BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE BIGGEST GALA OF THE FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY ON MARCH 11
The biggest gala of the Florida Thoroughbred industry is the annual FTBOA Florida Champions Awards Gala to be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event honors the 2012 Florida Horse of the Year and Florida-bred champions, their breeders, owners and trainers.
Attendees include Florida Thoroughbred industry leaders, award winners, FTBOA members and business leaders, in addition to the general public.
The Evening of Elegance consists of a Veranda Terrace cocktail reception at 6 p.m., a silent auction for Florida Thoroughbred Charities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., dinner in the ballroom at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony starts at 8:15 p.m. Cocktail attire is suggested for the evening.
Last year the event was at maximum capacity with 400 guests, so the Evening of Elegance Gala has moved to a larger venue in Ocala to accommodate added interest, the business community and the public. The new venue is the Circle Square Cultural Center Ballroom, in Circle Square Commons at 8447 SW 99th St Rd, Ocala FL 34481. The venue is near the entrance of the On Top of the World Communities, next door to The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa. Additional directions are on the venue website at circlesquarecommons.com.
Tickets for the event are $100 for FTBOA members and $125 non-members. Members can extend their discount to up to 3 guests. RSVPs are recommended early at 352-629-2160 and the final deadline for RSVPs is Friday, March 8.
GALA COINCIDES WITH WEEK OF ACTIVITIES IN OCALA
Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 - 8 a.m.
Ocala Breeder’s Sales Under Tack shows
Feature horses working on the track that will be in the upcoming sale.
Location: OBS grounds at the training track/ OBS ISW building.
Thursday, March 7 – 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Second annual Equine Short Course hosted by the Ag-Equine Council of the Ocala / Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)
The Ag Equine Council Short Course is open to area business leaders who are not familiar with the equine industry and the economic impact it has on the county and the state. The short course with speakers and visits includes: the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, the hunter/jumper competitions at Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) at Post-Time Farm, broodmare operations at Journeyman Stud, veterinary services at Peterson & Smith and driving demos at Live Oak International. The CEP Ag-Equine Council works to preserve the county’s farming heritage through community outreach and educational programs and by providing opportunities to enhance the perception of agriculture.
Monday, March 11 - Mid-day
2013 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Day of Champions
Features four races in which runners are graduates of OBS sales. The races include: the OBS Sprint for 3YO fillies, OBS Sprint for 3YO colts and geldings, OBS Championship Stakes for fillies and the OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings.
Location: the grounds of OBS at the training track and ITW building.
Monday, March 11 - Noon to 2 p.m.
Picnic in the Paddock hosted by the Equine Ag Council of Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)
For those in the community or with businesses who are novices to the Thoroughbred industry. Experts will be on hand to share knowledge and offer resources.
Location: Near the Day of Champions paddock (East of the OBS ITW building)
Monday, March 11 – 6 p.m.
FTBOA Gala (above)
Tuesday, March 12 - begins at 11 a.m.
OBS March Selected Sale of 2-year-olds in training with hip numbers 1-172.
Location: OBS Sales Pavilion
Tuesday, March 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: OBS ITW building
Wednesday, March 13 starting at 11 a.m.
Continuation of the OBS Select Sale with hips 173-345.
Location: OBS Sales Pavilion
FLORIDA SIRE STAKES
OPEN MEETING JANUARY 31
On Thursday, January 31 at 5 p.m., there will be an open meeting of the FTBOA’s Governance and Communications Committees for all members who wish to attend. The open meeting will be at the Marion County Extension Auditorium. An agenda with specific discussion topics will be provided.