We truly believe that horses, horse farms and the equine industry creates the character and culture that makes Ocala and Marion County unique and noteworthy. For there to be horses and an equine industry, there must be farmland available for horse farms. The Farmland Preservation Area in northwest Marion County serves that purpose, and thus it is precious and must be protected and preserved to sustain this sense of place.
Marion County has some of the most productive horse farming in the country and this didn’t happen by chance. The equine industry was developed here more than 80 years ago because of the unique characteristics of the year-round moderate climate, as well as the mineral-rich soil and water specific to the region. Think of how important the coral reefs are to the make-up of the Florida Keys. The land in Marion County is just as irreplaceable and precious for horse farms in the North Central Florida region.
That is why a group of locals formed Horse Farms Forever, an initiative focused on the conservation of horse farms by preserving the natural pasture land for horses and their habitats, protecting the soil and water on which they depend, and minimizing land use conflicts in Marion County.
Ocala’s equine industry contributes nearly 50 percent of the tourism dollars in Marion County, brings in nearly $3 billion annually and employs 20,000 workers. Our equine industry is at stake should this project resume at a later date or future projects be approved. We must preserve and protect Marion County’s green space that is revered as the Horse Capital of the World.™
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Our mission is to inspire the conservation of horse farms through education and awareness so as to preserve natural pasture land focusing on horses and their habitats, and to protect the soil and water on which they depend, while minimizing land use conflicts in Marion County.
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Membership & Giving
It will take a unified effort from all of our residents to come together to raise our voices to protect our horse farms and our way of life. Join our effort and have your name listed among our neighbors here in Marion County who want to protect the Horse Capital of the World.™
Our resource center provides quick links to industry facts and project updates.
News & Updates
Marion County, Florida offers ample opportunities to participate in local events and equestrian lifestyle. Stay informed through the Horse Farms Forever blog.