Ocala’s World Equestrian Center 2021 National Dressage Competitions Retain US Federation Approval

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World Equestrian Center five-star hotel and one of two Grand competition arenas. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Nov. 12, 2020

United States Equestrian Federation approvals for dressage competitions next winter at the newly built World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida will remain despite the governing body withdrawing support for next winter’s hunter/jumper shows.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) told dressage-news.com Thursday that “we have taken note of the USEF position on Ocala” and the issue will be discussed at the FEI board meeting next week after the American federation said it would recommend pulling a jumping Nations Cup to be staged next March.

The USEF stand announced by Chief Executive William J Moroney Wednesday withdrew approval of four hunter/jumper shows that would be combined with eight weeks of National Snaffle Bit Association approved events for a 12-week winter circuit.

WEC CEO Roby Roberts cut total prize money to $4 million from more than $9 million but allocated $6 million to provide free stabling for competitors. The facility will open next month.

National dressage competitions approved by the USEF are scheduled for Jan. 8-10, Jan. 22-24, Feb. 26-28 and Mar. 12-14 and a CDI3* Apr. 15-18.

WEC is located about eight miles/13 km from the HITS hunter/jumper winter shows, first staged in Ocala 35 years ago and at the current location for the past 18 years.

Ocala is about 245 miles/394 km from the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.