• P.O. Box 110, Orange Lake, Florida 32681
    office: +1 352.591.4661 • rohara@windstream.net
  • Karl V. Hart

    Karl V. Hart was born and raised on a farm in Mayo, Fla., where in addition to cultivating row crops, his father bred Quarter Horses. Karl took his own approach to a career: he dropped out of high school at 17, enlisted in the Air Force, and spent three years in Europe before pursuing his education. When he returned to civilian life, he attended Florida State University and was awarded a B.S. degree in 1960, then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina on a Falk Teaching Fellowship. He received his law degree from Harvard School of Law, where among other accomplishments, he was the founding editor of the Harvard Journal of Legislation. Upon graduation, he clerked for a United States District Court Judge for one year and then joined the oldest law firm in South Florida, located in Miami.

    Karl and Roxann were married in 1968, and founded Rohara Arabians that same year. While Roxann has been responsible for hands-on management of the farm, Karl has practiced as a civil litigation attorney representing some of the largest companies in the world. Over the years, however, he has always contributed general advice on the management of the farm, especially regarding financial, breeding and purchasing decisions.

    In 1983, Karl and Roxann expanded Rohara’s operations with a move to Orange Lake, near Ocala, in the heart of Florida’s famed horse country. Karl continued to practice law, and established an office for his firm in Orlando and Ocala. His practice evolved into one with heavy concentration on the representation of foreign companies litigating in U.S. courts, and he has lectured many times at European seminars on U.S. litigation. In 1990, Karl withdrew from the firm with which he had practiced law since 1968 and established his own firm in Ocala, where he continues to practice law.

    In addition to his law practice, Karl has been very active in the governing bodies of both the Arabian horse industry and the general horse show world. In 1974 and 1985, he served as president of the Arabian Horse Association of Florida, and he has served six terms as the Arabian Horse Association’s Region 12 Director (1976-1980, 1988-1993 and 1998-2001). He is currently in his sixth three-year term as a director of the United States Equestrian Federation (formerly the American Horse Shows Association and USA Equestrian), the governing body of equestrian sports (1983-1990, 1993-2000 and 2001 to present). Since 2003, Karl has been president of the USA Equestrian Trust, which is the successor of AHSA and USAE in all aspects other than as the rule-making body of equine sports. He has worked on many of the standing and special committees of both the International Arabian Horse Association (the forerunner to AHA) and USEF or its predecessors.

    Karl’s civic activities include many years of service on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Florida Agricultural & Horse Park Authority. He is also a member of the President’s Club of both Florida State University and the University of Florida.

    Karl’s passion is new foals, and yes, he has his favorites. He always says he owns “Kahara”—where the horses are not for sale! Another favorite past time is enjoying his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.