Marion County is home to some of the nation’s leading equestrian communities. A haven for horse lovers, Ocala offers a place for all breeds, levels of horsemanship, and equestrian education. Whether you are looking to relax and retire with your horses, or have decided to relocate your already-successful equine business to sunny Florida, Ocala has a diversity of equestrian communities to fit your needs. What began as a center for the U.S. Thoroughbred industry has evolved into an equine enclave welcoming a variety of horse breeds and disciplines, particularly during the winter circuit seasons. The Marion County area has multiple equestrian communities created specifically with the horseman in mind.
Northwest Marion County
The Northwest Corridor has a high concentration of horse farms. This quadrant is known for its rolling hills and lush pastures. Communities include: Ashley Oaks, Bridle Ridge, Derby Farms, Equestrian Springs, High Cotton Farms, Hunterdon, Long Pond Plantation McCulleys Sub, Ocala Downs, Paddocks of Millwood Pinnacle Park, Saddle Hill, Saddlebrook Equestrian Park Village of Hidden Lakes, and Wellington.
Northeast Marion County
The Northeast quadrant historically grew citrus in the early 1900s. Communities include: Cherokee River, Cardinal Hill, Cross Tie Ranches, Meadowlands, Sherman Oaks, and Winner’s Turf.
Southwest Marion County
Townships here are close to the beautiful Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers in Dunnellon, as well as the Ross Prairie State Forest. Communities include: Bradford Farms, Bridle Run, Circle Square Ranches Country Side Farms, Emerald Mile, Lancala Farms Meadow Wood Farms, Ocala Horse Complex Paddock Park, Polo Lane, Shady Grove Shady Roads Ranches, Spring Grove Starting Point, Summit III.
Southeast Marion Corridor
The Southeast Corridor is close to Lake Weir, a gorgeous and locally popular water recreation spot. Communities include: Bridle Trail Estates, Mossbrook Farms Post Horn Estates, Turning Hawk, and Westgate.