. He knows when to push and when to back off.” With his spectacular 2019 season in the rearview mirror, Granato has formulated a specific blueprint for 2020 with Carlchen W. “My plan is to focus on a few important weeks and qualify for the 2020 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas,” the wellington the magazine | february 2020


WEF 36-year-old Granato said. “I am also going to put focus toward some new horses that I’m excited about.” The FEI World Cup Finals are April 15-19 in Las Vegas with a key qualifier in late January in Wellington and another in early March in Ocala. The top seven riders advance to the finals. Heading into the season, Granato and Carlchen W were in ninth place, just three points out of seventh. Page Tredennick, who owns Carlchen W, remembers being aware of Granato when he was a junior, riding in Arizona and Colorado. “I always admired his skill and drive even when he had tough horses,” Tredennick said.“I started working with him six years ago when my daughter was transitioning out of the horses and headed to grad school.That was when I purchased Carl, and he assumed the ride on my other Grand Prix horse Tanner.” Granato runs the hunter-jumper barn Mad Season, based out of Wellington and Lexington, Kentucky, with professional rider Josh Dolan. It is named in honor of the horse Granato purchased during his last year as a junior competitor. They went on to win more than 20 Grand Prix events over the next decade. Even on days when Granato isn’t showing, he stays busy, first by walking his dogs and then heading to the barn. “I check in with everyone and get started on our plan for the day,” Granato said. “After riding and lessons, I’ll run a couple of errands and maybe grab some lunch.Then back to the barn for chores with the minis.” On off days, Granato relaxes by spending time with friends either just cooking at home, going to movies or going to Drive Shack. Granato stressed that his recent success isn’t just his. 48 february 2020 | wellington the magazine


Alex Granato and Carlchen W had an amazing year together in 2019.

“There is a long list of people who have supported and helped me along the way,” Granato said. “Just highlighting some... my family has always been behind the scenes encouraging me.The Tredennicks have trusted me to work with their horses and let me develop Carlchen to where he is now. And perhaps the most instrumental in helping me do what I’ve done has been Josh [Dolan]. He has always given it to me straight and helped me with the program and plan with the horses.” In his spare time, Granato helps rescue and rehabilitate miniature horses for the Peeps Foundation, a nonprofit he and Dolan created. “The Peeps Foundation has become a real group effort with Josh, myself, our staff and our clients all getting involved,” Granato said. “We do all the daily care, 90 percent of the feet trimming, we as-

sist Josh with all the glue extensions and corrective shoes, and we’re constantly working on new rescues to help.” Madden recalls Granato as an exceptional teammate. “He is a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and can be very entertaining,”Madden said.“He also has a great sense of compassion, as evidenced by his work with the Peeps Foundation.” Granato and Carlchen W, an 11-yearold warmblood gelding, have swiftly moved up the ranks to the be among the best combinations in the sport. “Alex is honest and straightforward,” Tredennick said. “He’s quiet and a hard worker.“He’s Type A around the horses and reliable. Overall, he is a really good person.” Learn more about Alex Granato and follow his career by visiting www. alexgranato.com.

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WEF “It has been a partnership for more than 20 years, and at this point we have really found a balance between the two of us that makes it really work.” — Amanda Minikus

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Todd And Amanda Minikus Have A Partnership Focused On Horses And Family

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Todd and Amanda Minikus have had an enduring love affair with horses — and each other. They first met at the prestigious National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the late 1990s, just a couple of equestrians at one of the biggest shows in the United States. “Todd was trying to steal my pallet for my equipment to be taken up,” Amanda recalled. “Needless to say, he was unsuccessful.” Several years later,Amanda ended up working for Todd. Fast forward a few more years and Todd was finally able to steal her heart. They were married on Jan. 6, 2008. The 2020 season is Todd Minikus’ 40th as a professional rider and 35th competing in Grand Prix competitions — an amazing achievement in the world of show jumping. He has won more than 150 Grand Prix classes and represented the U.S. on numerous occasions, including medal-winning Nations Cup and Pan American Games teams. Todd also won the Million Dollar Grand Prix in Saugerties, N.Y., en route to earning the prestigious Equestrian of the Year award in 2014. That same year, his horse Quality Girl earned the top ranking for Horse of the Year with the most cumulative points. “I am very proud of the accomplish-

Todd Minikus has been a professional rider for 40 years. PHOTO COURTESY JRPR EQUINE NEWS ROOM

ments I have achieved so far,”Todd said of his lengthy career. “The more I do this, the more I realize I didn’t know anything about training horses and you still learn every day.” Minikus, who grew up near Des

Moines, Iowa, was also involved in bull riding when he was younger. He often attends the annual Professional Bull Riding Championships. He also enjoys NASCAR and went to the race in Charlotte in 2019. wellington the magazine | february 2020


WEF (Left) Amanda, Todd and Colt Minikus. (Right) Todd Minikus with one of his many dogs. PHOTOS COURTESY JRPR EQUINE NEWS ROOM

“I love the sport. It’s the best sport in the world,” Todd said of bull riding. “I just played around with it. I just love all fast sports. Maybe I’m an adrenaline junkie.” At their 10-acre compound in a gated community near Wellington, Todd is in charge of riding and training, while Amanda is in charge of everything else. When Todd is away at shows, Amanda takes over the riding and care of the horses at home. They moved into their four-bedroom home and 24-stall barn compound on Thanksgiving Day in 2010. “It has been a partnership for more than 20 years, and at this point we have really found a balance between the two of us that makes it really work,”Amanda said.“As far as rules, no rules. Hard work and do it right.” “My wife is always right,” Todd said. “Well, we are still alive.” Balancing career and family can sometimes be tricky, but together they make it work. Their secret? “I have no idea,” Todd said. “We take it one day at a time.” Minikus, who turns 58 years old on June 11, is planning to be busy during the current season at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. “I have a string of younger horses 52 february 2020 | wellington the magazine

that I am bringing along and hoping to get some top horses to add to my string,” said Todd, who also trains and coaches several other competitors at various levels. Robert Reyers of Wellington enjoys training with Todd Minikus. “He’s one of the great American riders,” said Reyers, who trains with Todd six days a week. “He’s very visual. He’ll get off his horse and get on my horse to show me the right way.” Even during training, Todd injects some fun into it. “He has a very good sense of humor,” Reyers said. “And he’s a big family man. Everything he does, he does for his kids.” Todd and Amanda have two children — Colt, 11, and Langley, 8. They also have several dogs, including Rhodesian ridgebacks. Managing it all together just works out for them. “I cannot say there is any kind of program to make it all work. It somehow just happens,” Amanda said. “Our son Colt plays tennis and golf and is an extreme Lego builder. Our daughter Langley rides and does gymnastics. Langley shows a lot of promise with her riding. The barn chores tend to be difficult, seeing as both of our children are allergic to horses.Who would have thought?” Langley will get itchy eyes and must

“The more I do this, the more I realize I didn’t know anything about training horses and you still learn every day.” — Todd Minikus take allergy medicine to alleviate the symptoms,Amanda explained. With so much going on at home with the horses and children, spare time is hard to come by. “There is really not too much time for relaxing,” Todd said. “It is a 24-hour occupation. But if there are moments, hanging at our house would be one of them.” Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone, a former rider and coach at the highest levels of international horse sports, has been watching top competitors for many years. “Todd is one of the world’s top riders and has been able to maintain that for a long time,” Stone said.“It is not a matter of luck that he has remained at the top for all these years. He is, without a doubt, one of nature’s gentlemen.” Equestrian insurance executive Joe Norick has known Todd since the 1980s when they met while both were in Arizona. “To me, there’s no better horseman,” said Norick, who also is impressed by Todd’s teaching ability and his sense of humor. “He’s an amazing teacher. He’s super nice and warm. He doesn’t yell; he’s not mean. He’s like, let’s fix it, let’s make the horse better, let’s make the rider better, let’s make the team better.” Todd and Amanda Minikus, as a team, are getting better every day. To learn more about Todd Minikus, visit www.toddminikusshowjumping. com.

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The Winter Equestrian Festival is back in action at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Once again, riders have come to Wellington from all corners of the globe to compete at the longest horse show series in the world with more prize money than ever on the line. Horse and rider pairs will soar over fences, navigate complicated sequences and make hairpin turns — all to the delight of the crowd. While WEF attracts the world’s top riders, it’s not all about jumping at its highest levels. WEF is home to riders of all ages and abilities, from Short Stirrup all the way up to Grand Prix. While junior and amateur riders aim to get crucial show experience, the world’s top riders have returned to Wellington with an eye on this year’s 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. As we do each year, Wellington The Magazine once again presents our annual Faces of WEF section, offering a glimpse at just a handful of the amazing riders competing this season at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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A native of Michigan, up-and-coming rider Jordan Allen took her first lesson at a local barn as a birthday present when she was 7 years old.Allen began taking one lesson a week with a trainer until she sustained an injury at age 8.After healing,Allen’s love for horses won out and she returned to riding, moving from ‘C’ rated shows to the ‘A’ circuit with her horse Avedon.Trainer Kim Carey recognized both Allen’s talent and desire to reach the highest levels of the sport, introducing her in 2015 to Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms, where she is currently a working student. When not studying at the University of South Carolina, she trains at Ashland’s Lexington, Kentucky, base during the summer and calls Wellington home during the winter season. She has found success at WEF, finishing third in last year’s $100,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular with the 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Kind Of Blue.

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Liza Towell Boyd is one of the country’s top hunter riders and trainers.As a junior, Boyd was named Overall World Champion Hunter Rider three times, was second at the Washington International Equitation Finals and won the Best Child Rider Award there four times, setting a record that remains untouched. After completing her junior career, she graduated from the College of Charleston and returned to the family business. Since then, Boyd has had an extremely successful career as both a trainer and rider.To date, she has won more than 25 USHJA international and national hunter derbies, and she rode Brunello to victory in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships. She’s the only rider to have won the WCHR Pony, Junior and Professional titles. She also won the WCHR Professional Finals again in 2017 and 2018.

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Laura Chapot comes from one of the nation’s most prominent equestrian families. Daughter of famed Olympic equestrians Frank and Mary Chapot, she is based out of Chado Farms in New Jersey. Chapot has an extensive list of accomplishments and can often be found high on the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. She had a spectacular season last year at the Winter Equestrian Festival, particularly with mount Chandon Blue.The pair took six top-three finishes, including the $50,000 Puissance America Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, March 31, to claim the final FEI Grand Prix victory of the 2019 circuit. It was the pair’s fourth win in the final five weeks of WEF. It didn’t take Chapot long to make her mark at this year’s festival, claiming the top two spots in the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge aboard Thornhill Kate and Out of Ireland during the opening week of WEF.

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Lorenzo de Luca started riding horses when he was 9 years old. He grew up in a little town called Lecce in the south of Italy, where he first started competing. When he was 11 years old, he had his first show jumping competition with a horse called Eponi Constelina.When de Luca was 18 years old, he started riding professionally. He worked for the Neil Jones trading stables in Belgium before joining the highly regarded Stephex Stables, also in Belgium, in 2015. Nowadays, de Luca is a regular on the Italian national team, where he has participated in Nations Cup events and at the World Equestrian Games. Back in Wellington for the 2020 season, de Luca can be seen competing in his Italian Air Force military uniform and hopes to represent his home country at the Olympic Games. wellington the magazine | february 2020 63



After a string of great performances in 2019, Swiss Olympian Martin Fuchs, 27, began 2020 by moving to the top of the Longines rankings for the first time in his career. Fuchs’ first major victory was team gold at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and he went on to make his senior Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio with his gray gelding Clooney 51. Fuchs has achieved podium finishes at the last three major championships, including individual silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon and helping the Swiss team to fourth, earning a team quota place at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. Fuchs finished as runner-up at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg last April and was crowned European Champion together with Clooney 51 at the Longines FEI Jumping European Championships in Rotterdam in August.

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Lillie Keenan rose to prominence as one of the country’s top junior riders, who swept the championships in the 2007 and 2008 USEF Pony Finals.At age 13, she won the 2010 Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals.The next year, Keenan took home the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, defeating some of the sport’s top professionals. Now 23, she has continued her winning ways. In 2018, Keenan was named to the Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon before heading to Europe to compete in the Global Champions Tour. In 2019, Keenan earned a string of top placings at the Devon Horse Show, where she rode Chaccolette to third place in the $72,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake and fourth in the $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake. At Hickstead, Keenan and Fasther finished eighth in the Bunn Leisure International Stakes and 12th in the famed Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup.

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As the son of two trainers, Darragh Kenny, 32, began competing at the age of 10 in his homeland of Ireland. Kenny’s career quickly flourished as he competed in his first Grand Prix at the age of 14 and was invited to compete at the Dublin Horse Show. He soon began working with North Run Farm under the tutelage of Missy Clark and John Brennan.With the help of Clark, Kenny was able to ride on Obelix, a horse that guided him to the top level of the sport with key wins starting in 2009. He had a show-stopping European tour in 2019. With Balou du Reventon, owned by Ann Thompson, he earned two prestigious 5* Grand Prix wins over the summer and also produced two clear rounds in the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona to earn team gold and the coveted final Olympic qualification slot for the Irish show jumping team.When not in the saddle, he operates Oakland Stables with American show jumper Hardin Towell.

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Kristen Vanderveen runs Bull Run Jumpers, a training and sales stable in Wellington. Now 31, she has been managing the stables since age 18. As a rider, she jumped to the top of the rankings in 2016, and followed that up with an amazing year in 2017, when Vanderveen and her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, better known as Frosty, become one of the winningest pairs at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, taking home six blue ribbons in FEI competition. Vanderveen and Frosty later topped the $50,000 1.50m FEI Las Vegas National Welcome Jumper Speed Classic. In 2019, Vanderveen took several key wins at WEF and was back in Wellington to end the year, when she and Frosty won the $36,000 Dover Saddlery Holiday & Horses Opener at the ESP Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

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Twelve consecutive weeks spent in the same community may not seem very permanent to some, but for Ireland’s highest-ranked show jumping athlete Darragh Kenny, it’s just about the closest thing he has to home. The time Kenny spends competing in Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Palm Beach Masters series and the Wellington Turf Tour could be considered the calm before the storm that is his peripatetic lifestyle as a professional athlete. Following the 2019 WEF circuit, Kenny spent the remainder of his year trav-

eling to a new city nearly every single weekend while climbing his way up the world rankings. Kenny highlighted his most successful year to date by accomplishing his personal milestone of breaking into the world’s top 10 in October and concluded the year as the No. 8-ranked athlete on the Longines FEI world ranking list. In 2019, Kenny amassed an astounding résumé of top results across the globe. With Balou du Reventon, owned by Ann Thompson, he earned two prestigious 5* Grand Prix wins in the summer, which include the LGCT Grand

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Cup Verona CSI5*-W in November and Kenny’s first Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI de Genève in December. Thompson is a valuable owner, also providing the ride on Important de Muze, which captured wins at the Sweden and London international horse shows, as well as sharing ownership with Kenny in Classic Dream, which finished in third place in the LGCT Grand Prix of Lon-

don CSI5* and fourth in the Longines Grand Prix of Paris CSI5*. Other notable finishes include victory in the $134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix CSI3* and fifth place in the €1,000,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at CHIO Aachen with Jack Snyder’s Babalou 41.Vlock Show Stables owns two of Kenny’s additional top mounts, Scarlett du Sart Z and Billy Dorito, which earned wins in Kentucky in the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix and the $36,000 Welcome Speed Stake CSI4* at the National Horse Show, respectively. While 2019 was a monumental year for Kenny, 2020 holds a lot on the horizon for the 32-year-old Irish show jumper as he kicks off his competition year in Wellington with sights set on his first Olympic Games in Tokyo in August. Kenny will use the Florida winter circuit to prepare, which has made up a major portion of his competition schedule for the past 10 years, lead-

ing him to purchase a home and add a base in Wellington for his international business of Oakland Stables, which he owns and operates with American show jumper Hardin Towell. The Wellington location gives their global operation three bases, with additional locations in Thermal, Calif., and Meijel, Netherlands. “I had a very busy year in 2019 as I traveled to compete every weekend, but it was rewarding to achieve one of my own goals, which was to be ranked in the top 10 in the world. I couldn’t have done any of this without Hardin’s support in managing our business in America,” Kenny said. “It is always nice to come back to Florida in the winter because it feels a good bit like home. It also gives Hardin and I a chance to work on organizing the business at the start of each year.” Together with Towell, the international operation offers development and



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get to know the horses better,” Kenny explained.“I am able to teach, train and ride at all levels in one place.” Kenny’s current string boasts a diverse group that ranges from up-andcoming young horses to experienced CSI5* mounts. Many of his Oakland Stables-owned young horses stay in Europe until they are ready to campaign as sale horses in Florida.The team is showcasing four new 8-year-olds this circuit with hopes of producing them along to sell while continuing to compete with Kenny. For now, it’s a welcomed change for Kenny as he spends his time in Wellington and takes the opportunity to stay in one place for the full three months of the circuit. Oakland Stables offers training and sales at locations in Wellington, Fla.; Thermal, Calif.; and Meijel, Netherlands. Visit www.oaklandstables.net to learn more.

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Wellington Moms On A Mission For Families With Chronically Ill Children

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When Jen Sherry and Kristina Bostwick met 11 years ago through the Mom’s Club of Wellington, they realized immediately that they were destined to become friends. Both came to Wellington from big cities — Sherry from Baltimore and Bostwick from Chicago.They each have four children of similar ages, and both know what it’s like to be the mother of a child with serious medical needs. Their bond deepened through their children’s illnesses, comparing notes on doctors and treatments and being each other’s source of strength. Sherry’s daughter has epilepsy, which is under control thanks to her current medications, and Bostwick’s son is a healthy high school senior after having open heart surgery as a young child. Their shared experiences made them realize how important it is to have a network of other parents who can relate to having critically ill children. “That’s what gets you through — other families to talk to who are dealing with the same challenges,” Sherry said. Their desire to help others made them the perfect volunteers to help launch the Casey Cares Foundation in South Florida and serve as Champion of Children honorees for its inaugural “An Evening with Casey Cares” event on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Breakers West Country Club. The Casey Cares Foundation was founded in Baltimore by Casey Baynes, who was inspired by working at children’s charities to create her own nonprofit focused on providing special ex-

Jen Sherry and Kristina Bostwick have taken the lead in supporting Casey Cares in the local area.

periences for families with a child who is fighting a life-threatening disease that requires frequent hospitalizations. For some, the family events may be the only reprieve from hospital stays and doctors’ visits. For others, they may be one of the last events they will attend with all family members present. When Baynes looked to Florida to expand, she called the one friend she knew would make it happen — Sherry. And she called the one friend she knew would be right there at her side — Bostwick. “When Casey asked if I could help, my first though was ‘Yes!’ My second

thought was Kristina would be a perfect partner,” Sherry said. It was not only Bostwick’s experience as a mother, it was also her background as a neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric nurse and the can-do attitude she had as PTA president at Panther Run Elementary School. Sherry knew that her friend would understand how meaningful Casey Cares would be to Wellington and the entire South Florida community. “It was very special that Casey recognized the most important thing is the family unit,” Bostwick said. “If you can provide a little stress relief and respite, wellington the magazine | february 2020


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it is a boost to the entire family’s mental health.” While it has been only been a few months since Casey Cares launched in South Florida, Sherry and Bostwick have already rallied sponsors, donors and sports teams to contribute to the special programming that is designed to keep families’ spirits high and create lasting memories. Their first big outing brought together two boys who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families to attend a Miami Dolphins game.While the boys didn’t know each other — one is from West Palm Beach and the other is from Miami — having their families share the experience is part of the magic of Casey Cares. “We’re making connections for families to share a special moment and create a lasting bond,” Sherry said. Other outings in the works are an afternoon at the zoo, pizza and movie nights, and a spa day just for moms who need self-care. For children who are hospital-bound, Casey Cares found a special way to bring joy — brand new pajamas.The program is called “Kami’s Jammies” in memory of a young Casey Cares patient who loved to receive new pajamas when she was in the hospital. Sherry and Bostwick have created partnerships with a number of organizations to hold pajama drives, including Chick-fil-A and the South Florida Sci-

ence Center & Aquarium, which made Casey Cares a beneficiary of its “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31, asking families to bring a donation of new pajamas.The Children’s Hospital at Palms West is one of the designated hospitals that will receive the pajamas to share with patients. An Evening with Casey Cares will be the group’s biggest Florida event yet. As the evening’s honorees, Sherry and Bostwick are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of supporters who will enjoy a seated dinner, an open bar, live music from the Bay Kings Band, a silent auction filled with unique items and more. “One of the things Jen and I love about Wellington is how charitable our community is,” Bostwick said. “I’m happy to see my kids grow up here and be surrounded by others who give back. We’re hoping to have that same spirit at the event where people can see a kid with a big, happy smile and know that it was because of their generosity.” An Evening with Casey Cares will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Breakers West Country Club. Tickets are $150 per person, and tables of 10 are available. For more information about the Casey Cares Foundation, e-mail Jennifer McCorvey, southern region development director, at jennifer@caseycaresfoundation.org, or visit www. caseycares.org.

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For more than 20 years, Mike Graves has been on a mission to change the way people look at their health. “Imagine a world where physical health and vitality is the rule rather than the exception,” Graves said. “That’s a pretty exciting world.” But he realizes that world can only exist by properly educating people about their health. While Graves feels as if he’s making progress, he admits that he has a long way to go before reaching his goal. Graves’ mission began in 1998 when

he started Gold Coast Physical Therapy Associates. Over time, his business interests in the physical therapy profession have changed. Currently, he is one of the original shareholders, leaders and entrepreneurs behind Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, a national franchise with 450 locations in 46 states, including 10 locations in Palm Beach County. Graves and his partner Bruce White remain the sole owners in Palm Beach County and are hard at work innovating and creating prevention-oriented servic-

es for patients, with a particular focus on senior citizens. Graves and White said their company’s mission is “to prevent needless suffering and do all in their power to help seniors flourish.” “We do this by educating our therapists through proprietary training programs, educating our clients and leveraging new patient treatment technologies in our centers,” Graves explained. “Helping older people improve their balance is a huge issue today,” added White, whose career in the profession wellington the magazine | feberuary 2020


started while he was recovering from an injury to his shoulder blade back in 1994. Since its founding in 2013, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers has grown and expanded. Clients range in age from 5 to 105, but 60 percent of the patients are at least 60 years old. Beyond the condition they are receiving physical therapy for, the vast majority of his clients suffer from medical and health issues that Graves refers to as “diseases of affluence.” Fortunately, that scenario can change. “Depending on the study you read, between 75 percent and 98 percent of diseases of affluence are preventable,” Graves said. He explained that diseases of affluence are, in large part, the result of conscious decision-making. Two of the more common ones are obesity and diabetes, which are preventable with lifestyle decisions and are often tied to poor dietary choices and physical inactivity. The physical inactivity issue is a big one, as more than 80 million U.S. residents are classified as physically inactive, according to the Physical Activity Council. Improving those unhealthy statistics requires equipping patients with the Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers is home to the latest equipment designed to improve patient balance.

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knowledge to make their own lifestyle changes. “Getting weaker is not a byproduct of aging,” White said. “Instead, it’s a consequence of not moving. Exercising in life is like putting money away in the bank for the future.” “We can’t mandate behavior change,” Graves added. “Instead, we must educate and provide customized, evidenced-based programs that address our clients’ specific needs. When people are armed with knowledge, and have access to trusted resources, they can make the right decisions.” One of the company’s newest product offerings is a medically based fitness program for older patients called Fyzfit. The Fyzfit programs are currently available at the company’s locations in Boynton Beach and western Lake Worth. “The Fyzfit program will help anybody do the basic movements in life, such as safely getting around the house, putting food away in the cabinets and picking up something from the floor,” White said. Graves noted that one of the other big issues that seniors have to cope with is avoiding falling down. Even a fall which does not result in an injury can be costly. “When all is said and done, the costs of a non-injury fall can average in excess of $20,000,” Graves said. Sadly, too many falls do result in injury, which can eventually lead to an untimely death. “When we prevent a fall, we save a life,” Graves said. “We can prevent that fall. At the very least, we can prevent a whole lot of suffering and costly medical intervention.” At Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Graves said each facility has technology designed to counter falling. It’s a specialized vestibular system technology that specifically targets a patient’s balance system, which is tied to the inner ear. “We have technology that can improve your vestibular system and deal

with dizziness,” Graves said. “We can treat people with technology and educate them about what they can do to prevent falls. We have the most advanced technology available.” The company’s leadership is also focused on re-educating the physical therapy profession. According to Graves, too many physical therapists traditionally focus solely on episodic care, treating the client’s body part rather than seeing them as the complete individual that they are. Physical therapists can and must do so much more, he said. By looking at clients in their entirety and engaging them on those issues, lives can be changed and suffering can be prevented. Graves said that roughly 85 percent of his company’s current clients are walking in the door seeking help to recover from an injury. Currently, only some of those patients are getting fall prevention and balance care assistance. But the percentages are changing in favor of more care designed to prevent future problems. The joint approach by Graves and White confirms the validity of the ageold cliché, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care.” “We have a sick care system in the U.S., not a healthcare system,” Graves said. “We’d like to see our physical therapy education system change, but change takes time. This is a cause worth fighting for.” White said that his goal is to change the attitudes around aging in the United States. “Successful aging in place does not just have to be about building access ramps and grab bars,” White said. “It’s about taking control of your physical health to live the longest possible quality-filled life.” Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers has 10 locations in Palm Beach County. To find the nearest location to you, visit www.fyzicalpbc.com or call (561) 331-3636.



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Owner of Provident Jewelry’s newest location in Wellington, Geoff Fear likes the business he is in because jewelry is part of the happiest times in people’s lives. A northerner whose family wintered in South Florida, Fear started his first business at age 21. It became so successful that he could develop the hobby of collecting high-end watches. “I had been coming here since I was a youngster and fell in love with the area,” Fear recalled. “Fifteen years ago, I moved down and began to indulge my hobby of watch collecting by hanging around Provident Jewelry in Jupiter.” He was drawn to Wellington due to its equestrian amenities. “I fell in love with Wellington and became a fixture at polo every Sunday, and further fell in love with the jewelry and high-end watch business. That’s because it’s such a positive, happy business,” Fear said. “The clients are happy, the people in the business are happy. Jewelry is part of the positive moments in people’s lives.” Twelve years ago, Fear began learning the ins and outs of the business. “I came into Provident Jewelry in Jupiter as a vice president of sales,” he explained. After doing an exceptional job in that role, he was offered the opportunity to buy into the company as a partner. Provident Jewelry has a different way of doing business than many tra-

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wellington | professional ditional jewelers, Fear explained. It is a young company in the industry, being around 27 years, with an excellent reputation for high integrity and honest value. “We are estate jewelers, so we buy and sell the same things to the same people, so we have to play our cards face-up. Our margins are much thinner. We often sell the same jewelry as competitors for 40 to 50 percent of their prices,” Fear said. As the company often takes back things that they have sold before for upgrades, estates or for whatever reason people might want to sell them, the markup is minimal compared to other firms. “At the same time, we provide the ultra-high-end experience that goes with the purchase of such one-of-a-kind pieces of estate jewelry and the finest wrist watches in the world from some of the most unique boutique brands and inde-

pendent watchmakers,” Fear said. “We feature luxurious surroundings, with a full bar and a wine room.” The multi-million dollars invested in the new Wellington location provides a venue expected by high-end jewelry customers. The store even hosts events that showcase its elaborate setting. In addition to the environment and dedication to a quality experience, another feature that sets Provident Jewelry’s seven stores apart is the expert in-house jewelers equipped with the latest technology available, including laser welders. “We don’t send anything out. We do 100 percent of our jewelry and watch repair ourselves, in house, with technology such as laser welding, which enables our experts to use a welder to solder gold or silver together,” Fear said. “We can now actually use it to punch holes or to move stuff around. It is a very complex, expensive piece of

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Wellington is not a community accustomed to idleness, and many events are organized and led by the village itself.According to Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Michelle Garvey, the community is currently at its peak in terms of things to do and places to go — and you won’t want to miss a thing. Garvey has worked for the Village of Wellington for 15 years and handles all village-run special events. One such event that is currently occupying her time is the Wellington Classic Brew Fest, one of the few age-limited festivals that Wellington stages each year. The second annual event is schedAssistant Parks & Recreation Director Michelle Garvey is in charge of organizing community events.

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uled to take place Saturday, Feb. 8 on the Great Lawn at Wellington’s Town Center area near the Wellington Community Center. Craft beer lovers can choose their taste of brews from 40 different breweries. “The idea for this was actually generated by our assistant village manager. He’s always looking for new and innovative ideas, and this is his baby,” Garvey said. “I think it’s a great addition to our listing of events. It’s something that sets us apart.” Garvey is expecting 1,500 people to attend the Wellington Classic Brew Fest and encourages them to buy tickets early, as last year, the event was sold out at 1,200 tickets. General admission is $45 prior to the event and $50 at the gate. Brew tasters are also invited to enjoy limited and specialized samples, hors d’oeuvres and even massages with the purchase of a VIP ticket, guaranteeing early, exclusive admission at 2 p.m. General admission begins at 3 p.m.VIP tickets are $65 in advance and $70 at the gate. Visitors looking to attend the event but not consume alcohol can buy a $10 ticket, excluding them from drinking but guaranteeing unlimited soda, water and a commemorative pint glass. While this form of admission is dubbed the “Designated Driver Ticket,” all eventgoers are encouraged to drink responsibly. “During the event, to slow people down and make sure no one’s over-con-

suming, there are tasting glasses, which are smaller than a pint glass — and the brewers can only fill up to a certain line — so they really just get a taste of the beers,” Garvey said.“And we also encourage them to have a taste of this and then move on to the next brewer, so they can sample their special brews.” Another event coming up is Marchtoberfest, set for March 6 and 7, also on the Great Lawn. Marchtoberfest is family friendly, and admission is free. Partnering with the American German Club, the village welcomes visitors to watch German dance and band performances, as well as enjoy traditional German food. Grammy-nominated accordion musician Alex Meixner is also scheduled to perform. “They can sit down and enjoy a bratwurst,” Garvey said.“The kids can play in the bounce houses or play lawn games and just enjoy the beauty of our little piece of paradise here in Wellington.” Unlike the tradition of holding these types of gatherings in October, Garvey said this event landed in March after they were contacted by Hofbrau, the event’s official beer sponsor. “Marchtoberfest came about where everything kind of fell together,” Garvey said. “We had the Hofbrau representative contacting us, and we were able to say, ‘OK, we’re going to make it a German theme.’Then we got together with the American German Club, and it all just fell into place.”

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Wellington organizes a full slate of community events, such as the popular Father/Daughter Dance and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

Only a couple weeks later, Wellington will play host to the popular Bacon & Bourbon Fest, a family-friendly event complete with vendors and bourbon pairings. Wellington was actually featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Eats� for hosting this unique event. While this is an event for all ages,

guests over 21 years old are invited to participate in pairing events inside the Wellington Community Center where experts teach them which type of bourbon pairs well with which food. According to Garvey, Bacon & Bourbon Fest debuted in Delray Beach, but event organizers reached out to Welling-

ton and later moved the event here. The event, set for March 21-22, will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater and the Wellington Community Center, and while it is free to the public, multiple VIP packages are available for sale. Learn more at www.baconbourbonfest. com. wellington the magazine | february 2020


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“Wellington residents should feel proud of their community. We just hope to keep facilitating that and keep producing more events and opportunities for Wellington.” — Michelle Garvey Garvey explained that when new event ideas come up, it is discussed among village staff to determine if it would be something good to offer the community. “If everybody decides yes, this is something that’s going to bring something positive to the community, then we try it out,” she explained.“Sometimes things work, sometimes they don’t. We’ve been very fortunate. [Bacon & Bourbon] was a great event, and the community really comes out for it.” There are a number of other events Wellington is set to offer in 2020, including the continuation of regular food truck events, movie nights and live performances at the Wellington Amphitheater. Over two weekends this month, the popular Tribute Music & Food Truck Festival will return to the amphitheater stage. To find out more information about this or other village events, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. “Wellington residents should feel proud of their community,” Garvey said. “We just hope to keep facilitating that and keep producing more events and opportunities for Wellington.” E-mail Michelle Garvey at mgarvey@ wellingtonfl.gov if you have ideas for future events. This year’s Wellington Program series focuses on some of the amazing programs offered by the Village of Wellington.

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A career based around horses is often a lifelong endeavor. For Wellington real estate agent Martha Jolicoeur, her time in the saddle led her to her true calling. An accomplished rider training under the tutelage of Olympians, Jolicoeur made a big change that led her to call Wellington home — and to help others do the same. Jolicoeur grew up in Westport, Connecticut, located in the heart of northeastern horse country. For her, riding felt like a natural step, and it was one that rewarded her from the moment she climbed onto the back of a horse as a child. Unlike most Olympic sports, men and woman compete as equals in equestrian events, and the sport also involves another living, breathing being. Jolicoeur experienced the many highs while competing, but horses also helped her discover another passion. While living and competing in the Middleburg, Virginia, area, it was from the back of a horse that Jolicoeur was inspired to take her professional career in another direction. “I was riding my horse along a hill and thought to myself that I needed to find a different path to secure a future for my family,’” said Jolicoeur, whose daughter, Isabel, is an associate attorney at Atkinson P.A. in Miami. “I got off the horse and decided to focus on real estate full time. So, I moved to Florida.” South Florida became Jolicoeur’s

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and it gives this place a real sense of community.” Real estate is now Jolicoeur’s “competitive sport” and she has — once again — found her way to the top. In 2018, she was ranked the No. 1 Florida agent as a member of the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports & Entertainment Division. Jolicoeur has witnessed the evolution of Wellington real estate. Through

Wellington,” Jolicoeur said. “The equestrian activities have expanded, and the array of people wishing to live here has skyrocketed.” However, it takes the expertise offered by someone with experience in the market to find the perfect home. “In this market, buyers have to do their research, take their time and watch the trends,” Jolicoeur said. “On the flip side, if sellers do their homework and price appropriately, their properties will sell.” Today, Jolicoeur feels that there is a healthy mix of equestrian farms, private estates, condos and year-round residences balancing the market. “There is something for everyone,” she said. “People — related to the horse business or not — have realized that this is a place anyone would want to call home.” To learn more about Martha Jolicoeur, call (561) 797-8040 or visit www.marthasproperties.com.

the boom in condo living in the early 2000s and a transition in popularity to farm and home sales as the equestrian community put down roots, Jolicoeur caters to the needs of both the equestrian set and people looking for their own slice of Florida paradise. “When I started in Wellington, there was a boom in the market,” Jolicoeur said. “You listed something, and it sold right away. I still feel that we have a very healthy market, but we are dealing with a larger base of people coming to Wellington and looking to own property. Another thing that is positively affecting the market now is the tax advantages of being a Florida resident. It’s a perk that many people can’t pass up.” Since 2005, Wellington has experienced a growth spurt that is impressive to visitors and the real estate market as a whole. “Growth has been the biggest facilitator for a healthy real estate climate in

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Matthew Otero’s life is all about helping year-round residents and visiting equestrians to accomplish their fitness goals and athletic aspirations. Through continuing education to address unique physiological needs, personalized nutrition and specific strength-training programs, he works with each client in developing universal principles. Otero earned his 2019 drug-free Mr. Universe Bodybuilding title using his four valuable principles of success. “I use intensity, consistency, motivation and experience while upholding the highest level of integrity,” said Otero, an Ohio native who has lived with his wife Liz in the Wellington area for the last dozen years. “We are both professional fitness trainers, as well as parents of two young children. We run the Mighty Oaks Equestrian Farm boarding and training facility in Loxahatchee Groves, as well as Results Personal Training where we train many equestrian athletes and other fitness and strengthrelated modalities. Otero lives a high-quality, healthy lifestyle and was ready, at the age of 40, to begin training for a Pro National Gym Association drug-free bodybuilder title in the 2019 Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Competition, just 18 weeks before he would make his debut at the competition and ultimately bring the title back to the United States. “As an NGA Pro Bodybuilder, we submit ourselves to not only a drug test, but

Matthew Otero runs both Results Personal Training and Mighty Oaks Equestrian Farm.

also to a polygraph test about not using any performance-enhancing drugs,” Otero explained. For the concentration and intensity necessary for competition preparation, what better motivator than to have a baby or two? “We have two beautiful kids, Blaise and Mia, who are within 15 months of each other,” Otero said.“Blaise will be 2 years old in February, and Mia was just born July 30.” Before opening Results Personal

Training 13 years ago, Otero always felt his true passion was to help people physically and mentally. “At that time, I met an amazing baseball coach, trainer and Christian, Bruce Charlebois, from Highlands Christian Academy,” Otero said. Charlesbois asked Otero to help his team with speed and strength, and that year was the first time the school went to the state regionals. “From then on, I haven’t stopped helping people, wellington the magazine | february 2020


wellington | health whether it be athletes or general fitness clients,” Otero said. He also teamed up with Tony Cabrales at Tony Fit4life, which was a huge opportunity for him to start training more equestrian athletes. “One thing I have learned throughout the years is that there is opportunity all around if you stay honest to your true passions,” Otero said. “For me, it is all about helping people do things they never thought they could. Also, when that opportunity presents itself, you must be willing to do the work.You can be presented with the greatest opportunity, but if you’re not willing to put in the time and passion, then that opportunity is completely meaningless.” Workouts at Results Personal Training are personalized.“We believe in oneon-one customized training specifically for our client’s level, sport or goal with customized diet and fitness programing,” Otero said. “We are able to work

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Piatto Bravo is a love story blended with a deep passion for traditional Italian food. Visions of creative and authentic dishes have come to life at the new restaurant, located on State Road 7 in the Village Green Center near Trader Joe’s. “The food is authentic Italian, so our menu goes all the way from Northern Italy to Southern Italy.We cover the entire Italian concept,” owner Dominic Dipino explained. Dipino and his wife, Chef Maria Amelia Baez, have a background steeped in Italian cuisine. While they grew up in the Dominican Republic, their grandparents, who hail from Italy, instilled upon them a passion for cooking and baking, with inspiration also coming from their parents. “We share the same passion, and we take it personally,” Dipino said. Using only the freshest authentic Italian ingredients, Baez said it allows her to make innovative creations with hearty flavors. “It’s very homey. When I thought of the menu, I thought of comfort food — what I liked having with my family at home. The Bolognese sauce, cheese ravioli. I love using Parmesan,” said Baez, who puts her own spin on the cheeses she uses. “I make my own blend of cheese. We grate different cheeses and make the blend here.” The state-of-the-art wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of it all. Direct from Modena, Italy, it cooks pizzas evenly on a rotating floor at 600 degrees. “We only work with wood. The perfect temperature is 600 for pizza. It

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pepperoni, topped with a choice of aioli.“We make our dough, our sauces and the aioli that go on top,” Baez explained. “We also have cauliflower pizza. A lot of people order it without cheese, just sauce and vegetables. People think it’s not going to be crispy, but it’s thin and crispy, made like every other pizza.”

Baez chose a number of gluten-free and vegan items for the menu, including zucchini pasta, with four dishes to choose from, like pomodoro zucchini noodles, to pesto, Bolognese and gamberoni. All pasta is made fresh in batches each day on site. One of the most popu-

lar items on the menu is the signature dish Rigatoni di Maria, made with truffled cream, shrimp and goat cheese mousse with mozzarella au gratin. Dishes range from $10 to $18. “We create at home,” Baez said. “We create new things. We live by it. When we’re not working here, we’re cooking at home with our kids.” The restaurant space has been completely remodeled with a rustic yet modern flair, nestled with outdoor seating next to a courtyard complete with an oversized chess board and a tranquil waterfall. The trattoria seats 97, while the outdoor patio offers eight additional tables. The couple, along with their developer partners, opened six restaurants where they grew up in the Dominican Republic.When considering opening in the United States, their partners had ties to Wellington’s equestrian community and suggested they expand here.“It was


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the specialties. Daily happy hour is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.A full coffee bar offers cappuccino, espresso and more to top off your meal. Hard work has paid off for Dipino and Baez, who are excited about how well the new restaurant has been embraced by the community. “Sometimes, I can’t believe it. Believe in your dreams, work very hard. Never stop, even when things get tough,” Baez said. “This wasn’t easy. It took a lot of work and sacrifice. I have the best partner and team. We put a lot on hold. We do it out of love.” The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Delivery is available through Uber Eats, Delivery Dudes and DoorDash. Piatto Bravo is located at 2803 S. State Road 7 in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 841-6983 or visit www.piattobravo.com.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 1 • The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, will return Saturday, Feb. 1 to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center starting at 6 p.m. For info., visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com. SUNDAY, FEB. 2 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 2 with the Ylvisaker Cup Final. For more information, call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. MONDAY, FEB. 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, Feb. 3, 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. TUESDAY, FEB. 4 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Zumba Gold on Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Straw Rockets for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Use the air in your lungs to power this tiny rocket. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 • The YWCA and Alex and Ani will present Charity by Design on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alex and Ani store in the Mall at Wellington Green. Shop to support the YWCA of Palm Beach County. For info., call R.J. Parrillo at (561) 640-0050. THURSDAY, FEB. 6 • The Walkers of Wellington will walk around the shops at the Mall at Wellington Green (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info.

• Hadassah and Macy’s at the Mall at Wellington Green (10316 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will celebrate Together for Women’s Health on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jill Davis at (561) 739-8312 or jilllife1862@yahoo. com or Hadassah Florida Atlantic at (877) 949-1818 or florida@hadassah.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free concert by the Flyers Rock Band on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. FRIDAY, FEB. 7 • The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Feb. 7 with check-in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call Michael Gauger at (561) 688-3014 or e-mail gaugerm@pbso.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free screening of the movie Abominable on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. SATURDAY, FEB. 8 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold its Wellington Chamber Community 5K on Saturday, Feb. 8 in partnership with Palm Beach Central High School. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. • The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will host the Mary Murray Scholarship 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 a.m. at Okeeheelee Park. For more info., visit www.yspb.org/5K. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Get Ready to Vote on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Supervisor of Elections Office representatives will discuss important information for upcoming elections, as well as demonstrate new voting equipment. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Tickets are now on sale for the second annual

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Wellington Classic Brew Fest on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Wellington’s Town Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.wellingtonclassicbrewfest. com for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Irish rock concert by the Screaming Orphans on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. SUNDAY, FEB. 9 • Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington will host representatives from the League of Women Voters who will speak about the 2020 Census on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the courtyard of the original Wellington Mall. For more info., e-mail Ella Bender at morah4241@hotmail.com. • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 9 with the C.V. Whitney Cup. For more information, call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. MONDAY, FEB. 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sensory Story Time for Adults with Special Needs on Monday, Feb. 10 at 10:15 a.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a French Conversation Group for Beginners on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Pirates of Penzance will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.dollyhand.org. TUESDAY, FEB. 11 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Senior Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The topic is “Lunch & Learn: Caring for the Aging Heart” with speaker Dr. Eliezer Hernandez. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22 • St. David’s Church in Wellington will host its Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 8 a.m. to noon. For more info., call Nancy Schroeder at (561) 792-0244. SUNDAY, FEB. 23 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Feb. 9 with the C.V. Whitney Cup Final. For more information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Trivia Contest for adults on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of two to six will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. TUESDAY, FEB. 25 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Senior Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom. The topic is “Lunch & Learn: Medicare Changes in 2020” with speaker Jeffrey Rothstein. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Orisirisi African Folklore Presents: Moonlight Stories for all ages on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling with African drumming, spirited call-and-response songs and fun-filled audience participation. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hand Puppets for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Create simple and fun animal puppets. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. THURSDAY, FEB. 27 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its Women of Worth (WOW) Award Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbcchamber.com. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Feel Good Friday: Dance for ages 55 and up on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host How to Start a Business on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Learn the necessary steps to start, run and grow a small business. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free 1980s tribute concert by On the Roxx on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.dollyhand.org. SATURDAY, FEB. 29 • The South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will host its Spring Garage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info., visit www.southfloridafair.com. • An Evening with Casey Cares will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Breakers West Country Club. Tickets are $150 per person, and tables of 10 are available. For more information, email jennifer@caseycaresfoundation.org or visit www. caseycares.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Frank Sinatra tribute concert by Steve Lippia on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info.

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