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The Benefits of investing in the Sunshine State

  • No personal state income tax.
  • No individual capital gains tax.
  • Leader in veterinary & equine research.
  • Horses are exempt from sales tax. when purchased from their original breeder.
  • Feed & animal health items are also tax exempt.
  • Florida's greenbelt exemption provides property tax breaks for Florida horse farms.
  • No tax on stallion seasons.
  • Moderate climate allows for year-round training, racing, showing & business opportunities

Cedric and Laura Kraut
A winning competitor at the HITS showgrounds

Equine Business in Ocala /Marion County

Marion County visitors - involved or interested in equine activities staged in this area, travel from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Annually, the total economic impact of the equine industry is $2.62 billion in revenue; $1.6 billion in value added to the gross domestic product; and it produces 19,209 full and part time jobs in the area.

Ocala is a self-proclaimed Horse Capital of the World. Former Executive Vice President Dick Hancock in an interview with Blood-Horse magazine acknowleged other states have more horses. But he said four regions in the world have a large concentration of horses in a small area: Newmarket, England; Chantilly, France; Lexington; and Ocala. He said there is a "uniqueness" to those areas in terms of horse population.


Breaking from the gate at Ocala Breeders Sales Company's
Day of Champions -
photo by Louise Reinegal

Local Breeds of Horses
Ahkal Teke
Alter-Real (Lusitano)
American Cream Draft
American Paint Horse (APHA)
American Quarter Horse
American Saddlebred
American Warmblood
Anddalusian
Anglo-Arabian
Appaloosa
Appendix Quarter horse
AraAppaloosa
Arabian Horse
Ardennes horse, or Ardennais
Argentine Criollo
Azteca Horse
Ashkir Curly (Curly Horse)
Belgian
Belgian Warmblood (Belgian Half-blood)
Chicksaw Horse (Florida Cracker Horse)
Clydsedale
Dutch Warmblood
East Fesian Horse
Falabella
Fjord Horse (Norwegian Fjord Horse)
Florida Cracker Horse
Fresian Horse
Gypsy Vanner
Hackney Horse
Haflinger
Hannoverian
Holsteiner
Irish Draught
Irish sport Horse
Kiger Mustang
Lippizan (Lippizaner)
Lusitano
Mangalarga
Miniature Horse
Missouri Fox Trotter
Morab
Morgan Horse
Mustang
Paint (American Paint, APHA)
Paso Fino
Percheron
Peruvian Paso
Rocky Mountain Horse
Saddlebred (American Saddlebred)
Shire
Spotted Saddle Horse
Standardbred
Suffolk Punch
Swedish Ardennes
Tennessee Walking Horse
Thoroughbred
Trakehner
Warmblood
Welsh Cob
Zweibrucker

Paint and friendphotos above by Cathy Ruggiero

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Ocala/Marion County - Horse Capital of the World™

When Carl G. Rose came to Florida in 1916 to oversee the first asphalt road constructed in Florida, the company ran into problems with the asphalt due to the sandy nature of the area soil. The road problems were fixed using limestone, which was now an abundant resource.  Rose knew that limestone is a good source of nutrition for raising horses so he bought land along State Road 200 in 1935 and soon after, Rosemere Farm became the first Thoroughbred farm in Marion County.  In 1944, one of his horses became the first Ocala, Florida-raised thoroughbred to win a Florida race held at Miami’s Tropical Park.

Bonnie Heath Farm soon followed. This breeding and training operation would gain recognition as a cornerstone of Marion County’s early Thoroughbred industry thanks to a colt who almost didn’t survive an early bout with pneumonia. In 1956, this virtually unknown 3-year-old thoroughbred, named Needles, won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, and Marion County became a focus for the racing world.

The area is proud to claim 39 Florida Bred National Champions, including Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crown (1978), Holy Bull, the 1994 North American Horse of the Year and Ocala-born Afleet Alex, the recent winner of the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes in New York. The area remains as the top breeding center in the nation where many future champions are broken and trained.

Over the years, the success of the Thoroughbred industry attracted many other breed owners, and Marion County is now home to hundreds of horse farms of every type, coloring the personality of the area. Top of breed examples include two-time winner of the coveted American Quarter Horse title “Super Horse," Rugged Lark, of Bo-Bett Farm and U.S. Reserve National Champion, H Embrace H, from Top Arabian Leading Owner, Hennessey Arabian.

As the home to over 900 farms, breeding and training facilities with over 54 different breeds represented and nearly 29,000 residents employed in the county's Thoroughbred industry alone, it is easy to see why so many equestrians flock to Ocala/Marion County - Horse Capital of the World™. Marion County earned this title when it was read into Congressional record in 1999 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture put its seal of approval on promotions using that label since the USDA's Census of Agriculture continues to show that Marion leads all U.S. counties in total number of horses and ponies in residence.

Article courtesy of Ocala Marion County Chamber & Economic Impact - CEP website: ocalacep.com

Explore Ocala
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HITS at Post Time

Florida Horse Park

Southeast Livestock Pavilion

Ocala Breeders' Sales Company


Louise Reinegal photo

 

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