The Black Stallion Reading Project, in partnership with the Ocala Horse Alliance and Marion County Schools, is dedicated to instilling a love of reading and the Florida equine industry. Fourth-grade students receive a copy of the 1941 classic novel by Walter Farley, The Black Stallion. They read the entire book, learn to set and achieve goals and learn about career opportunities in the equine industry. HorseOlogy is a supporter of the Black Stallion Reading Project, so wanted to share details on what that means for Ocala’s kids.

History of The Black Stallion Reading Project

The Black Stallion Project has been a part of the Marion County School System for four years. The Ocala Hose Alliance developed it to unify, educate, promote, and grow the horse industry in the area. By sharing the book with ten-year-olds throughout the county, the project opens doors for kids to see how they might fit into the equine industry.

The Black Stallion Project is an approved three-and-a-half-week in-classroom curriculum by the Florida Department of Education and teaches more than just reading with lessons encompassing geography, math, and science. Each fourth grader receives a copy of the classic novel to keep.

How to Get Involved

The Ocala Horse Alliance always looks for equine professionals and farms to partner with for events around Ocala and Marion County. To support the growth of the horse industry in the area, we want to invest in the future and in teaching kids what it means to work with horses in all capacities.

“These are our children, this is our community, and this is the future of the horse industry in Marion County,” the Ocala Horse Alliance states about the need for involvement.   All 32 elementary schools in Marion County have a Farm Partner representing diverse breeds and disciplines, including Thoroughbred racing, Quarter horses, dressage, eventing, Arabians,  jumpers, Paso Finos,  Morgans,  Icelandics, and western disciplines.

Visit the Ocala Horse Alliance website or email to learn more. Or connect with the Ocala Horse Alliance and the Black Stallion Reading Project on Facebook.

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