Ocala, FL – Join us December 22-24 from 5pm-9pm for the final three days of our enchanted Winter Wonderland. With twinkling lights, Winter Wonderland promises to bring merriment and good cheer to all. The halls of the Grand Plaza will be decked with all the traditional regalia of the season and will feature mesmerizing larger-than-life ornaments, a glittering 45-foot tall Christmas tree, festive entertainment and splendid holiday décor.
Break out your ugliest sweater and join us at the Yellow Pony this Thursday. Enjoy dinner, a special signature cocktail, and live music and stay until 9pm to see which sweater we select as the ugliest of them all to win a gift card! Parking fee does apply.
Please Note: A $30 per vehicle parking fee will be in place Thursday through Sunday from 3pm-9pm through December 24 while WEC – Ocala hosts Winter Wonderland. Pay on-site or pre-pay for parking HERE.
VOL IV of the 2022 World Equestrian Center Magazine is out now! Grab a free copy in the CaptiveOne Advisors Arena 1 or read it online here.
2023 USEF Winter Spectacular Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
Join us 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 with competition held Wednesday through Sunday. 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 and view the 2023 Winter Spectacular Prize List.
On Saturday nights, exhibitors and spectators alike can experience elite equestrian sport in the WEC Grand Arena during the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series.
View the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series Saturday night lineup:
January 7 | $100,000 Coors Light Grand Prix
January 14 | $100,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix
January 21 | $100,000 IDA Development Grand Prix
January 28 | $100,000 UF Health Grand Prix
February 4 | $100,000 Alltech Grand Prix
February 11 | Premier Equitation Cup Championship powered by Gary Yeomans Ford
February 18 | $100,000 Florida Coast Equipment Grand Prix
February 25 | $100,000 Hampton Green Farms Grand Prix
March 4 | $140,000 Lugano Diamonds FEI CSI3* Grand Prix
March 11 | $100,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix
March 18 | $100,000 Wheels Up Grand Prix
March 25 | $250,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix
Sunday Morning Grand Prix Schedule:
February 12 | $100,000 Budweiser Grand Prix | WEC Stadium
March 5 | $50,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix | WEC Grand Arena
The Grand Prix Dining Experience presented by Wheels Up
Join World Equestrian Center – Ocala on Saturday nights during the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series for The Grand Prix Dining Experience presented by Wheels Up.
With a table offering the most coveted view of the Grand Arena, you can enjoy top-level equestrian sport under the lights at The Equestrian Hotel. Indulge in a three-course chef’s dinner featuring complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar will be available for spirits and bottles of wine from the in-house master sommelier’s selections.
Purchase tables in advance for the full 12-week series or by the week. Weekly table sales available beginning December 16, 2022. Circuit Tables are available through January 5, 2023. Priority seating will be given to series table holders who book early.
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.
Christmas Eve Service | December 24
7:30pm – English
Christmas Day Services | December 25
10am – English
11am – Spanish
7am – English
10am – English
11am – Spanish
6:30pm – English
What To Do
Visit all of the vendors at World Equestrian Center – Ocala to finish your holiday shopping and pick up that special something for that special someone. Find a gift for everyone on your list at our amazing retailers, listed below along with 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
UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
The UF Veterinary Hospital at WEC offers leading-edge care to equine athletes on site as well as horses from the surrounding area. Our team of consists of specialists who are board-certified in equine sports medicine as well as experienced performance horse veterinarians. We are well versed in the demands of each individual horse sport and offer a range of treatments and aids to ensure your horse performs at its best. We offer ACVSMR performance evaluations for lameness, purchase, neurologic, respiratory, poor performance as well as additional categories, including soloshot videography, gastrointestinal tract examinations and telemetric electrocardiography.
In addition to sports medicine, we offer a variety of rehabilitation treatments and programs, as well as state-of-the art equine diagnostic imaging by board-certified veterinary radiologists. To learn more about our offerings, visit hospitals.vetmed.ufl.edu/wec or call (352) 414-3858 for information and appointments. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
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 6pm-9:30pm. Here is the entertainment lineup for this week:
Wednesday, December 21 | Cliff Dorsey
Thursday, December 22 | Big Bad Duo and Ugly Sweater Contest!
Friday, December 23 | Dan Flok
Please Note: A $30 per vehicle parking fee will be in place Thursday through Sunday from 3pm-9pm starting November 25 through December 24 while WEC – Ocala hosts Winter Wonderland. Pay on-site or pre-pay for parking HERE.
Day at the Spa
Stop by Calluna Spa to shop luxurious products for those you love. Their holiday baskets are curated by expert staff to combine wellness, skincare and salon products in a gorgeous display – prefect for holiday gifting!
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
12/24: 6:30am-1pm breakfast and brunch, 5pm-10pm dinner
12/25: 6:30am-1pm breakfast and brunch, 5pm-8pm 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
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.
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.
12/20-12/24: 6:30am – 6pm
12/27-12/31: 6:30am – 6pm
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.
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.