John and Beezie Madden Collaborate on Wellington Training Club
Wellington, FL - Jan. 12, 2009 - Master equestrians Beezie and John Madden are known for big accomplishments in the horse world. This year, they're helping to fulfill a personal goal that will elevate all of Wellington's equestrian community-the creation of a true winter home for serious horse people.
The pair are part of a team developing Wellington Training Club, a 525-acre community of farms featuring a 66-acre training complex with a huge covered arena, grassed riding fields, bridle fairways and central all-weather schooling rings.
"We've always talked about how special it would be if you had a big property to do something like this," said Beezie Madden, a two-time Olympic Show Jumping medallist and one of the most decorated riders in the sport.
The husband and wife team collaborated with O'Dell Land Development Consultants in designing Wellington Training Club, incorporating detailed plans to put the focus on the horse.
"It comes down to a fundamental thing," John Madden said. "Horses should have space."
The Maddens should know. They run John Madden Sales Inc. from their 160-acre farm in Cazenovia, New York, where they train, teach and ride. Working with 22 horses at any given time, the Maddens appreciate having the room to keep them healthy and content.
"That's what we're used to and that's why we're backing this project. Wellington Training Club rises to that standard," John Madden said.
Wellington Training Club is owned by Wellington Preserve Corp., a subsidiary of C.L. Financial Ltd. of Trinidad and Tobago. It will have no more than 92 farms surrounding the training complex. At the training complex, equestrians will find amenities for every riding need: a 78,000-square foot covered arena, one 10-acre and one 8-acre grass field, and four 160 by 280 foot all-weather rings. With farms ranging from 2 ½ to 10 acres or greater, owners can design their private space to work in concert with the shared amenities. The location south of 50th Street is just a short couple of miles from Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington's premier show grounds.
As part of South Florida's winter show circuit for more than two decades, the Maddens are well aware of the challenges equestrians face during the eight-week Wellington stop on the circuit. There's warm, sunny weather, but a far from relaxing environment for horses stabled on the show grounds.
"It's like you're at the show for 2 ½ months, and it doesn't let up," Beezie Madden said, referring to the constant action, evening lights and loudspeakers. "For horses, there's no mental vacation from it."
To have your own spacious farm with top-notch amenities all just a short ride away from the show grounds is the ideal situation, John Madden said.
"We typically think of having a home to go to instead of just living on the show grounds," he said. "This is a place for people who are concerned about the well-being and comfort of their horse."
One of the most important features of Wellington Training Club are the 9 miles of bridle fairways that John Madden helped design.
"I've always pictured being able to ride your horse on a golf fairway," he said. "So the riders will have all this space on the sides of the roads that connect the properties together. The majority of it will be grass."
There are three 2-acre parks nestled within the community as well, providing spaces for horses to work or relax, Madden said.
"It's really nice to be able to let the horse wind down and have space to do that," he said. "That doesn't mean leaving them in their stalls. Maybe it's just a ride on the fairways or in the parks."
The Maddens also will lend their equine expertise to ensuring that the footing in the covered arena and four all-weather rings is ideal. Owners will be members of a property owners association that will own and manage the facility, keeping it highly maintained, John Madden said.
He envisions being able to set up some courses within the all-weather rings.
"I'm just picturing a couple training courses set up to be used as part of preparation for competition," he said.
Owners and their guests also will have an ideal place to relax or entertain with the 39,000-square foot, two-level clubhouse. The clubhouse is nestled beside the arena, with an elevated walkway connecting the two, an ideal place to watch or photograph the action below. There's also a viewing area off the clubhouse's main level that overlooks the large grassed riding fields.
"Wellington Training Club gives the owner, rider and trainer the opportunity to do everything they need to do to prepare the horse in all phases," John Madden said. "They can train, condition, compete, then rest. And they have a home base."
For more information about Wellington Training Club, contact broker Diane Jenkins of Jenkins Realty Inc. at 561-640-4059.
Photo Caption: John and Beezie Madden. Photo © 2008 Rebecca Walton.Photo © 2008 Phelps Media Group, Inc. International. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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