Wellington, Florida – December 19, 2018 – International equestrian event manager Yvonne van Bergen has been selected as the Director of Sport for the newly expanded 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series ® . Held at the magnificent Deeridge Farms in the heart of Wellington, Florida, the winter series features three of show jumping’s biggest events, including 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.
Running her own equestrian event management company, “Yvonne van Bergen Equestrian Management and Events,” for the past 12 years, van Bergen has managed some of the biggest horse shows in the world. She is currently the Show Secretary for the Dutch Masters at Indoor Brabant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where she works closely with Frank Kemperman, the renowned show manager for CHIO Aachen. She is also Show Secretary for the Longines FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses at Ermelo in The Netherlands. A self-described perfectionist, van Bergen is known for her superb organizational skills and attention to detail for every participant at the shows, including riders, horses, grooms, sponsors and spectators.
Van Bergen has deep roots in equestrian sport, having cultivated her passion for horses on her family’s farm in The Netherlands. After graduating from the Schoevers Institute in Hilversum, van Bergen worked as a groom for Dutch rider Henk van de Broek in Europe and then Lisa Tarnopol in the U.S. before returning to her homeland to compete her six horses. To support her passion, van Bergen taught lessons, helped manage horse shows as a volunteer, and worked in equestrian retail and real estate before taking a position at the Dutch Equestrian Federation, where she worked for over a decade. Starting her own business was the next logical step, and her diverse background has made her an asset to horse shows worldwide.
“We are delighted that Yvonne van Bergen is coming on board as Director of Sport for our 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series,” said Lou Jacobs, who co-founded the series along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. “She will be a great asset to our world-class shows, and we look forward to working alongside someone who is so highly respected in the industry.”
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, 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 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup ™ of the United States of America , a CSIO5* competition, will be the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup ™ Final, which brings together the top qualifying teams from around the world. Celebrating its 110th year in 2019, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup ™ will be hosted annually at Deeridge Farms through 2021. Deeridge Farms’ Nations Cup week will also include FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth competition for Young Riders, Juniors, and Children, showcasing the next generation of elite show jumping talent.
Returning for its third year is the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally rated show where the nation’s most elegant show hunters take will center stage. They’ll compete in prestigious 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 showgrounds and the facilities that host the series, which include two masterfully created competition arenas—a Grand Prix turf arena and an all-weather sand arena. Additionally, there are two Bermuda grass schooling arenas—one designated for FEI and the other for non-FEI competitors—along with an all-weather schooling arena adjacent to the competition arena and another located near the stables.
The VIP Club at the Palm Beach Masters Series offers a distinctive, two-story venue for watching events in either competition arena. Spectators are treated to special amenities and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.