Wellington, FL- February 18, 2014 - Week seven is upon us, and the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is alive with jumper excitement as the leading rider standings are announced. For the past six weeks, professional, junior and amateur jumpers alike have enjoyed the classes at The Ridge at Wellington and the grass fields at venues across Wellington. For weeks, these riders have been competing not only for ribbons each week, but to be named as the Leading Rider in the series finale on Saturday, March 22 at Deeridge Farms. It is Sarah Segal who has ridden to the top of the standings.
This week the Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will return to the illustrious Deeridge Farms facility for Week VII. This week’s events will take place this Wednesday, February 19, and Saturday, February 22, 2014. This event is one of the highlights of Wellington’s winter circuit with $4,000 up for grabs this Wednesday in the 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, and qualifying points at stake in the Young Jumper Championship Division. This Saturday the $15,000 Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Grand Prix will take center stage with an unprecedented amount of money at stake for Level II Jumpers.
Wednesday marks the third of five opportunities The Ridge at Wellington will offer this season for riders to compete in a Young Jumper Championship (YJC) qualifying classes for essential points. This week’s riders in the Young Jumper classes will compete at Deeridge Farms with their up-and-coming jumpers, giving them an opportunity to expose their young horses to different show conditions and locations.
From 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. riders will have the opportunity to rack of points in the $500 5 Year Old Jumper YJC Qualifying Class. The $500 6 Year Old YJC Qualifying Class will run from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The $500 7 and 8 Year Old YJC Qualifying Class will take place from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Riders will have the chance to partake in a warm up round with an open card in order to prepare for the qualifying classes. The 1.30m-1.35m Jumper classes will continue to run on the grass field, with the classes running concurrently.
It was Jeffery Welles and Antaris S that took the 1.40m Grand Prix victory at the International Polo Club Palm Beach for week six of the series, but Segal leads the ranks with the Leading Rider Bonus at stake. The Leading Rider of the Wellington Turf Tour Grand Prix Series will gain access to one of the most highly sought after, and beautiful clubs in the nation. The club was created by players for players, and was born out of the dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport. The arenas of play include three state-of-the-art playing fields and a stick and ball field.
Other amenities include the Mallet Grille, The 7th Chukker, Spa and Fitness Center, Croquet Lawn, Tennis Courts, the Sports House, the Polo Library and numerous retail outlets with exclusive merchandise. Members and their guests will have the luxury of enjoying the panoramic views of the action from field side box seats or lawn and terrace seating. Sponsors and fans convene at The Winners Circle to congratulate the players during the awards presentation following the games. Gourmet brunches, après polo celebrations and the prerequisite charitable events will take place in the climate controlled Grand Marquee, the most sought-after Sunday brunch in town.
This Wednesday and Friday, Deeridge Farms will welcome attendees to the seventh of an 11-week series filled with top-tier competitors, horses and nearly $200,000 in prize money. Get your entries in now by clicking here. This is a rare opportunity for jumper riders to compete on the immaculate turf. The event is approaching quickly, so riders should get their entries in to avoid post-entry fees. The stakes are increasing each week as top riders, amateur and professional, vie for their invitation into the $24,750 Invitational Grand Prix Series Finale Saturday, March 22, 2014, and the Leading Rider Bonus.