Special Events

Upcoming Events at Grand Oaks Resort

2019 ADS Annual Members Meeting, Awards Gala and Driving Weekend

December 5 - December 8, 2019

ADS MEMBERS: Join us the evening of Saturday, December 7TH for the ADS Dinner and Awards Gala. Are you receiving an ADS Driven Dressage Medal or Hours to Drive Pin in 2019? We're awarding them during the gala! ADS members are encouraged to attend the weekend with or without horses. Bringing your horse? We have a big weekend of driving planned, starting with a Driving Tour of Grand Oaks, a CT and Derby, and a Safari Drive. Put us on your calendar and come celebrate our 45th anniversary!

SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME TO WATCH THE EQUESTRIAN, NON-PRIVATE EVENTS -- NO ADMISSION FEE!

Annual Meeting Schedule

Are you joining us this weekend for the ADS Annual Meeting Weekend at The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida? Here's a final schedule:

Thursday Dec 5:

4pm Grand Oaks Property Tour (with your carriage), meet at Racetrack

6pm Champagne Welcome Party, Chapel

Friday Dec 6:

8am Combined Test, Racetrack Arena

1pm-2pm Speaker: Janeane Reagan on Managing Tension and Stress

2pm-3pm Licensed Officials Roundtable, Bridge Room

3pm-4pm Organizers Roundtable, Bridge Room

4:30-5:30pm Officials Pony Measurement Clinic, hosted by Event Standards

Committee Meetings as needed in Brewster Room

6pm Cocktail Party in the Courtyard*

*Wine and beer included. Mixed drinks available for an additional charge.

Saturday Dec 7:

8am Derby, Covered Arena

12pm New Dressage Test Demos, Racetrack

3pm Annual Members Meeting, Bridge Room

6pm-7pm Gala Cocktail Hour, Oak Room*

7pm Awards Gala, Oak Room*

*Wine and beer included. Mixed drinks available for an additional charge.

Sunday Dec 8:

9am Safari Drive

9am-12pm ADS Board of Directors Meeting, Bridge Room

Registration will be open outside the Bridge Room Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm, and again on Friday morning at 8am.

All proceeds from the Annual Meeting Events benefit the ADS.

Lunch is available daily in The Bistro.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO JOIN WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS...

*** NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE GATE ***

NO REFUNDS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ISSUED TOWARDS FUTURE PERFORMANCES. NO REFUNDS ISSUED ONE WEEK PRIOR TO SHOW.

Gala of the Royal Horses: vip hOLIDAY sHOW

december 28, 2019

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters. This performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Performance includes the four Royal breeds; the Lipizzan, Andalusian, Friesian and the Arabian.

Exclusive V.I.P. Holiday Performance: Admission is $ 75 (all inclusive).

Show starts at 5:30 pm. Gates open at 4:30 pm. This event takes place under an outdoor Covered Arena -- you will not be in open sunlight. The event will take place rain or shine. The show runs for approximately 120 minutes with a 30 minute Intermission. Handicap Parking & Shuttle is available.

V.I.P. Admission includes: Champagne Welcome, Ring-side Table Seating, Hors d’oeuvres & Dessert, Meet & Greet after the Show

*IMPORTANT: ALL SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE (NO ASSIGNED SEATS). VIP TABLES SEAT 8 PEOPLE EACH. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE LARGE PARTIES WILL SIT TOGETHER.*

oRLANDO DRESSAGE: jANUARY 11 & 12

Events from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at our Covered Arena. FREE ADMISSION, spectators are welcome!

Please visit http://www.orlandodressage.com/ for more information.

Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training“, where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.” Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. In modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of “tests”, prescribed series of movements ridden within a standard arena. Dressage competitions consist of a series of individual tests with an increasing level of difficulty.

Grand Oaks USEA Horse trials

JANUARY 17, 18 & 19

Three days of exciting competitive events -- Dressage, Cross-Country Racing and Show Jumping! This is a USEA event. FREE ADMISSION and open to the public... spectators are welcome!

This is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. The Bistro restaurant and Bar will be open as well as our Coffee Shop. We provide seating but you may bring a comfortable lawn chair of your own if you prefer. Shuttle available for those that need it.

Times, locations and details will posted as they become available. Please check back with us for a schedule.

HUNT COUNTRY HORSE SHOW

January 25 & 26

FREE ADMISSION -- spectators are welcome! Come see hunters & jumpers as they soar over fences and other obstacles!

Events from 9 am to 5 pm each day at our Covered Arena, Fiber Arena & Racetrack Arena. No admission price, spectators welcome! This is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. You may bring a comfortable lawn chair of your own if you prefer. Food available at The Bistro only -- no outside food or beverages allowed.

Please visit www.horseshowsinthepark.com to learn more

Grand Oaks CDE: January 29 - February 2

FREE ADMISSION -- SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME! Come see exciting driving competitions! A CDE (combined driving event) is a carriage driving event with three phases of competition that include dressage, cones, and a marathon with hazards/obstacles. This competition is recognized by the American Driving Society (ADS). Times, locations and details will posted as they become available. Please check back with us for a schedule of events. This is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. The Bistro restaurant and Bar will be open as well as our Coffee Shop. We provide seating but you may bring a comfortable lawn chair of your own if you prefer. Shuttle available for those that need it.

COMPETITORS: Please contact Kacy Tipton-Fashik at 352.409.1398 or email KacyF@TheGrandOaks.com for entry information. Division (using old ADS Test) include USEF Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, FEI 1* & FEI 2* -- NEW 1* AND 2* QUALIFIER. Entries can also be mailed to Kacy at 3000 Marion County Rd, Weirsdale, FL 32195

Grand Oaks Classic: CT & Derby

February 7, 8 & 9

FREE ADMISSION -- spectators are welcome! Enjoy a competitive three-day equestrian event here on the grounds of Grand Oaks Resort. Schedule details will be made available as soon as we have them. This is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. The Bistro restaurant and Bar will be open as well as our Coffee Shop. We provide seating but you may bring a comfortable lawn chair of your own if you prefer. Shuttle available for those that need it.

COMPETITORS: Please contact Kacy Tipton-Fashik at 352.409.1398 or email KacyF@TheGrandOaks.com for entry information. No charge for Junior Classes. Single Horse & Pony, Pair Horse & Pony, Non-traditional, Multiples, Trade & Commercial, VSE. New this year... coaching by invitation. Prize List to go out December 1st.

HUNT COUNTRY HORSE SHOW

February 29th & March 1st

FREE ADMISSION -- spectators are welcome! Come see hunters & jumpers as they soar over fences and other obstacles!

Events from 9 am to 5 pm each day at our Covered Arena, Fiber Arena & Racetrack Arena. No admission price, spectators welcome! This is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. You may bring a comfortable lawn chair of your own if you prefer. Food available at The Bistro only -- no outside food or beverages allowed.

Please visit www.horseshowsinthepark.com to learn more

Special Olympics 2020: Florida State Equestrian Championships

March 20 & 21

FREE EVENT -- open to the public -- SPECTATORS WELCOME!

Come cheer on these athletes as they compete in the State Equestrian Championship games! Athletes compete in Dressage, English Equitation, Stock Seat Equitation, Working Trails, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Showmanship at Halter or Bridle, and Unified Sports Drill Team (2, 4 an 6) and Equitation Jump (demo event).

Friday, March 20:

1:00 - 6:00 pm : Competition at Covered Arena

7:45 - 8:15 pm : Opening Ceremony at Covered Arena

Saturday, March 21:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm : Competition at Covered Arena

Visit https://specialolympicsflorida.org/compete/competitions/equestrian-sports-championships/ for more information

CHECK OUT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT EVENTS HERE AT GRAND OAKS RESORT...

  • HORSESDAILY.COM : Review of the Grand Oaks CDE Event on January 4-6, 2019 -- Click HERE
  • AKC SPORTS: Video ad for 2018 AKC Lure Coursing Championships -- Click HERE
  • OCALA STAR BANNER: Photo Review of USEA Horse Trials 2019 (January Extreme Jumping Event) -- Click HERE
  • OCALA STAR BANNER: Newspaper Review of USEA Horse Trials 2019 (January Extreme Jumping Event) -- Click HERE
  • USEA SYMPOSIUM: Online review of the USEA Symposium Event February 2019 -- Click HERE

2019 Events

  • Grand Oaks Eventing Weekend (USEA Horse Trials) November 22 - 24
  • ADS Driving Event December 6 - 8
  • Gala of the Royal Horses: VIP HOLIDAY SHOW December 28

2020 Events

  • Orlando Dressage January 11 - 12
  • Grand Oaks USEA Horse Trials January 17 - 19
  • Hunt Country Horse Show January 25 & 26
  • Grand Oaks CDE January 29 - February 2
  • Grand Oaks Classic: CT & Derby February 7 - 9
  • Hunt Country Horse Show February 29
  • Special Olympics March 20 & 21
  • Stirrups 'n Strides March 22
  • Lure Coursing March 28 & 29
  • Hunt Country Horse Show April 4 & 5