Category Archives: Events

What was the original Eventing Olympic format? Rewind to 1912

  I was reading an informative USEA article about the new FEI star system, which included some historical background on the sport, when I realized that I am Eventing in the wrong era. As the article explains, Eventing first appeared at the Olympics in 1912. At those Stockholm Games, the competition was held over five days, in this order: endurance, rest, steeplechase, show jumping, AND THEN dressage. I couldn’t really believe what I was reading. Dressage was last?! After three days of grueling tests?! I knew how the long format Eventing competitions used to work because the shift to the…

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Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event Finale – Thoroughbreds rule the day

  Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Results]    Concluding with a dramatic show jumping finale in the CCI4*-L, the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) did not disappoint with nail biting results right to the last dropping rail. Rails were flying with only one double clear round by Ema Klugman (AUS) and Bendigo. However, with only one rail down, the Thoroughbred, Campground, ridden by Erin Sylvester (USA) took the win with a final score of 44.8. The pair entered the ring in 3rd place and despite the rail on today’s challenging course; it didn’t stop this Thoroughbred from…

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2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event cross-country report: Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo speed into the CCI4*-L lead

  Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Cross-country course maps] [Results] [Live stream]   Cross-country day at the Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) was bitterly cold for Floridians but did not slow down today’s action. Flying into the lead in the CCI4*-L was Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. They were one of only two pairs to finish within the optimum time and their double clear moved them up from 8th after dressage on a score of 32.7. As a seasoned pair, Lauren is fairly laid back about making time on him: “He is a…

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Thoroughbreds dominate the CCI4*-L after cross-country at the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event

  Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Cross-country course maps] [Results] [Live stream]   The 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) is offering over $16,500 in cash prizes across the four divisions for Thoroughbreds competing at this weekend’s inaugural event. The Ocala Jockey Club is the host to this world-class Eventing competition but it is also a Thoroughbred farm. Ocala itself is a mecca for all things Thoroughbred so it only makes sense to honour these horses with special awards at this event. There are an impressive 30 Thoroughbreds competing across all four divisions at this…

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2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event dressage report: Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C dance into the lead

Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Cross-country course maps] [Results] [Live stream]   Off to a late start with a rain delay, the final day of dressage at the Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event began after a two-hour delay this morning. That didn’t stop the Eventers and Organizers and the show still went on. Luckily, once today’s competition began, no torrential downpours erupted from the cloud-covered sky. The weather definitely did not put a damper on Mara DePuy’s (USA) ride aboard Congo Brazzaville C as they are leading the CCI4*-L on an impressive 28.5. This pair also…

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2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event Thursday dressage report: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are back on top

Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Results] [Live stream]   International competitors took to the dressage arena today at the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE). The weather was brisk by Florida standards and a few horses were slightly fresh to deliver their best performances. Unfazed by the cooler temperatures was Marilyn Little’s (USA) RF Scandalous who danced her way into the CCI4*-S lead on a stellar 24.7. “She was really wonderful. She was very excited, she was calm right up until the last minute then went in and got a little excited with the atmosphere….

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2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event First Horse Inspection Report: 131 horses looking fit to perform

Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries]   Kicking off this afternoon on a cool and windy day for sunny Florida, the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) held the first horse inspection for the CCI4*-L, CCI3*-L and CCI2*-L divisions. Despite the gusts and brisk temperatures many horses presented. All 32 horses in the CCI4*-L that were presented to the Ground Jury of President, Christian Landolt (SUI), Gretchen Butts (USA), and Helen Brettell (GBR) and Dr Nancy Carr (USA) in the CCI4*-L were accepted as fit to compete. No horses were held or asked to represent in…

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It’s time to complete your 2019 competition season report card

  National, provincial and area championships have already taken place and the 2019 summer competition season has come to an end. Did you successfully make that upgrade you were aiming to do this year? Did you qualify for championships? Have you made the amount of progress in your riding and horse’s training that you were striving for this year? Now is the time to reflect on your year so you can ensure that next year is even more successful. Hitting a plateau is frustrating – no matter how much time you spend in the saddle you just cannot make the…

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Ten $3,000 Grants available for under-25 riders at Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event through reprisal of MARS Bromont Rising Program

  Following a hugely successful debut in June 2019 at the Bromont 3-Day Event, the MARS Bromont Rising Program will be offered at the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event, November 14-17, 2019. The Program offers grants of $3,000 each to 10, under-25 U.S. or Canadian riders, competing in any of the event’s divisions which include: CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L and CCI2*-L. The recipients of the grant will participate in two days of mounted and unmounted instruction from leading coaches and clinicians at Mardanza Farms just prior to the competition dates. The grant money will be awarded in a lump sum…

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Eventing needs schooling shows and here’s why

  Eventing is a tough sport to start competing in compared to other riding disciplines. There are three very different, but equally important phases that you and your horse have to be able to master. With each of these three phases, comes a completely different set of rules. Some new eventers are fortunate to be partnered with a mount that has been there and done that. However, the majority of riders face their Eventing initiations on horses that are also new to the sport. Many sanctioned events in North America offer low-level divisions but competing at these events comes with…

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