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Equestrian Season Preview Iconic Winter Equestrian Festival Will Return In 2022 With New Partners, Upgrades And An Award BY ELAINE WESSEL

The iconic Winter Equestrian Festival will return to Wellington for its annual three-month run starting in January 2022. Hunter, jumper and equitation classes will showcase equestrian talent of all levels from Jan. 5 through April 3, 2022. The highlight class of the entire series, the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*, will take place as the grand finale.

As the world’s largest and longest-running equestrian sports event, WEF will attract 4,000 families, 7,000 horses and thousands of competitors from across the globe to Wellington to compete for more than $12 million in prize money. The upcoming winter season will come hot on the heels of two big announcements from the WEF team, including a major new investing partner

Olympian Jessica Springsteen rides at the Winter Equestrian Festival. PHOTO BY ESP

and an award for event safety following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2021, it was announced that Andreas Helgstrand, CEO of Global Equestrian Group (GEG), and Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), formed an unprecedented partnership focused on developing international equestrian sport in Wellington.

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