Debbie Zito has owned and loved horses for over 48 years. She and husband Jamie are both riders and own quite a few rescued or retired horses as well as the trail horses used for this ride. We take pride in the care given our animals. We both believe that horses enjoy having a job to do if they are healthy and fit.
He was raised in Fort Lauderdale until age of 21. At the age of 23 he moved to south central Florida where he worked as a guide and foreman for a cattle company that also outfitted hunters on Lake Kissimmee. That is where he started riding and loving horses. He moved to north central Florida ten years ago and started Village Air and Electric, which now employs 70 people. Jamie guides on weekends with Deb.
Shelby is a part time guide at the Landbridge Trail Head in Ocala. She has been working for Cactus Jack's for six years. Shelby has her bachelors degree in Agriculture. She is an accomplished horseman with abilities in reining, polocrosse, and horse judging.
Katie is a college student and guide at Cactus Jack's in Ocala. She has been riding since she was a very small child and is a popular guide at Cactus Jack's. She is currently training her own young horse (pictured here).
Callie is an aspiring Polocrosse player, having traveled to Australia for the sport this past summer. She grew up with horses competing in English and Western disciplines. In addition to her passion for riding, she also competes in horse and livestock judging through 4-H. She guides at both Rock Springs and Ocala.
Harrison is a full time college student and an avid polo player. He has ridden since he could walk and can ride English, Western, dressage, hunter/jumpers...you name it. He has worked at Cactus Jack's in some capacity since he was 10 years old. He gives lessons........
Steve is a part time guide at Rock Springs run. He is a good horseman and a country singer. He is a fun guide (ask him.....he'll sing something for you). He loves horses (just like the rest of us at Cactus Jack's).
Cara is a full time college student at UCF. She is a part time guide at Rock Springs Run. She is an accomplished rider and is active in the UCF equestrian team.
Cactus Jack's offers trail rides to singles, couples, or groups. All rides are guided to assure safety for rider and horse. There are trails through the Cross Florida Greenway Trail system. 80,000 acres. Most trails are shaded and quite scenic. This is a very relaxing and fun experience.
Our horses are gentle and friendly. They llike people and enjoy their job. We take excellent care of them and in return they will take excellent care of you.
We use a tall, sturdy mounting block to help riders of all ages in getting on and off. This is much safer and more comfortable for both horse and rider.
We just moved our location to the Landbridge Trail Head. There is plenty of shade and fresh water. The trails are right out the back. Perfect!
We ride on beautiful trails in thousands of acres of Florida State Land. There are trails that are about 75% shaded for summer riding and trails that are more out in the open for the other seasons. Great trails, well trained horses, and experienced guides make for really happy riders!
We also offer a hitch wagon and horses for special events. Call for details
Tim is a full time Cactus Jack's employee in Ocala. He manages the maintenance on the farm and also guides at both locations when needed. He is quite popular with the guests!
We take ages 6 and UP!!!
Our Guides getting CPR/First Aid training.....hope we never need it!
It's not just the riding.....its the love of the horses. This is our new barn at the Landbridge trail head. We installed fans.......we let the horses stay in stalls in between their rides to cool off and eat lunch.
Come ride with us!!!
We have been taking friends and clients out on trail rides for years. When this business became available it was only natural that we pursue our love for trail riding through this opportunity. Please join us for riding on the beautiful trails provided by the Cross Florida Greenway Trails. This is a GREAT family activity.