Ascend to Equestrian Heaven in Ocala

Only two hours by car from the Gulf coast, Marion County is the picturesque heart of Florida’s horse country and home to many champion riders, breeders, trainers and owners, as well as multi-generational families. The area is idyllic for raising a family and enjoying family-focused activities. Children, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the hamlet of Ocala—a storybook village lined with oak trees and dangling trellises of Spanish moss. Continue reading

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Surround Yourself in Unbridled Beauty

By Linde Hyder

Nestled within the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an equestrian community unlike any other. It is a place that beckons one to slow down, smell the crisp mountain air and gaze upon blooming spring flowers or colorful fall leaves. Amid these natural surroundings, the soothing calm of the Elk River welcomes an unparalleled mountain lifestyle in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

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Equestrian Disciplines Explained

By Alyssa Mammano

The most exquisite custom equestrian properties boast specialized outbuildings and equipment intended to train elite riders and their horses in preparation for competition. With Dressage rings and Jumping obstacles at hand, equestrians of the upper echelon have the luxury of boarding and training with their horses from the comforts of their own properties. Top equestrians are able to oversee the diet, exercise, health and discipline of their champion horses around the clock. The convenience of having a property tailored to equestrian housing and training allows the athletes to focus on technique and perfecting their craft. Practicing consistently within structures designed specifically for each discipline gives these fortuitous teams a leg up on the competition. Continue reading

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Ocala, Florida

Acres of lush rolling hills, a pleasant year-round climate and a vibrant equestrian community create the perfect setting for horse and nature enthusiasts alike in the Central Florida city of Ocala. Located halfway between Gainesville and Orlando, Ocala boasts Southern hospitality and small-town charm amid a landscape punctuated by stately Grandfather oaks draped in Spanish moss and green pastures filled with grazing horses. According to real estate broker Joan Pletcher, “it’s very magical here.” Continue reading

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