Ocala, FL – This week, World Equestrian Center – Ocala is hosting an array of exciting events, including the Brick City Anime Festival, Grandview World Nights and Week VI of the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series.
The Brick City Anime Festival held in Expo 1 on February 10-11, welcomes all anime enthusiasts! Attendees have the chance to meet beloved voice actors, engage with content creators, explore a plethora of merchandise from over 250 vendors, participate in hourly panels, and showcase their gaming prowess in the video game area. Children aged 10 and under can enter for free with an accompanying adult. For tickets and further details, visit brickcityanimefestival.com.
Come experience the elegance of the best Clydesdale, Belgian and Percheron Six Horse Hitches in the world as they compete at World Equestrian Center – Ocala February 8-10 in Indoor Arena 5 from 4pm-7pm. Witness the Grandview World Nights event and enjoy the thunderous sound of hundreds of pounding hooves that can only be described as pure horsepower. Visit grandviewworldnights.com to purchase your tickets today.
Week VI of the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series is underway! Hunter and equitation athletes take over the WEC Grand Arena during this spectacular week, with the highly anticipated 2024 WEC Premier Equitation Cup Championship powered by Gary Yeomans Ford held on February 10. Come out to watch the best junior athletes in the country compete for a brand-new SUV!
Don’t miss the $100,000 IDA Development Grand Prix held in the WEC Stadium on Sunday morning at 8am.
Spectators are welcome! There is no charge for admission or parking. Visit HorseShowing.com to view the daily class schedule, class counts, orders of go, live ring status and results. For live scoring visit Ryegate.Live.
Join World Equestrian Center – Ocala on Saturday nights during the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series for an unmatched experience. Choose from the Grand Prix Dining Experience presented by Wheels Up and the Grand Prix Reception Experience, each offering remarkable views and world-class hospitality.
Grand Prix Reception Experience
Reserve a seat with a premium view of the Grand Arena to watch the grand prix action while you enjoy a reception with included hors d’oeuvres and charcuterie from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, along with a complimentary drink ticket and dedicated private cash bar. | $75 per person, tax additional
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. Full circuit tables are available for purchase for 11 weeks of Saturday night grands prix through January 4, 2024, followed by weekly table sales.
** Please note, week XII March 20-25 tickets will be sold separately at weclonginesleagueofnations.com.
8th Annual VOCAL Furball, Paws and Pearls presented by Lugano Diamonds
“Paws and Pearls” is the theme for the 2024 Furball and promises to be a perfect evening of blending VOCAL’s mission of solving the homeless pet problem with the glamour of a black-tie optional event.
2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series Grand Finale Week and Longines League of Nations™
The grand finale of the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series, March 19-23, is set to thrill with a week-long showcase of five-star Jumping competition, featuring the highly anticipated North American qualifier for the inaugural Longines League of Nations™ Team Competition. For the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series finale week ticketing information and event schedule, visit https://www.weclonginesleagueofnations.com.
World Equestrian Center – Ocala will welcome some of the world’s best Jumping athletes to take center stage in the WEC Grand Arena to compete for more than $1.5 million in awards and prize money throughout the week.
A range of tickets are now available for the spectacular week, with competition Wednesday through Saturday to culminate with elite, five-star Jumping in the WEC Grand Arena on Saturday afternoon and evening as the qualifier unfolds.
Attendees can purchase a $10 per day, standing-room-only General Admission tickets to watch the equestrian action Wednesday through Saturday.
Reserve your seat to view the action in the WEC Grand Arena Thursday through Saturday. General Admission is included in the Grand Arena reserved seating price.
Experience the excitement from the most coveted view at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. Witness elite Jumping performances throughout the week from Stirrups’ terrace, open for Wednesday breakfast through Sunday brunch.
Upcoming Horse Shows
2024 Dressage at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
WEC – Ocala’s 2024 dressage schedule, sponsored by Hampton Green Farm and Discover Dressage is bigger and better in 2024 featuring 15 qualifying opportunities throughout the year. The 2024 calendar includes eight national USEF/USDF-rated events, while those competing at the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) level will have six internationally rated competitions.
A Sudden Impulse AQHA, FQHA and NSBA Futurity & Orange Blossom Classic
World Equestrian Center – Ocala is pleased to welcome Quarter Horses back to the venue with two top events that will be AQHA, NSBA and FQHA approved.
A Sudden Impulse AQHA, FQHA & NSBA Futurity will be held from April 24-28, 2024 and the The Orange Blossom Classic will be held from April 17-21, 2024.
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
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
- John Craig
- Equestrian Collection
- Rooney’s – Now Open!
- J. McLaughlin – Now Open!
CaptiveOne Advisors Arena – Indoor Arena 1:
- Ariat International
- Gordon Reiss Insurance
- Walden Performance and Recovery
- Upper Echelon Academy
- La Mundial Boots
UF Health Arena – Indoor Arena 2:
- Stellina LLC/Romitelli Boots
- Haala Fashion LLC
- Farmhouse Chiropractic
- Hats Off Boutique
- Main Street Travel
- Rough Cut Boutique
Indoor Arena 3:
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- IDA Development, LLC
- I Love My Horse
- Chi Rho Ranch
Indoor Arena 4:
- The Farm House, Inc.
- Odette, LLC
- Sudden Impulse Boutique
- AGM Beyond Leather
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- Grey Fox Designs
Join us for weekly Retail Bingo at World Equestrian Center – Ocala! Participate and get a chance to win a gift basket filled with special items from the stores featured on the bingo card.
Here’s how it works:
1. Pick up your bingo card from the Show Office.
2. Visit each listed store and receive a mark on the corresponding square on your card.
3. Once all squares are checked, return the card to the Show Office in Arena 1.
4. Drawings will be held every Saturday for cards received during that week. Winners will be notified using the contact information provided.
5. During Week 11, all previous winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing!
Good luck, and enjoy exploring the fantastic vendors at WEC-Ocala!
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. We offer personalized service as well as a range of treatments and aids to ensure your horse performs at its best.
We offer ACVSMR performance evaluations and provide several rehabilitation modalities as well as state-of-the art diagnostic imaging. Our sports medicine specialists are supported by on-site board-certified veterinary radiologists with specialty certification in equine diagnostic imaging who provide real-time feedback on imaging and perform complicated imaging during your horse’s visit, ensuring that we provide the highest quality imaging for your horse. We offer standing CT scan, standing PET scan, standing MRI and high-powered X-ray equipment. To learn more about our offerings, visit hospitals.vetmed.ufl.edu/wec or contact us at (352) 414.3858 for information and appointments.
Hours of operation:
Small Animal Hospital
Shop at 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 Indoor 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.
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, February 7 | Chris McNeil
Thursday, February 8 | Justin Lee
Friday, February 9 | Radlin’ Rootz
Saturday, February 10 | Ecliff Farrar
Schedule a 50-minute Rider’s Recovery massage in January or February 2024 and enjoy a $25 credit toward your service when you mention the Winter Spectacular Show Series! Visit callunaspaocala.com or call 352.414.7862 to make an appointment.
Monday – Saturday, 9am-7pm
Call 352.414.7862 or visit callunaspaocala.com to book your appointment.
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
Brunch: 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 | Kitchen service complete one hour prior to close
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.
Present-April 30: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm | Sunday, 11am-6pm | Closed Mondays
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.
Present-April 30: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30am-6pm | Friday-Saturday, 6:30am-8pm | Closed Mondays
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.
Present-April 30: Wednesday -Saturday, 11am-8pm | Sunday, 11am-4pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday
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.
Present-April 30: Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm | Friday-Saturday, 6:30am-8pm | Sunday, 6:30am-6pm
Skip the Line:
Want to save time and skip the line? Online ordering is now available from select property locations! Simply place your desired order online and customize the date and time you’d like to pick it up on-site. Receive 10% off your first online order when you enter the code “FIRST” at checkout. Learn more at orders.wec.net