About Us

Who we are

Our membership includes a wide variety of Arabian enthusiasts; from breeders to nationally known farms and trainers, to those who simply enjoy the pleasure of owning an Arabian horse.  Our membership would total over a thousand years of experience with this wonderful breed.

Our Vision

The Ocala Arabian Horse Association, is a non-profit organization, formed in 1994 to encourage and promote interest in the Arabian horse through educational programs, publicity and horse shows.

Our Mission

"OAHA" is committed to the education and promotion of the Arabian breed. To assist those who wish to learn more about this great breed of horse.

Our Projects

Over the years we have held several educational clinics ranging from grooming to performance training, with lots of hands-on groups. We instituted an annual OAHA Scholarship Fund for a student attending the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.


  • OAHA is privileged to have and utilize the most dedicated volunteers in Region 12.  New members are always welcome to participate. Many of our members serve on various committees associated with the operation of AHA.

  • We are very proud of our volunteers who have won service awards on the local, regional and national level for their dedication to our club and their horses while promoting the breed.

    -- OAHA
  • It is not enough for a person to know how to ride; they must know how to fall.

    Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

    -- Proverbs

Our Presidents

 Barb Copping 2013-Aug 2017

My love of horses along with all animals started at an early age, watching all the TV series such as Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger and even Mr. Ed.

 Right from the start I was drawn to the Arabian breed. My first was a ½ Arabian mare, I then purchased a purebred colt, raised & sold several foals and mature horse along the way. Through the last 40 years I have breed, trained and shown many Arabian and Half Arabian horses.

Kristen Petzold

Kristen has over 14 years of experience riding and competing. Starting out with hunter jumpers before making the switch to dressage over 10 years ago. She worked as a working student at a warmblood breeding farm that specialized in breeding and training horses for jumping and dressage.   She has been involved with Arabians, her first love, since 1996.

Kristen is currently pursuing her USDF “L” judges license, as well as her USDF DSHB Judges license. Kristen has competed in dressage through FEI Intermediare 1.

John Rannenberg

For more than two decades, the name John Rannenberg has become synonymous with professional achievement and opportunity.  Correspondingly, the name Rohara symbolizes the same lofty reputation around the world that he has been instrumental in establishing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.

Since 1987, John also has had his own breeding program of purebreds and Half-Arabians, which has produced more than 20 national titles. Many times he has enjoyed being the breeder, trainer and owner at the time of the win. He has still found time to serve as president of the Ocala Arabian Horse Association for more than six years, heading up such activities as horse shows, training clinics, guest speakers, and the very popular Horse Lovers Tour of Marion County.