Just east of Florida’s Turnpike, located in Okeeheelee Park South, is a 111-acre world class equestrian showplace called the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department.
There’s something for everyone, be it a seasoned competitor, a recreational rider or someone new to equestrian sports. The facility is a high-quality, competitive and affordable venue that offers a wide array of shows for all levels.
There are six rings and lighted arenas, a lunge ring, vendor areas and two barns with 128 matted stalls featuring water, electricity, sliding doors, permanent lights and a fire sprinkler system. There is also an area for temporary barns, covered manure receptacles, covered wash racks, a concession building, an announcer building, an air-conditioned show management office with desks and phones, wireless availability, three restroom buildings and plenty of parking for horse trailers.
Events include rated and unrated competitions. While the 2017 schedule has yet to be finalized, it is sure to include Western events, 4-H events and clinics, often including night and weekday events along with weekend activities. The facility is the permanent home of the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse, which stages monthly shows at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Additional shows last year included the NVHA Barrel Show, the Mark Wonderly Hunter/Jumper Show, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, the College Preparatory Invitational Show and more.
The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is available for rent, along with two jump courses and three dressage arenas. There’s an open riding area available from dawn until 8 p.m. with two lighted arenas, wash racks, a shade pavilion and a picnic area available for general use. Trails are available from dawn until one hour before sunset. This area is available to the public for free 365 days a year.
The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is located at 7500 Forest Hill Blvd., just east of Florida’s Turnpike. For more information, call (561) 966-7090.