The United States Equestrian Federation has announced that Diamante Farms, located in Wellington, Florida, has been accepted into the USEF Elite Training Center Designation Program. The program allows venue owners, who have hosted at least one USEF-sanctioned team, developing rider or horse training session, in one of the eight FEI disciplines, within the last year to apply for Elite Training Center status. These venues have been instrumental in providing USEF high performance training sessions aimed at developing and preparing teams to compete internationally.
“Diamante Farms is a staple of the equestrian community, and we are proud to add it to the string of recognized Elite Training Centers,” said Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport. “We remain extremely grateful to and reliant on facilities that are developed and maintained to the necessary high standards required for the training of our teams and athletes that will represent the U.S. on the international stage. We want to recognize the contribution these facilities, which are often privately owned, make to the development and success of the equestrian teams. Without facilities of the very highest standard no team in any sport can train and prepare for major competitions; we are lucky within equestrian sport to have a number of such facilities across the United States and we will be recognizing these with this designation.”
The following venues have officially been designated as USEF Elite Training Centers. Additional information on these USEF Elite Training Centers is available on USEF.org.
Previously designated USEF Elite Training Centers:
• Hillcroft Farm, owned by Misdee and James Miller, Paris, Kentucky.
• Havensafe Farm South, owned by Betsy Juliano, Wellington, Florida.
• Epona Farm, owned by Michael Fowler, Thousand Oaks, California.
• Riveredge Farm, owned by John and Leslie Malone, Chesapeake City, Maryland.
• Cascade Stables, owned by Barbe Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana.
• Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds, owned by Wellington Equestrian Partners, Wellington, Florida.
• Shannondale Farm, owned by David and Julie Shannon, Alpharetta, Georgia.
• Stonehall Farm, owned by Jacquie Mars, The Plains, Virginia and Ocala, Florida.
• The Grand Oaks Resort and Museum, owned by B. Thomas Golisano, Lady Lake, Florida.
• USET Foundation, Hamilton Farm, Gladstone, New Jersey.
• Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky.
• Live Oak Plantation, owned by Charlotte Weber, Ocala, Florida.
• Hermitage Farm, owned by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Goshen, Kentucky.
• Morningside Training Farm, owned by Connor Husain, The Plains, Virginia.
-- via USEF