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The CEP Equine Initiative Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 2PM

See our  Events Calendar for details.

Whether you want to enjoy race horses or world-famous Clydesdales you will find we have it all right here in the Horse Capital of the World®. Our Equine Engagement initiative allows partners to get engaged in building the community’s farm relationships and support the equine industry. In 2015, the CEP commissioned an economic impact study of the equine industry on the Ocala Metro and discovered that the industry contributes $2.6 Billion annually to the local economy!

For the latest equine news and events please visit The Horse Capital website.

Gallop of Fame Bricks & Bronze Plaques honoring our Equine Heritage

The Ocala Metro CEP is partnering with the City of Ocala to celebrate our community as the Horse Capital of the WorldTM.  You may have already noticed the horseshoes embedded in the sidewalk along with groups of bricks in front of the Hilton Garden Inn. These bricks are available for sponsorship with whatever copy you would like—your horse’s name and your name or farm name placed on your brick.  Just know that the more copy you add, the smaller the font on the brick.

Single bricks are available for $150 each or you may buy a group of 10 or more bricks for a discounted rate. (Please contact Louisa@OcalaCEP.com for information on this discount.)  Bricks will be ordered in batches of 20 at a time, so that we can start placing your sponsored bricks into the sidewalk as quickly as possible. Click Here to purchase a brick online.

If you prefer to send a check, please click here to download the application. All payments should be made payable to the Foundation for CEP and mailed to: Gallop of Fame, Foundation for CEP, 310 SE Third Street, Ocala, FL 34471.

There are also 13 bronze plaques for each sidewalk segment available for Florida bred champions. If this does not apply to your horse, it may still be possible to sponsor a plaque if you can give a great story as to a strong connection to Ocala. For example, if the horse grew up here, was trained here by an Ocala resident, and/or won a major title. The board will review the story, decide if that fits the Gallop of Fame. These sponsorships are $2,100 for a two-foot by three-foot installed bronze plaque and requires submission of an application. These plaques will be available on a first applied, first created basis, and are limited to two plaques per breed. Click Here to apply for a bronze plaque.

Don’t miss this opportunity to immortalize your horse or pony!  These bricks and plaques will be on display around the downtown square for visitors and residents to view and enjoy for years to come.