Saying goodbye to Horse Central

For the past 3.5 months we have been in Wellington Florida. This is Horse Central. Between the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington International ( formerly known at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center or PBIEC to its’ friends!) where there is a horse show that is the longest lasting one in the world spanning 12 weeks with literally thousands of horses competing in the hunter and jumper classes. Also there is the Global Dressage Festival with several CDI competitions ranging from 1* to 5*. Anywhere you go you can see signs like this.

Horse crossing ahead.
The yellow light tells drivers that there is a horse and rider or groom crossing at the lights ahead.
Here is a rider now, heading to the intersection. She has come from the Wellington International showgrounds.
You can just see that on her right there is a white pole with a button, just at the right height for a horse and rider, that she will press to get the lights to change and allow her to cross.
They will wait for a few moments and when the lights have changed and traffic has stopped they can cross.

The other day, while I was hand grazing Biasini, I decided to count how many horse trailers came past on the road at the front of the farm. In just three minutes I saw: two European style horse boxes, two four or six horse ,fifth wheel, truck and trailers, and two stock trailers that carry polo ponies. They can have up to 12 horses on those trailers. There are so many horses all on the move to the horse shows, or to the polo matches. At the barn where Biasini is staying there are five four horse trailers and one two horse trailer. Sometimes there will be a visiting horse. One visitor came in a very fancy trailer.

Below is a closer look .
This trailer is owned by the Duttas. The Dutta Corporation has been flying horses, for thirty years, all over the world. Hence the words on the side of the trailer: “We give horses wings.” Here is a photo of the front of the trailer and the flags of the countries they fly to.
This is the scene at the Global Dressage Festival. One six horse trailer departing and a four or six horse trailer arriving. These trailers will also have a room, at the front, with space for tack storage or dressing room. Maneuvering a trailer this large in a small parking lot is not for the faint of heart!

So that is a glimpse into my Horse Central world of the last few months. The shows have wound down and the snowbirds are heading north. My husband and I will be joining them early tomorrow morning as we drive home to Ontario. Biasini will follow later, with the other Oakcrest farm horses, in a commercial trailer. I’m sure he will be “Speaking” about it!

22 Comments Add yours

  1. realriderz says:

    Wellington is actually insane

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is but it’s fun.

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  2. Prior... says:

    What a fun place to stay for a few months!
    And the Duttas have an awesome trailer
    Safe travels
    Anne

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  3. Pepper says:

    What a busy place. Have a safe trip back home, Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Irene. We have arrived home safely.

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  4. J.W.S. says:

    Wow, busy spot. Stay safe as you travel back north.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is very busy in the winter season but thing quieten down now. Thanks for commenting JWS.

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  5. Avery says:

    Thank you, as always, for sharing! I love being able to follow along from afar!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Avery!
      I am so glad you.enjoy my Welly World reports.🙂

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  6. Michele Lee says:

    Impressive photos! Safe travels.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Michele. We are in Colomba SC now and tonight Pittsburg..

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        I am sure there will be many photo opps. Enjoy!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Thanks Michele!

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  7. Diana says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all those great photos of where you were during your time in Florida! Horse Central is almost an understatement!! Haha, I Love it so MUCH!! I’m so happy you had this time in the states and you have been able to ride and warm your bones in the warm sunny Florida weather! Wishing you and hubby David, your sweet pup and Biasini a safe trip home! ❤️🐴❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment Diana. Wellington is unique with all the competitions and polo and horsey stuff.
      It is very very busy.I really enjoy having media accreditation for both WEF and the Global Dressage. There is so much to see.

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  8. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    So glad you had such a wonderful time in Florida Anne and we wish you all a safe journey home 💖 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia

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  9. Pure Bliss to be in that world. Be safe coming home

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  10. Safe travels Anne, hope you enjoy getting back home 😃

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Jez!

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