World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s A Sudden Impulse AQHA & NSBA Show and Futurity continues with top all around Quarter Horse competition. The A Sudden Impulse AQHA & NSBA Show and Futurity is from April 20-30 showcasing western pleasure, ranch riding, hunter under saddle, trail, horsemanship, showmanship and two hunter derbies.
To view A Sudden Impulse AQHA & NSBA Show and Futurity class schedule, click HERE.
Join us for a VIP experience on the Stirrups Terrace at The Equestrian Hotel on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 for a special viewing of A Sudden Impulse National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Futurity horse show. Enjoy a full three-course dinner, complimentary beverages and a prime view of the action on Friday during the $30,000 NSBA 3-Years-Old & Over Limited Horse Western Pleasure Finals class and Saturday during the $100,000 NSBA 3-Year-Old Maiden Western Pleasure Finals class.
This exclusive VIP viewing and dining experience includes a three-course chef’s dinner, along with complimentary beer and wine. Cash bar available for spirits and bottles of wine from sommelier’s selections. Doors will open at 5pm each night with the evening classes beginning at 6pm.
Click the link below pricing and additional information.
Festivals of Speed
Join World Equestrian Center – Ocala for the Festivals of Speed on May 7 in the Grand Plaza. This extraordinary event will feature a fabulous collection of exotic, classic and muscle cars. Click HERE, for more information regarding the event.
Kentucky Derby Hat Party
Catch all the action in the Run for the Roses this year on the Stirrups terrace at The Equestrian Hotel from 5pm-7:30pm during The Kentucky Derby Hat Party. Tickets include one ladies hat and a bourbon bottle per couple—supply limited! Reserve yours at www.showclix.com/event/kentucky-derby-hat-party.
Pull out your best Derby attire and watch the iconic race while enjoying chef-attended food stations serving Southern-style favorites and fun speciality cocktails including Mint Juleps.
Blueberry Festival powered by Gary Yeomans Ford
Bring the family to the WEC Grand Plaza as we roll out a berry celebration of spring with live music, yard games and more. Enjoy the best blueberry fare, including blueberry pie, jam and beer. Shop at the artisanal farmer’s market from with fresh and handmade goods from local vendors. The festival is free and open to the public. Don’t miss the 8am Blueberry 5k Fun Run (separate $20-$25 registry required) or the 9am $10 Pancake Breakfast before the festival!
*Interested vendors: please contact event organizer Kim Kent by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the WEC Calendar for more information regarding upcoming events.
Pick up your very own copy of the World Equestrian Center magazine! Copies are available in Arena 1 or read the issue online at World Equestrian Center Magazine VOL I 2022.
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
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, April 27 | Houston Keen
Thursday, April 28 | Jr Lewis
Friday, April 29 | Mark Raisch
Saturday, April 30 | Uptown Music
Day at the Spa
Need a Mother’s Day gift? Treat Mom to a day at Calluna Spa. A special package is available for the holiday:
Momma Mia Manicure & Pedicure
Slip away for a dreamy Steamed Lavender Milk Manicure and Pedicure. With a beautiful soothing leg massage and a complimentary gel polish upgrade.
2 Hours | $130
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to time of treatment. Valid credit card needed at time of booking. Four-hour cancellation policy. Late cancellations and no shows will be charged 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
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 World Equestrian Center Horse Shows
World Equestrian Center – Ocala 2022 Summer Hunter/ Jumper Horse Show Series Featuring FEI 3* Competition
Join us for the 2022 World Equestrian Center – Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Series featuring USEF sanctioned hunter/jumper and two weeks of FEI 3* competition. The series is comprised of nine weeks of hunter/jumper shows running consecutively from June 15-August 14, 2022. FEI 3* competition takes place from June 21-July 3, 2022. The World Equestrian Center – Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Series features nearly $3.5 million in total money and prizes. Click HERE for the Prize List and additional information.
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.