What’s Happening This Week At WEC – Ocala Fall Show Series

30 Nov 21 | Shows | SHARE
Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

The 2021 Ocala Fall Show Series kicks off at World Equestrian Center – Ocala on December 1, with two weeks of top hunter/jumper competition. The Ocala Fall Show Series will feature exciting feature classes including $15,000 Welcome Prix, $12,500 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby, Saturday night $75,000 Grand Prix and much more.

Celebrate the holidays at World Equestrian Center – Ocala! Winter Wonderland is underway bringing merriment and cheer to all. With more than one million twinkling lights, a glittering 40-foot Christmas tree and a giant polar bear, World Equestrian Center – Ocala is the perfect destination to ring-in the holidays. Winter Wonderland offers multiple free events and special ticketed events throughout the month. Winter Wonderland will be held from Thursday – Saturday from 5p.m.-9p.m. and parking will be $20 per vehicle from 4p.m.-9p.m. For more information Winter Wonderland and a Q&A visit the event’s designated website at wecwinterwonderland.com.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Schultz Photography.

World Equestrian Center – Ocala is pleased to welcome Laura Reece and her own Dansh’s Northern Tempest on Saturday, December 4 from 12p.m.-4p.m. Dansh’s Northern Tempest known as Dani, is the 2021 Breyer Fest Celebration Horse of the year. Dani is not a typical hunter horse, she is a shining example of her lineage’s versatility with the breeding of an Appaloosa/Friesian cross. The day will feature Dani and Laura for photo opportunities and signing of the Dansh’s Northern Tempest Breyer horse model at Mr. Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe located within The Equestrian Hotel. Children will have the opportunity to paint a stablemate as well. This event is free and open to the public.

The Gallery reception on Saturday, December 11 is FREE! The World Equestrian Center – Ocala Gallery reception will include collections of artwork that are on the walls of The Equestrian Hotel. Guests will be able to enjoy cocktails and appetizers while they listen to the Artists speak about their work. The Gallery reception is located in the corridor of Arena 4 from 4p.m.-5:30p.m. Guests must RSVP by clicking the link below. https://www.showclix.com/event/wecart-gallery-reception

What to Watch

Thursday, December 2
$15,000 Welcome Prix | WEC Grand Arena

Friday, December 3
$10,000 WEC 3’ Hunter Derby | Hunter 1
$12,500 WEC 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby | Hunter 1
$2,500 WEC Pony Hunter Derby | Hunter 2

Saturday, December 4
$7,500 2’6” Non Pro Hunter Derby | Hunter 2
$10,000 Futures Prix | WEC Grand Arena
$75,000 Coca-Cola Florida Beverages Grand Prix | WEC Grand Arena

Sunday, December 5
$15,000 1.40m Jumper Classic | WEC Grand Arena

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, December 1 | The Big Bad Duo
Thursday, December 2 | Mark Smythe
Friday, December 3 | TJ Brown
Saturday, December 4 | Ecliff Farrar

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-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.

Open daily:
Breakfast: 6am-11am
Lunch/Dinner: 11am-9pm

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.

Open daily:
Breakfast: 6am-11am
Lunch/Dinner: 11am-9pm

Saturday Night Grand Prix VIP Experience for 2021 Ocala Fall

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.

Dressage V CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyles VIP Experience

Enjoy the World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix Freestyles under the lights of the WEC Stadium on December 10, starting at 4p.m. The VIP experience includes buffet meals and an open bar.

Table of 6 – $1,200 ($200/seat)
Single Seats – $250/seat

To reserve your VIP table email Christy.Baxter@wec.net.

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!

Book your lodging now for the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series. World Equestrian Center – Ocala will be offering a special RV circuit rate for the Winter Series starting now!

Rate is $50 per night
Total of 75 nights must be booked in order to receive the RV circuit rate.

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