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welcome to the palm beach int MAIN GROUNDS WEF DAILY HIGHLIGHTS Visit WEF during the day from Wednesday through Sunday to take in the exciting scene of several thousand horses and riders competing in 12 arenas. Stroll the grounds at your leisure, grab a bite to eat and shop till you drop at our unique boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, high-end fashion

The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF, January 7-March 29, 2015) is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually from January through March. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. (ESP). Each show week starts on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday, with major competitions showcased in the International Arena daily and on Saturday nights.

and so much more.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Families and friends are invited to come and watch the “Saturday Night Lights” events. The events not only consist of the largest show jumping competition of the week taking place in the International Arena, but families can spend time in the kids fair, having fun with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, a true Venetian carousel, face painters, performers, shopping, food, and more!

what can you do at wef? Shop - Vendor Row has a wide variety of non-equestrian and equestrian fashions and accessories. Make sure to visit the WEF Boutique by the International Arena for your own WEF logo gear. dine - Enjoy casual or fine dining. The Tiki Hut, The Oasis, Tito’s Tacos, and various vendors throughout the property. children’s activities - Entertainers, live band, balloon artists, face painters, bounce houses...and more!


ternational equestrian center ThE STADIUM AGDF The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF, January 8March 28, 2015) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring seven CDI events. Included are four FEI World Cup qualifiers, one 4* and one 5*, the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere, and three U.S. National Events. The AGDF is offering more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the facility being home to world-class dressage, it will also host exciting jumper derbies and grand prix events, horse exhibitions, and equestrian clinics. The Stadium at PBIEC also houses the Palm Beach Riding Academy.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS The AGDF hosts the entire range of classes available for pony, junior, and amateur dressage riders in five USEF-rated National events.

FRIDAY NIGHT STARS The musical freestyle in which horse and rider “dance” to their own choreography in a routine about six minutes in length has become the most popular entertainment of the sport with top combinations

what can you do at aGdf? Vendor Row at the AGDF offers unique equestrian items as well as beautiful hand bags, jewelry, shoes, and clothes. During international “CDI” competitions, you can watch elegant dressage tests from Thursday through Sunday. If you have the urge to learn how to ride a horse, sign up for lessons at Palm Beach Riding Academy and have your own equestrian experience! Just call 561-784-4275 to find out more!

drawing large crowds and is the feature of “Friday Night Stars” at the AGDF. Spectators will hear everything from classic orchestral pieces to the latest Top 40 pop hits.




January 7 - March 29, 2015

January 8 - March 28, 2015

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MARCH HigHligHts (tentative)

sunday, March 1 - $150,000 Grand Prix CSIO 4* presented by Lugano Diamonds Friday, March 6, 7 pm - $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix presented by Kingsland Equestrian saturday, March 7, 7 pm - “Saturday Night Lights” $372,000 FEI World CupTM Grand Prix CSI-W5* presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate saturday, March 14, 8 pm - “Saturday Night Lights” $127,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* Friday, March 20, 4 pm - 8th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Class presented by Alessandro Albanese saturday, March 21, 8 pm - “Saturday Night Lights” $127,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* saturday, March 22, 8 am - $50,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Final (Derby Field) saturday, March 28, 8 pm - “Saturday Night Lights” $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* Free general Admission. Parking for WEF saturday Night lights $20.

Main Grounds at PBIEC 3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.JUMP (5867)

March 5-8: AgDF 9 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI W/1*/U25/Y/J/P Presented by Everglades Dressage (Large Tour) and Peacock Ridge (Small Tour) Friday, March 6 - “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Musical Freestyle presented by Everglades Dressage March 12-15: AgDF 10 Dressage CDI W/3*/1*/ U25/Y/J/P Presented by Today’s Equestrian (CDI 3*) and Mike & Roz Collins (CDI 1*) Friday, March 13 - “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Musical Freestyle presented by Today’s Equestrian March 21-22: AgDF 11 Dressage National March 25-28: AgDF 12 Dressage CDIO 3*/3*/1*/ U25/Y/J/P Presented by Stillpoint Farm (CDIO 3*) and Illustrated Properties (CDI 3*), and Regal Horse Products (CDI 1*) Dressage Nations Cup, presented by Stillpoint Farm Friday, March 27 - “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Musical Freestyle presented by Stillpoint Farm Gates Open at 6 pm for all “Friday Night Stars” events Free general Admission and Parking. The Stadium at PBIEC 13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.5867

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MIZNER ESTATES Mizner Estates - Incredibly charming architecture. Custom built 3 bedroom/4 bath + den home. Affords total privacy or can be opened up for golf course and preserve views. $2,100,000

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ASHLEY HOLZER LOOKS FORWARD TO TIME IN WELLINGTON For almost 40 years, Ashley Holzer has been one of the top names in dressage. A top trainer, she feels that competing in Wellington is an extremely important rite of passage for riders — and there’s no better place for up-and-coming horses to get experience than at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. By Julie Unger

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL One of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is hosting its fourth annual series in 2015 with ten weeks of fantastic equestrian sport at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.









Dressage competition in Wellington, home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, is among the best in the world. In this issue, our Faces of Dressage feature section celebrates some of the top national and international dressage riders competing in Wellington this season. A Wellington High School student, home-grown singer Emily Brooke, one of the stars of this year’s Hollywood Week on American Idol XIV, has enjoyed her amazing journey on the blockbuster television show. By Deborah Welky Wellington The Magazine is excited to team up with talented fashion photographer Kendra Paige to bring you a fashion pictorial featuring Freedom Riders Academy, a Wellingtonbased charitable organization that works to heal abused and neglected horses.

WELLINGTON GIVES: WYCLIFFE CHARITIES FOUNDATION This month, Wellington Gives features the Wycliffe Charities Foundation, which brings a local neighborhood together to help those in need. The nonprofit supports organizations that provide health or educational services in Palm Beach County. By Deborah Welky


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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Superhero Theme Adds To Excitement At Great Charity Challenge Wellington Art Society Hosts Its Annual ‘ArtFest On The Green’ Fun Time At Wellington’s Father-Daughter Snow Ball Dance Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Hosts 28th Annual Auction Wellington’s Hollywood Salon & Spa Celebrates Grand Opening





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Wellington Home visits a custom equestrian estate in the Homeland neighborhood. Light colors give the four-bedroom, three-bath pool home a spacious and airy feel. Built in 2003, it boasts 4,000 square feet under air and is set on five acres.


A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar opened in December in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza, serving up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. By Julie Unger


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ON THE COVER Dressage star Ashley Holzer, profiled this issue, aboard Dressed in Black. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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Dance With Us As We Celebrate The Adequan Global Dressage Festival The thrill of the equestrian season drapes the four corners of Wellington as we have never seen the likes of before. This time of year, Wellington is virtually everything equestrian. From the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center celebrating a decade of diverse equestrian happenings to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s “One Stage, Three Legends” event, not to mention the tremendous efforts of some of the best polo players in the world, the continuing Winter Equestrian Festival and the third annual Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour. We have to take a moment to pause and celebrate our fantastic community of Wellington. On our cover this issue, longtime dressage star Ashley Holzer helps us celebrate the 2015 dressage season. Aside from a fascinating profile of Holzer, our dressage coverage includes an overview of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, a look at the sponsors that make it all possible, and our Faces of Dressage section, which features short profiles of 10 amazing dressage riders, ranging from some of the elite names in the sport to up-and-coming dressage riders. Also profiled in this issue is two-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart, who continues to inspire everyone she meets as one of the brightest stars of para-dressage. Also this month, catch a glimpse into another side of equestrian life as we feature some of the off-field skills of several well-known equestrians competing in “American Equestrians Got Talent.” Robert Dover, one of the most decorated dressage riders in the country, sits down with us to chat about this event and how it offers exposure to the equestrian community in a fun and engaging way. After weeks of qualifying rounds, the top talents will compete March 15 in a benefit for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. Our Wellington Fashion pictorial this month showcases the amazing work of local fashion photographer Kendra Paige, as well as the Freedom Riders Academy, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of both horses and humans. Meanwhile, Wellington Gives features the Wycliffe Charities Foundation, an organization that brings neighbors together to help those in need. Wellington Neighborhood visits the Estates at Binks Forest, while Wellington Spa highlights how a visit to Massage Envy can relax the body, mind and soul. Wellington Health visits with optometrist Dr. Lori Mazza of Family Vision Center, and Wellington Real Estate catches up with Matt Johnson. Wellington Home jumps over to the Homeland community to check out a custom equestrian estate, and, finally, Wellington Table samples the delicious food complemented by great wine at the new Oak Bistro & Wine Bar. As we go to press with this issue, we wish our families and friends a safe and warmer winter up north and use this time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in the beautiful climate that Wellington has to offer.

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Fun Superhero Theme Adds To The Excitement At Great Charity Challenge Superheroes amazed as they leaped and soared Feb. 7 at the sixth annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Professional and amateur riders, along with their equine sidekicks, entertained thousands who came out to watch them and root for their favorite charities. Many riders were dressed as superheroes to match the theme. 1. Liz Mahone rides for Breaking the Chains. 2. Katherine, Nicole, Mark, Paige and Matthew Bellissimo. 3. The Paws for Liberty riders were dressed in a Green Lantern theme. 4. Emily Moffitt, Laura Kraut & Emma Heise rode for the Blue Sky Foundation. 5. Madison Goetzmann rode for Helping Hands Assistance Programs. 6. Communities in Schools riders Michael Blake, Carly Dvorkin and David Blake. 7. Emily Kinch, Ian Miller and Stevie Murphy rode for Urban Youth Impact. 8. County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay picks one of the wild card charities with assistance from Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo. 9. Kids Cancer Foundation rider Andre Mershad heads over a jump. 10. Tara Couch rides for Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County. 11. CROS Ministries rider Lucy Deslauriers. 12. Candace King rode for Family Promise of South Palm Beach County. 13. The winning charities Propel (second place), Danny & Ron’s Rescue (first place) and the Kids Cancer Foundation (third place) accept their awards. 14. GCC founders Mark and Paige Bellissimo with Kinleigh and Piper Apfel.

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Wellington Art Society Hosts Its Annual ‘ArtFest On The Green’

(Left to right) Event organizers Adrianne Hetherington, Donna Donelan and Leslie Pfeiffer; best-in-show winner Lisa Strauss; and first-place winner Deborah LaFogg Docherty.

The Wellington Art Society held its ninth annual juried fine art and craft show, ArtFest on the Green, at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1. A total of 51 artists displayed their paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, textiles, photography and more. To learn more about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.

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Fun Time At Wellington’s Father-Daughter Snow Ball Dance

(Left to right) Arelis hugs her father, Alberto Riaboukha; Scott Sherry with daughters Jacqueline and Abby; U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John McCammon with Ariel Jolie; and Elliot and Haydn Bonner with Thaddeus and Leelyn Thompson.

Wellington hosted its Frozen-themed FatherDaughter Snow Ball on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Village Park gym. Dozens of dads and their special dates attended the event. More than 200 people enjoyed an evening of dancing, games and an Italian buffet dinner.

(Left to right) Brian Zimmerman with Brielle, Eliana and Leora; Ice Princess (Lexi McAin) and Ice Queen (Jessica Pereira) visit with Isabella Bernal; Alexus and Taylor Sommer get twirled by dad Joel; and event sponsor Dr. David Simon and daughter Lexi do the Macarena on the dance floor.


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Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Hosts 28th Annual Auction

(Left) Event Chair Tuny Page, Celebrity Hostess Tami Hoag, Young Professionals Chair Devon Kane and Vinceremos Executive Director Ruth Menor. (Right) The Orion Farm South team won the seventh annual buck off championship.

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its 28th annual benefit auction at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Friday, Feb. 13. This year’s theme was “Bring Your Dreams and Climb Aboard,” and the evening included dinner, a live auction, a silent auction, and the seventh annual buck off finals and poker championship. For more information, visit

(Left to right) Mom Ady Bermudez-Besharat with rider of the year Jacob Besharat, and rider of the year Sienna White with mom Cheryl Antimucci. Not shown: Rider of the year Camden Schwartz; IPC President John and Toy Wash with Melody and Alec Domb; poker tournament champ Stuart Roffman; and Spanish dressage Olympian Daniel Martine with USPRE President Kim Boyer.

(Left to right) Volunteers of the year Aliyah Blewett and Lesley Stokes; Event Chair Tuny Page with Kirk Alexander and Dr. Veronica Pedro Alexander; Executive Director Ruth Menor and Celebrity Hostess Tami Hoag address the crowd; and Dr. Bradley Weiss with Dr. Cetty Weiss.

(Clockwise from the left) Sophia Calamari rides the mechanical bull; James Fairclough hangs on; Amanda and Colin Goddard adopt a horse; the Floridian Community Bank team of Will Piper, Jesse Schweizer, Shah Quraeshi and Thomas Schweizer; Alec Domb, Terri Kane and Melody Domb; and the Orion Farms team of Sophia Calamari, Francesca Calamari, Taylor St. Jacques and James Fairclough.


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Wellington’s Hollywood Salon & Spa Celebrates Grand Opening

(Left) Gladys Montero, Chelsea Alyse Murphy, Tatiana Zhukovsriy, Kelita Torres, Annie Vo, Wah Aurelius, Tamy Tran and Richard Do. (Right) Owner Annie Vo with Jill Goldhaber, Vicki Cohen and Renée Clansey.

Hollywood Salon & Spa, located near the Mall at Wellington Green at 10520 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 300, held its grand opening celebration Friday, Jan. 23 to the delight of those anxiously awaiting the opening of the salon’s new location. For more information, call (561) 784-3938 or visit www.

(Left to right) Mary Hanyak, David Carroll and Susie Labriola; Bryan Vo and Kathleen Wile; Carina Bayer and Perry Lancianese; Tamy Tran and Holly North; and Cindy McDade with Annie Vo.

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Jim Brandon Equestrian Center Okeeheelee Park

The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is a multi-discipline rental faciltiy operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. • Special Events • Hunter • Jumper • Clinics • Trails • Dressage • Western • Auctions N

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Dues-Only Membership – No Initiation Fee Required Full Golf Memberships Available* Traditional golf with no tee times, tennis, and fitness Casual dining at The Duke’s Bar, Veranda, and poolside • Fine dining at Stables Restaurant A junior Olympic-size pool, kiddie pool, and play area • Year-round social calendar and child-friendly programs The Wanderers Club is Wellington’s family-friendly, private country club. For membership information, call Anna Grzebien at 561.795.3501, ext. 225. • 1900 Aero Club Drive • Wellington, FL 33414 *Waiting list for Social Memberships. Dues-Only Membership may be recalled once the Club Membership reaches its full complement, beginning with the last in, unless the then established membership deposit is paid. All memberships are prorated as of initiation date.


Melanie Peterson

“I was so fortunate to grow up around the horse show here in Wellington.” “I was so fortunate to grow up around the horse show here in Wellington,” former horse trainer turned Realtor Melanie Peterson explained. “After enjoying an almost 20-year career training horses, I was able to transfer my extensive equine knowledge to real estate, and I can’t think of a

better place to have done that than here and with Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty.” But success didn’t come without hard work. Melanie built her career from the ground up — literally. “I started out mucking stalls for lessons, then groomed for better lessons, and worked my way up to training for people at the top level,” she said. Melanie’s vast experience managing horses on farms ranging from five acres to thousands, gives her clients a unique advantage when selecting a farm for their personal needs. “South Florida can be a challenging environment in many ways. I really enjoy using my education in my work in the horse industry in Wellington,” explained Melanie, who got her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Resource Analysis from Florida Atlantic University. It doesn’t stop there. Melanie takes her knowledge to the public with service on industry, environmental and charitable organizations at the local and state levels. “Growing up here, I’ve watched many of the developments in and around Wellington go up over the years, the knowledge of the landscape before and after is what I bring to my clients every day,”

described Melanie, who used to trail ride as a kid over the land that is now laced with beautiful farms in southern Wellington. “Many of my training clients have become real estate clients because they know the level of commitment and professionalism I dedicate to them and their goals,” she said. “I recognize my clients’ time is valuable. Therefore, I offer a concierge style of service that has a proven track record of success.” We found Melanie at the horse show promoting the WEF Sport Horse Auction that she produced on behalf of Equestrian Sport Productions for the third year in a row. “I really enjoy the blend of the horse show life and real estate here in Wellington,” she said. “I’m able to enjoy both of my passions, and always love introducing someone new to my hometown!” Melanie finds Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty to be the perfect fit for her. “It’s the number-one name in luxury real estate worldwide, and we bring experience and integrity that is second to none,” she explained. Melanie enjoys working with clients in the local single-family home market as well as specialty equestrian properties. Call her to discuss your real estate needs at (561) 870-6587.

The 2015 Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award was presented to Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions.

Equestrian Aid Foundation Presents Its Annual Luminary Award To Mark Bellissimo Story and Photo by Julie Unger

The Equestrian Aid Foundation entertained hundreds on Sunday, Feb. 22 with its “One Stage, Three Legends” fundraising event that brought together the equestrian community and honored this year’s Luminary Award recipient, Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions. The evening took place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium, home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Equestrian Aid Foundation President Stephanie Riggio Bulger said that this year, the foundation chose to have a musical show during its popular annual fundraiser. The twist: the performers were a secret. Attendees were thrilled with lookalike performances by David Lowman and Ted Brightwell as Judy Garland, Reba McIntyre and Barbra Streisand. The foundation brought back its always-popular diamond drop raffle, where one very lucky participant received a diamond at the end of the night. White Horse Catering put together a delectable, buffet-style dinner party accompanied by an open bar. During the show’s intermission, there was a live auction with items such as an African safari, a trip to a movie premiere and a day on a Palm Beach yacht. The most anticipated part of the evening was the presentation of the annual Luminary Award. “Every year, we try to pick someone who contributes a lot both to the advancement of horse sports as well as to the betterment of the people who participate in these sports,” Riggio Bulger said. This year, the foundation chose Bellissimo. “Mark was a really easy choice for us,” she said. “We found that not only has he revolutionized what we know as horse shows, but he does a tremendous amount for local organizations and is always speaking out to give back to the community.” Bellissimo was honored to receive the prestigious award from the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

“The EAF has done such great things across the industry, helping those people who have been confronted with a bad set of circumstances and making sure they get sufficient resources to mitigate the effects of their situation,” Bellissimo said. “They have a very distinguished board and participation within their committees, and so it is quite meaningful to get recognition from such a well-respected group.” The Luminary Award is a way to recognize those in the community who have taken great strides to give back to the community and truly make a difference. “The goal is really just to let someone who deserves a round of applause to stand up on stage and be appreciated by his or her peers,” Riggio Bulger said. Bellissimo was quick to share the honor. “While I was personally selected, there are so many people who are responsible for this success, starting with my wife, my partners, and the strongest staff in the industry, led by [Equestrian Sport Productions President] Michael Stone,” he said. After the show concluded, guests enjoyed an after-party at the Grille, which donated a portion of the proceeds of the bar that night to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The evening was hosted by Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer and co-chaired by Robert Ross, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Monique Huntington Keitz and Missy Luczak Smith. The event committee included Emily Cleland, Ron Davis, Robert Dover, Janise Gray, Torrey Hardison, Martha R. Ingram, Martha Jolicoeur, Andrea Knox, Nora Kornheisl, Joni Moloney, Jacquie McCutchan, Louise Riggio, Luis Rodriguez and Kara Stevens. The Equestrian Aid Foundation has raised more than $2.8 million to help more than 100 equestrians through difficult times over the last 19 years. To learn more about the organization, visit wellington the magazine | march 2015


Ashley Holzer Loves The Horse-Rider Partnership At The Heart Of Dressage Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Susan J. Stickle

For almost 40 years, Ashley Holzer has been one of the top names in dressage. She has been a dressage rider since the tender age of 13, and Glory Be Royal, affectionately known as Gloria, was the horse that started it all. “The first horse that my parents bought me as a kid was actually very talented in dressage,” Holzer recalled. “I was eventing a little bit, but she actually would always win at dressage… She was not really a fancy horse at all. She was just was very good at dressage.” Through Gloria, Holzer made a name for herself in dressage. Add in many other horses along the way, four trips to the Olympics, four trips to the World Equestrian Games, two trips to the Pan American Games and many other dressage competitions, and you get to the current 2015 season with Holzer competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival aboard Dressed in Black, which Holzer co-owns with Dr. Diane Fellows. Holzer has been competing in Wellington for decades. It’s an annual trip the Canadian equestrian star looks for-


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ward to. She travels here from her current home in New York. “I’ve been coming to Florida since the 1980s, every year,” she said with a quick laugh. “I always come to compete down here. It’s just been even better because of the [new] facility that we have down here, and the competitions are just getting bigger. I started coming here when it was really grassroots — we used to have our stable over on Jog Road and Forest Hill.” Her experiences have changed over the years, but she still feels that competing in Wellington is an extremely important rite of passage. “Part of where I sit right now is bringing my students along and watching how well they do,” Holzer said. “My current horse is a little young to be at the Pan American Games [this summer in Toronto], but I think he’s really

perfectly poised for the Olympics next year. That’s where my mind-set is — to get him the experience necessary.” And for Holzer, there’s no better place for a horse to get that experience than at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “It’s great that we have this facility where we can create this atmosphere for these horses, get them used to it and really get them on their game, and get them the experience they need to become world-class athletes,” she said. Holzer is currently easing Dressed in Black from the national ring to the international ring. “You can take horses and put them in the national ring and get them experience, and when they’re feeling really strong and experienced, you can bring them up to the international ring in the front where the crowd is and there’s more atmosphere,” she said. “It makes it a little bit trickier, but this is the way to get them ready for what they need to do when they go to the Olympics or the World Equestrian Games.”

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Helping dressage horses manage this transition is a crucial part of Holzer’s riding, coaching and teaching philosophy. “I’m feeling pretty ready that we’re about to go to the front ring pretty soon,” she said. “I’m really vigilant about having the horse do the right thing at the right time.” Meanwhile, Holzer also has a specific goal in mind for herself. “I’m trying to get my world ranking up,” she said, noting that in December, on another horse, she was ranked 38th in the world. At one point, she has been ranked as high as fifth. She is definitely on the right track with Dressed in Black. “We haven’t done that many competitions yet,” Holzer said, “but he has done incredibly well every time in the Grand Prix, scoring over 70 percent.” At her stable in Southfields, Holzer works with many trainers, including her goddaughter and assistant, Lind-


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say Kellock, and fellow 1988 Olympian Eva Pracht. Dressage is a lot of hard work, but it is the kind of work that is designed to look effortless. “It’s really a sport where you are communicating with your horse at a very high level, but it appears as though you’re doing very little,” Holzer explained. “The horse seems to be dancing with you. That’s sort of the beauty in the sport — there becomes such an incredibly close partnership with your horse that they know exactly what you want them to do with very little pressure and very little movement.” Holzer’s current routine is created with intention, focusing on Dressed in Black’s strengths. “This horse is just starting at this level,” she said. “I think the part of my freestyle that is appealing, it’s a really dramatic freestyle with the music. I would say the pattern really flows with my horse. Instead of being extremely,

extremely difficult, it’s more artistic.” There are many ways to make a routine more complicated, potentially earning a higher score, but Holzer resists the urge to do something overly complicated just for a score. “You don’t want to make it so difficult that it starts to look like you’re having difficulty doing it, because that defeats the purpose,” she said. Holzer works hard to stay among the world’s elite dressage riders, and having the support of her family, friends, students and staff is crucial. “I don’t think you can do this sport to the level that we do it without having a huge support group behind you,” she said. Dressage isn’t one of those sports where riders are instantaneously successful, she stressed. “It’s not like you can jump on a horse and push the buttons, and the horse just does it. To do it well, you really have to have a partnership with the horse,” Holzer said. “I think that’s something that

intrigues me. I love the partnership our sport requires. You have to work with it a long, long time. To feel that horse work for you and work with you is really something I love.” Dressage is a sport, a lifestyle, a passion and a way of life for Holzer, who feels right at home during her winters in Wellington. “You go around these horse shows and there’s some of the best riders in the world here in Wellington,” she said. “But I think the great thing about our sport is, when you’re very good, you know what it takes to be very good, and you know that everyone out there who is having great results, they’ve worked extremely hard. There is sort of a mutual respect that goes around when you walk around the horse show and you see everybody. You can have a great horse, but you’ve got to ride well, or you’re not winning anything.” To learn more about Holzer, visit www.

“Dressage is really a sport where you are communicating with your horse at a very high level, but it appears as though you’re doing very little.” ASHLEY HOLZER

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Adequan Global Dressage Festival Stages Record-Breaking 2015 Series One of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is hosting its fourth annual show series in 2015 with ten weeks of fantastic equestrian sport at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. This year’s AGDF includes three national and seven international weeks of competition running through March 28. With an increase to more than $650,000 in total prize money, the series has become the richest dressage circuit in the world. The AGDF welcomes many of the world’s top horses and riders to the beautiful dressage facility at the Stadium at PBIEC, located at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. International competition includes four CDI-W rated shows, a CDI 4*, a CDI 5*, and the Western Hemisphere’s only non-championship CDIO, which is also part of the FEI Nations Cup series. “The main difference for this year is the quality of the international riders that are coming in numbers from Europe, and this has raised the quality of the competition significantly,” explained Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions, the company that stages both the AGDF and its sister show series, the Winter Equestrian Festival. With the 2015 season already underway, this year’s AGDF has many exciting highlights still to come. The Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* will run March 25-28, serving as the last team event before the Pan American Games in Toronto in July. This special team competition for dressage gives riders the unique opportunity to experience a championship-style format. Stone expects the dressage Nations Cup to be this month’s headline event. “The dressage Nations Cup on the final weekend in March will be the highlight,” he said. “We have more teams than ever, and it is also a qualifier for the Pan American Games.” The AGDF is also pleased to host the historic Palm Beach Dressage Derby for the second year


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during the week of March 5-8, which will feature a special new derby and World Cup qualifying competition. The CDI 5* competition, sponsored by Diamante Farms and Wellington Equestrian Realty, was held the first week in February, featuring more than $200,000 in prize money. It was the richest CDI 5* in the world and hosted the largest week in competition history. Stone considers that show the highlight of the season so far. “We had an enormous crowd, by far the biggest we have ever had, and it was a great competition on a beautiful evening,” he said. One of the special events that takes place each week of international competition at the AGDF is the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle. International competitors show their FEI Grand Prix musical freestyles under the lights in a fun evening of dressage and entertainment, and there has been a packed house of spectators every week so far in the 2015 season. A star-studded line-up of competitors has taken to the ring in Wellington this winter and will continue to compete throughout the remaining weeks of the circuit. Top U.S. riders, including Laura Graves and Steffen Peters, along with top Canadian riders, including the full World Equestrian Games team and Ashley Holzer, are present for the winter. Top European riders, such as Laura Tomlinson of Great Britain, Daniel Martin Dockx of Spain, Christoph Koschel of Germany, Michael Klimke of Germany (son of the late Dr. Reiner Klimke), Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden, and Lars Petersen and Mikala Gundersen, both of Denmark, are in attendance, among many others. Stone said that these top international riders

Paula Matute and Juan Matute Jr. on last year’s Spanish team at the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* held as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. PHOTO BY ELENA LUSENTI

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are drawn to the AGDF for several key reasons. “Firstly, the venue is second to none, and we have the highest prize money for a dressage circuit in the world,” he said. “And, of course, the Florida weather!” Along with world-class competition for large tour competitors, a new CDI Amateur international division was introduced during the first week of competition and will be offered during the whole season in every CDI. Riders must be at least 26 years of age and will compete at the small tour level. While riders in the CDI Amateur international division cannot be listed on the international ranking list, which is reserved for large tour riders, this division will give a great

opportunity to those looking to step up to international level. A new section of pony competition has also been added for all national shows throughout the circuit. For this competition, classes are offered from USEF Training Level through USEF Third Level with classes designated for the JR/YR, Adult Amateur and Open riders. The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival is in the midst of its most successful season yet and event organizers look forward to several more weeks of world-class competition before the season ends on March 28. For additional information, and a full schedule, visit

2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Upcoming Events March 5-8 AGDF 9 Dressage CDI W/1*/U25/Y/J/P

March 21-22 AGDF 11 Dressage National

Palm Beach Dressage Derby, presented by Everglades Dressage (Large Tour) and Peacock Ridge (Small Tour) “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, Friday, March 6, gates open at 6 p.m.

March 25-28 AGDF 12 Dressage CDIO 3*/3*/1*/U25/Y/J/P

March 12-15 AGDF 10 Dressage CDI W/3*/1*/U25/Y/J/P Presented by Today’s Equestrian (Large Tour) and Mike & Roz Collins (Small Tour) “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, Friday, March 13, gates open at 6 p.m.

Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3*, CDI 3* presented by Illustrated Properties, CDI 1* presented by Regal Horse Products “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, Friday, March 27, gates open at 6 p.m.

The AGDF schedule is subject to change. Parking and general admission are free.

AGDF events are held at the Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, located at 13550 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 793-5867 or visit PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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Alessandro Albanese Ann-Louise Cook Ariat Carolina Arena Equipment Charleigh’s Cookies Charles Owen The Chronicle of the Horse Custom Saddlery Dever Inc. Draper Therapies Dressage Today The Dressage Connection Equestrian Services International Equestrio Magazine Everglades Farm Equipment Horse & Rider Horse Gym USA The Horse of Course Horseware Ireland Kastel Denmark Neue Schule Bits Omega Alpha EquiSafe ESI GumBits Pastries for Ponies Perfect Products Piaffe Performance Premier Equestrian Show Chic Stud Gestut Peterhof The Tackeria Tack N Rider TheraPlate Triple Crown Custom VitaFlex World Equestrian Brands The Adequan Global Dressage Festival was first founded in 2012 with the support of the following founding sponsors:


Many Generous Sponsors Equestrian Sport Productions is thankful for the many generous sponsors supporting the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival as competition continues this winter. With more than $650,000 in total prize money this season, the AGDF has become the richest dressage circuit in the world, and this one-of-a-kind event would not be possible without the help of a long list of supporters. Luitpold Animal Health, the maker of Adequan i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), returns as the title sponsor of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Adequan has been a long-time sponsor of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, and signed on as the title sponsor of the Global Dressage Festival in 2013 as the circuit first got its roots. In a short period of time, it has helped the show grow into one of the world’s top

Generous sponsors make the dressage festival a reality.

Chris and Rob Desino, Matt Varney, Wellington Equestrian Realty (The First Founding Sponsor) Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farms Joseph and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm Tuny and David Page, Stillpoint Farm Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, US P.R.E Association


Ashley Holzer & Dr. Diane Fellows/Today’s Equestrian Bethany Peslar of Everglades Dressage Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm Carol & Rebecca Cohen of Two Swans Farm LLC Janne Rumbough and MTICA Farm Mike & Roz Collins Suhail & P.J. Rizvi and Peacock Ridge Tim & Susie Dutta and the Dutta Corp.


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international dressage circuits. The festival is also supported by Rolex, the “Official Timepiece” of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Rolex has been an iconic sponsor of equestrian sports since 1957. Its Oyster watches are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige across the globe. Each week, the AGDF has many great supporters who sponsor the large and small tour competition. Kicking off the circuit, MTICA Farm sponsored week one’s CDI-W large tour competition in January. The US P.R.E. Association was the sponsor of week three’s CDI-W large tour competition, held Jan. 22-25. The Chesapeake Dressage Institute sponsored week three’s CDI-W 1* small tour competition. Diamante Farms sponsored this


AGDF Founding Sponsors

Support The AGDF year’s CDI 5* large tour competition held Feb. 5-8, with Wellington Equestrian Realty as the sponsor of the week’s CDI 3* competition, and Mission Control was sponsor of the CDI 1* classes. Featuring more than $200,000 in prize money, the event was the richest CDI 5* in the world and hosted the largest week in competition history. The Dutta Corp sponsored AGDF week seven’s CDI 4* large tour competition, held Feb. 19-22, with Betsy Juliano’s Havensafe Farm supporting the week’s CDI 3* competition. Everglades Dressage is the sponsor of week nine’s CDI-W large tour competition set for March 5-8, with Peacock Ridge as the sponsor of week nine’s small tour competition. Today’s Equestrian returns as the sponsor of AGDF week ten’s CDI-W large tour on March 12-15, with Mike and

Roz Collins as sponsors of weeks ten’s small tour. Stillpoint Farm concludes the circuit as the sponsor of week 12’s CDIO 3* large tour competition, running March 25-28. There will also be CDI 3* competition sponsored by Illustrated Properties and CDI 1* classes sponsored by Regal Horse Products. The Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* competition serves as the last team event before the Pan American Games in Toronto in July. This special team competition for dressage gives riders the unique opportunity to experience a championship-style format. Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to more fantastic competition this winter at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more information about the AGDF, visit www.globaldressage

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Jessica had a purpose for her consultation with me. “New year,

same old resolution – get the weight off.” Tired of being overweight, she wanted to fix her metabolism once and for all and to be thin. “So what have you tried in the past,” I inquired. “Dr. Woliner, what haven’t I tried you mean.” Jessica continued, “I fall for whatever quick weight loss scheme that comes around [1]. You know, ’30 lbs, 30 days, $30’.” “How’d that work for you?” “Well, it wasn’t $30. Somehow they got me to sign a contract for over $2,000. And you know, I would have gladly paid that if I only got results.” “I can assure you that I will be honest and upfront with you. A patient has to have faith in her doctor.” “That was probably my problem. I never really saw a doctor. Even at the so-called medical clinics, the doctor was only there for 3 hours a week and the girl that works up at the front desk was the one doing the consultations, dispensing me my HCG, and selling me other pills.” “The Sun-Sentinel ran an expose on HCG diet clinics showing how they offered more hype than help [2]. On these crash diets, you might lose some weight, but you’re also likely lose your hair, develop life-threatening heart arrhythmias, and gain the weight back [3].” “I’m done with fad diets and clinics that focus only on weight-loss. I need a doctor to look at all of me, and find out why I have a weight problem to begin with.” “I’m not just a doctor who could prescribe appetite suppressants; I’m a board-certified family medicine physician with a degree in Nutrition from Cornell. I prefer to look at the causes of weight gain, and treat them instead.” I proceeded with my 80-minute new patient exam, “You’re looking rundown. Thinning hair, fatigue and muscle spasms. You know, constant dieting can cause CENTRAL HYPOTHYROIDISM, low iron, and electrolyte imbalances. We should check for all those. “Since you’re fasting today, we can do a KORR INDIRECT CALORIMETRY test to measure your metabolism [4].” Jessica’s metabolism measured at “minus 18% less than normal” and blood tests confirmed that her thyroid had shut down (normal TSH, but other thyroid tests abnormal) [5]. “Your low magnesium can cause those muscle spasms, and even though you’re not anemic, your iron isn’t adequate to grow hair or keep your energy levels up [6].” “Is there a way I can jumpstart things?” “I won’t make the false promise of a pound a day, but you’ll see results pretty quickly. My diet suggestions will make it easier to get adequate protein in each day, causing your metabolism to recover, but until that happens; we’ll need to prescribe T3-based thyroid medication. We could also do iron injections to give your hair raw materials to grow again [7].” 3 months and 20 pounds lighter, Jessica was very upbeat. “The way I’m going, this is one New Year’s Resolution that will be easy to keep.”

Constant dieting can cause central hypothyroidism.


[1] “I lost $350 in two weeks. Ask me how!” FTC Red Flag Bogus Weight Loss Claims. 2003. [2] Shipley AN. Pregnancy hormone fuels Florida diet crazy many doctors call a pricey flop. Sun-Sentinel. Nov 17, 2012. health/fl-hcg-weight-loss-clinics-20121117,0,5417686.story [3] Shipley AN. Is HCG a health risk for dieters? Some doctors fear it is. SunSentinel. Nov 17, 2012.,0,2496197.story [4] Mika Horie L, et al. Resting energy expenditure in white and non-white severely obese women. Nutr Hosp. 2009 Nov-Dec;24(6):676-81. PMID: 20049370. [5] Hochberg I, Hochberg Z. Hypothalamic obesity. Endocr Dev. 2010;17:185-96. PMID: 19955767. [6] Vaucher P, et al. Effect of iron supplementation on fatigue in nonanemic menstruating women with low ferritin: a randomized controlled trial. CMAJ. 2012 Aug 7;184(11):1247-54. PMID: 22777991. [7] Deloche C, et al. Low iron stores: a risk factor for excessive hair loss in nonmenopausal women. Eur J Dermatol. 2007 Nov-Dec;17(6):507-12. PMID: 17951130.

Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family physician in Private practice in Boca Raton. He can be reached at 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton, Fl, 33434; 561-314-0950;;


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Faces Of

DRESSAGE Often referred to as “dancing with horses” or “horse ballet,” the equestrian sport of dressage celebrates the blending of rider and horse in perfect unity. Translated literally, “dressage” means training, and top professional riders train for years to achieve success. The ease and grace in which the horse and rider make their way around the arena can leave you breathless. Dressage competition in Wellington, home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, is among the best in the world. If you haven’t been to a dressage show, make plans to go — especially one of the amazing musical freestyle events highlighted during “Friday Night Stars” at the AGDF. In this issue, our Faces of Dressage feature section celebrates some of the top national and international dressage riders competing in Wellington this season.

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SUSIE DUTTA Susan Dutta has made a name for herself on the international dressage circuit with a career spanning more than a decade. Dutta splits her time between Wellington and Germany, training with Olympian Oded Shimoni at Stillpoint Farm. She has represented the United States on several occasions, and placed among the top riders at some of the nation’s most prestigious events. She was part of the inaugural Coups des Ameriques in 2002, walking away with an individual gold medal, a team gold medal and a team bronze medal. In 2003, she was chosen as a reserve competitor for the Pan American Games. In 2007, she helped the U.S. to a team gold at the Rio de Janeiro games. Dutta won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special at the 2011 International Sport Champions Cup and took second place in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. You can expect to see her at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival as she takes the competition to the next level. wellington wellington thethe magazine magazine | March | March 2015 2015 4949


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DEVON KANE USDF gold medalist and grand prix trainer Devon Kane has been a force on the dressage circuit since she was 11 years old and established herself as one of the nation’s top junior riders. Kane qualified for the USDF Region 9 Championships in 2000 and took the First Level Championship and Junior High Point Award. Over the next several years, Kane earned many USDF awards, including the 2003 Junior Champion Overall for Region 9 and the Junior High Point Award for Region 9. In 2007, she earned a gold medal at the CN North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championship, and helped her team earn the team bronze medal. Her expansive career has seen her win many more medals and grand prix championship titles, making a name as both a competitor and trainer. Kane is also known for her philanthropy, serving as the Young Professionals Committee chair for the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s annual auction for the past five years. The Wellingtonbased rider is showcasing her talents this season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. wellington the magazine | March 2015



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JOSE DANIEL MARTIN DOCKX Olympian Jose Daniel Martin Dockx is a Spanish rider who has become a familiar face at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. He began competing at age 12, eventually training in Marbella and cleaning up the competition overseas. He is a seven-time winner of the Malaga Championship and has placed second three times in the Andalusian Championship. In 2010, he was named the Champion of Andalucia. In 2012, he was selected for the Spanish Olympic Equestrian Team for the London games and again represented his country a year later in the European Championship. Last year, he took top honors at the Spanish Grand Prix Championship. Dockx was on the bronze-medal winning Spanish team at the 2014 FEI Nations Cup in Aachen and represented his country at the World Equestrian Games. This season, he will surely be one to watch when he competes in Wellington. wellington wellingtonthe themagazine magazine||March March2015 2015 53 53


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ARLENE ‘TUNY’ PAGE Arlene “Tuny” Page is a veteran of top dressage competition around the world. Page owns and operates Stillpoint Farms in Wellington, which is the home base of dressage legend Robert Dover and Olympian Oded Shimoni, among others. Page began her professional riding career as a three-day event rider who transitioned to dressage, training with Klaus Balkenhol. Since the 1990s, Page has been a force on the international dressage circuit. Aboard her mount Wild One, Page finished first at the CDI3* in Darien, Conn., in 2005, as well as taking second place at the 2005 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. In 2006, she won the USEF National Grand Prix Freestyle Championship in Wellington, also taking first place in the U.S. League Final CDI-W for the FEI World Cup that same year. She was also named an alternate to the World Equestrian Games. In 2007, she represented the U.S. at CHIO Aachen. Page is also known for serving on the USET Foundation Board of Trustees and the USEF High Performance and Active Athlete Committee.

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STEFFEN PETERS Olympian Steffen Peters has been named the USEF Equestrian of the Year a record three times — in 2008, 2009 and 2011. The German-born rider began riding at age 7, and by age 15 was competing at the international level. After receiving his first horse, Udon, at age 16, Peters began seriously training in dressage. It was aboard Udon that Peters won a bronze medal when he represented the U.S. at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Peters has represented his adopted country at numerous international competitions, including the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and 2010, where he secured bronze medals. In 2009, he won the FEI Rolex World Cup Finals aboard Ravel, who was later named Horse of the Year. Peters won both team and individual gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2011 before winning the World Dressage Masters title the following year. He returns to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this year, where he’ll look to dominate the competition.

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LARS PETERSEN Olympian Lars Petersen has had an impressive dressage career spanning more than two decades. The Danish rider has represented his country in international competition for more than a decade and was named the Danish National Champion five times. He was selected for the Danish Dressage Team and competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Additionally, Petersen has represented Denmark in the World Equestrian Games three times — in 1994, 1998 and 2002. In 2001, he was ranked No. 2 in the FEI World Rankings, and he took Reserve Champion at the 2002 World Cup Finals. Petersen moved to the United States in 2002 and has since racked up national titles at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Dressage at Devon and more. Petersen is the head trainer at Legacy Farms in Wellington and is certain to be a force in the ring at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. wellington wellingtonthe themagazine magazine||March March2015 2015 59 59


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P.J. RIZVI Grand Prix level dressage rider P.J. Rizvi and equine companion Breaking Dawn, who was ridden by Rizvi’s trainer Ashley Holzer at the 2012 London Olympic Games, may not have competed together hundreds of times, but what Rizvi might lack in competition experience, she more than makes up for in passion. Riding at the Grand Prix level was a lifelong dream for Rizvi, who won her first-ever Grand Prix test in her 40s. Rizvi rode in the inaugural Central Park Dressage Challenge at the Trump Rink in New York City’s Central Park in September as a top amateur rider, where she came in seventh place. Rizvi’s passion and dedication, as well as fresh outlook on the sport, make her an always-smiling force to be reckoned with.

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JANNE RUMBOUGH Decades ago, at 22 years old, Copenhagen rider Janne Rumbough came to the U.S. to further her education. Moving to Florida in 1975, the avid rider noticed that the state was desperately lacking when it came to dressage and worked to start the Florida dressage circuit. She has been credited with building one of the world’s most concentrated, successful circuits. Recently, the Palm Beach resident, in her 70s, won November’s inaugural U.S. Dressage Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Adult Amateur competing on Junior, her gray PRE gelding. Their winning score was 70.708 percent. A long-time goal of Rumbough’s, she captured the championship title after finishing as Reserve Champion in the Grand Prix Adult Amateur division at the same tournament. Rumbough has proven time and again that age is but a number, and remains a strong competitor in the dressage ring here in Wellington. wellington wellingtonthe themagazine magazine||March March2015 2015 63 63

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LAURA TOMLINSON German-born British dressage rider Laura Tomlinson has been on horses since the tender age of three, focusing on dressage when she entered her teen years before winning the team silver medal at the Pony European Championships at 14 years old. Tomlinson made her senior team debut in 2006 at Aachen before competing in the 2008 Olympics. In 2009, she won the individual bronze and team silver at the Grand Prix Special at the European Championships. In 2010 and 2011, Tomlinson went on to capture three individual medals at the World Championships and the European Championships. In 2012, competing for Great Britain at the London Olympics, she won the individual bronze medal and team gold medal in dressage riding Mistral Højris. After giving birth to daughter Annalisa last July, she was back in the ring this season in Wellington and immediately returned to her winning ways. wellington wellingtonthe themagazine magazine||March March2015 2015 65 65

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Sharn Wordley and Popstar Lozonais dominated Week Four of the Wellington Turf Tour, riding to a sweeping victory in both 1.30m-1.35m jumper classes. PHOTO BY SHANNON BOWER

The Ridge At Wellington Turf Tour Thrives In Its Third Year By Shannon Bower

The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is back and better than ever for what is turning out to be a very exciting winter season. Also, by popular demand, the third year of the Turf Tour has added an additional week, to bring the total up to 12 weeks. The series is including some exciting new stops this year, including Tonkawa Farm and the Wanderers Club, two of Wellington’s most prestigious private facilities. The International Polo Club Palm Beach has also been a popular venue, bringing two elite equestrian sports to the same stage. The tour has grown exponentially, with one day seeing almost 130 trips between two rings. George D’Ambrosio and Nona Garson have worked together with Cynthia Hampton of Classic Champions Inc. to host the Young Jumper Championship (YJC) qualifying classes at the Turf Tour for the second year. Michel Ismalun, a member of the course design team from the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games in Nor-

mandy and a world-renowned course designer, is designing the Young Jumper courses for the duration of the series. Ismalun presented a well-received Young Horse Symposium during the third week of competition. The Young Jumpers have six weeks of competition with a two-day championship format during the final week. The purpose of the series is to educate young horses and create long-lasting athletes. The turf setting allows the inexperienced horses to learn to move forward and have a positive experience on courses specially designed for them. Riders participating in the Turf Tour have been excited about the opportunities offered by the series. Alex Granato has been one of the riders seeing a great deal of success so far during the Turf Tour, with a number of wins in the 1.30m 1.35m jumper classes on his string of horses. “Nona and George have done a such a nice job producing it,” Granato said of the Turf Tour series. “It works well to have

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young horses to bring along, young riders to bring along and just a little different atmosphere than Wellington every week. It’s a fun venue on grass. Of course, it’s all over the area, so it’s great to see different peoples’ farms and jump at different venues.” The Ridge at Wellington, in addition to the weekly grand prix, has added the $2,000 Child/Adult Classic, the $2,000 Master’s Jumper Classic and the $3,000 Junior/AmateurOwner Jumper Classic. The Wellington Turf Tour will once again host its Hunter Derby Days, offering two days of USHJA national and international derbies. In 2014, Jennifer Alfano and the 2012 USH-

JA Derby Finals Champion Jersey Boy took the win during the first competition, while Peter Wylde and Smoking Gun duplicated their finesse to win the second stand-alone event of the series. The Ridge series offers unparalleled hospitality on traditional open grass with great competition. The series offers a wide array of classes from Low Schooling jumpers all the way up to the capstone of each week, a 1.40m grand prix. An open in gate format has proven to be wildly popular, allowing riders to compete when it best suits their schedule. For more information about the Turf Tour series, visit www.the

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From Wellington To Hollywood Week, Home-Grown Singer Emily Brooke Enjoys Her ‘American Idol’ Journey By Deborah Welky

When you tune in to American Idol XIV, you’re going to want to pay special attention to 16-year-old contestant Emily Brooke. She’s a hometown girl making good — and hoping to win the grand prize of a record deal. Emily attended Wellington Elementary School, Wellington Landings Middle School and is currently a student at Wellington High School. You can’t get more “hometown” than that. She was 10 when her guitar teacher, Mark Boreffi, arranged for a few of his students to perform in a showcase at a local coffeehouse. The coffeehouse is gone now, but Emily’s passion is not. “I first discovered that I liked singing when I performed my first song,” she said. “I kept practicing and learning more songs and getting better at singing and playing the guitar, and I then started doing a show with my guitar teacher and some of his students at the Hurricane Bar & Grill in Royal Palm Beach. About a year and a half in, my teacher got another gig, but another student and I kept going for about four more years. They loved us there, and they wanted entertainment for Saturday night. I made a lot of contacts, gained experience and started to do other shows.” More shows and competitions followed, with Emily often taking first place. But she was at home, watching the final episode of American Idol


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XIII where they had just announced the winner, when Ryan Seacrest said, “This could be your year.” Emily thought, “Yes, it could.” Although auditions for the show were also conducted in Tallahassee, Emily didn’t know about that until after she had auditioned in Nashville. “I have always loved Nashville,” Emily said. “I had visited with my family previously, and there is just music everywhere you go. I told my mom I wanted to move to Nashville, and she said, ‘If you want to move there so bad, write a song about it.’ So I did. But we didn’t move; we’re still in Wellington.” After hearing Seacrest’s comment, Emily knew what she wanted to do, but she also knew that the cost of gas, hotels and food would put financial strains on the household. “So I went to my mother and said: ‘I really, really want to audition for this show. I’ll do a bunch of shows to earn the money to pay for it. How much money is it?’ She didn’t give me an exact amount, just told me to do as many shows as I could before we had to go,” she recalled. Emily began securing weekend

bookings (she still had to attend school, after all), doing sometimes up to three gigs per weekend until she had earned enough money to bring herself, her mother Janice, her brother Blake and her best friend Anna to Nashville. Her father, John, flew in once Emily was informed that she would be meeting with the celebrity judges. The fundraising process took her two and a half months. A Nashville fan and friend also came out to lend support. Emily said that the nice thing about the first part of the audition process is that the show’s producers let you know the results right then — no waiting for a letter or phone call. And she was lucky to be in Nashville the first week that the celebrity judges were there. When she heard that she was moving on, there was no shortage of pride from her family and friends. “They’re all super-supportive,” she said. “They were so happy and cheering me on.” By press time, Emily had advanced as far as Hollywood Week. The field had been winnowed from thousands of hopefuls to just over 200 contestants. Auditions in Holly-

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wood brought that number down to 24, though nobody’s talking about who those 24 are. “Hollywood Week was the best time ever — a super fun experience,” Emily said. “[Celebrity Judge] Keith Urban actually played my guitar! He told me it was out of tune and asked, ‘You want me to tune it for you?’ so I brought it down to him and then he played a little something once he was done tuning it. I went back up onstage and was about to start my song over again when [Celebrity Judge] Harry Connick Jr. said, ‘You know, it’s Keith’s birthday today,’ so I sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.” American Idol XIV runs throughout the spring until May, with no date yet set for the final episode. Regardless of the results, Emily will continue down her chosen career path. “I’m going to do everything I possibly can,” she said. “If I win or lose, music


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is still what I’m going to be doing. I’ve faced rejection before. If I don’t win, it will probably be about age — it usually is, although that’s kind of frustrating. Whatever happens, I just keep going. I don’t let it bother me. I’m doing amazing shows, and I don’t need to win competitions to let me know I’m good at what I’m doing.” Her advice to other young people pursuing an entertainment career? “Don’t give up,” Emily said. “There’s always going to be someone who will critique you or speak to you in a bad way. You have to learn from it. Listen to what they’re critiquing you on; continue striving to get better… The music industry is definitely dog-eat-dog. There are so many artists out there. You have to have that special thing that makes you stand out over all the other people trying to do exactly what you’re trying to do. For me, my voice is different — it’s a

country-sounding voice with a grit and a rasp to it. And it may also be my style — how I dress when I perform, with lots of jewelry. It may also be my personality — at first I’m shy but, after a few minutes, I start to open up. I’m goofy and silly and fun, yet humble.” Open auditions for American Idol XV will take place across the country in November and December and are open to singers ages 15-28, regardless of whether they play an instrument. In the meantime, you can keep an eye out for Emily Brooke by watching American Idol XIV at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.

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The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center Nears One Decade Of Supporting Palm Beach County’s Horse Community By Chris Felker

It has been almost a decade since the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center opened, bringing a large, beautifully appointed, public horse park to central Palm Beach County. Jim Brandon is an equestrian oasis set ringed by more than eight miles of trails, conveniently close to the equestrian hot spots of Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves and The Acreage. The 111-acre, world-class equestrian showplace accommodated 43 events in 2006, its first full year open, said facility manager Linda Wirtz, and its allure keeps growing. Although 71 events were scheduled for 2015 when the center’s calendar was printed, more get added throughout the year, she said. Wirtz, an employee of the Palm

Beach County Parks & Recreation Department, works with a part-time assistant, a crew chief and three people under him who help set up and maintain the large covered show arena, a halfdozen other rings (including two jump courses and three dressage arenas), two barns and other buildings. Establishment of the facility came about through determined activism by a local doctor and a coincidence of county and state needs that led to a land swap, explained Joan Hutchinson, special facilities supervisor for the county.

“Originally, the land that is currently the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center and Okeeheelee Park itself, which is the larger park that it sits in, was state property,” Hutchinson said. “It was to be Cholee State Park, and had been Whispering Pines State Park, at one point. There was a group headed up by Dr. James Brandon, who was an orthopedic surgeon in our area and an avid equestrian, and his goal was to have some place in Palm Beach County where people could ride and to have park land dedicated toward that.” When the county developed the piece of property just north of the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center as Okeeheelee Park, a land swap was conducted. “The wellington the magazine | march 2015


“It was our hope to provide a space that the year-round residents, the grassroots, [could use] to keep the sport growing — someplace where if you owned a horse, you could come and ride trails and enjoy a wilderness setting in what is now urban Palm Beach County.” JOAN HUTCHINSON, PALM BEACH COUNTY SPECIAL FACILITIES SUPERVISOR


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state gave the county that piece of property, which was Okeeheelee Park South, and we gave them a piece of land in Jupiter that is now part of Jonathan Dickinson State Park,” Hutchinson said. A planning committee was formed and decided that the new Okeeheelee Park South, which is roughly 800 acres, would be used for more passive recreation than the 900-acre northern end. Its central use would be as a place for equestrian competitions, but not the high-end type that are staged at the Wellington show grounds, Hutchinson said. “It was our hope to provide a space that the year-round residents, the grassroots, [could use] to keep the sport growing — someplace where if you owned a horse, you could come and ride trails and enjoy a wilderness setting in what is now urban Palm Beach County,” she said. Wirtz gave a tour around the facility via golf cart on a breezy, brisk but bril-

liantly sunny February day. “We have three entrances — you could say gates — but just for the horse park there are three once you turn off Forest Hill Blvd.,” she said, buzzing by one that was locked, but is open on weekends or whenever there are events. Going past the covered arena, Wirtz noted that the lighting inside is great even on rainy days. “It lights up beautifully. It’s very cool, open to the breeze. It’s huge. Riding around it in a golf cart, you realize how big it is,” she said. At the arena, there are three restroom buildings and an air-conditioned horse show management office furnished with desks and phones. A few gazebos around it are used as judges’ stands, and at one end is a small utility building containing equipment used for announcing during shows. The other show rings surround the main area, including three 130-foot by 240-foot areas, plus one 150-foot by

300-foot ring and a 130-foot by 275-foot plot. The covered area is 135 feet by 300 feet long. There are also ample horse trailer parking areas, Internet access and a concession building. Wirtz then showed off the two barns, which contain 128 permanent, lighted horse stalls with sliding doors (water and electricity included) and a fire sprinkler system, plus two covered manure receptacles and covered wash racks for each. “There’s rubber matting in there, so they’re not on the dirt, and that’s very, very nice. It’s more comfortable for the horses, cuts down on dust, and it’s easier to clean,” she said. When there are larger events that need more stalls, there are a couple of areas where tent barns can be set up on raised pads. A lunge ring lets trainers and riders exercise their horses before shows. “Many different organizations use this facility,” Wirtz said. “This weekend,

we had a hunter/jumper show and a barrel show. The College Preparatory Invitational was here, and the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse had a dressage show and an all-day barrel show… Each week it’s a multitude of disciplines and events. The Citrus Series does events both in the midweek and, in some months, on weekends.” Hutchinson said that Jim Brandon has become a source of great pride. “One of the greatest accomplishments and one of the events that I’m most happy to see there is the interscholastic competitions,” she said. “We have several that take place, and we have a college prep program that includes a competition where high school kids who would like to pursue their equestrian sport in college can meet with different universities that have riding programs, and there’s some scholarship money.” Working with the next generation of riders is what the Jim Brandon Eques-

trian Center is all about, she said. “We want to see the sport continue to grow, and to do that, it’s connecting with the kids who are just starting to ride,” Hutchinson said. She stressed that the facility is meant to complement the other equestrian venues in the county, not compete with them. “It was never our intention, nor is it, to be of competition with Wellington,” Hutchinson said. “We’re hoping to help seed and support what Wellington has, and we hope to continue to grow equestrian sports on a local level.” The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is located at 7500 Forest Hill Blvd., just east of Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, call (561) 966-7090 or visit www.pbcgov. com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon.

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American EQUESTRIANS got Talent

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Riders Show Off Their Other Skills In

‘American Equestrians Got Talent’ By Julie Unger

We all know equestrians are a talented lot on horseback, but what might not be quite as wellknown is that their talents extend far beyond the show grounds and into a whole other arena. Equestrians, simply put, “got talent.” One of those talented equestrians, Robert Dover, the U.S. Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe, a six-time Olympian and one of the most decorated dressage riders in the nation, has recently been working on the third annual East Coast fundraiser to benefit United States Equestrian Federation High Performance Dressage programs through the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. Following the themes to some of Dover’s favorite shows, two years ago, the event was called Solid Gold Singers. Last year, it was Solid Gold Dancers. This year, the scope expanded. No longer is the fundraiser open to only dressage riders with a heart of gold; it is open to anyone and everyone with a hand in the equestrian industry. “I knew that it would go well, but I’m a bit shocked at how it has taken hold and just gotten the whole community to come out,” Dover said, thrilled with the success that this year’s theme, American Equestrians Got Talent, has brought. American Equestrians Got Talent began with a series of nine sets of auditions at the Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington. The weekly auditions began in January, with the lastchance audition set for Wednesday, March 4. “It has just been fabulous,” Dover said, specifically thanking Juan Gando, owner of the Grille, for his generous support. The fundraiser has proven to be a creative outlet for Dover, as well as a productive one. “For me, it’s about having a lot of fun and doing something good at the same time,” he said. “I try to think of something fresh and new each year.” The buildup for the 2015 fundraiser competition has created more energy and excitement, Dover explained, for two reasons. First, the expansion of the auditions, and second, if someone wins from one of the eight FEI disciplines other than dressage — jumping, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-dressage — 10 percent of the over-

all funds raised through the audition weeks, when Gando is donating $10 for every menu item sold and 10 percent from the bar, all of those proceeds will be given to the high performance programs in the discipline of the winner. “It goes across disciplines, and it goes across sports,” Dover said. “We all know each other, but it’s not like we always get to do something that is helpful for all of the different sports at the same time.” He certainly topped himself this year, as equestrians came from far and wide to participate, including Taylor Hughes, Kayden Muller, Teaghan James, Roberto Gallerdo, Heidi Degele, Eric Ocando, Nicky Greed, Jackie Boudria, Ayden Uhlir, Ki-Juan Minors, Aislinn Miroir, Rick Silvia, Josh Walker, Jayne Lloyd and many more. The judges, who gave their thoughts before the crowd ultimately determined the winner of the night, included Tuny Page, Tami Hoag, Nicho Meredith, Debbie McDonald, Margaret Duprey, Chip McKenney, Mason Phelps Jr., Tim Dutta, Lisa Wilcox, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Ron Davis, Carl Hester, Ashley Holzer, P.J. Rizvi and others. At the finals, there will be the nine winners from the nine auditions, as well as a wild-card entry picked by Dover. “I’m going to see all nine weeks, and then I’m going to decide which one, for me, is the most compelling person who competed during the nine weeks and didn’t make it into the finals, and then I’m going to put that person into the finals,” he said. Competitors were allowed, and encouraged, to come back each week and try again, even if they didn’t win their first time. Those who won continued to come back and hone their skills. Those skills will be put on display Sunday, March 15 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds, where one talented winner will receive the grand prize. Each week’s winner, up to the finale, was awarded $500 by sponsor Owner Mason Phelps Jr. has been a passionate supporter of all things equestrian, and was thrilled to be involved in American Equestrians Got Talent as both a sponsor and guest judge. “First of all, Robert Dover, who organizes all of this, is a personal friend,” Phelps said. “I am an Olympian. He is a six-time Olympian. I am all about supporting equestrian activities.”

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Ayden Uhlir, winner of the first round of American Equestrians Got Talent auditions. PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BRAKENRIDGE

Ballroom dancers Eric Ocando and Heidi Degele. PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BRAKENRIDGE



Roberto Gallardo won the fifth audition round of American Equestrians Got Talent.

American Equestrians Got Talent provides exposure to the equestrian community in a fun and engaging setting, said longtime equestrian Jane Savoie, who competed in ballroom dancing. “Primarily, it’s a fundraiser for our teams and its programs, and I want to support that,” she said. “Personally, I would hope that the fact that I didn’t start dancing until I was in my 60s might be encouraging for other people who are senior citizens to go out and try new things and go for it.” Performing the Argentine tango with partner Clifton Sepulveda, a teacher at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Palm Beach, was a fun way for Savoie to participate in spreading the message about dressage and equestrian activities. “The more people who participate from all the different disciplines, the more of an audience we can attract, the more money we can raise,” she said. “And that money gets put back into our programs and our teams and our developing horses and our developing riders.” The final, with the top contestants, will surely be a show to remember, Phelps said. “I think when we get to the final, it’s going to be an outstanding lineup of talent,” he said. “I hope they all perform as well in the final as they did in the auditions, because there are some

spectacular people with spectacular talent.” Phelps does not envy the final decision makers. “I don’t know who the judges are when we get to the final, or how that’s going to play out, but it’s going to be a tough one,” he said. “Really, at the end of the day, I’m thrilled for these performers, but more importantly I’m thrilled with Robert Dover’s dedication to this, raising money to support our athletes to compete on the international stage.” For now, there is one last chance to make it, to charm the audience with talent and earn a spot on stage during the final. Dover invites the entire community to stop by March 15 to see who wins. “I hope that the whole community in Wellington comes out,” Dover said. “If they want to see America’s Got Talent right in their own community, anybody who lives in Wellington, I’d love to see the kids and the families come out and join us for the fun.” The competition is expected to begin at 7 p.m. and last until 10:30 p.m. One very talented equestrian will end the evening with the grand prize of $5,000. The grand prize sponsor is Robert Ross, P.A., Luxury Equestrian Realtor with Keller Williams. Additional sponsors include Kim and Fred Boyer, Equestrian Sport Productions and Tuny and David Page.

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Hard Work, Positive Energy Keep Two-Time Paralympian Rebecca Hart Moving Forward By Kendall Bierer

Rebecca Hart is one of the brightest stars of para-dressage. Todd Flettrich is an internationally recognized dressage rider and trainer. When the two joined forces, they became an unstoppable team of positive energy and excellent horsemanship under the banner of Wellington-based Cherry Knoll Farm. Hart, a Grade II para-dressage athlete with birth-onset hereditary spastic paraplegia, is a two-time Paralympian and an incredible six-time USEF ParaEquestrian Dressage National Champion. Prior to the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Hart’s primary trainer, Missy Ransehousen, asked Flettrich to help polish Hart’s performance during her final preparations. Ransehousen, too, was competing at the World Equestrian Games and, with conflicts in coaching Hart in Florida, she felt it was time to bring in an added reinforcement. Since then, Flettrich continues to work with Hart before many major events. “I was skeptical because I had not taught a para-rider before,” Flettrich recalled. “Yet it wasn’t as difficult as I thought because it all comes back to basic riding principles.” The relationship between Hart and Flettrich has grown and strengthened over time and through several mount changes for Hart. They work together because they believe it’s a mutual learning experience. For Hart, the first meeting with Flettrich actually swept her off her feet. “I went to Florida to hang out with Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm and Flettrich. When Missy dropped me off at the barn, I literally fell out of the truck at his feet,” Hart said, laughing. “I told him to teach me as if I were an able-bodied rider. I will adapt it to my body, and if something doesn’t work, we’ll have a conversation about it.” Hart knew from the start of her para-equestrian career that she wanted to

compete at an international level, which requires much more than just being a good rider. The support and tutelage of Duprey and Flettrich has helped propel Hart to where she is today: riding down centerline at the highest levels of paradressage competition, including two Paralympics and two World Equestrian Games. Flettrich’s training style works well for Hart, and she has enjoyed great success competing with his advice and guidance. Each year she returns to Wellington to train alongside Flettrich for the annual Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This year, the event was a qualifier for the 2016 USEF Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials. “Todd is impeccable with his timing and his finesse with the aids to get the horse responding at exactly the right moment,” Hart said. “He makes you very aware of what’s going on beneath you and ensures you’re able to keep it playful, light and energetic.” After Hart rode to the fourth-place finish for the U.S. during the 2012 London Paralympic Games with Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen, her famed mount was retired and the search for a new horse began. With the generous support of Duprey and Cherry Knoll Farm, Hart’s family, William and Sandy Kimmel, Barbara Summer and her many other supporters, they purchased Schroeters Romani, a 12-yearold Danish Warmblood mare. “I had to have a skill-set in mind when finding a horse that would work with my disability,” Hart explained. “My disease is a progressive one that causes

muscle wasting and paralysis from your mid-back down; what I could do six months ago with my body I can’t do now. So I need a horse that is adaptable so I can start somewhere and progress, and that’s what I fell in love with in Romani.” Flettrich shares Hart’s confidence in her new mount and said having Romani has made teaching her easier. “Rebecca having the right horse allows her to really perform and look a lot better,” Flettrich said. “We focused on the basics like fixing her balance, and since she knew my riding principles, it was easy to jump in and start helping.” When Hart debuted Schroeters Romani in February 2014, Flettrich was there to coach the pair to an impressively high score of 77.57 percent. This January, Hart and Romani tackled their second big CDI at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*, with Co-owner of Schroeters Romani, Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, supported Rebecca Hart throughout the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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Flettrich again helping to train them beforehand. They rode to their career high score, dominating the Grade II division with the high score of 77.917 percent during the freestyle. Through hard work and training with Flettrich, Hart and Romani have solidified their bond. Flettrich sees a bright future ahead for the pair and is confident in Hart’s abilities. “I am delighted with her and with the horse,” Flettrich said after the show. “This is the beginning of a long relationship, and only the start to their road to Rio. Working with Rebecca has been a wonderful experience. Sometimes, I think, Rebecca has taught me more than I have taught her. That girl has an unbelievable work ethic, and she does not allow her disability to run her life.” The rider and trainer share a mutual admiration for each other’s work ethic and riding style. “I really look up to Todd as my riding role model,” Hart said. “He’s just a real class act… I strive to present myself

in that manner and to have my horses be as consistent as his are. I’m so grateful to all of the people who have helped me along the way, Margaret, Todd and Missy.” Hart is not only a top international para-dressage rider, but also a motivational speaker. “There is always an element of ‘I don’t know if I can,’ and what I say to them is that you never will know if you don’t try,” Hart explained. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come as far as I have, but I didn’t let that stop me.” The disease she has eats away at trunk muscles and confines many patients to a wheelchair as they mature. Hart continues to astonish doctors, surpassing scientific evidence that she should not still be able to walk. Hart credits it all to the horses. “Horses are amazing creatures, and it is astonishing to see what they do for an individual’s confidence, motor skills and muscle memory,” she said. “A

Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani compete at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*, sweeping the Grade II division. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

horse’s gait mimics the muscles used when walking, and for me it has been huge in maintaining stability. Continuing riding has activated muscles that are technically dead, but through nerve connection they are being fired off because of movements of the horse.” Hart will continue looking ahead to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil, training in both Pennsylvania and Wellington. To learn more about Hart and Cherry Knoll Farm, visit www.cherryknollfarminc. com.

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Massage Envy’s Wellington location is a convenient oasis for sore and tired muscles, as well as faces and bodies in need of pampering. With its tranquil lobby, elite products and specially trained staff, Massage Envy is the perfect place to relax the body, mind and soul. The Wellington location of Massage Envy opened in December 2013 and is owned by the same people who run the Royal Palm Beach location. The facility features a tranquility room, nine facial rooms and 15 rooms that serve as both massage and facial rooms. Tiffany Warner, assistant clinic administrator and sales manager, invites

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Surrounded by gently rolling emerald hills, the Estates at Binks Forest is located “in the best part of Wellington,” explained Homeowners’ Association President Morley Alperstein. “We’re sort of on the edge of Wellington,” he said. “If you go any farther west, you’re in the sugar cane fields. It’s got a beautiful golf course around here.” The Estates at Binks Forest, a development built in 1996 with 109 singlefamily homes, has a mixture of one-story and two-story homes. There are six different floor plans, and HOA rules determined that like houses could not

be next door to each other, nor could homes of the same or similar color. This has led to a community with visual variety that does not appear to be cookie-cutter in construction. Customized façades, landscaping and other personalized details keep the community visually interesting and appealing. Since the community was built, home prices have increased substantially, Alperstein said, showing how much demand there is for the homes in the community, which is located off Binks Forest Drive between Wellington Land-

ings Middle School and Binks Forest Elementary School. Alperstein, who has lived there for 16 years with his wife, Irene, couldn’t be happier with their home. “We have equestrians here, we have a lot of doctors, a lot of lawyers. We didn’t want to live in an adult community,” he said. “We’re getting into the second stage. People have sold, maybe 30 or 40 percent. When the bad economy happened, there were more sales than I think would be normal.” The Estates at Binks Forest has a broad mix of residents, ranging from

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families with young children all the way to retirees. It’s a safe and friendly community, Alperstein said, where neighbors wave as you pass by, people happily walk their dogs and parents feel safe letting their kids play outside. It’s also a social community. In the fall, the community threw a block party, where the neighbors were able to mingle, meet new neighbors and enjoy the company of old friends. “As a board, we don’t really have any problems,” Alperstein said. “We had a little confrontation on our mailboxes, but that worked out great.” There are four other individuals on the HOA board, including Secretary Robin Kirchner, Director Bentley Radcliff, Vice President Frank Trischetta and Treasurer Marcia Weber, who have all enjoyed long tenures. Since the community was built al-

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Counting the lakes from the golf course, there are five, with one large lake enclosed within the development. “We have a golf course here, which is not ours, but it’s like ours,” Alperstein said. The proximity of the golf course is convenient and adds an additional level of beauty to the landscape. With towering trees, green rolling fields and the wildlife that is drawn to such areas, there is always something for the eye to behold, Alperstein said. Nature enthusiasts are pulled to the community because it offers choices. “The people who wanted to, bought inside. If you wanted to be on the lake, you could,” he said. Otherwise, there is the option to have golf course views. “This is originally a Johnny Miller design,” he said. Miller, a famous PGA golfer, has designed more than 20 golf courses

wellington | neighborhood throughout the country. Miller’s touch has only added to the beauty and prestige of the country club, and the community. “It’s a fabulous community,” Alperstein said, pointing to the vast amount of greenery and trees. Each home is on a minimum of a half an acre, which is unique and provided spacing between the homes. One of the more recent projects the board has done is refreshing the landscaping around the entrance gate. “I think our landscaping in front of the gate and behind the gate is exceptional. I got us a grant for $15,000, and we redid the front entrance and the back side of the gate,” Alperstein said. “Now we maintain that to a really high degree.” Alperstein is quite proud of the Estates at Binks Forest. “I would say, without fear, that this is the best-looking community in Wellington,” he said.

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Puts His Equestrian Background To Work For Real Estate Clients By Matthew Auerbach

A love of horses and horse-related activities brings many equestrians to Wellington. Some move here full time; many just stay for the season. A small handful move here and begin a career in real estate. Realtor Matt Johnson of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty did just that. “I grew up in Vermont and come from a middle-class, nonhorsey family,” Johnson said. “I was bit by the horse bug at the age of 10. When I was in high school, I held down three jobs just to pay for my horse and its expenses. I went to the University of Vermont and studied animal science and small business management, thinking I wanted to be a veterinarian.” But then he came to a realization. “I couldn’t get horses out of my head and quickly realized that I didn’t want to spend the next 10 years in school. I wanted to be on a horse’s back, not underneath them,” he said. “I realized that the lifestyle of a veterinarian doesn’t lend itself well to having a riding career.” Johnson knew what he didn’t want to do but had yet to find his professional calling. That epiphany was getting closer, though, and Wellington would play a crucial part in it. “Close friends and trainers of mine had been coming to Wellington during the winter for training and competition, so over spring break in my senior year, I came to visit them in Wellington,” he recalled. “I immediately fell in love with the area and was star-struck by the riders and Olympic trainers I used to read about as a kid. I immediately knew that Wellington was where I had to be. So after I graduated, I found my way to Wellington.” Johnson spent the next half-decade riding and grooming horses and learned that owning horses requires real money. “I always loved the lifestyle of South Florida, and seeing all of the beautiful farms and homes in Wellington always got me excited,” he said. “Real estate just seemed to be a natural evolution for me; it combined my business acumen and contacts in the horse community with my love of horses and Wellington. It just made sense.”

Johnson has been in the business now for almost two decades. He looks back at his beginnings as an invaluable learning experience. “I started when Realtors really had to work the market to survive,” he said. “I rode the rise, fall and recovery of the market. I’m thankful I learned the business before the market took off and gained the skills needed to have longevity.” Johnson’s skill set has allowed him to flourish at Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty. “I sell every type of property, from town homes, vacant land to multimillion-dollar homes and equestrian estates,” he said. “However, as one of the area’s few certified luxury home market specialists, I really love the beautiful and unique properties and affording them special attention in the marketplace. These types of properties are found in every price range. I love discovering and showcasing a gem and working with the owners who created them to come to a successful close. For me, that’s where I find the joy in the business.” Johnson continues to find joy in the first love of his life. In 2014, Johnson and his horse Qasanova were the top horse and rider combination for 5-year-olds in the United States and the sole U.S. representatives at the world championships for young horses in Verden, Germany. “Entering the business was the best thing I ever did for myself,” Johnson said. “It has allowed me to pursue my other goals and dreams, and for that, I’m thankful and blessed.” Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 102, in Wellington. To reach Johnson, call (561) 313-4367 or visit wellington the magazine | march 2015


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Vision Center’s Wellington Office Story by Ron Bukley • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Previously located in Greenacres, Family Vision Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new office in Wellington. “We just moved out here in mid-September,” said optometrist Dr. Lori Mazza, whose office is located at 3175 State Road 7, Suite 100. The practice serves clients from across the age spectrum. “At Family Vision Center, we’re all ages, so we start seeing infants, and we go all the way through geriatrics,” Mazza explained. The office is staffed with three optometrists, Mazza and Dr. Kandace Haines, who do general optometry and a wide variety of contact lenses, and pediatric specialist Dr. Stephen Franzblau. “We’re proud of the fact that we’re offering services for all ages,” Mazza said. “And especially proud of our vision therapy program. We’re starting up a sports vision enhancement program, so those are things that not everybody does.” Vision therapy is for patients, especially children, who have lazy eyes, eye turns, developmental issues or perceptual problems. “Many children have issues in school and they go for a regular eye exam, and the doctor might just concentrate on checking their visual acuity, but if they have problems with eye tracking and eye teaming and their binocular vision, how their eyes work together, they can see 20-20, but they may have a visual learning problem, which is not just related to eyeglasses, and that’s missed in a lot of offices,” Mazza said. “We catch those children with those problems, then we can use either special glasses or use vision therapy to correct these problems and really help them perform better in school.” Vision therapy can also help a child’s performance in sports by improving hand-eye coordination, Mazza added.

“Most kids who really excel in sports, they’re already doing well and they might not necessarily have these problems, but these problems might affect their performance,” she said. “You can take what’s already good and make it even better, and enhance their tracking abilities. In baseball, you can teach them to watch the rotation of the ball instead of just seeing the ball coming at them.” Family Vision Center also excels in fitting specialty contact lenses for people who might not have been able to wear contacts previously. “We offer pretty much all the contacts on the market, but people with eye diseases like keratoconus, who can’t wear regular contact lenses and can’t see out of glasses, we’re fitting with scleral contact lenses, which are really large, gaspermeable lenses,” Mazza explained. These specialized lenses cover the entire cornea with a round surface so that light bends evenly instead of being distorted. “We take patients who you can’t get close to 20-20 with glasses, and you can get them sometimes to 20-20 or very much improved vision,” she said. “It’s a bit of a fitting process, but as soon as you get the right lens in there, they are really thrilled because their vision is better than they have seen in a long time.” The office also fits corneal refractive therapy (CRT) contact lenses, which Mazza calls “overnight sight.” “They are special, gas-permeable lenses that you wear overnight while you’re sleeping, and it reshapes the cor-

nea, the front surface of your eye, so it changes your prescription by making your eye a different shape,” she said. “When you wake up in the morning and you take the contact lenses out, you can see clearly without any glasses or any additional contact lenses. It’s mainly geared to people who are nearsighted. Especially in the pediatric population, the research on that is showing that it can halt their progression of myopia.” The CRT contacts are especially favored as an alternative to regular contacts by equestrians subjected to dusty conditions and swimmers or skiers who could lose their contacts in the water. “It’s amazing stuff that not every optometry office offers,” Mazza said. Mazza graduated as valedictorian from Nova Southeastern University in 1995. Her education included a rotation at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. She completed a residency in ocular disease at Aran & Holbrook Eye Associates in Miami. For more info., call (561) 439-2020 or visit wellington the magazine | march 2015


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Wycliffe Charities Foundation Brings Neighborhood Together To Support Others In Need Story by Deborah Welky • Photos By Julie Unger

The Wycliffe Golf & Country Club is a gated community and, as such, its residents are a tight-knit group. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand and work for the betterment of their community. Through a group called the Wycliffe Charities Foundation, they also reach beyond their gates to help those in need by raising money to support nonprofit organizations that provide health or educational services in Palm Beach County. Wycliffe Charities has no paid staff, yet has raised and distributed $1.4 million since its inception in 1996. In 2014 alone, $125,000 was divvied up among 18 different nonprofits. Marge Goldner is the president of this dedicated group of resident volunteers. “‘Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy’ — that’s what my daddy taught me,” Goldner said. “The amazing thing is that, in the giving, you get more than you gave.” Organizations that have benefited from Wycliffe Charities over the years include the Quantum House; Grandma’s Place; Horses Healing Hearts; the Caridad Center; HomeSafe; Speak Up For Kids; Faith, Hope, Love and Charity; Families First; Clinics Can Help; Hospice of Palm Beach County and more. “We try very hard to help a variety of groups,” Goldner explained. “We limit ourselves to Palm Beach County,

however. There are other organizations that handle the others. We want to help some of those who don’t get so much attention.” Wycliffe Charities collects paper products, art supplies, toddler underwear, pajamas, dish towels or whatever else a nonprofit needs, but often donations are made in the form of cash. In order to earn it, several fundraisers are conducted each year. In December, it’s the “Tour de Wycliffe” bike/walk, complete with a 3K race, 6K race, entry fees and corporate sponsors. Staged in conjunction with the Wycliffe Fitness Department in 2014, some groups cycled up to 16 miles — beginning and ending at the Wycliffe clubhouse. On Feb. 7, it was the “Great Charity Challenge” at the Winter Equestrian Festival. And on March 9, it’s the big one — Wycliffe Charities’ 17th annual golf tournament. “We really knock ourselves out for that,” Goldner smiled. “Not only do our residents participate, but many of the vendors who supply goods and services to the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club come as well. Whatever we raise, we distribute.” Money is raised in a number of in-

teresting ways. “We have flags on the green to commemorate a happy event or a memorial. We have banners, a holein-one contest, and, this year, a gentleman is coming who will shoot your golf ball through an air gun 300 yards to the green. For an extra fee, you can get your golf ball blown to the green,” Goldner said. “At the golf tournament luncheon, there are no fancy flowers or balloons. The children served by some of the agencies we support make our centerpieces. They are tickled to do it; they like to ‘give back,’ too. This year, at least nine of the charities are making three centerpieces each. Last year, the kids from the Quantum House made ‘lollipots’ for the tables. They were darling.” This year, Wycliffe Charities was nominated by one of the groups they serve, the Children’s Home Society, to receive the Dave Thomas and E. Lorraine Thomas Foundation’s Child Advocate Award. “That was really lovely, and we hope it will become an inspiration to other groups in the community,” Goldner said. “We want to give back to the community we live in and help in any way that we can. It’s very important in any population.” In addition to always seeking out more nonprofits to help, Wycliffe Charities is also on the lookout for more volunteers. “We’re always trying to attract more and more of the people who live in the

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This year, Wellington The Magazine is featuring “Wellington Gives,” a monthly profile giving readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into 12 nonprofit organizations serving the Wellington area. Through this series, readers can learn how people are helping each other and how they, too, can give back the unique community we have chosen to call home. wellington the magazine | march 2015


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David Bias comes to the Wellington Design Center with more than 30 years of decorating and design experience. With a background that ranges from major department store visual merchandising to residential design, David has a unique and varied perspective to help you fulfill your design dreams.

David has spent the last 13 years working with a prominent Palm Beach design firm. Starting with the nuts and bolts of space planning and logistics, and moving to having regular design clients, he was also heavily involved in the firm’s participation in charitable events. David has installed multiple Red Cross Designer Show Houses, the Veranda Show House at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, the Adamsleigh Estate for the Junior League of Greensboro, N.C. (where his personal artwork was also shown), and even personally produced pet clothing and table linens for the Broward County Humane Society PAWS To Help fundraiser at DCOTA in Dania. Having a keen eye for line, balance and color, David was also the stylist for all of the firm’s photography for publication. “At the end of the day, design should be fun,” he explains. “The client needs to enjoy the process. My job is to take the frustration away and replace it with a sense of joy and accomplishment. The Wellington Design Center is the perfect environment in which I can make this happen for my clients.”

DESIGNING OUTSIDE THE Potential: an adjective meaning “capable of being or becoming.” Some people have the outlook of, “it is what it is.” However, design professionals have the outlook of, “it’s great as it is, but just think of its potential!” Since childhood, I have been a person who thinks outside of the box. I see the potential value and beauty in everything. (I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised to know that I am a small-scale hoarder, would you?) A client wanted to do a drape effect to frame the daybed in her daughter’s room. She wanted to have a “crown” at the top for the fabric to cascade from, so it would be a bed fit for a princess. Since the local crown and scepter shop had gone out of business, we thought outside the box. We found an ornate half round wall shelf, refinished it in Florentine gold and hung it upside down. We gathered the fabric, attached it to the “crown,” fanned out the fabric, attaching it to the finials of the daybed — and voila, instant bed drape with crown for her little princess. Another client wanted a fourpost bed with drapes for her dog, but didn’t want to pay the $3,500 price for custom in a catalog. Again, we left the comfort of “the box.” We found a single drawer end table and turned it upside down and used stock furniture legs from a local home improvement store. We then reversed the drawer so there


was a place to store dog toys or treats. Our carpenter put dowels between the legs to serve as curtain rods, and our drapery workroom made mini bed drapes and a comfortable cushion covered in fabrics to coordinate with the room. Ta-da, custom dog bed at a fraction of the catalog price. Since we are on beds, leave “the box” and forget tradition. Check your local architectural salvage companies. An ornate door or gate can be mounted directly on the wall as a headboard to really make a statement. If you see a great child’s chair, consider hanging it on the wall to be used as a display shelf for books, a plant or a group of collectables. Beautiful wastebaskets can become a great container to hold silk floral arrangements. I guess that this goes back to the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I have purchased really terrific bookends at tag sales and used them as beautiful doorstops. It’s Florida, for goodness’ sake, let the fresh air in! Almost any beautiful object can be transformed into a lamp. Most local lighting stores can turn vases, canisters, boxes, figurines and statuary into stunning lighting fixtures. Have an antique birdcage? It can be a chandelier for your powder room. Think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid. The beauty of your environment is only limited by your imagination. W

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Homeland Equestrian Estate Features An Airy Feel With Plenty Of Amenities Photos courtesy Melanie Peterson

Located in the Homeland neighborhood, a haven for families and equestrians alike just south of Wellington, this custom equestrian estate was built in 2003 and boasts 4,000 square feet under air with gorgeous marble floors. The four-bedroom, three-bath pool home is set on five acres. Light colors give it a spacious and airy feel. The fully modern kitchen features upgraded appliances and an eat-in area, while the master suite is a comfortable oasis. The outdoor areas include a well-appointed barn and a screened-in pool with a spa.

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Exterior: The half-circle drive surrounds a pond teeming with wildlife and guides visitors to the front door of the home or to the four-stall CBS barn. Barn: The barn’s feed/hay room features an overhead door that helps with deliveries. Across the center aisle is the tack room. The wash racks lead out to an open field for riding. The homeowners can enjoy more than 30 miles of trails within the gates of Homeland. Pool: The 45-foot-by-22-foot pool has been restored and features a spa set in a tropical and peaceful atmosphere with a view of the barn and pasture.

5 Things you can do today to improve the health and comfort of your eyes: Let’s take a look. 1. Eat more spinach! It contains lutein, and lutein helps to protect your retina from UV damage, providing extra protection against macular degeneration. 2. Get AND wear a good pair of sunglasses! Not all sunglasses are created equal. Look for 100% UV blocking with polarization and an anti-reflective coating for the best protection. Sunglasses protect your eyes against macular degeneration, cataracts, and skin cancer around your eyes. Both adults and children are susceptible to the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. 3. Drink more water! If your body is dehydrated, it has nothing left with which to make tears. Inadequate tear production yields dry eyes, which result in red, irritated eyes and blurred vision. 4. Have your eyes examined regularly…Even if you see better than a hawk! Many conditions that may affect eye health, and ultimately vision, will have few symptoms early on. Regular examinations not only insure good eye health, but they can also reveal health problems, which may not have been discovered otherwise. 5. Don’t skip the lens treatments on your glasses! Eyeglass lenses reflect light naturally. Reflected light results in uncomfortable and unclear vision. Anti-Reflective coatings on your lenses reduce the number of errant light rays that cause eyestrain and glare, particularly with computer use, fluorescent lighting, and headlights at night.

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Delicious Food Complemented By Great Wine At The New Oak Bistro & Wine Bar Story and Photos by Julie Unger

A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar opened in December in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza, serving up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals.

Owners Brian and Lisa Jacobsen worked for years toward their goal of opening their own restaurant. “It has always been a dream of ours to own our own restaurant,” Brian said. “We’ve worked in corporate restaurants

for the last 10 years in order to realize our dream and so that we could save up enough money to open up our own place.” Oak fills a unique niche, Lisa added. “We want people to feel comfortable

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Bistro Wine Bar whether they come in jeans or a nice dress,” she said. “If it was date night, or ‘I just got out of work and I need a glass of wine.’” Small, quaint and comfortable are the types of restaurants Brian and Lisa grew up enjoying back in Iowa, and the feel of Oak Bistro is reminiscent of this. The inspiration for Oak began almost 25 years ago, when Brian started his first job in the restaurant business and Lisa was in culinary school. However, it took years to become a reality. When the time was right, however, the entire concept came together quickly. In just six weeks, friends, family and employees helped the Jacobsens transform the vacant restaurant location into a welcoming and relaxing bistro. With amber lighting and soft, cozy seating, paired with an open atmosphere, Oak is welcoming and comfortable. There is a visual drift to the back, where a chalkboard wall grabs the eye, nestled behind the wine tasting area. “It’s one of the biggest points,” Brian said. “Everyone wants to go back there and have their picture taken by the wall, or take a picture of the sayings.” A big part of the atmosphere is the relationships between the employees. “I am very thankful, because all of

my staff, when they heard that I was opening up my own restaurant, actually came and sought me out,” Brian explained. “They had been employees of mine in the past.” In this way, the employees are far more like family. Everyone enjoys being there and working together, Brian explained, adding that the delicious, fresh food definitely plays a starring role. “Everything is fresh. We don’t have a microwave; we don’t have a freezer,” Lisa said, as Brian noted that everything is made from scratch daily. In addition to adjusting to meet cus-

tomers’ needs and desires, Oak offers a variety of menu items that are easily adjusted to be gluten free. “We had enough customers asking us for things like coffee, so we went out and bought a coffee maker,” Brian said. “Our number-one goal is to please our customers. We wanted to create a concept where our customers can help us dictate what direction they want us to go.” Oak offers more than 70 different wine varietals, with more than 30 available by-the-glass. The wine section varies from the house wine to wines that

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are more than $100 a bottle. There are also 16 different craft beers available. Another specialty is the hot tea menu. “We’re one of the few places in the region that have these double-walled glasses that you actually brew the tea in the glass,” Lisa explained, noting that there is also espresso available. As for the food, Brian said that Oak serves up lighter courses typically found in bistro-style restaurants. “We wanted to go with something a little lighter in fare. When you go into a regular restaurant, you may get an appetizer, but you usually have to commit to one entrée item, and that’s really all you’re going to have. You may have the soup or salad with it, but you’ve committed to that one plate of food. Here, our concept is more about, what we like


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to say, ‘sharing is caring,’” he said. “It gives you the opportunity to experience a bunch of different flavors during one sit-down meal instead of having to make that commitment to one single entrée and having to go in that direction.” Popular items include the Hummus Trio, a seasonal trio of hummus — onion, spinach and original. The rich and creamy hummus is the perfect dipping delight for vegetables, or to spread on fresh bread. The Carne Asada Fries feature handcut fries with carne asada, sour cream and fresh pico de gallo. It is a flavorful delight, melding the meat and potatoes together with creamy sour cream. The Spinach Salad with warm bacon dressing is light and satisfying, both creamy and crunchy, with egg, onion,

bacon, mushrooms and a warm dressing to tie things together. The Wild Mushroom Crostini features fresh bread covered with wild mushrooms and topped with a dollop of ricotta mousse, creating an earthy and creamy delight. Also popular is the Apple & Cheddar Panini, made with cheddar cheeses melted with apple for a unique sweet and savory taste combination. Oak offers a happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays are Wine Down Thursdays, with a $10 discount off every bottle of wine. Saturday and Sunday, Oak offers $12 bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary drinks during brunch, which is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Whether you’re going out for dinner, enjoying a quick bite, want to sit around with friends and a bottle of wine, or are coming in for a weekend brunch, Oak is a must-visit for delicate pairings created with artistry. Be sure to save room for one of the delicious, fresh-made desserts. “I either do a piece of cake, or a cupcake, or a brownie. It’s always something different,” Lisa said. “I want to change it so it’s not always the same.” Oak Bistro & Wine Bar is located at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210. Hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb. com.

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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 For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit or call (561) 798-6227. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www. Coach House Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit 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. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington


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Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit 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 India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For more info., call (561) 2497168. Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.jordans Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit 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 Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wel-

lington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For more info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels. 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. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit 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 or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant serves American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 469-1109 or visit With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For info., visit or call (561) 784-5884.

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wellington | calendar Sunday, March 1 • The fourth annual Wellington Kids Triathlon will take place Sunday, March 1 starting at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. Kids will swim, bike and run in five age divisions. Visit for more info. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, March 1 with the 26-goal USPA C.V. Whitney Cup. For more info., visit or call (561) 2045687. Monday, March 2 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present Swingtime Featuring the Jive Aces, the United Kingdom’s number-one jive and swing band, on Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a night of stories, crafts, activities and more. The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, as well as several local schools, will receive a percentage of sales. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Michael Sanderling and cellist Johannes Moser as part of the Regional Arts Concert Series on Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3 at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Tuesday, March 3 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington will host a Luau Block Party to benefit Palm Beach Central High School’s Project Graduation on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more info., e-mail • The Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde is com-

ing to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade Campus (1977 College Drive) on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Royal Room at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach will present Rich Little from Tuesday, March 3 through Saturday, March 7. Visit www.thecolonypalm for more info.

day, March 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 (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present Gladys Knight on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit

Wednesday, March 4 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present Paul Anka on Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit

Friday, March 6 • Royal Palm Beach will present West Fest from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, with a full carnival-style atmosphere packed with western performers, live country entertainment and fun displays. For info., visit or call (561) 790-5149. • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8. Visit for more info. • The Interact Club at Palm Beach Central High School (8499 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host the Cody’s Angels Dodging Cancer Tournament on Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in honor of former student Cody Meiers, who died in 2012. The tournament has 16 teams, made up of clubs, students and teachers. For more info., call (561) 433-7980 or e-mail rosemary. • Bestselling author, sportswriter and commentator Mike Lupica will visit Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his new book, The Only Game. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present the Moscow City Ballet performing Swan Lake on Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. For more info., call (561) 8327469 or visit • Ghost Tours: An Evening In The Dark will be held at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. The cost is $18 per person. For more info., call (561) 790-5232.

Thursday, March 5 • Wellington’s St. Rita Catholic Church will host a festival Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 with rides, food, bunko, bingo, entertainment, vendors, a silent auction and lots of fun. For more info., call Nancy at (561) 727-8627 or John at (561) 8461821. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Introduce little ones to Mother Nature through naturebased stories. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host AARP Tax Help on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP volunteers will provide individualized help to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to clients ages 60 and older. Bring current tax documents and last year’s tax return. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, March 5 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and No Strings Attached will play at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop on Thurs-

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wellington | calendar Saturday, March 7 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. Sunday, March 8 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, March 8 with the 26goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup. For more info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, March 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 6 to 12 on Monday, March 9 at 3 p.m. Live through your art by exploring different mediums. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, March 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host About Time for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. Make your own clock to learn from, plus learn fun facts about Daylight Savings Time. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www. for more info. Wednesday, March 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Matters of the Heart: Aging in Place with Dignity” on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about resources and services available to assist individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, March 12 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food


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trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and Spitfire will perform at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • India Night, a benefit for the Salvation Tree School, will return to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Thursday, March 12. The 2015 event will take Bollywood dancing one step further with “Dancing With the Stars: Bollywood Style” dance competition. Find out more about India Night 2015 at www. Friday, March 13 • An Evening of Great Expectations will take place Friday, March 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s Mallet Grille & Patio to benefit Grandma’s Place, an emergency shelter that provides a safe haven for abused children, and St. David’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church ministries. Tickets are available by calling (561) 408-3060 or emailing • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, March 14 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. Sunday, March 15 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, March 15 with the 26-goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup. For info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. • The “Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match” and “Great Futures Brunch at Polo” benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club are planned for Sunday, March 15 hosted by the Grand Champions Polo Club and the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

For more info., contact Kristen Cummins at (561) 6833287 or Wednesday, March 18 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Archery for Beginners for ages 8 to 15 on Wednesday, March 18 and Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Equipment will be provided. Call (561) 233-1400 to pre-register. Thursday, March 19 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, March 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m. and the Jamie Mitchell Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Fabulous Fabric Flowers for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate spring and create flowers from recycled fabric scraps. Bring your glue gun or use the library’s. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, March 20 • Yesteryear Village’s Bluegrass Spring Music Jam will take place Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 celebrating tradition, classic cars and worldclass bluegrass music. For more info., call (561) 7930333 or visit • Auditions for Wellington Idol will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., with semifinals Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. and finals Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for info. • The Challenge of the Americas, an equestrian event to benefit breast cancer research, returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Friday, March 20. General admission tickets are available at the gate for $20, with children 12 and under admitted free. VIP tickets start at $250. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for

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wellington | calendar VIP guests. The competition follows, and the evening closes with dinner and dancing. For more info., contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or Saturday, March 21 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Deer & Raptor Walk for all ages Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. Go on a behind-thescenes tour of the deer and raptor compounds. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. Sunday, March 22 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, March 22 with the finals of the 26-goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. Tuesday, March 24 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www. for more info. Wednesday, March 25 • The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Economic Forum Luncheon on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Breakers West Country Club (1550 Flagler Parkway). Call Heidi Breene at (561) 757-4817 or visit www.cpbchamber. com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 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. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Washi Tape Tea Lights on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Light up your spring with these colorful creations. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, March 26 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, March 26 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and Big City Dogs will perform at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, March 28 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Nature Walk for all ages Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a guided nature walk through the Pine Flatwoods forest and learn about local plants and animals. There is no charge, and no reservations are required. Call (561) 233-1400 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Space Adventure for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. Explore outer space with stories, songs and crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Sunday, March 29 • Wellington High School Project Graduation 2015 will host its annual golf tournament Sunday, March 29 at the Madison Green Golf Club. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info., e-mail • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, March 29 with the 26-goal U.S. Open Polo Championship. For more info., visit or call (561) 2045687.

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Car Wash For Ally Rene — The Wellington Landings Middle School Student Government Association hosted a car wash Saturday, Jan. 31 at Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in Wellington. Donations from the car wash will benefit eighth grader Ally Rene in her fight against brain cancer. To make a donation, call WLMS SGA Advisor Janet Winkelman at (561) 792-8100.

Feeding The Hungry — As part of the Palm Beach Unites Hunger Project, 2,500 pouches of lentil casserole went to the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington on Monday, Feb. 9 and were handed out to families as they picked up their kids. Shown here are Leland Gassman, Brooklyn Simpson and Program Coordinator Latisha Paul.

Comcast Store Opening — The HBO series Game of Thrones visited Comcast’s new Xfinity Store in Wellington on Saturday, Jan. 24. There were craft activities for children, photo opportunities and giveaways. The new store is located at 2815 State Road 7. Shown here are Alexa Valenti as Khaleesi and Adam Ramos as White Walker with Cheryl Lanier and Rhonda Arnette of Comcast.

Dance Performance — Fred Astaire Dance Studio presented “Travel Through Time” on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Wellington High School. Students and professional dancers put on a showcase with music and ballroom dances from the 1920s through the 1990s and into the future. Shown here are Clifton Sepulveda, Mar Martinez, Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner Doreen Scheinpflug and Tanya Payne.

Lip Sync Benefit — On Sunday, Feb. 15, Danny & Ron’s Rescue held its seventh annual Kids Lip Sync Show benefit. Equestrian children showed off their skills and came decked out for the red carpet for the event held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. To learn more about the animal rescue nonprofit, visit

(Above left) Zoey Burton sings “Let It Go” from Frozen to win first place. (Above right) Individual winner Zoey Burton with Battle of the Barns winner Marigot Bay Farm. (Left) Danny & Ron’s Rescue founders Ron Danta and Danny Robertshaw.


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