EN has confirmed the preliminary entry list for the highly anticipated Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational on Tuesday, March 8, at Southern Cross Equestrian in Ocala, Florida. So far 28 riders representing four different countries — U.S., Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand — have confirmed they will compete in the show jumping competition.
Hannah Sue Burnett
Sara Kozumplik Murphy
The event is open to the public, and spectators are also welcome to attend the 1.15-1.20 meter warmup class at noon Monday, March 7, where invited riders can compete a maximum of four horses, one of which they will jump in the Tuesday Prix.
Marc Donovan is designing the 1.30-meter course, which will feature elaborate jump design, a sponsor tent and plenty of atmosphere to prepare the horses for Red Hills International Horse Trials later in the week. The U.S. and Canada are also using the event as an official training competition.
The Prix is free for the public to attend. Celebrations Catering will provide food and drink in the ringside VIP tent, and tables are still available for $600. Food will also be available for purchase on the grounds from Humble Pie Pizza, with beer courtesy of Edge Brewing Barcelona.
Riders will compete for prize money in a team format. Last year’s Prix offered $15,000 in prize money, and event organizers Scott Keach and Max Corcoran hope to boost that number even higher if the competition can secure more sponsorship. Contact Joel Wiessner at 352-362-7667 or [email protected] for more information on sponsorship.
Current event sponsors include Ocala Horse Properties, Woodmen of the World Insurance, The Dutta Corp, Southern Cross Equestrian, Brewster Walker Horse Transportation and Tryon International Equestrian Center. Brewster Walker Horse Transportation is also sponsoring a Groom’s Award this year.
Southern Cross is located at 13440 NW Highway 225, Reddick, FL 32686. For more information, please contact Max Corcoran. VIP tables are almost sold out; if you haven’t reserved one yet, contact Denise Goyea as soon as possible.
If you can’t be in Ocala on March 8 to watch the Eventing Prix Invitational live, we’ll be streaming the competition in full right here on EN. We hope to see you there!