Welcome to Week 13 of ‘Winter in the Midwest’ at World Equestrian Center. We’re excited to bring you another week of great equestrian sport and family-friendly fun. Head to the Sanctuary Arena on Thursday and Saturday to watch exciting jumper classes. Friday and Saturday you can witness the elegant hunters compete in the derbies at both the R+L Arena and the Roberts Arena. Join us outside of the show rings this week for mechanical bull riding, as well as a Sip & Shop sponsored by Mona’s Monograms.
What to Watch
Thursday | $5,000 Welcome Stake 1.35m – Sanctuary Arena
Friday | $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – R+L Arena
Saturday | $25,000 WEC Grand Prix – Sanctuary Arena
$7,500 Futures Prix 1.30m – Sanctuary Arena
$2,000 Non Pro 2’6” Derby – Roberts Arena
Where to Eat
The Paddock Club is offering a mouth-watering buffet on Friday for an all-you-can-eat price of $19.99. Friday’s menu includes entrées of chicken fricassee and baked tilapia, along with sides of potato cakes and mixed vegetables. A delicious soup and salad bar is also available. Cap the night off with a sweet treat of a mini cheesecake or lemon bar.
Enjoy ringside popcorn and a cash bar in the Sanctuary Arena on Thursday during the $5,000 Welcome Stake 1.35m and in the R+L Arena on Friday during the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Sanctuary Arena is hosting an exhibitor party on Saturday during the $25,000 WEC Grand Prix, offering sumptuous hors d’oeuvres including lobster mac n’ cheese bites, chickpea dumplings and delicious mini cupcakes. After the Grand Prix, head over to the Paddock Club for all of your Paddock favorites and a fresh soup and salad bar.
The International Grille and Café offers bountiful options for breakfast and lunch. Start your day off right with a breakfast burrito, eggs or a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Enjoy a lunch break with a made-to-order sandwich, or grab a salad or wrap in the cooler for lunch on the go.
Need a snack in between meals? The Junior Rider’s Lounge also provides snacks throughout the day. Stop by the Rider’s Lounge each morning for complimentary pastries and a hot cup of coffee.
What to Do
Purchase raffle tickets at the show office for a chance to win a limited edition linocut print of Kevin Babington and Shorapur by Sarah Lockwood-Taylor. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or five tickets for $20.00. All proceeds benefit the Kevin Babington Foundation. The raffle will take place on March 14 at World Equestrian Center (you do not need to be present to win).
Activities kick off on Friday with a Sip & Shop in Vendor Village from 2:00–4:00 p.m. sponsored by Mona’s Monograms. Enjoy some treats and visit all of your favorite shops.
The Cadets Horsemanship Clinic will be hosted upstairs in the Sanctuary Arena on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. 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. 39 Cadets will receive a $250.00 horse show credit and one lucky Cadet will receive a $500.00 credit! Attendance is strictly enforced! Please check in by 7:00 a.m. with the attendant. Only those that are entered in the show office by 5:00 pm on Friday and check in upstairs in the Sanctuary by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday are eligible for the random draw.
Saturday night’s thrill does not end after the Grand Prix; head over to the Paddock Club to try your hand at mechanical bull riding. Don’t miss out on the fun!
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. and in the Chapel in Vendor Village from 11:00-11:15 a.m. Join Chaplain Larry for an uplifting message. 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 “Consolation” and is the sixth sermon of the seven-week series “Trojan Horses.” Chaplain Larry describes the sermon: