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About Ocala

About Ocala

Internationally known as the “Horse Capital of the World” for its more than 700 horse farms (450 thoroughbred) covering more than 30,000 acres, Ocala/Marion County has a strong legacy of ties to champion thoroughbred racehorses. Each year, the county lives up to its title by hosting and welcoming countless regional, national, and international horse shows including dressage, jumping, and driving events.

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Quick Facts

  • Ocala is 1,652 sq. miles, the fourth largest county in Florida
  • The Equine Economic Impact to Florida is $2.6B
  • The population of Marion Country is 345,000
  • John Travolta lives here
  • Ocala/Marion County has produced Champions Gun Runner, American Pharoah, Triple Crown Winner 2015, “Always Dreaming”, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby, and “Patch” the one eyed KY Derby Starter
  • Ocala has over 700 horse farms, with over 60 breeds of horses and ponies represented here

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