Terranova Equestrian Center held their inaugural 3 day event, hosting a full dance card of national and FEI divisions from Starter-Intermediate and CCI1*S – CCI4*S. The ability to host such a large event was the culmination of a massive efforts and broad vision of the Herrig/Ketelboeter families, as well as the guidance of industry experts from XC course designer Captain Mark Phillip, XC course builder Eric Bull (ETB Construction), show jump designer Nick Granat, facility manager Michale Belisle, 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 Sara Kozumplik Murphy, Adam Lamb, Terri Stevens, and Anne Valtin.
Wordley Martin Equestrian began our relationship with Terranova Equestrian Center in 2019 when we broke ground on the covered and outdoor arenas at the main training facility. The design and build of the remaining 6 competition arenas include a massive 300 by 420′ main arena, two 200′ x 300′ arenas, a 175′ x 300′ arena, a 175′ x 250′ arena and a 175′ x 600′ arena – which was integrated into the Event at Terranova’s cross country course. Craig Martin was on site all week with his crew in preparation for the event, ensuring that the footing in the warm up and main competition arenas were in top form for the competitors. He, Sharn and their team also meticulously rolled the arena on the XC course, so the depth and composition of the footing simulating the natural footing for the horses.
Highlights of the weekend included a winning weekend for the Grant-Law family with Great Britain’s Leslie Law winning the CCI 4*S aboard Lady Chatterley and the Open Preliminary, sponsored by Overlook Farm, 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!
In between hosting interviews and press conferences, committee member Sara Kozumplik-Murphy also had an incredibly successful weekend, winning the CCI 3*S aboard Devil Munchkin, and finished 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) winning 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!
For all the news and results from the weekend, please visit Terranova Equestrian’s Media Page HERE.
TerraNova Equestrian Center is Florida’s newest equestrian competition venue. Tucked into the picturesque countryside of Myakka City, in Manatee County, just east of Bradenton and Sarasota, TerraNova is a welcoming setting for all levels of horse enthusiasts to enjoy equestrian sports.
TerraNova Equestrian Center is the vision of equestrians Hannah Herrig Ketelboeter, her husband Zach Ketelboeter and the Herrig family. The couple manages and trains at their private facility on the 225-acre site and have been leading a top-notch organizing committee for The Event at TerraNova, hosting Starter Level through CC14*-S Oct. 22-24 and a hunter/jumper series in 2022 with USEF A-rated hunters and Level 4 Jumpers.
The newly-sanctioned events include the kick off of Split Rock Jumper Tour’s 2022 season with the Sarasota International CSI2* (upon FEI approval) Jan. 26-30 and several weeks of hunter/jumper competitions.
An amenity-rich facility includes a the main barn & covered arena by B&D builders, as well as 8 competition sized arenas designed by Wordley Martin Equestrian and cross country design by Captain Mark Phillips and ETB Construction. The property has the feel of old Florida with giant Spanish-moss-covered oak tree hammocks, lush green grass lanes and native wildlife. Real estate development is planned at the adjacent multi-acre lots.
We hope you enjoy some photographic highlights from the weekend.
PC: Lisa Thomas, Wordley Martin Equestrian