Carlucho Arellano Of Wellington Named Executive Director Of Services At USPA

Carlucho Arellano Of Wellington Named Executive Director Of Services At USPA

The United States Polo Association recently announced that Carlucho Arellano Jr. of Wellington has been selected as the association’s executive director of services.

Arellano earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, which enables him to effectively manage financial budgets. He comes to the USPA after having worked as a professional polo player and president of Capataz Polo for the past 16 years. His experience in hiring and managing employees, coaching and mentoring, combined with his extensive knowledge of the polo industry, were key factors considered when adding him to the executive team.

“I’m excited to have Carlucho join our team,” USPA CEO Bob Puetz said. “He brings with him a lifetime of polo experience, along with an in-depth knowledge of the culture of the sport. His understanding of the players, clubs and the inner workings of the association will be a great asset and addition to the leadership of the USPA.”

Arellano will serve the members and clubs of the association and oversee the responsibilities and staff of USPA Services. He will focus on facilitating improved external communication between the association and players, members and clubs, as well as assist with internal communication between the board, committees and staff. This will be achieved through oversight of handicaps, tournaments, club approvals and board meetings, along with communications and committee objectives.

Arellano has many achievements to his name as a polo player, ranging from intercollegiate to international titles. Some notable accomplishments include: Intercollegiate Player of the Year in 2000; University of Virginia Varsity Polo Team Captain and National Men’s Intercollegiate Championship finalist in 1998 and 2000; member of the U.S. Team for the Camacho Cup in 2009; Team USPA coach and mentor from 2015 to 2017; member of Villa del Lago Herbie Pennell Cup winning team in 2017; and Team USPA assistant coach in the XI FIP World Polo Championship in 2017.

“Joining the USPA staff when so much is happening for our sport and the success of our future players is most gratifying,” Arellano said. “This is an opportunity to give back to polo all that it has given to me. I look forward to working with my fellow players, the board, committees and staff to strengthen American polo.”

Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. The association is currently comprised of almost 300 member clubs with thousands of individual members, and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more info., visit


Addison Piper Builds A Strong Base For A Great Future In Jumping

Addison Piper Builds A Strong Base
For A Great Future In Jumping

Growing up in Wellington, Addison Piper comes from show jumping on all sides of her family. She has been competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival for 10 years and enjoys the confidence building and learning that comes with the local 12-week series.

Both of her parents, Will and Tiffaney Piper, competed in equitation and jumpers as young riders.

“My mom rode, my dad rode and my grandma still rides,” Piper explained. “I was basically born into horses. I started off with the ponies, like most riders, and then I moved onto the horses. I love it.”

Piper has had some great results along the way. In 2017, she placed fifth in the nation at the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search in Gladstone, N.J., judged by McLain Ward. This year and next year, she has the opportunity to compete in the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals before she ages out of the junior division.

At 17 years old, she has big goals for the future.

“I want to keep excelling in the jumpers,” Piper said. “I have a new jumper that I am getting to know, and two other jumpers, plus my equitation horse. I just want to keep moving up. I will go to Spruce Meadows this summer, which is exciting because I will get to jump some big courses. If everything goes to plan, I will do indoors this fall with the junior jumpers and all the equitation finals. I want to stay competitive in equitation. I got a ribbon last year in Gladstone. Hopefully, I will get a ribbon again this year. That is the goal.”

With four horses to ride, sometimes more, Piper is always on the move.

“Bonita Z, I just acquired from Eric Lamaze and the team at Torrey Pines. She is awesome. She is a cute little chestnut mare, really feisty,” Piper said. “Then, there is Hermine 44; I have had her for two years. She took me to my first NAJYRC FEI Junior/Young Rider Championships in Colorado. And with All About Anjes (aka Onions), my other jumper, we do the Low Junior Jumpers. She is one to get into the ring for practice. For equitation, I lease a horse named Skara Glen’s Prologue.”

A typical day includes school and horses.

“At home, I start at 8 a.m. I usually have four to five horses to ride,” Piper said. “Most days are riding on the flat, or I may have a jumping lesson or two. When I finish around 2 or 3 p.m., I go straight to school until around 5 or 6 p.m. Then I start the next day all over again.”

During the winter 12-week WEF series, Piper has classes in the early mornings and throughout the day.

“Today, I started off with the Junior Medium Classic,” she said, explaining how she schooled her horse, Hermine 44, at 6:30 a.m. and made sure she was ready. “Then I walked the course at 7:30 a.m. and competed at 8:15 a.m. It can be pretty busy running from ring to ring.”

The schedule includes showing two or three horses in a week. To give her horses, and herself, a rest, she takes regular breaks. “I do two weeks on and one week off during the season,” Piper explained.

Piper is coached by Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms, whom she travels with on the circuit all year.

“I have been riding with them for almost six years now,” she said. “They also have two great people who work for them, Chrissy Kear and David Nation, who have been a huge help in my junior career. They have always found great horses for me, and they are so supportive.”

She is currently completing her junior high school year at the Palm Beach International Academy. “It’s an awesome place. I have been going there since eighth grade,” Piper said. “I’m starting to look at colleges and preparing for the ACT. When I am traveling, my teachers Skype with me. It has been a great program for my college preparations.”

Piper approaches her career with sincere insight and a drive to learn.

“I love the horses. Even if I didn’t show, I love being around the horses and being back with them in the barn,” she said. “I also have that competitive drive to do well. My horses try so hard for me, and I have a very supportive team behind me. It has been a great opportunity for me to grow up here in Wellington.”


Wellington Offers The Perfect Home For Quality Saddle Fitter Debbie Witty

Wellington Offers The Perfect Home For Quality Saddle Fitter Debbie Witty

When Debbie Witty first visited Wellington 10 years ago, she immediately felt at home with its charming atmosphere and sense of community.

Although she originally planned on only residing in the equestrian hub for the winter seasons, seven years later, she officially moved her family from Ithaca, N.Y., to become year-round Floridians.

An avid dressage rider, Witty fell in love with all that Wellington has to offer in addition to the abundance of equestrian networking opportunities at the highest levels of the sport. From the Olympic sports of dressage and show jumping to the thrilling game of polo, Witty had found the ideal location to further establish her company, Trilogy Performance Saddlery.

“When I began riding, I noticed that the expectation from riders was to swing their leg over a saddle, sit on their horse and everything go perfectly,” Witty said. “I quickly recognized that many riders were struggling with their performances due to incorrect saddle fit for themselves and for their horse. Personally, I remember taking a lunge lesson in a saddle that was so uncomfortable and left me sore, and the trainer said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.’ I decided at that moment the saddle-fitting industry needed to be revamped.”

After embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, with stories of rider discomfort and saddle shopping nightmares inspiring and motivating her, Witty dedicated her life to developing a line of saddles that would provide comfort for both the horse and rider.

“I saw the opportunity for change, and I enveloped everything I had personally experienced and witnessed with fellow riders into designing my own saddle line,” Witty said.

Early in her career, she gained extensive knowledge and expertise on equine biomechanics from her 10-year tenure at the Cornell Veterinary College. Thus, the Trilogy Performance Saddlery design process became ingrained with scientific studies.

Witty also spent a great deal of time in England learning from and becoming certified by the prestigious Society of Master Saddlers.

“It was my desire to show people that I was really passionate about the correct fit of the saddle,” Witty said. “I am always hungry for information and a thorough education. During my time with the Society of Master Saddlers in England, I was among the first group of international students to be accepted as a qualified fitter, while more than 50 percent of the participants failed. It showed me how, as an industry in the United States, we needed to step up our game. The qualifications proved that I was knowledgeable, and I wanted to share my expertise with my potential clients and the equestrian community.”

Over the years, Witty’s Trilogy Performance Saddlery has developed into one of the top saddle manufacturing companies in the United States. The firm is dedicated to achieving a greater level of performance and awareness for horse and rider through education, service and design. From observing riders’ performance while training and showing to listening carefully to their feedback, Trilogy Performance Saddlery has successfully fit many Olympic champions, such as Debbie McDonald, as well as amateurs and young riders.

“Our saddle collection fits virtually every body type. Usually, if someone comes in, they’ll always find something that is comfortable for them,” Witty said. “We also work hard at making the saddle user friendly for the horse. Our design features a nice wide flat panel, a wide gullet and they’re all wool flocked so they’re totally adjustable. I always stress to everyone that adjustability is the most important element, no matter what saddle you’re looking at, because as the horse develops in his body, the saddle must change along with him. However, you must have a highly skilled technician adjust the wool flocking correctly to ensure proper fit.”

Trilogy Performance Saddlery offers customers a distinct advantage over other saddle competitors, not only in the quality of its products, but also in providing access to a vast network of specially trained saddle fitters, who have all passed an extensive education program developed by Witty.

Located across the United States, Trilogy Performance Saddlery’s fitters specialize in hand fitting, flocking and providing ongoing client support. Witty requires that every member of the saddle fitting team participate in continual educational sessions, as well as benefit from ongoing training in new techniques and methods of evaluation.

“One of the things I am most proud of is our saddle fitting training for our consultants,” Witty said. “They’re talented, trained technicians. They’re professionals, but they all continue to come back for more education, and many of my training sessions take place in Wellington.”

The equestrian community in Wellington has accepted Witty as one of the top saddle experts in the industry, and she has a packed schedule during the winter season. Being in the center of Wellington allows her to spend time at the horse shows, where she can continue to grow her connections and share her knowledge, while also personally meeting with clients at their barns for fittings.

“I love the atmosphere of Wellington,” Witty said. “It’s beautiful, clean and the sense of community is what sets it apart. I love being a part of something as special as Wellington.”

To learn more about Trilogy Performance Saddlery, visit


Young Horseman Timmy Dutta Knows Polo Is His Passion

Young Horseman Timmy Dutta  Knows Polo Is His Passion

Young American polo player Timmy Dutta found his passion for polo early in life. Born and raised in Wellington, Dutta has always been around horses, and started his equestrian career at the age of five with a little black pony named Stripey.

At age 12, after a few years in the show jumping world, Dutta picked up a mallet for the first time, and immediately knew polo would be his future.

“One day I had the opportunity to stick-and-ball with my father. From that day on, I was hooked,” Dutta said. “Playing polo is an addiction. I want to play every day. It’s my love, it’s my passion, it’s my life.”

Dutta’s father, Tim Dutta, also a polo player, is the founder of the Dutta Corporation, a world-class international equine transportation company, and his mother is an international Grand Prix dressage rider.

With parents so immersed in the equestrian world, it is no wonder that the young Dutta is excelling on the polo field. At just 16 years old, he is one of the youngest players on the field in the high-goal tournaments in Wellington.

During the 2018 season in Wellington, Dutta has been playing with the Pilot team in the 20-goal tournaments at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, alongside Curtis Pilot and Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres, who are widely recognized as some of the best players in the world.

“It’s a great pleasure to play with these guys,” Dutta said. “They are amazing players; they’re the top in the world. It’s a learning experience for me. As a young player coming up in the sport, playing with the top players is something we all dream about.”

He is also playing on his father’s team, Dutta Corp, in the Grand Champions 20-goal events.

Dutta has learned from his parents’ example that success in riding starts in the barn. He has 14 horses in work and is very involved in the daily operations — riding five to 10 singles a day during the season and paying close attention to his horses’ nutrition and exercise regime.

“Every horse is different — some need more, some need less,” Dutta explained when asked about his nutrition program. “We have a base Triple Crown feed that we use, and then we add in supplements. Sometimes the base feed will change depending on their needs.”

Dutta’s inherited commitment to horsemanship and horse care has drawn him attention and support at a very young age. He is sponsored by the leading supplement company, Vita Flex, as well as Triple Crown Nutrition. Both companies admire the young player’s passion not only for the sport, but the horses themselves.

Being a young American player is not easy in a sport that has historically been dominated by Argentina.

“As a young American player, there are a lot of challenges,” Dutta said. “We have great polo here in America, but down in Argentina, you get to play every day. I’m lucky that my dad supports me and allows me to go down there to play.”

Dutta is quick to recognize how vital his father’s support has been to his polo career. “My father has taught me a lot. I respect and admire him, especially his work ethic. He has really taught me to manage my horses,” Dutta said. “He has put me in a place where he has bought me the best horses, and he has been helping me from the start and training me. I couldn’t do it without him.”

Dutta also credits his coach and mentor Piki Diaz Alberdi, and said that he has tried to model himself after both Alberdi and his father. Some of the horses that he is playing in the high goal have come from Alberdi, as well as legendary player and horseman Memo Gracida and Carlitos Gracida. A true horse family, the Duttas know that good horses make the polo player, and they have mounted Dutta as well as possible.

Although a career in polo is Dutta’s main focus, he does intend to pursue a college degree in international business and psychology. However, most likely it will be online so that he can continue to ride and play at the same level.

The future looks bright for this upcoming American player, but the ever-humble Dutta is quick to turn the attention back to his father’s support.

“I wouldn’t be here without my father,” he said. “He’s been here for me and taught me everything.”


Light And Lively Redesign Breathes New Life In Binks Forest Family Home

Light And Lively Redesign Breathes New Life In Binks Forest Family Home

Wellington’s Binks Forest neighborhood may be a bit of a drive from the coast, but that didn’t stop designer MaryLou Pilous of Interiors With MaryLou from infusing a coastal cottage feel into this family home. The transformation began on the ground floor, taking the living room, family room, kitchen and cabana bath from dark and dated to light and lively. Working her magic primarily with a paintbrush, Pilous began with the walls, cloaking each in Palladian Blue, a gentle mix of blue and green that calls forth memories of the many changing moods of the sea. With decorative accents of yellow, blue and white, the downstairs maintained a seaside cohesiveness from room to room, with occasional pops of a darker blue to surprise and delight.


Family Room: The family room boasts a harlequin-painted coffee table in the style of MacKenzie-Childs. In its previous life, it was simple pine, hardly deserving of its center stage spot. Designer MaryLou Pilous changed all that.


Dining Room: In the formal dining room, old oak corner cabinets were painted white and their interiors wallpapered. The white pine laminate flooring seems ready to stand up to sand and surf with its natural-looking “planks” of different widths.


Open Display Hutch: Formerly nothing but plain pine, this distressed white family room hutch now sets the tone for the in-home oceanic experience with its pastel yellow beadboard back and mismatched drawer pulls.


Hutch With Drawers: Again, old dark wood cabinetry gets a new lease on life with a coat of crisp white paint and mismatched pulls, one pair reminiscent of teardrop earrings. Also shown is a close-up detail of the decorative accents.


Bathroom: Seamless glass walls and a rain shower were a pleasant addition to the cabana bath. Its statement flooring, which dramatically continues up the walls of the shower, was imported from Italy.


Breakfast Nook: With windows overlooking the backyard and the lake, and a glimpse of the blue awning outside, this cheery breakfast nook makes it easy to begin the day.


Living Room: An angled sofa, oversized glass coffee table, family photo gallery and wing chairs upholstered in three or four complementary floral fabrics boldly hold their own against the breathtaking faux fireplace and its hand-painted surround.


Kitchen: Previously inhabited by an undersized island, the kitchen was reminiscent of a dance floor. Designer MaryLou Pilous took two matching china cabinets, placed them back-to-back and topped them with quartzite. A farm sink in a lower cabinet supported by two feet, an open-shelf upper cabinet with added corbels and a shaved brick backsplash brought this kitchen rightfully into the Sunshine State.


Orthodontist Dr. Howard Shullman’s New Book Is Designed To Get People To Smile

Orthodontist Dr. Howard Shullman’s New Book Is Designed To Get People To Smile

Dr. Howard B. Shullman is a highly trained and skilled orthodontist who has been serving the Wellington community for more than 12 years and treats patients of all ages.

Now, he has published an inspirational book called 101 Reasons to Smile.

With an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate of dental medicine, both from the University of Florida, Shullman is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the South Florida Academy of Orthodontics.

Following graduation, Shullman practiced general dentistry in Tampa, focusing on the treatment of children, before continuing his orthodontic training at Nova Southeastern University. There, he served as chief resident in the Department of Orthodontics during his final year of residency.

An active member of the Wellington community, he is highly involved in the area, helping out with local schools, recreational leagues and businesses. In addition, Shullman is a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Medical Committee, where he and his staff brainstorm with other committee members about local community initiatives.

The practice’s philosophy is to employ both skill and compassion in everything they do. This ensures that each patient receives the most advanced, effective and customized treatment plan.

Shullman’s love of the constantly evolving field of orthodontics drives him to be knowledgeable about all the newest treatment options. As such, his patients receive the most up-to-date and effective care possible. Shullman offers multiple guarantees to alleviate concerns his patients may have throughout their treatment process and the life of their smile. In order to accomplish this, Shullman offers his Lifetime Satisfaction and Lifetime Retainer guarantees.

With the Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee, Shullman is so confident with his treatment methodology that if patients aren’t completely satisfied with their results at any point after orthodontic treatment, all they have to do is let him know, and he will fix it.

Shullman also knows that the key to a happy and healthy smile is properly wearing and maintaining an orthodontic retainer. Many orthodontists charge a fee to replace a retainer, but Shullman knows that sometimes accidents happen. With the Lifetime Retainer Guarantee, if a patient loses or breaks a retainer, Shullman will replace it for free.

His latest endeavor is a book written to inspire others to share a smile. Titled 101 Reasons to Smile, it reminds people to think about the moments in their life where they felt happy or inspired.

“Smiles inspire all of us,” Shullman writes in the introduction. “Smiles evoke confidence. Smiles warm the soul. Smiles have the ability to change our mood and the mood of others. Smiles are contagious. For these reasons and so many more, this book was written to express the joy I have experienced over the years creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.”

Each page of the book includes an inspirational reason to smile, such as: “Squishing your toes in the sand as the ocean water surrounds your feet,” “looking into someone’s eyes and seeing their soul” and “seeing the work you do impact people in a positive, lasting way.”

Since the book has been released, Shullman has donated thousands to local schools for their upcoming graduating classes as a special gift. In addition, 101 Reasons to Smile has been given to many community businesses and local Wellington Chamber of Commerce committee members. He has even begun signing copies for his patients.

To receive a complimentary copy of Shullman’s book, or to learn more about his orthodontics practice, call (561) 868-5050 or visit Shullman Orthodontics at 9859 Lake Worth Road, Suite 21. For those not in the area, or if you would like to send a copy of the book to someone special, 101 Reasons to Smile is also available on Amazon for $15, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for patients who otherwise cannot afford orthodontics treatment.


Learn more about Dr. Howard B. Shullman and Shullman Orthodontics at


Master Chef Chris Paul Enjoys Sharing His Unique Culinary Creations

Master Chef Chris Paul Enjoys Sharing  His Unique Culinary Creations

When you are one of only seven certified master fusion chefs in the world, its culinary cuisines become the paints upon your palette, to mix and contrast, then artfully place on a plate — your canvas. Art, however, is not truly appreciated until it is shared, which is Master Chef Chris Paul’s favorite part of what he does.

Chris Paul Falci grew up on a five-acre farm in Sussex County, N.J. Raising animals and working in the garden, he had an early relationship with food and its natural sources. After milking cows, collecting eggs, pulling up carrots and digging for potatoes, he would watch his mother cook family meals, helping where he could. His favorite pastime was eating the ice cream he made with her, using fresh cream.

When he was young, Chris had extensive food allergies and a diet that consisted of mostly chicken and applesauce. His allergies to additives, food coloring and sugar were such a problem that his mother made him his own ketchup and chewing gum. The health challenges he had to overcome as a child laid the foundation for the compassion he now feels for others, and why he always happily accommodates dietary restrictions in his cooking. It is also the driving force behind his unwillingness to compromise on quality, and his insistence on making every single recipe ingredient from scratch.

Not every five-year-old insists on sitting his parents down with a written menu, candles on the table and music on the radio while serving them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a towel over one arm. Even at that young age, Chris perceived eating as an experience, not a bare necessity.

“Food, for me, has always been a way to connect to nature, family, friends and my own sense of discovery. From the joy of picking fresh berries as a young boy, to hunting through markets for the freshest ingredients for my recipes as a chef, I have somehow always been aware that nourishing the body can also be a way of feeding the soul,” he explained. “Nature provides the mix of colors, textures and flavors that delight our senses. As a fusion chef, I take that array of palettes from different cultures and create innovative dishes that excite me as a culinary artist. Sharing that excitement with diners is what feeds my soul.”

Chris’ family is a mix of Italian, Irish, Scottish and German backgrounds that found its way to the family table. His grandparents were excellent cooks and provided him with a rich culinary background, but it was not until he arrived at culinary school that his taste buds were really set on fire.

It was when he studied in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand that fusion-style cooking attracted his interest and started his experimentation. He also found that most American couples he cooked for came from different ethnic backgrounds, which formed their food preferences. By combining the cuisines, he realized he was able to please both while finding his own “voice” for his food.

Chef Chris Paul’s family moved to Florida when he was 16 years old to help take care of ailing grandparents. Now, he is a longtime Wellington resident with his wife, Marisa, and three children: Madison, 16; Skyler, 14; and Gabriela, 12. He provided catering services in the local area for 14 years under the name Wild Orchids Catering. His many awards for his unique food and creative programs have brought him recognition far beyond Wellington’s borders.

For four seasons, Chris was a guest chef on the Lifetime Cable Network show “The Balancing Act.” When his son, Madison, was seven years old, he joined his father on an episode wearing a chef uniform and, as a teenager, shares his interest, cooking for the entire family.

Now Chef Chris Paul’s focus is mainly on intimate in-home dining, private parties and wine pairings. Local residents have had the opportunity to experience his cuisine through his Taste & See pop-up restaurants at the Polo West Club, Village Music Café, You Farm and Downtown at the Gardens.

With a culinary education that includes Johnson & Wales University, the Florida Culinary Institute and the New England Technical Institute, and certification in a wide variety of cuisines, Chris embodies none of the stuffiness and formality that one might expect from such credentials.

His love for both food and people, combined with his humor, humility and warmth, can probably be credited for the popularity of his interactive dinners.

“On a very personal level, I have experienced the importance of food to one’s health,” he said. “I will never compromise on the quality of my dishes, but I also want my food to please all the senses and, most of all, to be a joyful experience.”

For more information, contact Master Chef Chris Paul at or visit


Local Banker James Seder Joins First Bank As It Expands Into Wellington

Local Banker James Seder Joins  First Bank As It Expands Into Wellington

Florida banker and longtime Wellington local James Seder is bringing the services and values of First Bank of the Palm Beaches to Wellington.

First Bank is a Palm Beach County owned and operated local bank. Its only current existing location is in the historic First Bank building in downtown West Palm Beach, and its second branch is currently under construction in Wellington.

Joseph “Jay” Shearouse, First Bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, and John Ahrenholz, First Bank’s president and chief operating officer, are some of the key leaders who had large roles in bringing First Bank to life back in 2010, and, ultimately, aspired to bring the locally grown financial institution to Wellington. They both have banking careers in Palm Beach County dating back to the 1970s.

Shearouse and Ahrenholz asked Seder to join their team as soon as they began discussing the idea of building a branch in Wellington. Shearouse said that, in regard to the Wellington location, there was no one as qualified to lead and manage the branch as Seder.

“Not only did we know from the beginning that we wanted to build in Wellington, but we also knew we wanted James to be our leader out there,” Shearouse said.

Seder is now First Bank’s vice president and market executive, and will be the branch manager of the upcoming Wellington branch.

Seder moved to Wellington in 1982, attending Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University. His banking career began in 1993, when he worked for First Federal, now known as First Bank of Florida. He later moved to Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, where he opened his first bank account as a teen. At Fidelity Federal, which has since become PNC Bank, Shearouse and Seder worked closely together for many years.

Fidelity Federal was one of the first banks to start lending money for housing communities and commercial buildings in Wellington.

“[Fidelity Federal] was one of the first banks to recognize that Wellington is a great place,” Seder said. “They made it possible for the community to know their bankers and for bankers to know their clients.”

Shearouse and Seder gained ample experience in community banking working for and — each of them — managing the Fidelity Federal bank branch in Wellington. They are both proud of the work they did helping the community develop and flourish into what it is today.

They both gained a sense of building personal relationships with families in Wellington. Until last year, when Seder joined the First Bank team, he was still providing banking services for the same people and families that he worked with closely for nearly 20 years.

“I am a community banker at heart,” Seder said. “I love the feel and reward of being part of a community bank.”

Seder, Shearouse and Ahrenholz look forward to bringing a local bank to and for Wellington’s community. First Bank’s core value is to listen and serve its clients. The bankers’ fulfillment stems from supporting their clients and serving them as a vital resource in building their small businesses, buying homes for their families and serving as a helping hand to their community.

“We looked all over Palm Beach County to decide where we wanted to build our second branch,” Shearouse said. “But we knew we wanted to build a branch in Wellington.”

Seder’s goal as the future manager for the Wellington branch is to connect with his clients in the same way he did during his past two decades as a Wellington banker. He aims to create a bank that is different from other banks, and one that generations of families in Wellington can depend on and feel supported by.

“A lot of banks talk about customer service being the way to make business, and that is true to an extent, but I think here, we really focus on taking care of our clients and doing what is right,” Seder said. “Wellington is a place where you know your clients, they know you and you become a little family.”

First Bank of the Palm Beaches’ Wellington branch is scheduled to open next month in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more information, visit


United Realty Group’s Dilenia Rivas Specializes In Residential Real Estate

United Realty Group’s Dilenia Rivas Specializes In Residential Real Estate

Brooklyn has produced some of the most influential Americans in history, and New York City’s most populated borough has also had a positive effect on Wellington’s real estate scene, thanks to Dilenia Rivas of United Realty Group.

“I graduated from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then obtained my college degree from LaGuardia Community College,” Rivas said. “I moved to Wellington in 2007 because most of my family had relocated to Florida, and I wanted a better quality of life for my children and myself.”

That desire soon became the driving force in her professional career, as well.

“I decided to get into real estate because I have always enjoyed helping people,” Rivas said. “Real estate allows me the opportunity to help people realize their dream of home ownership, and to me, nothing is more fulfilling.”

Her time as a Wellington resident has enhanced her business acumen. Rivas knows the area well, and she is completely confident that she can create the perfect match between buyer and home.

“I specialize in residential homes in the South Florida market,” she said. “I am a longtime resident of the Wellington area, which allows me to better serve my clients who are looking to buy homes, sell or invest in Palm Beach County. Raising my family and working in the local Wellington market makes me especially qualified in assisting my clients in their home purchases.”

Having first-hand knowledge of the community and its surrounding areas makes Rivas a perfect fit at United Realty Group, which prides itself on offering both its agents and clients a completely full service, state-of-the-art experience. All of the area’s marvels and joys are presented to potential customers in a pressure-free experience.

“United Realty Group is a statewide real estate company,” Rivas said. “Our Wellington office specializes in equestrian properties, as well as commercial real estate acquisitions.”

Rivas definitely relies on her experience in and understanding of Wellington to give her a leg up on other Realtors when it comes to doing business in the village. She is also very aware that our area does a great job selling itself.

“Wellington has awesome public schools and is close to everything,” she said. “Our public school system is hands-down the best in South Florida, which is very important to most families looking to buy homes in our area. Wellington has the greatest equestrian population in the entire United States. We host the Winter Equestrian Festival every year, attracting horse enthusiasts from all over the world.”

For all it offers, Wellington is like other areas when it comes to buying, selling and renting homes: it’s at the mercy of the real estate market. Fortunately, Rivas sees the market as strong and only getting stronger.

“We are seeing the greatest rise in property values in the past seven years,” she said. “There is no greater time to buy or invest in Wellington real estate than right now.”

To contact Dilenia Rivas, call (561) 633-6456 or visit


Iseult Broglio Is Proud Of Her Many Years Of Service To The Wellington Community

Iseult Broglio Is Proud Of Her Many Years Of Service To The Wellington Community

Iseult Broglio was born in Dublin, Ireland, but it was her love of horses that brought her to America.

My sister and her husband had an equestrian training center in Southern Pines, N.C., and I came over in 1971 to help out,” Broglio recalled.

She was working, happy and hardly homesick at all — and that’s when fate stepped in. Lee Broglio, a trainer of Standardbred horses, turned Iseult’s head and she never looked back. The pair were married — and stayed that way until Lee’s death in 2015 at age 90.

“Lee needed warmer weather, so, in about 1979, we moved to Wellington,” Broglio said.

Dublin’s loss was Wellington’s gain. Shortly after arriving, Broglio got involved with the Gold Coast Dressage Association, where she was approached by a fellow member who asked if she knew anyone who could be able to put on a dressage show to raise money for disabled children.

She didn’t think twice.

“I got involved practically immediately with the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center,” Broglio recalled. “That was way back when it was on Lake Worth Road.”

Although the dressage group itself was not able to help out, two other individuals from Gold Coast answered Broglio’s request for assistance, enabling her to put the event together within the required two-month timeframe.

“That first dressage show, I had 36 rides for the whole day,” Broglio remembered. “I gave Vinceremos a check for whatever it was, and it escalated from then on.”

The first indication that things might be heating up occurred the week after the show. Broglio received a call from Vinceremos founder Ruth Menor asking her to serve on the young nonprofit’s board. Broglio agreed, and the rest is philanthropic history.

For 13 years, under Broglio’s direction, the Vinceremos dressage fundraiser was held at the Winter Equestrian Festival showgrounds.

“At one stage, I had three dressage rings going all day — 150 rides, sometimes in three arenas,” she said.

Broglio credits some of that success to the timing of her event, early in the season. “The riders wanted to get into the arena before the big show started, to get used to the venue,” she explained. “Of course, my dressage show was a schooling show, not an A-rated show. Anybody with any kind of a horse could ride. That wasn’t my concern. My concern was making money for Vinceremos.”

And make money she did. Through the years, the Broglio family raised large amounts of funding for Vinceremos. She served on the board until 2011. Her husband did, too. He served as president for eight years.

As a board member, she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

“I did some volunteer work at the barn, working with the kids, and I helped with Vinceremos’ main auction every January,” Broglio said. “I got people to come, got auction items donated, and on the day of the event, decorated tables and got things ready — whatever they needed me to do.”

Today, thanks to its many successful fundraisers and widespread community support, Vinceremos is on its own Loxahatchee Groves property with a stable full of horses and dedicated volunteers of all ages. Horse shows and auction fundraisers continue annually, and things look a lot brighter for every child, and now many adults, whose needs are helped by spending quality time atop a gentle horse.

But Broglio is not one to rest on her laurels. In addition to her work with Vinceremos, she also volunteered for several years at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, spending a couple of days a week walking and interacting with the dogs, as well as cleaning up after them. She spent another two years with the Kids Cancer Foundation in Royal Palm Beach. She helped organize November golf tournaments, finding players and silent auction items and looking after healthy siblings so parents could be with sick children during treatments.

Why does she do it?

“I was very lucky in life,” she said. “I had a great marriage and one son, and I just thought I should be trying to give back. Vinceremos came along, and I really, really enjoyed it. Wellington is a great community, and I wanted to give back to the community. Plus, Vinceremos does an absolutely incredible job for these children.”

Broglio’s son Frank, his wife Jeni and their two children — Emily and Lily — live with Iseult in a happy family conglomeration worthy of Dublin.

“Lee and I were married 40 years. I trained horses with him and went to sales with him,” Broglio said. “And my mother said it wouldn’t last! After all, I was Lee’s third wife. But the third time’s the charm.”


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