Champions Run, Ocala: Located Where Champions Are Made

Ocala | Where Champions Are Made

We are busy as ever at Sunlight Resorts. From our daily, weekly, and monthly community events at the Resort at Canopy Oaks to getting our newest resort, Champions Run in Ocala, ready for the April 2022 opening. Did you know that Ocala is officially named THE HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD? Read on to find out why.

THE EQUESTRIAN HISTORY OF OCALA/MARION COUNTY

Many have images of cowboys driving cattle in dusty environments or rodeos when they think horses. The history of horses in Ocala is a little different. Carl G. Rose created the first thoroughbred horse farm in Florida in 1943. A year later, one of Rose’s horses won at Tropical Park in Miami, making it the first Florida-raised horse to win.

The Florida horse breeding boom wouldn’t take off until 1956. Needles, a horse from Bonnie Heath Farm in Ocala, became the first Florida-bred Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner. The horse whose name came from the numerous injections he had to get as a rather sickly foal grew into a formidable racing horse and was inducted into the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

“In fact, the last two Triple Crown winners, one of the highest honors and accomplishments for thoroughbreds, have ties to Ocala/Marion County—American Pharoah trained here, and Affirmed was born, bred and trained in the County.” – Explore Ocala

EXPERIENCE WHERE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE AT CHAMPIONS RUN

When you stay at Sunlight Resorts newest property, Champions Run, you are surrounded by the equestrian history and national and international equestrian events and competitions. Our resort is an excellent vacation destination for those wishing to watch the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, Live Oak International, Ocala Breeders’ Sale, and many competition series at the World Equestrian Center.

Get An Up Close View Of Where Champions Are Made at Local Ocala Farms

Those wishing to saddle up during their stay at Sunlight Resort’s Champions Run can get a unique perspective on Ocala/Marion County’s scenery with one of the many local companies that offer horseback riding adventures for every skill level. But if you want to get up close and personal with the legends themselves, many local horse farms offer tours. Equestrian enthusiasts will get the chance to see some of the the biggest names in the sport and champions in the making.

PLAN YOUR RESORT AT CANOPY OAKS WINTERTIME FUN
THEN SPEND YOUR SPRING AT CHAMPIONS RUN

Sunlight Resorts has your luxury RV Resort needs covered this winter at our Resort at Canopy Oaks in Lake Wales, Florida. There will not be a dull moment this winter with daily crafting opportunities, Taco Tuesdays with Cocktails, weekly wine tastings at the clubhouse and flights at the Tiki Bar. We encourage you to experience the warm community and luxurious amenities at Canopy Oaks this winter.

Leave The Snow For Fun in the Sun

The Resort at Canopy Oaks

You can expect the same amazing experience you have come to expect from Sunlight Resorts when you come stay with us starting April 1st, 2022 for the grand opening of Champions Run. Make your reservation now to make sure you get a spot to explore the brand new resort and the Ocala area.

Stay Where Champions Are Made This April

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