Ocala Jockey Club up for sale, 2019 CCI4*-L still on

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Wednesday 20 March - 10h41 | Ian Clayton

Ocala Jockey Club up for sale, 2019 CCI4*-L still on

The Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida, the venue for one of only six CCI4*-L events in North America, is officially up for sale. The listing is below the break.

 - Ocala Jockey Club up for sale, 2019 CCI4*-L still on

As initially reported on Eventing Nation, the 954-acre farm will still play host to this year’s Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event from November 14-17, 2019 – an event that was launched in 2016. 

The other competition CCI4*-L sites on the continent are:

Allentown, New Jersey
Bromont, Quebec
Kalispell, Montana
Elkton, Maryland
Temecula, California 

Pavla Nygaard, who owns the farm with husband Erik, confirmed the sale to EN's Jenni Autry in a statement:

"I fell in love with the Ocala Jockey Club farm when I first saw it in 2005. That feeling hasn’t changed since. I still love watching horses on the track in the morning or in the fields, walking the property, thinking of design ideas for the clubhouse or the townhomes, ways to improve the November 3-Day Event or for the property to reach more people. Each of the gorgeous sunsets still takes my breath away.

When we bought the farm, there were significant legal title issues and much of the property was run down. Slowly over time, we had cleaned up the legal issues, restored the townhome village in the back of the farm, upgraded parts of the farm and brought life back to this historic property. However, our hopes and dreams for the property are bigger than our own resources, whether that be our time, financial resources, and very dedicated but lean staff.

Both Erik and I are thankful and grateful for the quick rise of the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event. We have committed significant resources to the building of the Event infrastructure as well as the soft costs towards its organization, marketing and maintenance, and we would like the Event and the farm to to grow and be part of the fabric of Ocala’s traditions. The eventing community and the Ocala community have grown to depend on this Event to continue, and we believe this is important to facilitate.

In order to do so, the Event and the property deserves to look to upgrades and a larger team than we are able to commit on our own for the long term. This is why we believe that the property and the Event will have an opportunity to be stronger with either strategic partners or with a new buyer who will be able to take the property further and faster than we are able to do on our own. While the current ownership team along with our existing organizing committee and OJC team have done an incredible job on a relative shoestring budget, doing more and better requires stronger resources.

Discussing the idea of a sale or attracting strategic partnerships may be news to the majority of the Eventing world. But the organizers that we work most closely with have been aware for over a year of our desire to put OJC in the best hands. This includes Shelley Page, Max Corcoran, Clayton Fredericks, Mike Etherington-Smith and Alec Lochore.

We view our situation similarly to a start-up technology company that can get to a certain level with its founders working in the basement or to another level with the founders’ savings funding the company’s growth, but which cannot get to a higher level without significant venture capital investment or outright sale to a well-capitalized company with a strong team and ability to invest without a need for immediate returns." Listing below. 

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