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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. By appt only. "May the Horse be With You"Work out when and for how long to visit Farm Tours of Ocala and other Ocala attractions using our handy Ocala trip builder website.
Tour leader Karen Grimes, an avid horseperson and long-time resident of Ocala’s Horse Country, will take you behind the scenes of working farms 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 Karen’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion County horse scene.
Farm Tours of Ocala reviews
This trip is excellent! In the morning, I took a uber to go to the World Equestrian Center. However, the uber driver only speaks Spanish and I only speak English (I felt desperate after I realized...
This trip is excellent! In the morning, I took a uber to go to the World Equestrian Center. However, the uber driver only speaks Spanish and I only speak English (I felt desperate after I realized... more »
Awesome tour! Karen was very interesting, informative and knowledgeable. We learned and saw a lot. Definitely worth the time and cost.
Awesome tour! Karen was very interesting, informative and knowledgeable. We learned and saw a lot. Definitely worth the time and cost. more »
FANTASTIC!!! This tour is an interactive journey through the stunning Ocala landscape and tours of prestigious Horse Farms that are typically not accessible. Our guide, Karen has equestrian experience, is a local and her love of horses was ever present with every story she shared and answer she provided. We started at the Auction, then went to a leading thoroughbred training center. As we walked out to the track, we got to experience what a morning workout entailed for future thoroughbred winners. Next, we walked around a magnificent world-famous Arabian farm and got to pet and give treats provided by Karen. Our last stop was at Pleasant Acres where we happened to meet Helen Barbazon who kindly provided an overview of life on a stud farm. My favorite part of the tour was loving on world famous Presious Passion who smashed the Monmouth Park record 1 3/8 miles on the firm turf in 2:10.97. This tour is for all age groups but be aware there is a lot of walking. So, wear comfortable shoes. Karen provided water but it’s hot and humid in Florida so bring a hydration drink. I was impressed by the beauty and majesty of it all.
This was a fabulous tour! We visited with horses, toured the area in between stops, and learned so much about the world of horses in Ocala. Karen was a fun and entertaining tour guide.. she knows so much about this area. This is a must-do if you are in the Ocala area.
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