Fantasy Farm Thursday: McLain Ward’s Winter Wellington Retreat

Do you believe in the power of osmosis? If there’s even an outside chance that talent and ability can be absorbed by a property and passed on to its next owner, then boy oh boy, do I have the farm for you.

When I was touring colleges in my junior year of high school, there were a few places on a smattering of campuses where I simply felt smarter by walking in the door. I think it has something to do with old brick buildings and soaring ceilings, and maybe elegant yet comfortable libraries. Obviously, this is not to say that going to college has absolutely anything to do with intelligence, knowledge or wisdom… but there’s certainly a persuasive if unscientific argument to be made that certain environments make you feel like you can do anything.

And if that’s true, then this little five-plus acre property in Wellington is calling.

All photos courtesy Marley Overman.

2169 Appaloosa Trail of Wellington, Florida is on the market. That’s McLain Ward’s 2169 Appaloosa Trail — yep, the US show jumping star designed this place, and with Ward’s emphasis not just on performance but on horsemanship you know it’s got everything to make your horse showing heart sing.

The 5.27-acre property comes with two barns — the 13-stall barns includes three grooming/wash stalls and a paved storage area, and the eight-stall barn includes a tack room and two grooming/wash stalls — plus an impeccable Ward-designed 275′ x 215′ grass riding field. How do three liverpools and a built-in water jump suit you?

The additional 225′ x 150′ ring opens directly onto the bridle path. The six turnout paddocks have new sod and fencing, and there’s a roundpen that can also be used for additional turnout.

The entire place is a quick hack to Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival. And yes, such horses including HH Azur and Rothchild have wintered here — remember what we said before about certain environments lending some power? Let’s test that osmosis theory.

At the end of the day, when you’ve successfully jumped your multiple liverpools and water and gone to your horse show and are ready to blissfully to fully enjoy the life of a snowbird, this is what you’ll be calling home:

The residence — recently remodeled in 2015 — includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a heated salt water pool (plus slide — in your head, just picture McLain Ward using the slide into his own private salt water pool for a moment). Fear not the storm, because hurricane impact doors and windows were put in with the remodel.

For more information, please visit Illustrated Properties. Many thanks to Illustrated Properties and The Keyes Family of Companies for sharing this property with us!

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