Ocala Equestrian Culture
The Ocala and Marion County Area is Home to an Exciting Variety of Horse Breeds
Thoroughbreds, Paso Finos, Missouri Foxtrotters, Arabians, Morgans, Quarter Horses, and many more. Marion County also supports a thriving cattle industry, as well as bountiful peanut and hay farms. Ocala earns its titles of “horse country” and “horse capital of the world” with its favorable climate, mineral-rich soils, and rolling pastures that create an ideal agricultural environment. The dense concentration of Thoroughbred breeders and trainers in the area is well-supported by a network of equine services that includes world-class veterinary hospitals, feed and tack retailers, blacksmiths, equine dentists, and major horse transportation companies.
We Are Proud of Marion County’s Contribution to the World of Equine Sport
Our farms and training centers have produced 50 National Champions, six Kentucky Derby winners, seven Preakness Stakes winners, six Belmont Stakes winners, 26 Breeders’ Cup champions and six Horses of the Year. Ranked second in the nation for foal production, 75 percent of Florida’s Thoroughbred industry is located within Marion County. Ocala is also home to Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, which holds major bloodstock auctions throughout the year. The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association is also located in Ocala, and its main focus is supporting and promoting the Florida Thoroughbred industry. The FTBOA administers the $15 million state breeders’ incentive as well as awards programs for Florida-bred racehorses.
1958 Ocala Horse Farms Map Courtesy of FTBOA