"The Ocala Horse Properties Florida International 3-Day Event was a tremendous success,” says organizer Peter Gray of Equiventures, LLC, the producer of the event held at the Florida Horse Park the weekend of April 15 through 18. “We’d like to extend a grateful thanks to our many sponsors and donors who supported the show, either by donating cross country jump sponsorships, prize money for various competition divisions, or contributing to the Saturday evening Cajun Fais Do Do Party to benefit the USEA’s Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Research Fund for At Risk Equines. Without the extreme generosity of Rob and Chris Desino and their Ocala Horse Properties, who were the title sponsors for the event, we would not have been able to produce such a high-caliber international competition.
Additional thanks go to Carl and Cassie Segal, who donated $3,000 in CCI* prize money, and Kristina Watkins and Firefly Farm, who donated $3,500 for the Amateur Division Awards, as well as the anonymous donor who provided the $20,000 in CCI** prize money at the eleventh hour. Equiventures is extremely humbled by the outpouring of support from the Eventing community for our efforts to keep the sport of Eventing alive and well in Florida. This vote of confidence has allowed us to make plans for the upcoming 2010-2011 competition season, and guarantee our competitors that we will continue to produce high-quality events at the Florida Horse Park with a variety of new and challenging cross country jumps and wonderful prize money.”
Additional kudos go to Douce France Bakery of Winter Park, Florida, who supplied pastries and cakes for the Friday afternoon Dressage Day Tea Party, and Greg and Susan Miller, John Marinovich, and Sharon Will, who worked tirelessly to create an authentic Cajun “low country boil” Saturday night. This party, which raised donations to benefit the USEA’s Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Research Fund for At Risk Equines, featured an authentic Zydeco band, Cajun-style shrimp, crab, and crawfish for all party guests. Guest speaker, Dr. Carol Clarke from Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, spoke about the advances in equine cardio-pulmonary research and demonstrated the latest technology being used to assist their studies. The evening was completed by raffles and prizes from SuppleKrunch, The RV Zone, and EnVe Salon. The party was a huge success and raised over $4,500 for the USEA.
Congratulations to all competitors and to the winner of the CCI2* division, Tiffani Loudon-Meetze aboard Kim Lampert's Lo Fino and to the CCI1* division winner, Hannah Burnett, on Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot.
Complete results of the weekend are listed here.
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.