Winter Equestrian Festival Returns to Florida

15 Jan, 2020

The Winter Equestrian Festival has returned to The Palm Beaches from now through March 29, 2020 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. The Winter Equestrian Festival and The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has produced a great partnership since 1994. The event has enjoyed a 39-year history that has seen the festival become the county’s largest sporting event and the longest running equestrian event of its kind in the world. The event attracts athletes and spectators from all over the globe.

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will once again play host to the prestigious event. The center is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in the United States. It encompasses a total of 500 acres, and the competition arenas alone cover 80 acres. All 18 arenas feature state-of-the-art sand footing, and the main International Arena is surrounded by stadium and box seating as well as hospitality pavilions that are available for private events. The main grounds house more than 250 permanent equine stalls, horse trails, pedestrian paths, golf cart tracks and dedicated shopping areas.

The three-month festival brings spectators from around the globe to Wellington that creates a massive economic impact for Palm Beach County. Over the course of the event, an economic impact of $89 million dollars is expected to reach the county.

“Each year, The Palm Beaches is home to the biggest and best equestrian event in the world. The world-class facilities in the heart of Wellington bring the equestrian sports representatives from around the globe,” said Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director, George Linley. “The equestrian world will once again turn to Palm Beach County for an exciting three months of competition set in the picturesque destination that is The Palm Beaches.”

General admission is free throughout the season to all events. Each show week starts on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday with at least one major competition on a Saturday night or afternoon. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit https://pbiec.coth.com/. 

About Palm Beach County Sports Commission - The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.



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