As the longtime winter capital of equestrian sports, Florida plays host to a bevy of events that run throughout high season. Here’s a look at just some of the state’s polo tournaments, show jumping competitions, horse races and charity benefits leading up to the Kentucky Derby in May. It’s a wonderful excuse to dress up, celebrate the glorious spring weather, mix and mingle and watch world-class equestrians, polo players and these captivating creatures.
Longines Global Championship
After kicking off its 13-country, 16-leg world tour in Qatar earlier this month, the 2023 Longines Global Championship for Olympic-level show jumping heads Stateside to Miami Beach from April 12-15. The unique experience combines a beachside sporting arena with ocean views, top international riders such as Christian Kukuk and Katrin Eckermann, a shopping village and VIP lounges with complimentary refreshments.
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La Gorce Island | North Bay Road
Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament
More than promoting polo in the LGBTQ+ community, the Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament raises funds for so many LBGTQ+ organizations like onePulse Foundation, Compass Youth Program and SAGE, which provides advocacy and services for elders. The traveling competition (National Polo Center, April 7-8) also features an invite-only reception (April 6), Lady Bunny’s “Wigstock” party and Sunday brunch (April 9).
The equestrian world’s winter capital, the bucolic village of Wellington abuts the Florida Everglades in Palm Beach County. Local life revolves around the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Lake Worth | Royal Palm Beach
Derby Day Benefit
All proceeds from the 5th annual Derby Day Benefit on May 6 benefit the Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates neglected horses, and Caring Children Clothing Children, which provides clothing and literacy services. Come out to Rockin’ H Ranch for a Kentucky Derby viewing party complete with mint juleps, hors d’oeuvres, a hat contest and silent auction.
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Place your bets for the Florida Derby on April 1. Gulfstream Park’s $1 million G1 race is a proven indicator of which horse will win the Kentucky Derby in May. Among a dozen contenders, there’s a lot of buzz about trainer Todd Pletcher’s 2-year-old male horse Forte. The grand event also brings Taste at the Track for wine and tapas (21+).
Broward County spans the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Fort Lauderdale and its beaches to the Florida Everglades. The expansive area offers historic neighborhoods, luxury high rises and family-friendly gated communities with a choice of in-town and suburban lifestyles. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Hallandale Beach | Hollywood
World Equestrian Center
The Sunshine State claims the nation’s largest equestrian complex—300 acres, 15 outdoor rings, five indoor arenas, the 248-room Equestrian Hotel, and stables and event spaces galore. Following the 2023 Ocala Winter Spectacular Show Series XII, upcoming events include the Ocala Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show (March 31-April 2); and Ride the Wave Premier Horse Sales (April 20-22).
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Jacksonville | Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Winter Equestrian Festival
The Winter Equestrian Festival heats up as the 2023 season comes to a close. Elite riders compete at the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CS15 on April 1; Blue Ribbon Club tables and Beachside buffet are among seating options, while the evening also features a band and fun for the kids. Explore Wellington International’s upgraded amenities, as well as Sunday brunch and designer vendors.
The equestrian world’s winter capital, the bucolic village of Wellington abuts the Florida Everglades in Palm Beach County. Local life revolves around the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and the International Polo Club Palm Beach.