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WELLINGTON April 2018

Michael Stone THE MAN BEHIND WEF AND WEG

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MICHAEL STONE: MEET THE MAN BEHIND WEF AND WEG On the other side of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center grounds from the International Arena, where the world’s best show jumpers and hunter riders compete, is the office of Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone, the man who works behind the scenes to make it all happen. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR 2018 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES Make plans to join the world in western North Carolina for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 from Sept. 11 through Sept. 23. Showcasing eight FEI equestrian disciplines — reining, vaulting, dressage, para-dressage, driving, eventing, jumping and endurance — the games will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

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DANIEL BLUMAN’S HORSEMANSHIP HAS LED TO VICTORIES

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YOUNG EQUESTRIAN RIDERS, THE STARS OF TOMORROW

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With six horses currently competing at the Grand Prix level in show jumping, rider Daniel Bluman has slowly and steadily worked his way to the top through great horsemanship and care. Already in 2018, he has racked up an impressive list of victories in the show ring. By Betsy LaBelle Our annual Young Equestrian Riders feature section returns this month with profiles of up-and-coming future stars. Profiled this year are polo player Timmy Dutta, show jumper Addison Piper, barrel racer Courtney Kitching and dressage rider Kerrigan Gluch.

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CHISHOLM GALLERY SHOWCASES ART AT LOCAL GOLF CLUB

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WELLINGTON IS HOME FOR SADDLE FITTER DEBBIE WITTY

Wellington is a destination for equestrians worldwide, and Chisholm Gallery, locally based but internationally recognized, has used a partnership with the Wellington National Golf Club to combine the best of the international art and equestrian scenes. By Lenore Phillips

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When Debbie Witty of Trilogy Performance Saddlery first visited Wellington 10 years ago, she immediately felt at home with its charming atmosphere and sense of community. Witty found it an ideal location to further establish her company. By Stephanie Radloff

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Raises Money For Brooke USA Bacon & Bourbon Fest’s Arrival In Wellington A Fun, Tasty Success Brian Lookabill Wins American Equestrians Got Talent All-Stars Challenge Of The Americas Raises Money To Fight Breast Cancer Wellington Cares Hosts Tea & Trinkets Party At Wellington National 2018 Great Futures Polo Brunch Benefits Local Boys & Girls Club

WELLINGTON HOME Wellington’s Binks Forest neighborhood may be a bit of a drive from the coast, but that didn’t stop designer MaryLou Pilous of Interiors With MaryLou from infusing a coastal cottage feel into the family home we visit this month. By Deborah Welky

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WELLINGTON TABLE Wellington Table this month profiles Master Chef Chris Paul, one of only seven certified master fusion chefs in the world. Food is art to Chris Paul. Art, however, is not truly appreciated until it is shared, which is his favorite part of the job. By Loren Londner

WELLINGTON PROFESSIONAL WELLINGTON SENIOR WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR ON THE COVER Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone, profiled this month. PHOTO BY ELENA LUSENTI

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Meet MICHAEL STONE: The Man Behind WEF And WEG

As Wellington applauds another successful Winter Equestrian Festival season, where once again past and future Olympians from numerous countries — along with riders from many different skill levels — competed for 12 weeks in front of tens of thousands of spectators, we turn our thoughts to the “Man Behind WEF,” Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone. Stone joined Mark Bellissimo’s company 11 years ago. He is the man behind the scenes who makes it all happen at the largest and longest-running horse show in the world. Our hat’s off to the man so famously known for his advancement of the sport, as well as the dapper hats seen around the show grounds. We are also proud this month to bring you information about the upcoming 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, sister venue to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center here in Wellington. We hope you make plans to join the entire equestrian world for some of the most exciting horse sport competitions around, taking place Sept. 11 through Sept. 23 at Tryon. It is so exciting to see so many young riders out on the circuit every year. This issue features the return of our Young Equestrian Riders section, which profiles polo player Timmy Dutta, a young horseman with a passion for his sport; show jumper Addison Piper, who is building a strong base for a great future success; barrel racer Courtney Kitching, who is inspired by a lifelong love of horses; and dressage rider Kerrigan Gluch, who continues to have much success riding P.R.E. horses. Also featured this month is Daniel Bluman, whose great horsemanship skills has led to some amazing international victories. With six horses currently competing at the Grand Prix level in show jumping, Bluman has slowly and steadily worked his way to the top. We also stop by the Wellington National Golf Club to check out the new equestrian art exhibit from the Chisholm Gallery, and we profile Debbie Witty of Trilogy Performance Saddlery. Finally, we also recognize Carlucho Arellano of Wellington, who was recently named executive director of services at the United States Polo Association. Our Wellington Professional feature this month leads us to local banker James Seder, who joins First Bank of the Palm Beaches as it expands into Wellington. Our Wellington Senior series features Iseult Broglio, who is proud of her many years of service to the Wellington community. Wellington Real Estate visits with United Realty Group’s Dilenia Rivas, while Wellington Health profiles local orthodontist Dr. Howard Shullman, whose new book is designed to get people to smile. Wellington Home showcases a light and lively redesign that breathes new life into a Binks Forest family home. And wrapping up April, Wellington Table visits with Master Chef Chris Paul. As one of only seven certified master fusion chefs in the world, his culinary creations are works of art. As Wellington The Magazine wraps up this issue, we learned about the recent election wins for both Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Vice Mayor John McGovern and congratulate them both.

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Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Raises Money For Brooke USA

(Left) Emily Dulin, Fritz Kundrun, J.J. Tate and Richard Malmgren. (Right) Team Provident Jewelry at the awards ceremony with sponsor Geoff Fear of Provident.

Nic Roldan’s third annual Sunset Polo & White Party was held Friday, March 23 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The event was hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo to raise awareness and funds for Brooke USA. The nonprofit’s mission is to alleviate the suffering of working equines around the world, as well as help the people who rely on them. To learn more, visit www.brookeusa.org.

(Left to right) Polo star Nic Roldan greets guests; Paige, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo; guests learn more about the work done by Brooke USA; and Quinton Aaron, Cindy Tilley and David Tyler.

(Left to right) Alan and Mayor Anne Gerwig; Rick and Adrienne Geissler; Provident Jewelry’s Jessica and Geoff Fear; Nic Roldan at the party; and Abigail Ron and Michael Bellissimo.

(Left to right) Andrew Bourns and Kate Leggat with Sandra and Javan Dalman; Carol and Richard Lavin with Karen Galanaugh; Chris Fellers and Karrie Rufer; Eva Cohn, Kristina Brown and Kerrigan Brown; and Jennifer and Kevin Shapiro.

(Left to right) Joe and Audrey Samara, Ann Anastasio, Paula Waters, Dana Russo and Grant Koster; Josephine Hermans and Emily Walker; Mark and April Berube; Michelle Schwetz and Carol Thompson; and Rob Gray and Teddy Vlock.

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Bacon & Bourbon Fest’s Arrival In Wellington A Fun, Tasty Success

(Left to right) Hope Lohr and Jeff Mulligan get ready to eat; Shannon Watson samples some of the Wild Bill’s Soda Company’s root beers; and Peter and Maria Diaz enjoy corn on the cob.

Crowds came out to the Wellington Amphitheater and the Wellington Community Center last weekend for Bacon & Bourbon Fest. Visitors enjoyed baconinfused foods; a variety of different bourbon, whiskey and rye drinks; a selection of local vendor shops; live musical entertainment; and many backyard family games. For more information, visit www.baconbourbonfest.com.

(Left to right) Palm Beach Bourbon Society members John and Erica Sirianos with Diana Guevara; Kelley Hall and Olivia Nance; Mickey Henney, Charles Laughead and Scott Woolley serving drinks at the Rock N’ Roll Tequila tent; Tyler Josselyn, Rebecca Mayhew, Annemarie Laredo and Erich Grundman; and (back) Ally and R.J. Robinson, (sitting) Robert Bell, Julie Arroyo and Chelsea Edwards, and (front) Lyriq Forde.

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Brian Lookabill Wins American Equestrians Got Talent All-Stars

(Left to right) Brian Lookabill was the night’s big winner; Taylor Hughes performs; Chelsea Hellman dances; and Ki-Juan Minors takes his turn on stage.

American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) 2018 highlighted finalists of all the former years at an all-star gala event on Sunday, March 18 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. Brian Lookabill was the night’s big winner. The benefit raised money for Discover Dressage, a nonprofit supporting the USEF’s Emerging Dressage Athlete Program with $1,000,000 over four years. For more info., visit www.aegtusa.com.

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M ichael Stone: The Man Behind WEF And WEG Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Another successful Winter Equestrian Festival has concluded its run in Wellington. Once again, past and future Olympians from numerous countries — along with riders from many different skill levels — competed for 12 weeks in front of tens of thousands of spectators. On the other side of the grounds from the International Arena, where the world’s best show jumpers and hunter riders competed for almost $10 million in prize money, is Michael Stone’s office, located at the end of the hall in the administration building. Stone joined Mark Bellissimo’s Equestrian Sport Productions 11 years ago. He is the man behind the scenes who makes it all happen. Prize money has quadrupled over that time, and so has the number of horses competing in the largest and longest running horse show in the world. Bellissimo knows how important Stone is to the continued success of WEF. As president, Stone is involved in every aspect of the business, from operations to scheduling and special events. Stone deals with many additional topics, including licensing and planning while monitoring and handling issues with international entries. He also has meetings with the different managers and regular phone conferences, talking to foreign federations, and organizing visits from their presidents. Every day is different, and that appeals to the 61-year-old Stone, who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. “We have very different styles, but they are extremely complementary,” said Bellissimo, who is CEO and the public face of the company. “He is very disciplined in managing within very complicated environments. He has been critical to the vision, but in many ways, he prefers to be behind the scenes and just make things happen — a great team player who is respected by all. I get a tremendous amount of credit, but it wouldn’t have happened without Michael’s leadership and management. There is no ego there, if the team wins, we all win, and I think that attitude pervades our organization.” Olympian Shane Sweetnam has known fellow Irishman Stone for more than a decade. “He’s done a great job; he’s made a big difference in

the structure,” Sweetnam said. “He’s got a relaxed attitude. I think that helps the people around him so they don’t feel flustered. They have a lot of projects going on, not just in Wellington, and he seems to handle it with ease.” Bellissimo and Stone work very closely together. As with most relationships, there were a few bumps that had to be smoothed out. “Whenever Mark gets an idea, he calls; it could be five o’clock in the morning or 10 at night,” Stone said. “Over the years, he realized I don’t like being called early in the morning or late at night. So now, he generally waits or sends an e-mail. He knows I’m open to try anything, and I’ll try to find a way to make it happen. Being together for 10 years, I think he values my opinions.” Bellissimo called Stone the consummate team player. “He is calm and steady in a storm and is able to distill complex strategies into ‘feet on the ground’ operating plans whose elements are effectively communicated to

(L-R) Mark and Katherine Bellissimo with Michael Stone, Vaneli Bojkova and Paul Regal. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Michael Stone and Mark Bellissimo at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center show grounds in Wellington.

and executed by the team,” Bellissimo said. “He is extremely well-respected within our organization, locally, nationally and internationally. Another great attribute is that he will roll up his sleeves to get the job done, whatever it takes. I still remember he and I unloading a truck at 2 a.m. in the morning before opening day of WEF in 2008. Together with Vaneli Bojkova, Paul Regal and David Burton Jr., there is no better team to have your back.” However, their relationship almost didn’t get off the ground. Bellissimo didn’t know Stone before he hired him to help turn around WEF, which was losing money at the time. While looking for strong candidates, Stone’s name came up from several respected sources. Stone had been working in high-profile equestrian jobs throughout his adult life. He had just left as secretary general of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), which is the sport’s world governing body. Stone left the FEI on a Wednesday, and Bellissimo called on Friday. Stone didn’t want to take the call but was talked into it by his girlfriend. It changed his life. “I hired him on the call,” Bellissimo said. “Everything I heard about him was that he was humble, intelligent, principled, hard-working, respected by his peers, and he knew the industry better than anyone... Katherine [Bellissimo] and I wanted the best person for the job. He was it. It was the best decision we ever made, as together we charted a course that reshaped Wellington, and even equestrian sport in this country, as the largest show orga34

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nizers in the world in terms of overall revenues, number of international competitions and horses competing.” Under Stone’s leadership, Equestrian Sport Productions’ business has quadrupled over the last decade as a result of Bellissimo and his partnership investing more than $300 million in acquiring and developing land, licenses, building and upgrading what is now more than 900 acres of property that directly employs nearly 1,000 employees during the season. Its economic impact on Palm Beach County exceeds $200 million per year, Bellissimo noted. In addition to the world-famous WEF, the firm now operates the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Wanderers Club. At WEF, they have added innovative special events, such as the Great Charity Challenge, Saturday Night Lights, an Under 25 series for rising stars and the popular Battle of the Sexes, as well as family entertainment and vendors to create a world-renowned equestrian wonderland. Stone said one of the biggest changes in the last 10 years is the scale and size of the show. “Revenue-wise, we have grown over 400 percent, and it’s a much more intense show now because of the amount of effort to make it an entertainment value,” Stone said. “Saturday nights have grown to such an extent it’s unbelievable the crowds we’re getting.” Creating the successful Saturday Night Lights series is one of his proudest accomplishments so far during his tenure. “Mark and I looked at it,” Stone said. “The former management of WEF used to charge people to come here. It was a customer prevention strategy. The major jumping event was on Sunday afternoon, competing against polo and general family activities.” Their solution was to make general admission to spectators free, charge a nominal fee for parking, and market the event to families and schools. “The first year, we got a lot of grief from people, such as riders asking why we’re doing it at night,” said Stone, who admitted that there were more empty seats than spectators at the beginning of the changeover. “But we proved them wrong. We’re one of the very few shows in the U.S. that get massive crowds that watch Grand Prix events. And that’s at all our venues, not just WEF.” That would include the affiliated Equestrian Sport Productions shows in Parker, Colorado and Tryon, North Carolina, the site of this year’s prestigious World Equestrian Games. It is expected to be the largest attended sporting event in the United States in 2018, attracting more than 500,000 attendees, according to Bellissimo.


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(L-R) Mark Bellissimo and Michael Stone with Annie Davis of Palm Beach Travel, Giovanni Pellerito and Daniele Fancello of Lamborghini, and Dan Farrell of Equestrian Sport Productions.

Stone and his team are in Tryon to oversee final preparations for the games, which are held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympics. This year’s competition will be held Sept. 11 through Sept. 23, and will include eight equestrian disciplines. More than 55 countries are expected to participate. Stone spent much of this time this winter working on WEG, organizing the event, including accommodations, transportation and the food operation. He has produced intricate timelines for each discipline, while also working with the numerous world and national federations, as well as the USDA regarding the quarantine of horses coming into the country. “There are so many extra layers,” Stone said. “Usually there are five FEI stewards for 200 horses. For WEG, there are 11 stewards for each discipline. And we have to build a veterinarian hospital. We will have 60 or 70 vets. Each team comes with a manager, a vet, a farrier, grooms and physios. And every country comes with a president and a secretary general.” But the massive undertaking doesn’t faze Stone. “I like the challenge of organizing, and the WEG is a huge challenge,” he said. Stone believes that the games this fall will be one of Equestrian Sport Productions’ greatest achievements, but won’t make that pronouncement until it’s over. There are plenty of other high points, including putting together the first horse show at Central Park in New York

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City. There were logistical issues and a small time frame to get everything in place and ready for live TV. “Everyone said it was impossible, but that’s never a good word to use with Mark,” Stone said. “Impossible only takes a little bit longer.” That’s the attitude that has allowed WEF to flourish. In Stone’s office, he shows off a framed golf tee flag from the Masters in Augusta, a trip which he said should be on everyone’s bucket list. On Stone’s bucket list is to watch his favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, play in a major championship, like Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. His walls are covered with equestrian photos, but it’s a photo from a local rugby team that energizes Stone. “My favorite sport is rugby,” said Stone, who has traveled to watch some of the premier teams compete. “I used to play. We helped the Wellington Wizards when they started up.” When Stone joined Equestrian Sport Productions, he was simply coordinating a horse show. “It has evolved into doing a lot of different things — dealing with village issues, organizing permits for special events, planning and zoning, building codes,” he said. “Every morning is different. There were a lot of things that I had no idea about. But the best thing about my job is that I work with a fantastic group of people. There isn’t a day that we don’t have a laugh about something. It’s an enjoyable environment to work in. Mark is very big on family. We’re all part of the family.”


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Tryon International Equestrian Center Gearing Up To Host 2018 World Equestrian Games Make plans to join the world in western North Carolina for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 from Sept. 11 through Sept. 23. Showcasing eight FEI equestrian disciplines — reining, vaulting, dressage, para-dressage, driving, eventing, jumping and endurance — the games will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center at the Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, N.C. The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. Since then, the games have been staged in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1994; Rome, Italy in 1998; Jerez, Spain

in 2002; and Aachen, Germany in 2006. The first games to be organized outside Europe were held in Lexington, Ky., in 2010, where 57 countries were represented by 800 human athletes and their horses. The games returned to Eu-

rope for the 2014 edition in Normandy, France. The 2018 World Equestrian Games has the potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with 500,000 attendees expected over the 13day event next September. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is busy preparing for a daily attendance of 40,000 to 50,000 people. The 2014 games in Normandy delivered more than $400 million in economic impact, and attracted 984 athletes, 1,234 horses, 74 nations, 1,900 accredited me-

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dia from 52 countries, and 575,000 spectators. The global competition is being held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, a sister venue to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. PBIEC CEO and Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo is also founder and CEO of the Tryon facility. The 1,600-

acre equestrian lifestyle destination is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and family entertainment. The venue currently provides outstanding facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing competitions,

and will host all eight FEI disciplines following the 2018 World Equestrian Games. With onsite shops, dining, entertainment and plans for more — including the current development of a 50-acre Tryon Village — non-equestrian visitors are equally marveled by the Tryon Resort experience. From carousel to competition, the

(Left) This aerial view shows the size and scope of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, a sister venue to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. (Above) The venue currently provides outstanding facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing competitions. During WEG, it will showcase all eight FEI equestrian disciplines: reining, vaulting, dressage, para-dressage, driving, eventing, jumping and endurance. (Right) Aside from equestrian events, the Tryon International Equestrian Center also offers plenty of family-friendly fun, such as rides on this Venetian carousel. wellington wellington the magazine the magazine | april 2018 | april 39 2018

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The Tryon International Equestrian Center, located in the rolling foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains, is gearing up to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, set for Sept. 11-23.

mission of the Tryon International Equestrian Center is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport and increase access to this majestic animal. The 2018 World Equestrian Games builds on this mission with a theme of, “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport.” “The love of the horse is universal and profound,” Bellissimo said. “The games are an incredible stage to show the world how important and valuable this creature is and celebrate our relationship with them.” The legacy of horse and rider penetrates all of human history. Nearly every facet of life is connected to this extraordinary creature. As partners, horses have discovered with us, transported us, sustained us, worked with us and protected us. As friends, they have mourned with us, healed us, loved us, entertained us, trusted us and comforted us. As athletes, horses have competed with us, won with us and celebrated victory with us. This message is portrayed beautifully in the film “#together” that is featured on the Tryon2018.com web site.

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Complementing the unparalleled opportunity to watch the world’s top riders and horses compete is the chance to discover the distinct culture and adventures within the Carolinas region. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is centrally located within an hour of some of the United States’ top destinations, including Asheville and Charlotte in North Carolina, and Greenville in South Carolina. World Equestrian Games attendees are encouraged to plan excursions to experience the collection of small towns and dynamic cities that surround the venue. So, make plans to join the global community of horse enthusiasts as we celebrate the horse and celebrate equestrian sport together! Tickets to the 2018 World Equestrian Games are on sale and can be purchased at www.tryon2018.com, where information about corporate hospitality, accommodations, competition schedules, media credentials and volunteer opportunities can also be found.


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Daniel Bluman and his 2012 Olympic partner Sancha LS compete at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival.

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also topped a national show. The two-time Olympian for his native Colombia holds dual citizenship with Israel and recently switched flags in his efforts to qualify an Israeli show jumping team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But first, he hopes to represent Israel aboard Landriano Z at the FEI World Equestrian Games this September in Tryon, N.C. Thrilled to be standing at the top of the winner’s podium, Bluman’s hard

work and dedication are paying off this winter. “When I’ve won a Grand Prix, there’s always a cool story behind getting there. My first Grand Prix was followed by two more weeks of wins,” he said. “I can tell you that this is the first time in my life that has happened.” Born in Medellin, Colombia, Bluman showed a passion for horses early on. His parents were not riders, although his cousins, Ilan and Marky Bluman, introduced him to riding and fueled his passion for the sport. His family later moved to South Florida, within an hour’s drive of Wellington. “I started working with horses at a


young age because my older cousins were riding and showing,” he recalled. “I realized I was good at it, and competitive. Because of that, it pushed me to continue to do it.” Bluman’s grandfather was a Holocaust survivor who moved to Colombia after the war. His father became an entrepreneur and his mother, a psychologist and social worker. His parents set high standards for Daniel and his brother Steven. As a young man, Bluman was mentored by them, and many others along the way. “I have been fortunate to have met a lot of great people who helped my career,” he said. He rode with some of the sport’s greats, such as Canadian Eric Lamaze and later Brazilian Nelson Pessoa, whom he trained with in Belgium. The opportunity gave him a chance to compete at some of the world’s most prestigious competitions. He competed at his first Olympics at the age of 22, representing Colombia in London in 2012, and then again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “When I was 20, I met Eric Lamaze, and that was a turning point in my career,” Bluman recalled. “Sancha and Eric Lamaze came at the same time.” The two riders, one up-and-coming, one an established champion, hit it off. “He offered to guide me and took my career to a whole different level,” Bluman said of Lamaze. “Then Nelson Pessoa closed the circle. He taught me everything that anyone can know about horses, and I share a passion for the horse and its care. That is something that really changed me. Nelson and I come from similar realities. He came from a family that didn’t come from horses. He is in love with horses, every aspect of them.” In 2015, Daniel and Ilan Bluman created Bluman Equestrian, with farms in Brewster, N.Y., and Wellington, in collaboration with the owners of Over the Top Stables. Working with his wife Ariel and cous-

Daniel Bluman and Landriano Z, the horse he won the CSI 5* $384,000 Grand Prix with Feb. 10.

“My celebration when winning the Grand Prix has been to come to the barn the next day and work with my horses,” Daniel Bluman said. Sancha LS and Daniel Bluman hustle to make the time in a CSI 4* Grand Prix.

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Daniel Bluman rides Sancha LS in Wellington.

in Ilan, Bluman hopes to compete in Tokyo on what would be Israel’s first Olympic show jumping team with Mexican Alberto Michán, who has also changed his nationality to Israeli, and Wellington-based Israeli Danielle Goldstein. One of the great things Bluman has emulated is excellent horse care, building a great relationship with each horse and not over jumping his horses. “Every horse that we have here has its own personality, its own way and its own program,” Bluman said during a tour of his barn. “I am a believer in giving each horse the time to develop a good relationship with the rider and to give the rider enough time to develop a relationship with the horse, and the same with the team. Once all of those things happen, and the puzzle comes together, then the results start happening.” Bluman is careful picking when competition opportunities during Wellington’s 12-week winter series. “I try to keep the horses I have going here in Wellington fresh,” he said. “There are a lot of competitions. You have to be careful to not over-jump your horses. You don’t 46

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“Every horse that we have here has its own personality, its own way and its own program,” Daniel Bluman said during a tour of his barn. “I am a believer in giving each horse the time to develop a good relationship with the rider.” want your horse tired at the end of the season.” He is thrilled by his current successes and the chance to train so many horses to the top level in one season. “I think we have a group of horses at the moment that we have been working hard to improve,” Bluman said. “I have been trying to learn as much as I can in order to get better every day for many years already. Things are falling into place. When that happens, you have great moments because of the timing.” But don’t expect Bluman to be out partying after a big win. “My celebration when winning the Grand Prix has been to come to the barn the next day and work with my horses,” he said. “That is what I do. I do it because I love it.”

Changing his nationality with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to ride permanently for Israel was not an easy decision. “I am very proud to be Colombian, and I am proud to be Jewish and from an Israeli family,” Bluman said. “I just felt it was the right time. I grew up most of my life in Florida and Colombia in a Jewish family. I have also lived in Belgium. I’ve lived in many places. My culture, and the way I do things, are due to that Israeli sentiment from my family. It is something I carry very dear to my heart.” After riding for Columbia in Rio, he felt it was time for a new chapter. “I got married to a woman who represents Israel. It’s time. It’s the right decision, and only amazing things have happened since,” he said.


With all the success, Bluman keeps a tight ship. “I use the Wellington season in a different way now. I keep my young horses in Europe. I have a program there running year-round with a very good friend of mine, almost like family. His name is Camilo Robayo. We grew up together in Colombia, and we’ve been together a very long time,” he explained. “I only bring the A team to Wellington to prepare for the big competitions.” Once WEF ends, Bluman will be off to Europe to prepare for the World Equestrian Games. “I am a big believer that in order to be at the top of your game, you have to compete in Europe,” he said. “I will be in Europe in May, and then I will go to Calgary because I love Calgary to prepare my horses for the championships there. Then I’ll make my way back to Europe for July and August. That should be the proper preparation for WEG in September.”

The FEI requires that the top teams qualify from this year’s WEG for the 2020 Olympics. “Every athlete in the sport looks forward to WEG and the Olympics,” Bluman said. “I have a good group of horses, and I will try to be as prepared as I can. This year we have Landriano Z aimed for WEG. I think he’s as good a horse as you can have for a championship like this one. We aim to qualify a team for 2020. Team is what we are aiming for, and we are hoping we are going to get there.” It’s the horses and the daily interaction with them that drive Bluman. “It means everything. It’s the only thing that is important,” he explained. “My philosophy and strategy is only added over that interaction and relationship I have with each horse. I absolutely love my horses, and I love what we do.” To keep up with show jumper Daniel Bluman, visit www.blumanequestrian.com.

A minute of downtime for Daniel Bluman on the farm in Wellington.

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Timmy Dutta on the polo field.

Young Horseman Timmy Dutta Knows Polo Is His Passion

Young American polo player Timmy Dutta found his passion for polo early in life. Born and raised in Wellington, Dutta has always been around horses, and started his equestrian career at the age of five with a little black pony named Stripey. At age 12, after a few years in the show jumping world, Dutta picked up a mallet for the first time, and immediately knew polo would be his future. “One day I had the opportunity to stick-and-ball with my father. From that day on, I was hooked,” Dutta said. “Playing polo is an addiction. I want to play every day. It’s my love, it’s my passion, it’s my life.” Dutta’s father, Tim Dutta, also a polo player, is the founder of the Dutta Corporation, a world-class international equine transportation company, and his mother is an international Grand Prix dressage rider. With parents so immersed in the equestrian world, it is no wonder that the young Dutta is excelling on the polo field. At just 16 years old, he is one of the youngest players on the field in the

high-goal tournaments in Wellington. During the 2018 season in Wellington, Dutta has been playing with the Pilot team in the 20-goal tournaments at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, alongside Curtis Pilot and Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres, who are widely recognized as some of the best players in the world. “It’s a great pleasure to play with these guys,” Dutta said. “They are amazing players; they’re the top in the world. It’s a learning experience for me. As a young player coming up in the sport, playing with the top players is something we all dream about.” He is also playing on his father’s team, Dutta Corp, in the Grand Champions 20-goal events. Dutta has learned from his parents’ example that success in riding starts in

the barn. He has 14 horses in work and is very involved in the daily operations — riding five to 10 singles a day during the season and paying close attention to his horses’ nutrition and exercise regime. “Every horse is different — some need more, some need less,” Dutta explained when asked about his nutrition program. “We have a base Triple Crown feed that we use, and then we add in supplements. Sometimes the base feed will change depending on their needs.” Dutta’s inherited commitment to horsemanship and horse care has drawn him attention and support at a very young age. He is sponsored by the leading supplement company, Vita Flex, as well as Triple Crown Nutrition. Both companies admire the young player’s passion not only for the sport, but the horses themselves. Being a young American player is not easy in a sport that has historically been dominated by Argentina. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Up-and-coming polo player Timmy Dutta has come a long way in a short time.

“As a young American player, there are a lot of challenges,” Dutta said. “We have great polo here in America, but down in Argentina, you get to play every day. I’m lucky that my dad supports me and allows me to go down there to play.” Dutta is quick to recognize how vital his father’s support has been to his polo career. “My father has taught me a lot. I respect and admire him, especially his work ethic. He has really taught me to manage my horses,” Dutta said. “He has put me in a place where he has bought me the best horses, and he has been helping me from the start and training me. I couldn’t do it without him.” Dutta also credits his coach and mentor Piki Diaz Alberdi, and said that he has tried to model himself after both Alberdi and his father. Some

of the horses that he is playing in the high goal have come from Alberdi, as well as legendary player and horseman Memo Gracida and Carlitos Gracida. A true horse family, the Duttas know that good horses make the polo player, and they have mounted Dutta as well as possible. Although a career in polo is Dutta’s main focus, he does intend to pursue a college degree in international business and psychology. However, most likely it will be online so that he can continue to ride and play at the same level. The future looks bright for this upcoming American player, but the ever-humble Dutta is quick to turn the attention back to his father’s support. “I wouldn’t be here without my father,” he said. “He’s been here for me and taught me everything.”

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Addison Piper rides Bonita Z in Wellington.

Addison Piper Builds A Strong Base For A Great Future In Jumping

Story and Photos by Betsy LaBelle

Growing up in Wellington, Addison Piper comes from show jumping on all sides of her family. She has been competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival for 10 years and enjoys the confidence building and learning that comes with the local 12-week series. Both of her parents, Will and Tiffaney Piper, competed in equitation and jumpers as young riders. “My mom rode, my dad rode and my grandma still rides,” Piper explained. “I was basically born into horses. I started off with the ponies, like most riders, and then I moved onto the horses. I love it.” Piper has had some great results along the way. In 2017, she placed fifth in the nation at the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search in Gladstone, N.J., judged by McLain Ward. This year and next year, she has the opportunity to compete in the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals before she ages out of the junior division.

At 17 years old, she has big goals for the future. “I want to keep excelling in the jumpers,” Piper said. “I have a new jumper that I am getting to know, and two other jumpers, plus my equitation horse. I just want to keep moving up. I will go to Spruce Meadows this summer, which is exciting because I will get to jump some big courses. If everything goes to plan, I will do indoors this fall with the junior jumpers and all the equitation finals. I want to stay competitive in equitation. I got a ribbon last year in Gladstone. Hopefully, I will get a ribbon again this year. That is the goal.” With four horses to ride, sometimes more, Piper is always on the move. “Bonita Z, I just acquired from Eric

Lamaze and the team at Torrey Pines. She is awesome. She is a cute little chestnut mare, really feisty,” Piper said. “Then, there is Hermine 44; I have had her for two years. She took me to my first NAJYRC FEI Junior/Young Rider Championships in Colorado. And with All About Anjes (aka Onions), my other jumper, we do the Low Junior Jumpers. She is one to get into the ring for practice. For equitation, I lease a horse named Skara Glen’s Prologue.” A typical day includes school and horses. “At home, I start at 8 a.m. I usually have four to five horses to ride,” Piper said. “Most days are riding on the flat, or I may have a jumping lesson or two. When I finish around 2 or 3 p.m., I go straight to school until around 5 or 6 p.m. Then I start the next day all over again.” During the winter 12-week WEF series, Piper has classes in the early mornings and throughout the day. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Growing up in Wellington has given Addison Piper ample opportunities to ride.

“Today, I started off with the Junior Medium Classic,” she said, explaining how she schooled her horse, Hermine 44, at 6:30 a.m. and made sure she was ready. “Then I walked the course at 7:30 a.m. and competed at 8:15 a.m. It can be pretty busy running from ring to ring.” The schedule includes showing two or three horses in a week. To give her horses, and herself, a rest, she takes regular breaks. “I do two weeks on and one week off during the season,” Piper explained. Piper is coached by Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms, whom she travels with on the circuit all year. “I have been riding with them for almost six years now,” she said. “They also have two great people who work for them, Chrissy Kear and David Nation, who have been a huge help in my junior career. They have always found

great horses for me, and they are so supportive.” She is currently completing her junior high school year at the Palm Beach International Academy. “It’s an awesome place. I have been going there since eighth grade,” Piper said. “I’m starting to look at colleges and preparing for the ACT. When I am traveling, my teachers Skype with me. It has been a great program for my college preparations.”

Piper approaches her career with sincere insight and a drive to learn. “I love the horses. Even if I didn’t show, I love being around the horses and being back with them in the barn,” she said. “I also have that competitive drive to do well. My horses try so hard for me, and I have a very supportive team behind me. It has been a great opportunity for me to grow up here in Wellington.”

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Courtney Kitching loves the thrill of barrel racing.

A Lifelong Love Of Horses Inspires Barrel Racer Courtney Kitching

By Deborah Welky

Courtney Kitching of Wellington has been riding since she was five years old. She began barrel racing at eight years old and has never looked back. “My mom had horses and a whole farm when she was younger but moved away,” said Kitching, now 21 years old. “Then, after I came along, my family got some property and one horse.” It has grown from there. Today, Kitching is training seven horses, including one breed mare. Her favorite, however, is Nemo. “He just has a lot of personality. I got him off the Quarterhorse racetrack and began training him,” she recalled. “It has been a long process, but he’s very talented. I stuck with him, and now he is actually my fastest horse.” Her horses each have their own personalities. “Each horse is different,” Kitching explained. “Some are hot in the alleyway; some have to be warmed up a certain way. With some, you have to be quieter on the ground because they get spooked easy.” Kitching spends time getting to know each horse. It’s almost unavoid-

able with the hours she puts into riding and practicing. “I have a lot to ride,” she said. “So, I go out three or four times a week, riding multiple horses. I suppose it adds up to 30 hours or more each week.” Kitching is a member of the South East Florida Barrel Racers organization, although she started with the smaller shows through the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse. “I tried other disciplines as well — jumping, English,” she said. “But I found I had a love for barrel racing.” In the 1930s, barrel racing was established as a women’s rodeo event, where female riders alternated maneuvering between a figure 8 and a cloverleaf pattern. Judging was based on the rider’s ability to work through the patterns — and on her outfit. All that changed in 1949 when the newly established Girls Rodeo Association, now the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, made the event all

about speed. Suddenly, the relationship between horse and rider became crucial. The course consists of barrels placed in a triangle in the middle of an arena. The rider races into the arena at top speed, and the timer starts when the team crosses the start line. After completing the tight turns of a cloverleaf pattern and racing across the finish line, the timer stops. The team that puts up the best time with no overturned barrels wins. What the rider is wearing is no longer a factor — it’s all about the athleticism and abilities of the horse and rider pair. Modern barrel racing is open to girls, boys, men and women of all ages and levels of experience — weekend riders as well as professionals. Payouts and award packages sometimes surpass $250,000. The win of which Kitching is currently most proud took place last fall in Kissimmee. “It was a Halloween Spooktacular. Nemo won the barrel race out of about 160 horses,” Kitching said. “We actually outran two NFR [National Finals Rodeo] finalists.” wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Courtney Kitching discovered barrel racing at age eight and never looked back.

The South East Florida Barrel Racers put on the events in which Kitching generally competes. However, there’s also the National Barrel Horse Association, which stages events throughout the U.S. and hosts its annual World Championships in Perry, Ga. “You have to qualify to go to that,” Kitching said. “There are also rodeos. I haven’t really started at the big rodeos. I’m still in school to become a veterinarian.” Kitching is attending classes at Florida Atlantic University with an eye toward the University of Florida, which houses the only veterinary college in the state. “My passion is horses. I love everything about them,” Kitching said. “They’re very innocent but have the capacity to do so many different things. Take dressage, for instance. It’s beautiful. I have a love to care for horses. If

they’re hurt or injured, I have a passion to help them.” And what would Kitching tell today’s eight-year-old wanting to barrel race? “Never give up,” she said. “I definitely had to work my way up. I wasn’t given a top barrel racing horse; I made my own. The horses taught me how to ride; how to barrel race properly. Once you get riding better, and you train a horse that

has the potential to win, you start winning. It’s just like in anything — when you start, you’re not going to be the best. You have to work for it. It takes skill and dedication. You’ll improve each week and find that what you get out of a horse is really amazing. My goal in life is not to make it to the NFR or to make it really big, but just to be happy with what I’m doing — and to make a difference.”

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Kerrigan Gluch rides HGF Brio in Wellington.

Kerrigan Gluch Rides P.R.E. Horses To Success On Dressage Circuit In the early 1980s, the P.R.E. — which stands for Pura Raza Española or Pure Spanish Horse — started to be introduced in the international dressage world. The great Alvaro Domecq catapulted the breed into the high competitive scenery. Very few people bet on the Iberian horses back then, since the international dressage world was dominated by Warmbloods. Three decades later, thanks to the investment of breeders and owners, the P.R.E. has the respect of the judges, and the United States is now home to the second-largest population of P.R.E. horses in the world. Today, there are a growing number of young, talented riders who choose P.R.E. horses for dressage competition, which means that the Spanish horse is among the future stars of American dressage. One of these riders is Kerrigan Gluch. “I have found the P.R.E. horses to be super-sensitive,” Gluch said. “Their personalities are very prominent. With each horse, you can tell their personalities very quickly, and that makes it much easier to adjust to a new horse. The Spanish horses are still new to international dressage, so I think when

you ride a horse that is still new to the judge’s eye, it makes you ride much more correctly and accurately in order to get the scores that are needed.” Gluch met Kimberly Van Kampen, owner of Hampton Green Farm and a major supporter of P.R.E breeding, through Lendon Grey’s Dressage for Kids program. “I participated in Dressage for Kids for many years,” Gluch said. “Through those clinics, I attended Robert Dover HorseMastership Week the first time it was held, seven years ago in Wellington.” Students in the program rode horses provided by local sponsors, and Van Kampen provided HGF Camaron IX for Gluch to ride during the Robert Dover event. “I just happened to ride her horse,” Gluch recalled. “I’m originally from Michigan, and she has a farm in Michigan. I started as a working student at age 15, and it just kind of developed from there.”

Gluch spent the summer there working with Van Kampen and her team. She helped prepare several of Hampton Green Farm’s horses for the next winter season and returned with Van Kampen to Hampton Green Farm in Wellington. Since then, Gluch has been advancing up the levels in dressage on Van Kampen’s P.R.E. horses. She found success in 2015 at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), when she became reserve champion with Vaquero HGF in the Young Rider Division. After a successful 2016 season in Wellington, Gluch was selected for the European Tour, including the CDI in Compiègne, France and the Festival of Champions in Hagen, Germany. Then 19 years old, Gluch and 2007 P.R.E. stallion Vaquero HGF concluded the 2016 USEF Young Rider Euro Tour in the ribbons at the Young Riders Nations Cup in Hagen, capping the six-week tour of Europe. The Hagen CDIOY, known as the PSI Future Champions show, brings together teams of Young Riders and other youth levels from all over Europe in both dressage and show jumping. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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(Left) Kerrigan Gluch rides Vaquero HGF in Europe. (Below) Gluch with the U25 Nations Cup teams.

The United States Young Rider team finished fifth overall, with Gluch and Vaquero the leading pair for the American team. In the Young Rider individual class, they finished sixth, and a respectable 10th in both the team and freestyle tests — distinguishing themselves among the best in Europe for their age group. At the end of 2016, Gluch and HGF Brio capped their first year together at the U25 Grand Prix, finishing third overall behind Anna Buffini in the USEF Brentina Cup Finals (U25) at the Festival of Champions. The final week of the 2017 Adequan

Global Dressage Festival in Wellington kicked off with the first FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25. It was a red, white and blue victory day, as the USA “A” Team bested the competition in the FEI Intermediate II 16-25* CDIO. Along with teammates Anna Buffini and Sierra Keasler, Gluch took the win with the blue medal. Gluch, now 22, was back in action during the 2018 AGDF. During Week 7, she was the best of the five entrants in the U25 Grand Prix Freestyle, coming tantalizingly close to 70 percent aboard Hampton Green Farm’s 14-year-old stallion Bolero CXLVIII with a score of 69.95 percent. Earlier in the season, when Danish Olympic rider Andreas Helgstrand gave a master class for spectators featuring P.R.E. horses, Gluch joined Danish team member Mikala Münter as a test rider.

Gluch spends about nine months out of the year in Wellington, with the rest of the time either at Hampton Green Farm in Michigan or on the road at horse shows. “I would love to go to Europe to represent the U.S. again,” she said of her future plans. “I think going to Europe is so eye-opening as someone coming up the ranks, because everyone in Europe is so good, and it makes you realize what you have to do to be internationally competitive.”

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Chisholm Gallery Uses Unique Partnership To Bring Palm Beach Art Scene To Wellington

By Lenore Phillips

Palm Beach County is synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. As a winter destination for many of the world’s most affluent citizens, there is certainly no shortage of high-end events and artwork. Wellington, specifically, is an unrivaled winter destination for equestrians worldwide, and Chisholm Gallery, locally based but internationally recognized, has used a unique partnership with the Wellington National Golf Club to combine the best of the international art and equestrian scenes. Already a prominent fixture in the local golf, dining and social scenes, Wellington National’s management team agreed that the prospect of boosting their space with specially curated sporting, lifestyle and equestrian art could add another level of benefits to members and the local community. Launched in early 2018, the meticulously selected collection propelled the club into the realm of the international art world with help from Jeanne Chisholm of her namesake Chisholm

Beautifully framed artwork adorns many of the walls at Wellington National Golf Club. PHOTO BY LENORE PHILLIPS

Gallery. The beautiful artwork now adorning the club’s walls and grounds is available for purchase, so that members and guests may be able to enjoy it in their homes, office or even stables. As each piece is sold, a new piece will take its place. “Being able to display so many of the special works that I have spent years curating was a really unique experience for me,” said Chisholm of her new partner-

ship. “I feel strongly that this is a special cultural opportunity being presented to Wellington through Doug Marty and Wellington National. Local and seasonal residents of Wellington and the Palm Beaches have the unique opportunity of viewing artwork from all around the world in their backyard.” Boasting more than 100 unique pieces in various mediums, the Wellington National collection is second to none in South Florida, boasting a plentiful array of pieces to please any art lover. Primarily representing golf and equestrian themes, the hand-selected collection is perfectly suited to the Wellington culture and its interests. The newly opened Champions Bistro, hallways, locker rooms and the main ballroom have all been transformed into an art lover’s dream and benefit from the impeccable pieces spread throughout the club. For equestrian enthusiasts, a life-size (Left) A beautiful steel equestrian sculpture greets guests arriving at Wellington National. PHOTO BY LENORE PHILLIPS

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metal statue of a horse landing after a fence is a welcome sight at the entrance to Wellington National, setting the tone for the rest of the impressive display. Inside, the distinguished grouping of 20th and 21st century American and Continental art includes landscape, marine and equine paintings, in addition to photographs, drawings and breathtaking sculptures. Sporting scenes and portraits, still life paintings and notable holdings in American illustration add diversity and breadth to the unique library of art. “We were excited to enhance the appeal of Wellington National with highquality art, and Chisholm Gallery was the perfect partner for us,” said Doug Marty, co-owner of Wellington National. “It is my sincere hope that our members, as well as their family and friends, are able to enjoy the artwork and appreciate how it complements not only the (Left) A sculpture in the courtyard of Wellington National Golf Club. PHOTO BY LENORE PHILLIPS

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club’s style, but that of Wellington as a whole. Jeanne has a great eye for art, and I believe that Wellington National showcases it brilliantly.” Chisholm Gallery was founded in 1978 by Chisholm and her late husband, Hugh Jeremy Chisholm, a wellknown businessman and polo player. The first gallery quickly acquired the largest collection of polo art for sale in the world, which has since expanded to include more equestrian, golf, abstract and other subjects. Jeanne Chisholm has become a fixture at all the major international art events in Florida, including Art Basel in Miami, while also attending many of the major events hosted in Wellington during the winter season. Driven by her passion for art, she has consistently expanded Chisholm Gallery’s holdings. The internationally recognized gallery offers items for a variety of tastes, from originals by well-known and highly desirable artists, to pristine collectibles, decorative pieces and even


the works of promising up-and-coming artists on the verge of breaking into the art world. With the first round of artwork already installed, Chisholm Gallery will continue to provide Wellington National with a series of high-quality artworks and sculpture to be rotated throughout the year. The initial art installation took place just in time for the grand opening of the Champions Bistro in January, in which attendees could view and purchase the artwork. For a number of months, Wellington National members, families and guests will be able to enjoy the paintings that decorate the club, and at the conclusion of the display period, buyers will be able to take their new art home for display, replaced by new featured works. “The extraordinary site — the intersection of art and first-class sport — emphasizes Wellington National’s commitment to the preservation of the natural, cultural and scenic resources of Palm Beach County,” Chisholm said.

Jeanne Chisholm (left) and Doug Marty (right) with art in the Champions Bistro. PHOTO BY SUMMER GRACE

Using its position in the local community to promote philanthropy, Wellington National also featured the artwork as the hosts of a recent event in support of the popular charity Brooke USA, which drew people from across Palm Beach County to learn more about the artwork offered, with fine wine in hand, as well as Wellington National

and its exciting membership offerings. With the prospect of many successful acquisitions on the horizon, Chisholm Gallery and the Wellington National Golf Club have a bright future working together to elevate the Wellington cultural community. Learn more about Chisholm Gallery at www.chisholmgallery.com.

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Wellington Offers The Perfect Home For Quality Saddle Fitter

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When Debbie Witty first visited Wellington 10 years ago, she immediately felt at home with its charming atmosphere and sense of community. Although she originally planned on only residing in the equestrian hub for the winter seasons, seven years later, she officially moved her family from Ithaca, N.Y., to become year-round Floridians. An avid dressage rider, Witty fell in love with all that Wellington has to offer in addition to the abundance of equestrian networking opportunities at the highest levels of the sport. From the Olympic sports of dressage and show jumping to the thrilling game of polo, Witty had found the ideal location to further establish her company, Trilogy Performance Saddlery. “When I began riding, I noticed that the expectation from riders was to swing their leg over a saddle, sit on their horse and everything go perfectly,” Witty said. “I quickly recognized that many riders were struggling with their performances due to incorrect saddle fit for them-

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selves and for their horse. Personally, I remember taking a lunge lesson in a saddle that was so uncomfortable and left me sore, and the trainer said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.’ I decided at that moment the saddle-fitting industry needed to be revamped.” After embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, with stories of rider discomfort and saddle shopping nightmares inspiring and motivating her, Witty dedicated her life to developing a line of saddles that would provide comfort for both the horse and rider. “I saw the opportunity for change, and I enveloped everything I had personally experienced and witnessed with fellow riders into designing my own saddle line,” Witty said. Early in her career, she gained extensive knowledge and expertise on equine biomechanics from her 10-year tenure

at the Cornell Veterinary College. Thus, the Trilogy Performance Saddlery design process became ingrained with scientific studies. Witty also spent a great deal of time in England learning from and becoming certified by the prestigious Society of Master Saddlers. “It was my desire to show people that I was really passionate about the correct fit of the saddle,” Witty said. “I am always hungry for information and a thorough education. During my time with the Society of Master Saddlers in England, I was among the first group of international students to be accepted as a qualified fitter, while more than 50 percent of the participants failed. It showed me how, as an industry in the United States, we needed to step up our game. The qualifications proved that I was knowledgeable, and I wanted to share my exwellington the magazine | april 2018

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pertise with my potential clients and the equestrian community.” Over the years, Witty’s Trilogy Performance Saddlery has developed into one of the top saddle manufacturing companies in the United States. The firm is dedicated to achieving a greater level of performance and awareness for horse and rider through education, service and design. From observing riders’ performance while training and showing to listening carefully to their feedback, Trilogy Performance Saddlery has successfully fit many Olympic champions, such as Debbie McDonald, as well as amateurs and young riders. “Our saddle collection fits virtually every body type. Usually, if someone comes in, they’ll always find something that is comfortable for them,” Witty said. “We also work hard at making the saddle user friendly for the horse. Our design features a nice wide flat panel, a wide gullet and they’re all wool flocked so they’re totally adjustable. I always stress to everyone that adjustability is the most important element, no matter what saddle you’re looking at, because as the horse develops in his body, the saddle must change along with him. However, you must have a highly skilled technician adjust the wool flocking correctly to ensure proper fit.” Trilogy Performance Saddlery offers customers a distinct advantage over other saddle competitors, not only in the quality of its products, but also in providing access to a vast network of spe-

cially trained saddle fitters, who have all passed an extensive education program developed by Witty. Located across the United States, Trilogy Performance Saddlery’s fitters specialize in hand fitting, flocking and providing ongoing client support. Witty requires that every member of the saddle fitting team participate in continual educational sessions, as well as benefit from ongoing training in new techniques and methods of evaluation. “One of the things I am most proud of is our saddle fitting training for our consultants,” Witty said. “They’re talented, trained technicians. They’re professionals, but they all continue to come back for more education, and many of my training sessions take place in Wellington.” The equestrian community in Wellington has accepted Witty as one of the top saddle experts in the industry, and she has a packed schedule during the winter season. Being in the center of Wellington allows her to spend time at the horse shows, where she can continue to grow her connections and share her knowledge, while also personally meeting with clients at their barns for fittings. “I love the atmosphere of Wellington,” Witty said. “It’s beautiful, clean and the sense of community is what sets it apart. I love being a part of something as special as Wellington.” To learn more about Trilogy Performance Saddlery, visit www.saddlefit.com.

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Carlucho Arellano Of Wellington Named Executive Director Of Services At USPA

The United States Polo Association recently announced that Carlucho Arellano Jr. of Wellington has been selected as the association’s executive director of services. Arellano earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, which enables him to effectively manage financial budgets. He comes to the USPA after having worked as a professional polo player and president of Capataz Polo for the past 16 years. His experience in hiring and managing employees, coaching and mentoring, combined with his extensive knowledge

of the polo industry, were key factors considered when adding him to the executive team. “I’m excited to have Carlucho join our team,” USPA CEO Bob Puetz said. “He brings with him a lifetime of polo experience, along with an in-depth knowledge of the culture of the sport. His understanding of the players, clubs and the inner workings of the association will be a great asset and addition to the leadership of the USPA.” Arellano will serve the members and clubs of the association and oversee the responsibilities and staff of USPA Services. He will focus on facilitating improved external communication between the association and players, members and clubs, as well as assist with internal communication between the board, committees and staff. This will be achieved through oversight of handicaps, tournaments, club approvals and board meetings, along with communications and committee objectives. Arellano has many achievements to his name as a polo player, ranging from intercollegiate to international titles. Some notable accomplishments include: Intercollegiate Player of the Year in 2000; University of Virginia Varsity Polo Team Captain and National Men’s Intercollegiate Champi(Left) Carlucho Arellano in action on the polo field. PHOTO BY DAVID LOMINSKA

Carlucho Arellano is the new executive director of services for the USPA.

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onship finalist in 1998 and 2000; member of the U.S. Team for the Camacho Cup in 2009; Team USPA coach and mentor from 2015 to 2017; member of Villa del Lago Herbie Pennell Cup winning team in 2017; and Team USPA assistant coach in the XI FIP World Polo Championship in 2017. “Joining the USPA staff when so much is happening for our sport and the success of our future players is most gratifying,” Arellano said. “This is an opportunity to give back to polo all that it has given to me. I look forward to working with my fellow players, the board, committees and staff to strengthen American polo.” Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. The association is currently comprised of almost 300 member clubs with thousands of individual members, and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more info., visit www.uspolo.org. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Local Banker James Seder Joins First Bank As It Expands Into Wellington Story by Dani Salgueiro • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Florida banker and longtime Wellington local James Seder is bringing the services and values of First Bank of the Palm Beaches to Wellington. First Bank is a Palm Beach County owned and operated local bank. Its only current existing location is in the historic First Bank building in downtown West Palm Beach, and its second branch is currently under construction in Wellington. Joseph “Jay” Shearouse, First Bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, and John Ahrenholz, First Bank’s president and chief operating officer, are some of the key leaders who had large roles in bringing First Bank to life back in 2010, and, ultimately, aspired to bring the locally grown financial institution to Wellington. They both have banking careers in Palm Beach County dating back to the 1970s. Shearouse and Ahrenholz asked Seder to join their team as soon as they began discussing the idea of building a branch in Wellington. Shearouse said that, in regard to the Wellington location, there was no one as qualified to lead and manage the branch as Seder. “Not only did we know from the beginning that we wanted to build in Wellington, but we also knew we wanted James to be our leader out there,” Shearouse said. Seder is now First Bank’s vice president and market executive, and will be the branch manager of the upcoming Wellington branch. Seder moved to Wellington in 1982, attending Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University. His banking career began in 1993, when he worked for First Federal, now known as First Bank of Florida. He later moved to Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, where he opened his first bank account as a teen. At Fidelity Federal, which has since become PNC Bank, Shearouse and Seder worked closely together for many years. Fidelity Federal was one of the first banks to start lending money for housing communities and commercial buildings in Wellington. “[Fidelity Federal] was one of the first banks to recognize that Wellington is a great place,” Seder said. “They made it

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possible for the community to know their bankers and for bankers to know their clients.” Shearouse and Seder gained ample experience in community banking working for and — each of them — managing the Fidelity Federal bank branch in Wellington. They are both proud of the work they did helping the community develop and flourish into what it is today.

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“I think here, we really focus on taking care of our clients and doing what is right,” James Seder said. “Wellington is a place where you know your clients, they know you and you become a little family.”

core value is to listen and serve its clients. The bankers’ fulfillment stems from supporting their clients and serving them as a vital resource in building their small businesses, buying homes for their families and serving as a helping hand to their community. “We looked all over Palm Beach County to decide where we wanted to build our second branch,” Shearouse said. “But we knew we wanted to build a branch in Wellington.” Seder’s goal as the future manager for the Wellington branch is to connect with his clients in the same way he did during his past two decades as a Wellington banker. He aims to create a bank that is different from other banks, and one that generations of families in Wellington can depend on and feel supported by. “A lot of banks talk about customer service being the way to make business, and that is true to an extent, but I think here, we really focus on taking care of our clients and doing what is right,” Seder said. “Wellington is a place where you know your clients, they know you and you become a little family.” First Bank of the Palm Beaches’ Wellington branch is scheduled to open next month in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more information, visit www. firstbankpb.bank.

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Iseult Broglio Is Proud

Of Her Many Years Of Service To The Wellington Community Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Iseult Broglio was born in Dublin, Ireland, but it was her love of horses that brought her to America. My sister and her husband had an equestrian training center in Southern Pines, N.C., and I came over in 1971 to help out,” Broglio recalled. She was working, happy and hardly homesick at all — and that’s when fate stepped in. Lee Broglio, a trainer of Standardbred horses, turned Iseult’s head and she never looked back. The pair were married — and stayed that way until Lee’s death in 2015 at age 90. “Lee needed warmer weather, so, in about 1979, we moved to Wellington,” Broglio said. Dublin’s loss was Wellington’s gain. Shortly after arriving, Broglio got involved with the Gold Coast Dressage Association, where she was approached by a fellow member who asked if she knew anyone who could be able to put on a dressage show to raise money for disabled children. She didn’t think twice. “I got involved practically immediately with the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center,” Broglio recalled. “That was way back when it was on Lake Worth Road.” Although the dressage group itself was not able to help out, two other individuals from Gold Coast answered Broglio’s request for assistance, enabling her to put the event together within the required two-month timeframe. “That first dressage show, I had 36 rides for the whole day,” Broglio remembered. “I gave Vinceremos a check for whatever it was, and it escalated from then on.” The first indication that things might be heating up occurred the week after the show. Broglio received a call from Vinceremos founder Ruth Menor asking her to serve on the young nonprofit’s board. Broglio agreed, and the rest is philanthropic history.

For 13 years, under Broglio’s direction, the Vinceremos dressage fundraiser was held at the Winter Equestrian Festival showgrounds. “At one stage, I had three dressage rings going all day — 150 rides, sometimes in three arenas,” she said. Broglio credits some of that success to the timing of her event, early in the season. “The riders wanted to get into the arena before the big show started, to get used to the venue,” she explained. “Of course, my dressage show was a schooling show, not an A-rated show. Anybody with any kind of a horse could ride. That wasn’t my concern. My concern was making money for Vinceremos.” And make money she did. Through the years, the Broglio family raised large amounts of funding for Vinceremos. She served on the board until 2011. Her husband did, too. He served as president for eight years. As a board member, she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. “I did some volunteer work at the barn, working with the kids, and I helped with Vinceremos’ main auction every January,” Broglio said. “I got people to come, got auction items donated, and on the day of the event, decorated tables and got things ready — whatever they needed me to do.” Today, thanks to its many successful fundraisers and widespread community support, Vinceremos is on its own Loxahatchee Groves property with a stable full of horses and dedicated volunteers of all ages. Horse shows and auction fundraisers continue annually, and things look a lot brighter for every child, and now many adults, whose needs are helped by spending quality time atop a gentle horse. But Broglio is not one to rest on her laurels. In addition to her work with Vinceremos, she also volunteered for several years at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, spending a couple of days a week walking and interacting with the dogs, as well as cleaning up after them. She spent another two years with the Kids Cancer Foundation in Royal Palm Beach. She helped orga-

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nize November golf tournaments, finding players and silent auction items and looking after healthy siblings so parents could be with sick children during treatments. Why does she do it? “I was very lucky in life,” she said. “I had a great marriage and one son, and I just thought I should be trying to give back. Vinceremos came along, and I really, really enjoyed it. Wellington is a great community, and I wanted to give back to the community. Plus, Vinceremos does an absolutely incredible job for these children.” Broglio’s son Frank, his wife Jeni and their two children — Emily and Lily — live with Iseult in a happy family conglomeration worthy of Dublin. “Lee and I were married 40 years. I trained horses with him and went to sales with him,” Broglio said. “And my mother said it wouldn’t last! After all, I was Lee’s third wife. But the third time’s the charm.”

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United Realty Group’s Dilenia Rivas Specializes In Residential Real Estate Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Brooklyn has produced some of the most influential Americans in history, and New York City’s most populated borough has also had a positive effect on Wellington’s real estate scene, thanks to Dilenia Rivas of United Realty Group. “I graduated from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then obtained my college degree from LaGuardia Community College,” Rivas said. “I moved to Wellington in 2007 because most of my family had relocated to Florida, and I wanted a better quality of life for my children and myself.” That desire soon became the driving force in her professional career, as well. “I decided to get into real estate because I have always enjoyed helping people,” Rivas said. “Real estate allows me the opportunity to help people realize their dream of home ownership, and to me, nothing is more fulfilling.” Her time as a Wellington resident has enhanced her business acumen. Rivas knows the area well, and she is completely confident that she can create the perfect match between buyer and home. “I specialize in residential homes in the South Florida market,” she said. “I am a longtime resident of the Wellington area, which allows me to better serve my clients who are looking to buy homes, sell or invest in Palm Beach County. Raising my family and working in the local Wellington market makes me especially qualified in assisting my clients in their home purchases.” Having first-hand knowledge of the community and its surrounding areas makes Rivas a perfect fit at United Realty Group, which prides itself on offering both its agents and clients a completely full service, state-of-the-art experience. All of the area’s marvels and joys are presented to potential customers in a pressure-free experience. “United Realty Group is a statewide real estate company,” Rivas said. “Our Wellington office specializes in equestrian properties, as well as commercial real estate acquisitions.” Rivas definitely relies on her experience in and understanding of Wellington to give her a leg up on other Realtors when it comes to doing business in the village. She is also very aware that our area does a great job selling itself. “Wellington has awesome public schools and is close to everything,” she said. “Our public school system is handsdown the best in South Florida, which is very important to

most families looking to buy homes in our area. Wellington has the greatest equestrian population in the entire United States. We host the Winter Equestrian Festival every year, attracting horse enthusiasts from all over the world.” For all it offers, Wellington is like other areas when it comes to buying, selling and renting homes: it’s at the mercy of the real estate market. Fortunately, Rivas sees the market as strong and only getting stronger. “We are seeing the greatest rise in property values in the past seven years,” she said. “There is no greater time to buy or invest in Wellington real estate than right now.” To contact Dilenia Rivas, call (561) 633-6456 or visit www. deerivasrealestate.com. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Orthodontist Dr. Howard Shullman’s New Book Is Designed To Get People To Smile Dr. Howard B. Shullman is a highly trained and skilled orthodontist who has been serving the Wellington community for more than 12 years and treats patients of all ages. Now, he has published an inspirational book called 101 Reasons to Smile. With an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate of dental medicine, both from the University of Florida, Shullman is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the South Florida Academy of Orthodontics. Following graduation, Shullman practiced general dentistry in Tampa, focusing on the treatment of children, before continuing his orthodontic training at Nova Southeastern University. There, he served as chief resident in the Department of Orthodontics during his final year of residency. An active member of the Wellington community, he is highly involved in the area, helping out with local schools, recreational leagues and businesses. In addition, Shullman is a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Medical Committee, where he and his staff brainstorm with other committee members about local community initiatives. The practice’s philosophy is to employ both skill and compassion in everything they do. This ensures that each patient receives the most advanced, effective and customized treatment plan. Shullman’s love of the constantly evolving field of orthodontics drives him to be knowledgeable about all the newest treatment options. As such, his patients receive the most up-to-date and

effective care possible. Shullman offers multiple guarantees to alleviate concerns his patients may have throughout their treatment process and the life of their smile. In order to accomplish this, Shullman offers his Lifetime Satisfaction and Lifetime Retainer guarantees. With the Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee, Shullman is so confident with his treatment methodology that if patients aren’t completely satisfied with their results at any point after orthodontic treatment, all they have to do is let him know, and he will fix it. Shullman also knows that the key to a happy and healthy smile is properly wearing and maintaining an orthodontic retainer. Many orthodontists charge a fee to replace a retainer, but Shullman knows that sometimes accidents happen. With the Lifetime Retainer Guarantee, if a patient loses or breaks a retainer, Shullman will replace it for free. His latest endeavor is a book written to inspire others to share a smile. Titled 101 Reasons to Smile, it reminds people to think about the moments in their life where they felt happy or inspired. “Smiles inspire all of us,” Shullman writes in the introduction. “Smiles evoke confidence. Smiles warm the soul. Smiles have the ability to change our mood and the mood of others. Smiles are contagious. For these reasons and so many more, this book was written to express the joy I have experienced over the years creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.” Each page of the book includes an inspirational reason to smile, such as: “Squishing your toes in the sand as the ocean water surrounds your feet,” “looking into someone’s eyes and seeing their

soul” and “seeing the work you do impact people in a positive, lasting way.” Since the book has been released, Shullman has donated thousands to local schools for their upcoming graduating classes as a special gift. In addition, 101 Reasons to Smile has been given to many community businesses and local Wellington Chamber of Commerce committee members. He has even begun signing copies for his patients. To receive a complimentary copy of Shullman’s book, or to learn more about his orthodontics practice, call (561) 868-5050 or visit Shullman Orthodontics at 9859 Lake Worth Road, Suite 21. For those not in the area, or if you would like to send a copy of the book to someone special, 101 Reasons to Smile is also available on Amazon for $15, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for patients who otherwise cannot afford orthodontics treatment. Learn more about Dr. Howard B. Shullman and Shullman Orthodontics at www. shullmanortho.com. wellington the magazine | april 2018

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Dining Room: In the formal dining room, old oak corner cabinets were painted white and their interiors wallpapered. The white pine laminate flooring seems ready to stand up to sand and surf with its natural-looking “planks� of different widths.

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Open Display Hutch: Formerly nothing but plain pine, this distressed white family room hutch now sets the tone for the inhome oceanic experience with its pastel yellow beadboard back and mismatched drawer pulls.


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Light And Lively Redesign Breathes New Life In Binks Forest Family Home Story by Deborah Welky

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Wellington’s Binks Forest neighborhood may be a bit of a drive from the coast, but that didn’t stop designer MaryLou Pilous of Interiors With MaryLou from infusing a coastal cottage feel into this family home. The transformation began on the ground floor, taking the living room, family room, kitchen and cabana bath from dark and dated to light and lively. Working her magic primarily with a paintbrush, Pilous began with the walls, cloaking each in Palladian Blue, a gentle mix of blue and green that calls forth memories of the many changing moods of the sea. With decorative accents of yellow, blue and white, the downstairs maintained a seaside cohesiveness from room to room, with occasional pops of a darker blue to surprise and delight.

Family Room: The family room boasts a harlequin-painted coffee table in the style of MacKenzie-Childs. In its previous life, it was simple pine, hardly deserving of its center stage spot. Designer MaryLou Pilous changed all that.

Hutch With Drawers: Again, old dark wood cabinetry gets a new lease on life with a coat of crisp white paint and mismatched pulls, one pair reminiscent of teardrop earrings. Also shown is a close-up detail of the decorative accents.

Bathroom: Seamless glass walls and a rain shower were a pleasant addition to the cabana bath. Its statement flooring, which dramatically continues up the walls of the shower, was imported from Italy.

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CHRIS PAUL Enjoys Sharing His Unique Culinary Creations By Loren Londner

When you are one of only seven certified master fusion chefs in the world, its culinary cuisines become the paints upon your palette, to mix and contrast, then artfully place on a plate — your canvas. Art, however, is not truly appreciated until it is shared, which is Master Chef Chris Paul’s favorite part of what he does. Chris Paul Falci grew up on a five-acre farm in Sussex County, N.J. Raising animals and working in the garden, he had an early relationship with food and its natural sources. After milking cows, collecting eggs, pulling up carrots and digging for potatoes, he would watch his mother cook family meals, helping where he could. His favorite pastime was eating the ice cream he made with her, using fresh cream. When he was young, Chris had extensive food allergies and a diet that consisted of mostly chicken and applesauce. His allergies to additives, food coloring and sugar were such a problem that his mother made him his own ketchup and chewing gum. The health challenges he had to overcome as a child laid the foundation for the compassion he now feels for others, and why he always happily accommodates dietary restrictions in his cooking. It is also the driving force behind his unwillingness to compromise on quality, and his insistence on making every single recipe ingredient from scratch. Not every five-year-old insists on sitting his parents down with a written menu, candles on the table and music on the

Master Chef Chris Paul radio while serving them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a towel over one arm. Even at that young age, Chris perceived eating as an experience, not a bare necessity. “Food, for me, has always been a way to connect to nature, family, friends and my own sense of discovery. From the joy of picking fresh berries as a young boy, to hunting through markets for the freshest ingredients for my recipes as a chef, I have somehow always been aware that nourishing the body can also be a way of feeding the soul,” he explained. “Nature

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provides the mix of colors, textures and flavors that delight our senses. As a fusion chef, I take that array of palettes from different cultures and create innovative dishes that excite me as a culinary artist. Sharing that excitement with diners is what feeds my soul.” Chris’ family is a mix of Italian, Irish, Scottish and German backgrounds that found its way to the family table. His grandparents were excellent cooks and provided him with a rich culinary background, but it was not until he arrived

at culinary school that his taste buds were really set on fire. It was when he studied in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand that fusionstyle cooking attracted his interest and started his experimentation. He also found that most American couples he cooked for came from different ethnic backgrounds, which formed their food preferences. By combining the cuisines, he realized he was able to please both while finding his own “voice” for his food.

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For four seasons, Chris was a guest chef on the Lifetime Cable Network show “The Balancing Act.” When his son, Madison, was seven years old, he joined his father on an episode wearing a chef uniform and, as a teenager, shares his interest, cooking for the entire family. Now Chef Chris Paul’s focus is mainly on intimate in-home dining, private parties and wine pairings. Local residents have had the opportunity to experience his cuisine through his Taste &

See pop-up restaurants at the Polo West Club, Village Music Café, You Farm and Downtown at the Gardens. With a culinary education that includes Johnson & Wales University, the Florida Culinary Institute and the New England Technical Institute, and certification in a wide variety of cuisines, Chris embodies none of the stuffiness and formality that one might expect from such credentials. His love for both food and people, combined with his humor, humility

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net. 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 info., 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. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for more info. 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. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com.

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India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. Kaluz Restaurant, an upscale dining experience serving New American cuisine, recently opened in Wellington. Kaluz is located at 2025 Wellington Green Drive just off Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 784-5500 or visit www.kaluzrestaurant.com. 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. A welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing plaza serves delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Enjoy a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com. 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) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com. Paradise Indian Cuisine serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-caneat lunch buffet. It is located at 7667 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 812-3958 or visit www.flbiryani.com. Polo Bar & Grill, located at 2470 Greenview Cove Drive, is designed to pay a nostalgic nod to vintage Wellington and its equestrian roots. For more info.,

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visit www.polobarandgrill.com or call (561) 429-2049. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info. 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. Suri West Tapas Bar & Lounge is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit www.surirestaurant.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. 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. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 7849055 or visit www.toojays.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. Located in the original Wellington Mall, Wellington Trace Tavern serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 4691109 or visit www.wttavern.com.


wellington | calendar Sunday, April 1 • An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 a.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, April 1 with the USPA Gold Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Monday, April 2 • The Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach will host “Weeds: Pesky Plants of Lawns & Gardens” on Monday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet on Monday, April 2 at St Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). A business meeting begins at noon, with a program on “Saving Social Security” presented by FLARA President Bill Sauer at 1 p.m. Call Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Homework Club for ages 5 to 12 on Mondays at 2 p.m. Enjoy a quiet space to study, read and complete homework. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays in April at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call 561-894-7529 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Call Roy Moore at (561) 422-2189 for more info. Tuesday, April 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Art Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday,

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April 3 at 3 p.m. Unleash your creativity to produce unique, colorful art. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to work on. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • Audubon of the Everglades will hold its annual meeting, potluck dinner and lecture on the history of the plume trade on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. Wednesday, April 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hot Air Balloons for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. Get blown away with this colorful and decorative hot air balloon craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • A Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held for the Wellington’s Edge community on Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Thursday, April 5 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a Sports & Tourism Luncheon on Thursday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Croquet Center (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach). Visit www.cpbchamber.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a concert by the Flyers, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction,

nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present Organ Duo David Baskeyfield and Thomas Gaynor on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Friday, April 6 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. For more information, visit www.wpbaf.com. • Families First of Palm Beach County is drawing attention to child abuse prevention efforts in a casual way through Community Denim Day on Friday, April 6. As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, the agency is asking businesses and organizations to allow staff to wear jeans that day in exchange for a $5 donation. To participate, businesses and organizations can contact Samantha Whiteman at swhiteman@familiesfirstpbc.org or register at www.familiesfirstpbc.org. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will present The Ben Hecht Show from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 in the Rinker Playhouse. Visit www.kravis.org for more info. Saturday, April 7 • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www. greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Rotary Club of Wellington will hold a document shredding event on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Municipal Complex. The club will also collect dry food and canned goods for Wellington Cares. Visit www.wellingtonrotary.org for more info. • The Great Amazing Race to support Dogs to the Rescue will be held Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Register online at www.greatamazingrace.com.

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• Brew at the Zoo at the Palm Beach Zoo returns for its fifth year on Wednesday, April 7. Sample craft beer from more than 25 South Florida breweries all around the zoo. There will also be live music, great food vendors and zoo animals. VIP tickets include early entry, free food courtesy of Applebee’s, a commemorative t-shirt and special beer samples. This is a 21 and over event, and advance tickets are required. Visit www.palmbeachzoo.org/brew-at-thezoo-2018 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Barbra Streisand tribute concert by Simply Streisand on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Sunday, April 8 • The Women of the Western Communities will host its “Fun, Fabulous & Forty” brunch, auction and fashion show on Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The event spring fundraiser will include a fashion show sponsored by Dressbarn. It will include both silent and ticket auctions. The special guest emcees will be Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 FM, while Leslie Gray Streeter will be a special guest model. Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are required. Call Donna Kuebler at (561) 308-5877 to RSVP. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, April 8 with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Tuesday, April 10 • Kravis On Broadway will present The Bodyguard featuring Deborah Cox from Tuesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 15 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $28. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday,

April 10 at 3 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, April 11 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host Chamber 101 on Wednesday, April 11 at 8 a.m. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or e-mail info@wellingtonchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Let’s Make a Kite for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Use paper and glue to create your own kite. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Adulting 101: Personal Finance for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Learn how to balance a checkbook, set a budget, file your own taxes and build credit. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 12 • Barrett-Jackson Car Auctions will bring a star-studded lineup to the 16th annual Palm Beach Auction, set for Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., visit www.barrett-jackson.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Corner Bookmark for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. Tired of folding the corners of your pages? Make a cute or scary corner bookmark to keep track of your reading. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a 1980s music tribute concert by On The Roxx, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Stress Awareness Month: Taking Care of Yourself” for adults on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Get information on how you can use massage, breathing techniques and meditation to de-stress. Relax and leave your problems at the door. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Friday, April 13 • The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting applications for summer camp scholarships through April 13. The scholarship program offers eligible children, ages 5 to 14 and a special population up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. For more info., contact the Youth Services Department at (561) 2425713 or ysd-summercamp@pbcgov.org. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Networking Breakfast at Golden Corral (10100 Fox Trail South, Royal Palm Beach) on Friday, April 13 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jim O’Neil at (561) 5784816. • Temple Beth Torah of Wellington will host “Shabbat Stock 2018: A Night of Peace, Music & Prayer” on Friday, April 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 793-2700 for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Flavors 2018 Food Festival is set for Friday, April 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The 15th annual event will feature dinner by the bite from dozens of local restaurants. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. Saturday, April 14 • Lakeside Family Fun Days will return to Lake Wellington behind the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/lakeside for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Wellington Garden Club will present its Tropical Heat Wave Flower Show on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Mall at Wellington Green. The event is free and open to the public. For more info., visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sweet Treats Story Time for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Join in for sweet songs, savory stories and a delicious craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Heights Night of Worship will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. Sunday, April 15 • The Palm Beach County Tea Party will hold a Tax Day Rally on Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.palmbeachcountyteaparty.org. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, April 15 with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Tuesday, April 17 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www. thewesternbusinessalliance.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Preserving Your Family Heritage: Scanning Images” for adults on Tuesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Bring up to 100 photos in good condition and a flash drive to save the digital images using a high-speed scanner. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Painting Pals for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m. Create unique watercolor artwork. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, April 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to create a colorful kaleidoscope. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Pokémon League for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, April 19 at 3 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host the Wellington High School Jazz Band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Bullet Journal Workshop for adults on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Create an analog organizational system for the 21st century. Supplies will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, April 21 • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Color Vibe 5K will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For info., visit www.thecolorvibe.com. • The 2018 Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show will be held on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more information, visit www.frankcoxproductions.com. • The South Florida Pet Expo will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info., visit www.southfloridapetexpo.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Ocean Commotion for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. Listen to stories about dolphins, turtles and jellyfish, sing songs and make a

craft featuring friends from under the sea. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Fleetwood Mac tribute concert by Dreams: Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for info.

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Sunday, April 22 • The 2018 high-goal polo season will conclude Sunday, April 22 with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com for more info. Tuesday, April 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spring Flowers for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, April 24 at 3 p.m. Show your creativity and construct origami flowers. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Music by Laible Blu for adults on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Laible Blu is a folk troubadour who performs American ballads, blues, work songs, country music, plus a little Jewish music. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, April 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Earth Day Seed Bombs for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by making seed bombs that will burst with flowers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Money Smart Month 2018: Investment Basics” on Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Topics will include saving and investing, how to invest wisely, the resources available to become an educated investor, as well as tips to avoid investment fraud. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host American Revolution Trivia for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, April 26 at 3 p.m. Does your knowledge of trivia leave your family and friends in awe? Join a team and see who wins. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington will host a Lakeside Family Fun Night on Lake Wellington behind the Wellington Community Center on Thursday, April 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/lakeside for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free concert by the Gypsy Lane Band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Friday, April 27 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. Saturday, April 28 • Closing day of the Green Market at Wellington will be on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • Uncle Gary’s Rock & Rib Fest will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, April 28 from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.unclegarysrockandribfest.com for more info. Sunday, April 29 • The Sweet Corn Fiesta will be held Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.

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