History has without a doubt been made in Ocala, Florida with the opening of the new World Equestrian Center or WEC, as many have begun to refer to it as. The facility is simply incredible, in every sense of the word. Many times, you visit an equine venue and you will find it is focused on either spectators or exhibitors. WEC has managed to cater to both at the highest level of quality, class and distinction – their three core values.
As you pull through the main gated entry, you immediately notice the sense of pride WEC has taken in the construction and continues to take in their upkeep. Walking around the facility, it is evident no detail has been overlooked – my eyes were caught by flowers arranged to spell “WEC”. Touring the barns made it apparent this is not just a stylish venue, it has been designed to host world class show horses as well. The roomy stalls (12’x12’ or 12’x14’) are plushy matted, wide aisle ways with roll up doors allow easy loading or unloading, climate control plus individual ceiling fans in the stalls and wash racks with hot and cold water – just to name a few features.
If you are looking for an afternoon adventure, World Equestrian Center Ocala is sure to entertain and host you for as long as you desire. The on-property hotel, The Equestrian, is stunning from the soaring illuminated ceilings to the posh marble floors and decorated to host you like royalty. There is nearly 13,000 square feet of retail space in the hotel which includes Lugano Diamonds, “one of the finest jewelers in the world”. You will also find Emma’s Patisserie, Calluna Spa and Stirrups and Yellow Pony restaurants. If you are looking for more shopping and dining, there are numerous other options throughout WEC from burgers to Mexican and Italian cuisines.
Seemingly endless barns and arenas are connected by pathways lined with gorgeous landscaping. Just beyond The Equestrian, perched atop a hill, is the picturesque Chapel with Sunday service and the ability to host weddings. If you are still looking for more – future expansions include plans for polo fields, a dedicated vet clinic and retail centers by the main road.