Enjoy Tour Of Million Dollar Stables And Grounds

WGC members admire one of the Clydesdales at Mida Farm.

An exclusive tour of five of Wellington’s million-dollar private stables and equestrian properties is being offered by Wellington Garden Club on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour allows ticket holders to explore each location at their leisure and learn from stable owners and staff about the care and training of the champion horses that live there, as well as details that make each property unique.

The properties included on the tour are Eagle Tree Farm (dressage), Helgstrand Dressage USA (dressage and show jumping), Mida Farms (Clydesdales), River Run Farm (hunters), and Santa Rita Polo Farm (polo). All are working farms where lucky visitors may see riders exercising their horses outdoors or in the covered arenas. Visitors also may find a polo match in progress.

“We are thrilled that these five property owners have agreed to be part of our tour of stables and grounds on these magnificent estates,” said Carol Coleman, chair of the tour and former Wellington Garden Club president and FFGC District X director. “This is an opportunity to get an insider’s look at how these farms operate and to appreciate the athleticism of the horses, the beauty and grandeur of the stables and grounds where they live, as well as the dedication of the owners and staff who care for them.”

Wellington Garden Club President Carol Ralph agreed. “We are especially delighted to include a unique raffle item for a carriage ride with the champion Clydesdale horses at Mida Farm,” she said. “The winning ticket holder can arrange a private carriage ride around the grounds of this incredible 26-acre estate at a later date with owner Victoria McCullough. We are extremely grateful to her for her generosity.”

Additional raffle items will be available at each property, along with vendors and refreshments. Advance tickets are $75 per person at www.wellingtongardenclub.org. Day-of-tour tickets are $90 at the tour tent in front of Wellington Village Hall at 12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Proceeds will support the club’s college scholarships and youth summer environmental camps, civic beautification, youth garden clubs and community projects.