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Jocelyn Morrero and Indigo swept the 2'3" Equitation Division

Eduardo Salas and Balou

Courtney Swan and her student

Netherlands Native Charlotte Van Breeman and Quincy

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Citrus Series Saturday Show Is Super

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: James Lala's Wellington Quarantine
Release Date: 2014-02-24

Numbers Growing as More Discover Citrus Series Benefits

Wellington, FL – February 24, 2014 – Saturday was a perfect day to show at the new Citrus Series at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at Okeeheelee Park. The show series, managed by James Lala and his Lala Land Productions, is growing in popularity as trainers and riders discover the ideal setting that the series management creates, especially for developing horses and amateurs looking for mileage or confidence over hunter, jumper and equitation courses.

“The hunter, jumper and equitation courses are set and available at each height, at the same time,” said Lala. “The classes at the same height may be ridden in any order. The beauty of the format is that trainers may hop on and ride in a warm-up if their student is having difficulties. Then the student can get back in the ring. I have yet to see a rider leave without a sense of accomplishment and improvement.”

Additional unique features of the show include the options for warm-ups and do-overs so that riders can accomplish a great deal in one affordable show outing. 

“When do you get the chance at a show to compete with the option to return over the same course, same height and same conditions?” asked Lala.  “I am really pleased that we seeing all levels of riders and horses at Citrus Series.  For example, just this week we had some Olympians and international grand prix riders and older adult riders showing for the first time.  It is the perfect way to prepare developing horses and riders for the bigger, AA circuits, like WEF.”

Courtney Swan trains at Delray Equestrian Center and brought nine horses and 10 riders to show at Citrus Series. “The staff was great and James (Lala) is awesome!” said Swan. “The courses were well put together, nice flowers - very colorful. We like that!”

Swan’s clients racked up ribbons and gained experience at Citrus Series.

“Not everyone can do WEF,” explained Swan. “Citrus Series provides an option to get people out of the barn so they can show. They had a blast!”

Steve and Heidi Lengyel’s Wall Street Farm was well-represented at the show. Jocelyn Morrero and Indigo swept the 2’3” equitation division and Hannah Bentz and Alexandra Malys earned  respectable ribbons and invaluable experience from the show.

“I think what James is doing is a very good thing, especially in the wintertime, because it gives the kids a place to show at a quality facility where they have a chance to improve and move forward,” said Steve Lengyel. “Not everybody is ready to show at WEF and it gives them an affordable alternative for show-quality jumps and courses. I think it is a great idea. Everyone is nice and goes out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time. It is a show about exhibitors and for exhibitors versus show management.”

Trainer Courtney Yecker brought a number of clients to compete at Citrus Series, including two students moving up, one with a new horse. Both will show at WEF but Citrus Series served as a the perfect venue to get their feet wet at the new height and division. Yecker also brought an over-60 rider that just started jumping and another student who flew in for the weekend to show.

“It is super organized,” said Yecker. “The jumps are fantastic. The ring and the upkeep of the schooling area was really nice and the courses were amazing.”

Her clients responded well to the atmosphere at Citrus Series. “They rode wonderfully,” Yecker said of her clients.

“Citrus Series is offering a less expensive, quality show to compliment the top-notch competition that already exists in Wellington,” Lala said. “When the word gets out it will mean more horses and more business for Wellington and the larger shows. It is a win-win!”

Citrus Series returns on Tuesday, March 11 and 18 for hunters and jumpers and on Saturday, March 22 for hunters, jumpers and equitation. 

Those interested in photos from Saturday’s show, visit:

About Citrus Series Horse Shows
The unique features of the show are designed to help trainers, developing horses and riders achieve their goals affordably. Professionals and adults may ride ponies. If time permits, competitors can do do-overs to make sure the horse and rider leave the ring with a positive learning experience. A user-friendly class schedule and sale horse identifiers provide an opportunity to market sale horses.

Owners, breeders, riders, trainers and their assistants are encouraged to bring their up-and- coming horses and riders to come experience Citrus Series, at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Okeeheelee Park is a close, convenient high-quality facility. Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is located just three miles /five minutes from the intersection of 441 and Forest Hill Boulevard.

Call us at: (561) 906-6668 if you need a shipper.

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2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

What:  New high-quality horse show series especially for developing horses and riders.

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at Okeeheelee Park
             7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
             West Palm Beach, FL 33413 
Tuesday, March 11 and March 18, 2014 - Hunters & Jumpers Starting at 11 a.m. and After Dark
Under the Lights
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Hunters Jumpers and Equitation with an 8 a.m. start.

Contact Information:
Before Show
Telephone: (561) 906-6668
Fax: (561) 798-1332

During Show
Show Office: (941) 527-6602
Stable Office Telephone: (561) 906-6668


Manager:  Lala Land Productions, LLC, James Lala  (561) 906-6668-
Secretary: Susie Morrissey
Veterinarian: Reid and Associates
Farrier: Ignacio Cardenas
Stabling: James Lala

Upcoming Dates

Citrus Series Shows

March 11
March 18                    

March 22, 2014

April 19, 2014

May 10, 2014

June 15, 2014 

July 20, 2014

August 16, 2014

September TBA

October 25, 2014

November 15, 2014

Citrus Series Finale - December 13-14, 2014

Citrus Series USEF Rated Shows

USEF C-Rated- June 14, 2014

USEF C-Rated - June 21 and 28, 2014

USEF C-Rated - July 19, 2014

USEF C-Rated - July 26, 2014

USEF A-Rated Show Castlewood Farm’s Citrus Festival Show - August 1-3, 2014

Citrus Series Homestretch I USEF Rated  - August 11, 2014
(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 12, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

Citrus Series Homestretch II USEF Rated  - August 13, 2014
(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 14, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

Directions to Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Okeeheelee Park
FROM the Intersection of Forest Hill Blvd and US 441 / SR 7
Follow Forest Hill Blvd East for 2.7 miles. Take a right (South) into Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at Okeeheelee Park.


Official Veterinary Clinic

Reid and Associates Equine Clinic

Floridian Community Bank


Crypto Aero Whole Food Horse Feed

James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine

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