A Beautiful Day at The Car Show~

4th Annual Sheriff’s Office Car & Craft Show

What a beautiful day in Ocala today for the 4th Annual Sheriff’s Office Car & Craft Show. The Fundraiser was to benefit The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, Inc. The Cars were amazing, and chatting with the owners, and hearing about their love affair with these beauties was also quite interesting. There was FREE Popcorn, Clowns, Face Paintings, a Riding Tour of the Sheriff’s Compound, a K-9 Demo, and a Bomb Robot. Oh yeah, we also got to hear the drums and bagpipe players.

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I was surprised to run into John Breen at the car show. John was the Artist that painted the Horse Fever II Horse, “Celebration” which was just sold last week for $9,100 at the Auction that was held at the Live Oak Driving Event. I first met John a few months ago at the Marion Cultural Alliance Horse Fever II poster signing. But today he shared with us what prompted his inspiration for the painting. John told us that since it was the 10th year anniversary of Horse Fever, he wanted to come up with something that would have to do with celebrating the anniversary. So, he decided to call the horse, “Celebration”.  He was actually selected for two horses to paint.  However, he wasn’t sure how long it would take for each project, so he opted to give up the second horse for another artist to paint.

For more information about John Breen’s artwork, check out his website: Click here

The Ocala Lions Club had their Veterans and Military Service Dogs there. When a military person returns home wounded after serving our county, they have the opportunity to get a service dog. Not only does the dog serve the disabled vet, but it serves as a bridge: it helps people focus on the dog, and not the veterans disability. There are lots of adjustments the Vet must face. My heart has always gone out to our Veterans. Usually when a veteran comes home from serving in a war, they have been mentally and physically effected. The emotional scars run very deep. So, anything that I hear that helps Veterans, always brings a smile to my face…. May God bless all our Vets!  

You can find more information about these service dogs by going on this website: www.VetDogs.org.

Thank you Betty Forest for sharing this event with me, and for a lovely day together. You are a delight to be with!

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Live Oak Driving Event~ So thrilling!

The Live Oak International Combined Driving Event began 20 years ago, and has grown to be one of the most prestigious horse events in the U.S. The Event began this weekend starting Thursday and will last until Sunday. Not like HITS (Horseshow In The Sun) that just concluded last week, that ran for 2 months, the Live Oak Event is only for one weekend each year. The 4,500-acre Live Oak Plantation is owned by Campbell’s Soup Billionaire heiress Charlotte Weber.

Traveling from all over America, as well as Internationally, over 80 competitors come for their chance of winning. The event features horse drawn carriages and their drivers as they compete through various obstacles. The carriages are driven through a cross-country course with water hazards, fences, tight twists and turns and other obstacles. They are being judged along the way, and must go as quickly as they can.

The event also features show jumping competitions this year. Since I just watched the Jumpers at HITS, I opted to stay focused on the Driving Events, and did not attend the Jumpers. However, I’m sure they were spectacular.

To read more information about the owner of the Live Oak Plantation, Charlotte Weber, click here.

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On Friday night Live Oak Plantation had the Horse Fever II Auction, and raised over $200,000.  The highest bid at the auction was for the Horse “Clock Fury” by Mark Hersshberger that sold for $13,000. The next highest bid was for $12,600, “World Champ” by Sharon Crute. And the third highest bid was for $11,800, ” Freedom Is Not Free” by Linda Happel. There were about 350 people that attended the Auction. The cost to attend the event was $75 per person. I was so surprised to see them today one last time as a group, before heading out to the buyers. I thought they were not open to the public there. The good thing is that most of the horses will remain in our county and the monies raised will also go to local charities.

As a new person attending this event for the first time, I found myself stopping and asking questions along the way. One the spectators I spoke with, Kelly Moutsatsos of Melbourne told me that her and her daughter were also involved in this sport. I was quite surprised how young her daughter was, since it’s a pretty tough sport. I guess when you start at a young age you become a professional early on (see them on the slide show).

Another person I met, Richard Moss with Equipment of Culture (European Style Artists) was a vendor in one of the tents. He and his partner Clark had some of the most beautiful artwork pieces I’ve seen of its kind. In business since 1990, the company has created functional art for clients ranging from luxury hotels to sophisticated homeowners, from Manhattan to Laguna Beach. To see more of their Art click here.

So, if you plan to go, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to do a lot of walking. At least you will get lots of good excerise.

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Fontana Realty

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Horse Fever II~ Sorry to See Them Go

31 Horses have been moved from their various locations throughout the county, and are currently on the Tennis Court at the Hilton. They are there at the present time waiting for Auction Day. The Auction will be held at the Live Oak Event on March 23rd.

I am a little sad that I will not be able to see the horses where they have been temporary located. So many of us have enjoyed seeing them in places like the Foxfire Office on Hwy 40 (“Freedom Is Not Free” by Linda Happel Zysko), Star Banner (“Luce Dipinto” by Kent Weakley), On Top of the World (“Inspiration” by Mary Verrandeaux), Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital (“Sunny” by Carlynne Hershberger), Marion Cultural Alliance (“Celebration” by John Breen), Ocala Breeders’ Sales (“Mask~Herd~rade” by Lisa Russo), Lifestyle Solutions Medical Spa  (“Wild Abandon” by Brynn Barnett) just to name a few.

The last time the horses were auctioned off, they raised 1.5 million dollars and the monies were donated to 28 different local charities. The bids started off at $3,500. The highest price a horse was sold for in the auction was $80,00 (“Old Glory”).

"Old Glory" by Kimberly A. Samson

Horse Fever II~MCA dispatched three horses to local schools; students at Madison Street Academy, West Port High School and Hillcrest Public School for Exceptional Students then decorated the statues. Those horses will be unveiled during the Farewell to the Herd party and then sold at the auction.

 

 

HORSE FEVER AUCTION

LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL COMBINED DRIVING EVENT
LIVE OAK PLANTATION, OCALA, FLORIDA

Friday, March 23, 2012
Reservations Required for Party & Auction
Preview Party 6:30 pm, Live Auction Begins 7:30 pm

Tickets $75, MCA members $70 ea.

info@mcaocala.com 352.369.1500

For more information on Horse Fever and to view the entire herd online, visit www.Ocala.com/Horsefever

Looking to purchase a home… I can sell any home in Marion County… call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent

Fontana Realty

www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Cell: 352-208-5874

Going the extra mile with a smile!