Sapphire Equestrian
at Zafiro Farms
What We Do at Sapphire Equestrian
  1. RIDING LESSONS
    RIDING LESSONS
    Gloria Knight is a USHJ Certified Trainer and a consummate horsewoman. Gloria combines her love and appreciation of horses, classical training and extensive experience, with tireless dedication to excellence and professionalism to provide a nurturing environment where clients can achieve their goals. An accomplished equestrian, Gloria apprenticed with several prominent Olympic riders in both Show Jumpers and Dressage.
  2. Training/Coaching
    Training/Coaching
    Whether the focus is on performance excellence in the show ring or establishing a solid foundation in groundwork, our approach is designed to instill confidence in the student through effective methods, attention to detail and good horsemanship. The result is a safer and more enjoyable experience for both the horse and rider. We also offer clinics and group lessons
  3. Sale Horses & Consulting
    Sale Horses & Consulting
    We have high quality Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, and dressage horses for sale, ranging from young prospects to FEI horses. Pre-purchase evaluations and consultations are available. Imports or trips can be arranged for clients who wish to select their new horses for purchase from the finest breeders in Europe. We also have a program to train, prepare and sell your horse, if through our evaluation, he seems qualified for our clientele.
  4. Boarding
    Boarding
    Our experienced, knowledgeable staff is dedicated to provide the very best care for your horse. Whether your equine is in full training, being prepped for sale, rehabilitating from injury or a well-loved, former champion in retirement, you can rest assured we will furnish the daily maintenance and support and warm, caring atmosphere he needs to be at his best. This fabulous, expansive facility, nestled among gently rolling hills, lush grass paddocks and stately oaks is blessed with excellent footing. It is the perfect setting to ensure your horse will be happy and in optimum health in body, mind and spirit. Zafiro Farms is a private, full service equestrian center set on 30 lush acres in NW Marion County, Florida, a scenic area surrounded by many large horse farms and just minutes from HITS and the Jockey Club. Boarding amenities include two spacious center-aisle barns, large box stalls (12 x 12 & 16 x16), fenced paddocks for daily turn outs, wash racks, tack room, dressage ring and jumping ring with quality footing, on site, 24- hour supervision.
  5. Lessons
    Lessons
    At Zafiro Farms our motto is ride with passion. We offer training beginner through advanced levels in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation and Dressage, beginner through advanced FEI level. Gloria Knight is a USHJA certified trainer as well as a silver and bronze medal USDF rider and trainer, competing through the Grand Prix level in both Jumping and Dressage and foremost is a consummate horsewoman. We combine our love and appreciation of horses, classical training, extensive experience, with tireless, dedication to excellence and professionalism to provide a nurturing environment where clients achieve their goals.
  6. Thourobred Sales & Training
    Thourobred Sales & Training
    With our vast network of farms and trainers in Marion county we can help you find the best prospect to meet your racing goals from the inexpensive claimer the best lines of grade 1 stake producers we can find you that top horse horse.  With OBS being minutes from the farm we can help find you a great horse at the OBS sales. Layup and broodmares With our large 16x16 stalls and paddocks we can help your fine horse recover or care for your broodmare Breaking We start horses with the best experiences and training to become top horses when at the track