Wellington, FL - January 8, 2014 - The Wellington Turf Tour begins today at Wolfstone Stables as the Ridge at Wellington's !.30m-1.35m Jumpers kick off. Come out to the immaculate Wolfstone Stables located at 13250 Southfields Road for the first exciting event of the season. With $4,000 for grabs, who will take home the first money of the series? Visit www.theridgefarm.com for the prize list and entry blank.
Last winter Nona Garson and George D'Ambrosio responded to a call that long needed answering, introducing the Wellington community to a new way of competition-one that involved rolling grass fields, top tier hospitality and unparalleled competition. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour has returned to the Wellington show scene with resurgence, beginning today, and running for 11 consecutive weeks.
The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour was designed to develop young riders, as well as young horses, and the inaugural event became the talk of the 2013 Wellington circuit with an unprecedented amount of earnings at stake for Level II Jumpers. The event was hailed as the highlight of the season with top riders, amateurs and juniors alike choosing to ride in the invitational series, challenging their young horses to a new experience during the Winter Equestrian Festival. This year the series is back, bigger and better than could have been anticipated, kicking off at Schuyler Riley's Wolfstone Stables in Southfields.
"I think a series like this is really helpful and is something special that will help us create our young horses and allow some of the young riders to get exposed to different venues, different courses and different jumps," Riley stated. "WEF has its own attributes, but The Ridge really brings something new to the industry that we've been missing."
Riley continued, "I think it's a fabulous opportunity for horses and riders to go to different venues, and also to not have all of the costs that are associated with bringing a stable full of horses and staying at WEF for the three months."
Today, competitors can take their turn at the 1.30m-1.35m courses, designed by Pierre Jolicoeur. The 1.30m-1.35m jumper classes will take place side-by-side on their stunning grass field, offering the popular open in gate format. The long anticipated 1.40m Ridge at Wellington Invitational Grand Prix will also find its first home of the series at Wolfstone Stables this Friday, January 10, 2014. Both events run all day beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m. To avoid post entry fees for the $15,000 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, please send in your entries by tomorrow, Thursday, January 9.
Riders have the opportunity to ride over straight from the show grounds, or trailer their horses over while enjoying unparalleled hospitality and quality competition. The Ridge series is the perfect training opportunity to help riders and horses prepare for the classes held at the Winter Equestrian Festival, helping to end the daily grind and prevent complacency throughout the circuit.
Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Friday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.