The curtain rises on the World Equestrian Center
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps pose for photos with the statue of horse Staff Sergeant Reckless as people gather for a VIP sneak peek of the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.
Dozens of area dignitaries got their first formal look at the majestic World Equestrian Center on Wednesday, weeks before the sprawling horse and entertainment complex opens to the public. The facility, the centerpiece of which is its stunning five-story hotel Equestrian Hotel, also features the 8,000-seat Hunterland Stadium, four climate-controlled indoor arenas and 22 outdoor rings designed for equine events, as well as five expo centers capable of hosting sporting events, conventions, trade shows, car shows, dog and other animal shows or party rentals. Masks and social distancing were required, although some guests removed their masks just briefly for photos. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]