You’ve seen the sneak peeks at the gorgeous TerraNova Equestrian venue in Myakka City, Fl., and now you can snag the chance to take your horse for a spin at the brand-new facility hosting its first recognized/FEI event October 22-24. If you haven’t sent in your entry for the weekend — which will offer national divisions (with prize money for all!) from Starter up through Intermediate as well as FEI divisions from CCI1*-S through CCI4*-S — you’ve got some extra time thanks to a closing date extension through Tuesday, October 12. The headline CCI4*-S division will compete for $17,500 in prize money, but there is cash to be won in each and every class at TerraNova.
Riders competing at TerraNova also have a unique opportunity to help make a difference for a variety of local nonprofit organizations that have been selected as beneficiaries of grants after the event concludes. Each rider will have the opportunity to select and ride for one of three charity partners in the competition: Southeastern Guide Dogs, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. This will then be turned into a team style competition, with collective scores counted and the winning “team” determining the highest grant recipient. Grants will range from $10,000 for the winning organization to $5,000 for the third-placed team/organization.
For spectators (or riders who like to have a good time!), there is also a full slate of VIP Experience options to take in the event in style. With options that include full-service catering and bar options, comfortable seating, and the best views of competition, there is an experience for everyone who wants to make a weekend out of the TerraNova event.
“We are looking forward to a great event and opening the facility for the first time,” TerraNova owners Hannah and Zach Ketelboeter said. “The courses look fantastic, and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying it.” Captain Mark Phillips, assisted by Mogie Bearden-Muller who has also designed the CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S and national levels, is the designer for the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S this weekend. Nick Granat will design the show jumping courses. “It has been an incredible journey that I have been honored to have been part of and that I’ve rarely been as proud of anything in my life,” Sara Kozumplik Murphy, who has been involved with TerraNova on multiple fronts since the facility’s infancy, commented.
To learn more about The Event at TerraNova, including how to enter, click here.