The Ocala International Festival of Eventing (Ocala, Florida), set to take place Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23, first ran in 2006, but the 2023 event is extra special as it will offer a CCI4*-S division for the first time ever. In addition, the event's venue, the Florida Horse Park, has made an extensive investment in cross-country irrigation practices that allow every inch of the course to be watered appropriately in preparation for the competition. Competitors are obviously excited about this year's competition, with 500 entries total, 157 of those taking place across the competition's four FEI levels being offered: the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI2*-L, and CCI1*-L.
In anticipation of the weekend's event, organizer Emily Holmes shared: "I have the best team in the world. We run so many competitions together that we're a mostly well-oiled machine. The grounds crew at the Florida Horse Park is amazing, and they've been busting their tails for the past few weeks making sure the courses are watered, aerated, and ready to go. And Rick Dunkerton is quite often my voice of reason when dealing with all of the additional FEI stuff that I need to get lined up."
Get to know a bit more about the CCI4*-S competition that will take place this weekend in Ocala in this week's addition of the USEA's Fast Facts.
The CCI4*-S Field
Thursday, April 20
Friday, April 21
Saturday, April 23
Sunday, April 24
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