With the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival coming to an end on April 1st, there is a lot to talk about. For more than four decades the festival has welcomed enthusiasts and athletes to participate in one of the most competitive shows in the world. The reigning World #1 rider, Kent Farrington, as well as top internationally ranked Mclain Ward and Eric Lamaze, call Wellington their home for these winter months of competition.
This circuit WEF has welcomed new sponsors. Equinimity LLC became the new title sponsor of the WEF Challenge Cup that is held each Thursday. The prize money ranged from $35,000 to $132,000. Hollow Creek Farm will take presenting honors for the 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic classes. This class took place throughout the circuit at PBIEC, Equestrian Village, and on the Derby Field until the final class which was held under the lights March 24th. The world’s top riders continued to compete in the Under 25 Grand Prix Series presented by Hermes.
The highlight of WEF and typically a crowd drawer is “Saturday Night Lights”. The International Ring features an international Grand Prix under the lights each Saturday of the circuit. Weeks 5, 7, 9, and 12 are when the CSI 5* Grand Prix classes, the highest designation of international show jumping in the sport take/took place. Top rider and horse combinations will compete and this includes four FEI World Ranking classes. Week 12 of the circuit is when the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix, the most prestigious international class, will take place.
So much as happened in these twelve weeks of competition, and as the Winter Equestrian Festival comes to a close, the competition is not slowing down.