The 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is the world's largest and longest running equestrian competition. The 12-week event, which runs from January 11 through April 2, hosts 6,500 horses and thousands of riders from all 50 states and 33 nations. Participants compete in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation classifications with prize money exceeding $8 million. In addition to Olympic-caliber competition, WEF hosts the nation’s premier events for children, juniors, adults and amateurs; for riders aged from 6 to 70 years old in more than 70 unique divisions of competition. WEF is a season of intense competition with thousands of competitors and spectators in attendance. Each week is considered an individual horse show with the world’s best riders competing in any given week within 12 show rings throughout the state-of-the-art equestrian show complex.