Deeridge Farms, a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty set in the Village of Wellington will host the 2017 Palm Beach Masters – one of only seven East Coast qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American league for the 2017 World Cup Jumping Final.
For many years, the class has been hosted in Wellington. However, the prestigious international competition became available through a bidding process in 2014, which raised the potential for this pivotal event to leave Wellington and be held elsewhere in the North America.
The loss of such an important FEI World Cup™ qualifying class would have been devastating to the hundreds of competitors that call Wellington home in the winter, as well as for the local community that has come to realize the importance of such classes. That's when the Jacobs family stepped up.
“When we heard there was a strong possibility the World Cup qualifier was at risk, we wanted to do something to ensure it would stay here," said Lou Jacobs. "My family discussed how we could help and we decided to host the event at Deeridge Farms. Now we are assured that this important Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping North American League qualifier will remain in the Village of Wellington for the next three years. It is important to the community, competitors and enthusiasts that we keep it here.”
"It's exciting to use our family's farm to host the best event possible for Longines FEI World Cup qualifier," stated Charlie Jacobs. "As a competitor, I am honored to be a part of this word-class event, and my family shares my commitment to preserving this class in Wellington."
A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for next year's prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden March 23-28, 2016. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year's final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.
Owned by Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs since 1980, Deeridge Farm sits on 300 acres in the heart of the equestrian community in Wellington, Florida.
The elite facility has rarely been used for equestrian competitions. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Qualifier will be one of the first to be held here - an exclusive, stunning and appropriate setting fit for such a world-class event.
The Palm Beach Masters is a leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, which begins in August of this year and spans across seven east and seven west coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The 14 host events of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League were selected after a rigorous screening process from a list of 25 applicants.
The 14 selected Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League events boast a minimum of U.S. $2.4 million in prize money across the series.
A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for next year's prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Omaha, NE this spring, from March 27 - April 2, 2017.
The top seven athletes from the east coast U.S., top three from west coast U.S., and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year's final, alongside the winners from 15 leagues around the world.
The 2017 Palm Beach Masters is eager to build on the success of our inaugural 2016 event, and establish ourselves as a premier, stand-alone international show jumping competition in the United States.