Terranova Inaugural Event Dominated by Ocala Equestrians

Ocala based client, Sara Kozumplik Murphy, leads the victory gallop in the CCI 3*S aboard Devil Munchkin!

Florida equestrians celebrated the opening of another top class competition venue at the inaugural 4* Event at Terranova, a new expansive 225 acre equestrian facility located in Myakka City, Florida. Myakka City is located just a few hours from Ocala, Florida and minutes from downtown Sarasota.  Ocala Horse Properties was honored to sponsor the official unveiling of this gorgeous venue.

The Event at Terranova hosted a full roster of national and FEI divisions, offering competition for the Starter level through the CCI4*S level competitor.  It was no small feat orchestrating such a broad offering of divisions, but the team at Terranova hired the best in the eventing industry.

The Herrig/Ketelboeter families spared no effort nor expense in designing a world class facility. To manage the facilities and events, the families formed an advisory board and event management team of professionals including; facility manager Michale Belisle, course designers Captain Mark Phillip, Eric Bull and Nick Granat, sponsorship director Ainsley Hayes, event managers Max Corcoran and Shelly Howerton Page, Media coverage by Carrie Worth and EQ Media – as well as committee members including Ocala Horse Properties’ client, Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

This new Florida equestrian destination includes 225 acres for competition, 8 Wordley Martin Equestrian arenas, including a massive 320’ by 400’ main arena, custom irrigation and carefully curated cross country footing, an internationally designed XC course, raised viewing areas for spectators, and an impressive VIP experience.

The entire weekend went off without a hitch, with spectators and competitors feeling grateful for yet another world-class competition venue in Florida.

Ocala, Florida Based Equestrians Sweep FEI Divisions

Just a few hours from Ocala, Florida, our hometown equestrians certainly had a strong showing at the inaugural event – sweeping all the FEI divisions.

Highlights included a winning weekend for the Ocala based Grant-Law family – with Leslie Law (GBR) topping the CCI 4*S aboard Lady Chatterley in the Open Preliminary, aboard Irish Sport Horse gelding Shirsheen Ice.  His wife, Lesley Grant-Law (CAN),  riding Castle Howard Romeo, won the Open Intermediate, sponsored by Wordley Martin Premium Equestrian Surfaces!

Terranova committee member and Marion County OHP client, Sara Kozumplik-Murphy, also had an incredibly successful weekend, winning the CCI 3*S aboard Devil Munchkin, and finishing second in the CCI 4*S aboard Rubens D’ysieux, both horses owned by the Unicorn Group.

The weekend truly was a family affair with Ocala-based Tik Maynard (CAN) taking the blue in the CCI2*-S aboard Galileo, a KWPN gelding owned by Richard Maynard on a score of 21.3, the best dressage score of the weekend. He also placed second on the Irish Sport Horse gelding SKM Lux Sonata, on 28.6 – and his wife Sinead (USA) won the CCI1*-S, aboard the 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare Oldcourt Grafen Dance!

The Event at Terranova was a fantastic way to kick off the southern eventing circuit.  Although this first event was held at the end of October, 2021, Terranova has secured dates through the USEF to hold the competition towards the end of November in the future.  This will bolster entries with more equestrians who migrate to Ocala during the fall season.  In addition, they will hold schooling and recognized show jumping competitions throughout the season and are hosting two legs of the Splitrock Show Jumping Tour, beginning in January and March of 2022!

The team at Ocala Horse Properties looks forward to watching this event prosper, thrilled that the Terranova Equestrian Center offers yet another compelling reason to invest in a farm in Marion County.  We hope that you’ll join us in support of this fantastic regional venue!

For all the news and results from the weekend, please visit Terranova Equestrian’s Media Page HERE.

Photo credits Lisa Thomas for Ocala Horse Properties.