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Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Shows

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Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuits Announce 2013 Dates and Judges

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2013-08-07

Tampa, FL– August 7, 2013– The Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Shows are pleased to announce that they will be returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL this winter. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Winter Circuit runs December 27-31, 2013, offering six full American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows and providing the perfect opportunity to accumulate additional points before the end of the year. Competition then resumes January 2-6, 2014 with the Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show, presenting a total of 12 full AQHA shows between the two consecutively running events.

The Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Shows extensive class schedule includes numerous hunter, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, trail, driving, showmanship, horsemanship, western riding and halter classes. Additionally, reining, roping, ranch horse pleasure and working cow horse classes will all be held at the nearby Triple J Ranch. There are classes for everyone, ranging from walk/trot to open, including rookie, novice, amateur and youth divisions. The show schedules will also feature special events such as the Collection Hunter Derby, a trail derby, complimentary lunch days and more.

Judges for the 2013-2014 winter horse shows are as follows:

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Winter Circuit Judges:

  • Tony Burris
  • John Dean
  • Scott Hofstetler
  • Stephanie Lynn
  • Nancy Sue Ryan
  • Carla Wennburg
  • Daren Wright

Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show Judges:

  • Robert Bielefeld
  • Joe Carter
  • Jerry Erickson
  • Larry Little
  • Jim Searles
  • Dan Trein
  • Karen Watters

Both shows will once again welcome world class trail clinician Tim “The Trail Man” Kimura, who will be returning to design the trail courses and conduct clinics throughout each of the two weeks.

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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties please contact Matt Morrissey at

Florida Gold Coast and Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit Fast Facts

EVENT: Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit and Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show

WHEN: December 27-31, 2013 and January 2-6, 2014

WHAT: Two weeks of Quarter Horse shows featuring 12 full AQHA shows and ten full days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship and halter classes.

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680

AQHA Reining events
Hunters and Equitation
Halter events

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing
Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' all weather footing
Covered Ring 165' x 300' clay/sand mixture
Annex Ring 150' x 275' all weather footing
Indoor Ring 130' x 250' clay/sand mixture

Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, Fl 33610
Direct phone for Reservations 813-626-6700
Horseman’s Rate $77.00 plus tax
Pet fee applies as one time fee of $75

Residence Inn Fairgrounds
9719 Princess Palm Ave
Tampa, Fl 33619
Direct phone for Reservations 813-627-8855
Horseman’s Rate
Studio Suite $79.00
Two Bedroom Suite $139.00 Sold Out

LaQuinta Fairgrounds
4811 US Highway 301 N
Tampa, Fl 33680
Direct phone for Reservations 813-626-0885
Phone for Rates- Pets Free

Sheraton Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Ave
Tampa, Fl 33610
King or Double $85.00
Pet fee $75.00

Red Roof Inn – Brandon
10121 Horace Ave.
Tampa, Fl 33619
King or Double $39.99
Mention Horse Show for rate
Direct phone for Reservations 813-681-8484
Pets Stay Free
4 miles to Showgrounds

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)


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