Chairman of the Board
When Don McDuffee moved to Ocala in 1968 as a teenager, he knew he'd found someplace special.
McDuffee, along with his wife, Brenda, eventually established one of the leading American quarter horse breeding operations in the country.
At first the farm was one of only a handful dedicated to quarter horses in the area, but along with the breed's booming popularity, the number of farms in Marion County dealing with quarter horses has increased substantially.
Over my 38 years of experience in the real estate industry, I have gotten to know the community of Ocala extremely well, both professionally and personally. Most of my business is referral-based. The friends and contacts I have made through real estate over the years are the greatest benefit of my work. I feel lucky to live in Ocala and believe it is wonderful place. Giving to the community is an essential part of my everyday life.
The horse farm presence in Ocala is especially well-suited to my recreational interests. I have ridden, competed, and simply loved horses my entire life. As a junior and amateur rider, I won numerous national championships in the equitation and hunter divisions.
Most recently, I have been involved in the thoroughbred racing industry and in national cutting horse competitions. I am thrilled that my daughter, Havens Schatt, shares the same passions. She’s a renowned rider and trainer of hunters and jumpers who splits her time between Wellington, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky.
As my career in real estate has evolved alongside my interest in horses, I have found a professional niche that I love: horse farms and high-end residential properties. This specialty is especially enjoyable because it allows me to work alongside my husband’s company, Schatt Construction, in the designing and building of homes that I often have the opportunity to market. Happily, my husband’s business and mine go hand-in-hand.
Below are a few of the local organizations with which I have been closely involved with:
- Guardian ad Litem
- The Junior League of
- Children’s Home Society
- United Way of Marion County
- The Salvation
- The Family Visitation Center
- Foster Care Review
- PACE Center for
- Kids Central, Inc
- Florida Agriculture and Horse Park
Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association
The son of a jockey, FTBOA’s CEO Lonny Powell has been in the equine industry his entire life. After graduating from the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program, he later returned as its Director.
Powell has worked as a racetrack executive, regulator and advisor, served as lobbyist and owned/operated his own management/consulting firm.
In addition to the Florida Horse Park Board, he is a member of Florida’s Animal Industry Technical Council, Farm Bureau Advisory Committee, Boards of FSAE and the MC Chamber & Economic Partnership.
Carol B. Dover, FMP
President/Chief Executive Officer
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Carol Dover has served as President/CEO of the more than 10,000 member Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Dover is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government insider, and a Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
As the FRLA’s President/CEO, Dover works to protect, educate, and promote the diverse interests of Florida’s hospitality industry before the Florida Legislature and lobbying against unfair government regulation. The industry represents a $76.1 billion industry, 23% of Florida’s economy, $4.6 billion in sales tax revenue, and over one million employees, making it Florida’s largest employer.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Council of State Restaurant Associations, International Society of Hotel Association Executives, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida Tourism Commission, Florida TaxWatch, and the Florida Horse Park.
Craig G. Bachrodt
President of Palm Chevrolet, Inc.
Craig G. Bachrodt is the President of Palm Chevrolet, Inc. and holds active roles in four companies and inactive roles in nineteen additional companies . Palm Chevrolet, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida filed on Thursday, November 6, 1986.
This corporation is approximately twenty-nine years old according to documents filed with Florida Department of State. Palm Chevrolet, Inc. also lists Louis C. Bachrodt as Director. Craig G. Bachrodt is connected to other officers through these corporate roles.
One of the top connections is Shannon Davis . Craig's past corporate interests include the Chairman of Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority, Inc. and the President of Palm Kia of Ocala, Inc.
Founder: Winning Edge Saddlery
Winning Edge Saddlery is a family business founded by Edward McNamara, an avid polo playerwho was taught horsemanship through the United States Pony Club and has a background in managing large scale equestrian operations. He is now joined by his son Patrick McNamara who also plays Polo.
The McNamara's and their staff hold years of experience in multiple disciplines including hunters and jumpers, eventing, dressage and Fox Hunting.
University of Florida—BA, Accounting
Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Branch Properties, Inc.
Greg Allen is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Branch Properties, Inc. (dba Seminole Feed). Prior to joining the company in 1983, he was a Partner at Duggan, Joiner, Birkenmeyer, Stafford and Furman, PA. Greg has been a Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1984 and has held many offices in the local chapter, as well as serving on the State Board of Governors. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1984.
In service to the community, Greg is a member of the Metropolitan OcalaRotary Club which recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2007. In 2009 he earned the Service Above Self Award. He graduated from the first class of Leadership Ocala/Marion in 1988 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
Athens Olympic Eventing Individual Gold Medalist
USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach
Athens Olympic Eventing Individual Gold Medalist Leslie Law, who has been named the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing Developing Rider Coach, believes there is plenty of knowledge and talent in the US and explains why he is looking forward to his new role.
Leslie also offers our Training Tip of the Week. Since arriving in the United States in 2006 Leslie has racked up a huge list of accomplishments including: three time American Advanced Champion, Young Event Horse Champion and Reserve Champion, multiple CCI *** and CIC *** wins and top placings, and multiple CCI ** and CIC ** wins and top placings. He has found horses for and coached some of America's top young riders and has had many adult amateurs in the top placings at the American Eventing Championships.
Carol C. Clark
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991. Completed internship at Peterson & Smith 1991-1992 and internal medicine residency at the University of Florida 1992-1995. Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1995.
Joined Peterson & Smith in 1996 to run the equine neonatal ICU, and manage the hospital’s internal medicine cases, became a partner in 2004. Major clinical interests: neonatology, neurology, cardiology, and ophthalmology.
Joseph M. O'Farrell III
A native Floridian, Joseph M. O’Farrell, III, developed a passion for thoroughbreds while growing up on the family farm, Ocala Stud. He spent much of his youth mowing fields, feeding and caring for the farm’s yearlings.
In 1999, O’Farrell graduated from Erskine College with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He is currently a member of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and manages the financial side of Ocala Stud.
A member of the Boy Scouts of America, he earned his Eagle Scout award in 1994.
Ocala Stud has been a perennial leading Florida commercial breeder and has either soley or in partnership bred more than 100 stakes winners, including Eclipse Award winning Musical Romance, and current graded stakes winners Turbulent Descent, Tackleberry, Rigoletta, Gourmet Dinner, and Shadowbdancing. Ocala Stud currently stands popular stallions High Cotton, Montbrook, In Summation, Gottcha Gold, Adios Charlie, and Silver Tree.
Jim Payton is a professional businessman, former bank president, two term county commissioner, and a highly sought after auctioneer. Mr. Payton has over 30 years of experience in auctioneering. Jim has sold Millions of dollars of both Real and Personal Property.
In addition, he is a former Chairman of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, a member of The Florida Horse Park Authority and The Ocala Kiwanis Club. Jim has served on the Board of the Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce and The Marion County Economic Development Commission. Jim is a member of the Marion County Board of Realtor's, The National Auctioneers Association and The Florida Auctioneers Association.
Jim Strickland is a fifth generation Florida rancher. As a partner in both Strickland Ranch and Strickland Ranch Exports, his cattle operation include Marion, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Strickland currently serves as chairman of Florida Farm Bureau International Trade Task Force and is chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Political Action Committee. Past accolades include president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and chairman of the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.
With Marion County roots dating back to the 1800s, Strickland is proud to have been selected to the Florida Horse Park Board of Directors by the State of Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam—representing its citizens, industry and resources.
Susan Herrera Parks
National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Susan Parks works for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Susan is the Senior Sales Director and Race Track Relations Director for the Equine Discount Program. Susan promotes large Corporate Sponsors such as John Deere, Nationwide, Sherwin Williams, Office Max/Depot, UPS as well as other well know corporations for the equine industry and equine members of every Equine Association (USEF, AQHA, NTRA, USPA, USTA and many others). She also handles the program at over 80 race tracks in the US and Canada.
Susan has lived in and around the Marion County area for over 35 years.