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Horse Capital of the World in Marion County, Florida

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Ocala, Florida

Welcome to the equestrian paradise of Ocala located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse.

Ocala Horse Shows

Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS Ocala show jumping winter series at Post Time Farm, World Equestrian Center Ocala (January 2021), and numerous other horse shows at Florida Horse Park and Equiventures Eventing trials.

Horseback Riding and Hiking in the Ocala National Forest

Ocala is the main gateway to the Ocala National Forest and its numerous horseback riding and hiking trails as well as a stop along the Florida Greenway. The Florida Greenways and Trails are a series of multipurpose trail supporting biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The Greenways span Florida from north to south and east to west.

Horseback riding in Ocala National Forest features numerous horse rental opportunities, including guided horseback trail rides. You do not have to be an experienced rider to participate in guided trail rides as the horses are well trained.

Water Recreation in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest has over 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first magnitude springs where visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in crystal clear waters all year round.

Ocala Horse Farms

ocala horse farmHorse farms in Ocala create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thoroughbreds and horse show champions are born.

A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must. Enjoy a horse carriage ride through the many horse farms in Ocala.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. On any given weekend you will find skilled show jumpers or disciplined dressage riders as well as barrel racers and stock shows.

Florida Horse Park features 350 acres of grass, a covered arena, grass arenas, five official dressage arenas and 320 stalls for shows.

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Show Jumping

hits ocalaWinter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS horse shows) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid December to end of March for over 30 years.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider.

Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.

World Equestrian Center Ocala

World Equestrian CenterWhile still under construction, the World Equestrian Center Ocala promises to bring more world class equestrian facilities to Florida and Marion County.

The 3,000 acre World Equestrian Center Ocala is adjacent to the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and should be hosting world class equestrian events by early 2021. Featured will be an on site hotel and four climate controlled indoor riding arenas.

Southeast Florida Livestock Pavilion

Ocala rodeoAn Ocala landmark since 1945, the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion enjoys a reputation as Marion County's premier agricultural showplace. It is also home to the annual Shrine Rodeo, Southeastern Pro Rodeo, and the Southern Cowboy Classic Rodeo and Stock Show.

Rocking Horse Stables (Altoona)

Rocking Horse Stables offers a full slate of Dressage Shows, Combined Training Schooling Shows, and Pony Club National Testing events. Rocking horse stables is located in Altoona, Florida which is close to Ocala, Tampa and Orlando.

Canterbury Equestrian Showplace (Newberry)

Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows.

More About Horse Shows and the History of Horse Jumping

One of the most popular equestrian events in Ocala is show jumping. Show jumping has its roots in early European sport riding that required jumping fences between estates...Read more

Ocala Carriage Rides and Farm Tours

Take a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide. Or take a wonderful tour of the Gypsy Gold Horse farm, home of the first Gypsy Varner Horses.

Ocala's Famous Painted Ponies

ocala painted poniesThroughout Ocala you will spot these fantastic, full size, painted ponies. These horse statues speak to Ocala's equestrian heritage and bring color and fun around town.

Each painted pony has a story, and the unique coloring and patterns illustrate those stories.

Horse Fever: Sunny. Artist: Carlynne Hershberger. Sponsor Name: Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital. Ocala Marion County.

Ocala Equestrian News

Mar 26, 2020
Florida Horse Life Horse Grooming Videos
Great Equine Grooming Tips
View this series of horse grooming videos to help you prepare for your next horse show or just to spiff up your horse for trail riding.

A well-groomed horse always seems to ride better as well as making the owner proud. More info...

Mar 26, 2020
Equine Endocrinopathic Laminitis Explained
Posted by Nancy S. Loving, DVM
How horses go from metabolic to laminitic and ways to manage them
The pasture is particularly verdant this year. Several plump horses contentedly graze their way across the fetlock-deep field in the fog after a particularly cool spring night. This might look like something out of a bucolic period film, but the scene is not as innocuous as it might appear. Several of its features portend potential problems for horses turned out to eat to their heartsí content. A fat horse on rich grass is at risk of developing endocrine disorders that can snowball into laminitis. More info...

Mar 17, 2020
Need Money During this Crisis?
A personal loan can help.
You might need some money to carry you through this Coronavirus crisis. Apply for a personal loan at a low-interest rate and get the money you need to buy groceries and pay bills. More info...

Mar 17, 2020
Florida Horse Park Closings and Cancellations
Update on March 23 on future events.
Thank you for your patience.
We are closely monitoring the situation and the CDC recommendations. At this time, the Florida Horse Park gates will be closed until April 1st and all events are canceled.
We have not yet made a final decision on the Ocala International Festival of Eventing held April 11-13th.
Look for an announcement to be coming by next Monday, March 23rd.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and ride your ponies at home! More info...

Mar 16, 2020
The Equestrian Show World Grinds to a Halt
National and Florida Horse Events Canceled
Resumption of the 2020 horse show season remains to be seen. With the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo uncertain and the duration of the Coronavirus threat unknown, how do equestrians plan?
It would seem prudent to continue training programs for the horses and riders to keep them in top form. Riders and equine support personnel will have to take it upon themselves to take the necessary precautions both inside and outside their horse universe.
Horseback riding for pleasure or for practice can be a great stress reliever, and when CDC recommended practices are followed, it should be relatively safe.

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