The elegance, excitement, and prestige of equestrian sport are just a few reasons why horse events around the world continue to draw international crowds. From the enduring Kentucky Derby to the highly-anticipated Argentine Open Polo Tournament, equestrian events routinely attract elite clientele, drawn by both the spectacle and the equine lifestyle. We’ve sourced five properties situated amidst the action, with all the ease and functionality expected of an equestrian haven.
Wellington, Florida, USA
If Wellington, Florida, seems an unlikely setting for the equestrian elite, you’re in for a treat. This small town is home to the annual Winter Equestrian Festival, a months-long event that runs from mid-December to late April and draws world-class riders and beginners alike. The festival, which takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, runs concurrently to the Palm Beach International Polo Season, making Wellington the place to be for equine enthusiasts.
Set down roots at this Wellington property located in the gated Grand Prix Village South community, just a short gallop from where the Winter Equestrian Festival is held. The four-acre property counts a 20-stall stable, large arena with premium footing, and a private vet and farrier clinic among its exceptional amenities. In addition to the property’s equestrian luxuries, the home itself offers owners a serene and sophisticated enclave with spacious rooms and refined furnishings.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina is one of the best places to see and participate in polo—aptly dubbed “the sport of kings.” The country’s most important polo championships, known as the Triple Crown, are played in Buenos Aires from October to early December each year. The world’s top players—and most eager spectators—anticipate the Argentine Open Polo Tournament every year, which takes place in Palermo’s Argentine Polo Field. It’s not just about the games, though—the tournament also draws the international elite for its glamorous afterparties.
Located in Lobos, this property is ideally located for the polo enthusiast and lover of the countryside. Just a little over 60 miles outside of Buenos Aires, the home, with its Spanish-inspired architecture and private dock over the lake, offers owners and their guests a unique equestrian experience.
Lower Saxony, Germany
With its world-class events like CHIO Aachen and more than 7,600 horse clubs, it’s no wonder Germany is considered an equestrian heartland. CHIO Aachen is the largest event of its kind in the world, attracting international competitors and spectators to events including show jumping, dressage, vaulting, and driving, with the prize winnings totalling over 1.6 million euros. Riding in Germany is not limited to elite competition—the country’s equestrian organizers are dedicated to keeping the sport accessible and enjoyed by all.
The pastoral setting of this traditional residence in Lower Saxony is the perfect backdrop for the home’s reed-thatched roof and historic brickwork. In addition to its turquoise swimming pool, the private and serene property also encompases state-of-the-art horse facilities. The listing’s elevated rustic interiors and ample green space provide the ideal milieu for both homeowners and their four-legged companions.
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
An overview of international equestrian havens would not be complete without Louiseville, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby has taken place since 1875. Continuing to attract guests and riders from all over the world to this day, the Kentucky Derby at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack is a sporting event with a rich history. Thoroughbred horse racing is the dominant sport here, but the equine industry as a whole is very much a part of Louisville’s identity and culture.
Offering everything the professional thoroughbred owner or trainer might need, this one-of-a-kind property in Lagrange, Kentucky really does have all the necessary amenities for the serious equestrian. The High Pointe Training Center is set on 262 acres of land and is outfitted with seven training barns with access to a covered horse exerciser, 350 stalls, and a three-quarter mile training track with chutes and starting gates.
From Harness Racing at the Grand Prix d’Amerique to the popular Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup event, France is a decidedly great place to be for horse lovers. The country is home to 8,600 clubs and 5,000 riding centers, and an enthusiasm for equine sport is evident in the many international events held each year. With its 37 Olympic medals in equestrian events—third in the world—France is a contender, and an important stop on the international equestrian calendar.
Not only does this spacious historic estate in Nantes house a castle, but it also comprises one of France’s largest equestrian facilities. With the capacity to stable 400 horses, extensive equestrian facilities including show jumping and dressage, and 128 hectares of land, this property is uniquely suited to the professional equestrian. The fully restored castle also serves as a respite after a long day of jumping, with an indoor pool and a steam room.
Equestrian events are a yearly highlight for sports enthusiasts from France to Argentina to Florida. These five exclusive properties offer a rare chance to be part of this world, where sport, style, and social events merge to become something that lasts long after those few precious minutes around the track.
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Originally published on Sothebysrealty.com