The Equestrian Podcast with Bethany Lee
[EP 299] The WEF Series- How The Great Charity Challenge Supports Nonprofits with Anne Caroline Valtin
Anne Caroline Valtin is the Executive Director of the Great Charity Challenge. The Great Charity Challenge was created in 2009 to assist non-profit organizations located in and serving Palm Beach County. Through the support of the equestrian and local community, the GSS has distributed almost $18 million to 294 Palm Beach County nonprofits. During week five of WEF, The Great Charity Challenge is hosted with many fun features including creative costumes, fun makeup, and raising money for those in need. This year’s theme of Candy World aims to inspire the community to “Build a Path to a Sweeter Future for our Palm Beach County neighbors in need” – we truly believe that everyone can #BeTheChange. Listen in!
[EP 298] The WEF Series- How Equestrians Can Give Back with JustWorld Internationals’ Bracy Fuentes
JustWorld International is a not-for-profit organization that transforms the lives of children in impoverished communities around the world. In this episode we are joined by the Project Manager for JustWorld, Bracy Fuentes, as she explains JustWorld International's exciting gala being held tomorrow in Wellington, Florida!
For the past 20 years, the annual JustWorld Gala has provided critical funding to support education and nutrition programs for children around the world. These programs, and JustWorld as an organization, continue to receive recognition by third-party validation services for a commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility. The Annual JustWorld Gala historically brings together more than 700 guests from the global equestrian community. Together, for one night, guests enjoy gourmet food, an open bar, surprise entertainment and dancing – not to mention the most diverse and exclusive live and silent auction items up for bid. All proceeds go directly to the daily operations to help fracture the cycle of poverty for nearly 10,000 children.
[EP 297] The WEF Series- Experiencing WEF for the First Time with Fashion Student Zara Boyd
Zara Boyd is British rider and fashion student splitting her time between studying in NYC and riding in Wellington this winter. After taking a few years off from riding since recovering from an eating disorder, Zara is back and excited to ride in her first season at WEF with her horse, Oreo. Zara is joined by a supportive group of trainers from Lionshare farm and is excited to see how far she can go in the low amateur division. In her spare time Zara enjoys sharing her riding adventures over on TikTok as @zarazeezee amongst her 54K followers. Listen in!
[EP 296] The WEF Series- Darragh Kenny Discusses His Recent Grand Prix CSI3*
Darragh Kenny is an Irish show jumper with over 200 wins to date. He is ranked eighteenth in the Longines Rankings as well as top sixty-five in the FEI Jumping World Cup standing. Based out of Oakland Stables in Wellington Florida and Meijel, Netherlands, Darragh has represented Team Ireland in both the Olympics and FEI World Equestrian Games with numerous achievements and countless accolades. In a sport where points are most important for overall ranking, Darragh explains his different approach to showing only the essential weekends in order to make sure both him and the horse are getting adequate rest for best performance. Listen in!
[EP 295] The WEF Series- An Inside Look on the New Wellington International with Lenore Brown
We all know the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and here to chat with us today is Lenore Brown, Director of Sponsorships for the recent rebranding of PBIEC, Wellington International. Lenore has worn several hats in the industry including working as a groom for Lionshare Farm, being veterinary assistant, and the President for Phelps Media Group. Since its announcement in March, Wellington International has already dedicated millions towards its improvement and is estimated to be complete in 2026. Listen in as Lenore shares more about some changes we will see in the coming years for Wellington!
[EP 294] The WEF Series- Alex Granato Explains WEF’s Exciting Battle of the Sexes Exhibition
Alex Granato is a professional show jumper from Salt Lake City, Utah who owns and operates Mad Season LLC, a hunter/jumper show barn based out of Wellington, FL and Lexington, KY. Alex has represented the U.S. in Nations Cup competition and won over 50 Grand Prix events across the United States. This past weekend for WEF Premiere Week Alex was part of the men's winning team for the Winter Equestrian Festival’s $75,000 "Battle of the Sexes" an event the men’s team has won 3 times in 14 years! Listen in for the break down!