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The Appleton’s equine art collection spans over 3,000 years of history from around the world. As Ocala is heralded as the Horse Capital of the World, horses and equine art may also be understood to be part of the Appleton’s DNA. Mr. Appleton and his wife, the former Martha O’Driscoll, bought their Ocala property during the mid-1970s and established Bridlewood Farm, a thoroughbred breeding and training facility. Ranging from Eurasian Steppe Bronze Age horse-bridle bits to contemporary works, the equine art collection is particularly notable for its wide range of human-horse endeavors – riding, hunting, racing and farming.

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