The holidays are behind us, and the next few cold and gloomy months still loom ahead. Some of us may use the winter season to take a break from showing and give our horses time off, while others load up the rig and head south. Anyone in the industry knows, central Florida, and Ocala in particular is where it’s at!
In 2007, Ocala/Marion County was officially named the “Horse Capital of the World™,” a testament to the County’s unique involvement in all things equestrian and its record of producing some of the finest champions in the sport. With a beautiful, mild climate all year long and soil rich with limestone calcium for strong bones, Ocala/Marion County is home to more horses than anywhere else in the country.
Thos interested in the hunter jumper circuit may be following HITS Winter Circuit, http://www.hitsshows.com/ocala/hits-ocala-winter-circuit
Quarter Horse enthusiasts tend to migrate more toward Tampa, FL at the end of the year, to the Gold Coast Circuit, http://www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com/
For those who aren’t necessarily competitive, but still want to ride year round, there are real estate options available in equine-themed communities like this, http://www.equestriansprings.com/
Don’t let dropping temperatures, frozen water buckets, and more time spent walking hot horses under coolers than actually working them, keep you inside this winter. Load up your trailer and head south for more sun and saddle time!