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RIDER ADRIENNE LYLE ENJOYS HER HORSE-CENTERED LIFE U.S. Olympic dressage rider Adrienne Lyle always wanted to have a career centered around horses. “I never had a Plan B,” Lyle said. “I’m really glad the horse thing is working out so far, because that’s all I ever wanted to do.” By Y.A. Teitelbaum

FACES OF DRESSAGE: TOP ATHLETES BACK IN WELLINGTON “Dressage” comes from a French term often translated as “to train a horse to high collection.” Wellington attracts quite a few of the top riders in the sport; athletes who use the warm climate to build confidence and strength in their horses. This month, we highlight just a few of the Faces of Dressage who compete here in Wellington.





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Since its initiation in 2012, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival has matured into one of the largest dressage circuits in the world, and this year’s festival is particularly exciting as riders compete in the months leading up to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. By Kim Beaudoin You will never see P.J. Rizvi making her way down centerline without a smile on her face. This zest for life has made her a well-known name in the dressage arena and the greater equestrian community. Rizvi shares her love of horses with her family. By Kim Beaudoin Leatherdale Farms has long been recognized for its superior-quality Hanoverian breeding program. For the second year in a row, Louise Leatherdale and Leatherdale Farms received the Adequan/USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year award. By Annan Hepner

GPL TOURNAMENT RAISES THE BAR FOR LGBTQ AWARENESS Over the past eight years, the annual International Gay Polo Tournament, which returns to Wellington April 5-8, has grown from a local polo event to a world-renowned four-day festival celebrating the “sport of kings” and its diverse group of players. By Elaine Wessel


WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Great Charity Challenge Passes $12 Million In Local Donations 31st Annual Vinceremos Dinner & Benefit Auction A Success At IPC World Championship Equestrian Triathlon Benefits Local B&G Club Provident Jewelry Holds Grand Opening At New Wellington Store Horses Healing Hearts Hosts Annual White White West Gala Benefit Wellington Art Society Holds Annual Art Fest At The Amphitheater USET Foundation Presents ‘Triumph In Tryon’ Gala Fundraiser At IPC





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Wellington Home this month visits a newly remodeled estate home in the Maidstone section of Palm Beach Polo & Country Club featuring a stunning open floor plan. The spacious, five-bedroom home overlooks the golf course. By Deborah Welky Wellington National Golf Club recently added to its repertoire with the grand opening of Champions Bistro. Already a Wellington staple in terms of country club living, the club further increased its appeal with the new full-service restaurant. By Elaine Wessel

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World’s Top Dressage Riders In Wellington For The 2018 AGDF

Maturing into one of the largest dressage circuits in the world, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is home to top-level national and international competition right here in Wellington. This year’s AGDF is setting the stage for top horse and rider combinations, and laying the stepping stones leading up to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. This issue, we provide an overview of the dressage festival, including a look at key sponsors and a preview of what you will find at the popular Friday Night Stars series, which features the amazing FEI Grand Prix Freestyle event. Our cover feature this month profiles dressage star Adrienne Lyle, who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. She’s competing in Wellington this season with an eye on qualifying for the FEI World Cup in Paris and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tyron. Our Faces of Dressage section includes a look at many of the other top dressage riders competing in Wellington this season, and we also chat with P.J. Rizvi on how horses are crucial to her family life. In keeping with our dressage theme, we tour the impressive breeding operation of Louise Leatherdale at Leatherdale Farms, and visit with Miranda Van Kol, stable manager at Marcus Fyffe Dressage. And if you’re looking to keep up with dressage news, we chat with the staff behind PS Dressage, who follow the circuit bringing the latest news to dressage fans around the world. Look no further than Wellington for the latest advances in equestrian technology, such as Nicole Lakin’s groundbreaking BarnManager program and Charles Tota’s expanding line of custom-designed tack created with horse comfort in mind. Both are featured in this month’s issue. Over the past eight years, the annual International Gay Polo Tournament, previewed this month, has grown from a local polo event to a worldrenowned four-day festival celebrating the “sport of kings” and its diverse group of players. The popular event returns to Wellington April 5-8 with a focus on helping the LGBTQ community. Our Wellington Professional series continues this month featuring Bob and Karen Cavanagh, who have been serving local insurance needs for more than 30 years. Our Wellington Senior series profiles Dr. Wesley Boughner, an amazing world traveler and founder of the Wellington Rotary Club’s Peace Initiative. Wellington Real Estate visits with Steven Prince of Ideal Lending Solutions, while Wellington Health tours the new Weight Management Center at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Wellington Home stops by a newly remodeled estate in the Maidstone section of Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. Finally, Wellington Table samples the menu at Wellington National Golf Club’s new Champions Bistro. As we celebrate all of the competitors and sponsors of the AGDF and wish them a fantastic season, we thank all of our loyal advertisers, business partners and dedicated staff for helping us bring the equestrian sports world to our readers here in Wellington and around the world.

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Great Charity Challenge Passes $12 Million In Local Donations

Great Charity Challenge founders Mark, Katherine and Paige Bellissimo join key sponsors and representatives of this year’s top-winning charities.

The ninth annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, was held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event distributed $1.5 million to local nonprofit organizations, bringing the grand total to more than $12 million since its creation in 2010. Riders Shane Sweetnam, Lindsey Tomeu and Chloe White, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm/Lisa Lourie and Monica Preston, and corporate sponsor Dever Golf Cars, took the top prize for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. Coming in second were Carly Dvorkin, Daisy Farish and David Blake riding for Quantum House, and Stem HQ/TechGarage riders Gia Rinaldi, Kennedy McCauley and Haylie Rolfe finished third.

(Left to right) The winning rider teams, in their Hollywood-inspired costumes, celebrate after the Great Charity Challenge; the Grease-themed team of Shane Sweetnam, Lindsey Tomeu and Chloe White took first place for the Education Foundation; and the Avatar-themed team of Gia Rinaldi, Kennedy McCauley and Haylie Rolfe captured third place for Stem HQ/TechGarage.

(Left to right) Chloe White rides Miss Understood II as part of the wining team; Lindsey Tomeu and Gold Lux helped bring home the top prize for the Education Foundation; Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Catch a Star HHS anchored the winning team; Ava Powell, Elise Elcock-Brewster, Lola Legarden, Angelina Gustafson and Anthony Gray of Elbridge Gale Elementary School with their chalk art design; and Lily Paulitz, Kassandra Kim, Grace Thomas, Elana Kohan, Sophia Kapsos, Ava Grave de Peralta and Tobias Smith of Wellington Landings Middle School with their chalk art design.

(Left to right) Julissa Salazar, Katie Neathery, Terri White and Olivia White of New Horizons Elementary School with their chalk art design; Noah Ferreira, Aiden Trento, Joseph Dahlstrom, Jocelyn Deyoung, Manuel Gonzalez, Nova Vasquez, Mara Popa, Natalie Honzik, Elizabeth Boxold and Jayden Vasquez of Binks Forest Elementary School with their design; Ingrid Tavera, Bailey Maher and Ashley Korbelak of Wellington High School with their design; and Sophia Gangale, Hannah Chin, Lily Thai, Amy Chen, Antonella Lopez Pisani and Sarah Kwon of Palm Beach Central High School with their design.


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31st Annual Vinceremos Dinner & Benefit Auction A Success At IPC

(Left to right) U.S. Army Veteran Rider of the Year Robert Waina and Vinceremos Rider of the Year Brandon Boterf with Ruth Menor; Volunteers of the Year Jolie Lobdell-Squadrito and Neva Rae Powers; and Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Lisa Lourie, Sarah Davis, Murray Kessler and Laura Grenning.

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center held its 31st annual Dinner & Benefit Auction on Friday, Feb. 2 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The theme was “Tell Us Your Tale” and was an evening to give back and celebrate the triumphs of man and his horse. Riders of the Year and Volunteers of the Year were recognized, and the buckoff finals were held. First place went to the Palm Beach Equine Seniors.

(Left to right) Noreen O’Sullivan, John Flanagan and Barbara Richardson with Vinceremos founder Ruth Menor; Michael Bombar, Best Friend Award Winner Elin Miller and Susan Guinan; Mark Griffin, Amy Gritter, Joan O’Connell, Jim and Grace Wilkerson, and Patty and Lance Hadden; buckoff winners Palm Beach Equine Seniors: Kelsie Lee, Jose Ochoa, Sam Walker, Kassiey Keith, Susan Guinan and Melissa Brusie; and the Palm Beach Equine Sports team of Daniel Kerins, Kayla Brusie, Charlotte Sample and Chapin Cheska took second in the buckoff.

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World Championship Equestrian Triathlon Benefits Local B&G Club

The World Championship Equestrian Triathlon, a benefit for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club, took place Sunday, Feb. 11 at Deeridge Farms in Wellington. The family-friendly competition featured top polo, hunter-jumper and dressage athletes competing, with a twist — the athletes did not compete in their own sports.

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Provident Jewelry Holds Grand Opening At New Wellington Store

Provident Jewelry held a grand opening celebration at its new Wellington store on Thursday, Jan. 25. Guests joined Provident team members at the new location to tour the new building and its outdoor patio while enjoying a variety of arts and entertainment. The new store is located at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 30, in Wellington’s Town Square plaza. For more info., call (561) 798-0777 or visit www. providentjewelry.com.

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Horses Healing Hearts Hosts Annual White White West Gala Benefit

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The seventh annual White White West party, an evening of dancing, food, drinks, silent auction and live entertainment was held Friday, Feb. 9 at Wellington National Golf Club. The event benefited Horses Healing Hearts, a charity that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts. Dave Aronberg, Roxanna Cella and Peter Wylde were the event’s honorary chairs. Iconic 1960s singer Connie Francis was a special guest. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts, visit www.hhhusa.org.

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Wellington Art Society Holds Annual Art Fest At The Amphitheater

(Left to right) Best of show winner Tim Gaydos with Leslie Pfeiffer and Toni Willey of the Wellington Art Society; Michael and Maritta O’Toole received first place; and artist Jean Williard took second place.

The Wellington Art Society held its 12th annual Art Fest on the Green on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Dozens of artists showcased their work for all to see at the juried art show. The Wellington Art Society awarded participating artists on Sunday for the work they displayed. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

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USET Foundation Presents ‘Triumph In Tryon’ Gala Fundraiser At IPC

(Left to right) Alex Philpin, Annie Peavey, Becky Reno, Heather Blitz and Robert McKean; Virginia and Collin McNeil; and Mary Haskins-Gurganus and Michael Barisone.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s “Triumph in Tryon” Gala to support the U.S. teams at the World Equestrian Games took place Friday, Jan. 19 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The benefit helped raise the necessary funds for the USET Foundation to further support the eight equestrian disciplines as riders prepare to compete at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. For more info., visit www.uset.org.

(Left to right) Debbie McDonald, Kathy Connelly and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker; Hilary McNerney and Kerry McCahill; Jennifer Dahlberg and P.J. Rizvi; Patty Miele, Vaneli Bujkova and Cathleen Regal; and Lauren Hough and George Morris.

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Top Dressage Competitor Adrienne Lyle Enjoys Her Horse-Centered Life By Y.A. Teitelbaum

U.S. Olympic dressage rider Adrienne Lyle always wanted to have a career centered around horses. Lyle was born and raised on the south end of Whidbey Island, Wash., about 30 miles north of Seattle. Her dad and brother are lawyers, while her mom is a pediatrician. Although not an equestrian family, they keep active. Her mom enjoys downhill skiing and the occasional trail ride. Her brother runs in Ironman triathlons. Lyle took a fork in the road and opted to pursue her passion from an early age. Growing up on a cattle farm with horses has that affect. “My parents were always very supportive, but this has always been my thing,” said the 33-year-old Lyle, who is in Wellington for the winter season. “I’m sure my parents were completely stressed. My path was always so clear to me. I was definitely one of those girls who was horse-crazy. I never had a Plan B. I’m really glad the horse thing is working out so far, because that’s all I ever wanted to do.” Although her family didn’t live and breathe horses, her younger cousin Maya Black shared her passion. “Adrienne is still the same smart, hardworking, determined, kind and talented person she was back when we were growing up and riding together on Whidbey Island,” said Black, a rising star in three-day eventing. “Those qualities, paired with her incredible horsemanship, is what has brought her such immense success in her young career. I have no doubt this is just the beginning for her. She has always been

a role model to me, and I am so proud of her.” So far, so good for Lyle. Lyle’s highlights include representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, along with numerous first-place finishes in major Grand Prix competitions. Her short-term plan for the rest of the winter season is to qualify for the FEI World Cup (April 11-15 in Paris) with Salvino, an 11-year-old bay stallion. The combination finished first in two Grand Prix competitions early in the Wellington season. After that, she wants to be part of the U.S. team that trains in Europe preparing for the prestigious World Equestrian Games in September at Mark Bellissimo’s Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. But she is already preparing her horses for an even bigger competition. “The next big goal is the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo,” said Lyle, who is based out of Sun Valley, Idaho. “I’m blessed to have three Grand Prix horses. Who goes depends on who peaks at the right

time; who is happy and healthy at the moment.” In addition to Salvino, Lyle is also working hard with Horizon, an 11-yearold Oldenburg mare, and Harmony’s Duval, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding. Lyle’s rise to becoming a force in dressage got off to an inauspicious start. She started riding western style and going on trail rides with friends on her parent’s farm. She joined the local chapter of the U.S. Pony Club when she was seven and soon began competing in three-day eventing, which was how she was first introduced to dressage. Eventing competition consists of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. “I fell in love with dressage,” Lyle said. “I was so fascinated by it. I learned a lot by watching videos, and then spent hours trying to duplicate what I saw on the videos.” Lyle went from learning the sport on her own to training and working with U.S. Olympian Debbie McDonald, with whom she has been with for more than a decade. While with McDonald, Lyle began working with horses owned by Betsy Juliano, including Horizon. Her

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daily routine includes waking up at 5:45 a.m. and getting to the barn by 7 a.m. “I just love Adrienne,” Juliano said. “We have gotten to know one another better and better over the past six years. At first, I knew her solely as an excellent rider and the protege of Debbie McDonald. But, as we have worked together, I have also come to know her as a deeply compassionate person whose commitment to her profession is her top priority. This means she takes care of herself as an athlete, she oversees superb care of the horses, and she is able to strategize for each horse’s training and their future.” Juliano appreciates Lyle’s demeanor and thoughtfulness. “Adrienne is always quick to demonstrate her gratitude and thanks. Many years ago, before I knew her very well, I received a handwritten note from out of the blue,” Juliano recalled. “She was in Europe, but wrote to say how much she appreciated donations made to the USET Foundation by people like me because they enabled her to compete as a member of a team. I was so surprised to receive the note, and so appreciative.” Lyle wants to keep developing horses, unlocking the puzzle that can get them to top level, where at international levels, fractions of a percent can make a big difference.


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“Adrienne’s best attributes are her terrific feel, terrific timing, and, above all, the fact that she never, ever becomes angry or impatient with a horse,” Juliano said. “Adrienne celebrates a horse’s success and will make a wonderful big fuss over an accomplishment or new movement learned. This way, the horse always knows Adrienne is pleased, and the horse will get quite proud of himself or herself. But she never takes it personally when a horse struggles or is in the process of learning. Adrienne’s level of equanimity is extremely rare and truly sets her apart as one of the very best riders in the world.” Dressage competition consists of two parts. The first is similar to ice skating’s compulsories, where each rider and horse must perform a designated series

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of moves. The second is the freestyle, where the moves are choreographed to music. “Freestyle is my favorite part of dressage. It suits me and my personality,” Lyle said. “I’m a big music lover. I love everything from folk to rock to bluegrass. I may be one of the few dressage riders who love the Grateful Dead.” Lyle said she is always learning, trying

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“Dressage” comes from a French term often translated as “to train a horse to high collection.” The strength, training and development of the top dressage horses often take as long as five years. Top horse and rider pairs are expected to perform a series of predetermined movements in front of a panel of three to five judges placed at different places around the arena, memorized from one of the FEI Grand Prix tests. Wellington attracts quite a few of the top riders in the sport; athletes who use the warm climate to build confidence and strength in their horses to prepare for big championships like the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games and the annual indoor World Cup competitions. 2018 is a big year for dressage riders who seek to qualify to represent their country at September’s World Equestrian Games. On the following pages, we highlight a few of the Faces of Dressage who compete here in Wellington.

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LAURA GRAVES Laura Graves and her horse Verdades have a strong bond of harmony and talent clear to all who watch the pair master the sport of dressage. Graves and her mother bought the horse as a foal from Holland, and she set to work to master each step of the training. In 2014, she blew the judges away at the U.S. Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. She not only placed second overall, she also received one of the highest scores of any American rider and qualified for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. That summer, her first time in Europe to compete, the pair impressed the judges at the CHIO Aachen 5* and then at the WEG in Normandy, France. In 2015, at the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, she finished fourth. Later that year, she competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto, where she won the team gold medal and the individual silver medal. In 2016, Graves competed at her first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She won the bronze medal in the team competition and earned the fourth position individually. So far in 2018, she scored an 84.675 percent in CDI-World Cup Qualifier FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, in which she has her first of two qualifying scores to be invited to the FEI World Cup to be held in April in Paris.

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ARLENE ‘TUNY’ PAGE Tuny Page is a champion for the sport of dressage on two levels, first as a top competitor for the United States and second as an advocate for others. She has long been a champion of the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center and also one of the founding members in building the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. A true perfectionist, Page works to refine her mindset about how to ride in a competition with high results. Her philosophies, in her own words, include, “Riding dressage is about trusting in the process and concentrating on the moment. It is developing habits so that I always subconsciously and naturally do things in a consistent way.” Page credits Vincente Guilloteau for allowing her to develop a great partnership with her world-class partner, Woodstock. She, and many other Wellington sponsors, spent years volunteering their time in finding ways to make a winter series come to fruition for all riders competing in dressage. Every year, the final competition in the 12-week series includes the CDIO Nations Cup, which is sponsored by Page’s Stillpoint Farm. wellington the magazine | march 2018


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CHRISTOPH KOSCHEL Christoph Koschel comes from the best in Germany, as his father recently retired from running one of the top training facilities in the world. After graduating as a lawyer, Christoph joined his father at their training stables. Koschel competed at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Dressage Championship, winning top medals. He has had the most success with the gelding Donnperignon, placing sixth at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington with the bronze-medal-winning German team. Koschel is known as a great coach. He coaches a lengthy roster of international riders, including his niece, Felicitas Hendricks, a top German Junior Division Rider, and all of the Japanese dressage team riders, including Kiichi Harada here in Wellington. He coached Harada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Koschel is a master of focus in the international arena, and many of the riders associated with him achieve great results. wellington the magazine | march 2018


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KASEY PERRY-GLASS Kasey Perry-Glass represented the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics, winning the team bronze medal with Laura Graves, Steffen Peters and Allison Brock. Perry-Glass and her remarkable Grand Prix horse, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Goerklintgaards Dublet, continue to wow the sport. The daughter of Robert and Diane Perry, she has five siblings. In 2016, she married Dana Glass, a Wellington-based trainer of young horses. The entire family — known as “Team Believe” — is tight-knit. For example, one of her sisters travels with her to help look after her horses. Perry-Glass works closely with Olympian Debbie McDonald at their Wellington winter base. She began training with McDonald during the 2015 European tour and continues to soar high in the Wellington competition series. In 2017, at the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, N.J., Perry-Glass and Dublet placed first the first day to best the field of seven in the FEI Grand Prix Test with 73.700 percent. The second day, they placed fifth in the Grand Prix Special with 68.529 percent. On the third day, in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, they placed second with a score of 73.325 percent. Their scores assured them the overall 2017 Grand Prix National Championship.

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KATHERINE BATESON-CHANDLER Katherine Bateson-Chandler, born in Great Britain, moved to New Jersey when she was 13. Starting at age 16, she worked for American dressage star Robert Dover for 16 years until his retirement in 2007. She tacked up and assembled horses for his business, at home, as well as traveled with the horses to international competitions. Based in Wellington, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar compete at the Grand Prix level and hope to qualify for upcoming championships. She has enjoyed exceptional success in the U.S. and Europe with the support of Jane Forbes Clark, owner of Alcazar. Currently, Bateson-Chandler trains each summer in Europe with Olympian Carl Hester and gains international exposure competing abroad. In 2017, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar won over the crowd and the judges with a sensational first-place performance in the CDI 4* Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. They went on to compete for the U.S. alongside the country’s top riders in the 2017 Uggerhalne, Denmark CDIO Nations Cup, and then helped Team USA claim the bronze at the 2017 Hickstead FEI CDIO3* Nations Cup. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar recently won the Grand Prix Special during week five of this year’s AGDF.

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TINNE VILHELMSON-SILFVÉN Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden is one of the greatest dressage riders of all time. The seven-time Olympian is a master of riding and training young horses into being some of the best in the world. In this, her eighth year coming to Florida for competition, she brings a handful of her top horses for only a couple of months to build confidence and compete in the warmer climate. She expressed gratitude for the opportunity. “I’ve found coming to Florida to be a super opportunity,” she said. “To be able to go back to the same ring for many weekends allows me to have the chance to explain to my horses that it’s OK. This is how international competition looks. The entire international atmosphere is here, but going time and time again, weekend after weekend, gives me a chance to try to ride with less power to give them confidence.” Vilhelmson-Silfvén has also competed at five World Equestrian Games and 10 European Dressage Championships. She has won three bronze medals in team competitions at European championships, and also competed at six editions of the Dressage World Cup finals. She has already qualified for her seventh World Cup Final, to be held this April in Paris.

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JUAN MATUTE GUIMON JR. Juan Matute Guimon Jr. is a dressage rider from Spain who has lived more than half his life in Wellington. With three-time Olympian Juan Matute Sr. as his father, coach and trainer, Matute Jr. continues to make an international name for himself. Sponsored by Yeguada de Ymas, the young rider continuously proves he can ride with the best in the world. He works six to seven horses a day, six days a week, and each gain the correct basic training for a strong career ahead. Training and competing in Wellington is the precursor to the Spanish National Championships held each May, where Matute Jr. works to qualify to represent his country at upcoming championships. His three main competition horses for 2018 are Quantico Ymas, Don Diego Ymas and Copernico Ymas. He arrived back in Wellington after a successful 2017 summer with key European wins on the Under 25 circuit. He is a perfectionist by nature in a sport where timing and discipline mean everything. He works to present a performance that looks as easy as possible. Organization plays a role in helping Matute Jr. handle those moments of pressure, and he sticks to his routine on competition days. A superstar of a rider and young man, Matute Jr. one to watch in 2018.

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SHELLY FRANCIS An international dressage star who has spent almost two decades in top-level competition, Shelly Francis is a gifted rider and trainer of top dressage horses. Nurturing confidence in her horses through a systematic process, whether at home at Roundabout Farm in Loxahatchee, or at an international competition, she feels especially encouraged when a top European rider compliments her on a horse’s training. Since the early 2000s, Francis has teamed with horse owner Patricia Stempel and consistently scores in the highest rankings throughout the national and international circuits. In 1996, Francis was selected as an alternate for the Atlanta Olympics. The next year, she and her mount, Pikant, won the U.S. Dressage Federation’s Grand Prix Champion Horse of the Year. In 1998, Francis competed at the World Equestrian Games in Rome and, in 2005, took her horse, Dominion, to the top six in the U.S. team rankings. For the last three years, she competed on the international CDI European Tour circuit with mounts Doktor and Danilo, finding success in the show ring and landing her at the top of the U.S. rankings. She will continue to compete this season, looking to be invited to compete at the World Cup in Paris.

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ASHLEY HOLZER One of the all-time great top coaches, trainers and riders, four-time Olympian Ashley Holzer recently changed her citizenship from Canadian to American after being based out of New York since 1994. Holzer began riding as a teen, first entering the Grand Prix ring in the 1980s. She was a member of Canada’s bronze medal dressage team at the 1988 Olympics and represented Canada at the World Equestrian Games in 1990, 2002 and 2006, and the World Cup Finals in 1989 and 2009. She won team gold and silver at the Pan American Games in 1991 and 2003, respectively. Holzer has been competing in Wellington for decades and is a true professional, sharing her talents while teaching and competing. This year, she rides Havanna 145, owned by Diane Fellows, in the international ring, while she brings along several others in the national Grand Prix classes for a strong CDI future. She coaches many riders, including P.J. Rizvi, Jill Irving and Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu. Holzer is always one to watch for grace and precision. She works not only to get herself qualified for upcoming championships; but also to help others qualify. Holzer is a person who inspires others through her work-ethic and discipline — and a true champion to watch in action.

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SUSAN PAPE Riding for Great Britain, Susan Pape works with John and Leslie Malone of Harmony Sporthorses. This will be her third year traveling to Florida from northern Germany, where her husband Ingo Pape and family own Hengststation Pape, a huge breeder of world-renowned German dressage and jumping horses. A superb dressage competitor, Susan Pape competes Hanoverian gelding Harmony’s Fiorano and top breeding and competition stallion Harmony’s Don Noblesse, along with a few up-and-coming horses. Whether competing in the U.S. or Europe, Pape is always a contender. She has found success in preparing her horses through the young horse divisions, often placing in the Louisdor Cup Finals for German Developing Grand Prix Horses. Pape’s sponsors have given their team, which includes Michael Klimke, Scott and Susanne Hassler, and up-and-coming rider Luuk Mourits, an opportunity to concentrate on top sport. They work together during the winter season, at a beautiful facility only a few minutes from the Wellington showgrounds. A top rider, Pape is grateful for the opportunity to train in the warm weather and to prepare for the upcoming championships to represent her country, while showing the bloodlines from her family farm.

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World’s Top Dressage Riders In Wellington For The 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival By Kim Beaudoin

Since its initiation in 2012, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival has matured into one of the largest dressage circuits in the world. Presenting top-level national and international level competition over the course of 10 weeks, this year’s AGDF is setting the stage for top horse and rider combinations, and laying the stepping stones leading up to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. The 2018 AGDF is taking place once again at the Stadium at Equestrian Village in Wellington. The festival opened Jan. 4 and continues through March 31. This winter circuit provides an indispensable opportunity for riders who are seeking scores for the World Equestrian Games, as the 2018 AGDF is hosting four WEG qualifying events throughout the circuit. “This year, we will see riders from all over the world coming to Wellington to prepare for the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018,” said Thomas Baur, director of sport for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “We are presenting a new structure of classes at the Grand Prix level, as well as Small Tour levels, and are welcoming top judges that will also be featured at the WEG.” The 2018 AGDF season features four CDI-Ws, a CDI 4* and CDI 5*, as well as a CDIO3* and two CPEDI competitions. Local spectators are welcome to come out and enjoy world-renowned competition, as the show is always open to the public with free general admission. The weekly Friday Night Stars events take place every Friday during international CDI

competition weeks and present the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class, where combinations ride to choreographed musical routines. The nights also bring musical acts and various forms of outside entertainment, which are scattered throughout the evening festivities. The season opened Thursday, Jan. 4 with the first Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI 3* competition. AGDF 2 also played host to a CPEDI 3* in mid-January. Para-Equestrian sports allow athletes with physical and visual disabilities to excel in equestrian events and competitions designed for the able-bodied, and do so by creating a structured and highly competitive environment. Para-dressage is conducted under the same basic rules as able-bodied dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on their physical abilities. There is no greater evidence of the incredible bond, trust and communication between horse and rider than in para-dressage. This Paralympic sport is a humbling reminder of the strength and determination of the human spirit. The AGDF 2018’s first CDI-W competition of the season was held Thursday, Jan. 11, as well as a national horse show. AGDF 3 commenced Wednesday, Jan. 24 with the second CDI-W and national competitions. International dressage competition reconvened Thursday, Feb. 8 with the season’s only CDI 5*, featuring the very best riders in the world producing some of the most thrilling test execution of the winter season. AGDF 6 began Friday, Feb. 16 with three days of national competition. AGDF 9 is also set to host a national competition from March 9-11. The third CDI-W took place

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during AGDF 7, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 22. AGDF 8, beginning on March 1, welcomes the historic Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W and the fourth annual Palm Beach Derby, an exciting event that features riders competing at Small Tour level with unfamiliar horses to see who can ride to the best score. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby remains one of the longest-standing dressage competitions in South Florida and continues to be a seasonal highlight for resident competitors of the South Florida dressage community. AGDF 10 will welcome the only CDI

4* of the season ahead of AGDF 12’s FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3*, as well as the final Friday Night Stars competition of the circuit. The FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* is the only non-championship Nations Cup in the western hemisphere and serves as an impressive seasonal conclusion every year. “We are very excited about this year’s edition of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” said Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions. “With the FEI World Equestrian Games coming to Tryon, N.C., in September of 2018, there are many talented riders from all over the world attending,

who are focused on their qualifications for the biggest equestrian event in the world. This year is truly a chance for everyone in Wellington to see the world’s best, and we are looking forward to seeing these equestrian athletes perform.” With the FEI World Equestrian Games looming on the horizon, the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival is turning out to be the most exceptional one to date. Equestrian Village is located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. To learn more about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, visit www.globaldressagefestival. com.

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New Sponsors Re-Energize 2018 AGDF Circuit


Dressage has long been a sport of passion for many of the riders who compete both nationally and internationally. For years, the sport of dressage was only noticed by those who participated or understood the technical difficulties executed by horse and rider combinations, but now sponsors from around the world are flocking to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in hopes of gaining exposure and presence with the South Florida dressage community. Less than a decade ago, the grounds of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival sat vacant, only a few grassy polo fields, while the hunter/ jumper circuit of the Winter Equestrian Festival thrived just across South Shore Blvd. A group of dressage competitors, owners and trainers banded together to address the lack of the sport in Wellington, the horse capital of the world. Soon the AGDF circuit was born, and not long after that, sponsorship of the sport started to steadily increase. As one of the wealthiest dressage circuits in the world, the AGDF has welcomed sponsors from all facets of industries over the years, and will welcome new-

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AGDF comers like NetJets and CaptiveOne Advisors this year, while maintaining its traditional support from sponsors like Adequan, Havensafe Farm and Stillpoint Farm. “It has been incredible to see the expansion of support over the past few years, and we are welcoming more and more new faces to our sponsorship group here with each season,” AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur said. “The sponsorship is very critical in the success of the circuit each year and has made AGDF one of the most prestigious dressage tours in the world.” The sponsorship of the circuit has provided a platform for many of the sport’s most talented riders, offering them access to a multi-week elite training ground at the festival, ultimately helping to improve their experience in international competition and championship atmospheres. All four members representing Team USA in the sport of dressage at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which went on to earn the team bronze medal, all competed at least once at the AGDF over the course of the season. It provided a winter training base for the team to collectively train together and gain experience that would help them earn the first dressage medal for Team USA since 2004. Welcoming hundreds of riders and even more spectators and fans over the course of the 12 weeks of competition, the festival has grown into something that many believed was never possible — all with the help of a group of passionate individuals and many dedicated sponsors and supporters. The circuit continues to thrive each season, and as opportunities continue to arise for competitors, they simultaneously expand for major sponsors and corporations eager to increase or begin their involvement in the sport. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, or to learn more, is invited to visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.


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Every Friday night during international competition weeks at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival welcomes an array of talent from the weekly show lineup to perform musical freestyles under the lights, in what has come to be known as “Friday Night Stars” featuring the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, the highlight class of the week for dressage competition. The event is held at Equestrian Village, located at 13500 South Shore Blvd., home of the AGDF. A musical freestyle is a personally choreographed dressage test accompanied by music specifically composed for each

competing duo, which begins as they make their way down centerline. Not only are the rides compelling, but they are also exciting to watch and exemplify the deep communication before horse and rider in the discipline of dressage. Spectators and judges will see performances ridden to a variety of melodies, from classical orchestra music to today’s hits by Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Riders compete to earn points with a system of scoring that reflects the degree of difficulty per routine and test. This season at AGDF has already seen some impressive talent under the lights in front of growing and engaged crowds.

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AGDF The first CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle took place on Jan. 12 and presented a victory to Swedish rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén aboard Lövsta Stuteri’s Paridon Magi. The duo rode to a Queen medley and achieved their highest score to date with an 81.15 percent. Highlights from the tests seen thus far in the season have included perfected one-handed pirouettes, which were executed in young Juan Matute Guimon’s performance, earning him the third-place spot for the evening aboard mount Quantico Ymas. Matute rode to a modern upbeat musical collaboration, while second-place finisher Shelly Francis wowed the crowd with a cappella tunes to accompany her ride on Patricia Stempel’s Danilo. “We have been thrilled with the development of the Friday Night Stars competitions since the start of dressage at the venue many years ago,” said Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions. “These are many of the top competi-

tors in the world in the sport of dressage, and it’s quite unique that we have access to them right here in Wellington. It speaks to the growth of the AGDF each year and the continued support we receive each season.” Alongside the top international competition is always a variety of both equine and non-equine entertainment throughout the evening, which in the past has featured mustang demonstrations, horsemanship seminars, live music and more. Multiple food vendors are available to the general public, while hospitality tables in the VIP tent are available for purchase prior to the classes on Friday evening and include a full catered buffet and prime viewing of the class. The evening offers free general admission to the public with $10 on-site parking, as well as $20 valet parking. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with competition beginning at 7 p.m. Visit www.globaldressagefestival.com for the full list of Friday Night Stars dates.


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You will never see P.J. Rizvi making her way down centerline without a smile on her face. A zest for life and an electrifying energy have made Rizvi a well-known name in the dressage arena — and they are the same characteristics that have made her a well-known name in the equestrian community years before her first international dressage show.

(Above) P.J. Rizvi can always be found smiling while in the dressage ring. (Below) Daughter Zayna Rizvi heads over a jump.



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The mother of four serves as a beacon of light for her family, inspiring them and always looking to guide them on the path of self-success. Rizvi and her family own Peacock Ridge Farm and are proud sponsors of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. In honor of her late sister Penny, Rizvi is also co-chair of Polo With A Purpose, a charitable event held every winter to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Now an avid horsewoman, Rizvi’s introduction to the horse world was anything but conventional. “I was really sick when I was growing up,” she recalled. “I was always sick with asthma and pneumonia, but for as long as I can remember, my sister and I had planned on buying a horse together when we were older. We actually had one picked out, and not long after that, my sister ended up getting sick, and they diagnosed her with leukemia. She died about 11 months later. So, there I was, with no horse knowledge, but with this horse that we had picked out together.”

AGDF Yasmin Rizvi rides at the Hampton Classic.

“We try to keep a grasp on what is important,” P.J. Rizvi said. “We’ve been very clear with our children that this is a journey.” Despite her limitations, Rizvi continued on with the horse as a way to honor her sister’s memory. “When I got him,” she said, “I had no idea what I was doing. I had no experience. I didn’t even know what a diagonal was. I just used to visit him, and the significant thing for me was when I started riding him for emotional therapy. It was sort of a calming mechanism and a way for me to think about my sister.” After Penny’s death, Rizvi’s health declined once again. She underwent throat surgery, several cases of pneumonia and a scary episode of cardiac arrest. With that, the horses were put on

hold. Despite the setbacks, Rizvi became friends with dressage star Ashley Holzer, whom she remains close with to this day. “Fast forward to my late 20s, as a wedding present, my husband got me 12 dressage lessons with Ashley,” Rizvi said. “But soon after, in my 30s, I had four children over the span of six years, so I didn’t really commit steadily to riding. I always say, ‘In my teens I was too sick, in my 20s I was too broke, in my 30s I was too pregnant, so now in my 40s, I’m doing it!” Holzer went on to compete in the 2012 London Olympics on Rizvi’s original amateur Prix St. Georges horse

turned Grand Prix mount, Breaking Dawn. “He was the first nice horse I ever bought,” Rizvi said. “He was never meant to do the Grand Prix, and I got really lucky. ‘Edward’ is now 17 going on 5, and he’s really a horse of a lifetime. He’s a spirit to contend with.” Making her way down centerline for her first CDI a little over a year and a half ago, Rizvi’s talent in the show ring has excelled just recently. However, the success isn’t why she chooses to invest her time in the sport. “This is a long-term sport,” she said. “Anyone who thinks that this is short term is short-sighted. It’s something

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AGDF (Above) Arslan Rizvi’s sport of choice is tennis. (Left) Farah Rizvi is a rider, like her sisters.

that you enjoy for your entire life. People comment about the fact that I smile all of the time, and I’m like, ‘Well, of course! I worked hard to be here, and I’m going to enjoy every second of it.’ Even if it doesn’t go as well as I want it to, you aren’t judged by your mistakes, you’re judged by how you handle them. Life is a long road full of many tests, and for me, riding is therapy, and it brings me great joy. I don’t really have an agenda. I just do this because I love it, and it makes me happy.” Rizvi credits her husband for his patience and support of her passion, as well as their children’s. “We have four children — three daughters who ride and PHOTOS COURTESY RIZVI FAMILY


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a son who was playing polo, and then switched to tennis,” she said. “My three girls are all very different in personality, and their riding reflects that as well.” Talented in the hunter/jumper rings, the three Rizvi daughters keep their horses at North Run Farm and train with Missy Clark. They each shine with passion for horses, a trait that they share with their mother. Although the Rizvis support their children’s equestrian endeavors, their main goal is to always show them what is right, even if it isn’t easy. This often involves late nights, early mornings and a large dose of self-awareness mixed with life lessons.

“We try to keep a grasp on what is important,” she said. “We’ve been very clear with our children that this is a journey,” Rizvi said. “Riding improves your social skills, your discipline, your manners, it makes you open-minded, you can travel, you can meet other people, but at the end of the day, it’s one aspect of their life. It’s something that you develop, but it’s not the only thing. As the girls have gotten older, they’ve had to go to school on Friday, they can’t skip it for the show. They go to regular school, they try other activities and they have friends outside of the horse world.” Above all, Rizvi’s main message to her children is a simple one. “Ride well, ride responsibly, love your horses and dedicate as much time as you need to, but try other things and live life to the fullest every day,” she said.

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Leatherdale Farms Celebrates Second Consecutive Dressage Breeder Award Story and Photos by Annan Hepner

Leatherdale Farms has long been recognized for its superior-quality Hanoverian breeding program, both in the United States and in Germany. The Leatherdale team includes high performance riders and horses that compete in many different countries, but three riders choose to train and show in Wellington during the winter season in order to gain experience competing in a topnotch environment. For the second year in a row, Louise Leatherdale and Leatherdale Farms received the prestigious Adequan/USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year award after earning top scores at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington and at other competitions in the United States. In addition to the breeder award, many of Leatherdale’s young horses also received recognition in the USDF Horse of the Year awards, as well as in the American Hanoverian Society year-end awards. With an impressive score of 192,

Vanessa Creech-Terauds aboard Leatherdale Farms’ Fleur De Lis L.

which was nearly 100 points higher than the next breeder, the Leatherdale Farms breeding program was rewarded with the extraordinary averages of several sport horses, many of which are by its own stallions. “The Leatherdale Farms horses are very talented and the top breeding is evident in the creation of very intelligent and athletic horses,” Leatherdale Farms young horse rider/trainer Mike Suchanek said. Suchanek also credits the teams’ success to the pride Leatherdale and her late husband, Doug, had for their operation, as well as their dedication and passion for the horses. “Doug and Louise really took their time and did their research to handpick the lineages, as they wanted to create a line of horses that were talented but also had great minds,” Suchanek explained. “Louise is a very special woman

— she carries on the passion that Doug had for this sport and for the horses. She wants the very best for her horses, and she cares just as much about the people she hires as she does her amazing animals.” Leatherdale Farms’ 17-year-old gelding Devon L’s experience shone through as he claimed first place in the Grand Prix Open All-Breed award for the American Hanoverian Society after his standout season in Wellington. Devon L has won the award several times during his successful career, and in 2017, he earned points with the help of both Diane Creech and her 17-year-old daughter, Vanessa Creech-Terauds, who also began competing in the Under 25 Grand Prix division with him last spring. “Devon L loves to perform, and he has taken me so many places. I will always be grateful to him and to Louise, who has supported us all these years,” wellington the magazine | march 2018


Vanessa Creech-Terauds (left) and her mother Diane Creech (right) compete aboard Leatherdale Farms horses.

Creech said. “It makes it even more wonderful as he now is carrying on his legacy with my daughter in the U25 division. They both are making compromises, bonding and becoming more and more of a team.” Creech-Terauds has also achieved great success with Fleur de Lis L, an 8-year-old Hanoverian mare by First

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Wellington’s PS Dressage Brings Quality News Coverage To Fans Worldwide By Callie Clement

Though many equestrians from around the world flock to Wellington for the winter season, many riders, trainers and horse enthusiasts who cannot make the migration to South Florida rely on digital news to keep up with all of the action from the winter equestrian capital of the world. While there are a handful of media outlets that travel to Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, PS Dressage is one of the few outlets that focus solely on the sport of dressage. Founded in 2013 by Phelps Media Group International, a Wellingtonbased equestrian public relations and news agency, PS Dressage has seen rapid growth as one of the top news organizations for both national and international dressage news. The organization’s team of experienced and dedicated reporters pride themselves on providing up-to-date competition results, behindthe-scenes interviews and featured profiles of dressage riders of all levels. In only five years, PS Dressage has built an impressive resume, covering not only the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, but the FEI World Cup Dressage Emma Miller and Annan Hepner with Juan Matute Guimon. PHOTO BY EMMA MILLER

PS Dressage’s 2018 team of Stephanie Radloff, Annan Hepner and Emma Miller. PHOTO BY BARRE DUKES

Final, the World Equestrian Games, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. In addition to covering international and national dressage events, PS Dressage also provides coverage of dressage clinics with the best trainers in the world, including Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Robert Dover, Debbie McDonald, Isabell Werth and Johann Hinnemann. Since its inception, PS Dressage has developed a large following and fan base, in addition to actively engaging with younger audiences through social media reach on Facebook and Instagram. On social media, consumers can enjoy content, including behind-thescenes photos, candids, competition results and entertaining videos such as the “27 Questions” video series with popular PS Dressage reporter Mary Adelaide Brakenridge shooting a class at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

riders like Kasey Perry-Glass and Juan Matute-Guimon. Being based in Wellington, the hub of activity for the winter dressage season, PS Dressage is able to readily access and provide all of the latest news from world-class competitions year-round. The team travels across the country to provide onsite coverage of national dressage events, such as the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in both Gladstone, N.J., and Wayne, Ill., as well as the CDI at Dressage at Devon and the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky. “No day is the same for our reporting team,” PS Dressage Senior Editor Annan Hepner said. “One day we might be interviewing members of an Olympic team or conducting photoshoots for the nation’s top FEI pony riders, and then a few days later we could be writing training articles at a Carl Hester or Charlotte Dujardin clinic. Our diverse schedule keeps not only the content but our creativity fresh and up-to-date.” PS Dressage sets itself apart by being a successful, discipline-specific news source, priding itself on attention to detail and a deep understanding of the sport. Additionally, the team of journalists contributes greatly to the overall quality of the content produced, which includes stunning photography. Emma Miller filming rides at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER

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Annan Hepner photographs the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Omaha. PHOTO BY TAYLOR RENNER

Hepner joined the PS Dressage team upon graduating from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a double major in foreign affairs and media. An

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Wellington A Place To Thrive And Call Home For Stable Manager Miranda Van Kol Story by Stephanie Radloff • Photos by Emma Miller

When Miranda Van Kol arrived in Wellington in 1999, little did she know that she would call the village home. Almost 20 years later, she is the current stable manager at Marcus Fyffe Dressage and is based year-round in the winter equestrian capital. After garnering an impressive grooming and stable management resume that took her all around the world, Van Kol is thrilled to have found her permanent home in Wellington. Van Kol’s career in equine management began when she was just 17 years old at an eventing barn in the Netherlands. She began working for Eric van der Vleuten, a Dutch Olympic show jumper, for six years before moving to Germany. The life-long equestrian also worked for Lynn Little, the Leading

Lady Rider in Donaueschingen, Germany, before starting with renowned show jumper Tani Zeidler and Olympic show jumper Joe Fargis. “My love of riding and the equestrian industry blossomed because of the people at that first eventing barn,” Van Kol explained. “After I worked with them for a while, I thought, ‘Why would I go to school when I have this?’ So I stayed. I love it, otherwise I wouldn’t do this job. It’s not just a job — it becomes your life. Your whole life revolves around horses.”

Throughout her career, Van Kol has been a top groom at nearly every large international competition, including the Paralympic Games, the World Cup Finals, the Dutch Championships, the European Championships, the Pan American Games, CHIO Aachen and multiple Olympic Games. Van Kol continued to work at the eventing barn and rose in status among the other workers there until she was considered the highest-level groom. Within that promotion, she was able to travel to all of the large shows with the competitors. As she traveled more, and later moved on to a jumper barn, she realized her passion for horse shows and the travel they involved. wellington the magazine | march 2018


Miranda Van Kohl hand-walking a Grand Prix horse with her corgi at Stillpoint Farm.

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the world. “It’s beautiful here!” Van Kol exclaimed. “When I first saw the barns down here, I thought they were mansions. I was shocked when a horse walked out the first time. We loved it here right away. Our hours were better, the shops are always open and I love the sun. There are a lot of equestrian jobs here, and you can only find this kind of community in Wellington. There’s always something to do.” Van Kol worked for several different barns when she first arrived in Wellington, traveling to many large shows all over the United States and Canada. In 2004, she was also able to visit her home in the Netherlands and attend the Paralympic Games in Athens as a groom. “That was one of my favorite experiences,” Van Kol recalled. “The joy all of the riders had was incredible and inspiring. They have a whole team behind them cheering them on, and you don’t

see that everywhere. It was just wonderful.” In 2015, Van Kol was recruited as the barn manager for Marcus Fyffe Dressage in Wellington. Run by Olympian David Marcus and international Grand Prix rider Nicholas Fyffe, the worldclass training operation boasts a team of highly experienced and skilled staff members. Van Kol has used her extensive knowledge and experience in grooming and barn management to help keep the full barn of elite equines in top shape and provide the best care possible. “David and Nicholas are hard workers; that’s what I like about them,” Van Kol said. “They are very straightforward, and so am I. That’s why we get along so well. We have the same sense of humor, which makes it fun. All three of us are on the same level. I give advice based on my knowledge, and they take it into consid-

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Over the past eight years, the annual International Gay Polo Tournament has grown from a local polo event to a worldrenowned four-day festival celebrating the “sport of kings” and its diverse group of players. Under the direction of Chip McKenney and his Gay Polo League (GPL), the event offers the opportunity to experience fast-paced action, as well as encourages inclusion and charity, with proceeds from the kickoff Polotini Party benefiting high-risk LGBTQ youth, primarily in the areas of education, homelessness and health. In 2018, the ninth annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo 90

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Tournament and all its festivities will return to Wellington from April 5-8 at the world-class International Polo Club Palm Beach. This year, the tournament promises to be better than ever before, with both LGBTQ and straight players coming from around the world to compete and support the mission of the Gay Polo League. “Every year, the International Gay Polo Tournament gains valuable mo-

mentum. This year, we welcome new players, new sponsors and new fans,” said McKenney, founder and president of the Gay Polo League. “We also welcome returning players, sponsors and friends. We are vastly appreciative of the collective force behind our growth and recognize all who contribute in significant ways to the evolution of the GPL.” The Gay Polo League, the organizer and namesake of the tournament, is honored to formally support Compass, an LGBTQ community organization based in Lake Worth, during this year’s tournament. The Polotini Party, the kickoff event this year themed as “Wigstock,” will be held Friday, April 6 at the

Wanderers Club in Wellington, with the net proceeds of the evening donated to Compass’ Youth Services programs for the benefit of at-risk LGBTQ youth. Specifically, GPL hopes to raise the money needed to purchase several new computers for the program, as well as purchase health kits and food/shelter vouchers. “Currently, there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States. Of that number, 40 percent identify as LGBTQ, a staggering and disconcerting number of youth,” McKenney said. “Sadly, LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for suicide, murder, drug addiction, sexual violence and other

horrible threats young people should not be susceptible to. GPL intends to do something to help where it can, and however we can. Compass does a wonderful job helping LGBTQ youth, and this year our goal is to support their efforts.” Compass’ mission is to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the LGBTQ community, a concept that falls in line with the foundation of the Gay Polo League. The International Gay Polo Tournament is a lively event that celebrates diversity in all its forms, making Compass a prime beneficiary of the weekend’s funds. By emboldening local youth,

promoting pride in the community, and acting as an educator, advocate, health service provider and focal point for community organizing, Compass promotes awareness of the caring nature of its eclectic community. “For nearly 30 years, Compass has provided lifesaving programs and services promoting the mental, physical and emotional health and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Palm Beach County. Despite recent progress, LGBTQ youth still face significant disparities compared to non-LGBTQ youth,” said Julia Murphy, chief development officer at Compass. “Compass is partnering with the Gay Polo League to expand services through

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education, health services and addressing homelessness for LGBTQ youth in Palm Beach County. Our youth need us, and you can make a difference by getting involved in the Gay Polo League’s Polotini Party.” Not simply a polo tournament or an LGBTQ fundraiser, the ninth annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament is unique in that it bridges the gap between the two. With the philanthropic nature of the event one of the main catalysts for support, special thanks are necessary for the numerous players who make the trek from all corners of the country, and some from across the globe, to participate in the tournament. Their unwavering commitment to both the sport of polo, as well as the solidarity of the LGBTQ community, speaks to their The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek team won the 2017 Founder’s Cup. PHOTO BY PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

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values and dedication to the important message of inclusion for all people. True to the nature of both GPL and Compass, players of varying sexualities will be playing in the fast-paced polo matches. “When I think back to watching GPL’s first tournament in Wellington, I had no idea then that polo would become such an integral part of my life. At first, I was just eager to learn to ride and try this amazing sport. Now I feel fortunate to play most of the year with super people and wonderful horses, improving my game while having a blast,” said Phil Tremo, a longtime player and supporter of the GPL. “Helping to organize the GPL tournament came easily for me, as I really enjoy meeting such a diverse group of people in Wellington and beyond.” Often regarded as one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year, the International Gay Polo Tournament added “award-winning event” to its repertoire in 2017 when it was honored as the LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year by Connect Sports at the Connect Conference, held in New Orleans last August. The conference’s Sports Tourism Excellence Awards included the “LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year” category for the first time, making GPL the inaugural winner, a testament to the event’s impact on not just the polo community, but the national LGBTQ and sporting communities at large. 94

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The locally owned Land Rover Palm Beach adds to the appeal of this year’s tournament, having signed on as the title sponsor for the spring season’s hottest social and sporting event. For more than 30 years, Land Rover has been a longstanding global supporter of equestrian events, specifically in the disciplines of show jumping and eventing, and Land Rover Palm Beach’s partnership with the GPL tournament marks a stronger presence of the brand in both the polo and LGBTQ spheres. Land Rover Palm Beach, a dealership known for its unsurpassed customer service offering a product known for luxury, elegance, performance and durability, is a premier community asset and the perfect pairing for the ninth annual International Gay Polo Tournament.

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Nicole Lakin was a working student for Max Amaya and his Stonehenge Stables when, one winter in Wellington, she realized something was missing — something that would make her job and the jobs of hundreds of other Wellington barn managers and staff members far simpler. Up until that point, there was no exemplary organizational tool for barn managers, nothing to help them communicate with their team, no real centralized system where they could house horses’ records, notes, to-do lists and charts, and access them from anywhere. So Lakin, who has been spending winters in Wellington since 2006, started creating Microsoft Excel and Word forms and documents to improve her own barn organization, and she posed a question to several other barn managers. “I was always looking for ways to get around communication issues and to be more organized. Once I started playing around with it, I realized that there was really a need for something more,” said Lakin, a graduate of New York University and the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. “I was very lucky that I made some amazing friends who had been managers working with horses and managing complex organizations far longer than I had. I sat them all down one night at Tub Tim Thai in Wellington, and I went around the table and asked them what the most annoying thing was that they were constantly having trouble with,” Lakin explained. “Once we had a little

Nicole Lakin, pictured with her horse Wannabe and dog Monkey, founded BarnManager after recognizing a need within the Wellington equestrian community and beyond. PHOTO BY JUMP MEDIA

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bit of a venting session about all of the things that could be better, I said, ‘If I built something to make those things better, would you guys use it?’ They all looked at me, and said, ‘Yes, of course!’” From that conversation over Thai food, the now industryleading, cloud-based software BarnManager was born. Lakin devoted much of the next year to carefully mapping out the features of the application — including calendars, record storage, list-making tools, a virtual “whiteboard” and more — and working with others on the design and build of the new program, before rolling it out to the equestrian community. “I think launching it was definitely one of the more exciting experiences of my life,” Lakin said. “It was really rewarding to actually see people using it, responding, giving us feedback. I say it took a solid year for it to really start picking up, but once it did, it took off pretty quickly. It’s always exciting when you get an e-mail saying, ‘Someone, who happens to manage one of the best riders in the world, told me I had to try it. She said it’s amazing, and she can’t live without it.’ It took a lot of time to get there, but it has been extremely rewarding.” Today, BarnManager is the official barn management software of U.S. Equestrian, the governing body of equestrian sport, and the program is utilized by barns throughout Wellington and around the country. The specialized software is accessible from anywhere by phone, tablet or computer, and offers features including unlimited horse information, health and wellness recording; the ability to upload attachments directly to records and easily access files; searchable barn-wide conversations and messaging, as well as private conversations and messaging; two-way calendar syncing, scheduling and important date reminders; a virtual “white-board” that takes the conventional barn white-board and makes it more accessible; customizable tables and free-form lists; and, most recently added, business management tools, including full accounting services. “We have a busy show barn and are often showing in two separate locations at once,” said Jo Seaver, who utilizes BarnManager in the management of Kenny and Linda Langmeier’s Kelianda Farm. “BarnManager has helped our staff stay organized and connected throughout the hectic show season.  Having our vet, farrier and other records all in one easy access place has been a game changer.” Lakin hopes to continue to change the way barns are managed in Wellington and nationwide for the ease of the job and to allow barn managers to get back to why they likely

BarnManager is now used in barns throughout Wellington on phones, tablets and computers. PHOTO BY JUMP MEDIA

began the job in the first place: for the love of horses. “Nobody gets into the horse industry to be an accountant,” Lakin said. “We don’t want people spending all of their time on QuickBooks or behind a desk trying figure everything out. I strongly believe that when it comes to horses, there’s nothing that can replace something like a human being able to put their hand on a horse’s leg. So, everything that we do is keeping that in mind. We’re trying to supplement and automate things on the business side; that way people can spend more time doing the things that technology can’t.” To learn more about BarnManager, visit www.barnmanager. com. wellington the magazine | march 2018


Tota Comfort System Offers Continuing Advancements In Equine Performance Gear For Charles Tota, owner and operator of the Wellington-based tack shop the Dressage Connection, the comfort of horses is his top concern. “There is no shortage of advancements in places where tack can be continuously made more comfortable for horses,” said Tota, who has made it his commitment to the horse industry to continue to make advances in tack design to make horses more comfortable while performing. The United States Equestrian Federation recently changed the wording of its national rule book to read, “The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education.” In recent years, the incorporation of the idea of horses being “happy athletes” has infiltrated into the judging and training methods used by horsemen in all of the international disciplines due to the increasing scrutiny of the public toward animal mistreatment. As a direct result, the products Tota has been designing are contributing to this wave by allowing trainers and riders to still condition horses to maximize their athletic development by eliminating any unnecessary conflict caused by uncomfortable equipment.

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“Twenty years ago,” Tota recalled, “people used one saddle for every horse that they rode. Can you imagine making a group of 10 people all wear the same pair of pants?” Since then, custom saddle fitting has become popular, and more recently, custom designed tack, both services that Tota offers out of his shop. The latest in the line of Tota’s designs include his sternum relief girth. The horse’s sternum runs between the front legs where people have been tightening the girth for centuries. With riders needing to have their saddles essentially immobile on the horse’s backs in order to promote even the slightest of the rider’s aids and weight shifting to be interpreted by the horse, there have been plenty of girths designed to be tight and sticky to the horse’s body. This means that there is a lot of pressure on the horse’s sternum. “Imagine wearing essentially a tight belt around your chest,” Tota said. “Especially for anyone who is mildly claustrophobic, that can easily raise your anxiety level. The same is true for the horse.” The basic concept of this new girth is that there is a channel cut from the cen-

ter of the girth right over the sternum so that you can feel confident in tightening it to the point where the rider would need the security, yet the horse can still breathe comfortably. All involved can work feeling confident and comfortable. A similarity in design from this sternum relief girth is another advancement in the bridle design, where a similar channel is cut from the top of the headstall of the bridle for relief from the sensitive poll area of the horse. “There is essentially no end to the tweaks we will continue to make on the tack to keep trying to make it secure and, therefore, effective, but at the same time not putting pressure on any sensitive areas of the horse,” Tota said. Every other Olympic sport continuously designs equipment for the athletes that enhances performance. The difference with equestrian sports is that there are two athletes to consider, and Tota is working to make sure that no matter which discipline — dressage, jumping and eventing — that the equine element of the partnership shares equally in the comfort of performance gear. For more information, visit www.totacomfortsystem.com. wellington the magazine | march 2018


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Bob & Karen Cavanagh Serve Local Insurance Needs While Also Supporting The Community Story by Dani Salgueiro • Photos by Abner Pedraza

With more than 30 years serving local insurance needs, Bob and Karen Cavanagh put an emphasis on taking care of clients, while also taking care of their community. The Cavanaghs have been in the insurance field since the late 1970s and active members of the western communities since 1986. Residents of Wellington, they operate a longstanding Allstate agency in Royal Palm Beach. The Cavanaghs have been married for 38 years and have two children, who they raised in Wellington. The two met while working for Liberty Mutual in 1978. “Insurance brought us together and has kept us together ever since,” Karen said. In the early 1980s, the Cavanaghs began working with Allstate. Bob worked his way up from sales to management and now owns an independent Allstate agency. Karen is a licensed sales associate at the agency. The Cavanaghs provide auto, home, business and life insurance to numerous people in the community. Since relocating to Wellington from New York, the Cavanaghs have been in the same region serving as insurance providers for generations of local residents. “Many of our clients have been with us for the 32 years that we have been here. The only difference is that we now insure their kids and their grandkids, too” Bob said.

Wellington residents Karen and Bob Cavanagh at their office in Royal Palm Beach.

Many of the Cavanaghs’ clients are referral-based, which Bob credits to their high quality of customer service. Andrea Vallarella, the agency’s manager, has been working with the Cavanaghs for approximately 17 years, while Rhonda Totz, the agency’s sales producer, is soon coming up on her second year with the agency. Also part of the team is financial specialist Tom Van Etten, who has worked with the Cavanaghs for more than 15 years. He specializes in life insurance, IRAs, long-term care, 401K rollovers, and general financial and retirement planning. Together, they create the type of insurance company that knows and understands their clients individually and uniquely, making clients feel comfortable and secure — which is the Cavanaghs’ primary goal. The Cavanaghs promise 24-hour customer service, and wellington the magazine | march 2018


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this, Karen explained, is a serious promise. “Bob has left in the middle of dinner to meet a client at the scene of a car accident,” she said. The Cavanaghs have solved issues for clients on countless nights and weekends, and even Christmas Eve and while on vacation. Dutiful customer service is what makes their Allstate agency stand out, the Cavanaghs said. They provide the professionalism and devotion of a big and trustworthy insurance company, but also make it a priority to know and bond with their clients in order to care for them on a personal level.

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“People walk through that door, and they’re automatically family,” Karen said. The Cavanaghs also noted the contributions of former office manager Marilyn Lapsley, who recently retired after 23 years with the firm. “She was the heart and soul of our agency and contributed greatly to our success,” Karen said. “Since retiring, she has been traveling the world and is enjoying life to the fullest.” The Cavanaghs noted that they did not always aspire to be insurance providers. However, through their work in the insurance field, they found something that most people strive for in any line of work: fulfillment. They were first introduced to this fulfillment when they began helping people whose insurance policies had been previously terminated. They had the opportunity to get people on insurance policies that were fit for their specific circumstances, and, ultimately, help people during their times of need. Moreover, the Cavanaghs took the fulfillment they found in insuring people and reflected it on to their community. They have made serving the western communities and its people their priority and passion. Their tight-knit Allstate agency is only one of the many things binding the Cavanaghs to the community they watched grow over the years.

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“People walk through that door, and they’re automatically family,” Karen Cavanagh said.

Bob and Karen Cavanagh put a focus on customer service.

keting slogan, but a promise they seek to keep. “Claim time is truly the moment of truth, and [for us] that is when clients know that they are in good hands,” Bob explained. “It is very rewarding for us to be able to help and protect people.” The Cavanaghs’ Allstate Agency is located at 11327 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 4, in Royal Palm Beach. The agency is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call (561) 798-3056 or e-mail rcavanagh@allstate.com.

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The Cavanaghs have continuously served the community through numerous organizations, such as the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, and have done so since the early 1990s. Through the course of that time they have hosted numerous fundraisers for various nonprofit organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Research Institute and others. The Cavanaghs’ Allstate ties have also benefited the Wellington community through the Allstate Community Grant. Allstate matches or makes donations to specific charities through their agencies. With the Allstate Community Grant, the agency has been able to provide donations to several organizations, such as the Wellington Community Foundation. The Cavanaghs strive to provide comfort during times of need. Whether after an accident, after a hurricane or after a tragedy, the Cavanaghs will show up to help. With them, Allstate’s adage of “being in good hands” is not only a mar-

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Age Is Just A Number To World Traveler Dr. Wesley Boughner Of Wellington Story by Ray Burow • Photo by Abner Pedraza

“Age is just a number” is something of a cliché, but in the case of Wellington resident Dr. Wesley Boughner, it’s true. Boughner, who will celebrate his 81st birthday in August, doesn’t allow age to define him. He neither defies nor denies it, but concentrates on living and enjoying life with Barbara, his wife of four years. The octogenarians met and fell in love over the internet, which Boughner admits is unusual for seniors. It is also definitely not how he met his first wife, Joan. Boughner, originally from Trenton, Mich., and Joan, of New York City, met in Bermuda, where they both had agreed to teach art. They taught at one of the 480 schools serving military personnel and embassy officials overseas. “She had a master’s degree in art, and my undergraduate degree was in art. She was from New York City, so she taught me a lot about culture, because we didn’t have any theaters to go to in Trenton, Michigan,” Boughner said. Education has been an integral part of Boughner’s life. He started his career teaching, finished as an administrator and even served as a superintendent. Boughner holds a master’s degree in educational administration and, during America’s bicentennial year, received his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova University. “It was before Nova even had a campus. It had… a program that was developed by a man from Harvard. People who were working would come in on Saturdays. They would fly our instructors in from all over the United States,” Boughner recalled. For two years, he attended eight-hour classes every Saturday. “It was a very unusual program and developed into what we know now as Nova Southeastern University,” Boughner said. He was immersed in education as a teacher, an athletic director, a principal and assistant principal and, finally, a dis106 march 2018 | wellington the magazine

trict superintendent. If he had it all to do over again, which would he choose? “I would be a superintendent. There’s no doubt about it,” he answered. “Everywhere I went, I tried new programs. Overseas with the State Department, these companies had a tendency to use a product there first, to get the kinks out, before using it in the U.S. So, I was always on the cutting edge of education.” That’s not all that was afforded to Boughner. He and Joan enjoyed many opportunities to travel, visiting more than 140 countries. They embraced meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures. The couple often found themselves with strangers as they followed the road less traveled; exploring the less trendy spots that were remote to tourists and where welcoming locals congregated. These are treasured memories for Boughner, whose first wife died in 2005. It is fortunate that he and Joan were able to enjoy several years together following his retirement, since Boughner had promised himself that he would retire by age 55. He met his goal by one month. “I was really lucky, because if I had waited until we were 65 years old, we only would have had one year,” he said. “We had 11 years and traveled a lot.” Anyone who has the opportunity to speak with Boughner will quickly learn that traveling extensively has had an intense impact on the retired educator. “People are people. You hear all these tales, how we’re not the same as people overseas. It’s true that there are many places overseas politically that are not

like us, but people always like us. Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like an American,” he said. He is convinced that people in other countries are attracted to the freedom and opportunities available to citizens of the United States. “We can say what we want. We do what we want,” said Boughner, who years ago turned down a job in Iraq. After a week of orientation, he found the place too dark and oppressive for women and realized that it wasn’t an experience he was interested in having. “Americans don’t understand what freedom is until they’ve seen areas where people do not have that freedom,” he said. “We take ourselves for granted. We are so lucky to be living in one of the freest countries in the world.” Boughner is a strong and vocal proponent for peace. He advocates for peace in his community and around the world. He’s a member of the Wellington Rotary Club and continues efforts that he initiated back when serving on the board. There are more than 30,000 Rotary Club chapters across the globe, and each month the Wellington Rotary Club selects a chapter to send a peace toast. The peace toast letter includes information about the Wellington Rotary Club. Primarily, it is an invitation to friendship. The letter also encourages the selected club to reach out in the same manner to a club in a separate corner of the world, in an offering of friendship and in the interest of world peace. Boughner’s advocacy for peace began years ago with the Peace Pole Project, when the Wellington Rotary Club began its Peace Initiative. The Rotary Peace Initiative begins each February and culminates with a celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace in September.

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An individual or organization is chosen to receive an award for strides made toward peace through conflict resolution. The months prior to the big event are filled with community participation events to persuade people to use conflict resolution and multi-cultural understanding toward the goal of world peace. To Boughner, the greatest deterrent to peace is misunderstanding and politics. “Politics don’t often allow for true negotiations. You have one camp, and that camp promotes itself and its ideals, then a second camp another set of ideals,” he said. “To have world peace you’ve got to give up some of those ideals and compromise with your opponent to reach somewhere in the middle.” Boughner isn’t as involved as he has been in the past. Not that he’s giving up on being a peace advocate. He remains an active member of the Rotary. He also admits that he and Barbara don’t go out as often as they used to, but they still embrace life in Wellington. He is a strong believer in not giving up and giving in to the challenges of aging. Acceptance is key, according to Boughner, who deems that even with aches and pains, there’s still more to do. “You’ve got to make sure that you still have a life. There’s still much for you to experience, so you have to find something new,” he said. “There’s no reason why you can’t learn more when you’re getting older. There’s no reason why you can’t involve yourself in new opportunities and new projects. Read a book. Write poetry.” He has similar advice for young people. “You have to get involved in your community. Keep moving around. Meet people and enjoy life,” Boughner said. To know he’s well-respected is the legacy that Boughner wants to leave, and to know that he’s done something to make the world a better place.

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Mortgage Specialist Steven Prince Enjoys Helping Clients Achieve Home Ownership Story by Jack Lowenstein • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Steven Prince of Ideal Lending Solutions is a peoplefocused mortgage loan officer. Raised in Wellington, Prince has been a professional lender for the past 20 years. He is confident in his capabilities and enjoys face-to-face contact with his clients. “I have a really cool profession because I am helping [people] and ushering in that American dream of home ownership — making it possible for people who didn’t think it was possible,” Prince said. “That’s really exciting to me, and that’s why I love what I do.” The nature of his industry is always changing, and he has to be adaptable. “Things are changing constantly,” Prince said. “My job now consists of, number one, product knowledge and trying to stay on top of the guidelines. They can be one way today, and by the end of the day, something changes.” So, Prince is always teaching real estate agents he works with, helping them perform their jobs to fulfill their duties to provide for clients. The clients, of course, being the people who are looking for a home that meets their wants and needs. Prince said one of the most important aspects about getting a client into his or her new home comes down to the contract. “It’s all about how you structure it for the underwriter,” he explained. “It comes back to how that deal is structured and how you can get things into the system, so product knowledge is about teaching my agents how to structure these deals.” Prince had been licensed since 1998, but after 2008, the mortgage rules and regulations changed. “Everyone had to go back to school and get a new license,” he said. “There was a new licensing requirement that kicked in.” Prince was required to take a national test and a new state test in order to update his credentials and continue performing the work he had done for a decade at the time. Unlike other types of lenders and mortgage brokers, Prince said he is unique because he has direct connections to major mortgage loan companies, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Along with being competitive and confident in his ability to work with his clients, Prince takes great pleasure in the outcomes of helping people find homes that they can afford. “At the end of the day, we as individuals have to take personal responsibility for our finances,” he said. Prince is a loan officer with Ideal Lending Solutions, based in West Palm Beach. There he is focused on what he enjoys most, working directly with clients. But Prince also has

long-term experience training teams of brokers, lenders and agents. “That’s where I cultivated a lot of my business from — training and teaching agents how to structure their business and how to market their business,” Prince said. Over the past decade, Prince said the housing market has changed for the better. He said there will always be fluctuations that can cause downturns and upturns in the market as a whole, but he said that the way everything works today has made the overall climate a positive one to work in. “Today, with the new laws that are in place, which I’m a huge advocate of, is that you cannot get a loan unless you can prove your ability to repay that loan back,” Prince said. He is confident in today’s housing market. “It’s a very healthy market that we’re heading down,” Prince said. “It’s very healthy to see we’re experiencing tremendous growth right now. Home prices are up. The beauty of that is it’s real money, and it’s real transactions that are happening now.” Contact Steve Prince at (561) 719-7474 or steve@lendingbysteve. com. Learn more at www.lendingbysteve.com. wellington the magazine | march 2018 111

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The newly renovated center includes a community classroom, where support groups and informational sessions are held monthly, a fitness center and eight private consultation rooms. “Our programs are unique in that they are physician-directed and personalized to each person’s goals,” explained Dr. Emily Harrison, medical director of the Weight Management Center. “We start by learning the person’s story to understand the root cause of the weight gain, and then customize a program to help them be successful.” The customized weight-loss plans include four-week and 12-week programs, as well as programs for people who have had bariatric surgery. After an initial evaluation, followup appointments may include meeting with a registered dietician, a fitness instructor or a health psychologist. “Depending on the program chosen, we focus on things like stress manage-


Wellington Regional Medical Center recently held a grand opening celebration for the Weight Management Center, which provides personalized, physician-directed weight management solutions.

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ment, relapse prevention and exercise readiness, and offer services such as nutritional counseling, personalized fitness plans and cooking classes,” Harrison said. As medical director, Harrison focuses on educating patients and helping them set personal goals to improve their overall health. Her passion for preventive medicine and focus on lifestyle modifications provide an approach that

addresses medical, nutritional, physical and behavioral components. To complement the individualized programs, a health coach may recommend additional services, such as metabolic testing to determine the calories or energy the body uses each day without activity, meal replacement therapy or pharmacotherapy. “Our team approach is designed to help people change their weight and improve their lives,” said Amy Noe, program coordinator of the Weight Management Center. “Together, we provide our patients with the most comprehensive weight management experience possible.” The Weight Management Center also hosts support groups and informational meetings for those interested in learning more about weight management options. The team discusses weight-loss topics and provides information on programs offered and insurances accepted. To set up a free, introductory visit to discuss weight-loss needs, contact a health coach at (561) 798-8587, or visit www.wellington regional.com. wellington the magazine | march 2018


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Newly Remodeled Maidstone Estate Features A Stunning Open Floor Plan Story by Deborah Welky

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This Maidstone estate in Palm Beach Polo & Country Club was remodeled last year with today’s families in mind. Especially visible from the second story loft, the open floor plan encourages casual living. Overlooking the golf course, the home features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, including a spacious master suite on the first floor, and a three-car garage. For privacy and safety, the home was built on nearly an acre in a culde-sac, yet it isn’t too far from Wellington’s many amenities. It also features a smart security system and climate control, all accessible by cell phone.

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Loft: The spacious area loft leaves plenty of room for entertaining. Bedroom: This guest room offers a walk-in closet, en suite bath and a private balcony. Hallway: The slant of the ceiling, together with ample windows, makes this space perfect for anyone who likes to keep an eye on the weather. Together with the guest bedrooms, a second master suite is upstairs, with the primary master suite below. Guest Room: This guest bedroom offers privacy as well as a balcony overlooking the pool. All told, the home has five bedrooms and five baths, plus a cabana bath. Pool Deck: The backyard features a tiki-style summer kitchen with a unique, geometricshaped saltwater pool, travertine deck, subtropical plantings and a covered lanai.


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Wellington National Golf Club recently added to its repertoire with the grand opening of the new Champions Bistro. Already a Wellington staple in terms of country club living with its manicured 18-hole golf course, an active member social calendar and plenty of amenities, the club further increased its appeal with the addition of the new full-service restaurant. Held in January, the grand opening was attended by more than 500 people, and the club is eager to continue to feed and entertain members and their guests. The opening comes after a successful year of growth and development for the club under owners Chip Smith, Andy Apple and Doug Marty. “We have envisioned Champions Bistro for quite some time, and I know I speak for all of us at the club that we are thrilled to see it in its completion,” Marty said. “The restaurant has been met with great success, and we are grateful for the warm reception by our members, their guests and all who attended the grand opening. I’m looking forward to welcoming even more people to Champions Bistro to experience what it has to offer.”

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Indoor and outdoor seating is available to diners at the new Champions Bistro.

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Champions Bistro is located on the manicured grounds of Wellington National Golf Club.

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Located on the pristine Travertine terrace just steps from the beautiful main clubhouse, Champions Bistro offers casual and classy indoor and outdoor dining for the sophisticated palate, with a spectacular view overlooking the 18th green rewarding diners seated at the specially crafted bar. Interior features of the venue include an open-air kitchen element, as well as bold colors, and ample table and booth seating. The entirety of the club was recently enhanced by the addition of more than 100 curated pieces of hanging and standing art, and Champions Bistro was no exception. The restaurant’s modern concept is complemented by the golf and equestrian-themed luxury pieces from Chisholm Gallery. Diners need not worry about a limited selection, as the extensive menu features a wide selection of hand-crafted foods with vegetarian and gluten-free selections, American fare, signature dishes and tantalizing desserts. With a full-size bar and four large

flat-screen TVs, Champions Bistro is the ideal locale for special happy hour events or simply catching up with friends over a drink. Featuring a beautiful and brand-new Napolitano pizza oven imported from Italy, diners are treated to personally brick-fired pizzas, which they can watch bake, thanks to the inviting open kitchen. Open for business only a short time, the restaurant is already thriving under the supervision of Director of Food & Beverage Jordan Naftal. Bringing decades of expertise in the hospitality and culinary fields, he has the right ingredients to provide guests with outstanding food, innovative cocktails and superior service. “Members of Wellington National know to expect standout service around the club, and Champions Bistro is no different. We strive to provide delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere, and so far, our menu has been a big hit with our patrons,” Naftal said. “Though I enjoyed working on Champions Bistro as a project while it was being constructed,

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now that it is open, I love that I am able to spend my days serving our members in a new and exciting way.” The grand opening took place the evening of Jan. 11, with many local celebrities, club members and others present for the unveiling of one of the best new restaurants in town. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, WPTV news anchor Roxanne Stein and famed polo player Nic Roldan were but a few of the high-profile names in attendance. Over the course of the evening, the grand opening featured multiple complimentary food and beverage options, including elegantly crafted hors d’ oeuvres, a signature butterscotch pecan

whiskey cocktail and a unique pizza station utilizing the restaurant’s new pizza oven. The festive atmosphere was complemented by elegant outdoor lighting and an inventive laser show, as well as local performer Tom Blake’s smooth crooning. During the grand finale of the evening, the audience gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The grand opening of Champions Bistro marks one of the final chapters of turning this property into one of the finest private clubs in South Florida,” General Manager Ted Strelec said. “The club owners had a three-year goal, of which we are well ahead of schedule. The bistro adds another amenity

that club members can enjoy: a relaxed family-friendly dining experience with fantastic views of the 18th green and resort-style pool area.” Wellington National owners and staff are thankful to have opened the doors to the new restaurant, and are grateful for all the positive feedback. The club looks forward to a fruitful 2018 and invites all community members to stop by for a visit and tour the country club. To learn more about Champions Bistro, or view the menu, visit www.wellingtonational golfclub.com. To learn about membership and events at Wellington National Golf Club, contact Julie Pickens at (561) 718-9656 or julie@wellingtonnationalgolf.com.







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wellington | dining guide Annexo Gourmet Eatery Lounge is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Annexo serves food and bites, along with coffee, wines and beers on tap. For info., call (561) 3330287 or visit www.annexoeaterylounge.com. Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net. Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more info., call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. aromawestpalmbeach.com. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 6428700 for more info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and

south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. 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 info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com.

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Located in the original Wellington Mall, Wellington Trace Tavern serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 469-1109 or visit www.wttavern.com.

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Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info.


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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.

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wellington | calendar Thursday, March 1 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Whitestone band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, March 1 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. • The Women of the Western Communities will meet Thursday, March 1 at the Wanderers Club featuring guest speaker Jill Merrell. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or visit www.womenofthewestern communities.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, March 2 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. For more information, visit www.wpbaf.com. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its Women of Worth (WOW) Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Eau Palm Beach Resort (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Friday Movie Matinee on Fridays in March for ages 5 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will host a Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser on Friday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). RSVP to Marisa Pence at (561) 999-4395 or mfpence@ hotmail.com. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Ferdinand on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

Saturday, March 3 • Audubon of the Everglades will walk and ride in Stormwater Treatment Area 1E in Wellington on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 a.m. For more info., visit www.auduboneverglades.org. • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • JCPenney in the Mall at Wellington Green will host a Child Safety Experience on Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info contact Scott Poritz at porritzs@pbso.org or (561) 688-5425 or Jonathan Salas at jsalas@wellingtonfl.gov or (561) 791-4764. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Journey tribute concert by Odyssey Road on Saturday, March 3. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Sunday, March 4 • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, March 4 with the C.V. Whitney Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers Live Presents Craig Grossi for adults on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. The eight-year Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient discusses his book, Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other. Books are available for purchase and a book signing will follow. Pre-register by calling (561) 790-6070 or visit www.pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2018. Monday, March 5 • Art for Animals, an art show with Patricia Powers, Jane Suwalsky and Patrick Roggenbau, will benefit the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation on Monday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Polo Bar & Grill (2470 Greenview Cove, Wellington). For more infor-

mation, call (561) 790-5864 or visit www.rarespecies. org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, March 5, 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 894-7529 to pre-register. Tuesday, March 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cubism Art for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, March 6 at 3 p.m. Express your creative side with Picasso-inspired pictures. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Walk & Talk in the Periwinkle/Lily communities on Tuesday, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to work on. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Wednesday, March 7 • Audubon of the Everglades will walk in the Wellington Preserve on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades.com for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Lakeside Shores community on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister for adults on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar Thursday, March 8 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host an Economic Luncheon Featuring a 2018 Real Estate Forecast on Thursday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Breakers West County Club. For more information, call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host An Afternoon of Seuss for ages 3 to 12 on Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m. Celebrate all things Seuss with a rhyming good time. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans and enjoy a fun evening of wordplay. Basic game knowledge is required. Bring your own boards if you have them. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Heart tribute concert by All Heart, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Friday, March 9 • West Fest will return to Royal Palm Beach Commons Park from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. The fun-filled family weekend with a Western-style atmosphere will feature live country entertainment and much more. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. • The Challenge of the Americas is back after a year’s hiatus. COTA’s signature six-rider Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge will be held on Friday, March 9 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, raising money for breast cancer research. For more information, visit www. challengeoftheamericas.com or www.facebook.com/ ChallengeoftheAmericas. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host the annual Wellington Idol Competition on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m., with finals on Friday, March 16. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/ events for more info.

Saturday, March 10 • The Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association will host its All Breed Dog Shows on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the South Florida Fairground Expo Center. For more info., visit www. southfloridafair.com. • Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun Days will continue on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Lake Wellington. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/ events for more info. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will celebrate Bike Month with a free Bike Trail Rodeo on Saturday, March 10 prior to West Fest festivities. Start times will be 9 a.m. for the advanced course, 9:30 a.m. for the intermediate course and 10 a.m. for the beginner course. For complete event details and event course maps, visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Bridging Cultures Series: A Glimpse of Chinese Culture Through Dance & Music for adults on Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. The Joy Dance Group performs Chinese folk dances and musical performances. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County will be held Saturday, March 10 at the South Florida fairgrounds starting at 3 p.m. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more info., call (561) 650-0129 or e-mail lisa.noel@cancer.org. • The annual Hepzibah House Barn Dance will be held Saturday, March 10, starting at 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., visit www. hepzibahhouse.org. Sunday, March 11 • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, March 11 with the USPA Gold Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For

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more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. • The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will perform at the Wellington Amphitheater on Sunday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, March 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Pokémon League for ages 5 to 12 on Monday, March 12 at 3 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Walk & Talk in the south side of the Hawthorne community on Tuesday, March 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, March 13 A Municipal Election featuring two seats on the Wellington Village Council will be held Tuesday, March 13. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.pbcelections.org for more info. Wednesday, March 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Springtime Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cardsharks for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon or regular card games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Pine Valley, Greenbriar and Summerwood Circle communities on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov.

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wellington | calendar Thursday, March 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Art Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Unleash your creativity to produce unique, colorful art. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a concert by the Samantha Russell Band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Land a New Job With Career Transitions on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how you can enhance your job search, write an effective resume and cover letter, or explore a new career path using the Career Transitions database. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, March 17 • Repticon West Palm Beach, a reptile and exotic animal show, will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. For info., visit www.repticon.com. • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. Sunday, March 18 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in the Wellington Environmental Preserve on Sunday, March 18 at 8 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, March 18 with the USPA Gold Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www. internationalpoloclub.com. Monday March 19 • The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its Par for the Horse Golf Tournament on Monday, March 19 at the Wanderers Club. For more information, contact Susan at (561) 792-9900 or info@vinceremos.org. Tuesday, March 20 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www. thewesternbusinessalliance.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Three Singing Jewish Women: Bette Midler, Carole King & Barbra Streisand for adults on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Find out about each singer’s early years, marriages and struggles to reach stardom. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Magazine Art for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Use old magazines to create works of art. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Walk & Talk in the south side of the Westhampton community on Tuesday, March 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Encounter numerous celestial wonders with a presentation and telescope viewing provided by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, March 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Go Green with the SWA on Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. Explore new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle with an expert from the Solid Waste Authority. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Wisteria community on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pinterest for Beginners for adults on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to register with Pinterest, a visual discovery tool. Partici-

pants must have an e-mail address and basic mousing skills. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, March 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for info.

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Friday, March 23 • The Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest will be Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25 at the Wellington Community Center and Wellington Amphitheater. Visit www.baconbourbonfest.com for info. • Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party to benefit Brooke USA, hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo at the Wanderers Club, will be held Friday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. featuring a sunset polo game, live and silent auctions, an Argentine asado, mini ponies and more. For more information, visit www. brookeusaevents.org. Saturday, March 24 • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will hold its Rare Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Kubota Agriplex. For more info., visit www.pbrarefruitcouncil.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Family Craft Fun for all ages on Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to make colorful art. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Sunday, March 25 • The 2018 high-goal polo season will continue Sunday, March 25 with the USPA Gold Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Wednesday, March 28 • Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Greenview Shores community on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 28 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 Green Dot for adults on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Green Dot is a program that asks everyone to take a stance against acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, bullying and stalking. Learn how you can safely make a difference. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, March 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to tackle unique challenges. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Foreigner tribute concert by 4NR2, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events for more info. Friday, March 30 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Greatest Snowman on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/ events for more info. Saturday, March 31 • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Buggin’ Out for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. Buzz on over and enjoy some fun stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

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Wellington The Magazine March 2018  

March 2018 |ON THE COVER Dressage star Adrienne Lyle, profiled this issue, rides Salvino. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE | Rider Adrienne Lyle E...

Wellington The Magazine March 2018  

March 2018 |ON THE COVER Dressage star Adrienne Lyle, profiled this issue, rides Salvino. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE | Rider Adrienne Lyle E...