Hunters and Jumpers Get Productive Show Mileage at Citrus Series

Jan 6, 2014 - 8:56 AM
Cynthia Hankins and Noah / Photo by Carrie Wirth
Wellington, FL – January 6, 2014 – The inaugural Citrus Series Horse Show Wellington held at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center Okeeheelee Park continued on Saturday. Hunters and jumpers showed over courses that ranged from 2 foot to 1.30m. Course designer Gerry Briggs and the Citrus Series management created beautiful, well-decorated and inviting courses.
“I gave the Zone 4 Clinic here last year but I hadn’t shown here,” said top judge and clinician and 1975 AHSA (now USEF) Medal Finals winner Cynthia Hankins. “It is so close. It is unbelievably easy. I love this. I lived in Europe for 10 years. I haven’t owned horses in a while and I bought a couple of very green horses.  Before spending an outrageous amount of money, I wanted to give them a chance to get into a ring. I am hoping that others will support this because we have to have these other shows. Not every horse is ready to walk in and win and so they need to come and do this.” 

“This show offers all the flowers and the color,” Hankins said. “The ring is beautifully set. They’ve set it so I can do hunter classes and a couple of jumper classes.”


Salim Radi is a native of Columbia going to at Northwood University who competes in the jumpers. He brought his six-year-old jumper, Charon, to the Citrus Series. 


“I was really happy with him,” said Radi. “It was great to be able two compete over two different courses at one height and then jump similar tracks a little bit bigger. The difference between his first trip and his last was like night and day. I couldn’t get this kind of experience in another show setting anywhere. Plus, the facility and the footing are really fantastic. It is easy to ship in and show. I had no idea it was so close.”


Citrus Series organizer James Lala was pleased with the outcome of the first show.


“I was cautiously optimistic for the first show of the series,” said Lala. “I am trying to incorporate the wish lists I’ve discussed with professionals of all levels through the years-we are a little a bit revolutionary. I wasn’t sure how it would actually go over. I watched horse after horse, rider after rider improve and leave with a positive experience. I am convinced this concept is really worthwhile. I overheard one trainer say that he accomplished about a month’s worth of training in an hour.”


Citrus Series returns to Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at Okeeheelee Park February 21-22 with jumpers under the lights on Friday night at 6 p.m. and hunter, equitation and jumper classes starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.


About Citrus Series Horse Shows

The unique features of the show are designed to help trainers, developing horses and riders achieve their goals affordably. Professionals and adults may ride ponies. If time permits, competitors can do do-overs to make sure the horse and rider leave the ring with a positive learning experience. A user-friendly class schedule and sale horse identifiers provide an opportunity to market sale horses.


Owners, breeders, riders, trainers and their assistants are encouraged to bring their up-and- coming horses and riders to come experience Citrus Series, at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center Okeeheelee Park a close, convenient high quality facility. Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is located just a three miles / five minutes from the intersection of 441 and Forest Hill Boulevard.


2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

What:  New high-quality horse show series especially for developing horses and riders needing mileage.

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
              7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
              West Palm Beach, FL

When: February 21-22, 2014

Friday: Schooling and Jumpers Under the Lights

Saturday: Hunters Jumpers and Equitation


Contact Information:

Before Show

Telephone: (561) 906-6668 


During Show

Show Office: (859) 608-3709

Fax: (866) 285-9496

Stable Office Telephone: (561) 906-6668


Entries: or call (561) 906-6668



Manager:  Lala Land Productions, LLC, James Lala  (561) 906-6668-

Secretaries: Cindy Bozan and Randi Muster

Veterinarian: Reid and Associates

Farrier: Ignacio Cardenas

Stabling: James Lala



Upcoming Dates

Citrus Series Shows

February 21-22, 2014             

March 21-22, 2014

April 18-19, 2014

May 9-10, 2014

June 15, 2014 

July 20, 2014

August 16, 2014

September TBA

October 25, 2014

November 15, 2014

Citrus Series Finale – December 13-14, 2014


Citrus Series USEF Rated Shows

USEF C-Rated- June 14, 2014

USEF C-Rated – June 21 and 28, 2014

USEF C-Rated – July 19, 2014

USEF C-Rated – July 26, 2014

USEF A-Rated Show Castlewood Farm’s Citrus Festival Show – August 1-3, 2014

Citrus Series Homestretch I USEF Rated  - August 11, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 12, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

Citrus Series Homestretch II USEF Rated  - August 13, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 14, 2014 at Jim Brandon)


Directions to Jim Brandon Equestrian Center


Exit Forest Hill Blvd. Go west on Forest Hill Blvd. for approximately six (6) miles. After passing Pinehurst Dr., make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.


Exit #97-Southern Blvd. After toll booth, turn left onto Pike Rd. (South). Make a left onto Southern Blvd. (East) and go to Jog Road. Make a right onto Jog Road (South) to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a right onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). After passing Pinehurst Dr., make a left into Okeeheelee Park South.


Exit #93-Lake Worth Rd. and go east to Pinehurst Dr. Make a left onto Pinehurst Dr. (North) and go to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a left onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). Make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.


Cross over Florida’s Turnpike and make a right into Okeeheelee Park South.  


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