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Jacksonville World Class Equestrian Competition
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Jacksonville Winter Series Horse Shows feature competition January 12 to January 30, 2011, at the Clay County Agriculture Center.

Riders and horses of international acclaim will compete in equestrian events, including the sensational and thrilling Grand Prix, over three consecutive weeks. This will be the 17th year of the annual Winter Series, which has donated over $700,000 to local charities over the years, including the Clay County 4-H, Jacksonville Zoo, Donna Hicken Foundation and Hope Therapies. The Winter Series Horse Show has an annual economic impact of over $16 million to the surrounding community. The shows benefit both the local equine community and local charities. The top Grand Prix, with a $100,000 purse will be held the evening of January 15, 2011. In this event, the horse and rider navigate an extremely complex and challenging course of obstacles, of great height and width, against the clock. The horse and rider must jump, or clear the obstacles, with the fastest time winning.

The Jacksonville Winter Series will showcase riders, horses and ponies in judged events various events. Competitions will be held both over obstacles, “over fences” and on the ground, or “flat.” Both Hunter and Jumper competitions will be held, with divisions for children, professionals and amateurs.

In the Hunter competitions, the horse and rider’s appearance and manners are judged as well as their ability to jump obstacles, or fences. In Jumping competition, the horse and rider are held only to the height of the fences they clear, at the fastest speed.

All events are held at the Clay County Fairgrounds on SR 16 W in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Each week of competition draws approximately 550 to 600 horses, which is the full capacity of the show grounds.  Our exhibitor base draws heavily from North Florida and South Georgia and the entire East Coast.  It includes international riders from approximately 25 states, three provinces of Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Columbia, Ireland and Mexico.  

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