Deeridge Farms, a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty set in the Village of Wellington will host the 2016 Wellington Masters – one of only seven East Coast qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American league for the 2016 World Cup Jumping Final.
For many years, the class has been hosted in Wellington. However, the prestigious international competition became available through a bidding process in 2014, which raised the potential for this pivotal event to leave Wellington and be held elsewhere in the North America.
The loss of such an important FEI World Cup™ qualifying class would have been devastating to the hundreds of competitors that call Wellington home in the winter, as well as for the local community that has come to realize the importance of such classes. That's when the Jacobs family stepped up.
“When we heard there was a strong possibility the World Cup qualifier was at risk, we wanted to do something to ensure it would stay here," said Lou Jacobs. "My family discussed how we could help and we decided to host the event at Deeridge Farms. Now we are assured that this important Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping North American League qualifier will remain in the Village of Wellington for the next three years. It is important to the community, competitors and enthusiasts that we keep it here.”
The Jacobs family hired the experienced and highly-regarded management team, Stadium Jumping, Inc., (SJI) organizers of The North American Riders Group’s (NARG) number one show in the United States, the American Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is another one of the seven east coast qualifiers. Stadium Jumping, with nearly 50 years experience, has produced numerous qualifying classes, but was also the first equestrian event organizer to ever bring the World Cup Finals to the United States. With a strong belief in the potential and promise of the World Cup concept, SJI founder Gene Mische brought the World Cup Finals to Baltimore in only its second year of existence in 1980 and then produced another World Cup Final in Tampa in 1989. Their experience in producing major events is unparalleled in the industry.
"It's exciting to use our family's farm to host the best event possible for Longines FEI World Cup qualifier," stated Charlie Jacobs. "As a competitor, I am honored to be a part of this word-class event, and my family shares my commitment to preserving this class in Wellington."
A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for next year's prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden March 23-28, 2016. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year's final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.