Palm Beach Masters: Equestrian Elegance

During Florida’s winter season in Wellington, Florida, it’s really a horseman’s dream come true with equestrian showjumping from January through March at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. However, not only is the Winter Equestrian Festival in full swing, but other boutique horse shows have started to pop up over the years. The Palm Beach Masters series is one of the few world-class horse shows that features some of the finest hospitality, shopping, and International competitors, while keeping the essence of equestrian lifestyle in an intimate setting.

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Positioned on the beautiful award-winning landscaped property of Deeridge Farms includes two world class arenas, beautifully designed jumps with exceptional detail, and a luxurious double-decker VIP tent for outstanding hospitality. The 300-acre facility is home to the Jacobs family, Wellington equestrian residents of over 30 years.

Tori Colvin in the Hunter Derby at Deeridge Farms. Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Celebrity riders often enjoy this horse show due to the quiet peaceful atmosphere. Pictured below is Mary Kate Olsen with a clear round in a jumper division at the Palm Beach Masters.

Mary Kate Olsen riding in the jumper ring at Deeridge Farms Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Jeremy Jacobs, owner of Deeridge Farms, also owns the Boston Bruins ice hockey team. So, of course they would have a Boston Bruins jump in the ring…

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

We couldn’t stop giggling when the mascot, “Blades the Bruin” was photobombing the double combination in the jumper arena.

Lissa Bachner and “Meridian” Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

The second week of the Palm Beach Masters Series, ‘The Deeridge Derby’, is hunter-focused with beautiful hunter derbies on the grass field overlooking the peaceful lake on the property.

The VIP tent is designed with attention to detail focusing on the most elegant equestrian inspired art, decor, food, and drinks. Looking to be spoiled for the day? This is definitely the horse show to be pampered…

On site gourmet chefs cook at different stations set up throughout the VIP tent at the Palm Beach Masters. Everything from fresh seafood, gourmet prime rib and meat, pasta stations, and desert tables, the tastes are on point.

The boutiques on “vendor row” are situated on the outskirts of both arenas at the Palm Beach Masters, which makes for a unique experience of equestrian inspired shopping.

The signature event of the series, the Palm Beach Masters, is one of one of only seven North American, east coast qualifiers for the Longines FEI World CupTM. Irish equestrian athlete, Daniele Coyle, won this year’s Palm Beach Masters aboard Cita.

“It took me a long time to figure out the way [Cita] likes to go best and the way that she jumps these bigger fences easiest. When she’s on my side, she’ll do her best to jump everything she can, I think that’s what I love most about her,” Coyle said.

The final weekend, The Palm Beach Open, was graced with more glorious Florida sunshine for both horses and riders. Chloe Field and Tess De Jalesnes won the $15,000 Turkish Airlines 1.40m Jumper Time First Jump-Off class on the final day of the Palm Beach Open. “It is hard not to have a great trip on this mare, and it is hard not to have a great time at this venue, especially after 11 weeks in Florida. When this show came up a few weeks ago it was an immediate choice for us to be here. We love it. It is a real treat for the horses to be here.”

Watch Chloe Field win the Final 1.40 M at the Palm Beach Open below:

Field and Tess Du Jalness, a chestnut mare by Baloubet Du Rouet and owned by Hidden Brook Farm, were last to go in the jump-off, where riders were given the option of staying in the ring to immediately jump-off or waiting until the end of the first round. Field decided to wait, which proved sweet success, with a clear round in the winning time of 39.173 seconds.

Not only is winning or getting a ribbon important to riders at this level, but style and ‘looking your best’ also matter. Rider style trends at the Palm Beach Masters included anywhere between navy and black riding coats with tan colored riding breeches. This horse show excuses traditional elegance, so the trends were keeping in line with tradition this year.

Photo by Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com

Want to get the get “the Palm Beach Masters look”? We’ve got you covered with Goode Rider competition style below…

The featured style above includes: 

1.) Goode Rider Ideal Show Coat : This Versatile Show Coat takes you from Dressage to Jumping to Eventing. In a New Modern, Sleek, Flattering Silhouette the Coat Features Streamlined Zippers w/ Silver Horsebit Pulls.

2.) Goode Rider Couture Show Shirt: This stunning new show shirt has it all. Beautiful built in ruffle stocktie with pretty crystal buttons and contrast pearl stitched hems. Comfortable moisture wicking knit fabric with poly/spandex mesh under sleeve and back neck for extra breathability and coolness.

3. Goode Rider Legacy Breech Knee Patch: One of our most flattering of riding breeches made from Nylon/Spandex 4-Way Stretch Twill Microfiber in a slightly lower rise fit.

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Luxury Under The Lights: Winter Equestrian Festival

Just as the sun starts setting, the riders and spectators head to the International arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the ‘main event’ of the weekend, “Saturday Night Lights”. The same location, the same riders and many of the same horses enter the ring to show off their style over a different course in the Grand Prix in front of thousands of fans in the stands.

The temperatures drop, the live music kicks in, and the carousel turns in the children’s area. It’s amazing to see how much this venue has developed over the years. Ten years ago, the vibe was a much different atmosphere – West Palm Beach locals had no idea Olympic level showjumping events took place here. Now, people fly in all over the world to witness the prestige of the Grand Prix.

Celebrity riders like Georgina Bloomberg (Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter), Jessica Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen’s daughter), Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, and even youngsters like Eve Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter) compete in the International Ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival each week in Wellington, Florida.

 

“WEF” has grown over the years and has become the equestrian sunshine oasis for northerners from January through March. Wellington, Florida is a small community of about 60,000 people, and just about 30 minutes to Palm Beach. Bill Gates owns several multi million dollar equestrian properties in the area, as his daughter Jennifer Gates is also a seasoned Winter Equestrian Festival competitor.

Georgina was all smiles after her 3rd place in the WEF Challenge Cup which qualified her for the Horseware Grand Prix on March 17, 2018.

“More than 5,000 horses with a net value of well over half a billion dollars compete within the circuit” – Business Insider quoted.

At just 21 years of age, Spencer Smith won this past weekend’s Horseware Ireland Grand Prix. Luckily he was able to enjoy the champagne celebration at the end… 😉

So, if you get a chance to experience the Winter Equestrian Festival, definitely spend a little extra money on the VIP experience. The food, atmosphere, service and sights are an exceptional experience. Goode Rider equestrian athletes (whether you’re showing or not) should all experience a night under the lights at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Inside the VIP International Club at WEF 2018

Wondering what to wear to Saturday Night at the Grand Prix? We suggest wearing casual-chic apparel. The Goode Rider Posh Polo Sweater or the  Forever Shirt are great tops to wear with white or dark denim pants. A pair of short or tall boots would go well with either look. Dress it up with equestrian jewelry or your favorite designer handbag, and you’ll fit in perfectly at the VIP.

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