What’s Happening This Week At WEC-Ocala

16 Nov 21 | Ocala, FL | SHARE
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World Equestrian Center – Ocala has multiple fun, family-friendly events happening this week including the Gypsy Vanner/Cob/Horse Association “A Silver Anniversary Celebration” on Friday, November 19 in Arena 3 starting at 8p.m. The program is a celebration of the colorful horses and the twenty-five years since they were first introduced to the USA. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. The Gypsy Vanner Horse Society 25th Anniversary Gala will be held in Arena 3 on November 20. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event click here. The week also includes the Ocala Professional Boxing Slug Fest on Saturday, November 20 in Expo 2 and the Florida Marching Band Championships on November 20 & 21 in the WEC Grand Arena and WEC Hunter Stadium. Tickets for the Ocala Professional Boxing Slug Fest can be found here. Tickets for the Florida Marching Band Championships can be found here.

To learn more information about the events happening this week and what’s to come in the next few weeks, go to the green “This Week At WEC” button at the top of the website to view the World Equestrian Center calendar.

Be sure to reserve your tickets NOW for the “Never Give Up on Country” Travis Mills Foundation Benefit Concert on November 23, 2021 at World Equestrian Center stadium. Country music star Craig Morgan teams up with the Davisson Bros. to support veterans non-profit Travis Mills Foundation for the ‘Never Give Up on Country” benefit concert to support recalibrated veterans and heroes around the country. Event is rain or shine. Ticket prices start at just $35, click here, to purchase your tickets today!

Join World Equestrian Center – Ocala for an enchanted Winter Wonderland spectacular on the Grand Plaza to kick off the holiday season. With more than a million twinkling lights, Winter Wonderland promises to bring merriment and good cheer to all. Winter Wonderland begins on November 26, with the “Light Up” tree lighting event and continues with multiple events and performances through December 26. For more information about Winter Wonderland, visit wecwinterwonderland.com.

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, November 17 | Melissa Lee
Thursday, November 18 | Jeff Jarrett
Friday, November 19 | Tim McCaig
Saturday, November 20 | The Mudds

Day at the Spa

Treat yourself this holiday season to 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. Book an appointment by calling 352.414.7862. Book an appointment by calling 352.414.7862.

Calluna Spa is open from 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-12pm
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

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-8pm

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.

Tuesday – Sunday: 11am-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.

Tuesday – Sunday: 11am-6pm

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.

Tuesday – Sunday: 11am-6pm

Upcoming Events

November 23, 2021 | Travis Mills Foundation Concert

Country music star Craig Morgan teams up with Veterans non-profit Travis Mills Foundation (TMF) for ‘Never Give Up on Country Concert’ to support recalibrated veterans and heroes around the U.S.

Get you tickets today by clicking the link below!


Saturday Night Grand Prix VIP Experience for 2021 Ocala Fall Show Series

Enjoy a Saturday night Grand Prix from the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel with an exclusive VIP viewing and dining experience, courtesy of Stirrups Restaurant.
The VIP private table overlooking the WEC Grand Arena will include a 3-course Chef’s dinner with beer and wine.

Doors will open at 6:00p.m with service beginning at 6:30p.m. Table arrangements are available for four or six guests, with the four top priced at $600 and the six top priced at $900.

Click here, to view the December 4 menu, and the December 11 menu. Tables are priced per night.

Click here, to make your Saturday night Grand Prix VIP reservations for December 4, 2021.
Click here, to make your Saturday night Grand Prix VIP reservations for December 11, 2021.

World Equestrian Center – Ocala Fall Show Series 2021

WEC Fall Show 3 | December 1 – 5
WEC Fall Show 4 | December 8 – 12

World Equestrian Center – Ocala presents an exciting new Fall Horse Show Series featuring National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned hunter/jumper competition. The two-week horse show begins December 1 and offers competition of all levels. The prize list, class schedule, stabling, and entry information can be found here.

World Equestrian Center Dressage V, CDI-W

Dressage V, CDI – W December 9 – 12, 2021

Prize List | Entry Information | Enter Online

For more information about the World Equestrian Center Dressage IV CDI show, click here.

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!

Check out the events calendar on our website to learn more about what’s happening in weeks to come!