The finale of the 2019 edition of the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L could not have been more dramatic. First Sharon White comes in with Cooley On Show, sitting in fourth place, but White starts the course before the buzzer was sounded and was eliminated.
The final horse inspection for the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event took place bright and early this morning with the CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-L all presenting for their respective ground juries.
It was a game of seconds out on the cross-country today at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. Twenty of the 31 starters jumped around Clayton Fredericks CCI4*-L course without jump penalties, but only two managed to cross the finish line without any time penalties. And both of those crossed it bang on the optimum time of 10 minutes and 26 seconds.
Just a month ago Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C were in a very similar position – leading after dressage at the Fair Hill CCI4*-L, but a fall at the final water dashed their hopes of a victory. DePuy rerouted the 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve x Mexico M) to the Ocala Jockey Club International CCI4*-L and is currently at the top of the division on a 28.5.
Ever wonder what the pros see when they're out walking cross-country? In the Ride Between the Flags series, riders walk us through their approach to tackling different cross-country questions. The legendary Phillip Dutton talks us through fence 11ABC of the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event CCI3*-L cross-country course.
It’s been nearly a year since Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous last cantered down the centerline in a four-star test, but they didn’t need any time to shake the rust off. The pair laid down one of their signature leading tests today to score a 24.4 in the CCI4*-S at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia) was injured in the lead-up to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and Little has been working hard to get her back to this level.
The first horse inspection at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day kicked off the 2019 edition of the event. The CCI2*-L riders presented their horses first for the ground jury of Peter Gray (CAN) and Nikki Herbert (GBR). Natasha Erschen’s Chai Tea Latte was sent to the hold, but passed upon reinspection so all 71 who presented will go forward to dressage.
This afternoon marks the beginning of the fifth and final CCI4*-L of the year as horses and riders descend upon the 950-acre equestrian paradise at the Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida. Since 2016, the Ocala Jockey Club (OJC) Three-Day Event has hosted FEI divisions in late November and this year they are offering a CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and CCI2*-L. Learn more about the OJC in their Events A-Z.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still nine months away, but the excitement is ramping up. With the conclusion of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup, the final tickets have been decided for the countries, but there is still a lot more to do before next summer. The eventing will take place from Friday, July 31 to Monday, August 3 in Tokyo, Japan. Typically eventing is the first equestrian discipline, but this year it will be the second with dressage coming first and jumping last.
When the overnight leader cantered into the show jumping arena at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and had the first rail down, Erin Sylvester knew that she had just clinched the CCI4*-L win. It isn’t just another CCI4*-L win though – it is a truly historic one as she and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy), will be the final names inscribed on the Fair Hill trophy.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.