Architectural Plans for Planned Wellington Dressage Stadium Released
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 11–Plans for Phase II development of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center have been released showing a new dressage competition venue, a 100-room 5-star resort and spa and a shopping plaza and condominium complex at the Stadium facility.
The plans were presented by Mark Bellissimo, chief executive of Wellington Equestrian Partners that owns Equestrian Sport Productions which operates the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The plans show the dressage area of a main stadium competition arena with covered seating for about 2,000 spectators and a VIP area capable of accommodating up to another 1,000 people. Temporary seating can be installed if necessary to accommodate more spectators. A warm-up arena is next to the main arena.
Three additional outdoor arenas are also being created for competition-up.
A covered arena is shown next to the three outdoor arenas.
All the arenas will have the coral colored footing and same composition as the competitions arenas at the PBIEC main grounds.
Four rows of barns, capable of accommodating up to 400 horses, are shown on the bottom right corner.
The bottom left corner shows the planned resort and spa and the top left the restaurant/shopping plaza and condominiums.
The architectural impression of the development with the resort front and center, the dressage area to the right, the jumping derby field at the top and the restaurant/shopping plaza and condominiums to the left.
Robert Dover, U.S. six-time Olympian, is leading a drive to raise $1 million (€720,000) for prize money and operating expenses.
Several prospective sponsors in the United States and Europe have already indicated interest in the dressage operation.
ESP confirmed that it has dates for three U.S. Equestrian Federation authorized competitions during the winter circuit.
An open forum to provide more information and get input from the dressage community is planned for the White Horse Tavern at PBIEC for the evening of Wednesday, Mar. 16. Mark Bellissimo, ESP President Michael Stone and Robert Dover will be in attendance. The time will be advised later.