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Parade of Nations in downtown Ocala kicks off weekend of driving and show jumping competition

The only international driving and show jumping tournament in the U.S. got off to an impressive start on Thursday with the 28th annual Parade of Nations, hosted by Live Oak International.

The competition, which showcases nearly two dozen breeds from all over the world, held its opening day ceremony in historic Downtown Ocala.

Much to the delight of the thousands of local residents in attendance, the horses trotted around the main square according to their breed, showcasing their talents and the beautiful array of carriages that accompanied them.

Check out our photos from the event, along with descriptions of the horses involved:

Phyllis and David Brugger, snowbirds from Michigan, and their Haflingers
Phyllis and David Brugger, snowbirds from Michigan, and their Haflingers

Dwight Hughes is accompanied by Kelly Lamb on a German buggy toted by Hughes' Percherons, Mike and Mark
Dwight Hughes is accompanied by Kelly Lamb on a German buggy toted by Hughes’ Percherons, Mike and Mark

Stephanie Roberts of Procyon Training guides Honey, a miniature service horse, through the square
Stephanie Roberts of Procyon Training guides Honey, a miniature service horse, through the square

Poppy Moe rides Benny Boy, an American Quarter Horse, around Ocala's Downtown District
Poppy Moe rides Benny Boy, an American Quarter Horse, around Ocala’s Downtown District

GG Oz the Wizard, a Gypsy Vanner Horse stallion, being ridden by Paulette Stoudt
GG Oz the Wizard, a Gypsy Vanner Horse stallion, being ridden by Paulette Stoudt

Abbey Slaven rides on her 4-year-old Mustang Prim, alongside Cat Zimmerman and her Mustang Monche
Abbey Slaven rides on her 4-year-old Mustang Prim, alongside Cat Zimmerman and her Mustang Monche

Kimie Carp and Tiny Prince Charming
Kimie Carp and Tiny Prince Charming

Claudia and Bill Parkhurst with their American Morgan Horse, Trevi
Claudia and Bill Parkhurst with their American Morgan Horse, Trevi

The festivities continue this weekend with driving and jumping competitions with awards totaling over $100,000.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

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