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Ocala, Florida

Welcome to Ocala, the equestrian world located in the rolling hills of Marion County in North-Central Florida. Here, many of the nation's top race horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses for the horse racing world. Visitors are able to enjoy some of the scenic Ocala horse farms from a horse drawn carriage from Farm Tours of Ocala.


Ocala Horse Shows

Ocala, Florida is winter headquarters for the HITS Ocala FEI show jumping winter series at Post Time Farm and the World Equestrian Center Ocala featuring national and international horse shows all year. Numerous other horse shows polo are held at Florida Horse Park.

Nearby eventing venues include Barnstaple South, Majestic Oaks, and Rocking Horse Stables.


Horseback Riding 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.

Horseback trail 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.

Ocala Horse Farms and Ranches

ocala horse farmHorse farms in Ocala create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by classic 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.

Ocala Horse Park

The term "Ocala Horse Park" is sometimes used as a general term refering to any of the several horse show venues in Ocala such as Florida Horse Park, but here is no specific venue named Ocala Horse Park.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park is an attraction in itself, and is the center for many Florida horse shows and the Ocala Polo Club. On any given weekend you will find skilled show jumpers or disciplined dressage riders as well as western dressage, polo, eventing, barrel racers, open, pleasure, 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. Florida Horse Park is located a few miles southeast of downtown Ocala.

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Show Jumping 2023

hits ocalaThe HITS Ocala Winter circuit schedule will be posted when available. Many of the nations top riders are attracted to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS horse shows) circuit that 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 horse jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider. Shows are sanctioned by the USEF.

Hits Post Time Farm is located 16 miles northwest of Ocala at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Hotels Near HITS Post Time Farm

World Equestrian Center Ocala

World Equestrian CenterThe World Equestrian Center Ocala is bringing more world class equestrian events to Florida and Marion County.

The 3,000 acre World Equestrian Center Ocala is adjacent to the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club  features an on site hotel and four climate controlled indoor riding.

The World Equestrian Center is located about 9 miles northwest of Ocala on 1290 Northwest 80th Ave off of State Rd 40.

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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.

Barnstaple South (Morriston, FL)

Barnstaple South is a Cross Country, Dressage, and Stadium jumping schooling and event center near Ocala, FL. Riders of all disciplines are invited to school their horses at the facilities. The property is located just behind HITS Ocala, 20 miles northwest of Ocala at 10210 NW 145th Ave. Morriston, FL.

Majestic Oaks (Reddick, FL)

This stately facility has been the site of the Majestic Oaks Three-Phase Schooling Shows and the Majestic Oaks Horse Trials since January 2018. Majestic Oaks Ocala is open daily for schooling and the host of clinics, schooling shows, and three-phase horse trials. Majestic Oaks is located about 12 miles north of Ocala in Reddick, Florida.

The Grand Oaks Resort (Weirsdale, FL)

With over 400 acres, the Grand Oaks Resort is a popular venue for horse shows and events and is located about 20 miles southeast of Ocala in the bucolic town of Weirsdale, FL. Grand Oaks is a favorite for equestrian driving events (CDE) as well as USEF sanctioned dressage, hunter jumper, and horse trials.

The Grand Oaks Resort hosts the Grand Oaks Bistro for all meals as well as gourmet coffee and free wifi service. You can also enjoy a romantic carriage ride around the property. The full service on grounds RV park is available by reservation.

Rocking Horse Stables (Altoona, FL)

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 in Lake County about 46 miles southeast of Ocala on State Rd 19.

Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center (Newberry, FL)

This beautiful Equestrian Center is located in Newberry, just west of Gainesville, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Newberry is about 46 miles northwest of Ocala and 17 miles west of Gainesville, FL.

More About Horse Shows and the History of Horse Jumping

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

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

Aug 13, 2022
This Week at World Equestrian Center Ocala
Ocala Has a Weekend of Events
Ocala has a weekend full of events including our final Saturday night grand prix of the 2022 Summer Series, the $100,000 Alltech National Grand Prix on Saturday, August 13 at 7pm in the WEC Grand Arena. The 4th Annual North Central Florida Outdoor Expo will also be held on Saturday from 9am-3pm in Expo 2. More info...

Aug 12, 2022
Not So Scary Halloween Party
August 12, 2022 - October 31, 2022
Get your favorite costume ready for a frightfully fun event!
Come collect candies and treats while Magic Kingdom park thrills you and chills you with eerie entertainment, favorite attractions and beloved Disney Characters.
Book your hotel now. More info...

Aug 12, 2022
Ocala Shrine Rodeo September 2-3, 2022
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala
The Ocala Shrine Rodeo is celebrating it 40th anniversary this year.
Tickets are $25 at the gate and Children five (5) years of age and under are free. On Friday Night children 6 through 11 years of age get in for $10.00 accompanied by a paying adult. More info...

Aug 9, 2022
Horse Racing at Gulfstream Park
Florida Horse Racing
Hotels Near Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park is featuring live summer racing from now until early September. All of the facility is now open to spectators for races, casino, shops, and restaurants. Enjoy live racing, simulcast races, casino gambling, and some of the finest restaurants in South Florida.
The fall meet at Gulfstream is known as the Flamingo Festival and features racing on Thursday - Sunday every week in October and November except Thanksgiving weekend.
The winter racing season at Gulfstream during begins in early December and runs through April featuring the Florida Derby on the last weekend.
More info...

Aug 4, 2022
Wellington International Equestrian Center Proposes Expansion
Wellington, Florida
Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, LLC (WEP), announced an initiative to transform Wellington, Florida, into the “Equestrian Capital of the World” for sport, commerce and lifestyle.

2022 was a record year for jumping, dressage and polo in Wellington. The events attracted more than 5,000 families from 50 states and 43 countries and contributed an estimated $200 million of annual economic impact to Palm Beach County. More info...

Jul 20, 2022
Book Hotels and Vacation Rentals Now for Winter Horse Show Season
Wellington International and World Equestrian Center
Its only five months away from the Florida horse show season and time to firm up your accommodations. View hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals at the best prices on the internet. Be sure to verify that the cancellation policy suits your needs. Also be aware that the room rate is not the final cost for your accommodations since there are always taxes and sometimes other fees that may be added. More info...

Jul 18, 2022
Pop Shows at Florida Horse Park
Partners of the Park
Partners of the Park open horse shows throughout the year.
Ocala Hotels and Vacation Rentals
More info...

Jul 17, 2022
What You Should Know About Horse Insurance
Equine Insurance
Horse insurance is available for horse owners, clubs, horse shows, and commercial equestrian businesses such as boarding barns and horse trainers.

Equine insurance needs include liability for horse shows and events, and professional liability insurance.

You should also consider horse insurance for horse major medical, mortality, and loss of use of your horse. More info...



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