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Equestrian Season Preview Following the acquisition announcement, there was another important development over the summer. In August, PBIEC was honored with a second place SUNsational Award in the “Event Safety Plan” category from the Florida Festivals & Events Association. Out of a total of 170 events that were nominated for various distinctions, PBIEC was one of a select group that was recognized with an award. PBIEC was among the honorees due to its extensive and industry-leading COVID-19 Action Plan that was produced and implemented for the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival. The nearly 20-page plan was all-encompassing and outlined new operating procedures across all areas in order to safely bring horse shows back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only was PBIEC one of the only horse shows to successfully run its entire show circuit in 2021, but it simultaneously in-

creased digital spectator engagement and viewership, while ensuring that those industry professionals who rely on the sport were able to continue their livelihood. “The entire team at PBIEC contributed to the success of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival, and thus this honor,” ESP President Michael Stone said. “We are so pleased to have our collective efforts recognized, and we will continue to work diligently to offer award-winning horse shows for years to come.” At this time, WEF plans to open its doors to the public for the 2022 season, much to the delight of the local community. The general public will be welcomed each day, but the Saturday Night Lights series is the biggest showcase, as spectators are invited to join for evening Grand Prix competition, family-friendly activities and entertainment. While onsite, visitors can revel in the multitude of

Hunter rider Geoffrey Hesslink aboard Trademark at the Winter Equestrian Festival. PHOTO BY ESP

vendors both for equestrians and nonequestrians. Whether you are looking for the season’s cutest clothing, a new puppy to adopt or a saddle for your horse, the shopping experience at PBIEC is not to be missed. For any individuals or groups looking for an especially unique or elevated experience, PBIEC also offers extensive hospitality options. Seating options during WEF include offerings such as ringside boxes and VIP tables, while private tours and event spaces are also available to host a meeting, conference or special event. Mark your calendars and save your weekends for the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival, which gets underway the first week in January. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is located at 3400 Equestrian Club Drive in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.pbiec.com.

wellington the magazine | november 2021