The history of the equestrian industry in Wellington began when Polo arrived in 1977 when Gould and it's chairman William "Bill" Ylvisaker acquired the undeveloped parcels of the Wellington Planned Unit of Development (PUD). Within a decade, Wellington became an 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.