Calendar of Events at Equestrian Springs Community, Ocala, Fl


March 25, Sat, 9:00 am – STRIDE Poker Run Trail Ride and Drive

two riders in front of pond at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482

Join us Sat, March 25, 2017 at 9am, “Poker Run” trail ride and drive at Equestrian Springs, Ocala 34482

Riders and carriage drivers are invited to the annual STRIDE Dressage “Poker Run” trail ride at Equestrian Springs. Riders & drivers will pick up playing cards at 5 points on the 2-mile trail and winning hands will be tallied at the end. 50:50 split of proceeds to top 5 hands, balance donated to a local horse rescue. Carriage Drivers head out 9:30 am – Riders at 10:00 am. Pot Luck Lunch & STRIDE Meeting, 12:30 pm (You don’t have to ride or drive to come to meeting).  For entry form, email 

Entry form for Equestrian Springs trail ride - drive March 25, 2017

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Feb 16, 2017, Thursday, 5:oo pm – Yoga for Equestrians Begins

Yoga teacher Sylvia Vitazkova in a balancing asana

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

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.

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.



Jan 7, Sat, 10am-11:30am – 1st Annual 2K Walk-Run-Dog Jog

Bring your dog, family or come alone to walk (25 mins) or run our beautiful nature trail. All funds go to VOCAL, Voice of Change Animal League, whose mission is to solve Marion County’s homeless pet problem through prevention. Entry fee: $5 children, $7.50 adults, dogs free. RSVP to Hellena Smejda, (352) 875-8156,

Buster dog looking at camera

Buster invites you to a fun “do good” day. RSVP to his mom at (352) 875-8156 cell/text











Dec 3rd “Jingle Bells” Trail Ride: Edith Finlayson (left) and Lonni Bechen posed in front of the cascade with full-size horse sculpture after their trail ride. Model home is in background.lonni-edited-pix-of-lonni-and-edith-in-front-of-cascade-20161203_100853


Dec 3rd Open House at Model Home: Dawn Padot from Homerun Realty hosted the open house: (352) 207-0005, This custom model home (never lived in) is  for sale at $549,000. The house sits on 3 fenced acres and has 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage. Built by TL Carlson Construction.dawn-padot-open-house-car-flag-cropped-20161203_124638