Friday, May. 24, 2024

Photo Gallery: Take A Tour Of Florida’s Newest Competition Venue



Florida’s newest horse show venue, TerraNova Equestrian Center, hosted its first major competition over the weekend in the Event at TerraNova. The horse trials, which offered 12 divisions from starter up to the marquee CCI4*-S, was only the second competition held on the 225-acre property in Myakka City, near Sarasota, offering a taste of what’s to come in the next few years.

Since holding a test event in June, the venue owned by Hannah Herrig Ketelboeter, Zach Ketelboeter and the Herrig family has applied successfully for permission to run Fédération Equestre Internationale-approved eventing and jumper competitions as well as a series of national-level hunter and Level 4 jumper competitions. They also expect to host dressage and driving events in the future.

Next up on its FEI schedule is the Split Rock Jumping Tour, Jan. 26-30, featuring the Sarasota International CSI2*.

The venue, which includes six all-weather arenas, the largest of which is 300 by 420 feet, also has been approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to host a series of five hunter/jumper shows in the first part of 2022—one regional hunter show with Level 3 jumpers and four national-rated hunter shows with Level 4 jumpers—as well fall and spring FEI-level events for the 2023-2027 calendar cycle.

In 2023, The Event at TerraNova, offering a CCI4*-S and advanced divisions, will take place the weekend of April 1, and the fall edition of the event will close out the USEF/FEI eventing calendar year on the weekend of Nov. 18, offering the venue’s first CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L as well as an advanced division.


Great Britain’s Leslie Law, who won last weekend’s CCI4*-S with Lady Chatterley, owned by the rider and Jackie and Steve Brown, gave the venue’s cross-country course, designed by Mark Phillips and built by Eric Bull, high marks.

“I think TerraNova has done a fantastic job of laying down a track, trying to give us the best footing possible,” he said. “You have to give them full marks, what they’ve done here is incredible; cross-country is getting watered, the fences are beautiful; you can’t thank them enough, really.”

Event photographer Alison Green gave us a peek at the grounds of the new facility:

TerraNovairrigation rainbow

Sprinklers make their own rainbow next to the main barn at TerraNova Equestrian Center in Myakka City, Fla. Al Green Photography Photos

TerraNova Autumn Schweiss

Autumn Schweiss and Bamford CF completed their dressage test in the CCI2*-S division. TerraNova has six all-weather arenas, including a 300-by-420-foot main arena.

TerraNova spectators

Running 12 divisions meant plenty of unused cross-country fences at any given time to double as spectator seating.

TerraNova sponsor tent

The VIP hospitality area gave sponsors and spectators a ringside seat for the action.

TerraNova water jump LLaw

Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley jumped their way to the win in the CCI4*-S division at The Event at TerraNova.


Property owners Hannah Herrig Ketelboeter and Zach Ketelboeter, top, celebrate with event organizers and staff with a splash in the property’s eye-catching, equine-themed fountain.





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