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Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit footing improvements

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Florida Gold Coast Named Top 15 AQHA Show for 2015

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-02-23

Tampa, Fla. – Feb. 23, 2016 –  The already popular Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit rose to even greater popularity in 2015 under the management of Mark Harrell Horse Shows. Thanks to phenomenal growth, the event earned the honor and distinction of being named one of the top 15 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows for 2015 based on the number of entries.

The 2015 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, held Dec. 28-31, 2015 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida, welcomed 6,090 AQHA entries, as well as additional National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) and non-AQHA entries for a grand total of 7,563 entries. That number is up from 4,056 total entries in 2014 – a remarkable increase of more than 3,500 entries.

“This past year was our first year managing the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, and we’re thrilled with the exhibitor support that we received,” said Mark Harrell of Mark Harrell Horse Shows. “A big thank you goes out to all of the exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, trainers and everyone who made the 2015 shows such a success.”

Harrell continued, “We’re shooting to make not only the top 15 list but the top 10 list for 2016, and we’re already making improvements that will allow us to reach that goal and to continue to grow bigger and better each year.”   

Among those improvements were footing renovations to the trail and west pens. The extensive footing upgrades began immediately following the conclusion of the 2015 Florida Gold Coast circuit, and the pens now have high-quality, all-weather footing identical to what was previously put in place in the hunter ring.

To view photos and updates from throughout the footing upgrade process, from the 2015 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit and leading up to the 2016 shows, visit the Florida Gold Coast Facebook page here. For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit  


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