Video tour of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Winter Equestrian Festival is a mecca for those who ride in the hunter and jumper disciplines.  The top riders in those disciplines come to compete during the winter season. Here is a short video to  introduce the WEF.

Now lets go on into the showgrounds. First stop is the Grand Hunter ring.

Here is a  chance to see some of the riders in the warm up ring before they go in to compete.

I was at WEF on February 17 and the evening competition, under the  lights, was the The WCHR (World Champion Hunter Rider) $100,000 Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. The top horses and riders had been competing during the week leading up to this to gain a place in this  prestigious  competition.  Before the competition there is a horse inspection or “jog”. Here is a video of the “jog”.

 

With some time to fill in before the evening  I took a wander through the stabling area. Grooms bringing horses, tacked up and in their stable fly sheets, along the horse “sidewalks” to the warm up rings, and riders, grooms and coaches zipping around in golf carts.

Finally the Championship under the lights. This is just a short clip of the start of one ride. The competition consisted of two rounds with the top 12 horse and rider combinations returning for a second round.

 

So that is my video “virtual tour” of the Winter Equestrian Festival. I hope you enjoyed it. I will also be posting , on another day, some of  the photos I took on my visit.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the like… and best to the horses.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You’re welcome and thank you!

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  2. da-AL says:

    I am so impressed, Anne – you are so natural & well spoken — & lovely! tx for the videos – they’re informative, entertaining, & just the right length 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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  3. Anne I felt I was there in the competition place.
    Your virtual video tour made to feel so.
    It is a world of its own.
    Horse being such a Beautiful animal, the Human looks fit and fine in prefect body shape.
    Both the beings while on the ride look extremely made for each other, the look wonderfully nice.
    Thanks for the share.
    Shiva

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Shiva. It is a world of its own.

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  4. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these videos with us!!!! (: (:

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

      Like

  5. Wait until you see the facility at Tryon!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have heard it very highly recommended by the dressage riders i know who have been there. It is the same company that recreated WEF and created the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds: Mark Belissimo and Eqquestrian Sport Productions. I am really looking forward to seeing Tryon. I have media accreditation and I’ll be there for all of the dressage.

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  6. Judy says:

    Thank you so much for a live peek into the event, including behind the scenes!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Judy!

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  7. Thank you for bringing us along on your virtual tour Anne – it looks like a fabulous event! :o) xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is a “very big deal” in the hunter jumper world! Thanks for taking a look.

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    Fantastic! Great videos. You are very good at presenting and narrating the clips. You have a nice steady style – rather like those lovely Hunter taking their jumps in their stride. Thank you for this insight.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Emma! I take your comment as a great compliment. WEF is such a visit to another planet really.

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  9. Cyranny says:

    Very interesting to learn a little more about a universe I knew nothing about not so long ago 🙂 Plus, it was nice to see you “live”, Anne 🙂 xx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! It really is another universe. I will be posting about dressage competitions that i’m taking part in over the next few weeks and they are a bit more in the ‘real’ world.

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      1. Cyranny says:

        It must be so much fun to live your passion to the fullest like that 🙂 I hope you really enjoy your time in Florida!! The weather sure looks amazing xx

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      2. anne leueen says:

        Thanks for this comment! I am living the dream and in the tougher moments of training i remind myself of that!

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