We’re ready for another week of thrilling equestrian sport and family-friendly fun as Week 8 of ‘Winter in the Midwest 2020’ at World Equestrian Center gets underway. Featured classes run from Thursday through Saturday with three exciting jumper classes and two hunter derbies. Events fill the week with a Sip & Shop on Friday, a cornhole tournament on Saturday and to watch the big game on Sunday.
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
Get your snack on with complimentary ringside treats throughout the week including popcorn and sweet treats during the Welcome Stake and hors d’oeuvres during the Grand Prix on Saturday. Cash bars will be open for both classes serving beer and wine.
The Paddock Club will be offering two delicious buffets on Friday and Saturday night. Friday’s Country Fried Buffet includes entrées of fried chicken and country fried steak, sides of mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, rolls, broccoli and cheddar soup, and a salad bar. There is cheesecake and blueberry pie for dessert. Saturday’s Asian Style Buffet features entrées of Korean BBQ and chicken stir-fry, sides of egg drop soup, fried rice, spring rolls, crab Rangoon, California rolls and a salad bar. Dessert is orange cake.
The International Grille and Café offers delicious options for breakfast and lunch. Hearty hot breakfast items include breakfast burritos, eggs and a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Salads and wraps are available in the coolers for an on-the-run lunch or take a break with a made-to-order sandwich. Walking tacos are also back by popular demand.
In a hurry? Stop by the Rider’s Lounge each morning for complimentary grab-and-go breakfast items and a hot cup of coffee. The Junior Rider’s Lounge also provides free snacks throughout the day. TroGo is also on-site by the R+L Arena serving freshly made giant pretzels, homemade lemonade, frozen hot chocolates and plenty of other sweets and treats. Be sure to stop by for a snack on the way to the ring.
What to Do
A Bit of Class Salon & Day Spa is offering Chocolate Spa Pedicures for the month of February. Chocolate Spa Pedicures include a chocolate foot mask and chocolate scrubs along with treats like chocolate wine, hot chocolate and Valentines sweets.
Body Aesthetics is back at A Bit of Class Salon and Day Spa this weekend. Visit Aesthetic Registered Nurse Leigha Bos for IV treatments, wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers and much more. Specials include a free fat burner injection with the purchase of 20 units of wrinkle relaxers and buy one get one free Skinpens.
Join us in Vendor Village on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a Sip & Shop. Have a glass of wine and visit all of your favorite storefronts in Vendor Village.
Don’t miss the cornhole tournament in the Paddock Club on Saturday night after the Grand Prix. Sign up your team of two in the show office by Friday. First and second place teams will receive a cash prize.
Each horse show week, Chaplain Larry Speelman holds church services on Sunday at the ingate of the Sanctuary Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and in the Chapel in Vendor Village from 11:00 a.m. to 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 “Temptation” and is the first part of the seven week series “Trojan Horses”. Chaplain Larry describes the sermon:
Join us in the Paddock Club on Sunday to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers battle it out!
Where to Shop
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s never too early to start shopping for that special someone, especially if that special someone is you. Stop in to Baekgaard, Equestrian Sundry, CQ Equine or A Sudden Impulse for the perfect gifts. If show clothes and tack is more your style, check out Chagrin Saddlery, Riders Boutique, The Custom Fox, CWD and Antarès Sellier. If supplies for your horse are your go-to, stop by Dandy Products, The Apothecary and Farm Vet. For all of the best personalized items, visit Mona’s Monogramming.
Looking for a more hands-on experience? Stop into Saek’s Chiropractic, Pulse Equine or Vibersheild to get your body ready to horse show, or to recover from horse showing. While you’re in Vendor Village, bring your four-legged friends to Shaggy Chic for a quick and easy bath.
Don’t forget to stop into Andrew Ryback Photography to view and purchase your show photos. Photos will not be posted online, so be sure to pay their trailer a visit between Vendor Village and the R+L Arena. Photos from previous weeks at World Equestrian Center are also available.
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, EquiJet, Flexi Equine, Horse First Supplements, MARS Equestrian, Perfect Products, R+L Carriers, 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 seeing everyone for a fun week at World Equestrian Center.