Many equestrians consider the Southern Florida winter scene the center of the sport horse universe. It's definitely a special winter destination for many top, international riders. Even a global pandemic couldn't stop the 2021 Ocala and Wellington, Florida winter season. There's ample qualifiers, including Tokyo 2020, for several major horse sports AND you can watch via streaming all your favorites at the Olympic qualifiers and beyond.
Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and Global Dressage Festival (Global), as well as Ocala's World Equestrian Center (WEC) have strict social distancing and mask protocols in place yet competitions run, riders compete, and the billion dollar supporting industry that surrounds it still functions.
Our very own Chris Jacobi is competing at HITS (which is a mere 10 minutes away from WEC) over bigger and bigger jumps aboard the talented 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood named Aldorado.
Additionally Spalding Labs customers are in the ranks of competition as well! Long time customer and top international shop jumper, Laura Chapot, a stellar day in the opening week at WEF. Laura took the win in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers aboard her horse Shooting Star. On top of that, Laura captured the top four spots with her other mounts.
Among our dressage centric customers, Lauren Sprieser is enjoying her winter season at White Fences and had this to say about her 2021 season, "We’re off to a slow start in my stable as far as competition goes, but we’re getting rolling. My own Gretzky RV made his FEI debut at White Fences, and my student, Abe Pugh, had a super first CDI aboard Alice Drayer’s Trakehner stallion Elfenperfekt, with top scores in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. I’m looking forward to a few more shows, but mostly a lot of training and not freezing my bum off!" When not overwintering in Southern Florida, Lauren's trains from her stable in Marshall, Virginia.
We wish success to all the equestrians overwintering for the season. Be safe, have fun, and hug your horse!
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