The entry list and teams have been finalized for the $15,000 Eventing Prix Invitational presented by Ocala Horse Properties, which will be held Tuesday, March 3 at Southern Cross Equestrian in Reddick, Florida, as an official schooling competition for the U.S. and Canadian High Performance squads.
U.S. Coach David O’Connor and Canadian Coach Clayton Fredericks each put together two teams from their U.S. and Canadian High Performance-listed riders — with the two U.S. High Performance teams split up as guys vs. girls. There is also a USEF Eventing 25 team.
With eight teams and 32 horses and riders in all facing off over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course, it’s sure to be an exciting day! Here’s how the format will go: All riders will be able to jump a 1.10-1.15 meter course between 10:30 a.m. and noon to get their bearings, and then the actual competition will start at 2:15 p.m. over 1.25-1.30 meter height.
All riders will jump one round to determine the team winners. Then the top 10 will jump off carrying their faults from the first round to determine the individual winner, with the top finishers splitting $15,000 in prize money. Sharn and Ashley Wordley are also sponsoring a Most Stylish Round Award, and Brewster Walker Horse Transport is sponsoring a Best Groom Award.
Good friend of EN Graeme Thom will be providing color commentary in the VIP tent during the event, and all are invited to enjoy the after party following the conclusion of the competition. There will be food and drinks available on the grounds, along with live music, so it’s a great day to come out and enjoy the forecasted 80-degree temperatures if you’re in the area next week.
The EN team is heading down to Florida a bit early for Red Hills in order to catch all the action at the $15,000 Eventing Prix Invitational. We’ve confirmed that Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton will each jump an extra round on a second horse, as they are traveling from Aiken to compete.
We’ve also confirmed that Phillip will be riding Mr. Medicott and Mighty Nice in the first official outing for both horses since last year. Mr. Medicott last competed at Rolex Kentucky in April, while Mighty Nice last competed at the World Equestrian Games Prep Trials at Great Meadow in July.
Needless to say, there’s a lot to be excited about! VIP tables are still available and can be reserved by emailing Max Corcoran at [email protected].
Thank you to Ocala Horse Properties, Woodmen of the World, Dutta Corp, Southern Cross Equestrian, Antares, KER Sport Horse Nutrition, Station Hill Farm, Delbene Brothers Construction, Wordley Martin Equestrian Footings, Peak Performance Equestrian Services and Tryon International Equestrian Center for sponsoring the event.
Entry list and teams for the $15,000 Eventing Prix Invitational:
Sara Kozumplik Murphy