- Horses, horse farms and the horse industry create the character and culture that define Marion County. The vision and mission of Horse Farms Forever is to raise awareness and education to ensure that this sense of place is protected for future generations.
- The purpose of Horse Farms Forever is to be watchful of government and others in actions pertaining to the character and culture that horses and the Farmland Preservation Area make unique to Marion County. That includes strategies to preserve horse farms and farmland, especially in the Farmland Protection Area, for future generations.
Horse Farms Forever believes that horses, horse farms, and the equine industry create the “sense of place” that makes Marion County, FL 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 must be protected and preserved to sustain this sense of place.
Formed in June of 2018, Horse Farms Forever, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as a registered 501(c)3 with the IRS. Our mission is to inspire the conservation of horse farms by preserving the natural pasture land for horses and their habitats, and to protect the soil and water on which they depend, while minimizing land use conflicts in Marion County.