Ocala, FL – Internationally-rated CDI3* competition returns to World Equestrian Center – Ocala this week with the September Dressage CDI3* horse show presented by Hampton Green Farm and Discover Dressage. The show begins September 15 and run through September 19, featuring top-level competitors from around the world vying for top honors in the art of dressage. The nationally-rated competition will be held in the CaptiveOne Advisors Arena 1 and the UF Health Arena 2. The CDI3* competition will be held in Arena 4. Don’t miss exciting classes such as the CDI3* Dressage Grand Prix on Thursday, September 15 and the Dressage Grand Prix Special and Freestyle on Friday, September 16. Click here to view ride times and results. The show is free and open to spectators.
World Equestrian Center – Ocala is also hosting the Ocala Comic Con on Saturday, September 17 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, September 18 from 11am-6pm in Expo 1. Click HERE for additional information and ticketing.
Next week World Equestrian Center – Ocala will host the Paso Fino Horse Association 50th Golden Anniversary National Show and the first Saturday of Oktoberfest 2022. Visit the WEC Calendar for more information about the events.
Entries, weekly stalls and the prize list for the 2023 USEF Winter Spectacular Show Series are now available. The 12-week series is comprised of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition running consecutively from January 4, 2023 through March 26, 2023. Week IX, February 28, 2023 through March 5, 2023 will showcase Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) CSI3* competition. The Premier Equitation Cup Championship returns to World Equestrian Center – Ocala on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Click here to place your entries, book your stalls and view the 2023 Winter Spectacular Prize List.
What to Watch
Thursday, September 15
FEI CDI3* Grand Prix
Arena 4 | 2:30pm
Friday, September 16
FEI CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Arena 4 | 6pm
FEI CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle (to music)
Arena 4 | 7:30pm
Saturday, September 17
FEI CDI1* Intermediare I
Arena 4 | 2:45pm
FEI CDI3* Intermediare A
Arena 4 | 3:25pm
Sunday, September 18
FEI CDI3* Intermediare II
Arena 4 | 9am
FEI CDI3* Intermediare I Freestyle (to music)
Arena 4 | 10:50am
Mark your calendars! Celebrate Oktoberfest in Exposition Center 1 for two weekends of German-themed fun! Break out the lederhosen and enjoy traditional food, fill a commemorative stein with draft pours and samples of German beer, play games and dance to live music with the Swinging Bavarians.
We’ll be serving up a full menu of your favorite German fare including pretzels with beer cheese, bratwurst, schnitzel, spaetzle and dampfnudel, among others. All food is included in the ticket price! Visit showclix.com/event/oktoberfest-2022 to purchase advance tickets, browse the full menu and secure your commemorative beer stein that gets you a complimentary first pour.
Ocala Food & Wine Festival – Save the Date!
Attention Ocala foodies! Save the date: this year’s 2022 Ocala Food & Wine Festival will be held November 4-6. We’re expanding to deliver three whole days of entertainment featuring head-to-head culinary competition, wine education and samples of extraordinary cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants. It’s bound to be even more exciting than last year—you won’t want to miss one of the hottest events at World Equestrian Center – Ocala! Ticket are on sale now at OcalaFoodandWineFest.com.
World Equestrian Center – Ocala is now hosting Sunday Services with Chaplain Edwin in The Chapel. The Sunday Services are 20 minutes long and open to all. Attendees can park by Barns E & F. See the weekly Chapel Service schedule below.
7am – English
10am – English
11am – Spanish
6:30pm – English
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 – Arena 1:
- Arista Equestrian
- Gordon Reiss Insurance
UF Health Arena – Arena 2:
- 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
A Sudden Impulse Boutique
Stop by A Sudden Impulse Boutique for the latest and greatest World Equestrian Center branded merchandise. A Sudden Impulse is located in Arena 4, right behind Miss Tilly’s Lollipops. The boutique features a collection of jewelry, beautiful apparel and perfect gifts for your family and friends. A Sudden Impulse is also the exclusive shop for custom embroidery, engraving and printing at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.
Use code BLOG for 10% off online of purchases.
Visit A Sudden Impulse at WEC or purchase your items online at suddenimpulse.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, September 14 | Cliff Dorsey
Thursday, September 15 | Palomino Blonde
Friday, September 16 | The Big Bad Duo
Saturday, September 17 | Uptown Music
Day at the Spa
Scents of the Season
This sensuous seasonal menu at Calluna Spa features fall-themed services, like a luxurious Pumpkin Butter Stimulating Facial and Butter Rum Wrap.
Promotion Dates: September 12 – October 31
Mon – Sat: 9am – 7pm
Call 352.414.7862 to book your appointment or click here.
In Need of a Doctor Visit?
World Equestrian Center – Ocala would like to welcome LifeForce Healthcare, LLC as the facility’s personal on-call primary care service. LifeForce Healthcare will be available to the venue’s exhibitors, visitors, vendors and guests for on-call medical provider visits at and around the World Equestrian Center – Ocala facility. Call 352.873.3800 to book your on-call appointment today.
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
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 USEF Fall Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
World Equestrian Center – Ocala presents the 2022 Fall Show Series featuring United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Hunters and Level 6 Jumper competition. The 2022 Fall Show Series has been enhanced with two additional weeks in November. The series consists of four-weeks of hunter/jumper competition from November 9 through November 20 and December 7 through December 18. Click the buttons below to view the November and December prize lists (pending USEF approval).
Entries, Stalls & Prize List Available for the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series
Entries and weekly stall reservations are now open for the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series. The 12-week series is comprised of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition running consecutively from January 4, 2023 through March 26, 2023. Week IX, February 28, 2023 through March 5, 2023 will showcase Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) CSI3* competition. The Premier Equitation Cup Championship returns to World Equestrian Center – Ocala on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Click here to book your stalls, place your entries and view the 2023 Winter Spectacular Prize List.