WEC Ocala Is Open For Business

Jan 13, 2021 - 2:59 PM

Curious about the World Equestrian Center Ocala? This new mega-facility opened its doors to hunter, jumper and dressage riders for the World Equestrian Center Winter Spectacular I and World Equestrian Center Dressage IV Jan. 8-10 in Ocala, Florida.

Competitors were eager to see the new showgrounds even before WEC Ocala’s public showdown with the U.S. Equestrian Federation over competition dates.

With several restaurants on site and more to come, 13,000 square feet of retail space and a 7,000 square foot spa, you’ll never be bored in between rides. There’s also pet boarding and an on-site equine veterinary clinic.

Currently, the hunter/jumper competition is not affiliated with the U.S. Equestrian Federation, but the dressage competition is sanctioned, and the two organizations have agreed to work together regarding future competitions.

Check out the gallery below for a behind-the-scenes view of WEC Ocala.

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Aaron Vale won the $75,000 WEC Grand Prix with Elusive and finished second with Major (pictured). Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
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Alexandra Dominguez gave Etanga a hug after their Grand Prix dressage test in one of the facility’s four indoor arenas. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
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Amy Bieber rode Chapulin in the adult amateur hunters. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
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Four climate-controlled indoor arenas will keep riders out of the elements and the hot summer sun. Maven Photo and Film Photo
Meagan Gumpert Photography
The stabling is spacious and can accommodate more than 2,000 horses. Aisles are 12′ wide, and stalls are 12’x14 or 12’x12′. Maven Photo and Film Photo
Meagan Gumpert Photography
Need to wash your horse laundry? You can! Maven Photo and Film Photo
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Christina Kelly and Kingdom jumped to the win in the $7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m  in front of the jumbotron in the WEC Grand Arena, which is directly in front of the World Equestrian Center Equestrian Hotel. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
Meagan Gumpert Photography
A statue of Sgt. Reckless stands across the plaza from the Equestrian Hotel. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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WEC Ocala has 22 outdoor rings. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
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The Equestrian Hotel has 248 rooms and suites, which overlook the Grand Stadium. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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Eventer Will Coleman rode Tropics to the win in the $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo
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The World Equestrian Center Stadium can accommodate more than 7,500 spectators. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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Need a paddock for your horse? With 250 individual turnouts, there’s plenty of space for that! Maven Photo and Film Photo
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WEC features 22 outdoor arenas with artificial and turf footing. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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If you decide not to stay in the Equestrian Hotel, WEC offers nearly 300 RV spots with full hookups, water and power. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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There’s a variety of fare at WEC, including a lollipop shop, cafe, and burger and sandwich shop. There will be a total of seven restaurants open soon, plus one inside the hotel. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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The onsite chapel will host services on Sunday mornings. Maven Photo and Film Photo
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