The Black Stallion Challenge Cup; A Salute to Literacy.
Come join us as all five Marion County School Board Members, the Superintendent of Schools, The Mayor of Ocala, and the Sheriff of Marion County compete for the Cup. Coached by world class professionals. Free Admission!
It is a night of community fun designed to showcase literacy. It is part of the Black Stallion Reading Project, a five-year partnership program between the Ocala Horse Alliance and the Marion County Public School System, now in all 31 elementary schools in Marion County. The program uses the power and magic of the horse to promote reading and inspires children to set goals and develop pathways to achieve. All schools have an equestrian farm partner.
The Florida Horse Park and The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation (BSLF) have partnered together to present Day at the Park 2011: One Story, Many Tails. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 16, 2011 during the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI**/*3-Day Event.
Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park was created by the Florida Legislature in 1996 in recognition of the fact that the horse industry was so much a part of Marion County’s identity. Because of generous donations made by Friends of the Park, The Florida Horse Park has been operating and developing since 2005. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Park relies on donations to fund its operations and development.
The Park offers an international caliber competition venue, an exciting schedule of world class and local events that are drawing top competitors and spectators from every equestrian discipline. Educational opportunities are a major component for the Horse Park and are offered for the seasoned competitor all the way to beginning horseman. This increasingly popular destination for family tourism offers visitors hundreds of miles of pristine riding trails that wind through the lush Florida Greenway.
The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation helps children discover the joys of reading and the excitement of learning through the wonders of live horses and the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley. BSLF is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, education foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the natural connection between children and horses.
Like to join us or donate?
Contact Katie Walker at 352-307-6699 ext. 6, fax 352-307-6799 or e-mail