2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 4
WELCOME FROM MARK AND KATHERINE BELLISSIMO
Katherine & Mark Bellissimo
Welcome to the 2018 season of the Winter Equestrian Festival - we have long awaited the
return of exhibitors, their families, and our loyal spectators for what is sure to be another
fantastic season of top show jumping and equestrian competition.
This year marks nearly forty years of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the beginning of a
renaissance for equestrian sport in South Florida. Each year we see the best travel our little
slice of heaven to take advantage of the incredible weather, wonderful atmosphere, and
In an effort to continue expanding, exploring, and generating new opportunities for our
competitors, we're eager to unveil several new innovative competitions, vendor areas, and
activities around the WEF grounds throughout the season for your enjoyment. As this
show continues to grow, we want our organization to grow in tandem, providing the best
place to come and not only compete, but learn and experience during your time in us here
We've been overwhelmed with the amount of support our partnership group has received
over the years and thank you for the continued belief in our mission to expand and expose
equestrian sport to new audiences. We also would like to thank our generous sponsors for
their dedicated commitment to ensuring the success of this horse show each season.
The 2018 edition of WEF will once again feature many of the seasonal highlights that
make these twelve weeks some of the best in the world. The $75,000 Battle of the Sexes
presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center will kick off competition on Saturday,
January 13, before we welcome one of our favorite evenings just a few weeks later. The
Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® will take place this year on
Saturday, February 3, and feature the tales of Hollywood, both new and old, as we honor
a night for the stars. Our four CSI 5* competitions each season showcase the best of the
best in our sport and are always the pinnacle of top competition during the circuit.
We're pleased to announce that the crowd favorite $150,000 U.S. Trust Nations Cup
CSIO 4* will now be hosted on Saturday, March 3, as we look forward to seeing another
year of enthusiastic international rivalry between teams and spectators. Our season will
conclude this year with the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, the most prestigious of
classes hosted during the season on Saturday, March 31.
We wish all of our competitors this season the best of luck!
Mark & Katherine Bellissimo
CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions & CMO Equestrian Sport Productions
Managing Partners of the Wellington Equestrian Partners
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL