A celebration of the past… a passion for the future!
Did you know? Our community is the “Horse Capital of the World!” Because the equine industry offers a sizable positive impact on the Ocala economy, it’s important that efforts are focused on assuring continued support of the Ocala Horse Industry. Because of this, and because of our dedication to our community, the Florida Parade of Retired Equine Champions will promote retired Florida equine champions, of all breeds, by building a Florida Hall of Champion Horses in Ocala, Florida.
Overall Ocala/Marion County Impact:
- $2.62 billion in industry revenue
- $1.60 billion in value-added contributions to Gross Domestic Product
- 19,209 people are employed in full- and part-time industry related jobs.
The Florida Parade of Retired Equine Champions future facility will feature a variety of breeds of Florida horses – from stakes-winning Thoroughbred racehorses and world-champion Quarter Horses, to beautiful Arabians and warmblood sport horses. Plus, so many more!
We are a 501©3 non-profit Florida corporation that was founding in 2014 to work with the equine industry and the community to connect visitors and residents with our champion Florida breeds. Our goal is to raise awareness of the industry and to bring Ocala/Marion County visitors and locals face-to-face with some of our distinguished champion Florida horses. Our current fundraiser efforts are dedicated to building a local museum, barn, and visitor center where retired, champion horses will live. The facilities will also be used to educate the community on the influence and legacy these spectacular horses have contributed to the industry.
We serve the community and the state of Florida through education and equine exhibits.
How You Can Help:
Donations made to the Florida Parade of Retired Equine Champions are always appreciated and are tax deductible. We also have premier sponsor and donor opportunities! You can learn more about our progress, horse farm tours, upcoming events, featured Florida equine champions, and how you can help by donating or volunteering on our website. Please call Helen Barbazon directly at 352-207-0286 for information on sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.
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Book A Farm Tour!
One way that money is raised for The Florida Parade of Retired Equine Champions is through our Farm Tour Fundraising! Guests can book a farm tour by calling Helen Barbazon at 352-207-0286 and then visit Pleasant Acres Stallions for a tour of the farm facilities. As a guest, you will spend an hour or more seeing our beautiful mares and rambunctious foals, our champion stallions, and our most distinguished resident – Precious Passion!
Tours are available Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We look forward to showing you Pleasant Acres Stallions! Donations of $25 per person for each tour goes directly to The Florida Parade of Retired Equine Champions.
We will be adding a convenient online calendar soon for booking and paying for tours online. Please check back.
Florida Charitable Solicitation Disclosure Statement:
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR FLORIDA PARADE OF RETIRED EQUINE CHAMPIONS, INC. (“FPREC”), A FLORIDA-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH40529), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING THEIR WEBSITE HERE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.