Switzerland’s Philipp Roos and Good Luck Only. Photo: Cody Parmenter.
Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 30, 2019 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit features world-class competition, a top-notch facility, and great weather, which annually attracts the nation’s best Quarter Horses and riders, as well as contenders from foreign soil. On the fourth day of the five-day event at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center showcased a group of competitors who traveled great distances to take part in this renowned event.
Philipp Roos, hailing from Zürich, Switzerland, has been coming to the horse show for four years. His 8-year-old gelding, Good Luck Only, has amassed more frequent flyer miles than most people, coming to the United States on connecting flights that included a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Marie-France D’hondt, of Gembloux, Belgium, has traveled to the event for nearly a decade. She believes that showing in the U.S. is like spending time with family. To her, winning is secondary, and taking part in the sport is what counts.
Dr. Carole Joubert Gaboury made the journey from Montreal in Canada because of the level of competition that the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit offers. The veterinarian is especially proud of her mare, My Precious Gab, a fifth-generation home-bred.
The Kennedy clan, of Seattle, Washington, did not cross any borders on their inaugural journey to the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit. However, Phillip, Anne, and their two daughters Taylor, 15, and Camille,12, felt the trip to the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit was worth the trek. After a life-altering event, they realized that time was too precious to be apart, so they coordinated their work and school schedules in order to experience the show circuit as a family.
Watch all five days of the 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit live, sponsored by Morrissey Management Group, on the home page of the horse show’s website. The daily feed will rotate rings so that viewers are able to view competition in each ring at some point throughout the week.
To view the all-new 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit schedule of events, please click here.