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Indulge in the best of Sarasota

Welcome to Sarasota

And Florida Horse Country

TerraNova is convenient to all Sarasota’s renowned amenities – dynamic arts and community events; top-rated beaches, restaurants, fishing, and golf; excellent schools; multiple airports. Plus, it’s less than a four-hour drive from Florida’s other equestrian hubs, Ocala to the north and Wellington to the south.

See For Yourself

Explore Sarasota’s museums – from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, complete with a circus museum and historic Venetian-style mansion, to the contemporary Sarasota Museum of Art – as well as outdoor attractions like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Historic Spanish Point. Attend performances by the Sarasota Opera, Ballet and Symphony, as well as theatrical shows by West Coast Black Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Players Centre for Performing Arts, to name just a few.

Soak up the sun along our world-famous white-sand beaches. Take to the water on a boat, kayak or paddleboard. Treat yourself to shopping and natural Florida fun. Here, each moment is your own!

Hotels

Ameniti Bay

Sarasota Hotel & Suites
5985 Brookhill Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-500-9960
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Magnolia Pointe

BW Signature Collection
5965 Brookhill Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-500-4700
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Courtyard by Marriott

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8305 Tourist Center Drive
Sarasota, FL 34201
941-360-2626
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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8565 Cooper Creek Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34201
941-355-8619
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Homewood Suites by Hilton

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
305 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34235
855-605-0320
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The Ritz-Carlton

Sarasota
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-309-2000
*Use code B0098 for a discount of 15% off the best available rate.
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Fairfield Inn & Suites

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
6105 Exchange Way
Bradenton, FL 34202
941-552-4000
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EVEN Hotel

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
941-782-4400
Receive 20% off best available rates. Click below to book online. Select your dates and choose "TerraNova Equestrian" under rate preferences. When booking by phone, ask for the TERRANOVA EQUESTRIAN corporate rates.
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Comfort Inn & Suites

Sarasota
5931 Commercial Way
Sarasota, FL34232
941-342-8778
To receive a TerraNova discount of 12% off the best available rate, please book your stay by phone and mention code LTNOVA.
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Hotels

Courtyard by Marriot

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

8305 Tourist Center Drive
Sarasota, FL 34201
941-360-2626

Click the link below for a TerraNova discount of 20% off the best available rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

8565 Cooper Creek Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34201
941-355-8619

Click the link below for a TerraNova discount of 20% off the best available rate.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

305 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34235
855-605-0320

Click the link below for a TerraNova discount of 20% off the best available rate.

The Ritz-Carlton

Sarasota

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-309-2000

Use code B0098 for a TerraNova discount of 15% off the best available rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

6105 Exchange Way
Bradenton, FL 34202
941-552-4000

Click below to book online at a discount of 20% off the best available rate. When booking by phone, ask for the TERRANOVA EQUESTRIAN corporate rates.

Even Hotel

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
941-782-4400

Receive 20% off best available rates. Click below to book online. Select your dates and choose “TerraNova Equestrian” under rate preferences. If booking by phone, ask for the TERRANOVA EQUESTRIAN corporate rates.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Sarasota

5931 Commercial Way
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-342-8778

To receive a TerraNova discount of 15% off the best available rate, please book your stay by phone and mention code LTNOVA.
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Magnolia Pointe

BW Signature Collection

5965 Brookhill Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-500-4700

Click the link below for a TerraNova discount of 20% off the best available rate.

Ameniti Bay

BW Signature Collection

5985 Brookhill Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-500-9960

Click the link below for a TerraNova discount of 20% off the best available rate.

Airports

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

(14 miles from TerraNova)
6000 Airport Cir, Sarasota, FL 34243
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is located within the city limits of Sarasota, and Manatee County. It is 3 miles north of downtown Sarasota and 6 miles south of Bradenton.

Tampa
International Airport

(57 miles from TerraNova)
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607
Tampa International Airport is an international airport six miles west of Downtown Tampa, in Florida. The airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Sarasota Polo Club

Spanning 130 perfectly manicured acres, the Sarasota Polo Club includes 45 private equestrian estates, seven Bermuda grass polo fields, a regulation-sized polo arena, a half-mile all-weather training track, a stick and ball field, riding trails, on-site stabling for 300 horses, a members’ clubhouse and a midfield polo pavilion.

For decades, this Club has been a popular destination and an important part of the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch social scenes. In addition to polo, the Club’s spectacular grounds and venues are home to a variety of community and social events including concerts, festivals, theater, sporting events, charity fundraisers, corporate meetings and elegant weddings.

Area Attractions

Anna Maria Island Beach

Laid-back and natural, Anna Maria Island awaits – a mere 20 minutes from Bradenton. A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches lines this barrier island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida.
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Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is located nine miles east of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County and a portion of southeastern Manatee County on the Atlantic coastal plain. At 37,000 acres, it is one of the state's largest parks.
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Fort Desoto State Park

South-southwest of St. Petersburg, Fort De Soto Park consists of five islands or keys: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key. The keys are connected by either bridge or causeway.
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Reserve

Your VIP Package

Experience all of the action from the best seats in the house! Our VIP experiences include a cool, relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a delicious catered breakfast and lunch, bar services with our signature drinks and daily entertainment.


VIP tables have the best view of the competition in our main arena, as well as close proximity to the other show arenas and the cross-country galloping lanes.

The VIP section is also conveniently located next to vendor row, so you can enjoy shopping without missing any of the competition.

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L&M Golf Cart Leasing

Guest and Competitor Leasing Procedures

Step 1

Please complete the form below providing us with your name, email, billing address, and phone. The cost of your cart for the event will be $351.42.


Please note that we cannot guarantee your cart reservation if not booked and paid by October 1, 2022.

Step 2

When we receive your email we will send a customized lease agreement via DocuSign for your signature.
 
With a return email please attach a copy of your Driver’s License and current car insurance to leasing @customcarts.com.

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Once we receive all the required documents we will send you a link via email to pay for the cart online. When payment has been received we will confirm via email that your cart has been reserved.

If you need help please email Jeff at clerk@customcarts.com or Seth at leasing@customcart.com.


We are pleased to provide you with one of our carts during your visit. Your cart will be delivered to a designated location and time provided by TerraNova Equestrian Center prior to the event. Each cart will be tagged with your name and number, the key for the vehicle will also be tagged with your name.

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Jonas Yoder Custom Homes

Jonas Yoder has been building custom homes since he was 18 years old. Now four decades into his career, he still maintains his focus on excellence in construction, customer relationships and quality construction practices. Jonas and his son, Travis, have surrounded themselves with a solid team of employees who all share the same core values.

John Cannon Homes

During the past three decades, John Cannon Homes has constructed over 1,400 private residences in many of the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Along with competitive pricing and attention to detail, John Cannon Homes’ reputation for first-class customer service and excellence is unsurpassed.

Anchor Builders

Founded in 1989, Anchor Builders has a mission to build elegant custom homes. Building only a few homes per year allows for personalized attention to each homeowner throughout the building process. Anchor Builders pride themselves on their finish and quality – and no two homes they’ve built are exactly the same.

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Jonas Yoder Custom Homes

Jonas Yoder has been building custom homes since he was 18 years old. Now four decades into his career, he still maintains his focus on excellence in construction, customer relationships and quality construction practices. Jonas and his son, Travis, have surrounded themselves with a solid team of employees who all share the same core values.

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John Cannon Homes

During the past three decades, John Cannon Homes has constructed over 1,400 private residences in many of the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Along with competitive pricing and attention to detail, John Cannon Homes’ reputation for first-class customer service and excellence is unsurpassed.

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Anchor Builders

Founded in 1989, Anchor Builders has a mission to build elegant custom homes. Building only a few homes per year allows for personalized attention to each homeowner throughout the building process. Anchor Builders pride themselves on their finish and quality – and no two homes they’ve built are exactly the same.

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.

The driven dressage phase tests the driver and their horse(s) on harmony, impulsion, ease of movement and suppleness through a sequence of scored movements in an arena. Typically, the second phase is the fast-paced and demanding cross-country marathon. The marathon tests a horse’s fitness, stamina and agility along with a driver’s accuracy and judgment as they navigate an intricate series of hazards which will include water, steep hills and sharp turns – all within the fastest time possible. The last phase, the cones course, times the competitor while they accurately negotiate an intricate, winding course of narrowly-set cones without knocking them with the carriage wheels.

While combined driving is a technical and demanding sport, it can be enjoyed by people of any age and with any breed of horses or ponies.

Learn more at The American Driving Society

Follow Team USA on social media #USADriving

 

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.

Musical freestyles are an increasingly important part of competitive dressage. They are mandatory for any international or FEI rider and with the growth and addition of the US Dressage finals, freestyles are not just for the elite riders but also riders at all levels.

For the freestyle, the movements are choreographed to edited music. The horse and rider should stay in step with the music. This skill requires a high degree of proficiency. Riders can choose to show off their skills by entering a musical freestyle at any level. Music can be an inspiration to the rider and engages the audience and is a creative way to present the sport.

Pas de Deux and quadrille offer a way to compete in a musical freestyle with a partner or group of riders. Pas de Deux has great spectator and audience appeal. The most famous quadrilles are the Spanish Riding School, the Cadre Noir and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Although quadrille has been performed as an equestrian pageant since the Baroque period, it has only recently become a competitive sport. It is an activity suitable for all ages, including youth groups such as 4-H and US Pony Club. Quadrille offers equestrian education in riding, training, and rider/horse communication in a group atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie.

Learn more at the United States Dressage Federation.

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.

Jumpers

The jumper is the “athlete” of the horse show. His task is solely to jump, regardless of style or manner. While hunters are scored subjectively, jumpers are scored objectively. Scoring is based on a point system for faults in jumping (knocking a rail down or a refusal) or exceeding the specified time limit. Jumper courses tend to be much more complex and technical than hunter courses because riders and horses are not being judged on style. The winner is the horse and rider with the lowest number of faults. Time is also a factor in deciding the outcome of an event. Those horse-and-rider combinations completing the first round fault-free within the course designer’s designated time-allowed return for an exciting jump-off round. The jump-off is typically held over a shortened course, and the competitors must compete against the clock.

The scoring for show jumping is based on a point system for ‘faults,’ for example, knocking a rail down, jumping refusals, or exceeding the specified time limit. Electronic timers are used to record time accurately. The winner is the horse and rider who has the least number of faults. Hence, time is the critical factor in deciding the outcome. In show jumping classes, what counts is how faultless and ultimately how fast the ride.

Hunters

The hunter is a refined representative of the type of horse used in fox hunting, possessing manners, jumping ability, style, pace and quality. The judge is looking for a horse that would be the most agreeable mount to “ride to the hounds.”

The hunter must demonstrate his ability to furnish the rider with a smooth and safe ride, clearing all of the obstacles in stride with a minimum effort and a pace he can maintain during a day in the hunt field. A horse will be penalized for refusals, knockdowns, and basic disobediences in judging the hunter classes. The judge may not fault for rubbing a rail unless it is the fault of poor-quality jumping. Penalties may also be assessed for inadequate or unsafe jumping. It is the horse and not the rider, judged in the hunter divisions.

When you watch a hunter class, take note of the beauty of the horse and top turnout, the even rhythm of its stride, the floaty nature in its way of going, quality style of jumping and manners.

Equitation

In hunter seat equitation, it is the rider and not the horse that is being judged. The actions of the horse are important only as they reflect on the horsemanship of the rider. It is possible for a rider whose horse misbehaves to be placed among the winners if the rider dealt with the issue skillfully in the judge’s opinion.

It is the rider that is judged in equitation classes, whether it is over fences or on-the-flat. In equitation, the judging and scoring are not based on the same process as hunters or show jumping. Judges are looking for the style of riding, proficiency, accuracy and judgment in the use of the aids [hands, seat, and legs] and an overall impression of complete and quiet control−all demonstrating skilled horsemanship.

The highest level of hunter seat equitation in North America are the national ASPCA Maclay Finals, the USET Talent Search Finals, the WIHS Equitation Finals and USEF Medal classes in the United States, and the CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal and Jump Canada Medal in Canada. These championships and their qualifying classes may include bending lines, roll back turns, narrow fences and water jumps.

The judge may choose equitation tests to help place the top riders. These tests are required in the medal classes. The tests of horsemanship established by the United States Equestrian Federation] (USEF) and published in the USEF Rule Book. These tests may be applied to the class at the judge’s discretion.

For equitation, judges reward the form, skill, precision of the rider.

Learn more at USHJA.org and follow #ushja.

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.

The First Phase – Dressage

Dressage is the first of three phases in eventing competition. The French word meaning “training,” dressage was created to show the horse’s submission and ability to perform intricate movements required for cavalry exercises. Today’s dressage still consists of an exact sequence of movements, but now they are ridden in an enclosed arena and scored by judges. The goal remains very similar that horse should demonstrate balance, rhythm, suppleness and most importantly, obedience based on the rider’s cues or “aids.”

Dressage is the fundamental training of the sport on which the other two phases are built as it develops the strength and balance for the rigors of cross-country and the preciseness of show jumping. Dressage showcases the ultimate partnership as the rider uses his or her seat, legs and hands, known as the “aids,” to communicate silently, making the test look like a seamless performance.

The dressage phase can prove challenging for an event horse as they are supremely fit. The most tactful riders can harness and direct that energy into a polished and powerful performance.

Each movement is scored on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the lowest and 10 being the best. The sum of these scores is combined with the overall collective marks, gaits, impulsion, submission, and rider for a total score. That score is then subtracted by the number of total possible points, multiplied by 100 and subtracted by 100. The resulting scores are penalty points or the points that the pair could not earn in the dressage phase. Penalty points carry onto the next round and the lowest score wins.

The Second Phase – Cross-Country

The cross-country phase typically occurs on the second day of competition but always after the dressage phase. Cross-country is the cornerstone of eventing and proves the horse’s speed, endurance, and jumping ability over varied terrain and solid obstacles. Carrying forward their penalty points from the dressage phase as their score, the riders’ goal is to finish with the fewest penalties possible by jumping every fence on the first effort and completing the course within the prescribed time limit or optimum time.

Cross-country features solid fences (15-25 for lower levels and 30-40 for upper levels) as well as natural obstacles such as water, ditches, drops and banks. The phase is ridden at a gallop with exact speed requirements varied depending on the level of competition.

Horses and riders must be at peak physical condition to complete the cross-country phase. Riders condition their equine partners for months to reach the fitness required for this ultimate test. Horses must be bold and brave, while riders must carefully control the pace to finish the course in time without expending too much of the horse’s energy.

Mistakes on cross-country are costly to a rider’s final score. If a horse stops at a fence, known as a refusal or runs past a jump, known as a run-out, the pair earns 20 penalty points. A second refusal or run-out at the same obstacle is an additional 40 points and a third results in elimination. Penalty points are also earned for every extra second over optimum time.

The Third Phase – Show Jumping

The third phase, show jumping, tests horses’ and riders’ precision over a series of colorful fences made of lightweight rails which are easily knocked down. This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the very tiring cross-country phase.

Consisting of 12 to 15 jumps in an enclosed arena, show jumping requires accurate riding as the slightest bump could cause a rail to fall, resulting in four penalty points.

Like the cross-country phase, scoring is objectively based on a horse’s ability to clear each fence on course, though, unlike cross-country, the lightweight show jumps fall easily. Knocking a rail or having a refusal or run-out results in four penalty points. The show jumping round has a time limit, and every second above that time accumulates penalty points.

Riders carry their penalty points earned in the dressage phase and any time or jump penalties accrued on the cross-country course into the final phase. This show jumping finale can be an exhilarating and heartbreaking experience for spectators as one single rail down could change the final standings dramatically. The horse-and-rider combination with the lowest score at the end of the competition earns the victory gallop.

In eventing and all equestrian Olympic sports, men and women compete alongside one another as equals.

Learn more at USEA and follow #useventing.