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Equestrian Springs lot #25 being cleared to build new home

Equestrian Springs welcomes our new neighbors who are clearing the site where they’ll place their home on their 3.26 acre estate lot. House plans are being finalized and construction should begin soon. Many trees will be preserved.

Equestrian Springs has 27 lots from 2+ to 9+ acres in size, many treed. Hikers and riders can enjoy the 2-mile perimeter bridle path, three fourths shaded.

Construction on another new home on Lot 18 (across the street from 25) is also planned for early 2018.

Site clearing at Equestrian Springs

Trees are being removed to clear the area where new owners will build their home. They’ll keep as many trees as possible on their 3+ acre lot which borders the 2-mile perimeter hiking/riding trail, three-fourths of it shaded. There are still lots for sale, including “building jump start” lots at very favorable prices for those who can start building within 9 months of closing.

March 25th Poker Run for Horse Riders & Drivers

Once again, Equestrian Springs is hosting a “Poker Run” trail ride and drive sponsored by STRIDE Dressage Association. Equestrians from other horse clubs are invited to come enjoy the day.

Riders & drivers will pick up playing cards at 5 points on the 2-mile trail and winning hands will be tallied at the end. 50% of  the proceeds go to the top 5 hands, and the balance will be donated to a local horse rescue.

Carriage Drivers head out at 9:30 am, riders at 10:00 am, with a Pot Luck Lunch & STRIDE Meeting at 12:30 pm.  

Entry $10. Register by March 20. Email for  form:  info@EquestrianSprings.com 

 

5 riders at the Equestrian Springs poker run trail ride

Above: Riders ready to head out at the 2015 poker run.            Below: Horse carriages are welcome!

Yoga For Riders Starts Feb 16th At Equestrian Springs in Ocala

Sylvia Vitazkova in a balancing asana

Sylvia Vitazkova, PhD, begins teaching yoga for equestrians – both professionals and amateurs – on Feb 16, 2017 at Equestrian Springs. For details, contact her at (540) 878-1987

 

Sylvia K. Vitazkova, PhD, is a yoga teacher, life coach, horsewoman, and conservation biologist.

Her teaching focus is on correct alignment, the joy and challenge of being fully present in one’s body, and the psychological and spiritual context within which the physical practice is embedded.

Sylvia has a lifelong connection with horses, from her first pony while a child in Africa, to teaching at riding camp in the U.S. as a teenager and later at Claremont Riding Academy in NYC, to the current and ongoing exploration of how yoga can be a tool for better and more connected riding.

Horse riding is a physically and mentally demanding sport. Riding well requires acute body awareness, fitness, flexibility, coordination, and focus. While it may be easy to follow the movement of the horse and to recover from falls when one is young, it becomes increasingly challenging to remain supple, fit, and fearless past one’s twenties.

Professionals who ride multiple horses each day need to stretch well-used muscles and engage in constructive mindfulness practices to deal with multiple, often stressful, sponsor, client, student and equine demands. Amateurs must maintain fitness, increase coordination and focus, and often need to overcome fear when riding (though few will admit to it!).

Sylvia teaches riders how to stretch before a ride, how to remain present and fluid while riding, how to loosen used muscles after a ride, and how to prepare mentally to get in the arena or show ring.

In her yoga class, students learn how to:

  • unlock mid-back muscles so they can lift their chest without stiffening the lower back
  • identify which side of their body is stronger and how that affects the aids
  • engage their core and lighten the seat without tightening the buttock muscles and losing fluidity in the spine.

For details, contact Sylvia at (540) 878-1987

Visitors celebrated Fall with 2 Events During Ocala Parade of Homes: Oct 15 Symphony Duet and Oct 23 Trail Ride

Jueun Kim Warf (Violinist) & Kathryn Poore (Violist) Oct 15 at Equestrian Springs IMG 4478

Violist Kathryn Poore (right) from the Ocala Symphony and Violinist Jueun Kim Warf (left) from the Gainesville Symphony performed a duet in the model home at Equestrian Springs on Saturday Oct 15th.

In the photo below: Left to right, Jackie Carlson of TL Carlson Construction who built the home, Hellena Smejda from Equestrian Springs, Jueun and Kathryn, Al Nuh from Equestrian Springs.

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The weather was perfect for a trail ride! Pictured is the horse sculpture atop the cascade waterfall, which was the starting point for the trail ride on this beautiful property.

trailer & horse on lot 1 gate background 20161023_105424 Bill Maleske’s Paso Fino waiting for her buddies, parked in front of lot 1.

Maria on pinto and Riana (on Versailles) 20161023_112150

Below: Maria French on her Tobiano Paint and Rianne Ruizendaal of Dutch Dream Farm on the Hanoverian “Versailles”

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Above: Denise Raymond on her Missouri Foxtrotter “Sam”

Below: Close-up of the full-size Italian horse atop the 15 foot high cascade made from Florida limestone and surrounded by a moat landscaped with water lilies and other plants. It stands in the roundabout at the apex of the entrance road which then branches left and right. Every visitor loves this ! cascade lilies papyrus 20161023_131930 Laughing Maleskes and Holgate on entrance road 20161023_092337

Bill and Nancy Maleske on their Paso Finos enjoyed visiting with friend and fellow trail rider Karen Holgate.  It was a crisp Fall morning (notice jackets!). 

Below: Karen, Nancy, Bill ready to head outKaren Holgate Nancy Maleske Bill Maleske 20161023_093853 Denise Raymond, Karen Holgate, Nancy and Bill Maleske 20161023_094557

Denise Raymond joins the group entrance muehli grass, gate, cascade, house 20161018_105134

Below: Fall is when Muehli Grass blooms in Ocala. Here, it complements the Knock Out Roses that flank the Florida limestone rocks on the Equestrian Springs entrance island. Shown through the entrance gate posts, in the far left, is the cascade with full-size horse sculpture. Far right is the Carlson-built Parade house on lot 17, seen through the trees of lot 27. 

Below: I love this google-enhanced photo! It’s so romantic.  

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Below: Banners and signs welcomed visitors to our entry in the Fall Ocala Parade of Homes.  Parade sign at entrance with banners 20161022_180918

 

Equestrian Springs developer “Lucky” Smejda stopped at Ocala’s famous Tas-T-O Donut shop on Silver Springs Boulevard early morning and selected a variety of treats for after the trail ride. The Ocala institution opens at 6 and is usually sold out by 10.

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Champagne Concert – Sat Oct 15 during Parade of Homes

 

Everyone is invited for music, champagne & cookies – and drawing for 2 tickets to choice of events at The Reilly Center!

The “Forest Springs” home at Equestrian Springs will resound with music on the first Saturday of the Fall Ocala Parade of Homes, Oct 15th from 2-3:30pm. This unique “Champagne Concert” features the classical music duet of Ocala Symphony Orchestra Violist Kathryn Poore and Gainesville Orchestra Violinist Jueun Kim Warf.

All visitors throughout the Parade of Homes — Oct 13-16 and 20-23 — may enter a drawing for a pair of tickets to the winners’ choice of events at The Reilly Center, home of the Ocala Symphony and venue for many different cultural events.

The concert is one of two events at Equestrian Springs during the Parade. The second event is a trail ride with Tas-T-O doughnuts and coffee on Sun, Oct 23rd at 9am. RSVP please for trail ride to Hellena at 352/875-8156 call/text.

Ask us about special Parade pricing on Equestrian Springs lots and the Forest Springs house: call/text Al (786) 202-0521, call/text Hellena at (352) 875-8156, or call Lucky at (305) 358-4441.

Pamela Calero, Ocala Symphony Executive Director holding lamp at the model home in Equestrian Springs

Pamela Calero, Executive Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and The Reilly Arts Center,  presented Equestrian Springs with a violin-shaped lamp, in appreciation of developer “Lucky” Smejda’s donation to the Symphony. The Smejda Family has joined other Ocala families, individuals and companies as Founding Members of the OSO.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra Violist Kathryn Poore will be performing at Equestrian Springs' Champagne Concert during the Fall Ocala Parade of Homes in a duet with  Gainesville Orchestra Violinist Jueun Kim Warf, Sat Oct 15, 2:00pm

Ocala Symphony Violist Kathryn Poore

We’re doing the heavy lifting!

 

READY…

Equipment for land clearing being unloaded by Clark Land Clearing Corp's Brian

SET…

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View of tree clearing from SE corner of area on Lot 1 within which a house can be built. All trees under 10" in diameter are being removed.

Still a work in progress: View  from SE corner of  area in which a house can be built on the 3-acre Lot 1.  All trees under 10″ in diameter are being removed so the buyer can walk in and visualize the house footprint.

Lot clearing at Equestrian Springs by Clark Land Clearing Corp of Crystal River, Florida

Land clearing at Equestrian Springs by Clark Land Clearing Corp of Crystal River, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking De-Coded at Equestrian Springs

Bring your baking questions to Equestrian Springs on Thurs, Aug 18, 6-8 pm when “Patti Cakes” baker Patricia Phucian shows us how to make her fail-safe Lemon Almond Pound Cake and Ginger Snap Cookies in the award-winning kitchen in the model home.

You, too, can bake successfully! She’ll bring already baked goodies and show us step by step how to bake them from scratch, using natural ingredients without preservatives. We’ll also learn how to “shake up” home-made butter from heavy cream! Then we’ll all sit down and sample her baking.

RSVP to Hellena at (352) 875-8156 or info@EquestrianSprings.com.

Can’t make it? Email Hellena to receive our schedule of cultural gatherings celebrating the North Central Florida relaxed and friendly lifestyle.  

You'll find Patti Cakes every Saturday morning at the Highway 326 Farmer's Market (East of Hwy 441/301). She uses all natural ingredients, no preservatives. Try them, you'll like it!

You’ll find Patti Cakes every Saturday morning at the Highway 326 Farmer’s Market (East of Hwy 441/301). She uses all natural ingredients, no preservatives. Try them, you’ll like it!

Cover photo of A Lifetime of Cooking

Patti’s “A Lifetime of Cooking” cookbook has 300 tried-and-true recipes from appetizers to desserts, plus a foreword of instructions and cooking tips.

July 9 – Sunset Poetry Reading at Equestrian Springs

 

Celebrate summer at our July 9 firesideA luxurious home to relax and enjoy nature poetry reading at sunset (8:31). Dessert from 7:30. RSVP please.

Share your own poem or bring your favorite poem to read under the stars as we gather around the fire ring at the model home. Bring a chair, your children and friends!

Where: Equestrian Springs, 4701 NW 100th Street, Ocala, FL 34482, USA
Contact – RSVP: Hellena Smejda, 352-875-8156, hs@EquestrianSprings.com

This is the first in a series of intimate cultural gatherings at Equestrian Springs, Ocala’s most beautiful gated community for horse and nature lovers. Located in near-northwest Marion, Equestrian Springs has 27 home sites from 2+ to 9+ acres in size; winding roads with streetlights; two-mile perimeter riding/hiking trail; 15 foot water cascade topped with a full-size horse sculpture; 3-acre park with spring-fed pond, and another pond with night lit fountain. Easy to find, Equestrian Springs is located at 4701 NW 100th Street, Ocala 34482. That’s three miles West of Highway 441/301 on Martin-Anthony Road (NW 100th Street).