We’re not quite through with the 2022 season! More action awaits as we now head down to Florida for The Event at TerraNova, happening October 21-23 and featuring not only a CCI4*-S eventing competition but also the TerraNova Dressage II CDI4*.
The gorgeous facility, which withstood the full force of Hurricane Ian not two weeks ago, is primed and ready to welcome competitors and spectators alike. The Event at TerraNova makes every effort to engage and benefit the local community, designating local charities to receive donations from the event and offering multiple ticket and VIP experiences for spectators.
We’re pleased to have Amanda Chance heading down to Myakka City to rove around for EN this weekend, but if you aren’t able to join us there will also be a full live stream of the event carried on Horse & Country (H&C+ subscription required).
Here’s more need-to-know ahead of this weekend:
13 combinations will come forward to compete in the headlining 4*-S division this weekend. TerraNova Equestrian is preparing to expand to host a 4*-L — the USEF 4*-L National Championship, to be exact — next year, so riders coming to compete now will get an early glimpse at what’s in the works for 2023.
This year’s 4*-S entry list includes highlights such as:
- Two entries from Sara Kozumplik in Rock Phantom as well as the ever-popular Rubens d’Ysieux, who was second in the inaugural event last year
- Lucienne Bellissimo will bring two horses forward: 10-year-old Trementon will make his second 4*-S start, while fellow 10-year-old Dyri makes his debut at the level
- Canadian FEI World Championships team member Dana Cooke will bring the 11-year-old mare FE Glamour for her second start the 4*-S level, looking to improve on a sixth-place finish at Morven Park earlier this month
- Sydney Elliott has an exciting up-and-coming talent in her string in the 10-year-old French gelding Commando D’Osthuy, who was tenth in the 4*-S at Stable View last month
In addition to the 4*-S, TerraNova is also running National divisions from Beginner Novice through Intermediate as well as FEI levels 1* through 4* — it’s truly an event for everyone!
Presiding over the 4*-S will be Robert Stevenson (USA) alongside Ground Jury members Debbie Adams (USA), Amanda Miller (USA). The 4*-S cross country track is designed by Capt. Mark Phillips, while the other levels have been designed by Mogie Bearden-Muller.
All divisions will ride dressage on Friday, October 21. Saturday, October 22, will be show jumping for all FEI levels while National levels run cross country, and Sunday, October 23, will conclude competition with FEI cross country and National show jumping. The full tentative schedule can be found here.
Special awards up for grabs this week include a Best Turned Out for FEI divisions, a Groom’s Award determined by the Ground Jury, the annual TerraNova Award for sportsmanship, safety, and community involvement, as well as the Sara Kozumplik Young Rider Sportsmanship Award giving to an FEI rider under 21 who represents the ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.
The Event at TerraNova also runs a robust charity competition, benefitting three local charities, throughout the week; this year organizers have added the opportunity for all riders — not just the 4* riders — to participate in a “team” competition, with the winning team sending the largest check to their designated charity. This year’s beneficiaries are Southeastern Guide Dogs, Meals on Wheels of Manatee, and Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART).
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