Wellington, FL - Arlene "Tuny" Page understands the drive for excellence, competing successfully not only as a top international dressage rider but creating a first class training facility for herself and her colleagues at Stillpoint Farm in Wellington. As a sponsor of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF), Page identified that same desire of Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) to create a world class facility for the top competitors in the world of dressage. "Everybody is thrilled with the new facility," notes Page. "The footing is very good, the layout is fabulous, and it's incredibly convenient for spectators and sponsors and riders. It's completely welcoming." Page has numerous wins in the FEI Grand Prix arena which has earned her a ranking of among the world's best. With the Global Dressage Festival here in Wellington she says, "It's a great opportunity to get your horses in an excellent environment in front of a top ground jury garnering rider rankings and world cup points."
She also notes that the top echelon of international riders and trainers came over to see the new facility and compete and shop for horses. The message going back to Europe is astoundingly good," says Page, "There'll be a lot of condo shopping."
It also puts Wellington dressage boarding and training facilities in demand. The ten acre Stillpoint Farm is conveniently located down the road a quarter mile from the festival with 34 permanent stalls and temporary stabling for another 24 in season. It features an over-sized covered arena with Martin Collins Inc. Ecotrack Footing, an outdoor competition sized arena, and plenty of turnout and hack areas.
Page set out to create an optimal environment for top dressage trainers and riders. "Our environment is peaceful but still has an air of seriousness," she says, "We have a great group of consistently loyal clients every year." World class dressage riders and trainers such as Robert Dover and Oded Shimoni call Stillpoint home, training professionals and amateurs both year round and for the season.
Stillpoint Farm is the proud sponsor of the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO 3* team competition on April 13-14. Page comments, "People have embraced it wildly. We have Europeans who had left and are coming back and even borrowing horses to make sure they're in it. It's phenomenal. I'm sure in the near future you'll see the competition four-star and grand prix. People have pulled together even to include an Australian rider. We said, 'Let's find him a horse.'"
Tuny Page sums up the bottom line for the GDF, "You have a great producer who wants nothing more than to grow the sport, excite spectators and involve local people. ESP hired a great organizer and show manager in the form of Lloyd Landkamer and pulled in other people from their organization who totally get it. They know how to reach out and get riders excited. It's a recipe for success."