The management of the newly branded World Equestrian Center (WEC) unveiled their detailed plan for the development of the largest, state of the art equestrian sports venue in the world. Formerly the site of Roberts Arena, the World Equestrian Center is situated on hundreds of acres of pristine land in Southwest Ohio featuring beautiful open fields and rolling hills.
Entirely privately owned and professionally operated, the venue has been designed to offer the ultimate equestrian competition experience for both horse and rider. Driven by a passion for horses and a commitment to supporting equestrian sports in the United States, the WEC hopes to return horse showing to its former grandeur while incorporating an element of fun reminiscent of the horse shows of the past.
As part of the phased strategic build out presently underway construction crews have broken ground on the WEC’s new 150′ x 300′ indoor arena which will incorporate premiere footing, grandstand seating and private suites with concierge service. Outdoor complex facilities in development at the WEC include six all-weather competition arenas as well as grass Grand Prix and Derby fields. The WEC’s horse-friendly amenities will be rounded out by spacious wash racks, dedicated warm up areas and hacking trails. A 25-stall on site veterinary clinic managed by Dr. Derek McFadden, DVM will provide diagnostics, emergency treatment and rehabilitative therapy to horses competing at the venue.
Known as the Showplace of the Midwest, Roberts Arena has a rich history in equestrian sports as the home of more than 40 years of top AQHA competition. The WEC continues this tradition as the venue of choice for two of the top 10 Quarter Horse shows in the country – The Madness, which broke attendance records in April of this year and The Buckeye Youth and Buckeye Classic slated for July. In recent years, Roberts Arena has also played host to the popular Country Heir indoor horse show circuit. Moving forward, the WEC will be home to a series of seasonal United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “A” and “AA” rated Hunter and Jumper circuits, with plans in place to pursue top USEF and United States Hunter Jumper Association sanctioned finals and ultimately to host FEI and World Cup qualifier-type events. In addition to their own shows, the facility will be available for a select number of outside equestrian events, based on application criteria and availability of dates.
The facility boasts a myriad of options for both long and short-term on-site accommodations including cabins, two and three-bedroom homes, RV hook ups and campground sites. In addition, the facility will offer a wide spectrum of dining options, along with plenty of after showing entertainment choices. Construction will continue throughout the summer and is set to finish in the late fall.