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Tucked into the picturesque countryside of Myakka City, TerraNova Equestrian Center is a welcoming and stylish setting for all levels of horse enthusiasts to enjoy equestrian sports. The team at TerraNova built a family-friendly facility designed to deliver an unparalleled experience for competitors and horses while keeping safety a priority. No detail was overlooked with six state-of-the-art arenas and a sprawling Olympic-level cross-country course.

For spectators, the expansive park-like backdrop offers easily accessible viewing areas to get you close to the action. Enjoy a stroll through event boutiques and food vendors. For those just discovering horses for the first time or Olympic athletes, TerraNova has something for everyone.

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Equestrian Disciplines

Join us at TerraNova Equestrian Center where we host equestrian events of a
variety of disciplines. Some of the event disciplines include three-day eventing, hunters and jumpers, dressage, and combined driving.

EVENTING

Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and comprises three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Eventing tests horse and rider pairs more thoroughly than any other.

The first phase – dressage – shows the graceful partnership of horse and rider through a sequence of movements on the flat. The next phase – cross-country – challenges the pair’s bravery, fitness, and determination as combinations navigate a series of solid obstacles and varied terrain. In the final phase – show jumping – pairs must again prove their precision as they clear a course of delicate fences. Competitors accumulate penalty points in each phase, and at the end of the event, the pair with the lowest score takes home top honors.

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HUNTERS & JUMPERS

There are three main divisions at a hunter/jumper horse show: hunters, jumpers and equitation. A rider pilots a horse over a set course of obstacles in the arena or turf field in all three divisions. Each division is scored differently. The Olympic sport of show jumping is objectively scored based on the speed and accuracy of the horse and rider over a course of obstacles. Hunter and Equitation classes are scored subjectively on their form over a course, with hunter classes focusing on the form of the horse and equitation classes focusing on the form of the rider.

Designing jumper courses is a technical art form and no two courses ever alike. A diagram of the course is posted and the riders can walk the course before each class to set their plan. Each jump is numbered and flags are placed with the red flag on the right and the white flag on the left to indicate direction. Hunter courses are designed to offer a reasonable reproduction of conditions in the hunt field with natural obstacles and decor. Equitation courses are designed to offer the challenge of skill and judgment.

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Dressage

The word dressage comes from the French term meaning “training” and its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor. With its popularity rapidly growing each year, this Olympic sport is the ultimate expression of horse training and elegance. Often compared to ballet or figure skating, the intense connection between both human and equine athletes is a thing of beauty to behold.

Competitive dressage involves progressively difficult levels incorporating multiple tests within each level. Each test includes a series of movements performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge on a scale of 0-10 for their precision and execution. Special tests are also written for musical freestyle, sport horse breeding and performances incorporating multiple horses and riders. The high-score horse and rider combination wins a class.

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COMBINED DRIVING

Combined driving tests a drivers’ ability and the horses’ drivability, speed and athleticism, in three demanding phases with a carriage in tow: Driven Dressage, Marathon and Cones. The sport, conceptualized by HRH Prince Phillip, is modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of three-day eventing or the human equivalent of triathlon. 

Competitors drive a turnout of a single horse, a pair of horses or a team of four horses. The driver and horse(s) combination will accumulate penalty points throughout each phase of competition. The competitor with the fewest overall penalty points will place first. Accuracy, speed and endurance are all a necessary part of this exhilarating sport.

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