Wellington is world-famous for drawing equestrian enthusiasts and celebrities from all over the world during its equestrian season, which runs from January to April. Every winter, Wellington turns into a hub for the glamorous equestrian lifestyle. From the Global Dressage Festival, to the International Polo Club, to the Winter Equestrian Festival, there is simply no comparison to this horse lover’s paradise. With Wellington Insider Tours, visitors are given a behind-the-scenes peek at what the judges, competitors and show managers get to see: a true insider’s tour.
Wellington Insider Tours immerses its guests in dressage, show jumping and polo during three-day VIP tours.
Guests will be able to meet international riders and judges, and even learn directly from licensed judges what competitors must do to earn their dressage scores, giving them a true appreciation for the shows they attend during the tour.
The first night, guests will attend the grand prix dressage freestyle, accompanied by a dressage judge, offering insights and expertise that enhance the experience.
On the second day, they will attend show jumping.
The final day of the tour, guests will attend an International Polo Club tournament final, where they will have the option to attend a VIP brunch at the famed International Polo Club and have a front-row seat to the action.
To enjoy “the sport of kings,” guests will feel like royalty themselves, literally being given the champagne treatment. Each day, guests will have the opportunity to meet star players in dressage, jumping and polo.
“I came to realize that what I was searching for was actually missing from my own local area,” owner Lisa El-Ramey said. “I enjoy traveling myself, and thought this would be a great way to introduce people to what so many of us ‘locals’ are fortunate enough to take for granted. There truly is nothing like Wellington’s equestrian community in the Western Hemisphere, if not in the world.”
Wellington Insider Tours’ announced dates for the 2019 equestrian season are: Jan. 10-13, Jan. 24-27, Feb. 7-10, Feb. 21-24, Feb. 28 – March 3, March 14-17 and March 28-31.
“I want others to experience the Wellington I know, the Wellington every horse lover deserves to experience,” El-Ramey said. “With Wellington Insider Tours, everyone is invited to be a part of the most exciting equestrian events South Florida has to offer.”
El-Ramey is a longtime equestrian and a USEF Senior “S” judge. A Florida native, she was inspired to start Wellington Insider Tours to introduce Florida visitors and equestrian enthusiasts to everything that Wellington has to offer.
Raised on her family farm, which focused on breeding Arabians, El-Ramey began riding at the age of three. After being introduced to dressage at the age of 13, she went on to win multiple USDF region championships and reserve championships, as well as receiving USEF and USDF Horse of the Year national and reserve championships and breed division awards. She is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist, in addition to holding bronze and silver freestyle bars.
El-Ramey resides and trains at her farm, Oak Hammock Farm, in Loxahatchee. There, her current mounts include Devon, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare; DeLauren, a 13-year-old Oldenberg mare; and Bullseye, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood.
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