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Ocala Horse Rescue | Equestrian Organizations

Horse Rescue Riding Clubs, Breed Clubs, and Therapeutic Riding

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Marion County, FL horse rescue organizations provide Ocala and surrounding areas with equine rescue, medical care, and horse adoptions.

Equine Therapeutic Riding in Ocala

Therapeutic riding has proven to be strong therapy for special needs kids and military veterans suffering from trauma. These Marion county organizations are funded by donations, and staffed by volunteers whose reward is the progress therapeutic riding has provided these folks in need.

Ocala Riding Clubs

The Ocala area and Marion County support several riding clubs such as the Alachua 4-H Club and the Greenway Equestrians. All Ocala riding groups are listed here.

Equestrian Organization Directory for Ocala and Marion County

Alachua 4-H Club
Alachua County Extension
2800 N.E. 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 955-2402
4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, Health) is open to all youth, ages 5 to 18, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, creed, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo
124 Heard St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-2014
The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is a non-profit organization that was established in 1952 by the Arcadia Rodeo Association, which evolved from a group of American Legion Members who held the first rodeo in 1929. Rodeo events calendar.

Black Prong Equestrian Center
Maureen and Alan Aulson
450 S.E. CR 337
Bronson, FL 32621
Every aspect of Black Prong Equestrian Center is designed with carriage driving enthusiasts in mind. From the moment you arrive, you and your horse will feel at home.

Canterbury Equestrian Showplace
23100 Northwest Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669 32669
Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Florida. We are open to the public and free in most instances. Please see website for show schedules. Featuring: Covered Arena Seating for 2000.

Canterbury Showplace Hotels

Downunder Horsemanship
Ocala, FL

Eqiventures LLC
Jon Holling
12345 N.W. 110th Ave
Reddick, FL 32686
Equiventures, LLC is the official organizer for all of the USEA competitions at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL. See calendar of events on website.

Florida Forever Back Country Horsemen FFBCH
PO Box 815
Brooksville, FL 34065
Mission Statement for Florida Forever: "To Perpetuate the common sense use of and enjoyment of our cultural heritage of horses on public lands, To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational equestrian activity, To assist the various federal, state and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resources, to educate , encourage and solicit active participation in the use of the public land resources by equestrian users and the general public commensurate with our cultural heritage."

Florida Trail Blazers
Roly Coto
Dedicated to the Creation and Preservation of Equestrian Trails
All horseback riders must present a negative Coggins form at all rides. Due to insurance requirements nonmembers must purchase a temporary membership to participate in horse rides. Always call and confirm an activity with a board member or ride contact.
Florida Trail Blazers sponsor horse rides from time to time. Check website for calendar of horse rides.

Florida Whips Inc.
Driving the state of Florida. The Florida Whips is a statewide equine driving organization offering clinics, pleasure drives, competitions, picnics and opportunities to develop and enjoy your driving skills. A newsletter is published 10 months a year.

Greenway Equestrians
The organizations purpose is to keep equestrians who use the 110-mile Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway informed and involved in the Greenway.

Horse Protection Association of Florida - Horse Rescue and Adoption
20690 NW 130th Avenue
Micanopy, FL 32667
Many of the horses that come to HPAF are malnourished, which is what comes to mind with "rescue". However, helping underfed and neglected horses is only a small part of what HPAF does. Almost every horse requires training or retraining. Florida adopt a horse. Horses are seeking permanent adoptive homes and may not be sold, given away or used for breeding.

Horse Shows In The Park
Gayle Witty
3665 Bannock St.
Cocoa, FL 32926
Horse Shows in the Park, LLC is an Affiliate Member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)and offers Hunter/Jumper shows throughout the year. Show venues include Florida Horse Park.

Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS)
HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. See website for calendar of events and horse shows in Florida.

LAJUF Hunter/Jumper Dressage Shows
29495 Wildlife Lane
Brooksville, FL 34602

Come ride and show at Fannin Hill Farm near beautiful Brooksville, Florida, with a quiet country atmosphere, quality courses, excellent footing, & a competitor-friendly staff.

Leesburg Saddle Club
Leesburg, FL
On the Second Saturday of the month until 11/12/2011
Non Blue Barrels
Barrels (Classed)
Non Blue Poles
Poles (Classed)
Tire Pull (Open)
Double Figure 8 (Classed)
Buddy PickUp (Open Double)
RollBack (Classed)
Event patterns
Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition Barrels will begin at 6:30 p.m.

M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) Barrel Races
8540 SE HWY. 314A
Ocklawaha, FL 32179
M/C Arena's Barrel Races are 4D (1/2 second split between 1st and 2nd D's, 1/2 second split between 2nd and 3rd D's, full second between 3D and 4D. WE run year round TWICE a month - the 1st and 4th Fridays of EVERY month.

Marion Therapeutic Riding Association MTRA
Kate Robbins
P.O. Box 830488
Ocala, FL 34483

MTRA has always been able to draw from a community of highly skilled individuals well versed in equine-related activities. Coupled with a hard working staff, devoted volunteers and the support of a generous community MTRA has been able to become one of the country’s top therapeutic riding organizations, earning premier accreditation status from NARHA.

Misty Morning Hounds
Misty Morning Hounds is a private drag pack in the Ocala-Gainesville / North-Central Florida area. The Hunt was organized in 1995 by Alexis and Walter Macaulay, MFHs, with the drafting of 7-1/2 couple of Foxhounds from the Middlebury Hunt in Connecticut. The Hunt became registered in 1997 by the Masters of Foxhounds Association and then Recognized in 1999. Hunt country encompasses roughly 80,000 acres of mostly public land owned or managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Georgia Pacific, as well as several private farms. Hunting is twice a week from October through March. Jumping is not required and typically there is a tally-ho wagon for non-riding spectators. A limited number of field hunters are available for hire

Ocala Arabian Horse Association
Barb Copping (Webmaster
Ocala, FL
The Ocala Arabian Horse Association, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1994 to encourage and promote interest in the Arabian horse through educational programs, publicity and horse shows.
Our membership includes a wide variety of Arabian enthusiasts; from breeders to nationally known farms and trainers, to those who simply enjoy the pleasure of owning an Arabian horse. Our membership would total over a thousand years of experience with this wonderful breed.

Ocala Pony Club
Kim Peavy
Ocala, FL
(352) 694-2819
The mission of Pony Club is “to provide a program for youth that teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence.” Members of USPC have joined an organization dedicated to producing well-rounded horsemen and women and one that has produced many of the past and current Olympic and International riders.

Ocala Shrine Rodeo
2200 NE Jacksonville Road
Ocala, FL
The Ocala Shrine Rodeo was founded in 1983 by the Ocala Shrine Club as a fundraiser to support the Shine Hospitals for Children.
The 34th Annual Ocala Shrine Rodeo returns to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala, Florida on September 2nd & 3rd, 2016.

Get ready for two jam-packed performances filled with exciting competition in saddle and bareback bronc riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding. Sanctioned By Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Partners of the Park
Jenn Holling

Rush Management
Walk Trot to Grand Prix and divisions in between.
all shows USEF "A" & recognized by FSHJA, NFHJA, CFHJA.

Southeast Dressage Shows at Caterbury
Newberry, FL

Southeastern Pro Rodeo | Ocala Rodeo
2200 NE Jacksonville Rd. (CR 200A)
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 401-5900
Ocala Rodeo. Pro Rodeo action returns to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion with the 24th Annual Southeastern Pro Rodeo on March 24th & 25th, 2017. Featuring saddle and bareback bronc riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and the most dangerous eight seconds in any sport, bull riding.

Southern Equestrian Center
Sumter Equestrian Center, Inc sponsors and hosts nine Hunter Jumper and Dressage horse shows each year in Florida. We also sponsor eight Open and All Breed horse shows. Please see our calendar for a full listing of our Florida based horse shows. In 2008 Sumter Equestrian Center, Inc hosted shows that were sanctioned by the Florida Horse Trails Association, the American Paint Horse Association PAC program, and the American Quarter Horse Association's new Introductory Horse Shows.

Southern Hunter Jumper Association - SHJA
President: Marsha Hartford-Sapp
P.O Box 14363
Tallahassee, FL Florida 32
The purpose of Southern Hunter Jumper Association SHJA, in support of the local equestrian community, is to provide an organizational structure with which to keep an accurate listing of current members, record points accrued by members at recognized shows, hold an annual awards banquet, and promote the ideals of sportsmanship.

Southern Junior Rodeo Association
Kelvin Thornton
Ocala, FL
912.458.2067 | 904-370-0461
SJRA is the premier youth rodeo association for contestants ages five (5) to nineteen (19). The organization is divided into three (3) division: Juniors (ages 5-10), Seniors (ages 11-14) and High School (ages 14-19). Please refer to the membership page for additional information on age brackets and qualifications.

Rodeo season starts in September and runs through April culminating with finals rodeo in May. Members may join at any time. Throughout the year, contestants enjoy pay-outs in each event and at finals, the top contestants in each age division are rewarded with over $170,000 in prizes and cash awards. After finals, SJRA sends the top 3 High School Division Winners as "Team SJRA" to Shawnee, OK for the IFYRA annual rodeo where they compete on a national level. These winners receive both prize and travel money.

Stride Dressage of Ocala
Helena Smejda
2121 NE 40th Ave
Ocala, FL 34470
STRIDE is an active riding and driving Dressage Club located in the Ocala, Florida area. In addition to hosting five schooling shows a year, STRIDE sponsors many clinics and workshops each year with activities and classes geared for ALL dressage enthusiasts, including the beginning rider or driver and beginning horse.In addition to hosting five schooling shows a year, STRIDE sponsors many clinics and workshops each year with activities and classes geared for ALL dressage enthusiasts, including the beginning rider or driver and beginning horse.

Sumter Equestrian Center
Colleen Martin, Manager
Busnell, FL 33513
Sumter Equestrian Center, Inc was established in 2003 and is a growing horse show facility in the Heart of Central Florida. Sumter Equestrian Center was built by the Wade Family with family oriented horse shows in mind.

Sun Country Trail Blazers
Ocala, FL 34474
Founded in 1984, The Sun Country Trail Blazers is a not-for-profit horse and trail riding assocation located in the Ocala, Florida area. This club is a family-oriented, all-breed group dedicated to the preservation and expansion of trail riding in Florida.

The Herd
Dunnellon, FL 34432
The Herd consists of People with a common interest in the old West (1800-1894), Horsemanship, Animal rights activism, Nature preservation, and the desire to have a good time with Family and Friends in a drama free environment.

The Villages Polo Club
1020 Lake Sumter Landing
The Villages, FL 32162
Central Florida. We offer first class facilities as well as the largest crowds in the U.S. with over 30,000 spectators a year. Playing at the Villages Polo Club is a rewarding experience for both the professional and patron participants.

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