The equestrian community plays an integral part of the economic, demographic, and physical structure of Wellington making the community very unique. Wellington has made a substantial investment in the equestrian community by:
- Creating and adopting an Equestrian Element of the Comprehensive Plan which establishes Goals, Objectives, and Policies for the Equestrian Preserve Area (EPA)
- Adopting and implementing an Equestrian Overlay Zoning District (EOZD) which provides guidelines that foster the preservation and enhancement of the EPA
- Developing and maintaining over 100 miles of public bridle trails
- Improving drainage systems to prevent flooding
The history of the equestrian industry in Wellington began when Polo arrived in 1977 when Gould and it's chairman "Bill" Ylvisaker acquired the undeveloped parcels of the Wellington Planned Unit Development (PUD). Within a decade, Wellington became and international equestrian destination hosting the coveted Polo World Cup. Wellington soon attracted other disciplines and became home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Olympic Jumping Team Qualifying Trials. Today there are more than 580 farms serving a variety of equestrian discipline including polo, dressage, hunter/jumper, and recreational riders.
Wellington is collecting data for the Equestrian Data Report that will serve the entire equestrian community. By recognizing the distinctive needs and characteristics of each equestrian discipline, the report will ultimately reflect the vision of the equestrian community. The preparation of the report will include collection and analysis of the data which will ultimately be used in the equestrian master planning process.
For more information about the Equestrian Community, please contact Michael O'Dell.