Wellington, Florida was originally the world’s largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres of swampland in the 1950s in central Palm Beach County that eventually would be called the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972. For many years it functioned as a bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December 1995. Over time, wealthy owners from nearby Palm Beach looked westward for places to keep their horses, build polo fields, etc.
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Within a decade, Wellington became an international equestrian destination hosting the coveted Polo World Cup. Wellington soon attracted other disciplines and became home to the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and the Olympic Jumping Team Qualifying Trials.
Currently, Wellington hosts more than forty weeks of equestrian competitions per year. These include 26-goal polo matches including the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open at the Palm Beach International Polo Club as well as the largest and longest running hunter/jumper horse show in the world from January to March, the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). With the recent addition of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF), Wellington is now considered the top international equestrian destination for the diverse equestrian disciplines of equitation, jumping, dressage, and polo.
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