The New Jockey Club at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Opens to Ooohs and Aaahs
Wellington, Florida January 29, 2003 The 2003 Winter
Equestrian Festival at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club began
last week with record-setting entries. Now in its 31st year, the
Festival welcomes the best horses and riders in the world to compete
for over $3 million in prize money during its run in Wellington
Traditionally, in Wellington, a special tent overlooking The International
Arena (where the grand prix classes, among others, take place) has
been set up to cater to the Festivals top owners, trainers
and riders. With 6-person tables historically ranging in price from
$3,000 to $6,000 each, depending upon the location, tent spectators
have enjoyed the best view of the top jumper action.
This year, Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. decided to
upgrade the amenities
thus, the birth of The Jockey Club.
Occupying the same space, Stadium Jumping called upon Dougie Mutch
of Gracie Street Interiors of West Palm Beach to reconfigure and
redecorate the tent. Nicoles Tavern of Wellington was brought
in to serve not only daily lunch, but a continental breakfast as
well. Proper linens, silverware, china and stemware have replaced
plastic forks and paper plates. Wait-staff now provide individualized
service. Crystal chandeliers adorn the ceilings. Flushable toilets
(as opposed to out-houses) and sinks with running water are now
available to Jockey Club members only.
The Jockey Clubs statues, elegantly guarding the entrance
to the tent, will change their colors each week depending upon the
colors of the prior weeks grand prix winning stable.
Jockey Club members, among the crème de la crème of
the equestrian world, unanimously praised the new look and services,
including Jockey Club member Lou Dobbs of CNNs Moneyline.
How much, you might ask? There are 30 front row and 30 back row
tables, serving six people apiece. Each goes for $15,000 during
the Wellington series. A steep price? well, judging from
the early sell-out and A-list waiting list, Stadium Jumping seems
to have captured the mood of the market for yet another time.
Winter Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Gold Coast Classic - January 29 - February 2
Dressage January 30 February 2
Internationale February 5 9
Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19 23
Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Wellington Finale March 5 9
Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13 16
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.