Will you plan to have USEF sanctioned / recognized events at WEC Ocala? What about USEF mileage rules?
Ultimately our plan is to host sanctioned events. We have begun the application process with the US Equestrian Federation to acquire dates in Ocala. In the event that we are not granted the ability to run USEF rated horse shows, we plan to run our own WEC Hunter / Jumper horse shows.
Since 2016, we have hosted 28 weeks of USEF rated horse shows at our facility in Wilmington, Ohio. Our exhibitors are encouraged to sign up online for WEC Points to qualify for year-end awards and prizes. We will expand our WEC Points system to include events at WEC Ocala, hosting a year-end awards banquet to celebrate our circuit champions.
Will you host FEI events?
Yes, we have built our facility in Ocala to international standards and we will be applying to host FEI sanctioned events. We have already begun discussions with organizations that manage these events and presented WEC Ocala for consideration as a future event venue.
When will you host your first horse show?
Our Grand Opening is slated for January 2021. We will host our first horse show then and the facility will be open to the public at that time.
Why the two year timeline?
We want to be absolutely certain that our facility is completely finished and in ready condition to safely host horses and exhibitors.
It is a matter of ensuring that we have the infrastructure and amenities to provide a world-class experience to all who visit WEC Ocala.
Can you give us an update on the current status of the build?
As construction advances, the World Equestrian Center continues to shift the paradigm in equestrian sports with development of a truly state of the art, resort style equestrian sports venue. The facility’s sophisticated technology network is currently being built with systems that will make World Equestrian Center Ocala the most advanced horse show facility in the country. When it comes online in January 2021, the World Equestrian Center’s technology infrastructure will accommodate key card technology, digital video live streaming and a 24/7 security network.
What type of Equestrian sports will be featured at WEC Ocala?
Our facility is equipped to host many different equestrian disciplines such as Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Para equestrian, Vaulting and Reining. We will welcome breed events as well, such as Quarter Horse, Paso Fino, Arabians etc.
In addition to equestrian sports, the facility will host weddings, corporate events, athletic events, dog shows, car shows, antique shows and more.
How many lots will be available and at what sizes?
The Equestrian Estate property will be offered in 3 acre lots or multiple 3 acre lots, depending upon a purchaser’s requirements.
When will lot pricing be available?
Lot pricing will be available in Q1 of 2019
Does home ownership at WEC Ocala include Golden Ocala club membership?
Those who purchase lots within World Equestrian Center Ocala will be required to join Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
Can you estimate the jobs impact the facility will have on the area?
Our current estimate is that we will hire approximately 300 full-time and 200 part-time associates before our opening. This does not include horse show staff.
When will you begin hiring for the facility?
Our approach will be a phased one. This means that we will begin hiring facilities and landscaping staff in the Spring of 2019. We will begin hiring sales staff in the Summer of 2019 and we will begin hiring culinary and service staff (hotel/restaurant) in the Spring of 2020.
How does one file an application to work at WEC Ocala?
Please use the following link to apply for positions at WEC Ocala: