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Tim Kimura

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World Class Trail Clinician Tim Kimura Returns to Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2013-11-19

Tampa, FL– November 19, 2013 – Following rave reviews last year, Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit management is pleased to once again welcome world class trail clinician Tim Kimura of Oak Point, TX. Kimura will be designing the horse shows’ trail courses and conducting clinics throughout the circuit, which will run December 27-31, 2013.

The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL. The circuit will feature five full days of class offerings including hunters, equitation, reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship and halter classes. With the horse show ending on December 31, the circuit’s six shows provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to accumulate final year end American Quarter Horse Association points.

It also provides the ideal opportunity to partake in a clinic with Kimura. Kimura’s clinics will be held twice during the week – first on December 27 at 8 a.m., prior to Trail Section A, and again on December 28 at 8 a.m. prior to Trail Section B. Kimura will also offer the same clinics the following week at the Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, running January 1-6, 2014. 

Nicknamed the “Man of Trail,” Kimura has been a trail course designer for over 25 years, and he draws roughly 100 trail patterns each year for events across the globe. Riders participating in Kimura’s clinics throughout the shows will have the opportunity to learn about improving their trail scores, managing the pattern smoothly and effectively, transitioning between obstacles, maneuvering through and over all elements and much more.

“In the 80s, trail was kind of boring. They had slow maneuvers with a lot of backing and side steps,” Kimura explained previously. “I came from more of a reining background, and so I implemented that and made faster, more upbeat patterns. They have more poles and agility obstacles, so it’s faster and easier to watch. The level of horses, riders and trainers has gone up so much, and this is one of the strongest events you will see at the horse shows now.”

The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show is one of Kimura’s favorite stops each year. “The weather’s nice out there, and it’s a good time of year,” Kimura said. “It’s the end of one year and the beginning of the next year with a lot of chances to show in trail and participate in the clinics. It offers a multitude of good things to end the year and to kick off the brand new year.”

Tim Kimura recently released his brand new Man of Trail instructional DVD. For more information on the DVD and on Tim Kimura please visit

For more information about the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show, please visit The schedule and stall reservation form are now available for download. For regular updates about the competition, please find us on Facebook by searching “Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit.”

Photo Credit: World Class Trail Clinician Tim Kimura will return to the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit December 27-31, 2013. Photo courtesy of client. Photo may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

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

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

WHEN: Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show December 27-31, 2013 and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show January 1-6, 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 halter classes, roping, cowhorse, and the newest event ranch pleasure.

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



-       AQHA Reining

-       Hunters and Equitation

-       Driving

-       Showmanship

-       Halter

THE FACILITY: Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area:
Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' 
Covered Ring 165' x 300' 
Annex Ring 150' x 275' 
Indoor Ring 130' x 250' 


Gold Coast – Dec. 27 – Dec. 31:

-       Tony Burris

-       John Dean

-       Scott Hofstetter

-       Nancy Sue Ryan

-       Steve Stephens

-       Carla Wennburg

-       Daren Wright


Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, Fl 33610
Direct phone for Reservations 813-626-6700

Residence Inn Fairgrounds
9719 Princess Palm Ave
Tampa, Fl 33619
Direct phone for Reservations 813-627-8855

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

Red Roof Inn – Brandon
10121 Horace Ave.
Tampa, Fl 33619
Mention horse show for best rate
Direct phone for Reservations 813-681-8484
Pets Stay Free
4 miles to show grounds

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

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Wellington, FL 33414
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