The third annual Ocala Jockey Club (OJC) Three-Day Event kicks off today in Reddick, Florida with the first horse inspection. For the first year, the event will offer a CCI3* division – only one of five events in North America to offer the level. In addition, OJC will host a CIC3*, CCI2*, and CCI*. The USEA will be on site bringing you all of the coverage, but here are some facts to get you started!
145 pairs are entered in the Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day with the CCI* the largest of the four divisions – 76 pairs are tackling the level.
The inaugural CCI3* will see 12 pairs while the CIC3* has 13 entries – half of 2017’s entry numbers.
Last year’s CIC3* winner, Phillip Dutton, is back to defend his title – this time aboard CIC3* first-timer, Fernhill Singapore, who finished fourth in the CCI2* last year.
The only other horse making his CIC3* debut is Joe Meyer’s Buccaneer.
Simply Priceless, Fernhill By Night, and Van Gough are all returning in the CIC3* to try to improve upon their 2017 placings.
There are two 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games’ pairs in the CIC3* - Felix Vogg riding Colero (Switzerland) and Nilson Moreira Da Silva riding Magnum’s Martini (Brazil).
Paramount Importance, Lauren Kieffer’s CCI3* mount, competed in the 2017 European Championships with Ludwig Svennerstal of Sweden.
Like in the CIC3*, the CCI3* has two first-timers at the level – Katherine Coleman riding Monte Classico (who finished second in the CCI2* last year) and Hallie Coon riding Lansdowne.
There are two CCI3* winners entered in the OJC CCI3* - Tamra Smith won the 2015 Fair Hill CCI3* aboard Mai Baum and is returning to the level for the first time since. Erin Sylvester won the 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3* with Paddy The Caddy.
$20,000 in prize money and in-kind prizes will be awarded.
The Ocala Jockey Club offers a Thoroughbred Eventing Champion division which will award over $10,000 in prizes to the top-placing Jockey Club registered Thoroughbreds in all of the division.
There are also special awards for the top-placing young horses - $1,000 to the top 6-year-old in the CCI* and $1,500 to the top-placing 7-year-old in the CCI2*.
The President of the Ground Jury for the CCI3*,CIC3*, and CCI2* is Jo Young (CAN) with members Janet Surr (GBR) and Robert Stevenson (USA). The President of the Ground Jury for the CCI* is Peter Gray (CAN) with member Debbie Adams (USA).
The TD for the CCI3* and CIC3* is Alec Lochore (GBR) and for the CCI2* and CCI* is Gale D’amanda-Fox (USA).
The course designers are both Ocala residents – Clayton Fredericks designed the cross-country course and Chris Barnard designed the show jumping course.
The venue, the Ocala Jockey Club, consists of 924 acres of eventing training and Thoroughbred conditioning facilities.
A Celebration of Women in Peak Performance Equestrian Sports Luncheon, held Friday, November 16 at the OJC Clubhouse. The featured speakers will be Gemma Tattersall, member of the British Eventing Team that won team gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), and Lynn Symansky, the second-highest placed U.S. rider at the WEG, competing on off-the-track Thoroughbred Donner. The luncheon will be moderated by Jen Roytz, Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project. Admission is included in VIP packages and for riders and officials at the event. Separate admission for the luncheon only may be purchased for $45/ticket.
It’s the turn of the world’s best Eventing athletes to stand under the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games spotlight over the next few days as all but one of the horses presented at this morning’s horse inspection at Baji Koen Equestrian Park were confirmed for action by the Ground Jury.
And they're off! Eventing kicks off today in Tokyo (Thursday, July 29 – 7:30 p.m. ET), with the first of three Olympic dressage sessions. Competitors from 29 nations will go head to head, vying for a spot on the coveted Olympic podium.