Global Equestrian Group
Global Equestrian Group was established in the beginning of 2021. Waterland Private Equity acquired the majority of shares of Helgstrand Dressage in 2018. In February 2021 German showjumper Ludger Beerbaum Stables was acquired and joined the group as co-owner. And in June 2021 Global Equestrian Group acquired Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and the owners of PBIEC joined the group as new co-owners. In the future the Group will have around 250 full-time employees and annual revenue of around EUR 135 million. Global Equestrian Group has activities in dressage, show jumping and events, the jewellery company Helgstrand Jewellery and equestrian accessories and apparel company Kingsland Equestrian, as well as other equestrian sports investments.
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) was founded by Mark Bellissimo in 2006 and has contributed to transforming Wellington, Florida, into the world’s premiere destination for equestrian enthusiasts.
PBIEC arranges events and is behind the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is held at PBIEC over 12 weeks and is the world’s largest and longest-running equestrian sports event with more than 8,000 horses and more than 250,000 spectators from 43 different countries converge on Wellington to compete for over $12 million dollars in prize money.
PBIEC operates 16 competition arenas, 2,500 stalls, and provides participants and spectators with a variety of exclusive restaurants, shopping, hospitality areas, and other first-class facilities. The company has 50 full-time employees and employs a staff of around 600 people in the high season.
Helgstrand Dressage sources, develops and sells the world’s leading dressage horses and has more than 120 employees with activities in Denmark, Germany and the US. In 2008, Andreas Helgstrand together with the Danish dressage team won Olympic Bronze, and Helgstrand Dressage’s horses have won several World Championships over the years. Helgstrand Dressage has sold more than 800 horses since its inception.
Ludger Beerbaum Stables
Ludger Beerbaum Stables is an internationally esteemed equestrian show jumping business with sports and trading stables and a stallion station located at the Riesenbeck International Equestrian Center in western Germany. Ludger Beerbaum is a German four-time Olympic show jumping champion who has continued to contribute to the international show jumping community following his withdrawal from the German national team after the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Waterland is an independent private equity investment group that supports entrepreneurs in realizing their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources from the firm’s eight fund of EUR 2.6 billion and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions.
To date, Waterland has made investments in over 700 companies. Waterland consistently achieve top tier investment ratings among private equity firms and is the only fund that has consistently been in the top 5 in the HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Ranking for 10 years.
Waterland manages more than EUR 9 billion of investor commitments and has offices in Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Ireland and the UK.