Ocala Equestrian Lifestyle

Join Us This Weekend at HITS for the Great American $1 Million Held in Ocala Horse Properties’ Stadium!

March 22nd – 24th is definitively the biggest weekend of the winter season with the HITS Equitation Championships happening Friday, the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix Friday night, the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday and the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday. ... more

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Live Oak International Delights Record Number of Spectators in Ocala!

Once again, the experience attending Live Oak International has proven why it is one of the most celebrated multi-discipline FEI events in the country! Each year, Ocala Horse Properties is so impressed by how the entire community comes together to make this event a destination weekend in Ocala. The... more

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Ocala Horse Properties’ Winter Celebration Benefits Horse Farms Forever

Last Sunday, at the conclusion of a magnificent weekend at Live Oak International, Ocala Horse Properties held their winter celebration at Hampton Lane.  The evening was a wonderful evening of celebration for members of our community who have embraced and joined forces with Horse Farms Forever. ... more

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2019 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix a Soaring Success!

The 2019 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix Invitational was a huge success, celebrating the camaraderie which exists in our Marion County eventing community!  The VIP tent and the grand stands were packed with enthusiastic spectators who support this wonderful event that Max Corcoran and... more

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Matt Varney of OHP and Horse Farms Forever honored with ‘Carry Back Award’!

On Saturday February 23rd, Matt Varney was honored when he received the 2018 “Carry Back Award” from the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers, Inc. This award, which was established over 2 decades ago, honors a person in the Ocala horse community whom they believe has impacted the thoroughbred... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Returns As Official Realtor Of 2019 Live Oak International!

Live Oak International is the largest Combined Driving and Show Jumping competition in the country, drawing competitors from more than 20 countries. As one of the top multi-discipline FEI events in the country, it is an event that celebrates our local horse community. Ocala Horse Properties proudly... more

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VOCAL For Pets: Champions of Animal Welfare in Marion County!

Our friends at VOCAL For Pets continue to champion their cause to improve the welfare of animals in our local Ocala community. Over the past several years, they have made enormous strides in raising funds to help combat the issue of overpopulation of stray animals, and they have rallied a community... more

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Get to Know Ocala’s Paso Fino Community

A Mutual Love For Horses Suzanne and Jim Cantrell were brought together by their mutual love for horses. Suzanne, originally from Brisbane Australia, spent her childhood involved in pony club and competing in the hunter/jumpers. Jim was raised on a Quarter Horse farm in Illinois, spending his... more

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World Equestrian Center Ocala Opening Jan 2021

Now is the time to buy a farm in Ocala! In addition to our current Ocala horse farm listings in the vicinity of the new World Equestrian Center, there are currently many residential properties available at neighboring Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, and plans are in development for 300... more

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Frosty Forecast Melts Rumors of Mild Winter

Winter is coming! And according to the Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather outlook, it’s going to be a “teeth-chattering” cold one, with plenty of snow. Life is too short to live in a FREEZER!  Run away to warm, sunny Ocala, Florida before it’s too... more

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Fall 2018 Ocala Horse Events

It’s fall in Ocala and that means more horse competitions! Take a gander at several key fall venues which have scheduled events in the near future.... more

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Fall in Ocala – Events, Festivals, & Halloween Activities

Fall is one of the best seasons in Ocala, when locals are out enjoying all that our countryside and city has to offer. There’s a big variety of activities in the area for family members of all ages, so checkout the weekend fun that’s on tap for this month in our town! Halloween Themed... more

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Ocala Brings Home Gold at World Equestrian Games

What a heart-stopping end to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, as our hometown combined driving hero, Chester Weber, helped anchor the team gold for the US team! Weber, who is based out of his families’ Live Oak farm in Northwest Ocala, is credited with the winning team performance during the... more

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OHP Heads to 2018 World Equestrian Games In Tryon

OUR GUIDE TO MEDIA AND LIVE COVERAGE OF THE WEG There is a large amount of information to digest regarding all the different team competitions, so we’ve simplified things by breaking down the most important information. Please see below for a complete list of the US Teams per discipline, and our... more

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Horse Farms Forever Celebrates Halt of Coastal Connector

Preserving and protecting the natural resources in Marion County, which is famous for its flourishing equestrian industry, is a passionate commitment shared by the entire team at Ocala Horse Properties. The recent opposition was voiced by Ocala residents in reaction to the Florida Department of... more

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World Equestrian Center Releases Luxury Hotel Renditions!

Ocala is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.” Whether you are spending the afternoon watching a horse show or the evening on the nearby trails, Marion County is the place to be! Ocala is proud to be home to the winter circuit hunter/jumper show, HITS; the Florida Horse Park, and now the... more

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What’s it Like to Ride a World-Class Eventer?

Check out this helmet cam footage of our amazing horse, Deniro Z, navigating huge jumps and complicated... more

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VOCAL Reaches Fundraising Goal For Spay/Neuter Clinic!

What’s Up Next for VOCAL Clinic and Events? Now that VOCAL has reached their fundraising goal, they are currently in the beginning stages of construction for their clinic.  They are hoping to break ground this summer on the building and will continue to update us each month with their... more

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend Live Oak International!

With so much to see and do at the event, we’ve taken the liberty to summarize the top 3 reasons to come to Live Oak International!   #3 – World Class Equestrian... more

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2018 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Wrap Up

2018 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix... more

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Exciting Details on 2018 $15K OHP Eventing Prix!

    Olympians and International Talent Top Entry List! Here are the countries competing this year: USA Canada Australia New Zealand   Star Studded Entry List:   Guest Star Appearance He’s back!! You read that right, Gold Medalist David O’Conner is making a comeback to the... more

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Fabulous Furball and VOCAL Pets For Adoption This Month!

Please Continue To Support and Adopt Animals Through VOCAL! We will continue to post featured animals who are currently in foster care with VOCAL, but waiting to find their forever home! This week we have one of each four legged variety. Meet Frank the Foster Father kitty! Frank came to VOCAL... more

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2018 Season Highlights at HITS Ocala

2018 Season Highlights at Ocala Horse Properties’ Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Ocala! HITS Post Time Farm is the central hub for Hunter, Jumper and Equitation riders in the Marion County region. Wednesday through Sunday the facility is buzzing with show activity, as the organizers of HITS provide... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Returns as Title Sponsor of 2018 Eventing Prix

For the 5th consecutive year, Ocala Horse Properties enthusiastically returns as the title sponsor for the OHP Eventing Prix, being held March 5th & 6th, at Southern Cross... more

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Expanding With a New Location

We are excited to announce that we are moving into the Golden Hills Shopping Center plaza in February, 2018 and renovating more than 3,000 square feet of space in this critical northwest hub. The Castro Family, longtime Ocala/Marion County residents continue to contribute to the improvement of... more

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Winter Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Downtown Ocala

The winter months in Ocala offer many opportunities to soak in our local culture, by experiencing the arts in downtown Ocala. Discover why entertainment options within the city limits of Ocala perfectly compliment the lifestyle and rural beauty of Marion County. First Impressions at the Brick City... more

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The VOCAL Pup of the Week is Ready for Adoption!

Love Animals? Get Involved and Get VOCAL! Last month we announced our partnership with VOCAL; the Voices of Change Animal League in Marion County which is dedicated to homeless animal prevention. VOCAL is on a no-kill mission to help our community reduce the homeless animal population through... more

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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate, Ocala!

During the holidays, Ocala Horse Properties reminds everyone to take time to relax and enjoy festive moments with loved ones. There are plenty of fun activities scheduled in Marion County, so plan a day or evening out celebrating in our community. The Following is a Family Friendly Event Schedule... more

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VOCAL; Voices of Change Animal League

OHP Gets VOCAL About Animal Adoption Ocala Horse Properties is on a mission, and it’s one that rings true with so many animal lovers in Marion County. Our rural region is home to many animals, some of which are in need of adoption and care. Matt Varney, and the Desino Brothers share more than a... more

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Your Dream Farm – In The Sun!

Everything is covered in snow – except for warm, beautiful Ocala! You and your horses deserve to be warm and dry. Find your dream farm in the sun! Winter Storm Benji has brought snow to parts of south and coastal Texas and will blanket a 2,000 mile-long path from the Deep South and Northeast... more

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Winter Season Is Nearly Upon Us!

2018 HITS Ocala Winter Show HITS Ocala Continues A Full Roster of Competitions and Amenities For more information on all of the amenities that HITS has to offer, and the complete schedule of classes and events, please visit www.HitsShows.com. Now Is The Time to Buy In... more

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The Upcoming Ocala Jockey Club International 3 Day Event

Ocala Jockey Club Honors The Thoroughbred There’s $100K in prize money offered at this year’s event, of which $25K is allocated to the Thoroughbred Eventing Championship division, a reflection of the region’s dedication to the Thoroughbred breed. The Thoroughbred industry is quite robust in... more

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36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off Nov. 4th

Educators Become Creative Hosts During the 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off! The Cornerstone School is an independent Pre-K through Middle school located in Ocala which fosters creative learning within our community. The school has been a wonderful resource for residents looking for an... more

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Prime Season is Right Around The Corner!

The summer is winding down and fall activities in Ocala are ramping up. Soon we will experience the mass migration of equestrians moving to Marion County for the beginning of the 2017/18 show season! Each year we see a steady rise in the number of avid equestrians relocating their training... more

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Fun Fall Festivals and Events in Ocala

Summer is Coming to An End The height of summer is waning, and during the warmer August days, there’s a subtle shift in our region, as locals and businesses gear up for the beginning of next season here in Ocala. Ocala Horse Properties is looking forward to the fall, when the light takes on a... more

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Downtown Hotel Project To Begin Fall 2017

Local Hotelier Danny Gaekwad has been steadfast in his approach to the new Downtown Hotel project, located at the old Chamber of Commerce Building, near the historic Downtown Square. Project delays have all been taken in stride, as the hotel construction is subject to space and historic district... more

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Liz Halliday-Sharp & Deniro Z Hot at Barbury Castle!

The team at Ocala Horse Properties continues to be wowed by the spectacular performance of Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z as they continue their winning streak in Europe! Last season the Desino brothers decided that the best way to continue their support of the sport of eventing was through horse... more

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Great News for Ocala Wine Lovers!

Downtown Ocala continues to expand, and adding to your options for new experiences in the Downtown Square is the grand opening of the Sokol Vineyards Tasting Room on July 27th, 2017! In the same vicinity as the new Downtown Hotel, the Sokol Vineyards Tasting Room project has been underway for the... more

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