Mar 29, 2023

Fast Facts: The Event at TerraNova

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
Photos by Al Green, courtesy of EqMedia

TerraNova Equestrian Center in Myakka City, Florida, held its first CCI4*-S competition in the fall of 2021 and is now gearing up for the location’s third-ever FEI event and inaugural spring event this weekend during The Event at TerraNova which takes place March 30-April 2.

The CCI4*-S Field

  • There are a whopping 56 entries in the CCI4*-S field representing five countries: the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, and Sweden. For comparison, the CCI4*-S division in their 2021 event featured 16 horse and rider pairs, and the 2022 October CCI4*-S saw 12 pairs compete.
  • Recent Carolina International CCI4*-S winning pair Will Coleman and Hyperion Stud’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding Chin Tonic HS (Chin Champ x Wildera) have their name on the roster. Can Coleman capture another win this weekend or will he have a conservative ride to use the competition as another prep run for the horse’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L (Lexington, Kentucky) appearance later this spring?
  • Also coming into the four-star this weekend off a recent win are Leslie Law and Tre’ Book’s 14-year-old Selle Français gelding Voltaire de Tre’ (Gentleman IV x Jasmina du Fresne). This pair won the Advanced division earlier this month at Chattahoochee Hills (Fairburn, Georgia), adding just 5.2 time penalties to their dressage score.
  • Cooley Be Cool (Heritage Fortunus x HHS Carlotta), the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Monster Partnership, recently brought home first prize in the CCI3*-S at the Carolina International with Liz Halliday-Sharp. The pair added just 1.2 time penalties to a stellar dressage score of 23.1 to lead the division from start to finish.
  • There are several Kentucky-bound entries in this weekend’s lineup: Jollybo, Chin Tonic HS, Direct Advance, Carlevo, Erroll Gobey, Sorocaima, Daytona Beach 8, Cooley Be Cool, Voltaire de Tre’, and Chico’s Man VDF Z.
  • The oldest horse in the field this weekend is the 19-year-old British Sport Horse mare Jollybo (Jumbo x Polly Coldunnell), co-owned by the Jollybo Syndicate and ridder Hawley Bennett-Awad.
  • Eleven horses will be giving their first four-star a go in Myakka City this weekend: Coloso, Cutty Sark, Fernhill Zoro, Fluorescent Adolescent, Hot Bobo, HSH Blake, HSH Double Sixteen, King’s Especiale, Landjaeger, Shanroe Cooley, and Quelite.
  • Janelle Fleming (USA) will be making her four-star debut as a rider aboard Debbie Foote’s 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Fly Me Courageous (Truluck x Proper Eight) who previously took Sara Kozumplik around Kentucky in his younger years.
  • The 2022 RevitaVet USEA Young Rider of the Year Cassie Sanger is also making her first four-star appearance this weekend with her 15-year-old Anglo European gelding Fernhill Zoro (Verdi x Orania Z), who Sanger placed third in the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (Elkton, Maryland) in the fall of 2022.

The Facts

  • Neil MacKenzie-Hall (NZL) will serve as the Technical Delegate for the CCI4*-S.
  • The president of the ground jury for the CCI4*-S is Jane Hamlin (USA) with Debbie Adams (USA) assisting.
  • Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) is the cross-country course designer for both the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S, while Mogie Bearden-Muller has designed the tracks for the remaining FEI and national divisions.
  • Canada’s Michel Vaillancourt has designed the show jumping courses for all levels.

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