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Wellington Training Club Breaks Ground on Covered Arena

Wellington, FL - Jan. 13, 2009 - The team creating Wellington Training Club broke ground Tuesday before a crowd of about 50 guests on the equestrian community's central feature, the 78,000-square foot covered riding arena.

The arena, along with two grassed fields, four all-weather schooling rings and a 39,000-square foot clubhouse, comprise the central amenities for Wellington's newest equestrian development. Wellington Training Club is a 525-acre equestrian community of farms located off 50th Street in the village's Equestrian Preserve.

Master Equestrians John and Beezie Madden joined project managers Mike O'Dell and Susan Giddings of O'Dell Land Development Consultants, and Karen-Ann Gardier, Chief Operating Officer of the property owner Wellington Preserve Corp., putting shovels in the ground to mark the start of the construction period. By the end of 2010, the entire 66-acre amenity, including the two-story clubhouse, will be complete.

"We sincerely appreciate all the effort and time invested by every stakeholder to make this day a reality, and I dare say, it is our belief that this marks the beginning of a very exciting journey, not only in Wellington but also in the equestrian world," Gardier said. Gardier also is chief operating officer of the development's parent company, CLICO Bahamas Ltd. and CLICO Trinidad, subsidiaries of C.L. Financial Ltd. of Trinidad and Tobago. The company has developed property in Fort Lauderdale and Miami as well.

Joining the owners and developers for the event were Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Vice Mayor Carmine Priore, and aides from Sen. Joseph Abruzzo and Rep. Dave Aronberg's offices.

O'Dell recounted how Wellington Training Club was created over the last 12 months as the Maddens brainstormed with the development team.

"John spoke of bridle fairways, riding parks and open spaces," O'Dell recalled. "Steve Garrett with Lucido & Associates was sketching away at the end of the table, and before you knew it, 45-foot bridle

fairways were born, training parks were added, and the amenity itself was being fine-tuned."

Two-time Olympic Show Jumping Medallist Beezie Madden and husband, trainer John Madden, said they're part of the project because it puts the focus on the horse, and it allows them a way to give back to the sport.

"Wellington Training Club is the first project I've seen that rises to what our expectations for the horse would be," John Madden said. "Wellington Training Club will allow owners to satisfy their responsibility to the horse."

Beezie Madden said the various components of Wellington Training Club provide everything an owner needs to keep their horses in top condition.

"The horses I deal with are athletes. They thrive on a routine of exercise. It's important to have a place like this to exercise in inclement weather," she said of the covered arena.

In addition to the Maddens and Stuart-based Lucido, the team includes Smith and Moore Architects of West Palm Beach, engineer Alan Gerwig & Associates of Wellington, builder The Weitz Company of West Palm Beach, and Hunt & Gross, P.A. of Boca Raton, attorneys for the project. Diane Jenkins of Jenkins Realty Inc. is the exclusive listing broker for the project.

The covered arena will be built with a laminated wood interior and a standing seam metal roof. A two-story interior will allow space for an elevated walkway that will run along the length and width of the structure for an unobstructed view of the action in the arena.

The walkway will traverse a 10,000-square foot courtyard, then take visitors into the upper level of the clubhouse, where a main salon will be designed to seat more than 300. On the lower level of the clubhouse, plans include a Founders Study, gymnasium and spa.

Wellington Training Club will have no more than 92 farms ranging from 2 to 10 acres, or buyers can combine lots for a larger farm. Each farm will be custom built.

For sales information, contact broker Diane Jenkins of Jenkins Realty Inc. at 561-640-4059.

Photo Credit: Mike O'Dell, John Madden, Beezie Madden, Darrell Bowen, Karen Gardiner, and Carmine Priore Photo Rebecca Walton. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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