This was the iconic cry of Horse Fever – 10th Anniversary, once again celebrating the creativity and talent of Ocala’s own visual artists. Thirty fancifully painted and embellished life-sized horses joined the original herd that has been decorating the Ocala landscape since 2001. Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) once again generously served as lead sponsor of this record-breaking project that has raised $1.75 million in total for MCA and 35 other local charities.

On March 23, 2012, the Live Oak International Combined Driving Event once again hosted the auction of the new herd into their weekend of festivities, attracting horse lovers, art lovers, and philanthropists. As was done 10 years ago, MCA shared ½ of the $208,000 in proceeds with each buyer’s 2nd local charity of choice, ultimately benefitting 17 charitable organizations.


A new aspect of the project were three horses created by students at Madison Street Academy Elementary and Westport High – Marion County public schools that serve as arts magnets, and the exceptional students at Hillcrest School. All of the proceeds from the auction of these three were given to the Marion Public Education Foundation to be used for arts grants, and equipment to assist students at Hillcrest with non-verbal communication.

MCA would like to thank the artists, the volunteers, FTBOA and the many sponsors of Horse Fever – 10th Anniversary.

For more information on Horse Fever, check our NEWS archives, and the following link from, our Community Sponsor for Horse Fever – 10th Anniversary.


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