WELLINGTON, Fla.--The Nations Cup, a qualifying event for the Barcelona Finals, will be held at Deeridge Farms in Wellington during the Palm Beach Masters Series.
The expanded 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series now features three of show jumping's biggest events, the Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W featuring the World Cup, the Nations Cup and the Deeridge Derby. and thus it will draw the world's best horses and riders.
Beginning with one elite competition in 2016, the series has grown into one of the sport’s most reputable events.
The show grounds are located at the magnificent Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington.
The events’ picturesque location, unrivaled hospitality, custom-built jumping rings and world-class facilities guarantee a unique experience for riders and spectators.
“WE ARE thrilled to kick off another Palm Beach Masters Series season," said Lou Jacobs, who co-founded the series along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. "From the outset, our goal was to ensure that Wellington is a favorite destination for the highest levels of horse sport. With the World Cup-qualifying Masters, the Derby, and now the added honor of hosting the Nations Cup, we remain steadfast in our commitment. Above all else, we hope to engage and inspire future generations of riders and equestrian fans.”
Internationally acclaimed course designer Alan Wade has been selected as the official Course Designer for the Series.
Wade, of Tipperary, Ireland, is an FEI Level 4 Course Designer and has been designing courses since he was a young boy.
Wade hails from an equestrian family – his father, Tommy Wade, was a famed show jumping competitor, course designer, and show jumping Chef d’Equipe for Ireland.
Wade has designed courses at some of the world’s most important competitions and championships including the 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha, Neb., and the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N. C.
Wade is highly respected by the world’s top riders.
Two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward, the 2017 World Cup Champion who also led the U.S. team to the Gold medal at the 2018 WEG, has described Wade as “a real horseman who understands the horses and really makes the riders think. He’s the best in the world!”
“We are absolutely thrilled that Alan Wade is joining us as our official Course Designer for the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series,” said Jacobs. “He is highly respected by the sport’s top riders all over the world and we couldn’t be happier to have him with us for our 2019 Series and our three highly important events.”
The Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W, Jan. 30 - Fed. 3, begins the Series.
The week’s featured event is the World Cup, one of the final two East Coast qualifiers in the North American League. where the top names in the sport will vie for top prize money and a chance to qualify for the 2019 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Daniel Coyle of Ireland, who won last year’s World Cup competition at Deeridge Farms aboard Cita, said, "This is an amazing event. The conditions could not be any better; the footing is perfect and being here is just a fantastic experience."
Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States
The Nations Cup, a CSIO5* competition, will be competed Feb. 14-17, and it will be hosted annually at Deeridge Farms through the year 2021.
The Nations Cup at Deeridge Farms will be the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Nations Cup Final that matches the top qualifying teams from around the world.
It will also include Nations Cup Youth competitions (Young Rider, Junior, and Children’s) to showcase the next generation of jumpers.
The Deeridge Derby, to be held Feb. 28 - March 3, is a USEF nationally-rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses take center stage to compete in prestigious hunter classes highlighted by the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Victoria Colvin, winner of last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby, raved about the experience of riding at Deeridge Farms.
“It’s so beautiful here,” she said. “It’s really great to be able to jump on grass. The footing is excellent and it’s a blast to be in a big galloping field that feels like the old-style hunters. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to show at a venue like this!”
All three events are hosted at the spectacular Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington.
Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the series, which include masterfully-created competition arenas – a Grand Prix turf arena and the other an all-weather sand arena.
Additionally, there are two Bermuda grass schooling arenas, one designated for FEI and the other for non-FEI competitors. There is an all-weather schooling arena adjacent to the competition arena as well as an all-weather schooling arena located near the stables.
The VIP Club at the Palm Beach Masters Series offers a distinctive, two-story venue for watching the classes in either competition arena.
Spectators are treated to special amenities and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Further information on the Palm Beach Masters Series is available at www.palmbeachmasters.com.