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.
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
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
When you observe the fetlock region of your horse, you may find a puffiness or fluid-filled area on the back side (palmar/plantar region) of his fetlock. This fluid-filled area may be what is referred to as a windpuff. Windpuffs, or wind galls, are a result of fluid distention of the digital flexor tendon sheath (DFTS)... more
Liz Halliday-Sharp’s and Deniro Z’s steady rise to success at the international level is the result of natural talent combined with an unyielding dedication to becoming world class competitors. This past weekend at their first appearance at the Burghley Horse Trials in England, this duo tackled the historic event head on, achieving... more
We are buzzing with excitement for Liz Halliday-Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z, as they head into their weekend at the infamous Burghley Horse Trials! The trot up and day 1 of dressage is completed, with Liz and Deniro Z trotting down the grass center line Friday morning at 4:38am EST (9:38GBT). We hope... more
Historic Downtown Ocala offers an appealing small city vibe, perfectly offset by the bucolic views of Marion County’s horse country surrounding the city. What better way to top off a gorgeous fall day than a trip into the Historic District to grab a meal and to quench your thirst. With the subtle shift in temperature... more
US Equestrian announced the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for FEI Eventing Nations CUP the Netherlands at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L, and we are so proud here at Ocala Horse Properties that Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver have been named to the team! Cooley Quicksilver is owned in part by Rob and Chris Desino of... more
The scope and depth of the impact that the equine industry has in Ocala Florida is far reaching in our community. Did you know that the horse industry in Marion County has created more than 21,000 jobs and there are more than 80,000 horses in our region? The financial impact on our region has been... more
The World Equestrian Center is making headlines as our region prepares to unveil this world class sports venue! Featured in this recent broadcast by Fox 35 News Orlando, the expansive 4000 acre project includes a broader vision to attract more than just the equestrian community. Plans for this state of the art sporting venue include;... more
This past weekend in Aachen exemplifies the reason why the team at Ocala Horse Properties is involved in the sport of eventing. Not every weekend will end as one hopes – proven this past weekend by a thrown shoe and unfortunate slip late during their brilliant XC round. But by reflecting upon the determination, sportsmanship... more
The team at Ocala Horse Properties is on the road to cheer on the US Equestrian Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Aachen CCIO4*-S during CHIO Aachen, being held July 19-20 in Aachen, Germany. It is truly an honor to watch Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z, owned by Ocala Horse... more
A “soft opening” has been scheduled at the World Equestrian Center, and it will be for another species of 4 legged animals – the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty event will be held from October 19th-22nd, 2020. We can think of no better way to unveil the new WEC to our community... more
Liz Halliday-Sharp is going to have a very busy summer, and the team at Ocala Horse Properties can’t wait to follow her on these competitive adventures! Liz has worked exceptionally hard to produce her current string of horses, and due to her talent and steadfast dedication to her horses – We are incredibly proud to... more
Mark Casse has been in the horse racing business for a long time, and his determined efforts, and exceptional resume, finally paid off in a remarkable win with War of Will in the 2019 Preakness. Casse, who has lived in Ocala for most of his life, is hitting his stride this race season with several... more
Right on the heels of an amazing Mother’s Day weekend, Ocala Horse Properties wants to share some more exciting news for Marion County women. The 2019 Ocala Style Women’s Expo is being held on May 18th from 11-4pm, at the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida. This is a one day event for... more
Sunday May 12th is officially Mother’s Day, but at Ocala Horse Properties, we think Mom should be celebrated all weekend long. With that in mind, here’s our recommendations for unique regional events to make this weekend a memorable one! Friday May 10th – Take her to downtown Ocala! Enjoy live music at Ocala’s Downtown... more
It’s that time of year, when the Kentucky blue grass is lush and all eventing enthusiasts start they’re annual pilgrimage to the biggest competition of the year at the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event. This year is especially poignant for the team at Ocala Horse Properties, since they will all be in Kentucky rooting... more
Over the past several years, Ocala Horse Properties has supported VOCAL (Voices of Change Animal League) because of their wonderful efforts towards animal welfare in our region. We are in awe of our community members who have stepped up by volunteering time and financial resources to make such a difference in the lives of cats... more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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