Spree - Winter Equestrian Festival Style Saddles, Silver, And Sensual
FL - February 9, 2004 - While topnotch equestrian competition is
the centerpiece of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
Florida, there's also another draw that many shopping aficionados
have discovered - the tents, trailers, vans and RVs located throughout
the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds, colorfully decorated
and filled to the brim with gifts, apparel, tack, jewelry, and art.
There is also a wealth of professionals open for business, making
it easy to shop for services ranging from flowers to photography
to physical therapy. And several food courts provide shady table
seating for the variety of eateries. There are 78 vendors open for
business at the horse show, making a Winter Equestrian Festival
shopping spree an opportunity not to be missed. Here's a sampling
of some of the unique shopping experiences awaiting spectators:
There's no need to hop a plane for Paris or Manhattan, the
Hermes 'boutique' not only has the merchandise, but it's all displayed
in a beautiful setting, complete with a gorgeous wire-form horse
sculpture from the Madison Avenue shop.
Saddles are the main focus. The 'Corlandus' dressage saddle is one
of the most popular items, retailing at $4,100. For the hunter/jumpers,
there's the 'Selle Essentielle' at $3,950.
For Fido, you can pick up 'The Kelly' in the Hermes dog collars
line, which is based on the famous Hermes Kelly bag, complete with
a little non-functional lock for detail, selling at $480 in green,
red, or orange.
Designed as a jumping or dressage coat, the Grand Prix riding jackets
for men and women are available in blue, black and sometimes gray
bearing price tags from $980 to $1200.
Of course you'll find the famous Hermes silk scarves in an assortment
of equestrian patterns. And check out the new 'Hermes Twillie' -
you can tie it around your neck or your wrist and it comes in a
number of different patterns - 'Bubbles' on an orange background
is an exclusive for the Madison Avenue and Paris shops, but it's
also available here for $110.
A good collection of equestrian print Hermes ties for men is on
display - they're $130.
Your horse couldn't be dressed any more elegantly than in one of
the Hermes 'Moorbrook Dress Sheets'. They are available in navy,
ardoise (slate), orange, and rouge with gold trim, retailing at
$600 or $660 for the fitted. A unique blanket is the 'Tyrol', which
comes in a distinct violet color and sells for $600.
Two unisex fragrances make perfect gifts - Eau d'Orange Verte eau
de cologne, is a sport fragrance for $75 and the stronger Un Jardin
en Mediterrane eau de toilette spray sells for $120.
To take care of your new leather items, there's the Hermes Saddle
Soap, Hermes Saddle Oil, Hermes Balm, and Hermes Lait Nettoya -
prices range from $15 to $30.
And everyone always appreciates the magnificent orange Hermes boxes,
which are available for almost everything in the shop but the saddles.
"We're here for the whole season," said William Whitehead,
Equestrian Sales Marketing Manager for Hermes. "We come here
because it's such a great congregation of riders from all over the
country and also the world. It's a great way to present Hermes and
the equestrian line that Hermes makes for riders to a very broad
swathe of today's riders."
Lior Barzilay's silver 'shop' aptly called 'Unusual
Silver' has been located at the same spot overlooking the Internationale
Arena for nine consecutive years. Buying a piece of sterling silver
from Lior has become something of an annual tradition. Originally
from Israel, Lior represents silver designers from across the country
and around the world.
On display are rows and rows of bracelets, rings, and earrings -
almost any mode of jewelry you can imagine, and many with a horsy
theme, with prices ranging from $25 to $150.
According to Lior, his most popular items are his silver serving
pieces. "That's my trademark, everybody knows me for those,"
he says. "Almost all have horses on them." You'll find
serving pieces for bread, cake, punch, spaghetti, gravy, ice cream,
and cheese, as well as large spoons and forks.
On display is also a fun collection of silver statues including
the three monkeys in their 'Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No
Evil' trilogy, sporty golfers in full swing, magnificently posed
stallions, and even turtles - which have proven to be a hot item!
One-of-a kind statues include a copper stallion for $570 and a bronze
estate piece stallion for $590.
Functional horsy-themed items include bronze horse-head coat hooks.
And one of the cutest lines is the collection of small pillboxes
made of hand-painted porcelain in a hunting theme. They are available
at $75 each.
"Everyone loves things with animals on them," says Lior.
Three Wellington artists joined up for their own
'show' - Susan Saladino, Carol Brody, and Norman Gitzen. You can't
miss their display as you walk from the spectators' entrance to
the rings - languishing about the flowerbeds are human forms in
poses that Saladino refers to as "sensual rather than sexy."
They are made of chickenwire! Saladino created a series of 12 of
these uniquely hand-built garden sculptures and has four remaining
on display. The single figures sell for $3,500 and the double for
Also on display is Saladino's Madonna series of paintings about
being kind and loving to animals. "I see the Madonna figure
as more spiritual than religious in this context. She's the epitome
of maternal bonding," explained Saradino. A painting of a carousel
horse is on display, which is the start of her next series entitled
A huge mantel made of pine wood, marble and cast stone horse figures
is in the back of the boutique and is truly a functional piece of
art. Created by Norman Gitzen, who specializes in architectural
sculptures and fine woodworking, the piece was taken directly from
Gitzen's home for the show - a photo album of the artist's abode
reveals a castle-like structure that is his 'work in progress' and
features unique displays of additional artwork from door knockers
You'll be sure to find an appropriate gift from Carol Brody's collection
of hand-carved alabaster items, made with a unique sense of humor.
Her 'Cheeky Cheeks' collection contains sensuous human derrieres
ranging in price from $100 to $300.
Her beautiful 'Pocket Hearts' are hand-carved in alabaster, slipped
into a silk mesh purse with silk tie, ranging from $25 to $50.
And specifically created for the horse show, Brody hand-carved a
series of alabaster 'Horses Asses' - yes, the rear end with a tail,
price tags range from $75 to $250. There's also a 'Horse's Ass'
T-shirt for $20.
Brody also creates bronze sculptures and has a Tina Turner in bronze
on display at $6,000.
a lot more to shop for at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Here's
a list and location of all 78 vendors:
- Dressage Area
Altemus, Michelle - Dressage Area
Ann Gittens - Courtyard
Ann Hubbard - Food Court
B and B Saddlery - Dressage Area
BJ's Hunt Room - Hill
Baxter House LLC - Courtyard
Bevels Saddlery - Food Court
CAP Silver - Hill
C C International - Food Court
Cashmere Cowgirls- Hill
Clothes Line Laundry - Behind Show Office
CJ Varnum Floral - Food Court
CM Hadfields - Food Court
Christian Blackman Art - Hill
The Chronicle - Courtyard
Cotton Patch - Food Court
Custom Cartoon - Food Court
Dandy Products - Food Court
Der Dau - Courtyard
Don Dever - Food Court
Diana Reuter Twining - Food Court
El Mariachi Inc - Dressage Area
Eliz Locke Jewels - Courtyard
Equine Tack - Dressage Area
Equisport, LLC - Dressage Area
Eqonaire Products - Dressage Area
Ermilio Clothier - Food Court
Euro American - Dressage Area
Eyes of Wellington - Courtyard
Faith Designs - Hill
Fairlawns, LLC - Hill
Farmvet.com - Food Court
Folio Fino - Food Court
Fox Run Ltd - Hill
Gifted Paddock - Courtyard
Hawaiian Lomi Group - Dressage Area
Hermes - Dressage Area
Jan Lukens Portraits - Dressage Area
Johnson & Wales - Courtyard
Kadco EZ Life Product - Dressage Area
Kocher Tack - Food Court
McGuinn Farms - Dressage Area
Morgan Stanley - Hill
Mustphoto, Inc. - Courtyard
Natures Earth Products - Dressage Area
Nextel - Courtyard
Personalized Products - Food Court
Peace Point Farm- Hill
Pinnell Custom Leather - Courtyard
Premier Dressage Arena - Dressage Area
Regal Crown - Food Court
Royal Reflections - Dressage Area
Romanctic Room - Hill
Running Fox Equestrian - Dressage Area
Saddlers Bench - Dressage Area
Schleese Saddlery - Dressage Area
Sellerie De France - Food Court
Sharon Lynn Cambell - Hill
Sho Clothes - Dressage Area
Sinbad Glue - Dressage Area
Smart Pak - Dressage Area
Sterling on the Square- Hill
Swett Signs - Dressage Area
Tavern on the Green - Hill
Time to be Ribbons - Dressage Area
The Mixed Bag - Courtyard
Thomas Coon - Hill
Trendline Marketing - Courtyard
Turner & Co. - Hill
Twos Company of NY - Hill
Unusual Silver - Hill
Vander Moore Designs - Hill
Vogel Boots - Courtyard
Wilson and Davidson - Food Court
Windsor Manor - Food Court
Woody's - Dressage Area
Zest of the West - Food Court
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on
Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information,
visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.