USEF & WEC Statement

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WEC Ocala Hotel. Photo © World Equestrian Center

The United States Equestrian Federation (“USEF”) and World Equestrian Center Ocala (“WEC”) are pleased to announce that they have agreed to work together on a plan for WEC to host USEF sanctioned competitions in the future. USEF and WEC agree that it is in the best interest of the sport for them to work collaboratively.

Formulating this plan will require some time for both USEF and WEC to meet and consider what is best for equestrian sport and all of its stakeholders, while prioritizing horse and rider welfare and operating under the rules that govern all USEF organizers. 

To allow time for that process to unfold, the USEF has withdrawn its request to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) to declare the 2021 Ocala Winter Classic Spectacular unsanctioned and therefore riders, officials and horses may compete there this winter without being sanctioned by the FEI or USEF. Assuming development of a mutually agreed upon plan, WEC has agreed not to host any other new competitions that are not authorized by USEF. The USEF recognizes WEC’s existing relationship with NSBA and that WEC will endeavor to include NSBA within such authorized competitions.

In agreeing to this interim measure, the USEF considered how important it was for its members to have abundant competition opportunities this winter following a period during which many events were cancelled because of Covid-19. 

The goal now shared by both USEF and WEC is to have a plan agreed in the coming weeks and once that is achieved, the plan will be shared publicly. 

About World Equestrian Center

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

The Wilmington, Ohio facility includes more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor riding space and features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations. The facility hosts 32 WEC-owned 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, Florida will provide world-class equestrian competition in a variety of 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 www.wec.net.

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