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)

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center Gets Praise from the May Day Qualifier Dressage Show Management and Competitors

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.
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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)
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Dressage Is Tracking Up at 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.  The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is becoming the go-to destination for dressage-focused equestrians, so it should come as no surprise that in the past month there were two dressage shows and in the upcoming month two more are on the calendar.
Host to the First Coast Classical Dressage Society’s annual shows and clinics, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, a premier Northeast Florida venue, offers a world-class showing experience to the society’s members. 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 First Coast Classical Dressage Society plans to stay with the Jacksonville Equestrian Center long-term. “We have dates booked with the Jacksonville Equestrian Center through the end of 2018, and ‘requested to reserve’ show dates through 2020,” said Beardsley. During the Spring Dressage Challenge held April 21, they had thirty entries featuring a unique event called a showposium. “The show was enjoyed by all.  Our judge for the weekend, Cheryl Holekamp, “S”, from Ocala, came up on Friday to host private lessons with our members. Education spilled over into the weekend during our Showposium, with each entry riding their test and receiving immediate feedback and hands on training right afterwards.”
In addition to the Spring Dressage Challenge the NFDA Schooling Show was held on April 21. The event ran two arenas all day with classes ranging from Western Dressage to Fourth Level test one.  Judges on hand were Charlotte Trentelman and Lisa El-Ramey.
Coming up in the month of May, South East Horse Shows will host the May Day Qualifier on May 12th, and on May 19th NFDA is hosting another Schooling Show.
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.
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Photo 1: Sandi Lucas and Helius showing off their winnings after a successful show. (Photo courtesy of First Coast Classical Dressage Society)
Photo 2: Jacksonville Equestrian Center set to host numerous upcoming shows this summer and fall. (Photo courtesy of SDP Photography)
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Jacksonville Equestrian Center Wraps Up Another Successful Spring Classic Series

For the third year in a row, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center wowed riders and spectators alike during the Jacksonville Spring Classic, held April 4 through April 15, 2018.
The facility, which boasts an impressive set-up including a larger-than-life indoor stadium, several outdoor rings and a derby field, attracted 500 hunter and jumper pairs from as far as Dallas, Texas.

The highly anticipated two-week series featured a myriad of hunter and jumper classes, with favorites including the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Glen Kernan Gold and Country Club, and the $35,000 Regional Grand Prix sponsored by Sidelines. Prize money totaled more than $260,000, adding to the allure of the springtime show.

The show also offered Opportunity Classes for those riders who are not USEF members and wanted to compete at a USEF-rated competition – cementing the series’ ideal environment for all types of riders, including junior, amateur and professional competitors ranging from unknown, local amateurs to household names, like Kelley Farmer.
Farmer, known by the hunter community as a derby queen, captured the coveted the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard her new partner, David Glefke’s Verdict. The impressive pair blew the competition out of the water with 20 points above the runner-up in a field of 23.
This year, many competitors were return customers, after enjoying the simultaneous comfort and excitement of previous years’ events. Derek Petersen, of Archer, Florida, for example, commented about how thrilled he was to return to the show. After taking second in last year’s grand prix, much to his pleasure, this year he took the blue in the $35,000 grand prix.
Equally happy to participate in the show, first-time Jacksonville Equestrian Center rider and winner of the $7,500 Welcome Jumper Amanda ‘Happy’ Comly, also expressed her enjoyment.
“It’s so nice to be here with the Classic Company,” she said. “It’s a lot more personal than other shows I’ve been to — it feels like the organizers care about what I think and how I’m doing. I’m grateful to be a part of this community.”
Of course, the show is just as thrilling for spectators as it is for riders. Conveniently located near lodging and attractions, like the Jacksonville Zoo and the Riverside historic district, spectators, who enjoy free admission and parking to the series can, find lots of entertainment.
To learn more about this year’s Jacksonville Spring Classic series, go to http://www.classiccompany.com/. For more information about the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and the myriad of equestrian events that call it home, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call 904-255-4215.
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Photo 1: Derek Peterson and Diamant’s Legacy winners of the $35,000 Grand Prix during the first week of the Jacksonville Spring Classic. (Photo courtesy of Allison Hartwell Photography) http://www.alisonhartwell.com/
Photo 2: Haley Gassel and Quite Dark 2 owned by Westwind Equestrian winners of the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix during the final week of the Jacksonville Spring Classic. (Photo courtesy of Allison Hartwell Photography)http://www.alisonhartwell.com/
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Dressage on the First Coast Kicks off December Events at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Jacksonville, FL (December 11, 2017) – The Jacksonville Equestrian Center recently kicked off an eclectic month of events with the Dressage on the First Coast
Fall Show this December. The show was put on by the Northeast Florida Dressage Association, and featured nearly 40 classes ranging from Training Level through Grand Prix. Riders competed for top scores in the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s beautiful outdoor show rings.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center has been known for years as a host of successful dressage shows in Florida. “The staff was professional and on the ball” said show manager Carlie Evans. Organizations like the Northeast Florida Dressage Association benefit from the facility’s knowledgeable staff, first-class amenities, over 400 permanent stalls, superior arena footing, and close proximity to major highways, downtown Jacksonville, and sunny Florida beaches.

At the Dressage on the First Coast Fall Show, the horses arrived at the equestrian center for a weekend of fun and friendly competition. “We received lots of great comments on the facility from the old regulars and a few new people that had never been there before that said they will definitely come back” said Evans. Winner of the FEI Freestlye Test of Choice, Shelly Van Den Neste said that, “The Jacksonville Equestrian Center has always been one of my favorite but the outdoor arena is so much better now with the new all weather footing!!”. Van Den Neste rode The Governer SRF to a win with a score of 67.525. The show included Great American/USDF Regional Qualifying classes, USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program classes, and a USEF Dressage Level 3 Competition. Now that the show has concluded, the Northeast Florida Dressage Association plans to return to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in March 31 – April 1, 2018, for the Dressage on the First Coast Spring Show.

In an East meets West scenario the Jacksonville Equestrian Center also hosted the Florida Quarter Horse Association (FQHA) Last Chance show in their beautiful 150’ x 300’ indoor arena. The event featured two days of competiton ranging from trail classes to driving for juniors, amateurs and professionals alike. This show was the last show of the calendar year to earn points and double points towards the year end awards.

In the meantime, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will continue to host a variety of exciting events for equestrians and the general public. Next up will be the USDAA Pals & Paws Dog Agility competition on December 8-10, 2017, in which dogs and their handlers will work as a team to race through a dog obstacle course. Then, on December 16, humans will have their turn in an obstacle course at the All Terrain 5K race.

The month will finish up with Community Schooling Day on December 27, which horses and riders are welcomed from 10am-4pm to ride in the state-of-the-art indoor arena for a fee of $10 per rider ($20 if the rider has more than one horse).

Nearly every event at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is free to spectators. To find out more about the facility and about upcoming events in December and throughout 2018, please visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com.

Photo 1: Shelly Van Den Neste rides The Governer SRF to victory in the FEI Freestyle Test of Choice at Dressage on the First Coast Fall. (Photo courtesy of Shelly Van Den Neste)shelly van de neste

Jacksonville Equestrian Center Brings A-Rated Hunter/Jumper Competition to Northeast Florida with New Show Series

Jacksonville, FL (June 26, 2017) After the debut of the 2017 Jacksonville Show Series at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this month, hunter and jumper competitors can look forward to getting in the A-Rated show ring once more during part two of the new series. Part one, the Jacksonville Spring Encore, ran June 1-4 and offered rated hunter and jumper competition at the state-of-the-art Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The series will continue on September 21-24 with the Jacksonville Fall Festival, and will offer new and returning riders another chance for big success in the show ring.

One of the successful competitors from the Jacksonville Spring Encore was rider and trainer Nashae Powell. Powell rode Temptation, a Warmblood owned by Alexis Newman, to the first-place finish in the USHJA Hunter Derby. The seven-year-old gelding was recently imported to the U.S., and trainer Powell has been riding and showing him for less than three months.

The Jacksonville Spring Encore offered a chance for Temptation to get into the show ring and “get some miles” at an A-Rated show, according to Powell. The show demonstrated his potential. “He’s come a long way really fast, so we’re all really excited about him,” Powell said.

Powell works with Coriander Farm Inc. owned by Katie Young and based in Jacksonville, Florida. The team had great success at the Spring Encore with placings with multiple different horses throughout. The performance from Temptation was a clear highlight for the team during the show.

“His personally is actually really neat,” she said. “He’s like a little human, really; like a little puppy dog.”

The rated status of the 2017 Jacksonville Show Series was a huge draw for Powell. “An A-rated horse show right in your backyard is pretty hard to pass up,” she said. Powell and her team have competed before at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, including circuits earlier this spring. They are familiar with the many amenities that the facility offers exhibitors, including a 125,000 square-foot indoor arena inside a coliseum that seats 3,700 and over 400 permanent stalls and 78 RV hook-ups.

“The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a nice, big place,” Powell said. “The barns are nice, and the indoor ring is probably the biggest perk. The fact that you can get indoor ring experience is great because we don’t have a lot of those around here, so you can get experience indoors for competitions at the national level. 

Hunter/jumper competitors can next plan to attend the USEF “A” Rated Jacksonville Fall Festival on September 21-24. This show will feature special classes and classics that will capitalize use of the facility’s turf field and enormous indoor coliseum, making it perfect prep for the upcoming indoor shows that many riders will head to afterwards.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s close proximity to downtown Jacksonville, hotels, and restaurants, as well as pristine beaches and outdoor activities, makes it the ideal location for equestrian, educational, community and sporting events throughout the year. The upcoming event schedule includes the Bubble Run 5K in August and horse shows throughout the summer. For more information about the approaching Jacksonville Fall Festival, or other upcoming events at the premier Jacksonville, Florida, venue, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call 904-255-4215.

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