Welcome to Donato Farm

Dressage Facilities Wellington Florida
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Dreams Do Come True

Donato Farms Opens In Wellington

Jeff and Jessica Friedrich built Donato Farms to create a world-class training center that could contribute to the development of horses and riders to represent the United States. Close attention was paid to every detail of the design and today Donato Farms is one of Wellington, Florida’s premiere professional dressage facilities and the training base for Pan Am Gold Medalist, Sarah Lockman Tubman and her husband esteemed judge, coach, and trainer, Lee Tubman.

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About the Architects, Engineering Team, and Builders

Jeff Friedrich

Starting with extensive research and planning, Jeff put together a team of top industry professions who collaborated, and worked in concert, to make the design and construction of the property go as smoothly as possible.  The research, planning, teamwork, and collaboration led to the beautiful and functional Donato Farms.  Learn more about our Top Tier Vendors and key Stakeholders.

Sexton Engineering Associates, Inc.

Eric Tanis, Civil Engineer, created the grading and drainage plans for the driveways, water retention, and associated equine facilities.  Eric’s vast civil engineering experience in the equine industry allowed the project to optimize space and functionality.  Eric also promptly completed requisite permitting to allow the project to proceed with good momentum.

Architectural Studio, Inc

Tim Clark, Senior Associate, lead the design team to help bring Jeff’s basic excel formatted project concept to “life”.  Tim masterfully designed a Key West architectural style facility with a contemporary flair.  Tim’s design created an elegant and welcoming environment for Donato Farms. 

Ventura Construction & Development, Inc.

With over 25 years of experience, their motto says it all “Building dreams is our business”.  From providing design guidance to managing subcontractors; from suggesting colors to selecting materials; and from offering improvements to keeping the project on schedule, the Ventura team of Rob Wilson, Brain Smiley, Stav Kelesidis, and James Johnson were the leaders along this journey.

Premier Equestrian
& JTWG Equestrian Surfaces

Powered by Premier Equestrian’s Arion Smart ArenaTM controls, we couldn’t be more pleased with the Ebb & Flow system and Premier ProTex footing.  The Arion Smart system maintains proper sand moisture, on both the indoor and outdoor arenas, during all varieties of Southern Florida weather, allowing for optimum surface condition for horse and rider.

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Our Trademark

The Significance of the Donato Farms Logo Design

The name Donato Farms was derived from the name of Jessica’s horse Donatus, who was the 2014 Developing Horse Grand Prix National Champion. As a tribute to Jessica’s father, who partnered with her in her equestrian dreams growing up, she took the Italian version of Donatus and thus Donato. The name means: Gift from God.

JRPR headed up the logo development project and brought in artist Adam Palumbo to turn Donatus’ photo into a logo illustration. The olive branches in the logo are in reference to the olive branches on the Friedrich Family crest. The olive branch is an historic symbol of peace. Jeff and Jessica’s son Kyle suggested this would be a meaningful addition to the logo. The circle surrounding Donatus represents unity, as in working together as one, a team.

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Explore Donato Farms

Donato Farms Amenities

  • 28 Stalls with overhead fans and dual water spigots
  • 14 Grooming/wash stalls, hot/cold water, and overhead fans
  • 2 Tack rooms
  • 2 Laundry rooms
  • 2 Feed rooms
  • 2 Hay and shavings storage rooms
  • Rider’s lounge with a coffee bar
  • Grooms lounge
  • Client locker room
  • 8 Paddocks
  • 6-Horse covered walker with center lunge ring
  • Covered treadmill building
  • Farrier building with an attached extra storage building
  • Oversized covered arena w/ kickwall, mirror wall, & viewing platform
  • Outdoor arena with a mirror wall
  • First-floor trainer’s office & Upstairs office
  • 3 First-floor restrooms
  • Upstairs entertainment area w/ kitchen, 2 balconies, 2 additional restrooms, & laundry room
  • Groom’s housing w/ 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, laundry room, and living room complete with a television monitor that will be  connected to all the cameras on the property.
  • Spa & Physio Studio with Full Bathroom
  • Maintenance garage to house the tractors and drags and extra storage.
  • Television monitors throughout
  • Hurricane-safe windows, doors, and shutters
  • Facility generator & Fire sprinkler system throughout