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.

See some of our favorites here!

Ocala News & Events

This Weekend is the 2019 Ocala International 3 Day Event!

The season finale for the winter season is this weekend at the Florida Horse Park, and while some of the snowbirds have migrated north, plenty of top riders remain in Ocala. This event is the final run for many horses headed the the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event, so plan on coming out to... more

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Liz Halliday Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z are Blazing A Trail…

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z began their road to Kentucky in 2015, after Liz took notice of this young horses’ emerging talent as a green show jumper back in England. He had been imported from Holland by fellow eventer, Francis Wittington to be sold and Liz jumped on the opportunity. Since 2017 this dynamic duo... more

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Nayel Nassar Cruises to HITS $1M Win in Ocala Horse Properties’ Stadium!

Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V, owned by Evergate Stables LLC, cruised to the win on Sunday March 24th at the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties’ Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm. This is Nassar’s third HITS Million Grand Prix victory, which also includes a win at the 2018 HITS... more

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Join Us This Weekend at HITS for the Great American $1 Million Held…

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.  If you haven’t been out to spectate at HITS... 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 Weber family, the competition organizers and... 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.  We would like to thank everyone who attended for... 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 Scott Keach have hosted for the past six years at... 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 industry through their service. The Florida... 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 returns for our second year of supporting this... 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 of selfless individuals donating their time and... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Returns as Title Sponsor for 6th Annual Ocala Eventing Prix…

The Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix, being held March 4th & 5th, has evolved over the years to become one of our communities most loved events. The entry list showcases top equestrian talent from the US, Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia, proving why our region is a hotbed for international horse sport. The Eventing... 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 childhood immersed in his family’s breeding and... 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 additional farm estates on multi-acres... 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 Entertainment... 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 cone phase of combined... 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 guide to online media... 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 Transportation (FDOT) proposed Coastal Connector,... 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 World Equestrian Center... more

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Spotlight on Lisa Rogers!

OHP’s Right-Hand Woman and Resident Artist Lisa Rogers, a 5th generation Floridian, joined the team at Ocala Horse Properties five years ago as our Business Manager.  She is an invaluable member of our team, wearing multiple hats and balancing a variety of tasks including coordination of our listings, greeting and scheduling client... more

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Hitting the Water In Marion County and Beyond!

Looking to beat the heat and to enjoy fun summer days with family and friends? There’s so much to explore in our region during these lazy days of summer.... 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 progress. This weekend, Saturday April 14th,... more

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Get VOCAL and Help Foster Marion County Pets in Need!

VOCAL (Voices of Change Animal League), our chosen charity this year, continues to champion efforts to lower the number of homeless animals in our region. The board members and volunteers at VOCAL are on their mission to offer affordable spaying and neutering options as well as facilitating the fostering and adoption of animals in Marion... 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 competitive arena of eventing, this time in the... more

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Live Oak International Video & Schedule

Ocala Horse Properties is proud to be the Exclusive Realtor of Live Oak International. Watch an amazing video and preview the upcoming schedule... more

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