Welcome to week six of the World Equestrian Center ‘Winter in the Midwest’ 2020 circuit. Saturday is shaping up to be an exciting day with an exhibitor party happening during the Grand Prix and Movie Night right after! Find the newsletter, posted around the facility, to follow along daily with our events and see which vendors will be making an appearance.
Farriers, Inc. will be on-site this week, attending to your horse’s hoof care needs. Find them in Barn A, located just before the outdoor schooling arenas. You can also reach them by phone (937-481-4198) to inquire about their full range of services. Even if you won’t be seeking help yourself, it’s great to have their contact for a friend!
What to Watch
Thursday | $5,000 Welcome Stake – Sanctuary Arena
Friday | $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – R+L Arena
Saturday | $25,000 WEC Grand Prix – Sanctuary Arena
$7,500 Futures Prix – Sanctuary Arena
$2,000 Non Pro 2’6” Derby – Roberts Arena
Where to Eat
We’re offering two tantalizing buffets at the Paddock Club this week for just $19.99 per person. Friday and Saturday, the kitchen will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to keep the service coming and buffet fresh. You can also visit the Paddock Club Tuesday through Sunday to order from the restaurant’s hearty menu.
While you’re spectating Saturday’s shows, drop by the Sanctuary Arena for a ringside exhibitor party during the Grand Prix. Enjoy complimentary treats, courtesy of WEC, as you experience the exciting sport of Grand Prix show jumping. The Rider’s Lounge will also continue to offer breakfast items and coffee. Snacks are available for exhibitors visiting the Junior Rider’s Lounge.
What to Do
There’s more to find at the Paddock Club besides fine dining and overstuffed leather couches. Visit Saturday, after the Grand Prix, to take part in Movie Night! Few places are better than the Paddock Club to lounge in a family-friendly atmosphere while watching a select flick. Be sure to look over the menu and try some of the acclaimed entrees while you’re there.
Join us for the Cadets Horsemanship Program at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning upstairs in the Sanctuary Arena. The program 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 with 39 cadets receiving a $250 horse show credit and one lucky cadet receiving a $500 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 p.m. on Friday and check-in upstairs in the Sanctuary by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday are eligible for the random drawing.
The crew at Andrew Ryback Photography will be on-site for this show, capturing the best shots of riders in action. Andrew has a rich history in the equestrian photo industry, be sure to read more about him in the July 2019 issue of WEC magazine, available in print and online at WEC.net. Stop by his booth to view and purchase your show photos, plus, a few other items he offers exhibitors.
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. Services include haircuts, styling, color, manicures, pedicures and massages. Text Diane Bayless (937-428-4984) for all of your hair and nail needs and Katrina Hale (513-623-9087) for a relaxing massage.
Many other vendors will be on-site WEC as well. Stop in to Baekgaard, Equestrian Sundry, A Bit Above, or A Sudden Impulse for personal gifts and accessories. If show clothes and tack is more your style, check out Chagrin Saddlery, Riders Boutique, The Custom Fox, CWD and Antarès. If horse supplies are your go-to, stop by Dandy Products, The Apothecary and Farm Vet. Also check out Saeks Chiropractic or Mona’s Monograms to view their range of services.
Chaplain Larry Speelman continues his 4-part series titled “Saddle Up Your Horses” now in its third week. This Sunday’s sermon is titled “Properly Sized;” below is Chaplain Larry’s description.
A saddle is a saddle, right? Have a conversation with a saddle vendor and your perspective might change. A saddle needs to fit the horse and provide comfort to the rider as well. Artisans consider measurements, materials and application for every saddle they produce, since one size doesn’t fit all. Just like a saddle, each one of us is unique; the old adage of square pegs in round holes applies to individuals being “Properly Sized” for God’s purpose in this world. Have you ever considered how you fit in the Body of Christ? Everyone has a role to fulfill using their distinct talents. You might be surprised to learn the tasks God has for you no one else can accomplish.
You can attend a 15-minute service on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at the in-gate of the Sanctuary Arena. We provide coffee and pastries and all are welcome: people, dogs and horses. A second service will take place later that day at 11:00 a.m. in the Vendor Village chapel. For those unable to attend, please visit WEC.net to listen to Chaplain Larry’s sermons available as weekly podcasts.
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors
We want to extend our thanks to our generous sponsors for their continued support: Antarès Sellier, Buckeye Nutrition, Coughlin Shadow, CWD, Dandy Products, Dover Saddlery, EquiFit, EquiJet, Flexi Equine, Osphos, Perfect Products, R+L Carriers, Sport Data, Inc., Sterling Thompson Equine, Tribute Equine Nutrition, Vetoquinol, 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.