The Evolution Of A Market An Interview With Wellington Real Estate Powerhouse Martha Jolicoeur

The Evolution Of A Market An Interview With Wellington Real Estate Powerhouse Martha Jolicoeur

Martha Jolicoeur remembers when Wellington was a small community with big, equine-inspired dreams. It wasn’t always the winter horse show capital of the world, and Jolicoeur has witnessed its evolution. Even more, she has played a role in the growth.

An accomplished rider herself, Jolicoeur came to the crossroads of her amateur career in the competition ring and was drawn to a second passion. She obtained her real estate license in 1991 and is now a member of the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports & Entertainment Division with a distinguished reputation within the Wellington real estate market.

Q: How long has your real estate business focused on the Wellington market?

A: I have been coming to Wellington since 1979. I stayed at the Palm Beach Polo Club for the first time that year, and I haven’t missed a season since. When I stopped riding, real estate became my competitive sport, because that’s how passionate I am about it. But specifically, my real estate business has been focused on the Wellington market since 2005, after I got my license in Florida in 2004.

 

Q: How was the market different then than it is today?

 

A: When I started in Wellington, there was a boom in the market. You listed things, and they sold right away. I still feel that we have a very sound market, and more people are coming to Wellington than in 2005 because the horse show, dressage and the international aspects have all expanded. We are dealing with a larger base of people coming to Wellington looking to own property. The other thing that is positively affecting the market now are the tax advantages of being a Florida resident.

 

Q: What do you think the biggest change has been in real estate over the last decade?

 

A: Growth has been the biggest facilitator for a strong market in Wellington. The horse show has grown, and the array of people has grown. Before, people were renting more than buying, but today more people have bought because they realize the horse show is here to stay, and they spend more nights in Florida than anywhere else throughout the year. I would say that the majority of all equestrians have someplace to call home in Wellington.

 

Q: How have the types of properties changed over time?

 

A: There are always trends. For example, when I first started, I sold a lot of condos. The trend was, “What can you get for the least amount of money?” Then there were years where barns sold like cupcakes and large houses didn’t, as well as years where everyone wanted large houses independent of farms. Now, I feel like we have a nice mix. The market is good, and you have to price appropriately within the market if you really want to sell.

 

Q: How does the equestrian community within

Wellington make the real estate market unique?

 

A: The horses! Without horses, it would not be the same at all. Wellington’s equestrian industry was founded by Bill Ylvisaker when he brought polo here. Without the horses, it would be the same as anywhere else in South Florida. It truly is the winter equestrian capital of the world, where everyone who speaks the same language of horse comes together. That gives it a real sense of community.

 

Q: What has the Wellington sales climate looked like over the last several years and where do you see it going?

 

A: It goes with the economy, so we have seen ups and downs. From 2008 to 2011, we had a pretty big recession and people were investing in real estate like it was the stock market. I think the market is healthy right now, but everyone in horses seeks different things for what they need. It’s interesting, because we have the same core group of people moving around. Perhaps they start here looking for a condo in Palm Beach Polo, and then they decide they would like to have a farm. Then they have a farm for a few years, and it’s time to go to the beach or scale down. But it’s the same group moving to different phases of their lives and businesses.

 

Q: What’s the most popular trend you have seen recently in home design?

 

A: When I first arrived in Wellington in 2005, the Mediterranean look was very big and every kind of brown and beige was it. Now, we have a much more scaled-down, simplified, Restoration Hardware genre where less is more, and the colors are lighter and more neutral. Clean and simple with an equestrian style is always a good theme.

 

Q:. How do people best utilize the limited space on

smaller Wellington farms?

A: It’s completely different than farms you see in other parts of the country. The key is meticulous maintenance so that you can use every square inch.

 

Q: Do real estate offerings in Wellington span the gamut of price ranges, size, etc.? Is there something for everyone?

 

A: Yes, there is something for everyone, and the market is healthy for everything now. Because so many people are relocating to Florida as permanent residents, large houses are becoming more popular again. People are really living here! The season is a very strong six months now versus three months. Also, people who compete with children often move here because school starts in August and finishes in May, so the schedule can match up nicely with the horse show schedule.

Q: How popular are equestrian facilities with no residential space in Wellington?

 

A: Many people used to want a farm in Grand Prix Village and a home in the Polo Club. That’s still popular, but what I have found recently with a lot of the people from Europe or more urban areas is that it has always been their dream to live with the horses. In both cases it’s like trying to convince someone to drink French chardonnay versus California — you are never going to change their minds. They pretty much know after renting for a few years what they want, which is what most people do to get a feel for the area.

 

Q: What’s your best advice to someone looking to buy or sell

in the Wellington market?

 

A: To a buyer, I would say do the research. Take your time and watch the market to see what sells quickly. To a seller, I would say do as much homework as you can. Clean up, touch up, landscape, perfect your lighting and remove personal items from your space. A buyer wants to walk in and envision themselves there.

 

Q: What is one real estate trend that surprised you in Wellington during 2018?

 

A: It was a great year for farms! I was honestly surprised that as many farms sold.

 

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Palm Beach Masters Series Hosting Premier Show Jumping Competitions

Palm Beach Masters Series Hosting Premier Show Jumping Competitions

Deeridge Farms, the world-class equestrian venue owned by Jeremy and Peggy Jacobs, is hosting three of show jumping’s biggest events in 2019 as part of its expanded Palm Beach Masters Series. New to the series this year is the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America, which returns to Wellington after a brief absence.

The Jacobs family name has been synonymous with equestrian sports for decades. They have hosted events at their picturesque Wellington farm for the past three years. The 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series schedule will open with the Palm Beach Masters CSI4*-W (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3) featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Wellington, one of the final two East Coast qualifiers determining which North American show jumping riders qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April.

The closing event is the Deeridge Derby (Feb. 28 – March 3), a USEF nationally rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses and riders will take center stage. The highlight will be the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Last year’s winners, Brad Wolf’s Private Practice and Victoria Colvin, went on to top the 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships.

In between these events is the icing on the cake — the newly added Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America (Feb. 14-17). A thrilling CSIO5* team competition, this Nations Cup will act as the only qualifier in the U.S. for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain next fall. The event will also include the FEI Jumping Nations Cup youth competitions for Young Riders, Juniors and Children, showcasing the next generation of elite show jumping talent. The Nations Cup will be hosted annually at Deeridge Farms through the year 2021, and previous events hosted by the Jacobs family leaves little doubt that it will be presented on a grand scale.

The show grounds at Deeridge Farms feature breathtaking scenery, unrivaled hospitality, custom-built jumping rings and world-class facilities. The grounds also feature diverse shopping boutiques to browse and enjoy, as well as the venue’s renowned VIP Club, an exquisite two-story destination for watching the classes in either of the two competition arenas. There, guests are offered culinary delicacies with an ample variety of beverages, all provided with attentive service tailored to every need.

“This is an amazing event,” said Irish show jumper Daniel Coyle, who won last year’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Wellington at Deeridge Farms. “The conditions could not be any better; the footing is perfect and being here is just a fantastic experience.”

Celebrating its 110th year in 2019, the FEI Jumping Nations Cup is equestrian sport’s oldest and most prestigious team competition. National federations from around the world assemble teams of their most talented horse and rider combinations, and the groups compete as a team, just as they do in the Olympics. The worldwide Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup series is split into six regions: Europe, North/Central America/Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Asia/Australasia and Africa. Canada, Mexico and the United States host only one qualifier each.

The first FEI Nations Cup competition held in the U.S. was in 1911 at the National Horse Show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It continued there through 1998, with a brief stint at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, from 1989-1995. Other U.S. hosts have included Boston, from 1929-1932; the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, from 1948-1972; and the Washington International Horse Show, from 1973-2001.

A Nations Cup was first held in Wellington in 2002, but the only United States qualifier for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final moved to Ocala for 2015 through 2018. Now, thanks to the Jacobs family, that qualifier is back in Wellington.

The Jacobs family has a storied history in equestrian sport. Family patriarch Jeremy Jacobs was a highly successful rider in the hunter divisions, regularly winning championships at major horse shows. He and wife Peggy have also owned or part-owned several elite Grand Prix horses that have represented the U.S. internationally, including, among others, the legendary Authentic. The well-known bay won two Olympic gold medals with Beezie Madden and was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame last year.

Jeremy and Peggy’s children have earned many of their own accolades in the saddle. Lou Jacobs was a successful Grand Prix rider in the 1980s and 1990s. He was named Grand Prix Rookie of the Year in 1982 and rode on winning Nations Cup teams at some of the world’s biggest horse shows, including Aachen and Washington, D.C. Still active at the sport’s highest levels, Charlie Jacobs has similarly competed on several winning Nations Cup teams and has represented the U.S. in four of the last five FEI Jumping World Cup Finals. Also still active, Katie Jacobs Robinson competes on the big-league hunter circuit and, like her father, has won championships at virtually every major horse show.

“We are thrilled and honored to bring the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup back to Wellington,” Lou Jacobs said. “From the outset, our goal with the series has been to ensure that Wellington is a favorite destination for the highest levels of equestrian sport, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to producing a world-class experience for all of our riders, horses and spectators. Above all else, we hope to engage and inspire future generations of riders and equestrian fans. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Wellington, the U.S. capital of horse sport, and in particular to Deeridge Farms, for the Nations Cup and for what we believe will be one of the most exciting equestrian events to be held here in a long time.”

For more information about the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America and the Palm Beach Masters Series, visit www.palmbeachmasters.com.

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Adrienne Sternlich Jumps Back Into Wellington Groove After Shining At WEG

Adrienne Sternlich Jumps Back Into Wellington Groove After Shining At WEG

Show jumping star Adrienne Sternlicht certainly had a summer to remember — and she is hoping to continue that success here in Wellington this winter.

The 25-year-old was the youngest rider on the U.S. gold medal show jumping team at the World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, N.C., this past September. It was her first selection to a senior U.S. national team.

Although she has had numerous outstanding results in her young career, including her first major victory aboard Toulago at the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix in May, her efforts at WEG stand out.

The FEI World Equestrian Games are the premier global championship for equestrian sports. WEG is held every four years and features riders from around the world competing in eight disciplines. The games alternate with the Olympics, which will be held in 2020 in Tokyo. Both have team and individual competitions for show jumping.

Sternlicht couldn’t pinpoint her most memorable win, but her performance at WEG is something she won’t soon forget.

“My favorite ride in recent memory was the final round of the individual final at WEG,” said Sternlicht, who finished 11th during the individual competition. “I was so relaxed, it felt like I was going for a Sunday stroll. In that moment, I felt more confident than I ever have in the saddle, and pure enjoyment of the experience in what was another pressure-filled ride.”

At WEG, Sternlicht competed aboard Cristalline, whose nickname is Stella. She is excited about the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, where she will be showing Cristalline at several of the major Grand Prix events later in the season.

Sternlicht began her partnership with Cristalline in 2016 and started to train with U.S. Olympic double gold medalist McLain Ward, a fan favorite at WEF.

Ward believes his students should set their own goals, instead of him setting them. But he has a good idea what Sternlicht is positioning herself for.

“I would say the World Cup final, a major Nations Cup in the summer and to be successful in major Grand Prix events with Cristalline,” said Ward, one of the most successful riders of all time, who was the No. 1 ranked U.S. rider at the end of 2018. “She has a new horse called Just A Gamble who we will aim toward the Pan American Games.”

It all adds up to a whirlwind of activity.

“I’m going to have a busy season,” Sternlicht said. “I have a few new horses for the season, and others coming back from time off. I’ll start showing Week 1 and gradually get my top horses going to peak them a bit later during season.”

Sternlicht doesn’t remember her first win on ponies, since so much has happened to her since she began competing.

“I find that in our sport, many of the most memorable moments are not necessarily wins, but instead pivotal rounds or competitions,” said Sternlicht, who turns 26 on May 9. “I’d say WEG has been my most meaningful riding experience, not because of the competition itself, but because of the road to getting there.”

Sternlicht, who finished 2018 as the ninth-ranked U.S. rider, is continuing an upward trend heading into the current season. Her passion for horses started in her friend’s backyard while growing up in Greenwich, Conn.

“My best friend growing up, [Amanda Shulman], had a 17.1-hand horse in her backyard named Samson,” Sternlicht recalled. “One day her mom let me ride him at a playdate, and I refused to get off. She and her sister, Sydney, are two of my best friends to this day, and it’s so great to get to share the sport with Sydney and their mom, Jill.”

Sydney Shulman is now 23 and remembers those days with good humor.

“It was an everyday ritual after school,” said Sydney Shulman, who is an up-and-coming rider and will be showing at WEF. “We would hang out and ride. It was hilarious. We had sleepovers, and we did anything we could to be in the barn.”

The fun didn’t stop there. It carried over to school.

“In second grade for the Halloween parade, Adrienne dressed as a pony, I was the dalmatian and Amanda was the rider,” Sydney Shulman recalled. “We would dress up in our costumes all year.”

On a more serious note, she is proud of her friend’s success.

“She’s very disciplined, super goal-motivated,” she said of Sternlicht. “It’s inspiring for me as a friend. She’s super competitive in everything she does, whether it’s running, playing squash or riding. She usually reaches or surpasses her goals. She’s like a sister to me.”

Sternlicht has become a serious competitor on the international circuit, also competing on U.S. Nations Cup teams and in major events around the world. There was a point where she cut back on riding and competing to concentrate on her education.

“I never stopped riding, but I rode as more of a hobby when I was in high school,” Sternlicht said. “During that time, a lot of my friends ramped up their riding and were homeschooled in Wellington during the winter circuit. I went to boarding school and rode once a week if I was lucky. I played varsity squash for my high school [Choate Rosemary Hall], so I would compete on my off weekends from squash tournaments.”

Ironically, while Sternlicht and the younger Shulman became professional riders, Amanda Shulman became a chef.

While a rider’s life is focused on training and showing, there is some downtime.

“I love to do yoga, run or cook,” said Sternlicht, who was also a competitive skier before becoming immersed in the equestrian world. “My cooking skills are coming! I mainly make vegetables. I like to eat really healthy, so I cook simple dishes. I love that we settle in Wellington for the winter and get into a routine. It’s very grounding.”

Sternlicht is also hoping that standing on the podium becomes routine for her as well.

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Horse Roots Run Deep In The Jayne Family Of Our Day Farm

Horse Roots Run Deep In The Jayne Family Of Our Day Farm

The horse business runs through their veins. Maggie, Charlie and Haylie Jayne are sixth-generation equestrians. They were raised in the barn — and that’s a good thing.

They are part of a well-respected family of equestrians who grew up outside of Chicago but put down roots in Wellington during the Winter Equestrian Festival. They have contended at the elite levels in both the hunter and jumper divisions, earning titles at every level, from small ponies to Grand Prix.

Their father, Alex, and mother, Linda, run the highly successful Our Day Farm in Elgin, Illinois, and that’s where their three children were introduced at an early age to the wonderful world of horses.

Maggie is the first born and became a professional rider after graduating high school. Charlie, the middle child, has had a very successful show jumping career, highlighted by winning the $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala in 2015 aboard Chill R Z. Haylie is the youngest and has made a name for herself as a top hunter champion.

They are competitors and trainers, who have dozens of clients participating in many classes representing Old Day Farm in Wellington. As riders, they are looking forward to the current season at WEF.

The 34-year-old Maggie is focused on preparing Arizona ODF in the 7-year-old young jumpers division and Kaptain Kirk in the pre-green hunters. Her biggest career victory was winning the prestigious International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show — twice.

“I am gearing up for Week 2 and Week 4 on the grass [at WEF],” said the 32-year-old Charlie, one of the top riders in show jumping who travels to major events around the world. “I’m aiming my top two horses for the Thermal and Ocala millions at the end of circuit.”

Haylie, 30, is determined to continue her achievements from last season.

“I’m lucky enough to have a really exciting first year green hunter, Queen Celeste,” she said. “She was circuit champion last year in the greens, and I would love to repeat that.”

She is also enthusiastic about the prospects for Limini, an 8-year-old that she is pointing toward competing in the 1.40s.

Hardin Towell isn’t surprised at the Jayne family’s accomplishments together. Towell, 31, a successful Grand Prix competitor and trainer based in Wellington, met members of the family at the Washington International Horse Show in 1999 when he was about 10 years old. Charlie was on horses, and Towell was still on ponies.

“They are the best family,” Towell said. “I consider them as much my own family as my own. Mr. and Mrs. Jayne have always been the best. They, the three kids, work so well because they all have their own roles in the business.”

The experience and versatility of the Jayne family helps them produce winners at every level in the U.S. and globally. So does their own ability to ride and win. It is their business, and with dozens of customers, it can be daunting.

“Haylie and I mainly focus on preparing and developing our client’s horses to their full potential,” explained Maggie, who hasn’t tired of working so closely with her siblings. “Charlie plans his show schedule to peak his Grand Prix horses for success. Of course, working in a family business has its challenges, but the pros far outweigh the cons.”

Charlie attended Florida Atlantic University, getting a degree in business management while competing on the circuit.

“We all have our different places within the business and have been able to work really well in our spaces,” he said. “Maggie has always been the leader. Our parents have been great influences and continue to guide us every step of the way.”

Haylie graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2009 with a degree in classical cultures. She competed on the equestrian team and helped the team win three national titles and four SEC titles. She also won the individual national championship in equitation over fences in 2009. She met Nate Rolfe in college. They were married in 2010 and became parents five years later when Oliver was born.

“Maggie has the most discipline on and off horses,” Haylie said. “Charlie is very laid back and typically can relax any horse he rides. I think I’m somewhere in between. Maggie and Charlie are honestly two of my best friends. It’s always great to know I have an amazing support team around me. I think it was harder [to work together] when we were younger, but we’ve all really settled into our roles.”

They are dynamos around the barn and in the rings, but they leave time to relax away from the horses.

Maggie enjoys cooking and yoga and playing with her puppies. Charlie plays cards every Monday and plays basketball every Tuesday. Haylie reads and works out, using a combination of Orangetheory, Pilates and running.

“Nate is my best friend and the reason I’m able to balance everything,” Haylie said. “Oliver was born in November 2015, and he is a ball of energy and love. I wouldn’t say I have much free time, but I would say that working with family allows me freedom to spend every extra minute I have with Nate and Ollie.”

She also enjoys the diversity of it all.

“The best thing about my job is that no two days are same,” Haylie said. “Some days I ride all day and other days I’m working with students. There are new challenges every day, yet horses make it all feel peaceful.”

Maggie gets to work with people who share the same passion for the sport and drive for excellence that is the underlying concept with all her family members.

“Even though each member of my family may have a slightly different approach or way of explaining something, our methodology toward developing horses and riders to their fullest potential is the same,” Maggie said. “There’s a little bit of an imprint from each of us in every horse and rider we produce; we all bring something to the table.”

The Jayne family’s Our Day Farm has locations in Illinois and Wellington. Visit www.ourdayfarm.com to learn more.  

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The Fodder Group Aims To Revolutionize How Wellington’s Horses Are Fed

The Fodder Group Aims To Revolutionize How Wellington’s Horses Are Fed

There’s a feeding revolution taking place in Wellington. It’s not a new way to feed hundreds of hungry people. Instead, there’s a new product designed to positively impact the daily diets, health and performance of a highly treasured segment of Wellington’s population — its horses.

The product is called Fodder, and its creators believes that it will positively impact the daily diets of Wellington’s equestrian inhabitants.

Thanks to the Fodder Group Inc., this nutritious, fresh food is now available to the thousands of horses here in Wellington, as well as livestock (cows, pigs, sheep and goats) and poultry (chickens, ducks and turkeys) around the country — 365 days a year.

As far as horses are concerned, Fodder is an appropriate feed for all equines, from ponies to Thoroughbreds.

According to the Fodder Group’s Florida dealer and Wellington resident Justin Hickey, Fodder starts with a seed and becomes a fully-grown nutritious livestock feed in less than a week — just four days, to be precise — using a hydroponic growing system.

Designed in drought-ravaged Australia and built here in the U.S., it has taken a dozen years to transform the Fodder concept into a concrete reality.

The story about Fodder’s nutritious value is as newsworthy as how quickly it can grow. According to Hickey, Fodder is all-natural, more than 90 percent digestible, more cost-effective than hay, reduces methane output, reduces colic in horses and is healthy for the animals, as it contains high amounts of protein, starch, vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, the horses, cows and poultry seem to like it, too.

Hickey explained that in 90 days, clients will be able to see the results in horses by feeding them Fodder.

“After eating Fodder, everything about them is healthier — their hoofs, coat and skin are in better shape,” he said. “The temperament of the horses also improves. And, with cattle, the meat is better tasting and healthier.”

If those animals knew the consistent nutritional benefits of what has been designed for them, they’d be waiting at the trough, eagerly anticipating their next meal.

Credit for this new feed supply goes to the Fodder Group, which has pioneered a four-day growing cycle which has an optimal yield, is nutritious and is affordable. One of the key aspects of the four-day growing cycle is the Fodder Group’s proprietary LED lighting system. The images of the Fodder after each day of the four-day growing cycle are eye-opening and attention-grabbing.

The Fodder, and the way it’s grown, represent a turnkey solution to keeping horses, livestock and poultry adequately and nutritionally fed, every day of the year, at a price which the market can bear.

According to Hickey, Fodder is grown in an indoor hydroponic environment. There are two different types of growing systems, the FG20 transportable system and a permanent onsite system. The FG20 transportable system is similar to the trailer of a semi. You can buy a system and grow the Fodder yourself, or you hire the Fodder Group to make daily deliveries.

The onsite system can be purchased and placed on your property, or one of your existing buildings can possibly be retrofitted into an indoor growing system. In both the transportable and onsite systems, the indoor environment — the lighting, temperature, humidity and air quality — are controlled, which creates a trouble-free and fast-growing environment.

When you buy the onsite system from the Fodder Group, Hickey is quick to point out that each purchase includes installation, a comprehensive operation manual, full training, and ongoing backup and support. “We’ll hold your hand as you get used to operating the entire system,” Hickey said.

Each transportable system will yield 1,470 pounds a day of fresh Fodder. According to Hickey, each competitive equestrian horse based in Wellington can require as much as 40 pounds of Fodder a day. If you do the math, nearly 40 horses a day can be adequately fed from each daily yield from one transportable unit of the FG20 system.

While every horse owner may not buy Fodder for daily consumption, Hickey believes that many horse owners will buy Fodder to supplement other feed sources.

In today’s disposable society, the Fodder Group is proud to stand behind its product. The systems are designed to last — more than 20 years in many cases. And each part in this system is also made in the USA.

In addition to the 13,000 or so horses living in Wellington during the winter, Hickey will be marketing Fodder in Florida to cattle ranches, race tracks, zoos and to other animal outlets.

To get more information about this nutritious feed, contact Hickey at (561) 248-3344 or florida@foddergroup.com to start ordering regular deliveries of Fodder, which is at the forefront of the feeding revolution taking place in Wellington.

For more information about the Fodder Group, visit www.foddergroup.com.

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Enjoy Overstuffed Sandwiches And Much More At New York Sandwich Company

Enjoy Overstuffed Sandwiches And Much More At New York Sandwich Company

If your taste buds are craving a classic New York-style deli sandwich, loaded with fresh-carved meats and cheeses on fresh-baked bread, oozing with flavor, then the New York Sandwich Company wants to be your go-to guys.

Nestled at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road, adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts, the New York Sandwich Company is looking to fill a void in the area near the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The restaurant’s goal is to tantalize the taste buds and satisfy the appetites of both the equestrian community and year-round residents with a sandwich shop reminiscent of midtown Manhattan.

“Our tag line is, ‘Yeah… We’re Those Guys!’ and the reason that is, we’re the guys you go to if you’re craving a mile-high, full-pound sandwich. You can do it. We’re known for our overstuffed, giant New York sandwiches,” said Daniel de Liege, CEO of Deli Brands International and owner of the New York Sandwich Company.

Tell them to “New York it” when ordering and get a full pound of meat on any deli sandwich for an additional $5.

There’s more than 50 sandwich varieties to choose from. From the Reuben family, there’s the traditional corned beef, pastrami or a combo of the two, as well as a turkey option. For a different take on the classic, try menu creator Chef Bob Tocci’s very own “World Famous Grouper Reuben.”

“It was created by Chef Bob at one of our restaurants 10 years ago. You’ll see it on other menus, but it was created by Chef Bob. It’s on marble rye, and it is a little slice of heaven,” de Liege said.

Tocci hails from New York where he grew up in the kitchen alongside his mother and grandmother. He’s a Florida State University alum and a classically trained chef. He has nearly 40 years of restaurant experience from operations to menu design, including working with national chains like Applebee’s, Shooters and East Side Mario’s.

“My favorite sandwich is pastrami on grilled marble rye with melted swiss and Thousand Island [dressing],” Tocci said. “My next favorite is the ‘Big Italian Deluxe’ with fresh mozzarella, capicola, mortadella, salami, ham, prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, onion, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.”

Large or small appetite, the New York Sandwich Company has something for you. “Most of our sandwiches come small or large, but we have a variety of everything. Rotisserie chickens to go, all different flavors — and they’re only $8. We also have pre-made sandwiches in the cooler for people in a rush who want to grab-n-go,” Tocci said.

There’s also a kids’ menu offering an all-beef hot dog, sliders and more.

Along with the huge selection of sandwiches are several sides, from skin-on French fries and sweet potato fries, to macaroni and potato salad, mashed potatoes and hot vegetables. There are also hot entrees, with two specials each day, as well as a soup of the day. And don’t forget dessert! From freshly made cannoli to the house specialty, “Death by Chocolate Cake.”

“We have everything prepared in-house, freshly made, homemade from scratch,” de Liege said. “All of our meats are carved right in front of you. We cook those all in-house, so when you’re getting a turkey club, you’re getting fresh out of the oven, sliced right in front of you, and that’s what makes the difference — the freshness of the bread and the meats.”

The restaurant officially opened its doors in mid-December, and it already has had a heavy flow of customers. Inside seats 30, with the New York skyline, Statue of Liberty and a Times Square scene, painted throughout by South Florida artist Frank Ciccio Jr.

The quaint patio seats an additional 60 people, with newly added fans, lighting and a trellis full of climbing, colorful flowers.

“We’ll start doing some patio events, such as wine tastings and a small two-piece jazz band happy hour,” de Liege said. “We’ll be serving beer and wine. This is the first of this particular concept.”

He said that the new eatery is off to a successful start.

“There’s nothing in the western area of Wellington like it. In the season, particularly, there is so much of an influx in the two-mile-square radius, it’s just a natural location during the season,” de Liege said. “Off season, there are a lot of people living here year-round who are underserved.”

The restaurant also plans to host parties and special events at the nearby equestrian venues with a tent and food truck. Catering is also another service provided. “We’re a natural fit for your Memorial Day party, Fourth of July picnic or football games,” he explained.

De Liege added that he has put a focus on keeping prices down.

“We really paid attention to the area and worked out a pricing solution that’s really better than anyone out there,” he said. “You can get an overstuffed, when I say overstuffed, I’m talking more than a half a pound meat sandwich, which is 6 to 8 inches tall, for less than $10. We want to be known as the guys down here who are fulfilling that giant sandwich need.”

The Wellington location is the first of the New York Sandwich Company concept. The organization has four concepts in all, with plans to expand soon.

“If you want some big sandwiches, overstuffed, great quality of product… come see us here at the New York Sandwich Company,” Tocci said. “Yeah… we’re those guys, who will go above and beyond and do what it takes to make this location work and serve this community and help in any way we can.”

The New York Sandwich Company is located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. The restaurant delivers through Door Dash and Uber Eats. For more information, call (561) 530-4937 or visit www.thenysc.com.

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Helping People Get Fit Is A Dream Come True For Cheryl Love Of Resilient Fitness

Helping People Get Fit Is A Dream Come True For Cheryl Love Of Resilient Fitness

After three decades in the corporate arena, Cheryl Love dreamed of retiring and owning a fitness center in a community where everyone who comes in can feel like it is theirs to enjoy. Resilient Fitness & Wellness of Wellington is her dream come true.

Originally from Chicago, Love resided for years in the small community of Spring Lake, Mich. She has lived in Wellington since 2013 and is now the CEO of the business she envisioned for decades.

“I was in the automotive manufacturing business for 30 years in the capacity of vice president of human resources. I was in charge of 300 personnel, including training, safety, workers compensation and all human resources duties,” Love recalled. “I have always enjoyed fitness and have been active my entire life. I organized 5K and 10K races for my employees and others.”

It is a mission she has continued now that her corporate days are behind her.

“I retired from my 30-year career in Michigan, and this business became available two months later,” Love said. “God has perfect timing in making your ultimate dreams come true. I have always loved helping people, both in education and personal growth, to stay physically active, and I love to see and hear their testimonies on their progress.”

Love, who is single and has a 33-year-old son, is comfortable in her new life.

“Now I have the best situation: helping people achieve their fitness goals. So, this is my retirement dream come true,” she said. “My current hobbies obviously include working out. I enjoy all sports and outside activities. I am fond of sporting clay shooting as well. I enjoy boating and water sports. Dancing is also a fun aspect of keeping fit.”

The rebranded Resilient Fitness & Wellness, complemented by a sharp new web site, is a 12,000-square-foot facility, which includes a fitness center, clothing boutique full of designer clothing and a jewelry shop specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces.

“Resilient has all new Precor equipment, which includes the Queenax functional training system,” Love said. “We also have personal training and group fitness training for all age groups. Also included in our services is an aerobic center, in which we include classes in Zumba, Zumba Strong, Bachata, Hard Core, HIIT Core, Pop Pilates and Total Body. We also have a spin room for those who enjoy cycling,”

For convenience, the web site features the dates and times of classes and provides an application to sign up online for the classes. Resilient covers all ages interested in fitness.

“For seniors, we have Silver Sneakers classes. CrossFit has classes seven days per week. We also offer kids fitness classes,” Love said. “All of our trainers are certified in helping clients achieve their goals as desired, including nutrition instruction.”

To provide a complete menu of services, Resilient has partnered with the Wellness Experience for chiropractic care and Bio Core Health for IV therapy, medical weight loss programs, hormone replacement therapy, wrinkle relaxers, fillers and more.

One thing that sets Resilient apart from other fitness centers is a different approach to fitness and wellness, assisting clients in reaching their objectives in a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

“We are devoted, day in and day out, to offering our members a higher level of attention,” Love said. “We pride ourselves on our personal attention and service to help clients achieve their goals, and we pride ourselves on a clean and well-organized environment.”

The comfortable facility has experienced personal trainers who go the extra mile, so clients can achieve their fitness goals and have fun doing it.

“We know that everyone is different and approach our members as individuals, working one-on-one to ensure that a client’s workout plan is built specifically for them,” Love said. “We go the extra mile to understand their lifestyle, diet and fitness goals.”

Love pointed out that the facility even offers individual showers for those who like to work out in the morning before they head out to their career and need to shower and dress at the center. It is just one more way that Resilient Fitness helps clients achieve their goals. “We are here to help change your life for the better,” Love said.

For clients interested in both flexibility in scheduling and a service that is gentler on the pocketbook, small group training is available featuring five to seven people training at a time with each following an individualized program.

The complete range of services offered by Resilient Fitness allows clients to determine the scope of service that is perfect for them.

Before new clients begin a program, they first undergo a “Personal Resilient Analysis,” where experts learn their needs and goals. The client will do some fitness tests and determine their individual goals and develop a plan on how to reach them. A timeline is drawn showing how long it will take to reach the goals.

Trainers will critique current diet and exercise programs and educate the client on things, including caloric need, carbohydrate metabolism, timing and balancing meals, as well as cardio and target heart rate.

“The benefits to our clients are having a place where they can, if they choose, do so much more for their health than just work out,” Love said. “We have a large variety of classes that can assist individuals to achieve their fitness goals at all fitness levels. It is perfect for the active lifestyles of the residents of Wellington.”

Love enjoys her new life in Wellington. “It is a small, family community, such as the town of Spring Lake, which I enjoyed for many years,” she said. “The village has so much to offer, especially the equestrian community during season.”

Love welcomes all area residents to visit the facility and see all that it has to offer.

“I wanted to have a fitness center in a small community where everyone that comes in can feel like it is theirs to enjoy,” she said. “The staff is educated in assisting everyone and making them feel welcome and part of our Resilient family.”

Resilient Fitness & Wellness is located at 11596 Pierson Road in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 204-5033 or visit www.resilientlives.com.

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Jacek Tomasik Embraces His Work As Wellington’s Building Official

Jacek Tomasik Embraces His Work As Wellington’s Building Official

Wellington has seen an amazing amount of growth over the past two decades, and Building Official Jacek “Jack” Tomasik has been there making sure everything is done safely and according to the village’s strict codes and regulations.

There are members of the Wellington team who have been here for the long haul, and with 19 years of tenure with the village, Tomasik is one of them.

“The building official is a position basically in charge of the Building Department,” he said. “I am the happy person to be just that.”

Tomasik and his family built a life in Palm Beach County from the ground up after moving here from Krakow, Poland, in 1989. He arrived with his wife, daughter, and no knowledge of the local language, but he was always a hard worker.

“I wanted to learn more to develop more,” he explained. “When I originally came here, I couldn’t speak one word of English. As my language got better, I decided that I wanted to stay with construction, but I wanted to learn more.”

This personal drive to learn and grow has carried Tomasik throughout his career. If one takes the time to count, there are 22 different certifications decorating the walls in his office, all of which are dedicated to his knowledge of the often technical building industry. He is particularly proud of his most recent certification as a fire inspector.

“You can’t really get too comfortable,” Tomasik said. “This is an ever-changing job with new building codes coming up. You need continuing education to stay on top of everything that happens in construction. You have to be current and keep developing.”

Tomasik started with Wellington as a building inspector, but prior to joining the team, he had been encouraged and given an opportunity by Paul Schofield, now Wellington’s village manager, when Schofield was in charge of planning, zoning and building in Royal Palm Beach.

“Paul hired me, and I was there a short time as a building inspector, and then I had an opportunity to come to Wellington. I was really not so thrilled to go and tell him,” Tomasik recalled.

Yet Schofield encouraged him yet again, telling it would be crazy not to take the position and have a chance to grow. “Paul Schofield influenced me quite a bit as a manager,” Tomasik said.

After coming on board with Wellington, Tomasik worked his way up in the department by always looking for new ways to improve his skillset. The path took him through senior inspector, chief inspector and then to building official in 2006. While he has seen many changes over the years, Tomasik is most proud of the department’s ability to work smarter.

“We were able to streamline and automate tons of things here,” he said. “I think the biggest achievement for Wellington, which was a whole group of people here working, was converting the whole permitting process to digital and electronic permitting. I was really proud of it because Wellington was probably, in this area, one of the very first to do that.”

Through all the changes, Tomasik and his family have kept a connection to their Polish roots. Both of his daughters, even though the youngest was born here in Florida, speak his native language and are able to converse easily with his parents, who now also live in the area.

“We go back and visit [Poland] every couple of years. We want to make sure our kids understand where we come from and get to see a little bit of Europe and the old country, the traditions, food and pretty much everything there is of the culture,” Tomasik said.

Time with his wife of 30 years and daughters remains very important. The Tomasiks occasionally go boating, snorkeling or skiing together. Yet Tomasik started as a carpenter and still enjoys working with his hands.

“In my spare time, I work in my garage and do some woodwork. It is still something that gives me a little decompression from the office and day-to-day matters,” Tomasik said. “I build cabinets, shelves and crown moldings as a hobby.”

For Tomasik, his work is both fulfilling and important to the community. He finds the value of everyone in his department and knows they make a difference in everyday lives.

“Building inspectors are silent defenders. They are people who actually prevent things from happening. If nothing happens, then we did our job. The building didn’t catch on fire, the roof didn’t collapse, the air quality wasn’t bad, a hurricane came through and it’s fine,” Tomasik said. “It’s one of the things that I strive and love about this job. We are actually making a difference to the point that when someone moves into a house or starts occupying a new building, it is safe.”

Tomasik still gets out of the office and enjoys visiting building sites himself. He also enjoys interviewing, hiring and training new staff.

“Wellington is a great place to work. We have people who have been here a long time, and that tells you Wellington treats employees well and gives you the opportunity to grow,” he said. “People who grow and are happy; they do a better job.”

Tomasik, himself, would be a prime example of just that.

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Spacious, European-Inspired Home In Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park

Spacious, European-Inspired Home In Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park

With mature foliage and a unique roof line, this European-inspired two-story home in Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park neighborhood has set itself apart from other equestrian properties in the area. Arched windows, a circular European stone drive and Spanish barrel tiles all add to the design of this spacious home with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and more than 8,000 square feet of living space, including a home gym. Guest space includes two one-bedroom, one-bath apartments over an unattached two-car garage. The home also has an attached two-car garage

Front Elevation: This European-inspired home sits on more than four acres in Saddle Trail park. Well-manicured, mature landscaping greets visitors as they arrive via the circular stone drive.

Main Room: Fresh, contemporary neutrals and plenty of amenities make this open-plan living space one of the most comfortable rooms in the home. There is easy access to both an office and a formal dining room with seating for 10, as well as access to the home’s elevator.

Kitchen: The eat-in kitchen features top-line amenities, such as a Wolf six-burner range, Subzero refrigerator, dual-temperature wine fridge and built-in coffee center. There’s a large island allowing plenty of prep room. Wood plank flooring grounds the space.

Master Bedroom: The master bedroom features his-and-her walk-in closets and a marble en suite bath with a dual-head shower, free-standing tub and two Toto smart toilets. There are French doors to the pool and a wood-burning fireplace.

Outdoor Kitchen: Chicago brick patio and walkways extend throughout the grounds. A separate gazebo houses an outdoor kitchen complete with its own brick flooring and plenty of room for guests — not to mention great views of the arenas.

Barn: This crisp, white 16-stall barn features top equestrian amenities. Check out the candle-style iron lanterns, vaulted ceilings and sliding metal stall doors. There is also a grass Grand Prix ring, lunging ring and all-weather arena, together with seven paddocks, a four-horse Kraft walker, covered aqua spa and treadmill areas.

Outdoor Seating: With its view of the grounds and detached summer kitchen gazebo, this outdoor seating area between the house and the ring features a cozy fire pit.

Playground Area: This view at dusk of the home’s playground area near the in-house gym shows what good landscape lighting can do for a home. Because of it, the tree featured in the center of the drive takes on a beautiful importance. For security, the property features automatic gates, and there is a smart home security system and generator.

 

Horse Statues: Aside from this lovely equestrian artwork, the secure, fenced property spans more than four acres, allowing both homeowners and horses plenty of room to stretch. There is also a private office, tack room, feed room, laundry room and a three-bedroom groom’s apartment.

Pool Deck: Two guest rooms upstairs open onto a private balcony overlooking a Chicago brick-paved pool deck, heated salt-chlorination pool with attending spa and, of course, the expansive views. There are French doors in all the primary living spaces, allowing homeowners and guests to take full advantage of South Florida living at its best.

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Horse Show Official Ensures That The Competition Stays On A Level Playing Field

Horse Show Official Ensures That The Competition Stays On A Level Playing Field

In the hunter/jumper show ring, horse and rider combine as a single athletic team to compete. As a steward and schooling supervisor, Marilyn Hart — known as “Mesa” to her friends — ensures adherence to the rules of fair competition in the warm-ups and contests, as well as protecting the horses’ welfare.

A transplant originally from Minnesota, Hart has resided in Florida for the past 20 years and enjoys living and working in Wellington.

“I started riding as an older adult and worked my way up from lunge line to amateur/owner, where, thanks to my horse Dylan, I was quite successful,” Hart recalled.

When the cost to maintain a horse and compete became a challenge, Hart decided to stay in the industry. “More specifically, I chose the hunter/jumper venue, by working and receiving my steward’s and schooling supervisor licenses,” Hart explained.

Hart is licensed by the United States Equestrian Federation, the sport’s national sanctioning organization. The schooling supervisor oversees the warm-up ring to watch that everything going on is fair and legal.

“My job as a schooling supervisor entails trying to maintain a level playing field for all exhibitors involved by making sure no illegal jumps are set and jumped; watching for signs of an exhausted horse; and, of course, being ever watchful of abusive behavior by any given rider or trainer,” Hart said. “It’s all about the rules of competition and the welfare of the horse.”

Hart also greatly enjoys when she works the competition rings as an official steward. During the Winter Equestrian Festival, four stewards cover the 12 rings.

“I love my job as steward because I wanted to stay involved with the horses and the special culture that I have grown to love in the horse world,” Hart said. “Being a steward satisfied my love of the sport.”

Stewards play a crucial role at the show grounds.

“One of the most important jobs is to be an objective liaison between horse show management, the exhibitor and the governing body, the United States Equestrian Federation,” Hart explained. “We, as stewards, have a lot of communication between exhibitors, judges, course designers and horse show management.”

Stewards are also instrumental in interpreting and enforcing the rules.

“As a steward, probably most important of all our duties is to interpret ever-changing rules to an exhibitor who may be confused as to the interpretation and or intent of any given rule,” Hart said. “And, of course, the other very important part is the measuring of horses and ponies to assure they are competing in the proper division.”

Horses and ponies are measured in “hands,” said Hart, who explained that one hand equals four inches. A small pony is 12.2 hands and under, a medium pony is over 12.2 hands up to 13.2 hands, and a large pony is over 13.2 hands up to 14.2 hands. Anything over 14.2 hands is a horse. When juniors under 18 compete in the junior hunter division, their horses are measured by large and small juniors. A small junior horse is under 16 hands but over 14.2, and a large junior horse is anything over 16 hands.

“Horses and ponies must be measured until they are eight years of age, at which time, they receive a standard card and do not require further measurement unless height is protested,” Hart said.

Hart enjoys the variety of people and techniques she deals with in her profession.

“Another important part of being a steward is we are able to observe many different styles of training and, of course, the very important clinics and exhibitions given by great and famous trainers and riders,” she said.

Hart is also very mindful that equestrian sports are international in nature.

“We are privileged to meet many different people from many different countries who compete, officiate, observe or train,” she said. “One part of stewarding that I find most rewarding is meeting so many different people, from judges, trainers, riders, parents, farriers, grooms and the list goes on and on.”

On a personal level, Hart has three children and five grandchildren. Only one child chose to live the “horsey” lifestyle.

“She has a large show barn in Minnesota, shows in the jumpers, and is a USEF judge,” Hart said.

Hart enjoys the small town feel of Wellington. “During the months of January through April, this quiet village turns into a horse haven when Wellington is host to the largest equestrian festival anywhere in the United States,” she said.

Hart invites the community to visit the world’s premier equestrian destination. “Come and see the very high jumps at Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center,” she said. “There are many activities for the entire family.”

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