Wellington is not only home to the world’s finest equestrian athletes, both riders and horses, the most prestigious events in Polo, Show Jumping, and Dressage, but also to A-rated schools and best-in-class parks and recreation. The equestrian season begins in November and runs through April. Our unique and distinctive equestrian community is host to nearly 9 million dollars in prize money, the Global Dressage Festival, the Nations Cup, The USPA Piaget Gold Cup, and the United States Open Polo Championship. Wellington’s equestrian community produces a combined impact of more than 160 million dollars to Palm Beach County’s economy every year. Our equestrian venues also double to support sporting events like the National American Youth Soccer Organization soccer and the National Field Hockey tournaments along with a host of local sporting events that combined have a regional economic impact of over 16 million dollars.
A Great Hometown
The Village of Wellington began as a planned unit development in the early 1970s and became a municipality in 1996. Wellington made Money.com’s 2019 list of “The Best Places to Live in America” with eleven A-rated schools. There is a semblance of the bucolic setting that the word Village implies in Wellington; however, what we really are is a vibrant community of 62,000 people and 12,500 horses at our peak.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security called Wellington “One of the Safest Cities in Florida” in 2018, and Safewise.com ranked Wellington among “Florida's 50 Safest Cities of 2019." Our equestrian community is distinctive and in many ways the heart of Wellington. It is not the rolling hills and pastoral settings found in Ocala but rather an exurban environment designed to keep horses close to the competitive arenas. Our equestrian community is one of our largest industries, with horse densities ranging from our most common 4 per acre up to 50 horses per acre on the farms surrounding our three major equestrian venues. “Horse Farms” in Wellington range from 1 acre up to 200 acres with the most common sizes being either 2 or 5 acres. Renowned for our equestrian and polo events, Wellington is recognized as the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World.” Our growing medical hub is our next largest industry. Anchored by Wellington Regional Medical Center, we also have Palms West Hospital to our north and Bethesda Memorial Hospital to our south. Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital opened its outpatient facility within the Village in 2019. We are also home to a host of medical specialists and general practitioners. Balancing the needs of our community with flood control, growth, traffic, and just plain livability is our biggest challenge. That challenge is reflected in our legislative agenda. We want Wellington to remain the great home town that it is, a place for families and horses.