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The 2017 International Gay Polo League Tournament returns to Wellington this month for the eighth consecutive year. Dubbed “the best party in town,” GPL has been bringing a new dimension to the polo scene, along with amazing tailgate concepts, since 2010. On our cover, GPL player Mark Bennett represents everything the event is about: polo players and dedicated fans, with a touch of glamour. Be sure to get your tickets to this fun event!
This month, we are celebrating up-and-coming Young Equestrian Riders, including 7-goaler Santi Torres, for whom the sport and the culture of polo were part of his upbringing and made him who he is today. Also featured are show jumper Nicole Loochtan, who made a career move to Wellington this year; Leatherdale Farms’ Vanessa Creech-Terauds, who has gained a world of dressage experience here in Wellington; and barrel racer Lexi Hecker, who has big plans for the future.
Also featured this month is the new Horses Healing Hearts vaulting team, which has been rising above challenges to combine the joy of riding a horse with the freedom of flying. Horses Healing Hearts is a nonprofit organization that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts. It is incorporating vaulting into its program to empower participants to work together as a team and learn to believe in their own abilities.
Giving back to the Wellington community is important to the Corbin real estate team. Realtor Jim Corbin sat down with Wellington The Magazine this month to discuss his nearly 40-year career as Wellington’s original “equestrian Realtor.” Corbin is proud of how he and his team have given back to the community in the decades since he arrived here in 1978. Also on the theme of giving back, the Wellington Community Foundation is marking its one-year anniversary of helping residents in need in our community, with an emphasis on our seniors and children. This issue includes a retrospective of all that the foundation has done over the past year.
Our Wellington Designer feature this month interviews Lorrie Browne, who focuses on sustainable, low-maintenance designs. We continue our Wellington Sports series by profiling Palm Beach Central High School coaches Lisa and Tony Gullo, who enjoy their time teaching young athletes. Wellington Real Estate catches up with Century 21 Wieder Realty’s Andrew Burr, who heads up the RealtorAndrew Team with four other real estate professionals. Wellington Health puts on a smile when chatting with Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio, who specializes in a wide range of dental procedures at the Wellington Center for Laser Dentistry. Wellington Home visits an amazing abode in the prestigious Wellington Equestrian Club community, while Wellington Table serves up a new restaurant, Cask + Shaker Craft Bar and Kitchen. Cask + Shaker recently opened in the Mall at Wellington Green adjacent to the new Paragon Wellington 10 movie theater, featuring a unique gastropub experience.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making our annual Young Equestrian Riders and GPL issue such a success. Please be sure to look for our Law and Order issue next month. For more information on how you become involved it this special edition, call us at (561) 793-7606.elcome to our annual Faces of Dressage issue highlighting some of the top dressage competitors in the world, who are back in Wellington this winter for the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. This month features an overview of the AGDF, including a look at the beautiful sport of dressage from the spectators’ point of view. On the cover, we feature dressage lover, author and well-known political spouse Ann Romney, for whom horses became a lifesaver. She tells Wellington The Magazine how the unique challenges of dressage elevate her spirits and make her happy.
Dawn Rivera, Publisher
GPL Tournament Returns To Wellington Again This Year!
Joshua I. Manning
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