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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 after being found in the... more
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 an impressive variety of A-rated divisions for... more
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 the community by overseeing a $1.5 million... more
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 Center for the Arts kicked off 2018 with... more
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 education and prevention. Achieving their objectives is... more
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 Compliments of Explore Ocala. Kirby Family... more
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
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 this weekend.... more
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
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