Competitors and spectators alike will welcome the amenities offered at the new Palm Beach County Equestrian Center, located at 7500 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida. The park celebrated its grand opening this past June and already has been host schooling shows and clinics this summer.
“We are very excited for the ground-floor opportunity to bring six of Gold Coast Dressage Association’s shows to this world-class equestrian facility this season”, says Noreen O’Sullivan. “We feel this facility offers our competitors a very well planned and user friendly setting for most of our GCDA shows."
Dressage will also feature prominently at the park this upcoming year with 8 Dressage shows including 5 USEF/USDF Licensed Competitions slated to be held here thanks to Gold Coast Dressage Association’s President and Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge(WDC) organizer Noreen O’Sullivan, and facility manager and dressage enthusiast, Shelley Van Den Neste.
Palm Beach County Equestrian Center USEF/USDF Licensed competition and GCDA Schooling Show dates are:
- October 1, 2006 - GCDA Schooling Show
- November 11-12, 2006 - GCDA Fall Fling
- January 6-7, 2007 - Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I
- February 17, 2007 - GCDA Schooling Show
- March 10-11, 2007 - Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II
- April 14-15, 2007 - GCDA Finale I & II
- May 26-27, 2007 - GCDA May Dressage
- June 24, 2007 - GCDA Schooling Show
Gold Coast Opener CDI 3* Continues to be Hosted at Equestrian Estates Horse Park in White Fences
The Gold Coast Opener CDI 3*, January 26-28, 2007, managed by O'Sullivan, will again be hosted at Walter & Mary Ann McPhail’s Equestrian Estates Horse Park in White Fences. "In addition," says O’Sullivan, “I am excited to have the opportunity to oversee and manage 2 new dressage shows this upcoming season at the new Palm Beach County Equestrian Center. These shows are separate from and in addition to the GCDA shows that we already have scheduled.”
O'Sullivan plans to continue to support GCDA and manage shows, along with fellow GCDA manager Suzie Cook and show secretaries Monica Fitzgerald and Ann Hart, as she has in the past. “I hope this opportunity will allow me additional exposure as both a business professional and show manager, and will be run in such a way as to not conflict with our already well-established GCDA shows, says Noreen. “I would hope that they may well complement our GCDA schedule and help position dressage as more of a primary focus at this new venue.” Sounds like a win-win situation. We will keep you posted of upcoming details."
The Palm Beach County-Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
The Palm Beach County-Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is a 111-acre world class equestrian showplace built with the local equestrian in mind. The Main Arena & show grounds feature a 150’ covered lighted arena with its own schooling ring and spectator seating for 1000 people. Two additional lighted outdoor show arenas with two additional schooling rings are adjacent to the main arena.
There are 2 barns with 128 permanent stalls with sliding doors, water and electric, separate covered wash racks and longeing pens (with plans to complete 2 additional barns in the future). The show management office, three restroom buildings, EMT building for emergency personnel, vendor area and consession stand, not to mention ample horse trailer parking and equine-friendly trails round out the picture to make this a premier equestrian park.
There is also a separate Western Event Arena and High Rail Flex Ring for western events such as team penning and barrel racing located past the main barns.
For further information and dressage event schedules:
- NoreenOsullivan@harborfs.com or call 561-227-1570
- PBCgov.com for Palm Beach County Parks event information
DressageDaily.com and PhelpsPhotos.com will be on the scene for the winter months as the official media and photography company covering Dressage events at the Palm Beach County-Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
Stay Tuned as we develop our 2007 On the Scene Show Schedule