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

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet

November 23, 2017

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Join us here at Grand Oaks Resort to feast on a lavish array of Thanksgiving favorites and spend the holiday in good company!  Dinner will be held in the Oak Room Ballroom with banquet-style seating.  2pm SEATING IS SOLD OUT.  There is one seating left — 11:30 am.  $29 per person (plus tax and gratuity).  Children under 12 only $14 and children under 5 are free.

To make your reservations please click on this link to purchase tickets:


This event has Banquet Style seating — 8 to a table.  At checkout, please specify seating preferences, if needed.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

— Tossed salad consisting of mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and red onion. Choice of two salad dressings.
— Fresh seasonal fruit
— Seafood salad
— Three-cheese tortellini antipasta
— Warm rolls and butter

— Carved Turkey Breast and Gravy
— Carved Maple Glazed Ham
— Salmon with fresh Dill Sauce
— Yams
— Sage Stuffing
— Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary
— Green Beans and Carrots
— Fresh Cranberry Sauce

— Bourbon Pecan Pie
— Caramel Apple Crumb Cake
— Pumpkin Pie
— Chocolate Mousse




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


North American Preliminary Championships (Grand Oaks CDE) : December 1,2 & 3, 2017

— For more info please visit Grand Oaks CDE:

— To volunteer for Grand Oaks CDENA Preliminary VOLUNTEERS

Sneak Peek — Eventing Schooling Show:  December 9 & 10, 2017

— To volunteer for the Schooling Show: Eventing VOLUNTEERS

Dressage Festival: January 13 & 14, 2018

Grand Oaks Eventing Horse Trials:  January 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018

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

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



Festival of Trees: A Holiday Charity Event

November 29 through December 2, 2017

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Join us for the Festival of Trees! A Holiday Charity event — FREE and open to the public. This year will include wreaths as well as trees to vote for. Food & Drinks (including a Warm-Up Bar), holiday music, donation-based Carriage Rides and appearances by Santa will make this a fun and festive event for all!

Wednesday, November 29th through Saturday, December 2nd. Viewing 4 – 8 pm each day. LIVE auction on December 2nd.

Carriage Rides are Thursday, Friday & Saturday only.

Questions?  Call Monica at 352.750.5500 Ext. 221 or email

Detailed schedule can be seen here: Festival of Trees Schedule




North American Driving Championships (CDE)

December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

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Events run generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  A CDE (combined driving event) is a carriage driving event with three phases of competition that include dressage, cones, and a marathon with hazards/obstacles. For those wishing to have a shorter marathon, a DT (Driving Trial) is offered, which is a shortened form of a CDE and great for any age, any level, and any equine. For those not wishing to compete in the marathon, a Combined Test (CT) is offered (dressage and cones only). This competition is recognized by the American Driving Society (ADS). You can access the official ADS Omnibus Listing for this show.

This show also serves as the North American Preliminary Championship. Preliminary drivers who qualify can compete in the CDE Championship (or can opt not to compete in the Championship).

We would love to host you as a competitor, sponsor, volunteer, or vendor!

— For more info please visit Grand Oaks CDE:

— To volunteer for Grand Oaks CDE:




Sneak Peek: Eventing Show

December 9 & 10, 2017

Schooling Show

See Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.  FREE admission, open to the public — spectators are welcome! Events to take place at various locations on property. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Schooling Event Schedule

Saturday, December 9th – Dressage and Show Jumping

Sunday, December 10thCross Country

BE A VOLUNTEER!  Grand Oaks Resort is looking for volunteers to help with our first ever Eventing Schooling Show, taking place on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th.

For those that are new to the sport of eventing; it is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across three disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. We will be looking for helpers to be fence judges on Sunday December 10th. As a fence judge, you will be assigned to a jump on the cross country course and be responsible for recording the activities that happen at that fence. This is a great opportunity to see the action up close and feel very involved throughout the event.

To sign up, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on I’m a Volunteer
  3. Click on Upcoming Events
  4. Click Grand Oaks December Schooling Event
  5. Change the event day to Sunday, December 10th
  6. Choose a volunteer option and click Sign Up



Orlando Dressage

January 13 & 14


Dressage Festival Show featuring Orlando Dressage

Events from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at our Covered Arena. FREE ADMISSION, spectators are welcome!

Please visit for more information.

Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training“, where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.” Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. In modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of “tests”, prescribed series of movements ridden within a standard arena. Dressage competitions consist of a series of individual tests with an increasing level of difficulty.



Grand Oaks Eventing Horse Trials

January 18 – 21, 2017

GO Horse Trials 2018

USEA recognized event.  See Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. FREE admission, open to the public — spectators are welcome! Events to take place at various locations on property. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.




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




Events at The Grand Oaks

Festival of Trees 2017 Nov 29 – Dec 2
NA Preliminary Championships December 1 – 3
Horse Trials Eventing Show December 9 & 10



Events at The Grand Oaks

Orlando Dressage Horse Show January 13 & 14
Grand Oaks Eventing Horse Trials January 18 – 21
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