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Citrus Series Attracts International and Local Regulars

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: James Lala's Wellington Quarantine
Release Date: 2014-03-13

Trainers and Riders Get Hooked on the Convenience and Affordability  

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2014 – Citrus Series Horse Shows at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center at Okeeheelee Park is establishing an ever-growing group of regular attendees. Comprised of both International and local riders and trainers, this new group of regulars agree that Citrus Series has built an ideal setting for professionals to bring their developing horses for an easy-going outing and for amateurs to gain confidence over both hunter and jumper courses.

The first of two March Tuesday afternoon shows was held on March 11 and was attended by horses and riders from a wide range of levels and abilities, all who benefited from the unique format.

Bertrand Le Griffon trains hunters and jumpers alongside his wife Denielle Gallagher-Le Griffon, an international dressage rider at Remapo Equestrian Center in Suffern, NY. He brought Annie McFee to show two young horses, Le Griffon returned with Annie McFee after experiencing the February Citrus Series show. He knew the facility because his wife had competed in dressage at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.

“I think it’s great because I have a lot of young horses,” said Le Griffon about the Citrus Series shows. “It’s very easy and relaxed for the young horses to get in the ring and learn with no pressure. We have the time to do the right thing.”

“I like the big ring because even the big horses have room to turn and all the lines are easy, the jumps have these beautiful flowers and walls and the footing is very good,” said Le Griffon. “I think it’s great to use this facility for the jumpers, and I just really love the Citrus Series. We rode two horses last week and I’m going to bring maybe four next week, we’re very excited about it.” 

Robert Matz from Coatesville, PA and trained by Lynn Caristo Forgione returned with his horse Wise Guy to compete in the .80m-.85m jumpers. Matz is the son of famed international grand prix rider turned successful racehorse trainer, Michael Matz and his wife, Dee Dee Matz. Dee Dee Matz shared how much she appreciates how easy it is to show at Citrus Series, to know when you show and get in and out in a reasonable time frame.

Regulars Darragh Kerins, Maarten Huygens and Morgan Kennedy brought several horses. Kevin and Diana Babington and Sissy Wickes also returned with developing horses.

Join the fun at Citrus Series when it returns on Tuesday, March 18 and on Saturday, March 22 for hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

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.

For entries rates- go to: or call  (561) 906-6668.

Click here for the Tuesday Schedule.

Click here for the Saturday Schedule.

For more about the Citrus Series go to:

2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

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

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Cente
             Okeeheelee Park
             7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
             West Palm Beach, FL 33413 
Tuesday, 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. sta

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-
Secretaries: Susie Morrissey
Veterinarian: Reid and Associates
Farrier: Ignacio Cardenas
Stabling: James Lala
Judge: Carol Coleman Wellington, FL USEF “R”-rated 

Upcoming Dates

Citrus Series Shows

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.


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