Female Speaker: Welcome to the Horse Capital of the World. In Florida the City of Ocala and the Greater Marion County are home to more than 50,000 horses, 1,200 horse farms and miles of horse riding trails.
Ocala is known for producing champion thoroughbreds like Americas 11 Triple Crown Winner Affirmed. In 1978, Affirmed won his first 8 starts including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
World class horses compete at HITS, the Ocala Winter Circuit in the Florida Sunshine. Riders at this show compete for a chance at the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. Take a tour of Ocalas farms and ranches to see all the beautiful breeds.
Female Speaker: The reason why I like the horses here is that they are not all that shy, and they are not afraid to be pet. Female Speaker: We came here because Marion County Florida is the Horse Capital of the World. Female Speaker: For a romantic trip back in time, reserve a carriage tour to enjoy the spectacular farm land vistas and spot stallions, mares, and fowl from the comfort of your horse drawn carriage. If you have your own horse bring them along, there are plenty of bed and breakfast that offer boarding and camp sites that allow your riding companion to join. Take advantage of the many training opportunities. For better rides on the trail or jumps in the ring, whether you are watching a show, training at the stables or taking a relaxing ride. Every horse fancier will surely enjoy all that Marion County, Florida has to offer.