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SPY COAST FARM
SPY COAST FARM:
Developing Jumper Series Aims for New
Heights at 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival
By Cristina Longo
The Developing Jumper Series at the Winter Equestrian
Festival (WEF) is the brainchild of Lisa Lourie, owner
of Spy Coast Farm, which has bases in Kentucky, North
Carolina, and Florida, and is also a member of the
Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), the managing
entity of the Palm Beach International Equestrian
Center, Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, and
International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Lourie began her interest in equestrian sport through
the participation of her daughter, Julie, who was an
avid equestrian. Lourie immediately saw the contrast
between the breeding industries in Europe versus
the breeding industry in the United States after
purchasing horses and wanted to actively make a
change for the future sustainability of top sport horse
breeding in the United States.
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2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
One of Lourie's primary goals over the years has been
to make breeding sport horses in America a successful
reality, which she quickly realized also needed to
include the ability to train these young horses as well.
The Developing Jumper Series (DJS) was born as a
low cost way to bring along young horses, keeping
them on par with their contemporaries living in
Europe. It allows young and up coming mounts
to gain valuable show experience, previously cost
prohibitive in America.
In 2017, the DJS had exceptional participation during
WEF, seeing more than 50 entries in the 6 and 7 YearOld Finals classes. The series went on to take place at
the Kentucky Horse Park and the Tryon International
Equestrian Center. Lourie is ecstatic that the series has
seen so much growth and increased participation in
such a short period of time.