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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EQUESTRIAN OLYMPIANS AND WELCOME TO THE 2022 EQUESTRIAN SEASON! Wellington’s equestrian season plans are red hot and ready to delight! As our community prepares for the return of our equestrian friends, we are happy to bring you our Equestrian Season Preview edition of Wellington The Magazine, which is jam-packed with what to expect as our equestrian venues, with safety protocols in place, open up to fill the stands once again. But first, what an amazing summer it was in Tokyo as the Olympic Games were held following an unprecedented one-year delay. It was a record-setting showing for America’s amazing squad of riders and coaches, most with deep ties to Wellington. The dressage team of Adrienne Lyle, Steffen Peters and Sabine Schut-Kery, featured on our cover this issue, rode to an incredible silver medal victory. Not to be outdone, the show jumping team of Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and McLain Ward competed in a thrilling gold medal jumpoff with the Swedish riders, taking silver by just the narrowest of margins.This month, we are pleased to partner with Annan Hepner of the Phelps Media Group to bring our readers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to cover equestrian events at the Olympic Games. Our annual Equestrian Season Preview special section features a look at all that 2022 has in store at Wellington’s world-class equestrian venues, including amazing polo action at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, show jumping at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and dressage at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village. We also check out the exciting schedule at the Grand Champions Polo Club. Also in this issue, we preview the much-anticipated return of the Wellington Community Foundation’s “A Salute to Our Heroes” event on Friday, Nov. 12.We profile professional polo player and Wellington native Matt Coppola, who has teamed up with lifestyle brand U.S. Polo Assn. as their newest global brand ambassador. Next, we chat with Wellington’s Jay Hart, who uses his unique life experience in law enforcement to provide personal security through his firm Gold Shield Industries. Wellington Table this month samples the fare at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant now open in front of the original Wellington Mall. At this unique eatery, you can enjoy a wonderful taste of home with classic flavors and so much more. Finally, our Celebrate Wellington series continues with a look at Wellington’s American Legion Post 390, which provides a social outlet and crucial services for local veterans. Everyone here at Wellington The Magazine would like to wish our readers, advertisers and business partners a very happy and bountiful Thanksgiving. We hope that no matter the current circumstance, we must be thankful for all that life has to offer!

Dawn Rivera

Dawn Rivera, Publisher

10 november 2021 | wellington the magazine

volume 18, number 11 NOVEMBER 2021

executive editor Joshua I. Manning


Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Joetta Palumbo


Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza


Erin Davisson Denise Fleischman Annan Hepner Melanie Kopacz Stacey Kovalsky Mike May Louis Hillary Park Lenore Phillips Callie Sharkey M. Dennis Taylor Anne Caroline Valtin Deborah Welky Elaine Wessel

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