Ocala, FL – World Equestrian Center – Ocala is hosting an exciting week of events including the third event in the 2023 Stirrups Wine Series presented by Wheels Up, Passport to Pacific Northwest on September 22 from 6:30pm-9pm on the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel and the Paso Fino Horse Association Grand National Show in Indoor Arena 5.
Journey with us to the Pacific Northwest by way of food and wine! Passport to the Pacific Northwest, the third event in our 2023 Wine Series presented by Wheels Up, will transport you to one of America’s most unique growing regions. Gather on the terrace from 6:30pm-9pm for wine samples, small plates and live music inspired by the PNW.
With influence from a wild terroir, the wine of the Pacific Northwest reflects its tremendous topographical diversity. From the rugged alpine mountains, bountiful valleys, arid deserts and jagged coastlines emerge some of the world’s most coveted grape varieties. Enjoy samples representative of the region’s bounty, including selections from Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, Washington’s Columbia Valley and many in between.
Driven by a vibrant and earthen food culture, you’ll enjoy small plates of Pacific Northwest favorites from land and sea, including an oyster bar, Dungeness crab chowder and foraged morel mushroom orecchiette.
Tickets available for advance purchase online at www.showclix.com/event/2023-stirrups-wine-series-pnw.
Please note: Event is 21+
The Paso Fino Horse Association Grand National Horse Show will be held from September 19-23 in Indoor Arena 5. The Grand National Show is a flagship Paso Fino horse competition in the United States where youth, amateur and professional riders gather to compete for the sought-after title of Grand National Champion of the United States! There is no charge for admission or parking. For the class schedule and additional information, visit https://pfha.org/gns/.
Grab a free copy of the World Equestrian Center VOL III 2023 Magazine in the CaptiveOne Advisors Arena 1 lobby or read the issue online here!
Oktoberfest | September 30 & October 7
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Expo 1 for two, back-to-back Saturdays of German-themed fun starting September 30! Break out the lederhosen and enjoy traditional food, fill a commemorative stein with draft pours and samples of German beer, play games (stein-holding competition, anyone?) 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, and more. All food is included in the ticket price! October 7 will feature a pre-event Schnitzel Shuffle 5K Fun Run in keeping with the festivities (separate registration online).
Purchase tickets in advance and save. Don’t forget your commemorative beer stein! Find additional details on the ticket website.
Third Annual Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds | November 3-5
The third annual Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds returns to World Equestrian Center November 3-5. The 2023 event is a celebrity-chef-led celebration featuring three days of culinary competition, beer, wine and spirits education and samples of extraordinary cuisine. Tickets are now on sale!
The 2023 Ocala Food & Wine Festival is a 21+ event.
8th Annual VOCAL Furball, Paws and Pearls presented by Lugano Diamonds
Save the date for the 8th Annual VOCAL Furball, Paws and Pearls presented by Lugano Diamonds on Friday, February 23, 2024. Visit https://vocalforpets.org to learn more about the organization and event.
Upcoming Horse Shows
2023 November & December Show Series
Entries and stall reservations are now open for the World Equestrian Center – Ocala 2023 November & December Show Series featuring four-weeks of Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition sanctioned by US Equestrian (USEF).
The series consists of two-weeks of national level hunter/jumper competition from November 8-19 and new for 2023, the December Series will host two weeks of Fédération Equestre International (FEI) CSI3* from December 5-17 amid WEC – Ocala’s enchanted Winter Wonderland, a captivating festival with more than a million twinkling lights for the holiday season on full display from November 24-December 23, 2023.
Catch the thrilling action on Saturday Nights from the terrace of The Equestrian Hotel while enjoying a three-course chef’s dinner with complimentary beer and wine during The Grand Prix Dining Experience presented by Wheels Up. Purchase your tables before September 4 to save on sales tax!
2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series
World Equestrian Center – Ocala (WEC) presents the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series sanctioned by US Equestrian (USEF) held from January 2-March 24, 2024. WEC – Ocala is pleased to announce circuit stalls/paddocks and entries are now OPEN for the 12-week hunter/jumper circuit featuring Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition and five-weeks of Fédération Equestre International (FEI) competition.
The circuit is slated to be the best yet with exciting additions to the schedule and facility, including a sixth climate-controlled indoor arena and seven additional outdoor arenas for schooling and exhibition. The five-weeks of FEI international show jumping competition will include three weeks of CSI3* competition from February 13-March 3, 2024 and a week of CSI2* and CSI4* competition during week X from March 5-10, 2024. The circuit will come to an exhilarating close with the Longines League of Nations™ qualifying event on March 20-24, 2024.
Mark your calendars for the remaining WEC Dressage events in 2023
October 21-22, 2023 – USEF/USDF
November 16-19, 2023 – CDI3* and USEF/USDF competition
December 7-10, 2023 – CDI-W and USEF/USDF competition
To view the Prize Lists and place entries click HERE.
The October Dressage competition from October 20-22 will showcase the Iberian Horse Spectacular. Iberian breeds are invited to compete at all FEI levels from Young Horse through Grand Prix for special prizes. A highlight of the weekend is a one-night-only event on Friday, October 20, celebrating the majestic horses of Spain and Portugal in an exciting equestrian presentation. Brought to you by Hampton Green Farm and the Baroque Equestrian Institute, the IBERICON reception and exhibition will include PRE, Andalusian and Lusitano horses showing their signature movements in traditional dressage as well as costumes of the region.
Doors open at 6pm for the IBERICON reception, immediately followed by the Iberian Horse Spectacular, which begins at 8pm in Arena 1. The event is free and open to the public and free parking is available, while VIP seating is available for ad sponsors. CLICK HERE for information about the competition, or visit the Hampton Green Farm Facebook page and Baroque Equestrian Institute Facebook page for display and advertising information.
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
CaptiveOne Advisors Arena – Arena 1:
- Ariat International
- Arista Equestrian
- Gordon Reiss Insurance
- Firm Water Road
- Walden Performance and Recovery
UF Health Arena – Arena 2:
- Stellina LLC/Romitelli Boots
- Haala Fashion LLC
- Farmhouse Chiropractic
- Hats Off Boutique
- Kelsey’s Rhinestones
- The Farm House, Inc.
- La Mundial Boots
- Rough Cut Boutique
- Exceptional Equestrian, Inc
- IDA Development, LLC
- I Love My Horse
- Basic Equine Health, LLC
- Everleigh Collection LLC
- Chi Rho Ranch
- 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. 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
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, September 20 | Cliff Dorsey
Thursday, September 21 | TJ Brown
Friday, September 22 | Becky Baby
Saturday, September 23 | Seth Taylor
Experience Wellness at Calluna Spa
Calluna Spa is a state-of-the-art 7,000-square-foot full-service salon and spa. Offering luxury salon services and luxurious body treatments with a team of elite providers, Calluna Spa in The Equestrian Hotel is Central Florida’s go-to wellness destination.
Relax, restore and renew with treatments from our diverse menu featuring a variety of unique massage options, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair services for men and women.
Monday – Saturday, 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.
Tuesday – Sunday | 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.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Wednesday – Sunday: Breakfast 6:30am-11am | Lunch/Dinner 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.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Wednesday-Sunday | 11am – 8pm
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-8pm
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