Discover why Marion County is the: “Horse Capital of the World!” Enjoy a morning tour of Ocala’s working farms. The tour is 3 hours long with 3 stops to meet horses up close and personal.
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The Horse Capital of the World
If you’re looking to meet equestrian champions, there’s only one place to go — Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World. Ocala received this official title in 2007 due to its central role in the equestrian world, producing some of the most famous Kentucky Derby winners.
Take an Ocala horse tour and learn about these impressive animals in a unique environment. Come face to face with thoroughbreds and see the farms where they’re raised and trained to become champions!
A Must-Do for Equestrians
There are only four major thoroughbred centers in the world, and Ocala/Marion County is responsible for training winners like American Pharoah, Triple Crown winner in 2015, and Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby. The mild climate and limestone calcium-rich soil of Ocala make it the perfect home for horses, which is why more horses live here than anywhere else in the country.
The equestrian history of Ocala dates back to 1956, when Needles became the first Florida-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Immerse yourself in the history and legends of the Horse Capital of the World by visiting a horse farm and meeting champions-in-the-making up close. Watch the future winners thunder down the track and be amazed by their power and speed. If you visit during the spring and early summer, you may even get to see some newborn foals!
Whether you’re already a horse lover or you’re learning about the equestrian world for the first time, this is an experience you won’t forget. Check out our Ocala horse tours and book your visit online now!