About The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)
The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually commencing January of each year. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. (ESP).
Each show week starts on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday, with major competitions showcased in the International Arena daily and on Saturday nights.
Exhibitors compete for more than $10 million dollars in prize money, which is the largest amount distributed over 12 weeks in the world.
WEF hosts the worlds premier winter equestrian event and offers competition for children,junior,adult amateur, and professional equestrians. With 70 unique divisions, WEF sees competitors from the ages of 2-70 years old.
More than 6,000 horses, with a collected net value of over half a billion dollars, compete at PBIEC throughout the 12 weeks of WEF.
Over 100 food and retail vendors provide a unique shopping experience for spectators and competitors of all ages.
During the 12 weeks of WEF, 250,000 spectators will pass through the gates. On Saturday Nights, over 10,000 spectators will pack the stands to watch the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix. Families can enjoy fun activities such as, pony rides, face painting, live music, petting zoos and more during the Saturday Night Lights events held each week.
Fun Things To Do At the WEF
Shopping Around The Show Grounds:
You are invited to shop in a variety of locations throughout the PBIEC, including the Vendor Village, Hunter Hill, and The Bridge Deck.These boutiques offer fashion for men, women and children, jewelry, home design, ne art, photography, horseware and more.
Shop at the WEF Boutique
Located on the South Bridge deck overlooking the International Arena and in the Vendor Village. Find the perfect WEF clothing, posters, or souvenirs.
Grab a Bite to Eat
A variety of Food Vendors are located throughout the property, including:
Tito’s Tacos: Margaritas,Tacos, Burritos, Chips, Salsa Tiki Hut: Grilled Chicken, Variety Burgers, Grilled Fish,
Oasis Café in the Vendor Village
Take a Lunch & Tour
See the world-renowned equestrian competition, vendors, stables and various venues that Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has to offer, followed by a catered lunch with your group.Your tour will allow you to explore twelve of the competition rings, the stabling area where horses prepare for competition, and a stroll through Vendor Village. The tour will be both exciting and informative, and there is a good chance you will see some Olympic riders gearing up for competition! Equestrian Lunch & Tours are available by appointment only,Wednesday through Sunday during the WEF season. Call 561.793.5867 to book your tour.
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center – Main Grounds
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in the United States. It encompasses a total of 500 acres, and the competition rings alone cover over 80 acres. PBIEC has two core facilities containing over 18 competition arenas, including one derby eld and the largest covered arena in the world. Both show grounds are operated by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP). Equestrian Sport Productions owns and operates 42 weeks of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rated horse shows from September through June at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.
The Main Show Grounds house 256 permanent stalls, wash racks, horse trails, pedestrian paths, and golf cart tracks, along with dedicated shopping areas like Vendor Village, Hunter Hill,The Bridge, and International Shoppes.
The 18 arenas with adjoining schooling rings all feature state-of-the-art footing from Equestrian Services International. The feature of PBIEC is the International Arena (357’x256’) that is surrounded by VIP box seating, general admission seating, and hospitality pavilions. It is highlighted by the famous bridge arching over the in-gate, where horses enter into the arena, and serves to welcome everyone to the best equestrian facility in the world.
3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington, FL 33414.
Competitor Entrance & Administrative Of ces:
14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, FL 33414.
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center – Equestrian Village
Equestrian Village, built on almost 60 acres, features a beautifully manicured grass derby eld with natural obstacles adjacent to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival grounds, which house a main arena surrounded by grandstand seating and the Global Pavilion, 200 permanent stalls, the Wellington Equestrian Realty Arena that can t three regulation-size dressage arenas, and one of the world’s largest covered arenas (360’x210’), the Van Kampen Arena.
In addition to the facility being home to world-class dressage, it will also host exciting jumper derbies and grand prix events, horse exhibitions, and equestrian clinics. It is the home to The Palm Beach Riding Academy, where everyone is welcome to take lessons or make a weekend experience at PBIEC. Horses are available for lease to ride and to show.
Spectator and Competitor Entrance:
13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414.
For more information visit: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Website