Horses & Riding Interests

The State of Florida has more than 500,000 horses and more than 70% are used for competition and recreation, ranking #3 in the US (as per 2005 National Horse Council Study).  Florida is home to almost all breeds of horses, led by Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses and Arabians.   EllaVista is ideally located for a range of equestrian interests whether you would just like to see them in action, to ride them yourselves or simply top up your supply of tack with a few western accessories!

Equestrian EventsArabian Nights showMedieval Times Show

There are a number of equestrian-themed shows ands activities only a short drive away from EllaVista including:

  • Arabian Nights
  • Medieval Times
These venues are typically around 15-20minutes drive away from EllaVista and are described in more detail here.
There have historically also been exciting Rodeo’s to visit but the most regular ceased operations a while ago leaving the occasional events at Silver Spurs Rodeo at Osceola County.

Horse Riding

For those wanting to try our riding themselves while they are visiting our villa, we have found the following to be worth considering – advance booking is recommended, it is also worth checking whether they apply weight restrictions to avoid disappointment.

Crosrails Riding Academy logoCross Rails Riding Academy

Cross Rails Riding AcademyCross Rails Riding Academy provides lessons in all aspects of ‘English-style’ riding including jumping & dressage. With mounts ranging from Shetlands and Welsh Ponies to Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses a suitable ride can be found for all.  Just 25 minutes from EllaVista Cross Rails is located at:

19742 County Road 561,
Clermont, FL 34715

And can be contacted on #352-243-RIDE or by email.

Horse World Riding Stables logoHorse World Riding Stables

Horse World Trail RideHorse World Riding Stables provides both lessons and a range of trail rides of up to 90-minutes long over sandy trails undisturbed by much more than horses and local wildlife.

If you are celebrating a special event at EllaVista and fancy a horse-themed day then Horse World might be the right choice for you since they claim to be able to arrange an event day for your group including such activities as trail rides, hay rides, horseshoe pitching plus much more.

The ranch, which has more than 750 acres to roam in for the non-riders in your party, is just 12 miles off the 192 near Kissimmee at 3705 Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34758 or call (407) 847-4343 and is about a 30-minute drive away.

Ace of Hearts logoAce of Hearts Ranch

Ace of Hearts Trail RideAce of Hearts Ranch just minutes away from Kennedy Space Centre provides an opportunity for larger groups to exploit different interests without having to plan totally different days, meeting up later at a restaurant maybe to share your adventures. For those with a desire to get back to nature the trail rides offered here are definitely for you, whilst those wishing to commune with technology can enjoy the Space Centre and marvel at the Apollo 13 Space Capsule and many other technical wonders.

The ranch invites you to unwind, forget about traffic and schedules and take in hours of beautiful Florida trails where you can relax, enjoy wild flowers, unforgettable scenery and wildlife while travelling through the many different habitats and terrains the area has to offer.

Just about 50-minutes away from EllaVista, the Ace of Hearts Ranch can be found at 7400 Bridal Path Lane, Cocoa, FL 32927 and contacted either by phone on (321) 638-0104 or email.

Fiddlers Green RanchFiddlers Green Ranch

Fiddlers Green Ocala Trail RideFiddler’s Green Ranch is a little further away (around 90-minutes) but affords the opportunity to visit the 400,000 acre Ocala National Forest.

Offering a range of riding activities from guided Forest Trail Rides of up to 5 hours in length and lessons the ranch also has a wide range of horses to see including those used for barrel racing and other performance horses – not your run-of-the-mill hacks!

The ranch, which proudly refers to the existence of cowboys in Florida 100 years before they arrived in Texas, is at Altoona at 42725 W. Altoona Road. They can be contacted on (352) 669-7111 or 1-800-94RANCH

Tack Shops

Whether it is the western saddle you always dreamed of owning or a numnah you just can’t get round the corner we will find you shopping opportunities near EllaVista for the equestrian-minded.  The first we have found is

  • Clermont Equestrian – just 10 minutes away at 699 US Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34711, this store stocks English & Western tack and a wide range of riding wear.
  • Grand Cypress Equestrian Center Tack Shop – less than 30 minutes from EllaVista (see above) adjoins the Equestrian Center and Golf facilities.
  • Whip n Spur – in Tampa at 14434 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33616, stocking a really wide range of tack and supplies.
As we find more outlets we will postthem here for you.
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