OCALA, Florida, Jan. 7, 2019–A World Equestrian Center with a main stadium surrounded by a luxury hotel, four indoor and 17 outdoor arenas under construction opened for business Monday with the first horse shows to be staged in two years.
The WEC on 3,000 acres/1,214 Ha with climate-controlled stab1ing for 1,500 horse stalls plans to be available for a variety of competitions including dressage and hunter/jumper shows, and announced it will seek U.S. Equestrian Federation and International Equestrian Federation (FEI) dates.
The new show grounds are part of the corporation operating the World Equestrian Center of four indoor climate-controlled indoor arenas and five outdoors in Wilmington, Ohio that is the largest of its type in the Americas. It has scheduled 24 shows from December, 2018 through October, 2019.
The Ocala WEC is offering real estate lots of one to three acres and a requirement to join the adjacent Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club.
The new WEC in Ocala adds to an increasingly crowded winter equestrian show lineup in Florida with the companion Global Dressage and Winter Equestrian Festivals of 12 weeks of dressage and hunter/jumper events; The Palm Beach Masters that will host a jumping Nations Cup and a World Cup at Deeridge and other events but currently no dressage in Wellington, White Fences dressage in neighboring Loxahatchee and the long established HITS hunter/jumper winter-long show season in Ocala as well as other smaller venues.
Source: Dressage News