Equiventures and Ocala Horse Properties have announced the exciting news that they will partner with the Ocala Jockey Club to create a new world-class eventing facility in Ocala, as well as expand the popular Ocala Eventing Series. Ocala Horse Properties has been the title sponsor for the Ocala Eventing Series at the Florida Horse Park for the last four years and not only signed on once again this year, but doubled its financial support.
The Ocala Jockey Club is a 950-acre property featuring multiple training barns, a Thoroughbred training track, rental homes and a 9700-square foot restaurant and event facility. Construction on the new eventing facility will begin in September 2015, and the property’s rolling hills will soon boast a top quality cross country course designed by Mike Etherington-Smith. Richard Jeffery will be the consultant and course designer for the stadium arena and courses.
“Ocala based competitors have for some time requested additional venues in our area, and with the growing numbers at each event, the time was perfect for the owners of the Ocala Jockey Club to show an interest in hosting some high-caliber competitions,” Equiventures CEO Richard Trayford said in a statement.
“Equiventures is delighted to have been given the task of organizing these events and feel that the Ocala Jockey Club along with the Florida Horse Park will provide ideal venues for competitors of all levels. Ocala is well known for having the perfect climate for fall, winter and spring events. Thanks to the support of the area’s leading horse property experts, we are able to get a jump on preparations for next season!”
We’re thrilled to have the Ocala Jockey Club on board to expand eventing in the region and look forward to watching the facility develop. Thank you to Ocala Horse Properties for their continued support of eventing. Anyone with questions or seeking more information can contact Richard at 352-425-7709.