Living the Ocala Lifestyle

Ocala / Marion County is home to more than 1,200 horse farms, which makes for a vibrant equestrian community!

Ocala is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.” With 1,200+ horse farms and more than 50 known breeds of horses throughout Marion County, it is staggering to consider the impact these stately animals have had on the Ocala community.

Nowhere else in the world will you find this combination of superior natural footing, beautiful weather year-round, countless numbers of equine competitions, and a seemingly unlimited number of retail services that focus solely on horses.

Ocala is home to a vast number of competitions that will keep you busy every weekend of the year. Ocala is proud to be home to the winter circuit hunter/jumper show, HITS; the Florida Horse Park, which hosts a number of eventing, dressage, and driving competitions; and the 70,000-acre, 110-mile corridor Greenway Trail System, where you can hack your horses out for long beautiful trail rides. The World Equestrian Center South is slated to open for events in 2018 as well!

So what’s there to do after you’ve ridden your horses in Ocala? Plenty! At the end of the day, Ocala has so much to offer. We have numerous Country Clubs with some of the best golf courses around. Many of these offer beautiful gyms, tennis facilities, spa treatments, and fantastic dining options. Every year, we are thrilled to welcome great new independent restaurants that are making quite a splash! The coast is just a short drive as well as the beaches. There are so many great areas within the county to snorkel, kayak through beautiful clear waters. In addition, Ocala’s downtown and historic district is experiencing a renaissance, with restaurants, cafes and specialty boutiques catering to the growing, more sophisticated. Additionally, we have great shopping with most every national store represented making Ocala a very convenient place to live.

And when you want to get out of town, there is plenty to do that is still close by. With Orlando only 76 miles away, an hour’s drive to the south gets you to Walt Disney World and all the other major theme parks in the area. An hour’s drive to the west takes you to the Gulf of Mexico, and just 64 miles to the east is the Atlantic Ocean! What’s more, Gainesville, home to the University of Florida and its infamous Gators, is only 35 miles to the north; so, if you want to enjoy the ambiance of life in a college town, nothing could be easier.

For the horse lover, there’s no better place in the United States to maintain a ranch

We always enjoy the chance to talk first-hand about our deep roots and love for Ocala/Marion County. We are honored to have been on the cover of, and share our story with one of the area’s most-read magazines, Ocala Style. Ultimately, our success belongs to our community and the entire Ocala Horse Properies family, with whom we share our passion for our home, Ocala.

— The Ocala Horse Properties Team

Hometown Faves!

When we’re not playing matchmakers to buyers and their new homes, we’re hitting up our favorite Ocala hot spots with each other, our friends, and our families.

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Ocala News & Events

Three Stellar Performances by Liz Halliday-Sharp at The 2021 LRK3DE!

As the 2021 eventing community began the season with cautious optimism, Liz Halliday Sharp kept her head down and continued to focus on the spring competition season leading up to The Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event. History appeared destined to repeat itself in early 2021, when the event organizers announced another cancellation due to... more

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Halliday-Sharp Finishes All 3 Horses Inside Top 5 at Liftmaster’s Grand-Prix of Eventing!

This past weekend, Ocala Horse Properties traveled to Aiken, South Carolina as a sponsor of the Liftmaster’s Grand-Prix of Eventing, and to cheer for Liz Halliday-Sharp and all of our friends and clients hailing from Ocala. This was an incredible USEF sanctioned event, which offered $50K in prize money to top eventing athletes looking for... more

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Client Spotlight: Nancy Ditty’s Family Legacy of Producing Champion Quarter Horses Thrives in…

At Ocala Horse Properties, one of our most satisfying experiences as Marion County realtors is getting to know our clients and community members. The Ocala equestrian world is a diverse one, representing multiple breeds and disciplines, which is what makes “The Horse Capitol of the World” so unique! Our clients who have purchased farms in... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Hosts 2021 USEF Eventing Training Sessions at Hampton Lane

Ocala Horse Properties recently had the honor of hosting the USEF Elite and Pre-Elite Training Sessions, held February 1st-4th, at our own Hampton Lane equestrian facility in Ocala. Hampton Lane, a 29 acre farm located across the street from the new World Equestrian Center, offered the perfect location for this gathering of world class athletes.... more

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Hands Above the Rest

What makes someone a true leader in their industry? Some would argue that it’s a person who helps others by providing guidance and insight of their knowledge. This is precisely why Ocala Horse Properties’ Matt Varney is continuously recognized as the areas top agent. The latest recognition was highlighted by Ocala Style in an article... more

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World Equestrian Center Ocala

World Equestrian Center Ocala – A look inside an equestrian masterpiece

I’ve visited the World Equestrian Center Ocala just a few months ago and multiple times throughout the construction, and my wife Courtney and I were again immensely... more

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Halliday-Sharp Awarded USEA Rider of Year Breaking 39 Year Streak for Men at…

Liz Halliday-Sharp has had a phenomenal year since taking the leap and relocating with permanence to the United States in 2020. Producing a massively talented string of horses, Halliday-Sharp earned the most accumulated points of any rider in the USA, breaking the 39 year streak for men topping the USEA leaderboard. Liz’s rise to the... more

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Ocala Tops List of Small Businesses Per Capita in the USA!

Marion County has yet another reason to celebrate, topping the charts of a recent article by AdvisorSmith, shining a light on Ocala’s robust small business community! The report, released by AdvisorSmith, revealed that Ocala is ranked #1 for having the largest volume of active small businesses located in a mid-sized city. The population data was... more

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Halliday-Sharp Concludes Incredible 2020 Eventing Season at Tryon National Championships

The 2020 eventing season is a wrap, culminating with an incredible adventure to the Buckeye Nutrition USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship at the MARS Tryon International Three-Day Event. For Ocala Horse Properties, the weekend was a true testament to the teamwork and camaraderie that makes the sport of Eventing so unique and rewarding. The... more

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OHP Supports WEC & Encourages USEF Resolution

Ocala Horse Properties has been fortunate enough to sponsor some of the best horse shows in the country, many of which are USEF sanctioned events held right here in Ocala, Florida.  We love Ocala and believe that no other area in the world is more suited for equestrian enthusiasts. From an Ocala business owner perspective and... more

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Ocala Garners Top 10 Rankings – US News & World Report!

For 30 years, US News and World Report has been an expert resource offering statistical rankings on the nation’s top regions for real estate, schools, healthcare, automobiles, investments, and vacation destinations. Ocala Horse Properties is proud to announce that US News and World Report has just released its annual rankings, and Ocala has made... more

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Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z and Halliday-Sharp Bring Home Wire to Wire Win…

Fresh off her incredible record breaking win with Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z at Great Meadow International, Liz Halliday-Sharp came to Unionville with the plan to repeat that performance. With her entire team of owners present from Ocala Horse Properties and the Monster Partnership, a weekend in the scenic countryside of Pennsylvania was... more

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Halliday-Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z Set CCI 4* Record at Great…

The 2019 eventing season wrapped up on a positive note for Liz and Ocala Horse Properties’ horse Deniro Z, with an incredible 15th place finish at Burghley last September. The original plan was to give Niro a well deserved break in Ocala before tackling the 2020 eventing season, but then the world went on hold.... more

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Outdoor Restaurant Spaces

The greater Marion County region is home to wide open agricultural spaces, with a plethora of options for outdoor recreation and entertainment. The beauty of our region is that residents can enjoy a day in the great outdoors, and an evening of dining in downtown Ocala! These are certainly unusual times, but the team at... more

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Discover The Great Outdoors In Ocala, Florida!

Are you on the market for a new home or horse farm in Ocala, Florida?  While the Ocala region is well known as ‘The Horse Capitol of the World’, our region also offers a multitude of outdoor recreational activities for those who enjoy nature. Now more than ever, having access to wide open spaces and... more

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How to Find the Perfect Ocala, FL Farm

Ocala Horse Properties is The Authority on buying and selling Marion County Horse Farms. Over the past 13 years we have helped advise countless clients who are on the market for equestrian facilities in this region. We have the largest portfolio of farms for sale in Ocala, and as horse farm owners and equestrians, we... more

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5 Action Steps to Sell Your Ocala, FL Horse Farm!

Contemplating selling your Ocala, Florida farm, but intimidated by the process?  Ocala Horse Properties, the Ocala horse farm experts, can help alleviate that stress by guiding you through our list of suggestions which will help prepare you to put your equestian property on the market! CREATE A PLAN! Our biggest advice is to take a... more

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Depth of Talent Characterizes Liz Halliday-Sharp’s String of Young Horses

Liz Halliday-Sharp had big plans this spring. Plans that included a trip this past weekend to the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event with her top competitive partner, Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z.  While FEI competitions have been suspended and the world awaits a return to normalcy, Halliday-Sharp is not squandering opportunity while at home... more

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A Story Of Community and Partnership

In light of the recent developments in our world, we wanted to bring you a story of community and partnership in our Marion County equestrian community. This article features Anna Christina Gansauer, a grand prix show jumper who became a client of Ocala Horse Properties in 2013, when she decided to move her riding career... more

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Live Oak International Thrills Competitors and Spectators in 2020!

Live Oak International remains one of the most impressive FEI level events in our Marion County community and beyond. Drawing championship level driving competitors and international show jumpers seeking qualification for the 2020 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas, the list of famous equestrians is unrivaled. The event is truly a... more

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Ocala Horse Properties and Hudson Phillips Official Realtors of Live Oak International!

This year, Ocala Horse Property proudly joins forces with Hudson Phillips as Official Realtors of Live Oak International!  This spectacular event is a focal point of our incredible equestrian community in Marion County, and is proof that Ocala truly is the Horse Capital of the World!  We hope that you’ll join us in celebration of... more

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Another 2020 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix is in the Books!

Ocala Horse Properties congratulates our client Will Coleman for his impressive 3rd consecutive win at the Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix, held yesterday at Southern Cross Farm in Reddick.  It takes exceptional talent to withstand the pressure of a traditional jump off, and Coleman proved that he’s cool under fire, laying down... more

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Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z Snags Halliday-Sharp Second Win at Aiken Showcase!

Liz has returned from her weekend road trip to Aiken, clinching her second win at the $50K Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field aboard Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z.   This is her second showcase of the 2020 season, and Deniro Z is showing his competitive aptitude in his lead up to Land Rover Kentucky... more

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Dressage Begins The Steady Migration to Ocala!

The Ocala horse community has long been known for it’s diversity in disciplines, as the open space and rich soil in Marion County offers the perfect environment for a number of breeding and training operations for thoroughbred racing, hunter/jumper, western, Quarter Horse and Paso Fino enthusiasts. With anticipation for the grand opening at the... more

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Join Us for the 2020 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix!

Ocala Horse Properties takes great pride in our community involvement, and one of our favorite events during the year is right around the corner!  Tuesday March 3rd, we hope that you will join us at Southern Cross Equestrian to watch this region’s top ranked event riders battle it out for $20K in prize money. As... more

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Team Halliday-Sharp Shines at 2020 Wellington Eventing Showcase!

This past weekend, a large group of supporters from both Ocala Horse Properties and Wellington Equestrian Realty came together at the 2020 Mars Wellington Eventing Showcase to witness a brilliant display of some of the top eventing talent in this country. Topping that list was our own, Liz Halliday-Sharp, riding Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z... more

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OHP Rider Liz Halliday-Sharp Set to Contest $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase in Wellington

Join Ocala Horse Properties as we travel to the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase, this weekend February 8 – 9, in Wellington at the AGDF showgrounds!  The Wellington Eventing Showcase was founded in 2015 by Mark Bellissimo who had the intention of bringing the sport of eventing to a wider audience by inviting top riders to... more

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World Equestrian Center Ocala Rolls Out Expanded Website and 2021 Show Schedule!

Eleven months and counting until the official grand opening of the World Equestrian Center in Ocala! The World Equestrian Center Ocala has officially released their expanded website and 2021 show schedule to include 12 weeks of USEF hunter/jumper competition running January 5 to March 28, 2021. Prize money for the weekly events is anticipated to... more

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Help Support Ocala’s Exceptional Non-Profits in 2020!

The team at Ocala Horse Properties believes in giving back to members of our Ocala community that stand out as noteworthy non-profits. Throughout the years, we have become involved with several Marion County non- profits, which have made an impact on so many people in our region. The following 501C3 organizations are examples of our... more

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Downtown Hilton Garden Hotel Project Grand Opening – February 2020!

Local Hoteliers Danny and Karan Gaekwad are leading the charge on their companies’ Downtown Hilton Hotel project, located at the old Chamber of Commerce Building, near the historic Downtown Square. The hotel plans to not only host out of town guests, but to take Ocala’s downtown restaurant and bar scene to a whole new level! This... more

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