Ocala Horse Shows | Horseback Riding | Horse Farms
Marion County, 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, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series and numerous horse shows at Florida Horse Park including Equiventures Eventing trials.
Horseback Riding in Ocala
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 features numerous horse rental opportunities, including guided trail rides. You do not have to be an experienced rider to participate in guided trail rides.
Ocala Horse Farms
Horse 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.
Winter 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
While still under construction, the World Equestrian Center promises to bring more world class equestrian facilities to Florida and Marion County.
The 3,000 acre World Equestrian Center is adjacent to the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and should be hosting world class equestrian events by 2020. Featured will be an on site hotel and four climate controlled riding arenas.
Southeast Florida Livestock Pavilion
An Ocala landmark since 1945, the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion enjoys a reputation as Marion County's premier agricultural showplace. Home of 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. 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.
History of Show Jumping
Show jumping has its roots in early European sport riding that required jumping fences between estates.
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
Throughout 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 MarionCounty