In addition to the Grand Prix and 1.30-1.35M field, a second grass arena at IPC hosted Low, Medium, and High Schooling jumper classes over both days, as well as 5, 6, and 7-Year-Old divisions, a Junior/Adult Amateur Classic, and Speed/Jump Off classes. The 13-week show series is a unique addition to Wellington’s growing winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, more than $400,000 in prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere.
Thanks to the generosity of the Turf Tour’s newest sponsor, Bright’s Creek, the winner of Friday’s Junior/Amateur Owner Classic and Grand Prix will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to their beautiful destination in the mountains of North Carolina. From equestrian activities and fine dining to luxury accommodations and an exclusive BMW Off Road Excursion through 7.2 miles of wilderness trails, hardwood forests, and ancient rock formations, the Turf Tour’s competition now have even more reason to put their best foot forward as Bright Creek will be sponsoring the Grand Prix and Junior/Amateur Owner Classic through the rest of the season. For more information visit the Bright’s Creek website.
The laid back, ‘show when you like’ atmosphere adds to the Tour’s unique character, and offers an exceptional opportunity for young horses and advancing riders, as well as seasoned international competitors, to hone their skills at a variety of venues reminiscent of prestigious show jumping competitions around Europe. Numerous perks greet riders, from a door-to-door equine shuttle service provided by Meadowbrook Transport and free breakfast and lunch for all competitors, to the natural turf footing and incredible host venues. Organized by Olympic show jumper Nona Garson, her partner, George D’Ambrosio, and manager, Craig Bergman, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was bringing back the old world flair to jumper classes, staging competitions on springy, natural turf surfaces away from the intensity of other show grounds. Week 9’s competition will take place at The Wanderer’s Club on Wednesday and Friday, March 2nd and 4th.
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