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.
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.
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 the Ocala region, with many large breeding and... more
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 environment of independent learning. Not only is the... more
Winter is Coming! This year, most of the southern states are predicted to have a dry, mild winter, while the northern part of the nation will be hit with exceptionally wet and cold conditions. Winter officially begins on December 1st. But depending on the location you live, the cold weather can begin well before or... more
Now is The Time to Buy Your Dream Farm in Ocala! Upon approval at last night’s Marion County Commissioner’s Meeting, the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida has now been granted the go-ahead to begin further development of this world class equine venue and community. Ocala Horse Properties eagerly anticipates the positive impact that... more
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 operations to Ocala earlier in... more
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
Carli Leutbecher is the newest addition to Ocala Horse Properties’ team, bringing a lifetime of knowledge and experience in the thoroughbred racehorse industry to the Ocala real estate market. Raised in Marion County, Carli has been exposed to every aspect of the Thoroughbred race industry through her family; Her mother Sandra Madison and her... more
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 limitations, with both the city and Gaekwad... more
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 ownership, thus becoming the primary... more
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 past several months in... more
With Arena Eventing growing in popularity throughout the US, The Devon Horse Show joined in the enthusiasm by showcasing the sport of eventing to the masses at this year’s inaugural Arena Eventing competition. The new exhibition class, which consisted of a combination of solid cross country and show jumping fences, drew large crowds despite the... more
Summer is approaching, and that conjures up thoughts of easy summer evenings and a casual night out on the town with friends. So slide on your flip flops and meet us downtown to continue our tour of Ocala’s best restaurants and gathering places. In our most recent article on Downtown Ocala, we shared news about... more
Downtown Ocala is enjoying a surge in revitalization projects, giving Marion County residents and tourists even more reasons to live, work, and play in our area! In and around the Historic Downtown Square, there are more choices on tap for dining, retail and outdoor entertainment, adding to the reasons to call Ocala home. Construction projects... more
According to Forbes online, Ocala is ranked fifth in the country for new job growth! Higher job growth is a sign of a healthy, steadily growing local economy, and Ocala is the place to be! Forbes predicts that the annual job growth will be 3.4%, which will mean 17% more jobs in the next five years.... more
If you’re in Ocala on vacation, for the winter season, or if you’re a bonafide local, one thing is for certain, you’ve been to the Horse & Hounds for a meal and a drink. Located at the intersection of US Highway 27 and 225-A NW 70th Avenue, the Golden Hills Center is home to a... more
Liz and Deniro Z are on a roll, and the team at Ocala Horse Properties couldn’t be prouder of this talented pair. It was a thrilling grand finale to the eventing season in Ocala, with Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z claiming another wire to wire win in the 2* division at the Ocala International 3... more
See how Courtney keeps herself busy, be it her equestrian accomplishments, four-month-old baby Hudson, or her career as an equine veterinarian in the “Amateurs Like Us” section of their blog. Courtney is the wife of Ocala Horse Properties broker Matt Varney. She is an accomplished equestrian, and the article notes her achievements... more
There are several restaurants located in Downtown Square that we love to frequent. Each has it’s own distinct menu, specialty drinks, and ambiance, serving up a variety of fantastic dining experiences and fun evenings out on the town. Through our series of articles, Living In Ocala, we’re going to feature some of our top restaurant... more
The team at Ocala Horse Properties met Liz Halliday-Sharp and her husband Al Sharp in 2013 when they were actively looking for an equestrian property in Ocala. During their quest to find the perfect home for Horsepower Equestrian, a friendship was formed between Chris, Rob, Matt, Liz and her husband Al. Attending Ocala area events... more
Ocala topography is unique to Florida in its wide open spaces and rolling hills, which is ideal for raising cattle and equine livestock. Known as the “Horse Capital of the World”, that title is easily identifiable as one travels the roads of Ocala, taking in the magnificent views of horse properties and grazing cattle. Perhaps... more
Weekend Entertainment Abounds in Marion County with International Driving Competition, Fat Tire Fun, Plus An Evening at the Symphony! Diversity in choices in Ocala is the theme of this weekend’s line-up of entertainment. There’s a healthy dose of outdoor fun on the calendar, with the FEI Driving Dressage at Live Oak International starting... more
Sweet Victory for Sara Kozumplik Murphy at the 2017 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix! Thirty-three horse and rider combinations entered the ring at Southern Cross Equestrian to battle it out for $15,000 in prize money for the 4th annual Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix. The entry list read like the who’s who of top international... more
Culinary Festivals Top This Week’s Entertainment Options in Ocala! It’s true Ocala is “The Horse Capital of the World”, but the greater Marion County region has much more to offer beyond the horse shows and equestrian activities. Our urban center continues to flourish with a multitude of cultural options, and this week Ocala is serving... more
It’s Almost Time for the Ocala Horse Properties 2017 Eventing Prix! This will be our 4th annual Eventing Prix Invitational, hosted at Southern Cross Equestrian on March 6th & 7th, 2017. Schedule of events: Monday, March 6th, 12 Noon – Warm Up Class (1.15m) Tuesday, March 7th, 2:00 pm – Eventing Prix Invitational (1.30m) The... more
2017 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix Invitational Ocala Horse Properties enthusiastically returns as Title Sponsor for the 4th annual Eventing Prix Invitational, being hosted once again at Southern Cross Equestrian on March 6th & 7th, 2017. The Eventing Prix was conceived by Olympic Event Rider and Show Jumper, Scott Keach, as an... more
California Chrome Tops Eclipse Award Finalists with Ocala-Trained Nyquist in Consideration for 3-Year-Old Category It is hard to deny the pure talent of California Chrome, who continues to show his longevity in horse racing by dominating the sport 2 years after his impressive show in the 2014 Triple Crown. While most racehorses head to an... more
When we’re not playing matchmakers to buyers and their new homes, we’re hitting up our favorite hometown spots with each other, our friends, and our families. My favorite slice in Ocala: Chris & Rob – Both of us love Blue Highway Pizza. Having been in the business years ago, it always brings back great memories. Our... more