The Ocala Jockey Club is excited to announce that the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event was honored with the “Small Market Event of the Year” award by the Florida Sports Foundation. The award was presented to the Ocala Jockey Club at the Marion County Board of County Commissioners’ July 17 meeting.
“We are excited to continue welcoming the athletes and their teams to the Horse Capital of the WorldTM for the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event,” said Marion County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Kathy Bryant. “Hosting high-quality athletic events such as this one is a great economic driver, and also a wonderful opportunity to introduce our community to visitors from around the world who might be experiencing Marion County for the first time.”
The Florida Sports Foundation Small Market Event of the Year is accepted on July 17, 2018 by Ocala Jockey Club President, Pavla Nygaard, and Ocala Jockey Club Sponsorship Director, Cindy Oatman. Photo courtesy of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.
The Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, created this award as one of six awarded annually to recognize Florida’s communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in the state’s sports tourism.
The 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event was the second annual three-day eventing FEI-sanctioned competition at the horse farm community of the Ocala Jockey Club, held from Nov. 16 to 19, 2017. This three-day eventing competition is an equestrian triathlon, with each horse and rider combination competing in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country running over natural terrain and prepared obstacles that mimic large-scale natural challenges such as ditches, drops, and fallen logs.
The excellent footing, viewing opportunities, and stunning spectator-friendly rolling hill terrain have propelled the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event to quickly establish itself as a popular destination for top-level riders with four of the five 2018 U.S. Eventing World Equestrian Team members having ridden in one or both of the first two editions of this event. It has also already become a key event for the Ocala community, with it having brought $1 million of economic impact to Marion County in 2017. In recognition of its sports tourism value, the event has been generously supported with a grant by the Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau (MCVCB).
The 2018 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event will take place Nov. 15 to 18, 2018. The CIC3* course is again designed by Mike Etherington-Smith, former head of British Eventing, and the course designer for the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games.
The OJC facility, with its rolling hills and showcase old-growth Spanish-moss-laden oak trees, is a crown jewel in the horse country of Ocala, Florida. About 200 acres of the 950-acre Ocala Jockey Club property serve as a Thoroughbred training farm and to stand stallions, and the facility also includes townhouses and an iconic clubhouse, which serves as a unique venue for weddings, meetings, and other special events. For more information on the Ocala Jockey Club, visit www.ocalajc.com. For more information on the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event, visit www.ojc3de.com.
Conditioning makes the horse fit and increases his endurance performance with less wear and tear on feet and legs. The idea is to work his heart and lungs in short intervals, let him recover a bit, then work him again. The following schedule for Training level horse provides an introduction for the horse and rider at the lower levels to the principle of interval training.
Within their first few years of being born, young horses have the opportunity to get a taste of U.S. Eventing through the USEA’s young horse programs. The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds under saddle to become successful upper level event horses while the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) evaluates the potential of 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
If your farm has the space to set up a cross-country schooling course, it can be to your advantage to have cross-country jumps available for schooling purposes. Safety should be the number one priority when designing and building cross-country jumps, and an expert should be consulted whenever possible.
By this time I am sure that you have received the news that the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) has been canceled. I sincerely apologize for the difficulty this has caused everyone involved. I want to commend the USEA Board of Governors for making an extremely hard decision.