The new Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event
Managed by well-known show organizer Equiventures, will be held at the Ocala Jockey Club for the first time November 24-27 of this year and will offer a CCI2/1 and CIC3-level competitions. EEI will take over management of the event for 2017 and beyond.
The Ocala Jockey Club and Equiventures are pleased to announce that a record-breaking $100,000 in prize money will be awarded at the inaugural Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event to be held over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-27, 2016, in Reddick, Florida. The purse is the highest amount offered by any recognized event below the four-star level in North America.
“The Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event has generated a great buzz in the U.S. eventing community and with international riders,” Erik Nygaard said. “We are excited about bringing top-level eventing to Ocala. This level of prize money fits with our desire to attract top eventing riders and will position the competition as one of the sport’s premier destination events for years to come.”
“We are delighted to be a driving force in the advancement of Eventing in Florida and look forward to working with EEI as we build on the advantages our area offers competitors from around the world. Our inaugural event this fall will surely be the right place at the right time and with the right team!” said Richard Trayford, CEO of Equiventures.
“It’s important for top-level Thoroughbreds to continue to train at the Ocala Jockey Club, but we saw an opportunity for the farm’s size and rolling hills to be showcased with a Cross-Country experience to rival the best in the world,” said Pavla Nygaard, president of the Ocala Jockey Club. “As many Thoroughbreds retire from racing careers into the hands of eventers who prize the Thoroughbreds’ stamina and athleticism, a Three-Day Event at the Ocala Jockey Club and special prize fund for top-placing Thoroughbreds provides a great opportunity for the two disciplines to bridge together. EEI is well-known for producing a superb Three-Day Event at Rolex Kentucky, and we are excited and proud to be the host venue of their vision for a world-class show at our property.”
Source: Organizers Press Release