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Jacksonville Equestrian Center Races Into the New Year with Timed and Championship Events

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center rang in the New Year with a dash for cash that attracted the country’s top barrel racers. The No Bull Grand Slam barrel race was held January 4-6, 2019 and paid out more than $100,000. Entries totaled 1,000 for the weekend long event. 

Teenager Michael Duffie was crowned the Open 1D Champion riding Reclaim Fame. The 13-year-old rider also finished fourth with a second horse, JJ Three Famous Bars. The young rider, who has also won a youth world championship through the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA), outran a field of tough competitors.  

“Some of the top barrel racers in country were there,” said Kyle Rictor who maintained the footing during the show. “Anita Randle won the Grand Slam’s short-go and she is a NBHA World Champion. Brett Monroe finished third. He’s won over $1million in barrel racing.” This was the third year the No Bull Grand Slam returned to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. 

“This is a full service facility with the best staff that we see throughout the year,” said Jamie Cagle, the event secretary.  Jacksonville Equestrian Center staff quickly stowed the barrels and reset the arenas to welcome the Florida Feathered Horse Classic Horse Classic January 11-12, 2019. The show is the longest-running Gypsy Vanner breed show series and has been held at the Jacksonville Equestrian center for eight consecutive years.  

“It is a great location, with a nice facility that continues to evolve as the needs of its exhibitors grow,” said Gail Shrine, owner of the Feathered Horse competition series. 

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center wraps up the first month of the 2019 with another action-packed, timed event—the National Team Roping League Finals scheduled for January 24-27, 2019. More than $500,000 is paid out each year at the finals, which has been held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for 14 straight years. 

Located about 12 miles east of downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 400-plus permanent stalls and huge indoor coliseum, which includes a 123,000 square foot arena with permanent seating for 3,700, make the center a perfect choice for NTRL competitions.  

“We really love having our finals here,” said Katie Smith, No Bull Barrel Race competitor. “There are plenty of stalls and RV hookups to accommodate everyone. The whole facility is top notch; the location is central and great for us.” 

The facility hosts a wide range of popular, family-friendly gatherings throughout the year, such as car shows, family fun days, dog agility trials, bicycling events, and equestrian competitions for every breed and riding discipline. For nature lovers, the property also features miles of hiking and riding trails as well as a picnic pavilion. 

Known for its extensive amenities and ideal location only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility includes two outdoor 36,000 square foot show rings, four permanent barns, 422 stalls, 78 full hook up RV spaces, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254. 

December Fun at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Let it Show, Let it Show, Let it Show

The holiday and school vacation season is here and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center has promised to let it show, let it show, let it show.
For horse lovers, Dressage on the First Coast, December 1-2, brought more than 50 skilled riders and horses together to compete, delivering performances that suggested future international champions may be in their midst.
Among the top riders that weekend was Germany’s Franziska Seidl, who posted one of the highest scores of the show (74.750%) while winning the 2018 FEI Freestyle, as well as the FEI Grand Prix (68.913%), on her 16.3-hand Brandenburg gelding, Romano K. Seidl then won the 2017 FEI Grand Prix and Freestyle tests, riding her 16.3-hand bay KWPN gelding, Sigalia.
“We had an exciting but wet show in Jacksonville,” laughed Seidl. “Romano won his classes and was Reserve Champion in their level. Sigalia is still very fit (almost too fit) and won his Grand Prix. Overall, it was a special weekend because my parents, who were visiting from Switzerland, enjoyed being with us in Jax!”
Amy Speck-Kern from Loxahatchee, FL scored a new, personal best, earning her final score for her USDF Gold Medal while riding her 16.3-hand, chestnut KWPN gelding Amadeus (Welt Hit X Fleming) to reserve honors in the 2018 FEI Grand Prix. “We had a great weekend at Dressage on the First Coast,” she added. “It’s been quite the journey from the first time Gwen Poulin and I saw him in Holland as a three year-old to becoming a real Grand Prix horse!”
Show manager Carlie Evans recapped, “There were nice scores all around and lots of riders earning their first qualifiers of the show season. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a great place for a show. It has a great arena and good footing. Since it rained that weekend, it was nice to have the indoor arena, and covered warm-up rings.”
December 7-9, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center bow-wow’ed visitors with more than 100 dogs competing over three days in the USDAA Pals and Paws Dog Agility Club Show, one of four such trials held annually for canine sport enthusiasts from the Jacksonville, Orange Park and surrounding areas. The US Dog Agility Association (USDAA) was formed in 1986 and serves members in the US and internationally, and sets the rules and standards that ensure that all competitions (such as those held at Jacksonville Equestrian Center) abide by the same rules.
“We have been using the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for several years and love the facility. It provides protection for our dogs, our competitors and spectators from wind, rain and sun,” said Pals and Paws organizers, who added that the December show marked the 25th anniversary of the club hosting USDAA trials, and marked the retirement of a local canine competitor and one of the top Belgian Tervuren dogs in USDAA history.
Demonstrating their own degree of agility were the horses and riders competing December 8 in the Dixon Arena at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in the third and final Holmes Ranch Jacksonville All Breed Open Horse Show of the season. The series, presented in September, October and December by the Lawtey, Florida-based natural horsemanship and foundation training facility, offers more than 50 classes at each show, with year-end awards in halter, hunter, western, gaited and trail divisions.
“This is the kind of great facility that helps horse shows grow. We’ve seen firsthand the popularity the show has gained since adding jumping classes,” said All Breed Open Show organizer, Ruth Holmes, who also credited good footing, and the all-weather accessibility of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center indoor arena and warm-up rings, with encouraging the show to expand and offer more over fences classes, including a Hunter Hack division for beginners (one jump) through seasoned hunters (four jumps).
Up next at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is the Youth Equestrian Development Association Show (December 15), No Bull Grand Slam Barrel Racing Show (January 4), Gypsy Vanner Show (January 10-13) and National Team Roping Finals (January 24).
Horse lovers, dog lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion, will essentially double the covered area available for events. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility offers 422 stalls housed in four permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and an adjacent Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254.

Barrel Racers spend Thanksgiving at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for the 16th Annual Fiddler’s Turkey Run

The16th Annual Fiddler’s Turkey Run Barrel Event, located at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for the last 13 years, was an adrenaline-charged epicenter of professional barrel racing over the Thanksgiving holiday vacation. Hosting more than 1500 horses and riders from the United States and Canada, all made the trip to Florida seeking their share of more than $80,000 in prize money offered during the event.
Sabra O’Quinn, who is ranked fifth in the world on the women’s barrel racing standings, is also the show organizer for the Fiddler’s Turkey Run: “A lot of big names show up, including barrel racers with the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association. The top twelve in the southeast were all there.”
Among this year’s top finishers were 1D winners (15.186 seconds) Ashtin Locke and Speed Dialin; 2D winners (15.697) Beth Langston and Bogy; 3D winners Deena Lowery on Larks Frosted Bar (16.186); and 4D winners DeAnna Crisafulli and Streakinfortheladies (17.205). Cindy Patrick had the show’s top two fastest Future Fortunes times: 15.062 on Dashin Chicado, and 15.133 on Flit Ta Heaven.
“Jacksonville does a great job giving us a good arena,” said O’Quinn, who says the barrel racing show has been held in Florida for 16 years, but it wasn’t until Jacksonville that its barrel racers found the perfect home.
“The best run show on the East Coast, and great grounds,” added barrel racer and Turkey Run competitor Kris Eisenhut, of KAE Barrel Horses, and founder of The Greg Olson Barrel Race and Futurity.
“Barrel racing keeps growing in popularity. We’ve outgrown all our other venues. As long as the Equestrian Center keeps making improvements we’ll keep coming back,” O’Quinn said, adding how her show office team has helped in that success. “I have a great team and I’m grateful that we can work ‘as one.’” When that happens, things run like a well-greased wheel (or good barrel horse).
The JEC Fiddler’s Turkey Run has evolved into three days of classes and prizes thanks to sponsors including Equine Medical of Ocala, Future Fortunes, Horse Logic Professional, OE Medical Hospital and Triple Crown Feed. “We are always grateful,” she says. “We know we couldn’t have a show without sponsors.”
Perhaps barrel racer Linda Jett Mosley put it best: “I didn’t win any checks and didn’t even make a clean run, except in exhibition, but I still had a great weekend doing what I love. Winning is a lot of fun but the learning is so important. I’m thankful for what I learned, and I’m gonna regroup, rethink and redo my tuning and be more prepared for the next barrel race!”
Next on the calendar of events for the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (where spectator parking and admission are free) is Dressage on the First Coast, December 1-2; USDAA Pals & Paws Dog Agility Trial, December 7-9; and Jacksonville All Breed Horse Show, December 8.
Florida’s Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a favorite among horse lovers and professionals of all breeds and disciplines. Learn more about JEC and how your event or vendor booth can become part of its 2019 calendar at www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904) 255-4254.

So much action to be had at the Fiddler’s Turkey Run. (Photo courtesy of SDPhotography)

Jacksonville Equestrian Center Honors Angela Langen with Sportsmanship Award at the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association National Championship

Angela Langen showed judges why she and Gabarito Da Cerca were the most suitable choice to become the Dressage Suitability Amateur National Champions at the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) Nationals, October 9-13 in Katy, Texas, and the German rider (now based in Napa, California) showed such generosity of spirit among her fellow baroque breed lovers that it also earned her the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award.
Angela also rode the seven year-old Lusitano gelding, owned by Marilyn Hite and trained by Carlos Carneiro (who trained and rode IALHA Horse of the Year and Grand Prix National Champion, Andiamo 2005), to second-place in Lusitano Saddle Geldings.
“We were nervous. It was only our second competition but we felt like a good team. I’ve been in the United States for about a year and a half, so I really appreciate meeting other riders, spending time with them, and competing here. I enjoyed this show and my horse was perfect.”
The optimism that won Angela the JEC Award is reflected in her outlook with her striking bay partner, with his big white blaze and socks: “We have only been riding together since May. My goals are to keep feeling this trust between us and go on this adventure together. I’m not about the ribbons but about getting to know each other better.”
Now that’s the kind of winning attitude that can contribute to success in horses, riders and shows.
Horse people of all breeds and disciplines enjoy showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion, will essentially double the covered area available for events. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility offers 422 stalls housed in four permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and an adjacent Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254.
Photo: Angela Langen and Gabarito Da Cerca receiving their Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award.

Jacksonville Equestrian Sportsmanship Award Winner Dane McIlvain is First Class All the Way

   At age 13, Wisconsin horseman Dane McIlvain seems already destined for greatness. In just his first year competing as an IFSHA Youth Exhibitor and — in his very first trip to the IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show — he’s coming home to parents Alicia and Doug McIlvain with the 2018 Jacksonville (FL) Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award ready to go on the family’s mantle.
   McIlvain was at the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand Nationals in Springfield, Ohio, October 2-7, showing Annette fan’e Hamsterheide for B & C Roberts and finishing Top 10 in the nation in the WC Friesian/Part Bred Friesian Showmanship Junior Exhibitor championship.
   McIlvain described the horse, trained by Gareth Selwood of Lorick Stables in New York, as, “A beautiful mare. I can’t thank Brenda and Charley enough for the privilege of showing her.” The mare was also Top 10 for Charley Roberts in WC Friesian Dressage SHIH Mares 6 & Over, WC Friesian Mares All Ages ATH, and WC Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship.
   The teen horseman thanked IFSHA Board director and DDP Performance Horses trainer, Danielle Barrasso, for instilling some ringside encouragement. “I was nervous at the World Show but Danielle helped me a lot and made me feel confident that I could show this big mare!”
   “The IFSHA Youth committee,” Danielle explained, “chose Dane as recipient of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award because it is as important to be a supportive volunteer in your association as it is to be a competitor.”
   “Dane volunteered throughout the show in many different divisions,” she added, including as the VIP escort for longtime supporter and enthusiast, Mrs. Elizabeth Shatner. The 2018 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show benefited The All Glory Project and All Glory Honor Ride, held Saturday evening with Mrs. Shatner in attendance. The Honor Ride draws dozens of exhibitors who may ride or lead their horse at a walk, or walk on foot in the arena, to honor veterans and their families. The $100 entry fee and all donations go to The All Glory Project.
   Upon accepting his JEC Sportsmanship Award award, McIlvain said he would like to return to the World and Grand National Show to “compete in its rail classes” and predicts it “would be awesome” to one day compete at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
   Horse people of all breeds and disciplines enjoy showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion, will essentially double the covered area available for events. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility offers 422 stalls housed in four permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and an adjacent Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254.
Photo: Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award winner Dane McIlvain all smiles during his award presentation at the IFSHA World Championships. (Photo courtesy of Avalon Photography)

Sportsmanship Takes Center Stage At The Arabian Horse Association Sport Horse Nationals Thanks to The Jacksonville Equestrian Center

The 2018 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show held in Nampa, Idaho is known for its glitz, glamour, and high spirited horses. This year one young lady outshined all of the sparkle with her outstanding smile and sportsmanship. Hillary Boothe, of Lompoc, California, competed two horses over the weekend and greeted everyone she encountered with warmth and sincerity.
Boothe was overjoyed that her outstanding sportsmanship was recognized during the show. The Sportsmanship Award is presented to one competitor at the National Arabian Championships who displays exemplary sportsmanship during the competition. Boothe was presented with a tri-colored sportsmanship ribbon and a silver engraved tray presented by the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Boothe owns and runs Promises Ranch LLC alongside her mother, Sarah. Together, they have built a strong presence on the Arabian horse scene and have won countless Champion and Reserve Champion titles along the way. Boothe competed in a wide variety of classes over the weekend with her mounts. My Khinda Party, a six-year-old stallion was bred and raised by Boothe herself. This made his stellar performance that much sweeter. She was thrilled with his performance the entire weekend. Boothe’s second mount was Susan Claycamp’s six-year-old Khiamo Ko, who stole the show.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location: offering 422 stalls housed in 4 permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups in addition to indoor & outdoor vendor spaces on over 80 sprawling acres. Construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion will soon be underway and will nearly double the covered area available for events.  Nearby amenities include an Olympic sized swimming pool, ball fields and a golf course. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4215.
Photo: Hillary Boothe receiving her Jacksonville Equestrian Center Sportsmanship Award. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Boothe)

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center Kicks Off Busy Month With The Ride Lite Dressage Show

With the summer months coming to an end the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is gearing up for the fall schedule which started out with the Southeast Horse Shows Ride Lite Dressage Show on September 1st and 2nd. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center offers everything the aspiring dressage rider & their equine partner need to have an enjoyable competition experience, including well-groomed outdoor rings, a 123,000 square foot indoor arena, and over 400 permanent stalls.

Over the two days of competition, rider Jodie Kelly-Baxley had stand out performances, earning scores of 70.152% and 72.692% at Third Level. Kelly-Baxley rode her own mount, Grayton Beach to victory. Grayton Beach was one Kelly-Baxley’s ten horses string at the show with her over the weekend. “We love coming to the Jacksonville show! We make our show schedule around it…it is a convenient location for most of my clients and me, and the stabling is good.” Said Kelly-Baxley of her experience at the Southeast Horse Show Ride Lite Show and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Kelly-Baxley was quick to note just how wonderful show manager Carlie Evans is, “The main reason we are attracted to this show is because it is run so well. Carlie is a scheduling genius, and I had ten horses here, pretty amazing.” Show Manager Evans was busy over the weekend but was very complementary of Jacksonville Equestrian Center Executive Director, Tim Jones. “The footing was great and Tim Jones is very professional and he really knows footing and how to work it. We are very excited for the future expansion coming to the equestrian center”.

Riders of all disciplines have come to love showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Show management enjoys working out of the venue largely due to the efficient and effective staff that keeps it in good order and running smoothly. Up next for the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is the Jacksonville All Breed Horse Show on September 8th, an Open Schooling day on September 18th, First Coast Classical Dressage Show on September 22nd, and the Country Boy Olympics on September 29th.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena and 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion, will essentially double the covered area available for events. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility offers 422 stalls housed in four permanent barns, 78 full RV hook ups, indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and an adjacent Olympic sized swimming pool. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4215.

Photo: Jodie Kelly-Baxley and Grayton Beach dancing to victory at the Southeast Horse Show Ride Lite Show at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. (Photo courtesy of Katelyn Omas)

Quarter Horses Take The Reins Over Memorial Day at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

The Florida Quarter Horse Association hosted a three-day showing extravaganza at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center May 26-28, 2018.  High point awards were given out and over 200 classes offered something for everyone to enjoy.
Showcasing the versatility of the American Quarter Horse; the show offered a full slate of classes including trail, reining, and conformation.  On Friday the show organizers had a clinic for working hunter and equitation over fences and a trainers hospitality pizza party held at the Arena Café.   Over the course of the weekend ten high point awards where awarded to horse and rider combinations.  Niftys Rock Star, ridden by Lauren Neily won the Open VRH, Hot Chippin Charley ridden by Brenda Baker took home the Open Performance high point, and Sinceerly took home Halter Mare while there was a tie for Halter Gelding between PF The Only One and Homerun Stats.
Coming up next for the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is the First Coast Classical Dressage show on June 23-24, followed by an all breed horse show on July 14th.  Over the coming months the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will be undergoing construction of a new Covered Arena and Livestock Pavilion which will add considerably to the extensive facilities already in place. The facility hosts a wide range of popular, family-friendly gatherings throughout the year, such as car shows, family fun days, dog agility trials, bicycling events, and equestrian competitions for every breed and riding discipline. For nature lovers, the 80- acre property also features miles of hiking and riding trails as well as a picnic pavilion.

First Coast Classic Dressage Brings Unique “Showposium” to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

With top tier arenas, an indoor coliseum like no other in the area and over 400 permanent stalls, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center provides everything a dressage rider needs to enjoy competing with their equine partner. First Coast Classic Dressage landed at the Jacksonville facility to learn and improve their dressage knowledge this past weekend when First Coast Classical Dressage hosted a “Showposium” with FEI 4* judge William ‘Lee’ Tubman.

The unique event featured lessons, classes with feedback sessions and a lecture. Heather Rodney the show manager said, “It was a treat to have an FEI 4* judge for the weekend. In addition, an FSU production student who is making a video piece about First Coast Classical Dressage Society attended and captured footage for the video”.

The “Showposium” is focused on educating and promoting horse/rider progression in their training and knowledge base. In addition to their packed schedule First Coast also added a new class opportunity at the “Showposium” allowing riders to bring a video of a test they have ridden previously and the corresponding score sheet to be reviewed by the judge in attendance. The recent “Showposium” offered riders an extraordinary opportunity to have an FEI 4* judge of Mr. Tubman’s caliber review their tape and test and offer a judges’ perspective on how to make improvements.

Lisa Beardsley, Vice President of the First Coast Classical Dressage Society, said, “We have been having shows at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center since 2014. Our first year, we held 3 shows. Since then, we have put on 5 shows a year; all but one have been held at the Equestrian Center.”

The staff at the equestrian center also greatly enjoys hosting First Coast Classical Dressage events, “First Coast Dressage is always a pleasure to have at the Equestrian Center. We look forward to having them back for another rated show in September”, said Alexis Newman, Business Development Manager at Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Over the coming months the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will be undergoing construction of a new covered arena which will add considerably to the extensive facility already in place. The facility hosts a wide range of popular, family-friendly gatherings throughout the year, such as car shows, family fun days, dog agility trials, bicycling events, and equestrian competitions for every breed and riding discipline. For nature lovers, the 80- acre property also features miles of hiking and riding trails as well as a picnic pavilion.