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Ranches and Horse Farms


Ocala is home to over 450 horse farms and has been picked as one of the 4 best areas in the world to raise horses!
Ocala's nickname is "Horse Capital of the World". As you travel around Ocala's hilly countryside, you will find yourself in the middle of a long standing horse breeding and ranching culture country.

  • Horse Farms
    Located all around Ocala.
    Marvelous horse farms are located in NE marion County. Scenic roads, gentle rolling hills and horse farms are harmoniously integrated to the landscape. A must-see for your Sunday countryside escapes !
  • Smarty Jones, Silver Charm
    The famous Kentucky and Arkansas Derby winner was sent to Bridlewood farm in Ocala in 2002 (born in 2001) to prepare for his racing career.
    Silver Charm, an Ocala raised and trained horse, won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1997.
  • Equine Facilities
    Ocala is the center of one of the largest horse market in the world, featuring breeding facilities (Paso Fino, Arabian,Morgan...), renowned vets, resident jockeys, training and boarding facilities, race tracks and many others. Ocala's exciting horse sales at the Ocala Breeder's Sales Complex run into the millions.
  • Equestrian Facilities
    Rodeos, horse riding, polo, horse shows... Ocala has it all and remains an exclusive place in the horse community. Visitors who bring their horses to Ocala can ride forest and greenway trails and may obtain information about the trails from the Chamber of Commerce.