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Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Honored as Top Three Quarter Horse Show by AQHA

Canada’s Dr. Carole Joubert Gaboury and My Precious Gab competing in 2019. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – July 1, 2020 – The management team behind the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit is thrilled to announce that the record-breaking 2019 event has been awarded the coveted distinction as one of the top-three Quarter Horse shows in the nation, as ranked by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Out of countless shows from across the world, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, the highest non-ranking cattle event, ranked third behind only the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the Arizona Sun Country Circuit, high-quality company for an event that has consistently made the top ten leaderboard for years under the direction and show management services of An Equine Production.

“We are so pleased to once again have these shows recognized as some of the best in the country by the AQHA. It truly takes a village to accomplish such a designation, and we have to thank our exhibitors, staff and supporters for all of their hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to an even greater event in 2020 and can’t wait to see everyone back in the show ring,” commented Kathy Avolt of An Equine Production.

Expanding even further in 2020, the event will include a whole host of new classes such as AQHA Ranch Trail, L2/L3 Amateur, Select and 14-18 Showmanship and Horsemanship. In addition, the 2020 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit will feature a series of amazing awards and parties, including a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Save the date for Dec. 27-31, 2020, and then check flgoldcoastcircuit.com for schedules and forms when they become available in August.

For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit flgoldcoastcircuit.com.

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Celebrates Another Successful Year

Bob Johnson and A Busy Affair. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 31, 2019 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit celebrated another successful year with a tsunami of entries throughout 2020’s five-day event, which was an extra day due to the incredible popularity of the event. Taking place at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, top Quarter Horses and riders from North America and Europe traveled to the Florida State Fairgrounds to compete for coveted High Point awards, Circuit Champion awards, and valuable year-end points.

High Point winners received a Porta Cool Jetstream 220 Cooler worth $999.95, and Reserve High Point honorees received a beautiful satin cooler, while third place overall received a custom garment bag.

Impressively, the Bob and Karen Johnson Quarter Horse barn took home two Porta Cool coolers. Bob was the High Point winner in Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH) Open with A Busy Affair, and his student, Anna Mackay, captured the championship on Gunna Wreckya in the VRH Youth for the second consecutive year. Bob’s wife, Karen, was the Reserve Champion in the VRH Open on Gotta Hot Gun.

Taylor Kungle and Krymsun Belle marked their final year in the Novice Amateur classes by taking home one of the Porta Cool coolers as the High Point Champion. She is looking forward to moving up to the Amateur division next year.

Sandy Vargo won Senior High Point Award with her 8-year-old gelding, Dancin N The Dirt. Although the Ohio resident hands the reins over to her trainer Chuck Briggs and her good friend Terrie Booth in the show ring, she enjoys their victories as much as if she were in the saddle.

For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit their website.

National and International Challengers Compete at Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit

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.

Families Face Fierce Rivalries and Friendly Competition at Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit

Kenneth Banks. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 29, 2019 – Families have been competing, some against each other, at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit with the nation’s best Quarter Horses for more than half a century. Each year, hundreds of riders participate in the renowned event at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, so it is not unusual to find siblings and spouses vying for the top spots. One would expect them to be rivals, but in the case of the Banks family and the Potts family, the rivalry is more friendly than fierce.

This year, Kenneth and Laina Banks, of Schulenberg, Texas, trailered five horses to compete at the Florida State Fairgrounds in the Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH), Pleasure, and Western Riding classes. They live together, ranch together and, several weeks out of the year, show together. They wouldn’t have it any other way. The couple takes turns in the spotlight, but win or lose, they offer each other unending support.

The Potts siblings, of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, have been coming to the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit ever since they first sat in the saddle. Alexis, 14, and Riley, 10, have been past Circuit Champions and occasionally competed against each other. Instead of a fierce rivalry, the brother-and-sister duo have only respect and admiration for each other, making for friendly competition.

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.

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Breaks Entry Records on Second Day

Dale Hamilton and My Sweet Assets. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 28, 2019 – The second day of the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit (FGCQHC) at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center featured more than 2,500 entries in six rings of competition. On Saturday, world-class horses and riders were showcased in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) classes at the Florida State Fairgrounds as they competed for valuable points for year-end titles.

One of the riders homing in on a title was Dr. Kathleen Lennon of New Albany, Ohio. Lennon and her 12-year-old gelding, One N Only Krymsun, won under one of the judge’s cards in AQHA Novice Amateur Pleasure. The pair lead the nation in the AQHA and NSBA Novice Amateur Western Pleasure standings, and Lennon is hoping their performance this week will secure the titles. When not in the saddle, Lennon is a practicing veterinarian.

Dale Hamilton, of Oxford, Ohio, and My Sweet Assets won a nine-point class in the AQHA Level 3 Junior Trail class. Owned by Cheryl and Reed Alan Kolb, Hamilton and the 5-year-old gelding topped one of the three judges’ cards, an impressive feat after only five months of showing. Cheryl Kolb is hoping for similar results when she shows My Sweet Assets in horsemanship and equitation classes later in the week.

With two mounts, Currie Cooper won on two different horses in the Short/Long Stirrup classes. The 8-year-old resident of Point Clear, Alabama won under all three judges’ cards on Peppys Smokin Bars in the over fences class and swept the Equitation on the Flat class aboard Snowbound.

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.

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Commences with Record Entries

Sarah Lebsock and Version of Goodbar were class winners in the Amateur Showmanship at Halter. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 27, 2019 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit returned to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center for a record five-day run at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday. In 2018, the event was named one of the top 10 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows in the country and the sixth-largest AQHA show in the nation. It has become so popular that it became necessary for show management, An Equine Production, to add one day of competition in order to accommodate the increased entries.

“The show is bigger than ever. The number of horses competing and the number of entries are way up,” said Kathy Avolt of An Equine Production. “We added the extra day because we realized that the exhibitors needed time to school as well as to show. We didn’t want to make the days too long; we want them to enjoy their experience, so we extended the show. It’s an amazing problem to have!”

The nation’s top Quarter Horses and riders will compete for vital year-end points and coveted circuit awards throughout the five days. Saturday’s schedule includes American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) hunter, jumper, pleasure, horsemanship, and trail classes.

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.

Live Coverage of 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit

Karen Johnson and Gotta Hot Gun won the Versatility Ranch Horse Open and Versatility Ranch Horse Amateur in 2018. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 26, 2019 – The popular Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit is set to return to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 27, and will run through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Watch all five days of the 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit live, sponsored by Morrissey Management Group, starting on Friday here. The daily feed will rotate rings so that viewers are able to view competition in each ring at some point throughout the week.

In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit was named one of the top 10 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows in the country, moving up from the top 15 in 2015. Thanks to incredible participation in the 2018 event, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit earned the distinction of being named the sixth largest ranked AQHA show in the country. Approved by the AQHA, American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), the competition is consistently one of the highest-ranked events of its caliber, and attracts exhibitors from coast to coast.

Under the direction and show management services of An Equine Production, top Quarter Horses and exhibitors travel from across the country, many for the first time, to compete in this renowned event each year. This year, the show is excited to offer an extra day of competition and the addition of APHA events to the schedule.

In addition to being the perfect place to welcome in the new year, exhibitors can look forward to some of the best all-weather footing in the country, ensuring perfect footing no matter the conditions. The state-of-the-art facility also offers ample riding and lunging spaces.

The 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit is proud to offer the Horse Show Tracker app at this year’s event. The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and allows exhibitors to easily access draws, results, scoring and more from any location without having to walk to the gate or show office.

To view the 2019 schedule of events, please click here.

Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Extends Dates and Adds Prize Money

Madison Nirenstein and No Doubt Im Trouble, 2018 Amateur Showmanship at Halter circuit champions. Photo: Cody Parmenter.

Tampa, Fla. – Oct. 4, 2019 – Save the date! Back for its next chapter, the popular Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit will return to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds better than ever thanks to the growing popularity of the event. Due to an increase in exhibitor interest, the horse show has added an extra day of competition, with the 2019 installment beginning Friday, December 27 and concluding Tuesday, Dec. 31, and the prize money pot has increased to $50,000 shared between both the Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Circuits. Over the course of five days of competition in five rings, Quarter Horses and Paints of multiple disciplines will demonstrate their skills to celebrate the excellence and versatility of the breeds.

In 2018, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit was again named one of the top 10 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows in the country, this time successfully operating as the sixth largest AQHA show in the nation. Approved by the AQHA, American Paint Horse Association (APHA), and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), the competition is consistently one of the highest-ranked events of its caliber, and attracts exhibitors from coast to coast. The 2018 installment saw competitors from as far away as New Hampshire, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, and Colorado.

Under the direction and show management services of An Equine Production, the 2018 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit showcased more than 11,000 total entries in 2018, up from the 2017 event. Of that incredible total, 8,450 horses represented AQHA entries, while the remainder consisted of non-AQHA exhibitors. In 2019, the show is excited to feature leveled HUS and WP to enhance its new schedule, plus new jackpots paid on circuit points. No additional entry fee is required, and each class will be paid after the Circuit and Reserve Circuit award winners are determined.

In addition to serving as the ideal setting to welcome in the new year, exhibitors can expect a number of much-anticipated improvements highlighted by some of the best all-weather footing in the country, as well as extensive and well-planned drainage systems installed in all of the outdoor rings at the Florida State Fairgrounds to ensure perfect footing regardless of the conditions. The state-of-the-art facility further offers ample riding and lunging spaces.

With five days of competition under numerous judges, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit presents exhibitors with opportunities to earn valuable year-end points and exciting prizes in the beautiful Florida weather. There is also a multitude of activities outside of the show as the Florida State Fairgrounds sits in close proximity to all of the major theme parks and provides easy access to various beach and fishing sites.

For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit flgoldcoastcircuit.com.

Media Contact: Elaine Wessel
(561) 753-3389 | ew@phelpsmediagroup.com

Missy Clark Clinic and The Collection $1,000 Hunter Classics among Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Highlights

Tampa, FL – December 31, 2013 – In addition to offering competitors six full days of American Quarter Horse Association shows, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit features exciting classes unique to the circuit and free clinics for exhibitors, put on by some of the top names in the industry.

On Sunday, December 30, leading equitation trainer Missy Clark conducted a two-session Equitation Over Fences Clinic, and later the same day, hunter competitors took on The Collection Hunter Classic and The Collection Non-Pro Hunter Classic. The two $1,000 Hunter Classics ran simultaneously with an exhibitor party, adding to the overall experience for all participating.

For more highlights, videos and photos from the last two days of the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, running Dec. 27-31, 2013, like the circuit on Facebook here or by searching ‘Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit’ on Facebook.

Results from the third and fourth days of competition at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit are now available to view online. To view the complete results, visit www.prohorseshow.com.

For more information about the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com.

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 AQHA hunters, equitation, reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship halter classes at Bob Thomas Equestrian, plus additional strictly Western classes, Roping, Working Cowhorse, Cutting, and the newest event, Ranch Pleasure, held at Triple J Arena in Sarasota. Please call 561-722-7979 for more information about Triple J Arena classes.

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

WEBSITE: www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com and www.fqha.net

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Western & English Pleasure
– Trail
– 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′

JUDGES:
Gold Coast – Dec. 27-31:
– Tony Burris
– John Dean
– Scott Hofstetter
– Nancy Sue Ryan
– Steve Stephens
– Carla Wennburg
– Daren Wright

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Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Day Two Highlights

Tampa, FL – December 29, 2013 – Results from the second day of competition at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit are now available to view online. To view the complete results, visit www.prohorseshow.com.

Want more from the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, including videos from yesterday’s Scott Hofstetter clinic? ‘Like’ the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit on Facebook here!

The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit features six full American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows and five days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship, halter classes, roping and the newest event, ranch pleasure. With the horse show ending on December 31, the circuit’s six shows provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to accumulate final year-end AQHA points.

For more information about the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com.

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 AQHA hunters, equitation, reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship halter classes at Bob Thomas Equestrian, plus additional strictly Western classes, Roping, Working Cowhorse, Cutting, and the newest event, Ranch Pleasure, held at Triple J Arena in Sarasota. Please call 561-722-7979 for more information about Triple J Arena classes.

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

WEBSITE: www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com and www.fqha.net

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Western & English Pleasure
– Trail
– 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′

JUDGES:
Gold Coast – Dec. 27-31:
– Tony Burris
– John Dean
– Scott Hofstetter
– Nancy Sue Ryan
– Steve Stephens
– Carla Wennburg
– Daren Wright

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
PhelpsMediaGroup.com