Winter Circuit~ Who’s Who?
Letter from the Editor
Another loooonnnngggg winter has come and gone- “Good Ridance!” I say. Whatever the season, FLhorse people show. Our world famous FL winter circuits have reached the end of another year. WEF(Winter Equestrian Festival), HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) & TEF (Tampa Equestrian Festival)commence at various points in early winter but WEF takes the record for twelve consecutive showweeks.For those who have never visited the International Equestrian Center in Wellington during the FTIWinter Equestrian Festival, make it a point to go next year. Not only is the entire place crawling withpast, present and future Olympic and top riders, the facilities are beautiful and there’s plenty goingon- several hunter rings and grand prix dressage and show jumping all day every day during the showweeks. Lots of boutique and specialty retail stores are scattered around the grounds if shoppinginterests you.HITS is often cold or wet (or both) but the laid back feel makes up for the weather. Plan to walk all dayor plant yourself at a ring because the area between stabling, facilities and rings is great- and dividedby an old race track.TEF is held at the Bob Thomas Fairgrounds and remains a personal favorite. Unfortunately their showweeks start just before WEF ends and many exhibitors choose to take a break after HITS & WEF, so atleast the early part of TEF is usually light on entrees. The Parade of Champions held on the final day of showing is quite a highlight as circuit champions parade the field at Raymond James stadium justbefore the annual American Invitational grand prix begins.Our grassroots, local shows are vital to the growth of our sport- this is where it all begin. Showmanagement isn’t easy- please support your local associations.Happy & safe riding.
Courtney Bass Weinzimer
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