Stadium Jumping Hosts Forum for Wellington International Equestrian Arena
Wellington, FL - July 26, 2007 - Stadium Jumping Inc. hosted a gathering of concerned residents and property owners Thursday night at Players Club in a continuing discussion of its move to the new, world-class equestrian facility planned in Wellington.
This was the fourth public forum hosted by Stadium Jumping Inc., and they have listened to input and implemented changes to the overall master plan for the Wellington International Equestrian Arena (WIEA). Panelists included Gene Mische and John Canavan of Stadium Jumping, Inc., Dean Turney, designer Robert Jolicoeur and Tim Sharp, an engineer with CH2M Hill and project manager for WIEA.
The master plan will be presented to the Wellington Planning, Zoning and Adjustment (PZA) board on Thursday (August 2).
Mische and the other panelists urged all equestrians in favor of the project to attend these meetings and let those in charge understand the passion equestrians have in favor of the new facility.
The new facility is located at the southeast end of Wellington and will have 13 rings, five more than is at the current location.
"We are on the right track to have the best facility not only in the United States, but one of the best in the world," said Mische. "The new facility will be 179-plus acres, about 80 percent bigger than we've ever had in the past. Now we're using about 70 acres.
"We hope to be in the new site by 2009, the competition portion, added Mische. "There will not be any construction while the horse show is going on." Mische also expects that all the stabling will be in tents during the first year.
Jolicoeur, a world-renowned designer, showed updated drawings and explained some of the operational aspects, including trailer parking, hacking access, and vehicle ingress and egress.
Among topics discussed were improving access for trainers so they will not have to walk back and forth across the large property 10 times a day, the possibility of underground irrigation and adding shelters and landscaping to improve shaded seated areas for spectators.
Mische also addressed concerns regarding the dressage community, saying there will be a covered arena with box seats and a good sound system.
"We're definitely thinking about dressage," said Mische.
Mische also said security was a concern and cameras will be installed in the barn area. No topic was off limits. Even additional bathrooms in the barn area were discussed.
Near the end, newly appointed Stadium Jumping Inc. president John Canavan was introduced and spoke briefly and passionately about the future.
"Staying in our current location was not an option," said Canavan. "One of our goals was to stay in Wellington. One of our goals was to create a great facility, but remember that nothing is perfect. There is no perfect solution to every issue affecting this new facility, but we're trying to find the best solution to every issue.
"Stadium Jumping is in the service business, whether you're a rider, trainer, owner or spectator. When you walk out (at the end of the day), we want you to be really excited about your experience at the showgrounds."
About Stadium Jumping Inc.
Stadium Jumping currently operates and manages major hunter/jumper and dressage events in Wellington at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The major events held at the showgrounds are:
-National Horse Show. One of America's oldest and most prestigious shows that has been running since 1883.
-Winter Equestrian Festival. Nearly 5,000 horses show at this event that features over $4 million in prize money.
-Nation's Cup. The first Five Star equestrian event ever held in the United States.
One of the world's largest and most respected producers of equestrian events, Stadium Jumping, Inc. has produced the highly successful Winter Equestrian Festival since its inception in Wellington, Florida, in 1979. The company also manages the National Horse Show and Family Festival, now in its fifth year at the same show grounds. Before the equestrian tour moved to Wellington, Stadium Jumping created and operated the long-running Sunshine Circuit in other parts of Florida. The company also manages equestrian events in Lake Placid, NY; New Albany, Ohio; Tampa, FL; Cleveland, Ohio; and Charlotte, NC.