The first day of dressage action is complete at the Ocala International Three-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches, at the Florida Horse Park. We have videos of the leading CCI1* tests to bring you thanks to EN’s unofficial/official videographer David Frechette.
David O’Connor and Jacqueline Mars’ Cooley Dream, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cruising X The Dreamseeker, by Ramiro B), lead the CCI1* after the first day on 23.4.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Anna Kjellstrom’s Run Marvin Run, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Unbridled Energy X Thisisthelife, by Fly So Free), sit in second place on 24.8.
Allie Knowles and Nancy Elberty’s Princess B, a 13-year-old KWPN mare (Calvados X Rheabria Z), scored 25.3 for third place.
Ellie MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane Cox’s Zick Zack, a 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Blue Hors Zack X Mercedes, by Master), sit fourth on 26.3. This pair are coming off a win at the Carolina International CIC1* last month.
Lesley Grant-Law and Cianu, a 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cormint X Kautelen, by Salient) owned by Jackie and Steve Brown, round out the current top five on 28.5.
You’ll see the venue’s new Martins Collins arenas in use in the videos. The Florida Horse Park invested $1.7 million to install four new arenas, which also feature a Dammann Risohorse ebb and flow irrigation system.
Additional projects planned for the Florida Horse Park include a K-Line irrigation system for the cross country course, 160 new permanent stalls, a new perimeter road to provide separate paths for horses and vehicles, and a new public address system with speakers throughout the venue. Construction of a new water jump is also being considered. On behalf of competitors, the EN team would like to extend our sincere thanks to the entire Florida Horse Park team for investing in the venue!
CC1* dressage resumes tomorrow, and CCI2* dressage will also kick off alongside numerous other divisions. Click here to view the full schedule for the Ocala International Three-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches. Go Eventing.