The World Equestrian Center of Ocala – A Sight to Behold

Welcome to Ocala, home of a new 368-acre facility on a park property of 6,000 acres: The World Equestrian Center of Ocala. This is a world-class multi-indoor and outdoor arena and property that offers state-of-the-art amenities for multiple disciplines within the equine industry.

With 15 outdoor rings and five climate-controlled indoor arenas, the Center is an ideal space for competition, whether the weather is good or bad.

The World Equestrian Center is home to world-class competition, with multidisciplinary capabilities, including hunter/jumper, dressage, barrel racing, reigning, western, and various breed shows.

It’s spectator friendly, allowing families to experience the excitement of equestrian sports at its finest. With a hotel, dining, shopping, and much more, the World Equestrian Center is a great place to visit. You can even bring your leashed dog!

When coming to the World Equestrian Center of Ocala, you can experience:

Dining

With seven restaurants and a candy shop, you can always satisfy your gastronomical desires. From Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop for basic bites through Stirrup’s Restaurant, where you can get a great steak, you have wonderful options. Take a pick from these restaurants and food shops:

  • Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop
  • Yellow Pony Pub & Garden
  • Horse to Water
  • Filo’s Mexican Cantina
  • Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria
  • Stirrups Restaurant
  • Emma’s Patisserie
  • Miss Tilly’s Lollipops

Shopping

Once your belly has been filled, you can wander around the shops. Equine themed shops, jewelry stores, clothing, home accessories, and even a toy shop filled with stuffed animals. It’s a great time to browse!

  • Lugano Diamonds
  • A Sudden Impulse
  • Mr. Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shop
  • Ariat International
  • I Love My Horse Equestrian Boutique
  • The Debonair Collection
  • Basic Equine Health
  • Parlanti Boots
  • Exceptional Equestrian

Vendors

The vendors at the World Equestrian Center offer ‌a‌ ‌collection‌ ‌of‌ ‌carefully‌ ‌curated‌ ‌items to purchase. They have ‌equestrian‌ ‌equipment,‌ ‌horse‌ ‌care‌ ‌products,‌ ‌saddles‌ ‌and‌ ‌tack,‌ ‌horse‌ ‌clothing‌ ‌and‌ ‌boots,‌ ‌supplements‌ ‌and‌ ‌treats,‌ ‌clothing‌ ‌for‌ ‌in‌ ‌and‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌show‌ ‌ring,‌ accessories,‌ ‌tack‌ ‌trunks,‌ ‌jumps,‌ ‌specialty‌ ‌foods‌ ‌and‌ ‌equestrian-inspired‌ ‌home‌ ‌goods.

Lodgings

The grand lobby of the Equestrian Hotel has 20-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Each floor has a large elevator lobby with an art gallery which showcases the work of local artists.

You will stay in one of 248 stylish rooms. Many of them overlook the Grand Stadium. While you stay there, you can enjoy the fitness center, a full-service salon and day spa, an outdoor swimming pool, and multiple walking trails.

Horse events aren’t the only things happening at the World Equestrian Center.


The center is home to:

  • Conventions & Tradeshows
  • Sporting Events
  • Canine Shows
  • Weddings

Whatever the reason, there’s plenty at the World Equestrian Center for the whole family to enjoy!

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