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Ocala Florida is located in Marion County, just north of Citrus County and Interstate 75 runs right through it making it convenient to traverse the state. The rich nutrients in the oil and the warm climate have made Marion County a perfect location for year round horse and livestock breeding..

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Ocala Horses

The very first horse farm in Ocala was established in the 1930's belonging to Carl G. Rose. The Paddock Mall and Central Florida Community College now stand on its meadows and pastures. In the 1950s, a horse called "Needles" became the first triple crown winner from Ocala Florida.

As reputations in the area grew, more horse farms such as the famous Ocala Stud were created. Ocala Stud quickly became America's leading commercial horse farm for breeding champion thouroghbreds.

Ocala is now considered one of the top equestrian locations in the U.S. with over 1,200 horse farms in Marion County.

Today Ocala and Marion County are considered one of the most desirable places to live in Florida. Large estate homes and horse farms dot the surrounding countryside just outside downtown Ocala.

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Horseback Riding in Ocala

The small city of Ocala offers all the comforts of a larger metropolitan area, but without the traffic congestion. Excellent hospitals and heath care facilities, restaurants, shopping mall, night clubs, local theater, the Appleton Museum, Central Florida Community College, and the Central Florida Symphony are just a few of the cultural options available in this cosmopolitan area.

Marion County has several notable waterways including the spring fed Rainbow River, one of the few rivers in North America that flows North, The Silver River with it's origin at Silver Springs and Lake Weir to mention a few. The Silver Springs attraction offers residents a water park, glass bottom boat rides, and big name entertainers during the concert series.

Arial View of Marion County

Ocala Downtown Square

The historic downtown Ocala Square acts as a great attraction for dining and entertainment offering a sushi restaurant, Italian and Mexican food, a steakhouse, French restaurant, fondue, Irish pub, seafood, and more, as well as a Starbucks and many small shops.

For more information about homes for sale in Ocala Florida or Marion County horse farms for sale, please contact David Crowe. - Use HorseShowCentral to locate shows and events across the country!