Popular Eventing Prix Invitational Returning to Ocala Next Month

Lillian Heard and Share Option at the 2015 Eventing Prix Invitational. Photo by Jenni Autry. Lillian Heard and Share Option at the 2015 Eventing Prix Invitational. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ocala Horse Properties has announced the date of this year’s Eventing Prix Invitational, the third edition of the popular event which is used by many international riders as competition preparation leading up to key spring events.

A total of 36 competitors are slated to compete in this year’s Eventing Prix Invitational at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at Southern Cross Equestrian in Reddick, Florida.

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 may compete a maximum of four horses, one of which they will jump in the Tuesday Prix.

Marc Donovan will design 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. Riders from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and England will be featured as competitors, and the U.S. and Canada are using the event as an official training competition.

We’re also thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with this event to bring you a simulcast of the live stream right here on EN provided by EQTV, and our own Jenni Autry will be providing live commentary alongside Max Corcoran.

Riders will be competing for prize money in a team style format. Last year’s winning team included Lynn Symansky, Sinead Halpin, Lauren Kieffer and Liz Halliday-Sharp, and Jennie Brannigan won the individual honors aboard Vamor. In addition to team and individual rider honors, Brewster Walker Horse Transportation is also sponsoring a Groom’s Award this year.

The Prix is free 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.

It’s set to be a thrilling day at beautiful Southern Cross Equestrian, which is owned by Scott Keach and is the home base of several eventers for the winter. Southern Cross is located at 13440 NW Highway 225, Reddick, FL 32686. For more information, please contact Max Corcoran. To reserve a VIP table, contact Denise Goyea.

Thank you to the event’s sponsors: Ocala Horse Properties, Woodmen of the World Insurance, The Dutta Corp, Southern Cross Equestrian, Brewster Walker Horse Transportation and Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Keep it locked right here on EN for much more from the Eventing Prix Invitational, including the entry list and more information on live streaming.