With well-groomed outdoor rings, a 123,000 square foot indoor arena, and over 400 permanent stalls, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center offers everything the aspiring dressage rider needs to enjoy campaigning with their equine partner. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center has become a ‘go-to’ destination for dressage events. Southeast Horse Shows recently held their May Day Qualifier that featured over forty classes during the two-day event ranging from Training Level through Grand Prix.
Florida trainer Shelley Van den Neste rode down the centerline five times over the weekend on three different FEI horses. Van den Neste rode Max SRF in the Grand Prix on Saturday scoring a 65.652 and on Sunday in the Intermediate II scoring a 66.912 taking home the win. Fayvel competed under Van den Neste in the Intermediate I Freestyle scoring a 73.375 and a 72.625 and Lorenzo Van De SRF competed in the Intermediate II scoring in the 60’s as well. Van Den Neste said, “The outdoor ring footing is much improved and we always enjoy a weekend at Jacksonville”. Van den Neste also had her assistant Adrienne Owen showing in third level scoring 70% on Dina Lina SRF and in the open Prix St. George taking the win both days on Allegro SRF. Taking home an 80% no matter the class is never an easy feat, especially when it’s in an FEI class. But Alexandra Dominguez did just that with Marcela Dominquez’s KWPN mare, Etanga by ‘Wynton X Crosby’. The pair competed in the Intermediate I Freestyle and on Saturday they were rewarded with an 80.750% from renowned judge, Chopra.
Show Manager Carlie 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”. Southeast Horse Shows has two more events planned for this year. The expansion entails construction of a 300’ X 300’ covered arena that will attach to the existing 150’ x 300’ coliseum via a covered 130’ x 80’ livestock pavilion; essentially doubling the covered area available for events.
Known for its extensive amenities and ideal location. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is only a short drive to the city and beautiful beaches, The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 80-acre facility also houses four permanent barns with 422 stalls, 78 full hook up RV spaces, 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: Adrienne Owen and Dina Lina SRF celebrate their victories from the May Day Qualifier held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. (Photo courtesy of Shelley Van den Neste)