Florida

Florida has long been a winter haven for equestrian enthusiasts. Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, which draws over 250,000 visitors yearly. The festival runs from January through March, and is the largest and longest running horse show featuring the best riders in their class, with both show jumping and dressage competitions. It is hosted by the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, which has 500 acres and 18 competition areas. A highlight of the festival is the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix, featuring the most celebrated jumpers in front of 10,000 fans, with entertainment, food and vendors.

Running concurrently is the Palm Beach International Polo Season at the nearby Polo Club Palm Beach. Here you can watch the world’s top riders and ponies compete in some of the most prestigious tournaments.

In addition to these equestrian spectating opportunities the area offers bountiful shops, galleries, restaurants and a quick drive to the relaxing beaches of the eastern coastline.

  Peak Season

January, February, March, December


  Timezone in Florida

Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)


  International Airports

Wellington International Airport (WLG)


Climate in Florida

The ride in Florida is available December through March. Temperatures during that time frame are in the 60s and 70s.

  Average Temperature

77 °F » 57 °F


Florida Travel Tips

The farm is 15 minutes from the Palm Beach airport, where it’s best to rent a car.

 


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Florida Dressage Getaway

This destination is the winter base for the team that runs our dressage program in Massachusetts. If you are searching for top quality dressage instruction, well trained school horses, and the added benefit of an escape from winter weather then this is the right choice. Regardless of your dressage experience the instructors can help improve your seat, the effectiveness and timing of your aids and your understanding of the discipline. An added benefit is the opportunity to watch the... Read more

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... I actually could feel the change in my riding and the horse's way of going - I experienced collection and lightness. 2nd ride of 3rd day - final for the trip - was absolutely amazing - sitting on and assisting a horse while the instructor guided him through all of the movements of a Grand Prix test - wow! - I was hooked - and by then I was getting a little more comfortable in my surroundings - I didn't want to leave. Now to start saving my pennies do do it all over again!

Kristin Soares

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