For Immediate Release
Entries Close October 14! Book Your FREE Stalls & Your Stay Now
for the Inaugural WEC Fall Classic and WEC Invitational
WILMINGTON, Ohio – October 4, 2016 – Entries are pouring in for the World Equestrian Center Fall Classic (October 19-23) and the World Equestrian Center Invitational (October 26-30, 2016). Both horse shows are USEF “AA” Premier Hunter – Jumper 4 and offer a combined $500,000 in prize money / prizes. The prize lists for both horse shows are available now on www.horseshowing.com. Stabling during both shows is FREE, courtesy of WEC sponsor and cloud based vaccination records pioneer, eVet.
The two shows will coincide with the unveiling of WEC’s new, state of the art 170’ x 350’ indoor arena and horse show complex which will feature premiere footing and grandstand seating. Steve Stephens will act as jumper course designer for both events. Stephens Designs, the official jump supplier for the most prestigious events in the country, will provide jumper ring jumps.
The WEC’s amenities include an entirely climate controlled facility featuring permanent, matted stalls, four heated indoors and walkways, spacious wash racks, dedicated warm up and lunging areas, access to outdoor arenas and hacking trails.
The WEC Fall Classic will kick off the two weeks and includes a full slate of Hunter / Jumper competition, including highlights such as:
- $12,000 Roberts Arena Welcome Stake
- $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix
- $25,000 World Equestrian Center 3’ Hunter Derby
- $9,500 Futures Prix
During the second week of competition, the WEC Invitational will feature a 3”6” Junior Challenge with trainer pay out ($5,000, $3,000 and $2,000) as well as:
- $15,000 Roberts Arena Welcome Stake
- $50,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix Presented by Golden Ocala
- $30,000 World Equestrian Center 3’ Hunter Derby
- $40,000 World Equestrian Center 4’ Hunter Derby
- $10,000 Futures Prix
There’s something for everyone at these two shows – both a 2’ and 2’6” Hunter division featuring two fences classes and an under saddle have been added to the Fall Classic by popular demand.
Accommodations – Five Ways to Stay
Competitors at WEC have multiple options for accommodations including thirty-six charming on-site cabins that sleep 6. Directly across the street from the WEC is our ‘Home Away from Home’ park featuring 40 two and three-bedroom homes on a private, winding road nestled among wide green lawns and 100-year old trees. Competitors wishing to bring RVs can utilize the more than 40 hook ups on site, or take advantage of the 237 sites at the beautiful Cowan Lake State Park campground just one mile away from the horse show grounds. The Roberts Centre Holiday Inn is less than 15 minutes from the WEC and features a Max & Erma’s restaurant for casual post-show dining.
WEC Fall Classic and WEC Invitational VIP & Hospitality Package Details
Hospitality packages are available for the VIP Mezzanine overlooking the new arena including Saturday night banquets coinciding with Grand Prix events. WEC will debut their new Adult and Junior Rider’s Lounges at the October shows, open daily to exhibitors and featuring light refreshments in a comfortable setting.
Musical guest Sammy Kershaw will give a concert for exhibitors on Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. Kids games, drive in movies and a $3,000 Ride and Drive competition will be among the additional family friendly after-hours events at the October shows.
NEW! VIP Hospitality Mezzanine
Join us in the VIP Mezzanine overlooking our new arena during the WEC Fall Classic, October 19-23 and the WEC Invitational, October 26-30 – Daily – Wednesday thru Saturday:
- Continental breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Beer & Wine Reception w/ Appetizers: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Access to VIP Mezzanine all day (and Saturday evenings**).
Lunch is available daily in our Café or from a variety of onsite vendors.
Grand Prix Dinners
Our Saturday nights our Grand Prix events are enhanced by the opportunity for fine dining and a great view of the feature events.
Saturday, October 22nd – Prime Rib Carving Station & Grilled Chicken / Buffet
Saturday, October 29th – Lobster Bake & Beef Tenderloin Carving Station / Buffet
$1,200.00 per table / each week includes daily VIP access and Grand Prix dinner admittance.
Rider’s Lounge – New! Open daily. Featuring Continental breakfast 7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., snacks, water, soda and coffee. Cocktails and finger foods, 3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.
Junior Rider’s Lounge – Open daily 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Featuring games, snacks, water
Cadets Program Resumes
The popular Cadets Horsemanship Program will resume at the October shows with clinics for junior riders on Saturday, October 22 and Saturday October 29. The program is a unique new opportunity for young riders competing in the junior divisions to learn basic horsemanship skills and earn points that will subsidize the cost of competing at the WEC.
The Cadets Horsemanship program places an emphasis on learning, horsemanship and community service by encouraging young riders to engage in activities hosted and/or approved by WEC such as horsemanship clinics and contests, essay writing, art and photography. For more information about the Cadets Horsemanship Program or to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About World Equestrian Center
Driven by a passion for horses and a commitment to supporting equestrian sports in the United States, the WEC aims to return horse showing to its former grandeur while incorporating an element of fun reminiscent of the horse shows of the past. Located in Ohio’s ‘Golden Triangle’ the venue is less than one hour from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton airports. For more information please visit www.WEC.net.
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