Wilmington, Ohio – The 2024 Winter in the Midwest series at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington continues Wednesday, February 7 with Winter Classic 9. Competition will run through Sunday, February 11 and will feature USEF Premier/Level 4 Jumper competition including the $10,000 Welcome Stake, two $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, the $10,000 Premier Equestrian Futures Prix, and the $30,000 Grand Prix.
World Equestrian Center Magazine VOL IV 2023
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After Hours Family Fun
Join us in The Paddock Club Friday evening at 6pm for Valentine’s Day trivia! Love is sweet, try to win a treat! Prizes will be available.
The Valentine’s braiding contest will take place Saturday from 11am-5pm in Vendor Village. Bring your decorated four-legged friends for a chance to win a prize!
Be sure to stop in The Sugar Shack and A Sudden Impulse to guess the number of candy in the candy jar for a chance to win a giant teddy bear for your Valentine!
The Paddock Club
The Paddock Club special will feature a Lake Erie Walleye fillet battered and fried golden brown, served on a sub bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, melted smoked cheddar cheese, and an Alabama white sauce. The Paddock Club will also host a buffet style dinner Saturday, February 10, including:
- Mashed potatoes
- Baked mac & cheese
- Salad bar
- Assorted desserts
The International Grille & Café will feature Gyros with shredded Gyro meat, cucumber, and onion on pita bread topped with Tzatziki sauce as well as biscuits and gravy.
What To Watch
$10,000 Welcome Stake | Standlee Sanctuary
$3,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby | R+L Annex
$15,000 USHJA National Non-Pro Hunter Derby 3’ | R+L Arena
$15,000 USHJA National Open Hunter Derby 3’ | R+L Arena
$3,500 Non-Pro Hunter Derby 2’6” | R+L Annex
$10,000 Premier Equestrian Futures Prix | Standlee Sanctuary
$30,000 Grand Prix | Standlee Sanctuary
Entries & Stall Reservations Remain Open for the 2024 Winter in the Midwest Series
Entries and stall reservations are open for the 2024 Winter in the Midwest Series at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington featuring 16 weeks of USEF National & Premier/Level 4 jumpers. The indoor circuit runs from November 29, 2023, through April 16, 2024, and offers more than $4 million in prize money and prizes. WEC – Wilmington is the ideal destination for competitors to escape the harsh winter conditions and show in the spacious, climate-controlled indoor arenas.
Starting at the 2024 Winter in the Midwest series, WEC – Wilmington is offering an exciting and affordable new program for all young hunters and jumpers. All 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds are eligible to be nominated. All nominated jumpers will be eligible for the $45,000 Young Jumper Championship. Jumpers will pay a one-time nomination fee to enter the program. Entry fees and jumper nomination fees will be FREE for every show through November 2024. All nominated hunters will be eligible for the Young Hunter Championship, where they will be offered back 100% of the nomination fees collected throughout the year as prize money (with a minimum of $2,500 guaranteed). Hunters will pay a one-time nomination fee to enter the program. Entry fees in the Young Hunter Division will be FREE for every show through November 2024.
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- A Bit of Class Salon and Day Spa
It’s no secret that every equestrian could use a little pampering during their downtime at horse shows – treat yourself! Join us at A Bit of Class Salon and Day Spa located in Vendor Village. The salon offers a wide selection of services – everything you would find at a traditional salon!
- The Sugar Shack
Hurry in to indulge your sweet tooth, or find something sweet for your Valentine! The Sugar Shack is located in Vendor Village and is sure to satisfy all of your sweet cravings.
- Dark Horse Coffee Co.
Dark Horse Coffee Co. is now serving up all of your favorite Starbucks creations! Completely customizable hot, iced and frozen beverages. Quick snacks can also be purchased here.
- Shaggy Chic Pet Parlor
The Pet Parlor features a state-of-the-art iClean Dog Wash, plenty of dog treats and stacks of fluffy towels for furry friends to dry off after their baths. Pamper your furry Valentine with a self-serve spa treatment at Shaggy Chic!
- A Sudden Impulse
Get your WEC merchandise at this charming boutique featuring clothing, Yeti insulated drinkware, jewelry and more. A Sudden Impulse meets all of your on-site customization needs with our full-service monogramming and engraving services as well.
- Winslow Photography
Winslow Photography is the OFFICIAL show photographer. You may recognize owners Josh and Karrin Winslow and their fantastic team of photographers from the various shows held at our facility. Visit their booth located in the R+L Hallway.
- Saeks Chiropractic
Dr. Saeks of Saeks Chiropractic, L.L.C. is a familiar face at World Equestrian Center. Visit his tent booth in the R+L arena to make sure you are feeling your best!
- 70 Degree
70 Degree is back at WEC and offers cute and casual riding clothing as well as fun accessories. Find them inside Vendor Village, across from A Sudden Impulse.
- 2nd Round Equestrian
2nd Round Equestrian offers used apparel, tack, footwear, horse items, and accessories. Visit 2nd Round Equestrian in Vendor Village next to the Bradley Arena and a Bit of Class Salon and Spa to shop all consignment items!
Where to Eat
Open to exhibitors every day at 4 p.m. during horse show days, The Paddock Club is one of the family-friendly, World Equestrian Center restaurants as well as a gathering place featuring a full bar, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and multiple comfortable seating areas. Stop in to dine or enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail.
For a quick grab, The International Café at the World Equestrian Center is conveniently located outside the Roberts Arena and around the corner from Vendor Village. The International Café opens at 7 a.m. on show days. The cafe features a classic on-site dining menu consisting of full breakfast, lunch and dinner options. We offer daily specials and a selection of beer and wine.
Larry the Preacher Guy provides weekly services at World Equestrian Center. You can attend a 15-minute service on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. in Vendor Village. Young Equestrians for Christ meet Thursday’s at 7pm in the Rider’s Lounge. All are welcome: people, dogs and horses. For those unable to attend, please visit WEC.net to listen to Chaplain Larry’s sermons available as weekly podcasts.
Lodging at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington
Guests are advised to make lodging reservations at their earliest convenience to ensure they secure accommodations close to the showgrounds. Reservations can be made at wec.net or by calling 937.382.0985 ext. 3
World Equestrian Center – Wilmington has myriad on-site lodging options for guests:
- The Wilbur Estate – The Wilbur Estate is a stunning, plantation-style mansion with five elegant luxury suites. Accommodations are centrally located on the horse showgrounds, just steps from arenas, stabling and the Paddock Club. Free Wi-Fi and VIP parking are included in your stay at The Wilbur Estate.
- Cabins – Each of our cabins sleep up to six guests and is within walking distance from our arenas and barns. Two of our cabins are handicap accessible. Free Wi-Fi included.
- Home Away from Home Park – Directly across the street from our horse show entrance, our 130 Home Away from Home units have two or three bedrooms with a fully equipped kitchen and living and dining room area. Free Wi-Fi included.
- Camping Sites – World Equestrian Center has many camping sites equipped with electric, water and sewer for $225 per week (or any portion thereof), you must reserve these on your entry form or stall reservation form. Please check-in at the horse show office for a pass prior to parking your RV.
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About World Equestrian Center
World Equestrian Center features two premier equestrian and multidisciplinary venues in Ocala, Florida, and Wilmington, Ohio.
These exclusive facilities comprise state-of-the-art arenas, expansive stadiums, versatile outdoor space, sporting fields and well-appointed exposition centers. An abundance of lodging options and luxury accommodations are conveniently located on-site, along with shopping and dining throughout each property.
Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family-friendly environment, World Equestrian Center promises an unparalleled experience for exhibitors, spectators, vendors, sponsors and retailers built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction. Learn more at wec.net.
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All horse show images are provided by Winslow Photography and can be purchased onsite at WEC – Wilmington or online through their website.