Wellington, Florida – December 17, 2018 – Internationally acclaimed course designer Alan Wade has been selected as the official Course Designer for the newly-expanded 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series , which includes three prestigious show jumping events in Wellington, Florida this winter. The world’s best horses and riders will return to the magnificent Deeridge Farms to compete over Wade’s world-class courses at the Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington; the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup ™ of the United States of America; and the Deeridge Derby.
Wade, of Tipperary, Ireland, is an FEI Level 4 Course Designer and has been designing courses since he was a young boy. Wade hails from an equestrian family – his father, Tommy Wade, was a famed show jumping competitor, course designer, and show jumping Chef d’Equipe for Ireland. Wade has designed courses at some of the world’s most important competitions and championships including the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Omaha, Nebraska, and the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) at Tryon, North Carolina.
Wade is highly respected by the world’s top riders. Two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward, the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Champion who also led the U.S. team to the Gold medal at the 2018 WEG, has described Wade as “a real horseman who understands the horses and really makes the riders think. He’s the best in the world!”
“We are absolutely thrilled that Alan Wade is joining us as our official Course Designer for the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series,” said Lou Jacobs, who co-founded the series along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. “He is highly respected by the sport’s top riders all over the world and we couldn’t be happier to have him with us for our 2019 Series and our three highly important events.”
The Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W will showcase exhilarating competition from start to finish. The week’s featured event is the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington , one of the final two East Coast qualifiers in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League (NAL) where the top names in the sport will vie for top prize money and a chance to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Palm Beach Masters Series has been selected to host the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America , a CSIO5* competition which will be hosted annually at Deeridge Farms through the year 2021. The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, celebrating its 110th year in 2019, features international teams made up the world’s most talented horses and riders. The Nations Cup™ at Deeridge Farms will be the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final that matches the top qualifying teams from around the world. It will also include FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth competitions (Young Rider, Junior, and Children’s) to showcase the next generation of jumpers.
Returning for its third year is the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally-rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses take center stage to compete in prestigious hunter classes highlighted by the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Events are hosted at the spectacular Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the series, which include masterfully-created competition arenas – a Grand Prix turf arena and the other an all-weather sand arena. Additionally, there are two Bermuda grass schooling arenas, one designated for FEI and the other for non-FEI competitors. There is an all-weather schooling arena adjacent to the competition arena as well as an all-weather schooling arena located near the stables.
The VIP Club at the Palm Beach Masters Series offers a distinctive, two-story venue for watching the classes in either competition arena. Spectators are treated to special amenities and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.