Premiere horse show facilities in Sarasota

Fox Lea Farm is a nationally-recognized horse show facility located in Venice, Florida, that attracts competitors from all over the world. The Sarasota Polo Grounds located in Lakewood Ranch is another horse facility that offers exhilarating polo matches. Did we mention both are nearby some of the best beaches in the country?

Sarasota County is a equestrian vacation destination. Trails such as Myakkahatcee Environmental Creek provide outdoor spaces to go for a ride, and facilities such as Fox Lea Farm and Sarasota Polo Grounds are the perfect locations to enjoy horse shows. Learn more about both facilities:

Fox Lea Farm

When Fox Lea Farm was established in 1983, who knew it would grow into a nationally-recognized horse show facility? But it has, and this once best-kept-secret facility has blossomed into a premiere venue featuring horse shows that include hunter/jumper, quarter horse, appaloosa and dressage, which attract competitors from around the world.

Fox Lea Farms
Fox Lea Farm

Fox Lea Farm is located just west of the I-75 on North Auburn Road. The facility has 40 weekends of shows each year - that's more than 160 event days per year. More than $750,000 is awarded in prize money to competitors throughout the year, which draws elite athletes to the area. One of the top three grossing sports venues in Sarasota County, this venue is part of a sport that generates $6.5 billion in annual economic impact to the state of Florida, and generates a whopping 72,000 jobs!

One of the popular fall events to put on the calendar is the $25,000 Grand Prix and silent auction presented by the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club, called "Show Jumping Under the Stars." The event is Saturday, Nov. 19. Parking is free and admission is only $5. Gates open and the auction begins at 2:30 p.m., and the competition starts at 6:30 p.m. Show Jumping is an Olympic sport that has jumps approaching five feet in height! For those unfamiliar with the sport this is a great "first show." All Fox Lea Farm events are very family-friendly.

The 2017 Venice Equestrian Tour Winter Circuit, a series of seven horse shows, starts Wednesday, Jan. 18, and runs through Sunday, March 5, 2017. Every Friday during the series, Fox Lea Farm will host "Show Jumping Under the Stars" events, which will feature a $25,000 Grand Prix. The first event will be Friday Jan. 20, and occurs each Friday thereafter for seven weeks, concluding with the event on Friday, March 3 (Grand Prix's on Jan 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3.) For "Show Jumping Under the Stars" events, doors open at 5 p.m. and competition starts at 7 p.m. Visit Fox Lea Farm's website for more info.

Sarasota Polo Grounds

Sarasota Polo
Sarasota Polo

Since 1991 the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch has been in operation, showcasing thrilling polo matches in Sarasota, Florida. The grounds, bought  by the Uihlein family, founders of Schlitz Brewing Company in 1922, evolved from a timber farm to agricultural business operated by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, to Polo Grounds. Today, the grounds have Bermuda playing fields and are supported by a first-class residential polo community.

There are nine polo fields at the grounds. Visitors can enjoy polo matches from the start of January through mid-April. Admission is $12 per person and children under 12 are free. 

Videos

Check out this video from "Show Jumping Under the Stars" event in 2016:

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