Ocala, Florida - Equiventures, LLC., purchased by Richard Trayford last spring, is very pleased to announce updates to the Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials for their November 2014 horse trials as well as 2015 horse trials next January, February, and April. These additions should fulfill not only your competitive needs, but your appetite and thirst for entertainment as well.
First and foremost, we are very pleased to announce that the Ocala Horse Properties has renewed their title sponsorship for our upcoming season. We are also excited that the Florida Horse Park will soon begin the construction of new permanent stabling. We look forward to a new era for a facility that will accommodate a multitude of disciplines at an international level.
In an effort to reach out to as many competitors as possible, a Beginner Novice section has been added to the schedule for the November horse trials. Each upcoming horse trials will also offer extended hospitality with a beer, wine, and food tent for the volunteers and competitors post-competition. The April competition will have a full-fledged party and more.
Equiventures is also pleased to announce that JJ Johnson has come aboard to assist with its ongoing effort to produce first-class eventing. She has been involved in eventing for over 30 years, an organizer for over 25 years, officiated at three Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, and has managed control and communications at dozens of national horse trials.
Looking forward to the April 2015 Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Eventing, we are going to give the winter season a spectacular send off. Our Festival of Eventing will showcase all our sport has to offer: Future and Young Event Horse classes will showcase the talented young stock. We will offer a full range of horse trials levels from Advanced Combined Test through Novice and the increasingly important FEI CCI2* and 1*. Hospitality will be at the max with more vendors than ever, and our very own Ocala-based rider and coach Clayton Fredericks will be performing with his UK-based band at the competitors' party.
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamie Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.
Will Faudree shared the news yesterday that his legendary event horse, Antigua, passed away at the age of 32. In a Facebook post he said:
“I always thought I would have something profound to write. A eulogy that would encapsulate the impact you had on my life. And maybe those words will come. You taught me what a work ethic is, how to think in slow motion and how to just keep going. You laid the foundation for a career I dreamed of as a kid. Thank you will never be enough. I will miss you every day- rest easy my friend.”
While her two horses swapped places for first and second after cross-country, Tamra Smith maintained both the lead and second place with two clear rounds and minimal time faults at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Presented by BW Furlong and Associates and Zoetis. The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare En Vogue (Earl x Laurena) is just a little more experienced than her barn mate Danito, also owned by Ruth Bley, so she was also a little quicker around the big, challenging course that twisted and turned through the Horse Park of New Jersey. En Vogue leads on a 27.1 and Danito is second with 31.9, with Boyd Martin maintaining third place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate.
California rider Tamra Smith holds the lead and second position in the CCI4*-L at the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Smith scored 23.9 today with Danito, Ruth Bley’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik), to take the lead from her other mount, the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) En Vogue, also owned by Bley, who was the overnight leader after scoring 24.3 yesterday. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. holds third place with Luke 140, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, on a score of 25.6.