The Marion County Commission Chairman coined the new World Equestrian Center as the “Disney World of the horse industry” on Wednesday morning.
In remarks made to the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, Marion County Commission Chairman Jeff Gold commended the organization for “kicking it into high gear” in making tremendous progress in the construction of the massive, multi-billion dollar facility.
“When I got out of the car and started walking, it was like walking at Disney. Leaving the tram and walking, and walking,” said Gold of the “huge arenas” and larger-than-life structures that the organization has constructed in the past two years.
Gold, who took over the Chairman seat earlier this year from Commissioner Kathy Bryant of District 2, says he was in awe while touring the new center during a recent soft opening.
“This is going to be something that’s not just great for the horse industry, but great for our community,” said Gold. “It is just amazing.”
The company, which operates another World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, claims that the Ocala location is the largest equestrian center in the United States. The location already boasts a full slate of competitions and events for 2021, including multiple shows scheduled for next month.