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Florida Horseback Riding
Florida horseback riding includes everything from beginner riding lessons to advanced horse showing including dressage and barrel racing. Many Florida horse lovers compete in horse shows while others prefer to ride their horses on the many equestrian trails offered in Florida.
Whatever your preference, our website is here to provide information about equine services in each area of Florida from the Keys to Orlando to the Panhandle beaches.
Florida Horse Riding on the Beach
Thrill to a beach horse ride along one of Florida's fantastic beaches with expert guides and seasoned horses to show the way. Florida offers some of the best beach horseback riding on all coasts of Florida.
Florida Trail Riding
In addition to the equestrian oriented spectator sports in Florida, the vast number of Florida horse riders like to hit the numerous horseback trails that dot the state and are listed at Florida Horse Trails. Horse trails are featured in many state and national parks such as Ocala National Forest. Riders can choose from guided trail rides or riding on their own horses. See our complete directory of Florida equestrian trails.
Florida Year Around Horse Shows
Florida has several important horse show venues that support rated horse shows all year including Wellington, Fox Lea Farm, Rocking Horse Stables, HITS Post Time Farm, and Canterbury Showplace. Show jumping, dressage, and eventing a featured at each of these horse show grounds. Fox Lea Farm hosts the Open Show Series featuring rated shows and points for USHJA for registered riders.
Florida Seasonal Horse Shows
Each year the horse population of Florida doubles as horses are shipped in for horse shows in the two major show venues, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington and and HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, FL.
Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Wellington, FL
Florida hosts major international horse shows during the winter and spring seasons, featuring WEF and GDF in Wellington. Over the course of ten weeks, show jumping, dressage, and polo prevail as the equestrian world soaks up the incomparable South Florida winter climate. Find a hotel near Wellington and other horse shows.
Further up state is wonderful Ocala, known as the horse capital of the world. Each year the HITS Ocala horse shows draw top riders and riding fans at Post Time Farms and features a $1 million dollar grand prix. Also the Florida Horse Park hosts equestrian and community events throughout the year.
World Class Florida Hotels
And when you come to Florida for the horses, stay at a fabulous hotel on the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. Play some golf, charter a fishing boat, and finish your day at a great sea food restaurant or steak house.
Barrel Racing | Rodeos
Florida has a busy barrel racing calendar with weekly races staged throughout Florida. Barrel racing is one of the most exciting horse sports and women often outshine the men in daring. Barrel racing and pole bending are also featured at Florida's many exciting cowboy rodeos held throughout the year.
The sport's daring riders and fearless polo ponies takes over the polo fields of Florida every winter, where high goal polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, entertains crowds of enthusiasts every Sunday afternoon.
If you like your sport with non stop action and heart pounding excitement, a polo match is a must see when in Florida.
Florida Horse Racing
The winter season in Florida also brings the "Sport of Kings" to Gulfstream Park featuring the Pegasus Cup on January 26, 2019 Florida Derby on March 30, 2019, and Tampa Bay Downs Racecourse which features the Tampa Bay Derby on March 9, 2019.
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