World Equestrian Center The Carolinas Equestrian Feels Like Home. The large sign at the entrance of the World Equestrian Center says, "Welcome Home Equestrians," and the Roberts mean it wholeheartedly. Photo by Tracy Emanuel


Not only are the first letters of each of these words synonymous with the World Equestrian Center, the words themselves aptly represent the founding principles of the Roberts family and their Wilmington, Ohio, event facility. With the recently growing interest among Carolinas based hunter/jumper riders in competing in the World Equestrian Center series of horse shows; I was eager to interview Roby Roberts, one of the owners, to learn more about his vision for both the Ohio, and the future Florida based, state of the art equestrian event venues.