Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 3, 2016 – Horses and athletes have arrived at Deeridge Farms to kick off the inaugural CP Wellington Masters, presented by Sovaro™, featuring the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington. The private property, owned by the Jacobs Family, will be open to the public for the first major competition of this size ever to be held on the facility grounds. Sixty-six horses turned out for the FEI jog, with one mount being held for re-inspection at 9 a.m on Thursday.
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington runs Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7, with the main event, the $200,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Wellington, scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.
Callan Solem, who has represented the United States on multiple Nations Cup teams, has brought two horses to the event, VDL Wizard and VDL Torlando. “This is such a beautiful venue,” she expressed. “It hasn’t even started yet, and everybody is so grateful to be included in this. The Jacobs really know so much about what it feels like to be at a nice show. I think they did everything that they possibly can. It’s amazing – from the stabling to the sand patch they put in around the stabling so that it’s perfect to work out of. The setting itself is obviously amazing. Everyone is super excited to be here this week showing. It’s going to be awesome.”
Charlie Jacobs, who is the president of the event alongside his brother Louis Jacobs, will be competing as well this week. “It’s great; the feedback so far has been awesome,” noted Charlie. “Fingers crossed the weather holds out and we get to experience Deeridge and all its splendor.”
A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden March 23-28. The top seven athletes from the East Coast U.S., the top three from the West Coast U.S. and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for the final, along with the winners of 15 other leagues around the world.
Deeridge Farms, a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty set in the Village of Wellington will host the event. Owned by the Jacobs family since 1980, the farm has rarely been used for equestrian competitions.
For more information, please visit wellingtonmastersworldcup.com.