Enjoy a morning tour of Ocala’s working farms! Discover why Marion County is the “Horse Capital of the World”.
One of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world, Marion County’s 600 thoroughbred farms have produced 45 national Champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 6 Horses of the Year, and many Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup winners.
Marion County, known as the Horse Capital of the World, has more horses in residence than any other county in the United States. Anchored by Thoroughbred breeding and training farms, its horse industry is represented by virtually every breed of horse, including the American Quarter Horse, Paso Fino, Arabian and Warmbloods.
But it’s usually an insider’s world, with its secrets – and much of its magic – hidden from the public.
Karen Grimes, owner and operator of Farm Tours of Ocala, is decidedly an insider. She’s galloped race horses, broken horses and trained horses. She’s competed in dressage, over fences and cross country. She’s worked for a top equine veterinarian, lived in Ocala for years, and knows everyone who’s anyone in the horse industry.
And she’ll share it, and insights into this horse capital, with you.
Their tour guides are, avid horse-people and long-time residents of Ocala’s Horse Country, you will go behind the scenes of working farms venues to get you up close and personal with equine athletes and the professionals who train and care for them. You can chat with the professionals and share their guides enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion Country horse scene. Tours are by reservation only and MUST be approved via phone or email to avoid overbooking. When you request a reservation, your CC will not be charged until tour is confirmed.