What’s Happening This Week at WEC Ocala

11 Jan 22 | Shows | SHARE
Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

The 2022 Ocala Winter Spectacular Show Series kicked off at World Equestrian Center – Ocala last week with some thrilling equestrian sport. Feature competition for this week includes Saturday night’s $75,000 Stella Artois Grand Prix, $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix, $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix, Hunter Derby Friday in the WEC Stadium and much more!

The week also features a Stella Artois activation in the Grand Plaza on Saturday night. There will be fun games, beer and more! Festivities begin at 6pm with the $75,000 Stella Artois Grand Prix beginning at 7pm.

Hunter Derby Friday will take place in the WEC Stadium. Derby Friday will kick off at 8am (tentative) with the $15,000 WEC Ocala 3′ Open Hunter Derby. Visit Show Management System to see daily class counts, results and estimated start times.

Enjoy the grand prix action from the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel with an exclusive VIP viewing and dining experience including a 3-course Chef’s dinner, along with complementary beer and wine, courtesy of Stirrups Restaurant. Click HERE for to purchase your VIP table today!

2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series Week II Newsletter

What to Watch

Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Thursday, January 13:

$20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix | WEC Grand Arena

Friday, January 14:

$20,000 WEC Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby | WEC Stadium
$15,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Open Hunter Derby | WEC Stadium
$15,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Jr/Am Hunter Derby | WEC Stadium
$2,500 Pony Hunter Derby | Hunter 3
$12,500 1.40m Jumper Classic | WEC Grand Arena

Saturday, January 15:

$10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix | WEC Grand Arena
$75,000 Stella Artois Grand Prix | WEC Grand Arena – Tentative start time of 7pm
$2,500 2’6” Non Pro Hunter Derby | Indoor 4

Sunday, January 16:
$15,000 1.45m Jumper Classic | WEC Grand Arena

To view order of go, daily class schedule, counts and results visit Show Management System.

What To Do


Many vendors at World Equestrian Center – Ocala have established storefront locations where they are open year-round. Below are our amazing retailers and their locations.

The Equestrian Hotel:

  • Lugano Diamonds
  • The Debonair Collection
  • Mr. Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe
  • Calluna Spa

CaptiveOne Advisors Arena – Indoor 1:

  • Ariat 
  • Ocala Shoe Shack division of Tack Shack of Ocala

Arena 2:

  • Stellina LLC/Romitelli Boots
  • Haala Fashion LLC
  • Farmhouse Chiropractic
  • Hats Off Boutique
  • Kelsey’s Rhinestones
  • The Farm House, Inc.

Arena 3:

  • Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
  • IDA Development, LLC
  • I Love My Horse
  • Basic Equine Health, LLC
  • Beachwood Investments 5, LLC
  • Everleigh Collection LLC

Arena 4:

  • The Farm House, Inc.
  • Odette, LLC
  • Sudden Impulse Boutique
  • AGM Beyond Leather
  • Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
  • Grey Fox Designs


Each week The Yellow Pony Pub & Garden located within The Equestrian Hotel hosts live entertainment from 6:30pm-10pm. Here is the entertainment lineup for this week:

Wednesday, January 12 | Sarah French
Thursday, January 13 | Zach Maruniak
Friday, January 14 | Ecliff Farrar
Saturday, January 15 | Nate Mercado

Join us Friday, January 14 in the Grand Plaza from 6pm-9pm for a free performance by The Strolling DJ, a party on wheels, able to stroll around taking your requests and playing the hits.
Free admission and parking. Seating in the Grand Plaza is limited. Please feel free to bring your own chair as needed.

Day at the Spa

Start your year off with a relaxing day at Calluna Spa. Located on the second floor of The Equestrian Hotel, Calluna Spa offers multiple massage treatments, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair salon for men and women. Give yourself the treat of a Signature Massage (50min) or a Signature Facial for $149 this new year with the 2022 Wellness & Relaxation package. The package also includes a blowout hairstyling session. Book your appointment today by calling 352.414.7862.

Calluna Spa is open Monday – Saturday from 9am-7pm and on Sunday from 10am-5pm. Click here to learn more.

Where to Eat

Located Within The Equestrian Hotel:

Stirrups Restaurant

Prime steaks and chops, sustainable Florida seafood and southern inspired seasonal specialties, served in a refined dining room and terrace overlooking the Grand Outdoor Arena.

Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 6:30am-11am | Saturday – Sunday: 6:30am-1pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5pm-9pm | Friday – Saturday, 5pm-10pm

Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve Dinner.

Yellow Pony Pub & Garden

Boasting an outdoor patio and fireplace, this lobby gastro lounge offers shareable starters, pub fare, traditional draft beers, bourbons and whiskeys.

Sunday – Thursday, 11am-12am | Friday – Saturday, 11am-1am

Emma’s Patisserie

A blissful, freshly baked array of authentic French macarons and European-inspired pastries are served within an ambiance of old-world elegance at this very special shop located within the Equestrian Hotel.

Open daily: 6:30am-8pm

Restaurants throughout the facility:

Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria

Design your own salad or pasta masterpiece with an assortment of delicious meats and toppings. Viola & Dot’s features pizzas and calzones crafted with homemade dough, classic Italian entrees and decadent sweet desserts.

Open daily: 11am-9pm

Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop

A classic, diner-inspired menu with a few contemporary upgrades! Ralph’s invites you to enjoy signature burgers, salads and sandwiches topped off with a homemade milkshake. Open for lunch and dinner, start your day with a breakfast sandwich or enjoy an evening slice of pie.

Open daily:
Breakfast: 6am-11am
Lunch/Dinner: 11am-9pm

Miss Tilly’s Lollipops

Indulging is strongly encouraged at this unique sweet shop where specialty ice cream flavors and homemade fudge are the stars. With an array of chocolates, confections and coffees, Miss Tilly’s is the perfect place for a tasty treat.

Open daily: 11am-9pm

Filo’s Mexican Cantina

Traditional Mexican flavors coupled with custom-made convenience. Filo’s serves up street tacos, burritos, quesadillas and much more in a vibrant dining room and open-air patio.

Open daily:
Breakfast: 6am-11am
Lunch/Dinner: 11am-9pm

2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series

VIP Viewing & Dining Circuit Tables

Enjoy Saturday night Grands Prix and the Premier Equitation Cup Championship during the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series from the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel. The VIP viewing and dining experience will include a 3-course Chef’s dinner, along with complementary beer and wine, courtesy of Stirrups Restaurant.

Click HERE purchase your 2022 Saturday Night Grand Prix Table.

*The Premier Equitation Cup Championship will be held during Week VI.

World Equestrian Center – Ocala 2022 Winter Spectacular

World Equestrian Center – Ocala is excited to announce that entries are NOW OPEN for the Winter Spectacular 2022 Show Series featuring National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned hunter/jumper competition. The 12-week show series will begin January 5, 2022 and offer all levels of competition. Highlights include feature classes such as the popular weekly Saturday night Grand Prix in the Grand Arena, Friday Hunter Derby day in the WEC Stadium and the prestigious Premier Equitation Cup Championship.

Click here to view the prize list, schedule and much more!

Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Week VI of the World Equestrian Center – Ocala 2022 Winter Spectacular show series will feature the WEC Premier Equitation Championship, where junior riders will be competing for the WEC Premier Cup title!

2022 Premier Equitation Cup Championship Specifications

2022 World Equestrian Center Horse Shows

A Sudden Impulse NSBA & Futurity Horse Show

Save the date for the A Sudden Impulse NSBA and Futurity, April 21-30, 2022 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. A Sudden Impulse NSBA and Futurity horse show is managed by An Equine Production and sanctioned by the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA). Click the link below now to view the show bill.

Show Bill

2022 Dressage Show Dates

World Equestrian Center – Ocala is excited to announce nine dates for dressage competition in 2022 presented by Hampton Green Farm and Discover Dressage. The events will span the year from January through December and include USEF/USDF nationally-rated competition. Click here for more information.2022