09 July 20  |  Equestrian News   |  

What’s Happening at WEC: Summer I

Horse shows are back and we are thrilled to welcome exhibitors back to World Equestrian Center. And we extend a warm welcome to all of our World Championship Hunter Rider members at WEC this week. Things are looking a little different with new protocols in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but we are more than happy to do our part to ensure exhibitor safety. We have carefully thought through every detail of horse show operations and have made a myriad of changes with safety as the top priority. Use this as your helpful guide throughout the week for everything from where to eat to what to do.

General Guidelines

We have implemented a number of guidelines and protocols to aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and we ask that you do your best to follow these in order to keep yourself, other exhibitors and our staff safe:

Wear a mask when not mounted on a horse.

Wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.

Stay at least six feet apart from others.

Monitor your temperature daily.

Stay up to date with class start times and orders of go via horseshowing.com and PA announcements.

Study your courses via horseshowing.com.

Limit the number of people accompanying a horse to the ring (maximum trainer, athlete, parent and groom).

Wear gloves when setting jumps in schooling rings and in communal areas such as wash racks.

Abide by schooling ring occupancy limits.

Utilize horseshowing.com to add, scratch and checkout.

Appoint one representative per barn to visit the show office, if necessary.

View a complete list of COVID-19 guidelines and protocols at wec.net or horseshowing.com.

Feature Classes

We are thrilled to offer a full show schedule, along with exciting feature classes:

All Week | World Championship Hunter Rider classes

Thursday | $5,000 Welcome Stake sponsored by CWD

Friday | $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Saturday | $25,000 WEC Grand Prix

$7,500 Futures Prix

$2,000 Non Pro 2’6″ Hunter Derby

Where to Eat

There are plenty of dining options on-site at WEC during the horse show, including the brand new Dark Horse Coffee Co. proudly serving Starbucks, located in Vendor Village between Shaggy Chic Pet Parlor and A Sudden Impulse boutique. The stunning new coffee shop offers all of your favorite Starbucks beverages. Don’t have time between rides to grab a coffee? Swing by on horseback at the convenient ride thru window, located in the Sanctuary Arena hallway.

Looking for a bite to eat without leaving the outdoor rings? Visit the food truck for tasty sandwiches, fresh salads and other made to order favorites. The Paddock Club will also be open for both lunch and dinner with call ahead ordering available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 937-556-2209. The International Grille and Cafe will be closed for WEC summer shows.

The Sweet Shop will also be on-site in the courtyard by the R+L Arena serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.

What to Do

Each horse show week, Chaplain Larry Speelman holds worship services on Sunday at the ingate of the Sanctuary Arena from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Join Chaplain Larry for an uplifting message. Please remember to social distance while in attendance. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to listen in, Chaplain Larry’s sermons are available as podcasts on WEC.net. This week’s sermon is titled “Chomping at the Bit – Raring to Go” and is part of the sermon series “Idioms with a Horse”. Chaplain Larry describes the sermon:

Enthusiasm is a great tool for motivation.  Enthusiasm is a good jump starter for anything we do, but did you know the Biblical meaning is actually “God within”.  Knowing that God is with us in what we do can be very encouraging.  We can actually be enthusiastic about anything He wants us to do knowing He is doing it with us.  When was the last time you felt enthusiasm for a hard task?  Well, maybe it’s time to rethink this word and start chomping at the bit and be raring to go when you face the next challenging situation.  Remember what the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 (NLT), For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

The Cadets Horsemanship Clinic will be hosted in the Roberts Arena on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. Please remember to social distance while in attendance. The clinic is open to everyone, but only junior riders are eligible for a horse show credit. Each week, 40 junior riders chosen by random drawing will receive a horse show credit. Thirty-nine Cadets will receive a $250.00 horse show credit and one lucky Cadet will receive a $500.00 credit! Please check in by 7:00 a.m. with the attendant. Attendance is strictly enforced. Only those that are entered in the show office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday and check in upstairs in the Sanctuary by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday are eligible for the random draw.

Need time to relax during the show? Look no further than A Bit of Class Salon & Day Spa, World Equestrian Center’s on-site boutique salon. Diane Bayless offers haircuts, styling, color, manicures and pedicures during normal show hours. Licensed Massage Therapist Katrina Hale is also at A Bit of Class Salon & Day Spa, so stop by for a relaxing massage. Text Diane at 937-728-4984 or Katrina at 513-623-9087 to make an appointment.

Where to Shop

Winslow Photography is the official photographer of the WEC summer horse shows and will be on-site each week capturing all of the horse show action at every ring. Stop by their tent next to the food truck outside to view and purchase your photos, or shop online at jwinslow.com.

Need an adjustment to get back into horse showing shape? Visit Saeks Chiropractic, L.L.C. Dr. Saeks believes in a holistic approach to healing his clients through muscle work and getting to the root of the cause to prevent future issues, benefiting riders by allowing muscles to move more freely. Pulse Equine is also on-site at WEC offering Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), which is said to restore the health of horses at a cellular level by stimulating cell metabolism.

Shopping for goods for you or your horse? Dandy Products, The Apothecary and Farm Vet are here to bring the barn essentials to the horse show, so stop by for treats, medications or even custom barn padding. Get your new goodies personalized at Mona’s Monograms. From jackets to brass nameplates, they do it all. While you’re in Vendor Village, be sure to visit A Sudden Impulse to stock up on popular WEC branded merchandise including clothing and accessories. 

Custom Fox is on-site in the R+L Arena hallway with a wide selection of show clothing, tack and accessories. 70 Degree is also at WEC this week offering cute and casual riding clothing. If tack is more your style, visit CWD, Voltaire or Devoucoux.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

We want to extend our thanks to all World Equestrian Center sponsors for their continued support: Antarès Sellier, Buckeye Nutrition, CWD, Dandy Products, EquiJet, Horse First Supplements, MARS Equestrian, Perfect Products, R+L Carriers, Sterling Thompson, Tribute Equine Nutrition, Sport Data, Inc. and Voltaire Design. Many sponsors and their products are on-site weekly at World Equestrian Center, so be sure to stop in and say hello.

We look forward to a fun week of horse showing! Please remember to do your part to help keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask and social distancing.

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