Ocala, Marion County is home to the World Equestrian Center Ocala, over 1,200 horse farms, and over 50 breeds of horses. It is no wonder Ocala is known as the "Horse Capital of the World"!
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 and world-class equestrian venues that will keep you busy every weekend of the year. Ocala is proud to be home to the World Equestrian Center Ocala, 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.
It is staggering to consider the impact these stately animals have had on the Ocala community.
For the horse lover, there’s no better place in the United States to maintain a horse farm for any discipline.
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.
Home of the World Equestrian Center, Ocala
The World Equestrian Center Ocala is a premier equestrian facility located in Ocala, Florida, United States. It is a world-class destination for horse enthusiasts and hosts a wide range of equestrian events and competitions.
The facility covers a vast area of approximately 3,000 acres and features state-of-the-art amenities and infrastructure to cater to various equestrian disciplines. It boasts multiple competition arenas, including a grand outdoor stadium with seating for thousands of spectators, as well as several indoor arenas. These venues are designed to accommodate events such as show jumping, dressage, hunter/jumper competitions, and more.
World Equestrian Center Ocala offers top-notch stabling facilities, with thousands of stalls available to accommodate horses during events. The stables are equipped with modern amenities to ensure the comfort and well-being of the horses.
The facility includes luxurious onsite lodging options for riders, trainers, and spectators. There are upscale hotels, rental cottages, and RV hookups available, providing convenient and comfortable accommodations for visitors.
World Equestrian Center Ocala offers a variety of dining options, shopping boutiques, and recreational amenities for visitors to enjoy. There are restaurants, cafes, and bars that serve a range of cuisines, as well as shops that cater to equestrian needs, including tack and equipment.
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!
Ocala is home to numerous Country Clubs with some of the best golf courses around such as the legendary Golden Ocala. 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.
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. Read about our favorite Ocala venues here.
OHP News & Events
The 2019 Ocala Style Women’s Expo is Saturday May 18th!
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…
Make Mother’s Day Weekend Special!
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 Square…
OHP Heads to #LRK3DE with Halliday Sharp & Deniro Z!
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…
VOCAL Inspires Our Community to Improve Animal Welfare in Ocala!
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…
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…
Liz Halliday Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z are Blazing A Trail to Kentucky!
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 Southern…