Press Release


(Ocala, Fl) The Florida Agricultural Center & Horse Park (FHP) located in Ocala, Florida is excited to announce plans for four new Martin Collins arenas installed by Equestrian Footings and Services. Each arena will be equipped with the Risohorse ebb and flow system and the Martin Collins CLOPF fiber.

“This is a game changer for the Florida Agricultural Center & Horse Park that will allow us to continue to attract world-class events and athletes. We’re proud to share this exciting news as we move into the winter season and welcome the equestrian community to visit and enjoy our facility,” said Carol Dover, Chair of the FHP and President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Olympian 3-day event rider, Leslie Law is excited for the upcoming eventing season at the Florida Horse Park, “I have competed at venues around the world, and always enjoy riding on Martin Collins surfaces. I am thrilled to know that the Florida Horse Park will be able to offer this premier riding surface for their competitors. A high quality footing, such as Martin Collins, makes all the difference when competing allowing for optimal conditions for our horses."

The innovative Risohorse ebb and flow watering system ensures that the arenas stay properly hydrated. This system allows for a more consistent footing throughout competition. Through a series of underground pipes and sensors, water is automatically added or drained from the riding arenas depending on the environment.

The Martin Collins CLOPF fiber is essential to binding the high grade sand used, and providing the optimal traction and firmness for our equine athletes.

The new arena plans include two show rings measuring 140’ X 240’ that can also be utilized as warm up arenas for the two Grand Prix arenas measuring 250’ X 350’. Dr. Judy Downer, the Equine Program Manager at College of Central Florida and USEF “R” Judge is also looking forward to the new plans, "I am very excited for the new Martin Collins arenas coming to the Florida Horse Park. This state-of-the-art footing is fabulous for the horses and having an additional arena will expand horse show capacity for the Park. This should bring bigger and better competitions to our area. As a competitor in dressage, I prefer to show at facilities with great footing and safe stabling. As a judge, good footing allows horses to work to their best ability. The new arenas are a great improvement for the Florida Horse Park, and I am looking forward to showing there in 2018." Dr. Downer is the Vice President of the STRIDE Dressage Association and has hosted many shows at the Florida Horse Park.

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About the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park
The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park (FHP) is a 500-acre, multipurpose facility and one of Central Florida's premier venues for equine, agricultural, educational, and sporting events. The park currently hosts a variety of events, from international equestrian events to 5Ks, and rodeos to dog shows. Find a full list of events on our Calendar of Events page (FHP).

Media Contact:
Erin Power, Press Secretary
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA)
(850) 224-2250 ext. 255