World Equestrian Center – Ocala is showcasing a week full of equestrian events including Week IX of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series. This week will also feature the event, Horsemanship Simplified: Celebrating 40 years of natural horsemanship.
Week IX of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series will host the $75,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix at 7pm on Saturday, March 5 in the WEC Grand Arena. Hunter Derby Friday will kick off in the WEC Stadium at 8am on Friday, March 4 starting with the $15,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Open Hunter Derby. Other feature class action includes Thursday’s $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix and Saturday’s $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix.
To view daily class schedules, estimated start times, orders of go, counts and results visit Show Management System.
The Parelli Natural Horsemanship event will be held from March 4-6 in Arena 5. This year marks 40 years since the father of Natural Horsemanship, Pat Parelli, gave his very first clinic. In celebration, Natural Horsemanship is bringing you three days of education, entertainment and inspiration – diving deep into how to make the most of the human-equine partnership. General admission tickets are offered at $39.95 and VIP packages are offered at $499.95. For more information about the Horsemanship Simplified event, click HERE.
What to Watch
Thursday, March 3
$20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix | WEC Grand Arena
Friday, March 4
$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, March 5
Sunday, March 6
$15,000 1.45m Jumper Classic | WEC Grand Arena
Watch via live stream through ClipMyHorse.TV.
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:
- Ocala Shoe Shack division of Tack Shack of Ocala
- Rough Cut Boutique
- Arista Equestrian
- Stellina LLC/Romitelli Boots
- Haala Fashion LLC
- Farmhouse Chiropractic
- Hats Off Boutique
- Kelsey’s Rhinestones
- The Farm House, Inc.
- LM Boots
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- IDA Development, LLC
- I Love My Horse
- Basic Equine Health, LLC
- Everleigh Collection LLC
- The Farm House, Inc.
- Odette, LLC
- Sudden Impulse Boutique
- AGM Beyond Leather
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- Grey Fox Designs
Visit Andrew Ryback Photography for show photos or view them online at andrewryback.com.
Each week The Yellow Pony Pub & Garden located within The Equestrian Hotel hosts live entertainment from 6:00pm-9:30pm. Here is the entertainment lineup for this week:
Wednesday, March 2 | Billy Buchanan
Thursday, March 3 | Brandon Dull
Friday, March 4 | D. Scott Riggs
Saturday, March 5 | Ecliff Farrar
Join us Friday, March 4 in the Grand Plaza from 6pm-9pm for a free performance by Grass Campers, a country-pop duo known for their fun, high-energy performances in a variety of musical styles.
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 beautiful blowout this new year! Receive a complimentary glass of champagne and a blowout for $50. Book an appointment 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:
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
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
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: 6am-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.
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 *Closed until February 24 for renovations.
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.
2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series
VIP Viewing & Dining Experience
Enjoy Saturday night Grands Prix 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.
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!
2022 World Equestrian Center Horse Shows
A Sudden Impulse NSBA & Futurity Horse Show
ENTRIES OPEN MARCH 1, 2022. Save the date for the A Sudden Impulse AQHA & NSBA and Futurity, April 20-30, 2022 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. A Sudden Impulse AQHA & NSBA and Futurity horse show is managed by An Equine Production. Click the link below now to view the 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.