World Equestrian Center – Ocala Unveils 2021 Guide to Winter Spectacular Featuring $9 Million in Prize Money and Prizes Offered

WEC Ocala Aerial View. Photo © World Equestrian Center

OCALA, Florida – Oct. 27, 2020 – The World Equestrian Center is pleased to present the Guide to World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Spectacular in advance of the grand opening of its state-of-the-art facility in January 2021. The Guide contains highlights of the 12-week winter hunter/jumper horse show circuit, which runs January 6 through March 28, along with associated prize money, special classes and events and other important information. Entries for the Winter Spectacular will open November 16, 2021. 

Two weeks of the World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Spectacular competition are CSI3* USEF premier rated (pending approval) and the remaining 10 weeks will be sanctioned by the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), an organization with nearly 40 years of equestrian sport governance.

“We have all been anticipating the World Equestrian Center Ocala facility opening and I promise it is going to be amazing,” said Roby Roberts. “We’ve created a schedule that will give our exhibitors from lead line to the Grand Prix levels a top quality competition experience at a facility that is second to none.”

Jumper Competition Highlights

The jumper competition schedule includes: 13 CSI3* classes, 12 WEC Grand Prix classes and 180 Jumper Classics throughout the circuit. The weekly competition snapshot includes:

-$250,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix (Week 12)
-$150,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix (Weeks 1, 4-11)
-$100,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix (Weeks 2-3)
-$20,000 Futures Prix1.35m (Weeks 1-12)
-$20,000-$3,500-Jumper Classics for every level (Weeks 1-12)

Hunter Competition Highlights
The World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Spectacular features a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and hunter competition opportunities for all levels including:

-World Champion Hunter Rider Week (Week 2) 
-$30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (Week 2, WCHR)
-$30,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby (Week 2, WCHR) 
-$100,000 WEC 3’ Open and Non-Pro Derbies (Week 12)
-$100,000 3’6” Hunter Derbies (Week 12)
-54 WEC Hunter Derbies from 2’6” to 3’6” (Weeks 1-12)
-300 $6,000-$500 – Hunter Classics (Weeks 1-12)

WEC Premier Cup Returns in Ocala

Equitation riders can qualify for the WEC Premier Equitation Cup competition during Week six, where the winner receives prizes including a brand-new car. New this year is a $100,000 trainer bonus for the equitation class. 

2021 Schedule 

World Equestrian Center Ocala #1 NSBA Rated January 6-10 
World Equestrian Center Ocala #2 CSI 3*/USEF Premier/USEF 6*/WCHR January 13-17
World Equestrian Center Ocala #3 CSI 3*/USEF Premier/USEF 6* January 20-24
World Equestrian Center Ocala #4 NSBA Rated January 27-31
World Equestrian Center Ocala #5 NSBA Rated February 3-7
World Equestrian Center Ocala #6 NSBA Rated  WEC Premier Cup February 10-14
World Equestrian Center Ocala #7 NSBA Rated February 17-21
World Equestrian Center Ocala #8 NSBA Rated February 24-28
World Equestrian Center Ocala #9 NSBA Rated March 3-7
World Equestrian Center Ocala #10 NSBA Rated March 10-14
World Equestrian Center Ocala #11 NSBA Rated March 17-21
World Equestrian Center Ocala #12 NSBA Rated March 24-28 (SERIES FINALE)

About the National Snaffle Bit Association 

Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines along with eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s mission is to grow the show horse community through various equine programs and events where every activity benefits horses, breeders, owners and exhibitors alike. For more information please visit www.nsba.com.

About World Equestrian Center
The World Equestrian Center features two premiere multidisciplinary horse show venues located in Wilmington, Ohio and Ocala, Florida.

Our Wilmington, Ohio facility includes more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor riding space and features premium footing, permanent stabling and on-site accommodations. The facility hosts 32 US Equestrian rated hunter/jumper horse shows each year as well as top AQHA shows, breed shows, clinics and other events.

Slated to open in 2021, the World Equestrian Center – Ocala will provide world-class equestrian competition in all disciplines and equestrian-inspired country club living adjacent to the fabulous Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.

Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family friendly environment, the World Equestrian Center promises their exhibitors a horse show experience built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

For more information please visit http://www.wec.net.

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