I really like it when we travel and just stumble into a special event and this happened during our stay in Williston. If you know Florida, you know the area around Ocala is horse country and it’s very evident driving along I-75. There are 600 horse farms in Marion County alone.
We decided to devote our first day getting familiar with the area and less than ten miles down the road we came upon HITS (Horseshow In The Sun), which is billed as the Triple Crown of Show Jumping, with events in Thermal, CA & Saugerties, NY in addition to Ocala.
This event, and the rest of the Ocala Winter Schedule, took place at HITS Post Time Farm located on US-27 a little northwest of Ocala and it appears the Ocala Winter Circuit has shows (competitions) every week from Jan. 14 – Mar. 24 (Great American $1 Million Grand Prix). I had no idea there was a year round competition jumping circuit like this competing for some pretty serious prize money.
When we stopped by on Wednesday, they were practicing and here are a few shots – in addition to the main arena, they have many, many practice areas, stables, pastures, horse trailer and RV parking. These shots begin with the practice areas and work up to the main arena.
The main arena.
Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
2/5/14 event date