Special Events at The Grand Oaks

Admission is always FREE (unless otherwise stated) and Spectators are always welcome!

We do provide seating, however you may bring your own lawn chair if you prefer.

If you bring a pet, we kindly ask that it be kept on a leash.

Please click on this link to download a map of The Grand Oaks Resort:  Grand Oaks MAP NEW GO Map_August 2016

Winter Horse Festival

December 1, 2017 – February 11, 2018

WHF Poster

Details for all events to follow soon…

Sign up to volunteer!  All disciplines.  Call Marilyn @ 352.750.5500 Ext. 237

Click this link to visit our Facebook page at Grand Oaks Winter Horse Festival

DOWNLOAD our Poster here: Poster for Winter Horse Festival


Horse Shows in the Park — Hunter/Jumper Show:  January 27 & 28, 2018

Grand Oaks Classic — Pleasure Show & Combined Test:  February 9, 10 & 11, 2018



Hunt Country Horse Show

January 27 & 28, 2017


Come see hunters & jumpers as they soar over fences and other obstacles! Events from 9 am to 5 pm at our Covered Arena, Front Arena, Fiber Arena & Racetrack Arena. No admission price, spectators welcome! Children’s event at the Front Arena (museum side). Advanced participants at the Covered Arena. Please visit for more information.



Grand Oaks Classic 2018

February 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Grand Oaks Classic 2018

Pleasure Driving Show & Combined Test.  FREE admission — open to the public, spectators welcome!

Wednesday, Feb. 7 — 10:00 am Stabling Opens (participants only)

Thursday, Feb. 8 — 1:00 pm Secretary’s Office Opens
6:00 pm Pizza Party in the Oak Room (participants only)

Friday, Feb. 9 — 8:00 am Dressage & Cones Competition
1:00 pm Super Derby @ Covered Arena
6:00 pm BBQ Dinner / Awards for Super Derby & CT (participants only)

Saturday, Feb. 10 — 8:00 am Pleasure Driving Competition
6:30 pm Saturday Evening Dinner (participants only)

Sunday, Feb. 11 — 8:00 am Pleasure Driving Competition

Questions? Call 352.750.5500 X229 or email



Gypsy Vanner Horse Society

February 17 & 18, 2017


Grand Oaks Resort welcomes the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society for thier annual meeting, evaluations, and training seminars. Spectators are welcome to come and view the horses!

The Gypsy Vanner Horse is a beautiful breed envisioned by the Gypsies of Great Britain. This horse was selectively bred for over half a century from a vision to create the perfect horse to pull the Gypsy caravan.

Originally bred to pull the Gypsy wagon, these horses are now being used in all disciplines. You will see them pulling carts and carriages, ridden in the dressage ring, as well as over fences and as western pleasure horses. The Gypsy Vanner is a wonderful family horse and is popular as a trail or therapy horse due to its unflappable nature.


Marion-Alachua Dog Training Association:

Lure Coursing / Fast Trials

February 24 & 25, 2017


We will be hosting a dog competition brought to you by the Marion-Alachua Dog Training Association (MADTA).  More specifically, this event is called “Lure Coursing” where the dogs chase a mechanical rabbit. Lure Coursing is one of the most popular competitive sports enjoyed by dog owners and enthusiasts. This event is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  Dogs will be judged and awarded accordingly.

Event trials will run from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm each day.

For more information about MADTA please visit:






Events at The Grand Oaks

Hunt Country Horse Show January 27 & 28
Grand Oaks Classic 2018 February 9 – 11
Gypsy Vanners Horse Society February 17 & 18
Marion/Alachua Lure Coursing February 24 & 25
Arabian Horse Show March 31st – April 1st
Hunt Country Horse Show April 7 & 8
Stirrups ‘n Strides April 14, 2018
Agility Trials Dog Show April 20 – 22
Hunt Country Horse Show May 4 – 6
The Southern Drive May 10 – 13
Stride Show May 19 & 20
Hunt Country Horse Show June 2 & 3
Summer Fun Horse Show June 7 – 9
HSITP Sporthorse Spectacular June 22 – 24
Central Florida Dressage June 30th – July 1st
Hunt Country Horse Show July 7 & 8
Hunt Country Horse Show August 4 & 5
Hunt Country Horse Show October 6 & 7
Hunt Country Horse Show October 26 – 28
Nat’l Lure Coursing Championships November 8 – 11
Hunt Country Horse Show November 16 – 18
Grand Oaks Horse Trials November 23 – 25