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Ocala, Florida

Ocala, Florida

World Equestrian Center, Ocala

Ocala is the Horse Capital of the World. And World Equestrian Center is what puts it on the map. World Equestrian Center’s world-class event grounds and exquisite World Equestrian Estates offer unparalleled access to Ocala’s horse country.

The largest equestrian complex in the United States is nestled on 4,000 acres. Within those 4,000 acres, The World Equestrian Center currently inhabits 378 acres, with 300 more acres in reserve for more building. The World Equestrian Center is a world-class multi indoor and outdoor arena facility with state of the art amenities that can accommodate numerous different disciplines within the Equine Industry. Miami Beach designer Ric Owens has been hired by the World Equestrian Center and Roberts Design for Project Coordination of Interiors and Exteriors for all the buildings on this historic site. He comes to us with over 25 years of experience with commercial spaces, hotels and high-end custom homes.

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This state-of-the-art Ocala, Florida Equestrian Center is designed to offer the ultimate competition experience for both horse and rider. As a professionally operated, family-owned enterprise, the World Equestrian Center illustrates the passion and commitment to equestrian sports in the United States. World Equestrian Center is a true destination. The event grounds will feature a luxurious six-story, 5-star hotel, located at the heart of the equestrian resort. The brand-new hotel will feature 254 extra large suites, some equipped with balconies where guests can take in world-class equestrian events in luxury and comfort. The hotel will also feature retail space, where guests and visitors will find a high-end boutique experience just minutes from the competition rings and barns. With a selection of carefully curated vendors, you’ll be able to browse everything from clothing to tack to jewelry to fine art. You’ll be able to find anything you might need or want to make your stay at the World Equestrian Center memorable. On-site dining options will include several sit-down restaurants, including a fine dining restaurant with seating for 500 guests.

World Equestrian Center and World Equestrian Estates will feature approximately 1.5 million square feet of riding space. The grounds will be manicured with mature trees and hundreds of thousands of flowers. On-site greenhouses will keep the flowers blooming year round. Visitors and competitors alike will find a park-like atmosphere around the grand prix area and throughout the grounds. Paver sidewalks and a tree-lined entrance enhance the park-like feel at World Equestrian Center.

Make the most of your time at this Ocala, Florida equestrian center. Explore more about World Equestrian Center and World Equestrian Estates to
find what these enthralling grounds and equestrian
community can offer you.

  • Hotel with 18,000 Sq. Ft. of Retail Space Attached
  • 3-Acre Grand Outdoor Stadium 
  • On-Site Riding Trails Spanning Scenic Areas
  • Schooling Areas
  • Secured Gated Community
  • Restaurants, including Fine Dining Overlooking the Grand Stadium
  • Exclusive Membership Opportunities at Golden Ocala
  • Climate-Controlled Stalls, Barns and Arenas
  • On-Site Chapel

A Unique Destination for Equestrian Sports

World Equestrian Estates

The World Equestrian Estates that make up the 4,000 acres of the World Equestrian Center are plotted and will be released in a limited number of 3-acre lots, with the opportunity of purchasing multiple lots. Our In-house Design Team, Roberts Design, led by Designer Ric Owens, will gladly assist each client build their Dream Home and Unique Barns in this Equestrian Utopia.

Currently, residential opportunities including condominiums are available in neighboring Golden Ocala. Home sites in World Equestrian Estates will enjoy close proximity to events at the World Equestrian Center.

  • 300 farm estates
  • A limited number of 3-acre lots
  • Opportunities to purchase multiple lots
  • Access to World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala


World Equestrian Estates Offers Adjacent Access to Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is a place like no other in Central Florida. The community is nestled in a tranquil piece of paradise. Upon entering the majestic gates, you are greeted by the splendor of majestic Oak trees and lush rolling hills leading to elegant estates and a host of luxurious amenities.

The stately Golden Ocala Clubhouse is in the center of the exclusive community surrounded by the Championship 18-hole golf course and practice areas. Horse lovers are also at home here with an elite equestrian area including barns, an outdoor training arena and a network of riding trails. Private Stables are available on property exclusively for Golden Ocala residents.

  • 3 on-site Restaurants including Fine Dining options
  • World Class Spa, Salon, Fitness and Tennis facilities with a Resort Style Pool
  • Golden Ocala hosted 2 legs of the Ladies Pro Golf Association’s World Tours
  • Golden Ocala was able to accommodate over 80,000 guests at these LPGA events

Accommodations

Horse show competitors and other guests will discover luxury accommodations in the stately hotel while visiting The World Equestrian Center Ocala. An added benefit for competitors is onsite lodging during a show. The luxurious hotel will feature stylish appointed rooms and suites. The equestrian facility also includes an RV Park and adjacent access to Golden Ocala vacation rentals. A variety of Florida horse show lodging at World Equestrian Center is available for all of your needs. You can also take advantage of more than 100,000 square feet of Retail Space located within multiple locations on the Ocala Florida Equestrian Center property during your stay.

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World Equestrian Center Hotel

    • Spend a few nights in our 5 Star Hotel in one of our 254 Extra Large Suites
    • Designed by Overcash Demmit Architects
    • Roberts Design to project coordinate Interiors + Exteriors
    • We are a Pet-Friendly hotel with Spa, Salon and Fitness Center
    • Indoor + Outdoor Bars with Outdoor Firepits and Fireplaces
    • Enjoy a meal in our elegant 500 seat Restaurant that overlooks the Grand Arena
    • Dine exclusively in our Chef’s Own Private Dining Room that seats 10
    • Indulge on sweet pastries, cookies or cakes from our Bakery
    • Experience Exclusive VIP ringside seating for up to 250 people
    • Plan a special day for a loved one and friends in our Private Party Room
    • Bike lanes and sidewalks to enjoy an afternoon walk, jog, run or bike ride
    • Over 15 miles of Horse Trails to ride while enjoying the warm Florida sunshine for our private homes and some trails for exhibitors

RV Park

Enjoy a spacious RV Park that provides all the comforts of home at your fingertips.

  • RV Park includes 160 Parking Spaces with full hookups
  • Water and Power Hook-Ups
  • Wi-Fi Availability

Ocala Equestrian Center Facility

The World Equestrian Center Ocala is a true destination built on 4,000 acres to include climate-controlled barns, stalls and indoor arenas. The area includes a 3-acre Grand Outdoor Stadium and on-site riding trails. Our Florida horse show facilities are designed for premier comfort of both the rider and the horse. The layout and design of the facilities creates a sense of pure elegance, style and equestrian excitement. Everything you need for you and your horse is right at your fingertips in one equestrian center haven. Our World Equestrian Center Ocala facilities are designed for all of your equestrian needs.

  • 2,040+ Permanent Stalls
  • 4 Indoor Arenas
  • 17 Outdoor Arenas

Stalls

The World Equestrian Center Ocala will feature permanent stabling on our North Central Florida show grounds. Our Florida equestrian barns will be climate controlled. Our permanent horse show stabling provides room for horses of all sizes. Enjoy our future Florida equestrian barns, which are accessible from the Florida show grounds in the Horse Capital of the World. Our world-class Florida equestrian barns are located in the center of all the action.

  • 2,040+ Permanent Concrete Stalls, temperature-controlled air conditioning with fans
  • 1,380 qty of 12′ x 14′ Stalls, 660 12′ x 12′ Stalls
  • 12′ x 12′ Stabling with Security-Enhanced Tack Rooms
  • Wash Racks within the Barns that have both Hot and Cold Water

Arenas

The World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida is a state of the art equestrian competition venue. Our cutting-edge outdoor Florida show arenas feature a combination of all-weather footing and grass. Our four climate-controlled indoor Florida show arenas and the open air 140,000 square foot World Equestrian Center Arena.

Indoor Arenas

  • 4 Climate-Controlled 262’ x 550‘ Indoor Arenas
  • 145,000 sq ft arenas with 104,000 riding surface
  • Each arena sits 1,500 people
  • 300 VIP seats in climate-controlled ringside seating with top-notch cuisine

Grand Outdoor Arenas

  • 2 Grand Outdoor arenas with stadium seating
  • One Grand Arena that seats over 8,000
  • Second Grand Arena with seating for over 3,000

Outdoor Arenas

  • 17 Outdoor Arenas With All-Weather Premium Footing
  • Schooling Areas & On-Site Riding Trails Spanning Scenic Areas throughout the Development

Arena Specifications

Roberts Stadium (Lights) (320 x 400)
Roberts Stadium Schooling (Lights) (175 x 200)
Roberts Stadium South (Lights) (320 x 400)
Roberts Stadium South Schooling (Lights)
Indoor 1 – Indoor 2 (180 x 550)
Indoor 3 – Indoor 4 (180 x 550)
Hunter 2 (175 x 300)
Hunter 3 (175 x 300)
Hunter 2/3 Schooling (175 x 250)
Hunter 4 (150 x 250)
Hunter 5 (150 x 250)
Hunter 4/5 Schooling (150 x 500)
Ring (200 x 300)
Ring (200 x 300)
Ring (250 x 350)
Lounging Pad (2) (175 x 300)
Hunter Stadium (200 x 300)

On-Site Amenities

Once competitors and guests arrive at the World Equestrian Center Ocala they will not need to search far for other amenities. The facility includes a retail shopping experience that suits all your needs, a veterinarian clinic for Equine Rehabilitation and for large and small animals; a full-service Laundry Facility and a well-stocked Convenience Store. Our Florida horse show amenities provide an unparalleled equestrian industry experience for you and your guests.

  • Over 100,000 sq ft of Retail Space within multiple locations on property
  • 40,000 sq ft On-site Veterinary Clinic providing care for both large and small animals
  • Specialty vets available
  • Dog groomers on grounds
  • Convenience Store to accommodate most guests’ household and grocery needs
  • Coin operated Laundry Facility for ease of cleaning personal clothing, dog laundry, horse laundry when traveling

On-Site Chapel

Take advantage of our quiet and serene On-Site Chapel, which will be surrounded by beautiful landscaping and gardens. This is an equestrian center amenity that offers daily opportunities for prayer, peace and reflection.

  • Daily Prayer-a way to find a quiet place to retreat and say a prayer
  • Seats up to 100 people
  • Beautiful and lush surrounding gardens
  • Non-denominational services 

Multiple Dining Options

Enjoy an Equestrian Center dining experience like none other. We offer everything from luxury dining to field concessions and on-site catering options.

  • Large Restaurant at World Equestrian Center Hotel
  • 4 field concessions with different cuisines
  • On-site catering available for Events
  • Our pastry chef makes daily home baked breads, donuts, rolls and sweets

Photo Gallery

Come take a look at everything World Equestrian Center Ocala has to offer by browsing our unique selection of photos showcasing our facilities, our horses and the equestrian community we are building amidst the rolling hills of North Central Florida. Become inspired by the natural beauty of the equestrian world in the Sunshine State through our photo gallery today.

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Ocala offers real estate buyers great values for homes and equestrian property. In addition to its equestrian roots, Ocala offers easy living with top-rated restaurants, arts and culture, great shopping and more. The historic charm surrounded by the city of Ocala is a haven for horse lovers, arts lovers, foodies and more.

Art and culture abound in Ocala. The annual Fine Arts For Ocala (FAFO) festival brings artists from the region and beyond to Ocala for a weekend every autumn. Downtown’s Tuscawilla Park features a small lake dotted with oversized sculptures. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra puts on concerts at Reilly Arts Center and under the stars several times each year. Music lovers also love the Levitt AMP concert series offered by Marion Cultural Alliance, which brings top artists to the city each summer. The Appleton Museum, associated with the College of Central Florida, is home to an outstanding art collection and hosts many exhibits during the year. You’ll find plenty of other things to do and enjoy culture in Ocala, too.

Ocala Outdoor Amenities

Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, Florida

Ocala is also an outdoorsman’s paradise. Silver Springs State Park offers a glimpse of the area’s original tourism history. World-famous glass bottom boats let you see through the spring’s crystal waters. You can also kayak down the Silver River from the park, offering you a chance to take in nature and enjoy. The Ocala National Forest is another local outdoorsy destination, with trails for hiking and horseback riding, lakes and more. Other local springs and rivers, like Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River in nearby Dunnellon, offer even more opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Ocala Restaurants and Retail

Foodies rejoice! Ocala is a restaurant haven. The downtown square is lined with restaurants, wineries and more. La Cuisine is a French restaurant offering exquisite food and drinks. Pi on Broadway offers a unique rooftop dining experience. Katya Vineyards is new to downtown Ocala, but offers locally made wines, food pairings and more. Hungry people have traveled hundreds of miles to enjoy Big Lee’s Barbecue. Big Lee’s owner and pitmaster Rashad Jones even has his own Food Network show. The three restaurants at Golden Ocala serve everything from smoothies to steaks, and attract celebrity guests. World Equestrian Center will be home to 5 more dining options, which expands Ocala’s food scene even further.

If shopping is your cardio, you’ll find lots of places to spend cash in Ocala. Downtown Ocala offers a boutique shopping experience with everything from vintage wears at the White Elephant to gift, accessory and home boutique Agapanthus. Marley Mae Market and Paperie downtown offers handmade goods and boutique items. Market Street at Heath Brook is an outdoor shopping promenade with several notable favorite stores including Dillard’s, Barnes and Noble, Chico’s, Talbots Company Store and more. If indoor shopping is more your speed, Ocala’s Paddock Mall offers anchors like Macy’s and Belk, along with other mall favorites like Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle, Bath and Body Works and more. Hungry? Publix Supermarket is conveniently located near Golden Ocala and World Equestrian Estates and healthy, organic supermarket Earth Fare is a short drive away.

Located just off I-75, Ocala is centrally located and easily accessible to the rest of Florida. Gainesville is about 40 miles north of Ocala. Home of the University of Florida, Gainesville is one of North Central Florida’s favorite cultural destinations. Museums, arts, theaters and other options make Gainesville a favorite destination for Ocalans.

Ocala is also located within a 90-minute drive from destinations like Orlando, Tampa, Daytona and more. Orlando is best known for its theme parks. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, outlet malls, professional sports and more are part of what give The City Beautiful its magic. Tampa is home to several world-class museums and attractions, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Tampa is also a destination for sports fans, with professional hockey, football, baseball and more. Daytona is one of Florida’s favorite beaches. Sugar white sand and rolling waves make Daytona a relaxing destination, while NASCAR racing and other local attractions make Daytona fun and exciting.

With so much to do locally and easy access to the rest
of Central Florida and beyond, Ocala is a great
place to buy a home or land.

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Interested in speaking with our show experts about hosting your next event or sponsorship at World Equestrian Center? Looking for more information about our equestrian event venue or upcoming events? Please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We’d love to talk to you!


CONTACTS

General Information
352.402.4368

PR, Media and Marketing Inquiries
Candace Fitzgerald
603.738.2788

Real Estate Inquiries
352-269-4225

Director of Operations
Vinnie Card
352.402.4368

On-site Lodging
937.382.0985, Option 3

Sponsor Inquiries
937.382.0985, Option 2

Vendor Inquiries
Kindel Carpenter
352.629.6229

Sales and Events
Karl Kaufmann
352.519.3434