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Loxahatchee | W. Sycamore Drive $849,000 - 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.
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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. Fourteen 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. $735,000
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Simply Stunning…Exceptional Equestrian Estate - in Wellington’s Premier Dressage Community of Little Ranches. 4 Bedrooms plus office, 4 ½ Bath, marble floors, 2 Master suites, heated pool and spa, 5 garage spaces. Meticulously maintained! 5 stall barn with large tack room, regulation size dressage arena with new mirrors, GGT footing. Walking distance to IDA Farms, close to Global and WEF. Bring the horses and enjoy the best that Wellington has to offer! 1.4M
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GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS Historic District - Offered at $475,000 Unique Historic property! Light & bright home offers 3 bedrooms & semi detached 2 bedroom cottage. Property can be used as air bnb, in-law suite, for students or vacation home with 2 full kitchens. Other great features include original wood flooring, fireplace, gas stove, beautiful landscaping and plenty of parking with no HOA!! Walking distance to downtown W.P.B. restaurants, entertainment, shopping & P.B Atlantic University. Lowest priced in area !!!!! Come make it yours !!
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SOLD Polo West - This home is in the exclusive community of Polo West. Completely renovated with a new roof, impact glass throughout, vaulted ceilings, porcelain tile floors and crown molding throughout. The large master suite awaits; exquisite master bath has been renovated with spa tub and separate shower, beautiful fine finishing and Programme Martin closets. Attention to detail was not spared in the additional 3 bedrooms.
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Nestled In The Prestigious Palm Beach Polo & Country Club - On one of the most private and desirable streets awaits your dream home! Modern, elegant, and spacious no expense was spared on this completely renovated home. From the new roof to the impact doors and windows, full home generator, new pool, spa and covered patio with motorized screens, this home has everything you are looking for and more! Can be sold with the perfectly suited furniture if the Buyer so desires. Come and discover all this gem has to offer! Offered at $2,199,000
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.
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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.
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14367 Belmont Trace - Ideal Saddle Trail Location! -True 12 minute hack to WEF, this wonderful farm sports an exceptional Wordley-Martin GGT ring, 8 Stall CBS barn with all the amenities, plus a spacious 4/4/4 pool home that makes this the perfect farm for Training and Entertaining! Priced under $2,500,000 - call Marcia Lichtenwalner at (561) 707-7673. RX-10592691
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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.
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3/3/2+loft feels like new - No expense has been spared, and the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident at every turn. Through the front door you’ll find beautiful travertine flooring leading you to the large family room featuring a modern wet bar with decorative tile, floating shelves, and wine fridge. New flooring, fully remodeled even has impact windows! Offered at $400,000
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11381 Long Meadow Drive, Wellington - This one of a kind custom estate home is located on an oversized private cul-de-sac lot in the prestigious Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. The sprawling floor plan showcases 6 bedrooms, 5 full 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. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your seasons in Florida! Just minutes away from all equestrian venues and some of the most spectacular golf courses, dining and beaches in South Florida.
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INCREDIBLE TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD COMPETING THIS SEASON AT AGDF
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival, located at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, started the 2020 season off with a bang, welcoming top horseand-rider combinations from around the world to the iconic venue in the heart of Wellington’s equestrian community.
DRESSAGE RIDER REBECCA HART DOESN’T LET HER DISABILITY DEFINE WHO SHE IS
Rebecca Hart was born with a progressive genetic disease that causes her muscles to waste away, stiffness and paralysis in the legs, and nerve pain — but this disability hasn’t stopped her from becoming an elite dressage Paralympian, competing in Wellington and around the world. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM
DIANE CREECH & VANESSA CREECH-TERAUDS ENJOY COMPETING AT AGDF IN WELLINGTON Vanessa Creech-Terauds was learning to ride almost before she could walk. She had a good teacher in her mother, Diane Creech, an elite dressage competitor. Some 15 years later, they are still training and riding together, busy competing during the winter months in Wellington. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM
FACES OF DRESSAGE: SHOWCASING SOME OF THE SPORT’S BEST RIDERS AND HORSES The elegance of dressage has returned to Wellington once again with the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. From elite, international dressage to the sport’s more introductory levels, all levels of this unique discipline are on display. We highlight just a few of these riders in Faces of Dressage 2020.
SHERRY CHESLER SPECIALIZES IN A VARIETY OF HOLISTIC EQUINE THERAPY DISCIPLINES Sherry Chesler of SherAl Farm is a registered, FEI-permitted equine therapist. She provides Bowen therapy, muscle massage, osteopathy and holistic equine therapy. The multi-disciplines that Chesler works in are all interrelated, as she draws upon all of them from beginning to end. BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR
WELLINGTON IS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR ELIZABETH EHRLICH OF EQUINE ELIXIRS Wellington is a hotspot for entrepreneurs, and for Elizabeth Ehrlich, it has been the perfect location to help her business thrive. Since launching her equine supplements company Equine Elixirs in 2016, she has become a familiar face in the area and is often seen at the show grounds. BY EMILY DAILY
GROWING DOUBLE H FARM FINDS SUCCESS AND STABILITY IN WELLINGTON For Quentin Judge and Cayce Harrison, the unstoppable husband-and-wife duo behind the international training, breeding and sales operation Double H Farm, expanding their operation from their Ridgefield, Connecticut, base to include Wellington was a no-brainer. . BY ALLYSON LAGIOVANE
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Nonprofits Split $1.3 Million At Annual Great Charity Challenge JustWorld Hosts Annual Gala At Belle Herbe Farm In Wellington Temple Beth Torah Presents Service Award At Masquerade Event Wellington Chamber Hosts 5K At Palm Beach Central High School Polo For A Purpose Event Raises Money For Young Cancer Patients
90 WELLINGTON PROGRAM Along with a busy amphitheater, lively playground, spacious green lawn and an inviting community center, the Village of Wellington will soon be adding a peaceful promenade to its list of amenities in the Wellington Town Center area. BY MEREDITH BUROW
105 WELLINGTON TABLE For nearly a decade, India Grill & Bar has been serving authentic old and modern Indian cuisine in Royal Palm Beach.The restaurant has developed a loyal following of customers. BY MELANIE KOPACZ
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publisher TOP COMPETITORS BACK IN WELLINGTON FOR THE ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL This winter,Wellington welcomes back the world’s top dressage competitors for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival competitions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village. This month, our annual Faces of Dressage issue once again highlights the diverse group of athletes who participate in this majestic sport, offers a look at the sponsors that support it and provides an overview on what to expect when visiting the AGDF showgrounds. On our cover this month is Paralympian Rebecca Hart, a para-dressage rider who has not let her disability keep her from participating in the sport she loves. Fresh off her medal-winning victory at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, she has big plans for 2020.Also featured is the motherdaughter team of Diane Creech and Vanessa Creech-Terauds, who love their time wintering in Wellington and competing together at the AGDF. From elite, international dressage to the sport’s more introductory levels, to the uplifting sport of para-dressage, all levels of this unique discipline are on display here in Wellington — and we highlight just a few of these amazing riders in our Faces of Dressage special pictorial section. Also this issue, we visit with holistic equine therapist Sherry Chesler of SherAl Farm, and we learn about how equestrian entrepreneur Elizabeth Ehrlich has used her time in Wellington to help build and promote her growing equine supplements company, Equine Elixirs. Next, we check in with Quentin Judge and Cayce Harrison, the unstoppable husband-andwife duo behind the international training, breeding and sales operation Double H Farm. Looking for equestrian artwork? Profiled this issue, you’ll meet artist Weatherly Stroh, who fuses her love of horses with her passion for painting. Our Wellington Program series this month looks at the new boardwalk promenade project nearing completion that will open up the Lake Wellington waterfront. Wellington Professional profiles Julie Tannehill, the glue that keeps Phelps Media Group together. Haute for Season, our fashion feature, looks at the timeless styles available at Nantucket Whaler, sister apparel brand to U.S. Polo Assn. Wellington Real Estate visits with Brady Walter of Century 21 WC Realty, while Wellington Health chats with Dr. Diego Rubinowicz of the Urology Center of Palm Beach, who uses a state-of-the-art therapy to treat Benign Prostate Hyperplasia or BPH. Finally,Wellington Table dines at India Grill & Bar, which puts a focus on quality ingredients and great presentation. Once again this season, we turn our gratitude toward all of our community partners, loyal advertisers, our dedicated staff and all of those involved in helping us continue creating a publication that brings you the best that Wellington has to offer since 2004!
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Nonprofits Split $1.3 Million At Annual Great Charity Challenge
Riders Ana Sofia Rodriguez, Caroline Mawhinney and Jessica Mendoza are joined by the Spirit of Giving team after capturing first place.
Wearing bright costumes inspired by the Broadway show Chicago, riders Jessica Mendoza, Caroline Mawhinney and Ana Sofia Rodriguez rode their partnering equines to victory on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the 11th annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. As a result, Spirit of Giving, a nonprofit organization that supports children and families in Palm Beach County, took home the grand prize of $150,000 — the largest share of approximately $1.3 million given away to dozens of participating charities.The family trio of Daniel, Darragh and Sarah Kerins soared to second place, winning a cool $125,000 for the local nonprofit Wellington Cares. David Blake, Carly Dvorkin and Madelyn Ruskin took the third-place prize of $100,000 for the charity Vita Nova.To learn more, visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com.
(Left to right) Representatives of Spirit of Giving accept the first-place award; riders Darragh, Daniel and Sarah Kerins celebrate their second-place win with representatives from Wellington Cares; the team from Vita Nova celebrate their third-place victory; and GCC Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin and Eric Diamond of sponsor Fidelity Investments pull a charity’s name.
(Left to right) Winners of the Great Charity Challenge celebrate together; Mark and Paige Bellissimo with county commissioners and Wellington Village Council members; Urban Youth Impact, Place of Hope, HomeSafe, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and the Lord’s Place with raffle winnings supported by the Ziegler Family Foundation; and marketing grant winners Shannon Wayte and Matthew Ladika of HomeSafe with Achieve’s Erica Linguanti and Clay Williams.
(Left to right) The Mean Girls team of Lloyd Schluter, Abby Stearns, Miles Holman, Paige Bellissimo and Haley Schaufeld; the Grease team of Charles Stevens, Alexandra Davidson, Chris Ewanouski and Olivia Broder; Lion King riders Austin Krawitt, Jacqueline Patmore and Brady Hayes; Caroline Mawhinney waits to run the course; and Daniel Kerins on Tokyo and Sarah Kerins on Lawfull.
(Left to right) Caroline Mawhinney, Hunter Furman and Ana Sofia Rodriguez from the winning Chicago-themed group; Ana Facusse with her children Lenir, Natalia and Ana Sofia Perez; riders Jessica Mendoza and Caroline Mawhinney speak to the press following the event; Spirit of Giving Executive Director Lindy Harvey and Board Member Susan Diener discuss their big victory; Kama Godek dressed from the musical Annie Get Your Gun; and Sofia Roberts with horse Easy Money.
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JustWorld Hosts Annual Gala At Belle Herbe Farm In Wellington Equestrians from around the world enjoyed the 17th annual JustWorld Gala, mingling, eating and auctioning under an elegant white tent on Friday, Jan. 24 at Wellington’s Belle Herbe Farm. While dining on various dishes from sponsor Ford’s Garage, more than 750 guests were invited to partake in both a silent and live auction. Proceeds will benefit partner projects of JustWorld International, a nonprofit organization created to help meet the educational and nutritional needs of children across the globe. Learn more at www.justworldinternational.org.
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Temple Beth Torah Presents Service Award At Masquerade Event Wellington’s Temple Beth Torah celebrated its inaugural Service Award Masquerade Gala on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Wellington National Golf Club. Roger and Stephanie Grave de Peralta were recognized for their years of service and support. Guests were treated to a masquerade-themed gala with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction items, and casino games.
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Wellington Chamber Hosts 5K At Palm Beach Central High School Runners were ready on a chilly morning for the Wellington Chamber’s Community 5K on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Palm Beach Central High School. The event welcomed runners of all ages with music, refreshments, vendors and medals at the finish line. Julian Aramburo of Greenacres took first place with a time of 21:46. Charity partners included the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium and Amber’s Animal Outreach, while Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Health Specialty Center sponsored activities for kids.
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AGDF Incredible Talent From Around The World Competing This Season At Adequan Global Dressage Festival
Top Riders The Adequan Global Dressage Festival, located at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, started the 2020 season off with a bang, welcoming top horse-and-rider combinations from around the world to the iconic venue in the heart of Wellington’s equestrian community. As one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, dressage has become a staple of the horse show circuit in South Florida from January through March.The AGDF has steadily grown into one of the most competitive proving grounds in North America, as established combinations and rising stars showcase their talents across the 10-week international circuit. The Friday Night Stars series has become one of the most popular competition evenings in Wellington during the winter, hosting FEI Grand Prix Freestyle competition under the lights at Equestrian Village. Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday Night Stars offers spectators the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top combinations compete their choreographed routines to musical variations of all genres. General admission is free
to the public each Friday evening, and parking is $10 per car. The 2020 AGDF season began Thursday, Jan. 9 with the first FEI World Cup Qualifier (CDI-W) of 2020, which saw Team Canada’s Jill Irving and Degas 12 set the tone for the season with a stunning performance under the lights. AGDF 1 also launched the inaugural Lövsta Future Challenge Series, which offers young horses a unique opportunity to grow, excel and showcase their talents in the $15,000 Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix series and the $10,000 Summit Farm Future Challenge/Young Horse Prix St. Georges series. Both series will have qualifiers throughout the AGDF, with the final to be held during the 12th and final week of the 2020 AGDF. “We anticipate the 2020 AGDF season to be especially competitive this year for the riders and their horses, as we’re seeing many combinations return to the competition ring in anticipation of the Olympics in Tokyo,” said Thomas Baur, director of sport at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “Each year, we’ve seen tremendous growth in the
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popularity of the circuit, and the projections are showing a continued increase in participation, which is very exciting for our management team. We are looking forward to welcoming more spectators and attendees to experience the talents of these incredible riders.” The first week of the circuit hosted CPEDI 3* competition, which served as one of two international competition weeks for para-equestrian riders. These spectacular athletes compete across five different grade categories, based upon the degree of their physical disabilities. Para-equestrian athletes complete predesigned tests, the same as able-bodied riders, which range in difficulty based on the grade of competition. Team USA had a very successful para-equestrian showing at the World Equestrian Games, medaling for the first time in program history, as Rebecca Hart captured a bronze medal individually. The second CPEDI 3* week of the 2020 season took place during AGDF 3 held Jan. 22-26. The third week of the circuit welcomed the popular US PRE-sponsored 30
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week of CDI-W classes at the venue for international competitors, pushing the main stretch of the internationally sanctioned competition.The week honored the presence and popularity of the Spanish-bred horse within the dressage community in the United States and around the world. National-level competition took centerstage during AGDF 6 (Feb. 14-16), before the start of the highly anticipated CDI 5* held during AGDF 7 (Feb. 19-23), the highest and most prestigious designation of competition offered during the 2020 season.The CDI 5* entertained audiences throughout the week as some
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of the world’s most renowned dressage athletes showcased their talents at the highest levels of the sport. The season continued forward with AGDF 8 (Feb. 26 through March 1), welcoming the historic Palm Beach Dressage Derby, a staple of the South Florida dressage scene for nearly four decades. The week featured CDI-W competition and included the final round of the entertaining Palm Beach Dressage Derby competition during the midway point of the Friday Night Stars Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is a highlight for spectators, as four top-
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the season at Equestrian Village. The AGDF is set to conclude with AGDF 12 (March 25-29) with the final international competition of the season, the CDI-W, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The CDI-W provides riders with their final opportunity to take to the international arena in 2020. AGDF 12 will mark the final Friday Night Stars FEI Grand Prix Freestyle of the season on Friday, March 27. Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. To learn more about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and to view a full weekly and daily schedule of competition, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
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AGDF Dedicated Supporters Spur Growth Of Dressage Circuit In Wellington
AGDF Sponsors Since the inception of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the venue has seen riders, trainers and spectators flock from around the world to the winter heartbeat of the international dressage circuit. As one of the only outdoor circuits available to riders in the world from January through March, the AGDF is enticing not only for riders, but an array of sponsors who continue to ensure its success. The sport of dressage has a loyal and
dedicated following, paralleling the passion of sponsors who are motivated to see the sport continue on its upward trajectory of popularity in the United States and around the world. Sponsors have been a driving factor in the rapid expansion of the circuit. Their presence and support have created a safe haven for both amateurs and professionals to perfect their skills at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village during the dressage season. “The growth of the AGDF circuit over the past several years has been
tremendous, and that is very much in part to our sponsorship portfolio and their engagement of our vision for dressage in Wellington,” said Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions, the company that manages the dressage circuit. “Without these sponsors, it would be impossible to create the atmosphere we have for our competitors, and we are incredibly thankful for their continued support.” The AGDF was founded by a fervent group of dressage enthusiasts, who approached Mark Bellissimo, the CEO of ©WHITE FENCE EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Bellissimo, eager to continue expanding the equestrian footprint in Wellington and create an environment for all riders to compete and succeed, immediately began planning and consulting. The result is the massive AGDF
circuit, which is now the largest dressage circuit, distributing more prize money than any other competition in the world and sporting the envious backdrop of palm trees and sunshine. The AGDF thanks the following sponsors for their continued support of the circuit: Founding Sponsors — Ashley Holzer & Dr. Diane Fellows, Bethany Peslar of Everglades Dressage, Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm, Carol and Rebecca Cohen of Two Swans Farm LLC, Janne Rumbough and MTICA Farm, Mike and Roz Collins, Suhail and P.J. Rizvi and Peacock Ridge, and Tim and Susie Dutta and the Dutta Corp. Major Sponsors — Blue Horse, CaptiveOne Advisors, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Fair Sky Farm, Fritz Kundrun giving to Brooke USA, Harmony Sporthorses, Helgstrand Dressage, Lövtsa, Mission Control, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Premier Equestrian, Rolex, Summit Farm and Wellington Agricultural Services. Corporate Sponsors — AA, Carolina Arena Equipment, Dever Golf Cars, Discover Dressage, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Nutrition, Horseboxes USA, Horse of Course, Horseware Ireland, Iron Spring Farm, Keyes Art Gallery, Realtor Matt Johnson, N2 Saddlery, Nutrena, Omega Alpha, Oxy-Gen, ProElite, Restylane, Show Chic, SP Rhodes Equestrian Identity, the Wanderers Club, Triple Crown Custom by Horseware, Triple Crown Nutrition, Vita Flex and Wellington Regional Medical Center. Visit www.globaldressagefestival. com for more information about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and to learn more about AGDF sponsorships.
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Dressage Rider Rebecca Hart Doesn’t Let Her Disability Define Who She Is
BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM
Rebecca Hart was born with a progressive genetic disease that causes her muscles to waste away, stiffness and paralysis in the legs, and nerve pain — but this disability hasn’t stopped her from becoming an elite dressage Paralympian. Hart, who has hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), has competed in Wellington and around the world, including three Paralympics and four World Equestrian Games. The 2018 WEG in Tryon, North Carolina, was one of her most memorable. “It was a historic moment for me to be able to get the first WEG medal for the United States, and to be able to do that on home turf with my dad watching made it even more special,” the 35-year-old Hart said. “It was the first major event that he had been able to attend.We had a running joke that if I got a medal, he got to keep it as payment for all my lessons as a kid. Winning bronze and silver medals at the 2018 WEG is something I will never forget. My dad let me keep the medals. He’s a good guy. I have them in a shadow box in my house.” Hart speaks candidly about her disability and works hard every day to keep herself in shape. “The functionality of my body will 38
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Rebecca Hart with El Corona Texel, known as Tex.
continue to deteriorate. I feel it most in my balance, coordination and leg strength,” said Hart, who grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Penn State in 2009.“But through being active and maintaining my fitness by riding and working in the gym, I have been able to compensate and adapt, to a point, as the HSP progresses. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything that you can take to keep it from progressing. I use a cane if I am standing at an event or party. It allows me to balance and be able to focus on
the people I am with rather than having to focus on not falling down.” In addition to her 2018 success at WEG, Hart also qualified for the U.S. Paralympic team in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She wants to make it four in a row with the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She is a strategic competitor, according to Rowan O’Riley, who owns Hart’s top two horses and is a Grand Prix dressage competitor herself. O’Riley had been attending para-dressage shows to watch a friend compete when she became aware of Hart’s skill as an athlete and competitor. She soon agreed to sponsor Hart. “When Becca is training, she considers her competition in the world rankings and the environments in which she expects to compete,” O’Riley said. “She takes into account weather, travel, type of stadium, time of day, all the things that might affect her performance, and then designs her training program to bring her horses to their peak performance under those conditions. When something doesn’t go as planned, she comes to me the next day with an action plan to address whatever the problem is. If her ride was affected when her horse spooked at the flowers in the arena, then Becca will ride for the next month
Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel finishing the ride at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP
outdoors and at various arenas with all different kinds of planters, bushes and flowers until the horse is no longer sensitive about the flowers. She is very practical and action oriented. She is a problem-solver.” Hart and O’Riley have formed a plan
for 2020, which is focused on qualifying for Tokyo. Hart will participate in two classes at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington and use the rest of the winter season to compete in the national classes to prepare for the final observa-
tion and selection of the U.S. team in June at Tryon. Hart’s top horse is El Corona Texel (Tex), an 11-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding that she and O’Riley found in Holland three years ago. “We had been looking at horses in wellington the magazine | march 2020
AGDF Europe and saw several nice horses, but had not yet found the ‘one,’” Hart recalled.“It can be challenging to find the right para-horse, as there are many qualities and attributes that you are looking for.” Hart was looking at horse videos and saw one of Tex on YouTube and loved his athleticism and movement. He was about an hour away from where they were staying, so they set up an appointment to look at him. “He did not immediately understand all of my cues, which are different from traditional, able-bodied cues, but he always gave me some sort of answer,” Hart said.“Tex’s willingness to try and his attempt to understand what I was asking for, in addition to his looks and movement, made me feel confident that a partnership with this horse could work.” Hart believes that the AGDF in Wellington is an important cog because of its incredible schedule that gives everyone a lot of exposure with minimal travel stress on the horses. “Global prepared me for other events by giving me access to an international stadium with the highest level of judges, without always having to go to Europe,” Hart said.“We can get the horses used to having atmosphere and audiences with the facilities at Global. It is an incredible resource.” Hart’s typical day isn’t for the fainthearted. She normally gets up at 3:30 a.m. and heads to work at the Starbucks store at the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. Starbucks is one of her sponsors. “I usually open the store at 4:30 a.m., and I’m there until about 10:30 a.m.,” said Hart, who works there five days a week. “After Starbucks, I go and work with my horses. The sched40
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Rebecca Hart with horse owner Rowan O’Riley and mount Fortune 500.
ule with them depends on if we are showing that week or not. After I am done riding, I usually go to the gym and work with my trainer Matt Otero. I am a strong believer that we have to work on ourselves as athletes, just as much as we work on our horses. I am also [fourtime Olympic bronze medalist] Robert Dover’s assistant and work with him in relation to his company Robert Squared. It’s a full day, but I love it.” Coach Melissa MacLaren Velix, Rebecca Hart and horse owner Rowan O’Riley.
Hart became a year-round Wellington resident four years ago and has immersed herself in what the area has to offer. “When I do get a moment to take a break, I love to go to the ocean,” said Hart, who is also planning to look into the Tiger Sharks, a sled hockey team based in Lake Worth.“I find [the beach] very peaceful and relaxing. I like to go early and grab breakfast at the Dune Deck and then spend some time at the beach. I also love to go to the Kravis Center for a show or concert when I can.” Hart also speaks on behalf of the HSP Foundation. “I try and get people to realize that HSP is only one small part of who they are,” Hart said.“It can hit people in different ways, but for me it hits mainly from the mid-back down.You do not have to let your disability or condition, whatever it is, define or control who you are or what you do in this life.” Spoken like a true champion. Learn more about Rebecca Hart at www.rebeccahartequestrian.com.
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Mother-Daughter Team Diane Creech And Vanessa Creech-Terauds Enjoy Wintering In Wellington
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Vanessa Creech-Terauds was learning to ride almost before she could walk. She had a good teacher in her mother, Diane Creech, an elite professional dressage competitor. Some 15 years later, they are still training and riding together, busy competing during the winter months at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. In the last week of December, they left their home on a small private farm in Caistor Centre, Ontario, that they share with three dogs, two mini horses, one broodmare, two youngsters and Vanessa’s very first competition mare, who is now 19 years old, to spend four months together in Wellington. “My mother and I have a very open and honest relationship, which is very important, since we do spend a lot of time together,” said Vanessa, who turned 20 years old on Feb. 7.“We believe this helps us as both riders and family. By being able to discuss everything, whether horses or personal life, we can come up with strategies and solutions together. We will always support and respect each other and know that we can count on one another.”
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Diane’s plans for this season are focused on qualifying for the Canadian Olympic team while also guiding Vanessa’s journey in the Under 25 classes. Both ride horses owned by Leatherdale Farms. “This year is a very exciting year for many riders, trainers and owners as it is an Olympic qualifying year,” explained Diane, who was a reserve team member for the London Olympics in 2012.“I have also entered myself into that ‘race,’ and with the incredible support from Mrs. Louise Leatherdale and my family, I will try to prepare and present the best I can.” Vanessa is approaching the Olympic level, working her way through the ranks with numerous top three finishes at prestigious Under 25 events in Wellington and around the world. “My goals for the season are to show in the U25 Nations Cup in March and go for the Orion Cup back home in Canada,”Vanessa said. The prestigious Orion Cup is presented to a rider age 16 to 25 with the highest average of three scores in U25 Grand Prix events. Creech-Terauds received the Orion Cup in 2018.
On a typical day of training, Diane is the first to ride her three horses in the morning, and then Vanessa rides her four horses while under the tutelage of her mother. “Naturally, every horse has their respective strengths and weaknesses, so we decide day to day what would be best to focus on,” Vanessa said. “Once the riding is done, I help finish up the rest of the barn chores and make sure all the horses end the day content and comfortable.” “Working our horses to become fit, elastic and happy athletes dictates our whole day,” Diane added. Being in Wellington for the entire winter season is almost like attending college. “It is an incredible environment filled with learning opportunities for you and your horse,” Vanessa said.“By being surrounded by some of the best riders, you hold yourself to a higher standard and constantly strive to be better. Everyone has their own style of riding, and it is so interesting and educational to take bits and pieces from what you see and hear and be able to encompass it into your own riding. You constantly get the itch
Equestrians Vanessa Creech-Terauds and her mother Diane Creech ride dressage for Team Canada. PHOTO BY S.ISHIKURI PHOTOGRAPHY
to try out new things and develop your horse to a whole new level.” No matter what they see and learn, they still have to execute in the ring, keeping themselves in harmony with the horses. “Besides having great horsemanship, Vanessa also has the gift of great showmanship,” Diane said.“She can make riding through a problem look so easy, that even the horse believes that there is actually no problem, and over time the issue disappears. She can make horses believe they can do it, even if they haven’t done it before, and before you know it,
“My mother and I have a very open and honest relationship, which is very important, since we spend a lot of time together.” — Vanessa Creech-Terauds they can. Sometimes riders overthink, which can create a loss of confidence. She can create that pretend confidence until it becomes real confidence. I have seen this happen with a few horses now during training sessions, and it creates a
much happier horse, being allowed to keep their own individuality.” Neither rider is superstitious, preferring to rely on years of training and experience as the key to success. “I believe that luck is when hard work meets opportunity,” Diane explained. “On the days leading up to competitions, I make sure I do all my homework to the dot, so I can go into my class not having to rely on luck. I want to make sure that my horse and myself feel comfortable and prepared. Whatever happens after that is life and will either end up a great learning expe-
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AGDF “On the days leading up to competitions, I make sure I do all my homework to the dot, so I can go into my class not having to rely on luck.” — Diane Creech rience or a great moment you can celebrate with people close to you. Either way, it is a win.” For Vanessa, it is more of following a routine instead of having a special pair of socks or a lucky bracelet. “I find braiding to be a very calming time and allows me a couple of minutes to breathe and run through the test in my head,” Vanessa said. “Once I am on the horse, my nerves go away, as I am focused on the horse and our partnership. In the end, I know whatever happens, happens, and I rely on the trust built with my horse rather than on a lucky item.” Although there isn’t a lot of free time after training and competing, the pair enjoy being in Wellington, where they can also watch high-goal polo and international show jumping competitions. “However, we do love our sushi and will take any chance we get to go out and eat until our stomachs ache,” Vanessa said. Vanessa added that she learns from her mother on a daily basis, both ridingwise and personally. “She is a one-of-a-kind problem-solver and won’t give up until a new plan is in place,” Vanessa said. “However, the advice that always sticks with me is ‘learn to laugh at yourself.’ While I am sometimes still learning to master this 44
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Diane Creech and Vanessa Creech-Terauds are based out of Leatherdale Farms in Wellington. PHOTOS BY ANNAN HEPNER AND EMMA MILLER/PHELPS MEDIA GROUP
piece of advice, I believe it is so important to remember. Everyone has embarrassing moments or a bad ride, but the important thing to remember is to not take yourself so seriously in those times.
If you are constantly hard on yourself, you can take the whole enjoyment out of the sport. Learning to laugh when you’re having a bad day can be a total lifesaver.”
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The elegance of dressage has returned to Wellington once again with the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, where some of the best horse-and-rider combinations can be seen in action, from top-level Grand Prix events to the ever-popular musical Freestyle classes. Dressage is often called “ballet with horses.” It’s a simplistic idea, but it helps people understand the magnificent level of dedication, training and effort it takes for a rider and horse to become one in a sport dating back to ancient times. While many riders taking part in the AGDF are not top-level professionals, many of the sport’s top riders are here this winter with their eyes on Tokyo, where the 2020 Olympic Games will be held this summer. From elite, international dressage to the sport’s more introductory levels, to the uplifting sport of para-dressage, all levels of this unique discipline are on display here in Wellington. On the following pages, we highlight just a few of these riders in Faces of Dressage 2020.
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HEATHER BLITZ Heather Blitz is an American dressage rider who won the team gold and individual silver medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. She was also part of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2012 games in London. A Kansas native, Blitz began competing in dressage in 1994. She rode in Grand Prix competitions in Florida on the Danish horse Rambo, then moved to Denmark for several years. While living in Denmark, she competed across Europe on another Danish Warmblood, Otto. Currently, she is based in Wellington year-round, where she is a familiar face at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. She had a strong season in 2019, ending on a high note when Blitz and her mount Semper Fidelis kicked off the final week of competition with a win in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by Brooke USA. The pair is back in action this season in Wellington. When not riding herself, Blitz is a well-known trainer. She has worked closely with top U.S. Paralympian Annie Peavy. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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NICHOLAS FYFFE Australian native Nicholas Fyffe began his riding career as an international three-day eventer. After choosing to focus solely on dressage, he trained intensively in Germany under top international riders, gaining a wealth of information that guides his approach today. Fyffe contributed to the Australian team’s gold medal at the 2007 Tri-Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he has ridden on five Nations Cup Teams here in Wellington. Helping Australia make history by clinching the team bronze medal at the 2018 CDIO3* Nations Cup. Fyffe also claimed an individual bronze medal in the Intermediate I Freestyle aboard Louise Cote’s Hitchcock. Today, Fyffe is also a sought-after trainer here in the Wellington area based at Marcus Fyffe Dressage with partner David Marcus. Fyffe has qualified multiple horses for the World Young Horse Championships and has shown six horses to Grand Prix. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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JILL IRVING Canadian Jill Irving has taken top honors in some of the sport’s top competitions. In 2014, she won the Everglades Dressage Rider Achievement Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Irving, who had not previously ridden on a championship team, headed to Europe in 2017 to compete. She showed at the CDI 4* Achleiten in Austria, earning great scores and getting named Red Scarf Equestrian Dressage Athlete of the Month. This helped her secure a spot on Canada’s dressage team for the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. Last year, she represented Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games, helping her team win the gold medal. Aside from her work in the ring, Irving has spearheaded the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program since 2015, which offers opportunities for young Canadian equestrians to attend training camps in Wellington. Irving is back in action in Wellington this season, kicking off the year by winning the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle aboard Degas 12 in the opening week of the AGDF. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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DONG-SEON KIM Dong-seon Kim is a South Korean dressage rider who represented his native country at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy with his horse Bukowski. He also competed at three Asian Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, where he altogether won three team gold medals and an individual silver medal. He later qualified for the 2014 Dressage World Cup Final in Lyon, France, where he finished in 17th position. Kim also competed with Bukowski at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Kim is competing this season in Wellington with his new mounts Belstaff and Bordolino. He recently placed fifth with Bellstaff in the FEI Grand Prix CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, during AGDF Week 7. A well-known horse owner, his mounts have also done well when paired with other riders. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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JANINE LITTLE Janine Little is a rider who competes in Wellington during the winter season and for the rest of the year is based just south of Brockville, near Canada’s capital of Ottawa. Raised in a “non-horsey” family, Little’s love for horses and riding inspired her to work her way up Pony Club levels. By age 16, she realized dressage was her passion. Partnered with an unconventional mount she brought along herself, she was named Canadian National Junior Champion in 2000. After studying psychology — a background that benefits her as a rider and coach — Little earned her Equine Canada coaching certification and began working professionally. She later trained in the Netherlands with three-time Olympic gold medalist Anky van Grunsven. Upon her return, Little received the ride on Dominic LHF, a horse she developed from Training Level to Grand Prix. The pair were FEI Advanced Level Champions at the 2010 Western Regionals, the Alberta Provincials and the Pacific Regionals, and declared for the 2012 Olympics. Today, she is a rider and a well-known trainer and coach. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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JUAN MATUTE GUIMON Juan Matute Guimon has emerged as one of dressage’s top young talents. Dressage runs in the family. He is the son of Juan Matute Sr., who won six Spanish National Dressage Championships and had three Olympic appearances for Spain. The family moved to Wellington in 2008, and Matute Jr. spent his formative years here just as dressage was growing by leaps and bounds. He credits the AGDF with launching his career as an international competitor. Currently, he is living in Spain where he’s competing in dressage and attending Madrid’s Universidad Camilo Jose Cela. In 2018, Matute Jr. won a bronze medal with Quantico at the senior Spanish National Championships and participated with the Spanish national team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. This season, Matute Jr. has returned to Wellington with his mount Don Diego. They placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W during AGDF Week 3. As the season moves on, he has his eye on the World Cup Final in Las Vegas and perhaps a spot on the Spanish team in Tokyo. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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JENNIFER SCHRADER-WILLIAMS Jennifer Schrader-Williams is an international Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer with more than 20 years of experience developing horses. She has trained and ridden several horses to the Grand Prix level and hopes to one day represent the U.S. at the Olympics or the World Equestrian Games. Based at Summervale Premier Dressage near Roy, Washington, her current competition horse is Millione, a 17-year-old Danish warmblood gelding. Millione is currently competing at the international Grand Prix level with scores to 71%. They debuted their new freestyle set to Vikings music by Karen Robinson this year at 73.9% at the AGDF in Wellington. Millione and Schrader-Williams were the recipient of the PNW High Performance Dressage training grant for 2017 and returned from competing at the 2018 Festival of Champions in Chicago finishing second in the Grand Prix Special and third in the overall final. Schrader-Williams and Millione started this season strong, placing fourth in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by the US P.R.E. Association. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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TINNE VILHELMSON-SILFVÉN Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden is one of the greatest dressage riders of all time. Vilhelmson-Silfvén began riding at age seven and became interested in dressage after her mother taught her about the sport. The seven-time Olympian is a master of training young horses. Vilhelmson-Silfvén has also competed at six World Equestrian Games and 11 European Dressage Championships. She has won three bronze medals in team competitions at the European championships, and also competed at seven editions of the Dressage World Cup finals. Riding with Adequan Global Dressage Festival major sponsor Lövsta, Vilhelmson-Silfvén has been spending winters in Wellington for more than a decade and continues to shine at the AGDF. After placing eighth individually with Don Auriello at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and competing at the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, she is now focused on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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educational report of the day Sherry Chesler of SherAl Farm with each session. is a registered, FEI-permitted Originally from Ohio, equine therapist. She provides Chesler loved animals growBowen therapy, muscle masing up and began doing odd sage, osteopathy and holistic jobs to earn money while beequine therapy. ing around horses. The multi-disciplines that “I loved all animals, but esChesler works in are all interpecially horses and dogs. I’d related for her, as she draws earn money washing cars, upon all of them from beginmowing lawns, bathing dogs, ning to end. anything an eager child could In steps, Chesler begins do who was anxious to earn with finding out what the enough for bus fare to a riding horse eats and the additives stable,” Chesler recalled. and why it is their diet. NotAt age 16, Chesler’s mothing any previous injuries and er passed away. Shortly thereknown problems, she finds after, the teenager, who had out their age, dental records acquired a work permit two and when any maintenance years earlier, completed secwas done. She determines ondary school and made her their “job,” and listens to way to South Florida to rent a knowledgeable staff to learn room from a distant relative. all she can about the horse. “My life became work, Then she takes them for a school and horses, with me walk. This allows Chesler to always hoping for more horsassess step, walking and cires,” Chesler said. “Luckily, a recling. tired racetrack Thoroughbred “I wipe the entire horse came my way, and we learned with a small towel to intro- Equine therapist Sherry Chesler at her SherAl Farm in Wellington. slowly together at a stable.” duce myself while visually from nose to toes, including their tail Alan Chesler, who was to be her funoticing anything that could be an isture husband, also came her way. sue, including mouth, tongue and col- and appearance of manure.” The client benefits with a horse that “Hailing from Toronto, Canada, he or,” Chesler explained. “Then, using my hands and a dynamic warm-up prior to is more comfortable, and the owner will was more horse crazy than I,” she remeasuring ranges of motion and flexi- become more knowledgeable about called. That was four decades ago, and bilities, they are completely looked over why, as Chesler provides an extensive wellington the magazine | march 2020
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Chelser has been active in the local horse community ever since. “Throughout the last 45 years, we
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ficult for an outsider to understand the equine foothold here unless they have truly experienced it.” Beginning the show barn SherAl Farm in 1980, daughter Frankie became the rider/trainer. It was easy for Chesler to see the physical and emotional stress of being a competitive show horse. “All animals suffer anxiety, and horses are no different. Stepping into this world was almost a no-brainer for me,” said Chesler, who has also been a learning disability specialist for many years. By the mid-1990s, the Chesler family was making semi-annual commutes between a rental and later a residence in Wellington and a Canadian farm they had purchased in Toronto. “For the next 25 years, we worked in both countries by e-mail, telephone and physical trips. Last year, they decided to sell the farm and remain in Wellington year-round. Competing as an amateur rider before her children were born, Chelser was
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mostly taught by her husband before stepping back to raise a family. She remains married to Alan Chesler, who also has strong Wellington ties. “He is president and co-owner of Bob’s Barricades Inc., still very gainfully employed, not competing, and enjoys golf and our horses,” Chesler said. “We still have show horses with our favorite, Stanley Stone, who will retire with us, and new sale horses for development. I keep them feeling tip-top.” The farm is also home to rescued dogs, mini horses, a cow, a donkey, horses and sheep, as well as waterfowl and poultry all on automatic waterers/feeders. “It emits the most welcoming sounds daily, and geese are incredible watchdogs,” Chesler noted.“Those welcoming warm bodies are my hobbies and labor of love.” Having been in the industry for 40plus years, Chesler knows a horse is
“Each session is geared to produce a horse that is more supple, straighter, with stepping and tracking more in line, and is more rideable. If a standard modality has not achieved my desired result, I put on my thinking cap and find another.” — Sherry Chesler more comfortable after the therapy she offers. “Each session is geared to produce a horse that is more supple, straighter, with stepping and tracking more in line, and is more rideable. If a standard modality has not achieved my desired result, I put on my thinking cap and find another,” she said.“When a situation occurs where a different specialist should be required, I am the first to explain why. Ego is never an issue. It is only about the horse.” Chesler thanks potential clients for
their interest in her services and believes that her clients become assured that the best effort will always be put forth and that she will be totally honest in all respects. She loves her work and aims to continue it as long as she is able.“On occasion, I have been asked when I will actually retire, and I always answer, ‘Five minutes before I die,’” Chesler said. Sherry Chesler can be reached at email@example.com or (561) 6760266. Learn more at www.sheralfarm. com.
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The Wellington area is a hotspot for entrepreneurs, and for Elizabeth Ehrlich, it has been the perfect location to help her business thrive. Since launching her equine supplements company Equine Elixirs in 2016, she has become a familiar face in the area and is often seen at local horse show grounds, chatting with clients who rely on her products to keep their horses happy and healthy. A key component to Ehrlich’s success is her widely traveled customer base, who flock to Wellington each year. “The exciting thing about the equestrian community in Wellington is that because it is so close-knit and there are so many people who come down here for an extended period during the winter, you have this unique opportunity to meet lots of people who live in other parts of the country or the world, who are then spending three months together talking about everything that they’re experiencing down here,” Ehrlich said. “So, when I meet somebody at the show and they learn about something they think has really helped their horse, they’re very eager to share it.” Ehrlich’s foray into entrepreneurship was an unexpected journey. Though she had long dreamed of relocating to Florida from the Northeast, she didn’t get the chance until 2012, when she left her position at a law firm in Manhattan to move to the Wellington area with her husband.While settling into her work at a new firm, Ehrlich finally had time to get back into riding, something the lifewellington the magazine | march 2020
Elizabeth Ehrlich’s horse Bella was the inspiration behind her company’s first creation. © JUMP MEDIA
long equestrian had put on hold during her busy career. Little did she know that her new horse, Bella, would ultimately change her life. Not long after purchasing Bella, Eh-
rlich discovered the mare was battling gastric ulcers, a common problem in many horses. She worked with her veterinarian to treat the issue, but she also wanted to come up with a long-term
solution to prevent the ulcers from returning. Ehrlich researched equine gastric health supplements available on the market, but she wasn’t satisfied. The cost of monthly maintenance products was expensive, and their lengthy list of ingredients, many of which included unknown chemicals, was a turnoff. So, she decided to try and create her own product instead. One of the first problems Ehrlich tackled was cost. “I thought, if you’re going to do this properly as a monthly maintenance product, the price can really add up,” she said. “Many products can be anywhere between $70 and $130 a month for one particular body system supplement, like a gastric support supplement.” She sought to edit the ingredients and simplify the formula. “I wondered if it could be simplified, and if so, what type of foods would have
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the vitamin, mineral or amino acid content to satisfy the requirements,” Ehrlich said.“That’s what triggered the questions on my end, and that’s how we ended up with the ingredients that we used.” And for Ehrlich, the quality and effectiveness of the all-natural ingredients was of paramount importance. Word spread, and other riders and trainers in the area discovered first-hand how well their horses responded to Ehrlich’s product, which she named Ulceraser. What began as a project to find a solution for Bella’s gastric health issues soon became a full-time gig. Eventually, Ehrlich quit her job to concentrate on her new business. Since then, she has created products each year, including Positude, an all-natural supplement that supports hormonal balance and even temperament, and Tidbits, healthy treats that support digestion for ulcer-prone horses. She is launching two more this spring: Calmakazi, a daily forage-based blend for nervous system support, and Immunox, a forage blend that helps support a horse’s immune system. Though competition is fierce in the equestrian supplement market, customers say Equine Elixirs’ service sets it apart. “It’s not just answering phone calls
and e-mails, but it’s being available to consult about many aspects of a horse’s health and training program,” Ehrlich said.“We’re not a company whose web site you’ll go to and order a product, have it delivered and never hear from again. We are regularly asked to come to somebody’s barn or meet them at a show. They want to introduce us to a horse, tell us a little bit about the horse’s background, and some of the issues that they’re having. We’ll talk about some of the products that could be beneficial for that particular horse. Then there’s a lot of follow-up afterward to see how the horse is responding.” Over the years, Ehrlich has stayed true to her mission of keeping her products affordable without compromising quality.“I have always worked on keeping the prices at the most fair and reasonable cost, so customers are comfortable knowing that these products really are designed as monthly maintenance supplements,” she said. Thanks to Bella and the supportive Wellington area, Ehrlich has carved out a perfect niche for her company in this equestrian mecca. Learn more about Elizabeth Ehrlich’s company at www.equineelixirs. com.
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Growing Double H Farm Finds Success And Stability In Wellington
Unstoppable Team BY ALLYSON LAGIOVANE
For Quentin Judge and Cayce Harrison, the unstoppable husband-and-wife duo behind the international training, breeding and sales operation Double H Farm, expanding their operation from their Ridgefield, Connecticut, base to include Wellington was a no-brainer. In the last decade, Wellington has offered Judge and Harrison a place to find stability to balance in both their thriving business and growing family. Harrison’s family started Double H Farm as a private training facility to support her passion for the sport when she was still a junior and, as her competitive
career took off, Double H Farm followed suit, expanding its offerings to eventually welcome clients, introduce breeding and compete at the highest level of the sport. Since the stable’s origins, Double H Farm has become a force to be reckoned with on the world stage, developing elite competition horses that have supported riders such as McLain Ward (United States), Darragh Kerins (Ireland) and Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil), each of whom have held top spots in the world rankings. As an up-and-coming professional rider, Judge joined the Double H Farm
team in 2008, later marrying Harrison in 2011 on the picturesque Grand Prix field of their Connecticut farm. The pair have worked hand-in-hand ever since, splitting business tasks to fit each other’s strengths. While Judge serves as the head trainer, Harrison takes on the role of the director to handle all things behind the scenes. The partnership has proven exceedingly fruitful, as is evident based on the walls of Double H Farm’s Wellington property, which are lined with accolades and memorabilia to commemorate the team’s considerable success.
Quentin Judge leads HH Copin Van De Broy at Double H Farm in Wellington. PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAGIOVANE wellington the magazine | march 2020
“I think the growth that we have seen in Wellington over the last decade has been incredible, and we have grown with Wellington in that sense,” Harrison said.“Wellington, just as a network itself, has been super helpful for our business. Everyone is here during the winter season, and if you are going to compete, sell horses or produce horses during that time, this is the place you need to be.” Judge agreed, echoing Harrison’s sentiment. “Because Wellington is where we are the majority of the year, it serves as a good training ground for our younger horses,” he said. “We travel so much in the summer that if we try to train at home and then leave for a show, I sometimes feel like we are taking two steps forward and one step back. Here, you have the best of both. It has been really great for our young horses especially, because we can build them up slowly and thoughtfully here.”
Quentin Judge and Cayce Harrison with their son Rhodes at the Winter Equestrian Festival. PHOTO COURTESY DOUBLE H FARM
Wellington has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of Double H Farm.Although the village was originally more of a stopover for competitors, it has grown to represent more and more long-term equestrian residents, including the Double H Farm team. Though they and many equestrian peers spend
significant amounts of time on the road, home zip codes have increasingly changed as many have committed to Wellington as a home base of operations. More than just an ideal base for operational and logistics reasons, Wellington has become a mecca of memories for many equestrians, including the members of Double H Farm. “We had one of my dad’s favorite horses and a barn favorite called Night Train, and he won a big World Cup Grand Prix here in 2010 with Rodrigo [Pessoa]. McLain [Ward] and Sapphire were second in that same Grand Prix, and they were really at their peak at that point. They went last in the jump-off, which was a real nail biter, so it was an exciting win for us,” Harrison recalled. “That was an incredibly fun win for us. Our whole family was in town, which was rare, and they all went out for the prize-giving ceremony. It was one of
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those nights that just worked out perfectly.” The other half of the power duo, one of Judge’s favorite memories came at the very onset of his career in Wellington. “For me, it was my first win in the International Ring in Florida against real competition. I will never forget, Eric Lamaze was second, and it was a huge win for me,” he said. “It is something I will forever remember because it was my first step onto the bigger stage. I showed myself I had the effectiveness to win in Wellington, so, hopefully, I could do it somewhere else, too.” Aside from being able to grow their training and sales business, Judge and Harrison most enjoy the fact that Wellington provides them with a place to grow their family. “This horse industry is great, but it can get crazy. Being able to have a home base for a period of time for our son,
Quentin Judge trains Caitlin Creel aboard Dynamis KC at Double H Farm in Wellington. PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAGIOVANE
Farm are finding success in and out of the ring. While their location cannot be credited with all of their achievements, it surely plays a pivotal role in a family and business that have made a name for themselves locally and globally. To learn more, follow Double H Farm on Facebook and Instagram.
who is now 3 years old, and our newborn daughter, is really important to us,” Judge said. “We are starting to appreciate more down time, so it’s nice to have that somewhere we can consistently call home.” With Wellington as their home, the Judge-Harrison family and Double H
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Artist Weatherly Stroh Fuses Her Love Of Horses With Her Passion For Painting
BY JULIE BACON
One glance at Weatherly Stroh and it’s easy to see she has the look of a lifelong equestrian. Yet her successful hunterjumper career is only the beginning of Stroh’s story as a prolific artist based in Wellington. Born and raised in Michigan, Stroh grew up on a farm, riding competitively and traveling the country to become nationally ranked in the hunters. Her family tree is dotted with several well-known artists and sculptors, but Stroh only dabbled in art until about 10 years ago when she made it her sole career. “You don’t think of horses opening doors, but they really did for me,” Stroh said. Stroh studied art but hadn’t thought of making it a career until she joined it with her love of horses. “Even when I was teaching elementary students, horses were always present, and my art kept pulling at me. I suppose looking back, it’s obvious that I would return to art, but in my 20s, I had no idea,” Stroh recalled. When she came back to her art in earnest, Stroh focused on her lifelong companions, hunter-jumpers in the sport she knew so well. Stroh’s paintings of horses reflect her deep understanding from a perspective few artists possess — that as a partner and teammate. Stroh leveraged her relationships to build an impressive portfolio of commissions, which have included some well-known names. With a foot in the door and experience under her belt, Stroh broadened her work to include more modern depictions, landscapes and other animals. “For me, art is about pushing myself,” she said.“I am always trying to grow as
Weatherly in front of her paintings on display at the recent Longines FEI World Cup at Deeridge Farm.
an artist, to improve, to try new subjects and new techniques.” One constant in life is nature. From growing up in the country to traveling for horses and now traveling for personal enjoyment, nature refuels her. “I have to be outside,” Stroh said.“Hiking in the mountains, riding horses, playing tennis,
walking on the beach and interacting with animals are all must-haves for me.” Stroh’s work clearly reflects her love of the natural world. Her paintings range from the mountains of Colorado to the fields of her Michigan home to the hills of Tuscany where she spent six weeks last summer.“I went to Italy to fall in love wellington the magazine | march 2020
Weatherly Stroh and her rescue dog Gus taking a break in the studio.
again with plein air painting,” Stroh said. “I got to be out in the middle of these beautiful vistas, capturing them on canvas. The experience motivated me to once again push myself as an artist.” Inspired also by Florida’s unique flora and fauna, Stroh has created a series of orchid paintings, as well as birds native to South Florida. Her cloud and seascape paintings of this area demonstrate her love of nature in her own backyard. Stroh made Wellington her home and feels connected to the community beyond horses. Her studio in West Palm
Beach is part of a collective that Stroh said provides both support and motivation to evolve. “Artists need artists to push each other and stay open to what’s possible,” Stroh said. “I really enjoy the artist community in this area.” In addition, Stroh has become a supporter of local animal charities, giving a portion of her proceeds to rescue organizations. In December, Stroh created an event where she sold a dozen paintings with the intent of donating a percentage of sale price to the Palm Beach Shelter Dog Project. Her studio assistant, Gus, is a senior dog with health issues that Stroh adopted in October from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, where she also volunteers. Stroh also supports Danny & Ron’s Rescue. “Community is important to me,” Stroh said.“I believe that by shopping locally and supporting those organizations that are doing good in our backyard, we improve the community as a whole.” Stroh again plans to travel this year
Weatherly Stroh in the studio. PHOTO BY REESE HENDRIK BLANKE
for her own personal enjoyment, as well as inspiration. “Travel will always be a part of my life as an artist,” she said.“Life experiences fuel my soul and my art. It may sound corny, but it’s true!” Stroh is not currently showing horses but doesn’t rule it out down the road. For now, she is focused on expanding her art, pushing herself in new ways — just so long as nature is in the picture. To view more of Weatherly Stroh’s art, visit www.weatherlystroh.com and join her newsletter to learn about events in the area.
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Julie Tannehill Is The Glue That Keeps Phelps Media Group Together
Natural Leader BY LENORE PHILLIPS
Businesses can be compared to a living, breathing organism. When they are born, they need strong guidance and dedication to get them off the ground. Once they are a few years in, they need stable guidance by a steady and caring hand, and once they reach maturity, they need honest, accomplished and experienced management. In many instances, it is hard for businesses to find and keep the type of people who can fill these roles. It is even more difficult to find the same person that fulfills each need. Phelps Media Group, an equestrian-focused marketing and public relations agency, is fortunate to have a professional that fills those needs and more through Wellington local Julie Tannehill. Tannehill was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her young life in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was a typical horse-crazy teenager. It was not until 1996 that she and her family relocated to Boca Raton. During that time, Tannehill was a professional in the hotel and hospitality industry. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tannehill enjoyed a successful career that took her from Boca Raton to Orlando and back again. After meeting and marrying her then husband, Tannehill was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of purchasing a farm and owning several horses, while focusing on training and natural horsemanship. “The horse farm was the dream of my life, and for seven years, I
Julie Tannehill at her desk at the Phelps Media Group office in Wellington. PHOTO BY PHELPS MEDIA GROUP
chose to not work and enjoy my home and horses,” Tannehill recalled. After her professional hiatus, Tannehill dove back into the workforce at the American Cancer Society in West Palm Beach. Little did she know that the nonprofit organization would lead her down an entirely different path that included Wellington businessman Mason Phelps. “The American Cancer Society was where I got my foot back into the door of Wellington,” Tannehill said. “While I was working on the American Cancer Society gala in Wellington, I ended up meeting Mason and working with him
on event sponsorships. Because of my lifelong history with horses, Mason had always been an idol of mine, and we really clicked when we worked together, which was thrilling.” Phelps courted Tannehill to come to work for Phelps Media Group in 2007. “One of the main reasons I took the position with Mason was because the first offices were located on the show grounds of the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Tannehill recalled. She accepted the position of office manager with the fledgling business and immediately proved her versatile skill set and “can do” mentality by aswellington the magazine | march 2020
wellington | professional sisting in helping to organize the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s appearance at the Rose Bowl. Following the trajectory of equestrian sports in Wellington, Phelps Media Group continued to grow and gain traction within the industry. It transitioned offices from the show grounds to the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, and eventually to its current home in the Chancellor building in 2011. The growth of Phelps Media Group happened rapidly, and through it all, Tannehill rose to meet the firm’s needs. “The challenge was that fairly quickly, we went from a small company, where you do everything, to a bigger company where everyone’s role is more specialized and things need to be streamlined,” Tannehill said. “In the very beginning, I did everything from sales, to human resources, finance, event management and the list goes on.
As we grew, I took on the finances and brought them in-house. I still do a little bit of everything, but now I am really a devil for the details.” Today, Tannehill is married to her life partner, Don McKenzie, and is a staple in the Wellington professional community. Phelps Media Group has grown to become the largest equestrian marketing and public relations agency in the United States with a full-time staff of more than a dozen that travels extensively, works from all corners of the continent and is constantly striving to meet the needs of an ever-expanding industry. No matter what each new year brings, the one constant is Tannehill. “Phelps Media Group has turned into a company that I could have never dreamed of,” founder and president Mason Phelps said. “We have had our fair share of challenges, and through it all, Julie has remained a constant guiding
Julie Tannehill with her dog Peaches. PHOTO BY PHELPS MEDIA GROUP
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“The challenge was that fairly quickly, we went from a small company, where you do everything, to a bigger company where everyone’s role is more specialized and things need to be streamlined. I still do a bit of everything, but now I am really a devil for the details.” — Julie Tannehill light and dependable ally. I really believe that we would not have been able to transform the way we have if it were not for her commitment and dependability to my vision and the mission of the company.” She enjoys the day-to-day workings of the company. “I enjoy working with our varied staff and being exposed to more than just one thing in a day,” Tannehill said. “I like having my hand in a little bit of everything, and this group certainly keeps me on my toes.” In a group of employees mostly comprised of young women, Tannehill serves not only as an organizer, but also a mentor and valuable reference for what has worked in the past and what has not. She is also a key component that continues to connect Phelps Media Group with the local Wellington community. “I want to continue to see Phelps Media Group grow and strive to take our services to the next level,” Tannehill said. “I would like to see Phelps become even more specialized and valuable to our clients. Branding, social media, web site development, and strategic marketing — the sky is truly the limit to what I think we are capable of achieving.”
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A New 800-Foot Promenade Will Open Up The Lake Wellington Waterfront To Residents
Boardwalk Project STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW
Along with a busy amphitheater, lively playground, spacious green lawn and an inviting community center, the Village of Wellington will soon be adding a peaceful promenade to its list of amenities in the Wellington Town Center area. Michael O'Dell looks out over the project from the second floor of the Wellington Community Center.
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After years of consideration, planning and construction, Wellington residents and visitors can expect to enjoy the tranquil boardwalk atmosphere at the beginning of May along the Lake Wellington waterfront behind the Wellington Community Center. The community center already has an outdoor paver brick area overlooking Lake Wellington. It’s earthy, old-Florida tones partnering with the scenic, water view presents a picturesque environment.The new promenade will be an extension of this ambiance. Families, couples, friends and individuals can look forward to the boardwalk-style promenade as an avenue for
togetherness, exercise and appreciation designed specifically for community use. It will stretch 800 feet from north to south, ranging from 20 to 30 feet in width.And, yes, it will be dog friendly. Along with the idyllic scene, the promenade is also designed for community involvement. Wellington Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes, for example, expects it to be instrumental in improving the lives of boaters using Lake Wellington. “When we’ve had the Lakeside Family Fun Days this past year, before we started construction, some folks did try and come up on their boats and tie off temporarily,” Barnes said.“They all noted
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A rendering showing how the project will open up the Lake Wellington waterfront. IMAGE COURTESY VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON
that it would be great if there was a way for them to do that on a regular basis.” The idea, then, is that rather than having to drive to various events, such as the green market that the village expects to hold along the promenade, individuals living off of the lake can cut through the water and dock right there at the Wellington Community Center. “We think it’s going to really open up the waterfront that we’ve had since the beginning of time and provide more access to our residents and visitors alike,” Barnes said. “Not only do we have the view, based on the facilities we have with the community center, but now people will be able to also access the waterfront area when they’re not in the community center, whether it’s a walking path, a jog, enjoying the sunsets, whatever.” To Wellington’s Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Michael O’Dell, the view alone is worth a visit. “I think one of the other major aspects of this particular spot is that the sunsets here over Lake Wellington are
spectacular,” O’Dell said.“We get a lot of people who just come down here and watch the sunset.” O’Dell himself enjoys it from the second floor of the community center, and he is excited by the possibilities offered by the new boardwalk promenade. Community center patrons will be welcome to use the space for weddings or other parties. “It’s an added amenity,” Barnes said. “Right now, [users] are able to, if they want to as part of their rental of the community center space, have an outdoor portion to it, whether it’s on the patio back there or whether they use the gazebo that’s over on the actual lake.” The new 800-foot pathway expands that available area, and with the added electricity, O’Dell expects to open the promenade to more uses, such as food trucks. “In the future, I see the food trucks being utilized in a given location that’s designed for them. I see the green market working itself along the promenade,”
O’Dell said. “I see people utilizing the docks for boating activities and canoeing and kayaking activities.” With the new addition comes in increased hope for Wellington citizens to take advantage of their community amenities. “I think it’s just being able to provide greater access, whether it’s for the boaters so they can tie off here and go to an event or enjoy the amphitheater or some other activity here on site,” Barnes said.“Or whether it’s for folks who now have another access point if they want to paddleboard on the lake… or to increase the number of rowers with the Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes at the construction site.
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Brady Walter Of Century 21 WC Realty Enjoys Working In The Wellington Market
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Two years ago, Brady Walter was in Maryland, attending college with the hopes of developing a career in the fashion industry. Today, he is an up-andcoming sales associate with Century 21 WC Realty, located in the original Wellington Mall at Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. This just goes to show how quickly life can change. “I was working as a personal stylist for a men’s custom clothier in Maryland and several other states,” Walter recalled. “I would help men achieve the best versions of themselves, often by asking what motivates and inspires them. I found that I honestly enjoyed helping people.” It was that caring attitude that led him to Florida. “I had been doing some market research on the Palm Beach County area, and what I saw was a lot of potential in Wellington and the surrounding areas,” he said. Soon, Walter had packed his bags and relocated. When his girlfriend Tayler got her real estate license, Walter realized that helping people find the perfect home — the “perfect fit,” if you will — was very similar to his previous career in fashion. It was a challenge that he wanted to take on. Soon, he too, had his real estate license. Timothy Watts, the head broker at Century 21 WC Realty, welcomed Walter and aided in his career transition.
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“Tim has been nothing short of incredible,” Walter said. “He has met with me one-on-one on several occasions, showed me the ropes and walked me through what a Realtor should be doing on a daily basis.” As for the Wellington area, Walter continues to be impressed by the local market. “I see a lot of potential in Wellington, and in the real estate market in general for the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area,” he said. “There’s value in those homes and those communities, and that helps me help people.” Because he is hyper-focused on matching people to their “best life,”
Walter also takes note of the feel of a neighborhood. “I lived in New York for a while, and I would have to say that the people here are much friendlier than in large cities like New York or Miami,” Walter said. “There’s a sense of community in Wellington that speaks to the growth of the area. With or without memberships involved, the sense of community is what makes people want to buy homes rather than rent. Once they do buy, their family is going to develop here and establish roots, and they are going to be happy they bought instead of rented.” Walter noted that growth outside the Wellington community is also drawing more people here. “There is a lot of new construction,” Walter said. “Not so much in Wellington, but in Loxahatchee, The Acreage, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. That activity has drawn people to Wellington as well.” Walter continues to match every buyer with the proper home for them in the proper neighborhood, while also helping every seller move forward as they follow their dreams. But that’s not all. Walter added that, if asked, he may throw in some complimentary fashion advice as a bonus. Call (301) 452-6832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Brady Walter. For additional information, visit www.wcrealtygroup. com/bradywalter. wellington the magazine | march 2020
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A Wellington resident for the past 20 years, Dr. Diego Rubinowicz leads the Urology Center of Palm Beach using state-of-the-art therapies, including a minimally invasive treatment for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or BPH. Rubinowicz moved here after finishing his urology training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital because he was attracted to Wellington’s terrific quality of life, family-oriented atmosphere, and great schools and healthcare. “My father was a doctor, and from an early age, I used to accompany him on his house calls. I saw first-hand the uniqueness of the physician-patient relationship,” recalled Rubinowicz, who founded the Urology Center of Palm Beach in 2001. Married to his wife Claudina with three children, Rubinowicz likes exercise, swimming and tennis and is proud of the work he does in the field of urology. “At the Urology Center of Palm Beach, we are committed to providing personalized, compassionate and stateof-the art urological care to men and women,” Rubinowicz said. “We believe in educating, guiding and empowering patients to allow them to make the best decision for their unique condition.” Rubinowicz has developed a stellar reputation in the local medical community. “I have had extensive exposure in
the areas of urological oncology and endourology. I was the first urologist in Palm Beach County to perform minimally invasive urological procedures, such as hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy, endourological procedures for stone disease and robotic-assisted prostatectomies,” he said. The field of urology has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, Rubinowicz noted. “We are constantly introducing the latest technology for the benefit of our patients,” he said. The practice specializes in men’s and women’s urological conditions, including urologic oncology, prostate health, kidney stones, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. Women's issues include kidney stones, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence. “An area of special interest to me is Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or BPH. This is a very common condition that affects more than 70 percent of patients over the age of 60,” Rubinowicz said. The symptoms of BPH include frequent urination, slow stream, urgency and getting up at night to urinate. “We are one of the few practices in South Florida offering a minimally invasive, office-based procedure that utilizes water vapor to shrink the obstructive prostate tissue that leads to BPH,” Rubinowicz explained.
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wellington | health The practice uses Rezum Water Vapor Therapy to treat BPH without the use of surgery. It allows patients to get off prescription medication and its associated dizziness and sexual side effects. The minimally invasive procedure is designed to reduce BPH symptoms by using the natural energy stored in a few drops of water to treat excess prostate tissue. There is no need for hospitalization or continued use of costly medications. Clinical studies found the treatment to be safe, and effective within two weeks. Rubinowicz explained that this procedure is performed in his office under mild sedation, very quickly in less than three minutes, has minimal or no side effects, and it is usually covered by insurance. “Another area of interest is the screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Given that one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate
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practices and nutrition, play a key role in the prevention of urologic conditions.” Rubinowicz invited potential patients to learn more about his practice. “Patients at the Urology Center of Palm Beach can benefit from one-onone, personalized, compassionate, stateof-the-art urological care,” he said. The Urology Center of Palm Beach is located at 13005 Southern Blvd., Building 1, Suite 135, on the campus of Palms West Hospital. For more info., visit www.urologycenterofpalmbeach. com or call (561) 615-1234.
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It’s All About Quality Ingredients And Great Presentation At India Grill & Bar
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For nearly a decade, India Grill & Bar has been serving authentic old and modern Indian cuisine in Royal Palm Beach.The restaurant has developed a loyal following of customers from all over the region, happily welcoming new patrons as well. The restaurant is designed to look like an Indian palace with hues of gold and a circular 400-gallon saltwater fish aquarium as the centerpiece.That ambiance, mixed with fresh, imported spices, is what restaurant manager and owner Soye Thomas said it’s all about. “I’m from the land of spices! That’s one primary thing for us. Much of it we import straight from India.We never use powder,” he said.“We get the cardamom and organic cumin. We have dried cumin straight from India.We roast and grind all our spices right here. The flavor and aroma is so fresh and real. It’s amazing. Next, we focus on getting the best produce. Once we have that, the rest is easy.” One of his favorite spices — cloves. “It has a spark to it,” he said.“A burst of flavor.” The daily lunch buffet is a great way to get a taste of it all.
A look at the main dining room at India Grill & Bar.
For starters, try the Sambar lentil soup, Tandoori chicken and vegetable samosa. Buffet entrees include chicken tikka masala, lamb roganjosh, chicken biryani on the bone and daal makhni. For sweets, you can enjoy galab jamun and Punjabi phirni. The entire buffet is offered daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all for $9.95.
A wide selection of light and fluffy naan is extremely popular with guests. Flavors include cheese naan that’s mildly spiced, there’s also garlic with cilantro and Kashmiri naan, which is mildly sweet with cashew and pine nuts, coconut, saffron, honey and raisins. When it comes to dinner entrees, there are a number of Tandoori specialties to choose from — all made to order.
(L-R) Chicken tenders marinated in southern spices and curry leaves; vegetable curry in a copper pan; and tiger shrimp marinated in traditional Tandoori spices.
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(L-R) Aloo Gobi is a popular vegan entree; Tandoori Chicken is slow cooked in traditional spices; and India Grill offers full catering services.
The most popular is the mixed grill platter. It’s a combination of tandoori grilled shrimp, seasoned lamb chops and tandoori grilled chicken tikka. “We use an all-charcoal grill,” Thomas explained. “It sears all the juices inside.” Several vegetarian and vegan-friendly options are available on the menu, as are gluten-free choices. The restaurant also offers a banquet hall for up to 200 people. It includes a separate entrance, private bar and reception area, suited for private parties or corporate events. There’s also a tasting room for as
many as 20 people, also privately set with its own bar. In addition to the restaurant as home base,Thomas also runs a nationwide catering company known as Madras Catering & Event Production. “We are very big into catering weddings and large events. We’ve done events at the Breakers, Boca Resort, Fontainebleau and Four Seasons,” Thomas said. It’s at Four Seasons, JW Marriott and Hyatt where Thomas worked in management after coming to the United States from India in 1997. He used that experience and added his own twist,
with now 17 years of catering under his belt. He has catered an average of 40 weddings a year, often with 300 people or more per event. “For me, it’s very personal,” Thomas said. “The food, presentation, food culture, spices, quality of ingredients. I get to know the clients.” It’s that same personal touch that makes India Grill & Bar a success. “Guests come here and say, ‘Wow! The food is amazing.’ But they don’t realize the chefs cooking for those weddings are the same ones cooking for them,” he said.“There are no shortcuts, anywhere.”
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(L-R) Grilled salmon marinated with cumin, turmeric and coriander; India Grill offers hand-crafted cocktails; and the restaurant puts a focus on presentation.
There are also no shortcuts when it comes to a great Sunday brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a culinary experience is topped with bottomless mimosas. “We bring a grill to the table, a live station, dosa of all varieties,” Thomas said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come and taste everything.” For Sunday brunch, adults are $16.95, while children are $6.95. The cuisine for both the restaurant and catering covers all areas of India with four chefs, each from a different region. “We have a south Indian chef, a north Indian chef, one from Bombay for
the snacks and one from the east side to cover all the seafood,”Thomas explained. A huge selection fills the bar, including exotic cocktails, a variety of spirits, and a large beer and wine menu. New plans are also on the horizon for Sunday evenings, which are big in the equestrian community. Coming soon will be dinner specials, a lounge and live DJ until midnight. Meantime, Thomas and his crew are always looking for new infusions by going on tours to India, checking out new flavors. It’s that deep passion for people and love of food and flavor that keeps
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wellington | dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more information, call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. aromawestpalmbeach.com. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 795-0100. Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring delicious Mexican cuisine, is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www.casatequilafl.com. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in the Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for info. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 6151551 or visit www.francoitalianbistro.com. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. India Grill & Bar is located in the Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in
the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The restaurant is located at 2465 S. State Road 7, Suite 100, in Wellington. For more information, visit www.kabukiwpb. com or call (561) 323-4888.
Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels.com.
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit www.lafogatawellington.com.
Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600.
Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229.
The Poké Company reframes a traditional Hawaiian dish for Florida fish lovers. The restaurant is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 323-2391 or visit www. eatthepokecompany.com. Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the Asian buffet dining concept to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For info., call (561) 753-5566.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com.
Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www. toojays.com.
Paradise Indian Cuisine at 7667 Lake Worth Road serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. For more info., call (561) 812-3958 or visit www.flbiryani.com.
Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings andribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.
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• The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free rock concert by Preservation Road on Thursday, March 5 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Koresh Dance Company: La Danse on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 8327469 for more info. FRIDAY, MARCH 6 • Manager’s Seminar: Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace will be held Friday, March 6 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Inn (10616 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). Register at www.eventbrite.com and search for “Manager’s Seminar: Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace.” For additional info., or to RSVP by phone, text Manager Seminar to (561) 480-0779. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Feel Good Friday: Chair Yoga for ages 55 and up on Fridays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host Marchtoberfest on Friday, March 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Wellington Town Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. • The Challenge of the Americas (COTA), a spectacular evening of horses and fun to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K., will take place Friday, March 6 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival showgrounds at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road in Wellington. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.challengeoftheamericas.com for info. SATURDAY, MARCH 7 • Audubon Everglades will hold a birding trip to Stormwater Treatment Area-1E (1991 Flying Cow
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wellington | calendar • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Kenny G on Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 • The Palm Beach Central High School theater department will produce its spring musical In The Heights, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, set to run from Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 15 at PBCHS. Tickets can be purchased for pre-sale prices at http://pbctix.booktix.com. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Senior Bingo for ages 55 and up on Wednesdays, March 11 and March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coffee & Conversations on Wednesday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Stop by for coffee and conversations with a panel of library staff, who will discuss their favorite reads and new releases with library members. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, March 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking begins at 6 p.m. RSVP to Loretta Remy at (561) 3173227. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present The Color Purple on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 • The inaugural “Road to Resilience” Luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Ashton will be hosted by the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service on Thursday, March 12 at the Wycliffe Country Club. Event proceeds will benefit the Alpert JFS Annual Fund to assist those struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. Tickets can be purchased at www.alpertjfs.org/r2r or by contacting Carolyn Yasuna at (561) 762-9707 or email@example.com.
• The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free oldies doowop concert by The Renditions on Thursday, March 12 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. • The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade will host Here Comes the Sun on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. featuring music from the Beatles. For more info., call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present trumpeter Brandon Ridenour on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rinker Playhouse as part of its Young Artists Classical Series. Visit www.kravis. org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Capitol Steps: The Lyin’ Kings from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29 in the Rinker Playhouse. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a workshop on “The Community’s Role in Flood Control” on Friday, March 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4105 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host Baptist Health Lecture: 10 Under-Rated Foods That Should Be In Your Grocery Cart on Friday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 to register. • The popular Buck Off Challenge, a familyfriendly mechanical bull-riding competition to benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight, is scheduled for Friday, March 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive). Practice rides begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.honorflightsefl. org. To register a team, contact event director Bobbi Rottman at (561) 436-1165 or bobbi@equessolutions. com. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free movie night featuring Dora
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wellington | calendar SUNDAY, MARCH 15 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 15 with the USPA Gold Cup. For more information, call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the new musical An American in Paris on Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. MONDAY, MARCH 16 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Michael Feinstein Conducts the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra in “The Legends We Love” with guest artists Chita Rivera and Chris Mann on Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 • The Palm Beach County District’s Elementary Mathematics, Science & STEM Fair will take place Tuesday, March 17 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Visit www.southfloridafair.com for info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Neil Berg’s 110 Years of Broadway as part of the Adults at Leisure Series on Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Lahav Shani and pianist Emanuel Ax on Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. THURSDAY, MARCH 19 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free Aerosmith tribute by Jaded on Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 • The 13th annual Arrigo Ram Extreme Rodeo will take place Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Kubota Agriplex Horse Arena. Visit www.southfloridafair.com for info. • The Adequan Global Dressage Festival will host a Clinic with Isabell Werth on Friday, March 20. Gates open at 5 p.m. Visit www.globaldressagefestival.com for tickets. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 • The Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest will take place Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wellington Town Center. Visit www.baconbourbonfest. com to learn more. • The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final will return to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen Florida. The full-day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature world-class women’s polo, a pink tailgating competition, pink shirt giveaways and a pre-event brunch. For more info., contact Denise Mariani at (561) 514-3020, ext. 10, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.komenflorida. org/pink-polo. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 22 with the USPA Gold Cup Final. For more info., call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present the New World Symphony with conductor Joshua Gersen on Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. MONDAY, MARCH 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will
host its French Conversation Group for Beginners on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Practice speaking French in a fun and informal atmosphere in collaboration with Alliance Francophone of Palm Beaches. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. TUESDAY, MARCH 24 • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Origami Boats for adults on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Repurpose old maps and sheet music into decorative paper boats. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. THURSDAY, MARCH 26 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free rock concert by Southern Blood on Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/ calendar for more info. • The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade will host the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Anthony Nunziata in “Soundtrack: The Music Of Our Lives!” on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 • Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue’s Run Walk Four Paws 5K will take place at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) on Saturday, March 28 with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. Register at www.runsignup.com/runwalkfourpawssignup. • The Day for Autism Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The event is structured around building bridges between law enforcement and individuals with autism or related issues and their families. The annual event will include a day of music, fun and games. To support this event, contact PBSO Deputy Scott Poritz at poritzs@ pbso.org or call (561) 688-5427. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, March 29 with the U.S. Open Polo Championship. For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub. com. MONDAY, MARCH 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for beginners and experienced line dancers on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature the musical Come from Away from Tuesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 5. Visit www.kravis.org or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its 17th annual Flavors Wellington Food & Wine Festival on Friday, April 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more info., visit www.wellingtonchamber.com or call (561) 792-6525.
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