As the leaves are starting to change around the country and around the globe, we here in Florida are still feeling the heat. Fall and winter doesn’t hit us like it hits the rest of the northern hemisphere and non-exotic regions but we are thankful for that for many reasons.
If you take part in equine events in the winter, you are no stranger to the numb fingers and extensive warm-ups. Take a break from that this winter and see why you need to visit HITS Ocala this winter. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit kicks off with the Ocala Holiday Premiere on December 1st through the 4th.
5 Reasons to visit HITS Ocala this 2016-2017 Winter Show Season:
By mid-November, early December we are still frolicking around in upwards of 70 degree weather. You won’t have to worry about the suffocating heat that summer in Florida brings so you and your horse can enjoy a breezy warm day at the shows. By January & February you might…and I say “might” need a light jacket.
2. Explore Galore.
Florida as a whole is considered horse and cattle country with a strong beach vibe but Ocala is something in its own altogether. There are beautiful hills and perfect horse property fences for as far as the eye can see…horse property after horse property…green grass all over. There are tons to do if you are a horse enthusiast or not; from golfing to Marion County Museum of History. There are blueberry farms that you can explore with the whole family or take a trip over to some of the local breweries with your spouse. Check it out all in one handy-dandy spot at Ocala Marion County Visitors or Visit Florida . You will want to stay for months on end.
Ocala is considered Central Florida but comparing the cost of staying in Ocala and staying in Orlando is like night and day. You can just hop in the car and head to Ocala any day and depending on where you are, the ride is tolerable enough for the kiddos.
4. Farm Tours Forever.
America’s Gypsy Vanner Foundation Farm is based right in the heart of Ocala and I haven’t met an equine enthusiast that doesn’t love Gypsy Vanners. There are tons of Tour Awe-Inspiring Horse Farms in Ocala, Florida that can please any and all of your equine peeps. I know you all have a great time showing your own horses but sometimes it is nice to go visit others and just be a spectator.
5. Home of the Great American!
The Great American $1 Million Grand Prix is one of the biggest equine shows that Florida hosts, and for HITS Ocala to host for the 3rd year running is awesome. The Great American $1 Million Grand Prix takes place on March 26th 2017 and tickets are available online at the hyper links above. Another huge show series that has a stop in Ocala during their winter circuit is Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ which is from February 7th to March 5th 2017. The International Federation for Equine Sports is a highly respected organization with shows all around the world and with Ocala being one of them, equine enthusiasts from all disciplines flock to Central Florida for some world-class horse show action.
So I am sure that visiting Ocala is top of your to-do list for this Winter by now…here is the full schedule line up. You can also find out more at HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
As always, thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and God Bless.
~~ International Cowgirl