Wednesday, March 4, 2015

South Florida Social Diary: Wellington + Coconut Grove

The evolving Coconut Grove skyline viewed from the Vizcaya reception held at the Park Grove-OMA/Rem Koolhaas penthouse. The Grove at Grand Bay's startling twin geometric towers were designed by New York & Copenhagen starchitect Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG). NYC spotlights BIG's design for The DryLine storm barrier in Lower Manhattan while the firm's current exhibition HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Exploration at the National Building Museum in Washington has garnered international attention. The architect for the $2 billion National Mall and Smithsonian refurbishment, BIG has been clicked to design Google's new global headquarters in Silicon Valley, in collaboration with London-based Heatherwick Studio.
Wellington + Coconut Grove
By Augustus Mayhew

A Grand Prix event draws a large crowd in Wellington. Miami's social leaders for the 7th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon converge in Coconut Grove, planning to make the March 17 event the most successful ever for the organization.

Winter Equestrian Festival - Wellington
$370,000 Suncast CSI 5* Grand Prix event - International Arena


Palm Beach residents Jim and Kristy Clark were among the more than 5,000 spectators on Saturday night watching 40 riders compete in the high stakes $370,000 Suncast CSI 5* Grand Prix where Jessica Springsteen took third place, Georgina Bloomberg placed fifth, Doda de Miranda secured 25th, and Rodrigo Pessoa took a scary tumble. For Jim Clark's Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC, it was no less than first place as rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum aboard the Clark-owned Fibonacci 17 cleared the round and the jump off without faults. "Fibonacci was the first horse we purchased and to have him win here tonight is just phenomenal. It is a really exciting and emotional win tonight," Clark said.

Michaels-Beerbaum and her husband renowned trainer Markus Beerbaum manage Jim and Kristy Clark's "barn" at Grand Prix Village located between the equestrian festival site and Baxter Hill Farm, operated by David and Becky Gochman, who in 2012 paid $11 million for their 12.4 acre stable. Last spring, Clark's Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC paid $23 million for the prestigious 14-acre facility built and developed by Everglades Dressage LLC. The Clarks' new barn is described as having covered and outdoor arenas, 18 box stalls, and "elegant appointments." At Palm Beach, the Clarks are ensconced at the more than 60,000-square-foot five-acre oceanfront Il Palmetto estate built in 1930 for noted horseman Joseph Widener and designed by Treanor & Fatio.
Last Saturday night's Grand Prix competition attracted an SRO crowd.
Nightfall at Tito's Tacos.
The riders walked the course, designed by Steve Stephens; some pacing the distance between jumps.
In 2013, Rolex SA signed a 10-year agreement to make Rolex the "Official Timepiece" for the Winter Equestrian Festival. The Rolex deal increases prize money to more than $8 million. The agreement also adds three new FEI-rated CSI5* events, the highest level in show jumping, as well as a new $1 million Palm Beach Challenge. Another aspect of the sponsorship is that two of the CSI5* Grand Prix events will be televised and others will be distributed by Rolex through their media partnerships in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The Grand Prix Scene
Pinnell Custom Leather, Crozet, Virginia.
Navalo de Poheton.
Schuyler Riley rode Navalo to 18th place.
Artemis Equestrian Farm's horse Fibonacci 17 took home first place and $122,760, the evening's largest purse.
Stirrups. Check. Georgina Bloomberg rode Lilli to 5th place.
Georgina Bloomberg finishes a flawless round.
Brazilian Alvaro Affonso "Doda" de Miranda Neto's mount is AD Rahmannshof's Bogeno, a Belgian sport horse gelding.
Brazilian Doda de Miranda collected eight faults on his run. De Miranda and his wife Athina Onassis Roussel de Miranda have been part of the Wellington scene the past several years. The Swiss private banking firm Julius Bar, a de Miranda sponsor, owns 80 percent of GPS Investimentos Financeiros e Participações, Brazil's largest wealth management company.
Jessica Springsteen and her Stone Hill Farm mount Vindicat W placed third at Saturday night's Grand Prix Competition in Wellington. Springsteen is a contender for Hermés 2015 Talented Young Rider Award.
After a flawless first round, Jessica Springsteen took four faults in the jump off. Vindicat W is owned by her family's Stone Hill Farm.
Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W.
Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa rode one of his family's horses named Status. Midway, Pessoa took a spill.
Rodrigo Pessoa, far right, appears to hobble following a stumble.
Affiliated with Hermes and Rolex, Pessoa walked out from the arena following the stumble.
The press tent.
Keean White and For Freedom Z.
McLain Ward.
By the time of the jump off, the crowds made it difficult to move around.
The Rider's Lounge, from afar.
Venezuelan Andres Rodriguez placed 31st.
The Winter Equestrian Festival continues until March 29.
Contenders for Hermés 2015 Talented Young Rider award (16-25).
Park Grove hosts Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon reception
2701 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove


Last Tuesday night Christy and David Martin of the Terra Group hosted committee members of the upcoming 7th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon at a reception held in the penthouse atop the Coconut Grove Bank, now the Terra/Related Company Sales Gallery for Park Grove condominium designed by renowned starchitect OMA/Rem Koolhaas. Honorary Chair Swanee DiMare and co-chairs Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Barbara Hevia, Laura C. Munilla and Lydia Touzet welcomed more than 50 of Miami's social, cultural and philanthropic leaders with Veuve Cliquot mojitos. Founded in 2009, the luncheon is Vizcaya's only major daytime fundraiser held on the estate.

Known as Miami's version of the "Hat Luncheon," guests made their choices from an array of designer hats and fascinators provided by Suzy Buckley Woodward's SHAPOH collection. At this year's luncheon, guests will enjoy cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose and modeling by Graff and Oscar de la Renta. Among the event's sponsors are Selecta Magazine, Shaw-Ross International Importers and A Thierry's Catering and Event Design. For more information about the March 17 Preservation Luncheon at Vizcaya, contact Jessica Casinelli at 305-860-8404 or by e-mail events@vizcaya.org.
The 2015 Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon chairpersons: Linda Levy Goldberg, Laura C. Munilla, Sonia Gibson, Lydia Touzet, Swanee DiMare, and Barbara Hevia.
Current plans call for two 20-story, 72-unit condo towers and a third 20-story building with 140 units to be completed 2017. The price range in the 72-unit towers are $2.1M-$4.6M million, not including the penthouses. According to www.cranespotters.com Greater Miami/Miami Beach has approved/built more than 300 towers during this current ongoing real estate revival, adding 42,000 units, and perhaps twice as many vehicles,
OMA- Rem Koolhaas is among several international starchitect firms with projects underway in Miami.
Lourdes Almargo Araujo and Joel M. Hoffman, executive director of Vizcaya.
Lesli Brown, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Bronwyn Miller.
View from the Vizcaya reception east to Biscayne Bay.
Shapoh displayed an assortment of hats and fascinators for guests to make their selection for the upcoming preservation luncheon.
Clockwise from top left: Eilah Beavers; Maribel Alvarado; Yenin Acevedo.
Model, Park Grove. OMA/ Rem Koolhaas, architect, view from Bayshore Drive.
Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg and Laura C. Munilla.
Most everyone found their perfect finishing touch.
From the reception, a view north-northeast across Dinner Key from Downtown-Brickell Avenue to Grove Isle.
View south along Bayshore Drive across the bay.
From the Park Grove Sales Gallery, a view of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, left, and the Bjarke Ingels designed Grove at Grand Bay residences, also a Terra Group project.
24 February 2015, 6:10 pm. Sunset on Brickell Avenue from the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.