Wordley Martin Returns as Footing Sponsor of 2017 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix

 15 February 2017     No Comments

The Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix was conceived by Olympic Event Rider and Show Jumper, Scott Keach, as an opportunity for upper-level event riders to gain competition experience in a pressurized atmosphere, similar to the Nation’s Cup team format. The show attracts event riders from the U.S.A., Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand, although each year only 4 countries can be represented.

Wordley Martin Equestrian proudly returns as the official footing sponsor of the Eventing Prix, having designed and constructed the ring at Southern Cross Equestrian in 2012.

Jennie Brannigan and Catalina at the 2016 Eventing Prix. Photo Sofie Van Olmen


This prestigious competition takes place the Monday and Tuesday before the Red Hills Horse Trials, creating a must-attend calendar week in Florida for elite international event riders.  The team at Ocala Horse Properties has been the title sponsor each year due in part to their loyalty and interest in the sport of eventing, but also due to the communal energy at this event. Matt Varney always looks forward to this yearly competition, stating “The Eventing Prix is quite simply one of our favorite events every year. The atmosphere is fantastic because it caters to any type of spectator and the show is so well run by Max & Scott. Everyone should be putting this event on their social calendar.”

Wordley Martin joins them with the same enthusiasm for this annual competition.  We have a long time relationship with Scott Keach and Max Corcoran, and our hats our off to them on the continued growth of this event each year.  

Highlights of the 2016 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix

The Eventing Prix has become a very popular destination event for upper-level riders, last year attracting a field of 36 riders who battled it out for $15,000 in prize money. Lauren Kieffer stole the win on Meadowbrook Scarlett, blazing a fast jump-off round to sneak past Kylie Lyman on DaVinci Code, followed by Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspicion.

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowsbrook Scarlett

The 2016 Team winners were the US High-Performance Eventing Team consisting of Buck Davidson, Lauren Kieffer, Lynn Symanski and Phillip Dutton.

This year, Lauren Kieffer is one of several top area competitors who is anticipated to return to vie for an increased prize purse of $20,000! Other top international competitors who have attended the Eventing Prix include Jennie Brannigan, Jessica Phoenix, Selena O’Hanlon, Joe Meyers, Sara Murphey, Caroline Martin, Jonathan Holling, Liz Halliday, Curt Martin, Bobby Meyerhoff, Elisa Wallace and many more!

Ocala Horse Properties Presents 2016 Individual Winner, Lauren Kieffer Photo Eventing Nation

Competition Schedule and Format

  • Monday, March 6th, 12 Noon – Warm Up Class (1.15m) – Sponsored by Doug Hannum Equine Therapy
    This class is open to all riders entered in the Eventing Prix Invitational, who can bring up to 3 horses to compete over the 1.15m one round, speed class, for $1000 in prize money.
  • Tuesday, March 7th, 2:00 pm – Eventing Prix Invitational (1.30m) – The team order of go will be drawn the night before the competition, with team captains deciding the order of go within their team. The first round determines the team winners, but with the winning round format, the top 10 individuals from the first round will come back for the jump-off. That high pressured jump-off decides the individual overall winner!

Marc Donavan will return again this year as the course designer.


Spectator Information:

Scott Keach and Max Corcoran thrive on bringing this event back every year to Southern Cross Equestrian, “We enjoy having everyone at the farm, and it’s a fun day to watch the top international event riders & horses in a festive & educational environment for everyone!”

Please join us ring side on March 7th for one of the best days of unique jumping competition in the region.  The event is free and open to the public. Spectators are welcome to bring a chair and can purchase food and drink on the grounds from Humble Pie Pizza and other area vendors.

If you want to step it up a notch, there are VIP tables available on Tuesday, which includes an open bar and food by Celebrations Catering.

Sponsorship Opportunities & Media Coverage

Other sponsorship opportunities do exist with a wide range of available benefits including; VIP tables, arena signage, jump
sponsorship, event naming rights, logo reveals and/or commercials during the live video broadcast, and frequent mention on the commentary and broadcast announcements.

Returning this year as sponsors with Wordley Martin Equestrian is Ocala Horse Properties, Peak Performance, Woodman Life, Stella’s Electric and Doug Hannum Equine Therapy.

If you can’t attend, there will be live video broadcast, produced by Joel Wiessner of EQTV Network, and this year the Prix will be simulcast on several additional equestrian media outlets and through Eventing Nation before, during and after the event.

For VIP tables and Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Max Corcoran at 540-295- 4326 or maxcorcoran@msn.com, or see our Sponsorship Packet here.

Southern Cross Equestrian is located at 13440 NW Highway 225, Reddick, FL 32686.

Updated event info can also be found on Southern Cross Equestrian’s Facebook Page!

Current Competitor List

Jon Holling, Lauren Kieffer, Sinead Halpin, Tik Maynard, Liz Haliday,  Ellie O’Neil,  Alex O’Neil , Kurt Martin,  Caroline Martin, Jennie Brannigan,  Bobby Meyerhoff,  Elisa Wallace,  Hannah Sue Burnett, Sara K Murphy,  Sharon White,  Buck Davidson,  Kylie Lyman,  Lynn Symansky,  Clark Montgomery,  Will Coleman,  Woodge Fulton,  Liz Steward,  Kelly Prather,  Meghan O’Donaghue,  Justine Dutton,  Daisy Trayford, Leslie Law,  Joe Meyer,  Colleen Loach,  Jessie Phoenix , Selena O’Hanlen,  Holly Jacks,  Karl Slezak, Shelby Brost.