Australian eventer Clayton Fredericks announced he will open his new training facility in Ocala, Fla., next month. The property at Oak Lane Farm owned by Charles and Anne Koch will offer Fredericks 36 stalls plus 150 acres of paddocks and schooling pastures with a further 600 acres of grassland for cross-country schooling and hacking.
“I’m extremely fortunate to have found this perfect setting on which to establish my U.S. training operation here in Ocala,” said Fredericks. “I have been exploring several options for expansion of my eventing program along with Southern Stars Saddlery into the U.S. market, and this location will enable me to fully explore the potential of both businesses. Chuck and Anne Koch have been most gracious in supporting me with this move as we build the business. The property also affords the prospect to host competitions making it the ideal destination for eventers all year round.”
Fredericks will bring four horses to Ocala following the Fair Hill International CCI*** (Md.) in October, where he’ll be competing. He plans to have 10 horses in training at Oak Lane Farm by January 2013. Among Fredericks’ international clients relocating to Ocala will be South African Hayley Parker with her advanced horse Pigrela des Cabanes.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity for me at a time when I am shifting my focus to coaching to be able to offer clients the perfect environment in which to prepare for competitions at all levels here in the States,” added Fredericks.