The Horse Capital of the World is the title that was given to Ocala/Marion County in 2007 and speaks to the county’s unique involvement in all things equestrian. Champion horses come from here. At Sullivan Buick GMC in Ocala, is the place where you can find all the horse power you need to get around horse country. There is no better way to see horse country than from behind the wheel of a GMC truck.
Needles was an American Hall of Fame Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. In 1956, Needles became the first Florida-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and also won the Belmont Stakes. Since then, world champions have attributed part of their success to their time in Ocala/Marion County. 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.