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Thank God Itís Friday! The Ridge at Wellington Announces Hunter Derby Days Featuring $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 National Hunter Derby

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: The Ridge Farm
Release Date: 2014-01-23

Wellington, FL – January 23, 2014 – Mark your calendars now for the Ridge at Wellington’s inaugural Hunter Derby Days! The Ridge at Wellington will give a new meaning to “TGIF” when their $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby take center stage at the Ridge at Wellington on Friday, February 7 and Friday, March 21, 2014. Entries will fill fast as the top hunter riders in the nation gather for a battle of the best on the turf. Part of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour, the International and National Hunter Derbies are the perfect fit into the Wellington Winter Circuit as riders prepare for the steadily approaching hunter derbies at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

“I am very excited to have some new options for the hunter derbies during the circuit,” professional hunter rider Louise Serio said. “I think it is a great opportunity for the horses and the riders to show at a new location. It gives us more options. There is only one derby during WEF, and it is at the end of the season. It is also one of the hardest events we do all year. Hopefully this will offer some courses that the young horses can gain some experience over and the more seasoned horses can compete, too.”

On February 7 and March 21, 2014, the turf at the Ridge at Wellington will transform into a picturesque hunt field, reminiscent of the traditional hunt fields of the past. Shrubbery, flowers and natural obstacles will fill the open field as the inaugural $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will commence. Running concurrently in the sand arena will be the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Kenneth Krome will design the first derbies of 2014 at the Ridge of Wellington, testing both horse and rider alike as they take on the daunting obstacles. Robert Crandall, Nancy Hall, Leo Conroy and Holly Orlando will judge the first week of the Ridge at Wellington Hunter Derby Days. For the second event of the series Dee Thomas, Linda Andrisani, Gary Duffy and Daniel Robertshaw will scrutinize each round and name the winner.

The Ridge at Wellington Hunter Derbies are the epitome of what the show world strives to accomplish. With unparalleled hospitality, and the careful and knowledgeable minds of Olympian Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the Hunter Derby Days are a horse show run by horsemen for horsemen.

In the world of hunter derbies, The Ridge at Wellington provides an exhilarating opportunity for riders of all levels. As a stand-alone derby day, the national and international classes are fully dedicated to showcasing and perfecting the derby classes with ideal turf that rivals the traditional fox hunting fields, reveling in the sport and athleticism of the horse.

This premiere state-of-the-art facility offers the best of the equestrian sports with varying competition levels. Their shows offer a wide array of classes, as well as generous prize money and sponsorship opportunities. Located only two miles from the prestigious Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the Ridge at Wellington offers one of the most centrally located horse shows in Wellington.

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The Ridge at Wellington introduces their all-new Hunter Derby Days with the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

The Ridge at Wellington includes two standalone derby days filled with top competition and impressive prize money up for grabs.

The Ridge at Wellington

14415 Palm Beach Pt. Blvd
Wellington, FL 33414
Barn & Show Phone 561-791-1471 | Barn Fax 561-791-1543



FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014


Ring Dimensions:

Schooling Ring: 110 ft. x 180 ft.

Sand Ring: 245 ft. x 160 ft.

Both rings are sand and fine mixed all weather footing

Grand Prix Field: 550 ft. x 300 ft.


From the Florida Turnpike: Take the exit for LakeWorth Road West. Continue on Lake Worth Road approximately 6 miles to South Shore Blvd. Make a left on South Shore Blvd. Continue to the stop sign at 50th Street. Make a Right on 50th Street. Continue to Stables Way and make a right. Continue to the end of Stables Way and make a right on Palm Beach Point Blvd. Driveway to farm is 50 feet on the left.

From Route 95: Take the exit for Forest Hill Blvd West. Continue on Forest Hill Blvd to South Shore Blvd. Make a left on South Shore Blvd. Once on South Shore Blvd, continue straight at light at Pierson Road and again straight through the intersection at Lake Worth Road, to the stop sign at 50th Street. Make a Right on 50th Street. Continue to Stables Way and make a right. Continue to the end of Stables Way and make a right on Palm Beach Point Blvd. Driveway to farm is 50 feet on the left.

Before Show - (561) 791-1471, Email:
During Show - Telephone: (561) 791-1471, Fax: (561) 791-1543

Text: (908) 500-0996



Nona Garson
14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd. East

Wellington, FL, 33414

(561) 791-1471 (show office)

(908) 839-3859 (show cell)

(561) 791-1543 (show fax)



Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc. 

Media Contact:

Kendall Bierer

Cell: 561.309.9873


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