New Celebrity In Town
02/19/2018 04:33 PM

Billy Joel has purchased a five-acre horse ranch in Wellington, Florida, becoming the latest celebrity to settle down in the equestrian town, has learned.

Joel, who until recently was primarily interested in beachside and waterfront Florida properties, bought the home for his fourth wife, accomplished equestrian Alexis Roderick, 36,

The Uptown Girl singer, 68, paid $3.5million for the five-acre ranch on January 25, Palm Beach County property records reveal.

The long list of other celebrities with property in the area includes Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates. 

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Equestrian Living
01/29/2018 03:04 PM

Buying an equestrian property is unlike any other real estate purchase, and owning it is unlike any other way of life. There is an emotional component, sometimes even an aspirational one.

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Get to know Julie Welles- The Daughter Of One Of Our Own
01/22/2018 12:32 PM

When EQUILINE rider Laura Kraut receives an exciting new prospect, she knows she has the perfect rider to develop it. Julie Welles is Kraut’s main rider, developing the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s horses in both America and in Europe. She divides her time between Laura and Nick Skelton’s bases in Wellington, FL, and Warwickshire, England, and for the first time this winter, she will also spend a concentrated amount of time showing in Spain on the world-renowned Sunshine Tour.


Welles, a top junior rider before working for fellow EQUILINE rider Lauren Hough and then moving her tack to Kraut’s operation, had one of her best seasons to date in 2017. She was twice a winner with the Stars and Stripes’ 8-year-old Zangersheide mare Caelle and triumphed in the 7-year-olds with Pat Hales’ SFS Vincomte at the Costa del Sol Equestrian Tour in Mijas (ESP) in October; she also earned top ribbons in Europe throughout the summer on the Stars and Stripes’ Andretti S and rode Old Willow Farms’ Viper Vrombautshoeve Z in Grand Prix competition at Megeve (FRA) and Crans-Montana (SUI), both CSI 3* events.


It’s hard to find a rider more enthusiastic about or devoted to her job than Welles, whose true love for both the horse and her time in the saddle is apparent in every conversation and by simple observation in the barn and at the ring. Proudly representing the EQUILINE brand herself, she reveals just how she got every rider’s dream job and her most exciting prospects in EQUILINE’s latest blog installment:

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Dressage riders compete with sights set on World Equestrian Games
01/08/2018 02:54 PM

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the world's largest international and national dressage circuit, starts Jan. 3 with para dressage week for physically disabled athletes and runs through April 1 at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 13500 South Shore Blvd.

During the 12 weeks of competition, the festival will feature seven weeks of international competition, offering spectators a chance to see athletes who competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, competitors under 25 years old as well as amateur riders.

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La Lechuza
12/29/2017 02:31 PM

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The Breakers in Palm Beach lauded for its Christmas splendor
12/21/2017 03:03 PM

For the third consecutive year, The Breakers ranked on CNN’s top 10 list of “hotels that go all-out for Christmas.”

CNN cited the resort’s  dazzling lights and holiday tea. It came in ninth right behind The Plaza in New York and before The Roosevelt in New Orleans. 

What makes The Breakers so special during the holidays is the more than 150,000 twinkling lights, 9,000 feet of ribbon and 1,850 feet of garland, according to the resort. In the lobby, there are two 18-foot trees that are trimmed with 4,000 ornaments and four other 11-foot trees throughout the property.

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New Hot Spot To Check Out During Season
11/30/2017 02:07 PM

To dine on the rooftop of the new, four-story Restoration Hardware “mansion” on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach is to peer at the city through its grand, sparkly crown. 

Chandeliers shimmer beneath soaring glass ceilings. Leafy ficus trees grow in handsome planters. A lavish stone fountain cascades into a circular pool, and through the blur of droplets one can see clusters of diners at tables or seated upon crisp-white sofas. 

Lunchtime is a buzzy affair at the RH Rooftop Restaurant, where one sits high atop downtown’s main drag and its guardian force of royal palms. And when it’s a clear November day, the view is particularly splendid atop the funky gray structure that made its splashy debut on Nov. 19. 

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Wellington polo estate sells for $17M, back on market within a week
11/13/2017 02:55 PM

An expansive polo estate in Wellington that has been home to Venezuelan polo team Lechuza Caracas was sold for $17 million – less than half the original $39 million price tag on the 62-acre property – and now is back on the market

According to a deed filed Oct. 13 with Palm Beach County, PBC Polo Properties LLC purchased the land at 4370 South Road from PF Polo Properties LLC. The latter corporation is managed by Emma Cisneros, who also manages La Lechuza Caracas LLC, according to Florida business records. PBC Polo Properties is owned by Palm Beacher Nate Ward, co-founder of private equity investment firm Palm Beach Capital. 

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Where the rich go to play
11/07/2017 09:42 AM

Every winter, the small town of Wellington, in southeast Florida, experiences a tremendous influx of some of the wealthiest people in the world.

From the Springsteens to the Bloombergs, to the families of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, to Arab sheikhs and South American billionaires, it's a congregation of people with spectacular quantities of money.

No, they aren't gathering for some sort of business affair. They're coming for WEF: the Winter Equestrian Festival, which takes place every year from January to April on the hallowed grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The 12-week WEF has been the longest equestrian event of its kind for several years running, and it attracts riders at all levels of the sport.

Because of the costly nature of all things equestrian, it's no surprise that rich people and horses go hand in hand. But while some wealthy riders and owners are just in it for the glamour and prestige, some — like Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen — are serious and successful competitors.

As WEF has grown over the years, it has turned Wellington into a winter oasis for the upper crust, who come to ride, mingle, and bask in the warm weather. But while the human amenities are nothing to sneeze at, the real luxuries are reserved for the horses. Here's an inside look at this star-studded fantasy world, where celebrities come to play and their four-legged companions reign supreme.

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Art & Home
09/14/2016 03:51 PM

They may be less busy at the stove than their ancestors were, but today’s homeowners understand the value of welcoming and functional kitchens. Yes, they’re where we cook, but also where we lounge with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, read the paper while listening to music, respond to emails, or – perhaps most important – catch up with family and friends. Because they’re so crucial to establishing a home’s personality, kitchens should be as inviting as possible. As Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto notes, “The first place guests go to is not the parlour or the living room anymore, it’s the kitchen island.” Indeed, according to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey, some 60 per cent of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens. “We have gone from seeing kitchens as strictly utilitarian to very much turning them into a lifestyle choice,” adds Vermast, who says buyers are seeking open-concept designs and hidden appliances, which make for a furniture-finished look. That look can be costly. Among those polled by Houzz, fifteen per cent spent more than $75,000 to transform their kitchens into high-end activity hubs. A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects also finds that kitchens have become the home’s command centre, where the calibre of appliances and appointments reflects the owners’ tastes. San Diego-based Jamie Gold, author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work, knows this well. Kitchens today should be “knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” she says. “It’s about making an impression.

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