Saturday Night Lights
Saturday Night Lights is a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday evenings during the Winter Equestrian Festival, January through March. Bring the whole family! The gates open at 6:00pm with the show jumping class starting at 7:00pm.
If you’ve never been to a horse show before, we recommend visiting our Horse Show 101 page to learn more about the competition you’ll be watching!
For a list of upcoming Saturday Night Lights dates, please click here.
When should I come?
The gates open at 6pm, and the fun and activities start early, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy them all before the competition starts at 7:00pm. Our on-site restaurants are open during Saturday Night Lights, so make an evening of it and plan for dinner as well!
What are the admission costs?
There are no admission costs, but there is a $20 charge per carload for self parking, or $30 for valet. Alternatively, there is free off-site parking across the street at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility at 13500 South Shore Blvd., with a free shuttle over to the PBIEC grounds. Parking attendants will direct spectators to available parking areas.
How do I get to the show grounds?
PBIEC is located conveniently at 3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington, FL, 33414. For a map and detailed directions, please click here.
What sort of activities are there?
Every week there will be face-painting, performers, free rides on the venetian carousel and more – there is truly fun in store for guests of all ages! Before the competition, you can catch a glimpse of riders warming up for the Grand Prix, and throughout the evening we’ll have dance contests, the kiss cam, and t-shirt tosses. There are a variety of new activities to enjoy and sights to see each time. Check out our Facebook page to see what fun we’re planning for the next one!
What’s there to eat?
We have a number of delicious on-site restaurants ready for you to enjoy on Saturday Night, whether you’re in the mood for casual fare or fine dining. Our dining options include the Tiki Hut, Tito’s Tacos, Wood Fired Pizza, White Horse Grill – Burgers, Chicken, and Hot Dogs, and the Beachside Buffet.
What stores are open?
A number of the equestrian show vendors are open during Saturday Night Lights, offering clothing, jewelry and much more. Our vendors are located along the main walkway as you walk in to the venue toward the PBIEC walking bridge.
What kind of competition is it?
Saturday Night Lights features a Grand Prix show jumping event where expert riders from all over the world guide horses around a course and over jumps almost 5 feet high, which is nearly the same level as at the Olympics! Riders that make it around the course successfully will return for the jump-off, a high stakes shortened course that determines who wins first place and the largest share of the prize money—over $100,000 depending on the class! For more information about show jumping, visit our Horse Show 101 page.
Where do I sit?
All of the blue stadium seating is first-come first-served, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
Reserved Seating includes:
- Box Seats
- Tiki Tables
- Gallery Tables
- Beachside Tables
- International Club
- Gallery Tables
- Wellington Club
We’re now also offering a spectacular new experience in The Veuve Clicquot Suites for watching the biggest Grand Prix of the week on Saturday nights during the 2017 season.
For $150/person for a regular show or $200/person for a 5* show, you can reserve your own semi-private suite or a table in a shared suite with access to a full buffet featuring a wide selection of food as well as an open bar with premium choices. We can accommodate individuals, small groups, or groups as large as 22. To reserve for an upcoming Saturday night Grand Prix, please contact Patti Miele (561) 784-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on booking a table, you can also visit our Hospitality section.
Is there a dress code for Saturday Night Lights?
Saturday Night Lights is a casual event, with many people wearing jeans, informal attire, and comfortable walking shoes.
What if it rains?
All our events are rain or shine —some of the most exciting jumping competition is in the rain! We only cancel or postpone a competition if the weather is severe to the point of risking anyone’s safety. We will post on Facebook and here on PBIEC.com if there are last minute cancellations, postponements, or other changes.