The season of ponies with pomp and circumstance has descended upon Wellington, located in the heart of The Palm Beaches. The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) has once again returned to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The 2021 edition brings an expanded schedule of equestrian events through Sunday, April 4. Not only is WEF the largest annual sporting event in Palm Beach County, but it is also the longest-running equestrian event in the world, attracting both national and international athletes. Because of the pandemic, many events in Europe were cancelled. With the rescheduling of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many international countries will use WEF as their Olympic selection trials.
Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is offering fully produced live streams for Saturday Night Lights, grand prix classes, and other major events free of charge for people watching from home. ESP President Michael Stone shared, “We are going to work with Olympic and World Equestrian Games announcer Steven Wilde to make it a full presentation with interviews and more to make the live stream fun and interesting to watch.” Wellington Equestrian Partners and the Village of Wellington will also co-sponsor equestrian events to broadcast on Channel 18 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T. Due to health and safety concerns surrounding the pandemic, spectators and general public are not allowed at PBIEC, but ESP looks forward to welcoming the community and equestrian fans back in 2022. For more, visit pbiec.coth.com.