In this section, we strive to make it easier for you to get to know the competitors before the Event. If you are already a seasoned fan of 3-Day Eventing, you will know many of these names. If not, click away and get to know some of the entries in the CIC3* competition, the highest level run at the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event.
To research any other horses or riders in the competition, use the following links:
USEA Horse Profiles: http://useventing.com/competitions/search-horse
USEA Rider Profiles: http://useventing.com/competitions/profile-user-search
FEI Bios and Results: www.fei.org/bios
Learn More About Eventing as a Sport: www.discovereventing.com
Select 2017 CIC3* Competitor Photos and Short Profiles:
November 16-19, 2017, Reddick, FL
Meet the Competitors
Follow and learn more about the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club Competitors, the cross-country course, ride times, live results and much more:
Rider: Liz Halliday-Sharp Horse: Fernhill by Night
Liz is a unique sportswoman, an international 4* eventing rider, as well as a professional racing driver in sportscar and GT endurance disciplines, and a TV broadcaster. Fernhill By Night and Liz have won 5 international events together.
Rider: Cary Chavis Horse: Game On (Thoroughbred)
Cary Chavis is a dentist with his own dental practice who rides an unraced Thoroughbred he bought as a 5-year old. He trains with Erin Sylvester in PA and has been moving up the levels with her guidance. This is their first 3*.
Rider: Melissa McMaster Horse: MMC Paddy Patterson (Thoroughbred)
When Melissa found this horse as a 6-year old off-track Thoroughbred, it took her 20 minutes to go from canter to a trot in the first ride. Since then, they have become the 2016 Area 3 Intermediate Champion and to earn other top awards.
Rider: Erin Pullen Horse: Tag (Thoroughbred)
Tag is Erin's 12 year off-track Thoroughbred. Having last raced in July 2103, he went to a hunter pace and loved his new job. Whatever he has been asked, he has answered. They are moving up the levels, with immense mutual trust.
Rider: Katie Ruppel Horse: Houdini (Thoroughbred)
Katie is a veteran 4* rider. Katie and Houdini have been together for 10 years. They have won many top 5 awards at the Advanced and 3* levels. They won the 2nd place prize in the 2016 CIC3* OJC 3-Day Event Thoroughbred Awards.
Rider: Katie Ruppel Horse: Foreign Affair
"Will" has just stepped up to the 3* after many successful season at IM and 2*. He was produced to the 1* level by his owner, Makenzie Spaes. Wil loves having his ears rubbed and is terrified of people with cameras.
Rider: Lauren Kieffer Horse: Vermiculus
Vermiculus, aka "Bug", is owned by Jaqueline Mars. He was bought as a 3-year old and is a half brother to Lauren's Young Rider horse and first Rolex KY horse. Bug was an alternate to the 2015 Pan Am team and did Rolex KY 2017.