- Wellington, Florida, is a small town that has become
the horse capital of America.
- Olympians and children of billionaires — including
daughters of Steve Jobs
and Bill Gates
— show up every winter to compete for millions of dollars in
- With Hermès fly bonnets, luxury stables, and diamond
necklaces in the shape of horseshoes, Wellington is a fantasy land
for the horse-obsessed.
To most of the country, the name “Wellington, Florida,” doesn’t
However, to a certain elite group that ranges from Olympians to
the children of
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Bruce Springsteen, the small town
has become a magnet that draws thousands of people every
The Wellington attraction is simple: It’s the
horse capital of the United States.
Every winter, the town hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival,
which takes place from January to April. Over the course of almost
four months, the best horseback riders in the country compete for
$9 million in prize money.
However, horses’ domination of Wellington continues outside of
the show ring. From “horse crossing” signs to $8,000 Hermès
saddles, horses reign supreme in the small town.
While I personally know very little about horses, I have visited
Wellington in the past with a friend who competes at the WEF. In
2018, while visiting what one rider called “Disneyland for horse
lovers,” I decided to document the over-the-top experience:
Wellington is located in southern Florida, roughly half an hour’s
drive away from West Palm Beach.
While some equestrians have houses or apartments in the neighboring
towns, Wellington is a village of its own. In fact, you could
easily live a life of luxury without leaving the 100-acre
equestrian show complex.
Thousands of people flock to Wellington every winter for the Winter
Equestrian Festival, or WEF. According to organizers, more than
3,000 horses compete every year, with the equines’ combined net
worth adding up to more than $500 million.
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
This relatively unknown town in Florida has become a horse 'Disneyland' for the richest of the rich, including Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs' offspring