Who we are:
Winning Edge Saddlery is a family business founded by Edward McNamara, an avid polo player who 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.
How We Came to Be:
Owner and founder Edward McNamara III started the Winning Edge Tack Shop in 1994, but believe it or not, Winning Edge was not always a tack store. The first iteration of Winning Edge was actually a products business aimed at the thoroughbred industry. The line consisted of a vitamin crumble, an electrolyte, a poultice and a shampoo. Of the original products, only the Winning Edge Premium Shampoo still exists today. After a year or so in the products business with limited success and a partner who abandoned the venture, Edward decided to open a tack shop in Ocala, Florida. He rented 800 square feet on Highway 40 next to Bob’s Tire and Brake. Edward, with the help of his father, quickly worked up a good thoroughbred clientele in a then booming pin hooking industry in the Marion/Levy county area.
As Winning Edge began to outgrow its current space, Edward turned to the Golden Hills Plaza in the NW part of Ocala. There he rented 2500 square feet that is now occupied by Western Ivy. As fortune would have it, the first HITS shows in Ocala were held right across the street from the new location. While Winning Edge could supply the basics, the new sport horse clientele began asking for discipline specific riding attire and tack. Winning Edge answered the call and once again out grew its space, which lead to the move to our current location. Still in the same plaza, Winning Edge is now the largest tack store in Ocala with over 8000 square feet.
Today Winning Edge serves a diverse range of equestrians and their horses through the relationships we have built with vendors over 20 plus years in business. Not only has Winning Edge become one of the largest tack shops in the country, but we have become a staple in the Ocala equestrian community.