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Barrel Racers Feel Some Irish Luck at Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s NBHA Shamrock Showdown

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Jacksonville, FL (March 24, 2016) – Riders of all nationalities were feeling a bit of Irish luck as they headed to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this past weekend to vie for an equestrian’s version of a pot of gold at the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA)’s Shamrock Showdown.

The annual competition invited riders to compete in senior and junior barrel racing exhibitions for their share of the prize money. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, an 80-acre multifaceted facility in Jacksonville, Florida, was excited to once again host the event in its enormous indoor stadium.

The fun-filled Shamrock Showdown proved a great opportunity for a family outing as it offered free parking and admission to spectators. With several hundred talented horse and rider pairs competing each day of the competition and rows of barrel racers’ favorite merchandise in the vendor areas, the event was a must for equestrians.

Known for its laid-back and yet exciting atmosphere, many spectators and riders alike find themselves celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Shamrock Showdown year after year.

Ivy Grieb, from Green Coves Springs, Florida, is one of those people. Grieb has been coming to the show for the past seven years.

“The arena and the facilities at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center are amazing,” she said. “The practice arena is nice and the atmosphere around here is great.” To Grieb, years of competing at the Shamrock Showdown could never get old. “I just love barrel racing!”

Edie Neal, from Webster, Florida, on the other hand, brought her horse Gizmo to the show for the first time this year, and had an equally positive experience. This was four-year-old Gizmo’s first major show, and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center proved to be a great place to kick off the gelding’s career.

“He did really well,” Neal said. “Being that this was his first show, he was awesome. He’s very calm for a four-year-old.”

With the Shamrock Showdown under their belt, Neal is excited for what lies ahead.

“Probably by end of this year, I’ll want to pick up our time,” she explained. “Right now, we’re not running fast because we’re working on proficiency and getting around the barrels the right way, so right now we’re taking it slow. I took him here to get seasoned before we start going faster. This was a great experience for him.”

Ansley Herrin and her family traveled from Hortense, Georgia to compete with her horse Allie, who she’s owned for just a year. This was their second Shamrock Showdown together, and Herrin hoped to see improvements in their ride after spending a year working together since their first time around the barrels. “I am nervous,” she admitted as she prepared to enter the stadium, “But Allie loves what she does.”

The exhibition’s winners included Sabra Moore, Kenny Hodges, Kalie Ruthledge, and Ron Lattimer, among others. All of them clearly had a bit of Irish luck (as well as a lot of skill!) on their side.

Today, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is transforming the barrels and western saddles to dressage rings for the facility’s next event, which will take place on Saturday, March 26. This will be the Northeast Florida Dressage Association (NFDA) Schooling Show, which will include a special Freestyle Challenge. Visit http://www.jaxequestriancenter.com/events/ to find out more about this show and other upcoming events.

Events at The Jacksonville Equestrian Center range from barrel races to dressage shows to horsemanship clinics and more. Even for non-equestrians, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center makes sure to keep something on the calendar for everyone, with canine shows, concerts, and community events regularly taking place. For more information, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at (904) 255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Atlantic Coast Stampede Rodeo: It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Ticket

Photo courtesy of Tom Thomson.

Jacksonville, FL (March 2, 2016) – This weekend, the entertainment and excitement of an authentic Western rodeo will be in full gear at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. People of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the show on March 4-5 in Jacksonville, Florida. The two action-packed days of rodeo thrills will feature top cowboys and cowgirls in fierce competition, old-fashioned family western entertainment, and a full rodeo program of rough stock and timed events.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is bringing the Atlantic Coast Stampede, presented by Cinch Jeans & Shirts, into town for the first time in Jacksonville’s history. Rodeo competition is known as America’s #1 extreme sport, and will surely not disappoint the audiences this weekend.

“Rodeo is a lifestyle,” says Bill Fitzgerald of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning of Franklin, Tennessee, promoter of the Atlantic Coast Stampede and an All American Pro Rodeo Series board member. “It’s about God, Family, Country, and Community. We love bringing rodeo fun – clowns, bull and bronc riding, and trick riders – to families and kids. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility and its folks have been great to work with. It’s the first time we’ve brought this rodeo to Jacksonville, but it won’t be the last!”

To find out more about the Atlantic Coast Stampede at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and see the exciting preparations for the rodeo, stay tuned to WJXT News 4 Jax, Jacksonville’s Channel 4, this week. Bill Fitzgerald and Jill Lauber of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning are being interviewed by WJXT News 4 Jax, and the channel will begin a live feed of the rodeo preparations at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Thursday March 3 at 11 am.

To get a ticket for the Atlantic Coast Stampede presented by Cinch, visit http://www.atlanticcoaststampede.com/. General admission seating for the event will be $15, general admission for children ages 10 and under will be $10, and all reserved seating will be $20. The show starts at 8 pm on both days, and doors open at 6 pm. A portion of the proceeds from Friday’s performance will benefit the northeast Florida chapter of Wish for our Heroes, and Saturday’s performance will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Competitors who you won’t want to miss in the rodeo include Dustin Equsquiza of Marianna, Florida, who currently ranks fifth on the Header Team Roping boards; two Georgia leaders in the All-Around Standings – Justin Thigpen (who also heads the Tie-Down Roping standings), and Alexander ‘AJ’ Blaze (who also tops the Bull Riding leaderboard); and Bareback and Saddle Bronc standings leaders Joshua Michael Cragar of Tennessee and Eddie Parlier of Alabama.

The 80-acre Jacksonville Equestrian Center is easily accessible from major highways in Jacksonville, and features an enormous indoor arena, outdoor arenas, and over 400 stalls. There are also miles of riding, hiking, and biking trails accessible from the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The facility is a part of a recreational park that includes picnic pavilions, a gymnasium, and an Olympic-size indoor pool.

Learn more about the exciting events coming to Jacksonville Equestrian Center, and how to host an event at this multifaceted facility, by visiting www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at (904) 255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Atlantic Coast Stampede Rodeo: America’s #1 Extreme Sport Comes to Jacksonville

Photo courtesy of Tom Thomson.

Jacksonville, FL (February 29, 2016) – Hold on to your 10-gallon hats, rodeo fans, because The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is bringing the Atlantic Coast Stampede, presented by Cinch Jeans & Shirts, into town for the first time in Jacksonville history for two action-packed days of rodeo thrills. On March 4-5, the Southeast’s top cowboys and cowgirls will go head-to-head competing in America’s #1 extreme sport at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), the Atlantic Coast Stampede promises Old West family fun plus an action-packed program of rough stock and timed events.

“Rodeo is a lifestyle,” says Bill Fitzgerald of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning of Franklin, Tennessee, promoter of the Atlantic Coast Stampede and an All American Pro Rodeo Series board member. “It’s about God, Family, Country, and Community. We love bringing rodeo fun – clowns, bull and bronc riding, and trick riders – to families and kids. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility and its folks have been great to work with. It’s the first time we’ve brought this rodeo to Jacksonville but it won’t be the last!”

Among the stars on the southeast IPRA standings expected to compete are Florida hometown favorite, Dustin Equsquiza of Marianna, who currently ranks fifth on the Header Team Roping boards, and two Georgia leaders in the All-Around Standings – Justin Thigpen (who also heads the Tie-Down Roping standings), and Alexander ‘AJ’ Blaze (who also tops the Bull Riding leaderboard). Bareback and Saddle Bronc standings leaders Joshua Michael Cragar of Tennessee and Eddie Parlier of Alabama will also be competing.

While rough riders and rough stock entertain audiences, an equally important contribution will be taking place behind the pens at Friday’s ‘Armed Forces Night’, sponsored by Swisher International, and Saturday’s ‘Children’s Night’, sponsored by 99.9 Gator Country. Each night will see a portion of rodeo proceeds go respectively to benefit the northeast Florida chapter of Wish for Our Heroes and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

“Each night we will make a check presentation in the arena to each charity,” said Fitzgerald. “These charities are the two best reasons why everyone should come to the Atlantic Coast Stampede.”

For more information and tickets for the Atlantic Coast Stampede presented by Cinch, visit www.atlanticcoaststampede.com. General admission seating for the event will be $15, general admission for children ages 10 and under will be $10, and all reserved seating will be $20.

Learn more about the exciting performances and special guests coming to Jacksonville Equestrian Center and how to host an event at this multifaceted facility by visiting www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at (904) 255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

“Let’s Cowboy Up” at Jacksonville Equestrian Center by Giving Back to Local Community Charities

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center will host the exciting Atlantic Coast Stampede on March 4-5 (Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center)

Jacksonville, FL (February 9, 2016) – The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is honored to announce that on March 4-5, they will host the Atlantic Coast Stampede, presented by Cinch Jeans & Shirts.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) and delivers old-fashioned family western entertainment and a full rodeo program of rough stock and timed events with cow folk from across the southeast competing in America’s #1 extreme sport. Featured events include Friday ‘Armed Forces Night’ sponsored by Swisher International, with a portion of the rodeo proceeds going to the northeast Florida chapter of Wish for Our Heroes, and Saturday ‘Children’s Night’ sponsored by 99.9 Gator Country, with a portion of the rodeo proceeds benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

“Each night we will make a check presentation in the arena to each charity,” said Bill Fitzgerald of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning of Franklin, TN, promoter of the Atlantic Coast Stampede, and All American Pro Rodeo Series board member. “Wish for Our Heroes was selected because there’s no better feeling than giving back to the heroes who protect our country and give us the freedom to do everything we do, and hospitals that help children are also near and dear to our hearts, which is why we will also be raising support for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.” They’re the two best reasons why everyone should come to the Atlantic Coast Stampede this March at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. “It’s about God, Family, Country, and Community. When we come in we build an event that people want to come back to year after year. We love bringing rodeo fun – the clowns, the bull riding, trick riders, the bronc riders – to families and kids,” Fitzgerald continued.

“The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a great, state-of-the-art facility and the people here have been great to work with. It’s the first time we’ve brought this rodeo to Jacksonville but it won’t be the last,” said Fitzgerald.

For more information and tickets for Atlantic Coast Stampede presented by Cinch, visit www.atlanticcoaststampede.com.

Learn more about the exciting performances and special guests coming to Jacksonville Equestrian Center and how to host an event at this multifaceted facility by visiting www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at (904) 255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Jacksonville Equestrian Center Hosts 2016 National Team Roping League (NTRL) Finals

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Jacksonville, FL (January 27, 2016) – For the tenth year in a row, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and its 80 acres of premier horse facilities will play host to the National Team Roping League (NTRL) Finals. This exciting event will take place on January 28-31, offering fierce competition for qualified team ropers and exciting action for spectators.

Team roping’s top contenders will compete for over $500,000 in cash and prizes over the course of this four-day event presented by Wrangler and Lubrisyn.

The NTRL was founded in 2004, and offers a wide variety of divisions so team ropers of different backgrounds and abilities can participate. According to John Johnson of JX2 Productions, which produces the National Team Roping League Finals, even the high-caliber NTRL Finals will offer competition for ropers of all skill levels. “We’ll have everything from a professional roper to a beginner novice roper there competing,” Johnson said.

Competitors qualify for the NTRL Finals by competing in other team roping events, of which the NTRL offers over 60 per year. The National Team Roping League Finals is the number-one paying team roping event east of the Mississippi, so it isn’t hard to draw a crowd of competitors vying for prizes to this show.

“There will be ropers from as far north as New York and as far west as New Mexico, Oklahoma City, and Texas,” Johnson said. “We cover quite a large area.”

With an anticipated 600 horses, the 2016 NTRL Finals requires a facility large enough to accommodate high numbers. Combined with the favorable Florida weather and a convenient location, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center has been the obvious top choice to host the NTRL Finals for the past 10 years.

“The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a great location for people to get out of the cold during this time of year, but it’s not too far south to be difficult to get to,” Johnson explained.

For team roping fans or anyone else who is interested in witnessing this intense sport first-hand, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center offers free admission and parking throughout the NTRL Finals. Beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 28 until 8 p.m. every evening during the event, spectators can see the talented horses and riders in action.

Johnson said, “The NTRL Finals is a great event for anyone who wants to come watch a true cowboy sport that originated in the West. There will be some really outstanding horses.”

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a multifaceted facility that is a popular destination for equine, sporting, and recreational events. Equine amenities include an enormous indoor arena, outdoor arenas, and over 400 permanent stalls. Additional RV hook-ups and vendor spaces make it the perfect place for any event. For more information and event listings, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

The Amazing Feathered Horses Set to Show Off at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Photo courtesy of Gail Shrine.

Jacksonville, FL (January 13, 2016) – This weekend, gorgeous feathered horses are moving into the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The 80-acre equestrian paradise in Jacksonville, Florida will host the Gypsy Vanner National Championships and the FL Feathered Horse Classic on January 14-17. Gail Shrine, owner of the Feathered Horse Classic competition series, invites all horse lovers to come view these magnificent animals at the Gypsy Vanner National Championships and FL Feathered Horse Classic, which was founded a decade ago. The event is free to spectators.

Feathered horses, including the Gypsy Vanner breed, are noted for the “feathers” or the long hair that starts below the knees and hocks of the horses and flows around the hooves. These horses also have long, flowing manes and full tails to complete their unique look. Shrine said, “The horses at this show are the most exciting and beautiful horses anyone could ever see. With their fabulous long manes and tails and the famous feather around the hooves, the Gypsy Vanners stand out from any other breed there is. They have a genuine easy going temperament, and are known for being easy to train in all disciplines.”

With free admission and free parking, guests will be able to watch more than 125 horses from all over the United States compete in a variety of equestrian events, including halter, western pleasure, dressage, western dressage, hunter, liberty, driving, English pleasure, trail, and more.

“Everyone is welcome to the Gypsy Vanner National Championships on Thursday the 14th and FL Feathered Horse Championships on January 15-17. The best of the best are at the Jacksonville, Florida show each year!” Shrine announced. “Competitors come from all over the United States, and spectators come from all over the world. We have guests from Dubai, England, New Zealand, and Australia that attend looking for the best quality Gypsy Vanners.”

Visitors will be welcome to walk through the stabling area to see the spectacularly decorated stalls and interact with some of the owners of the horses. “These are the nicest owners one could come across,” commented Shrine. She continued, “The owners and exhibitors love to have spectators cheer them on in the ring.”

This will be the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s fifth year hosting the FL Feathered Horse Classic and the second year hosting the Gypsy Vanner National Championship. Shrine said, “The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is one of the best facilities we use during our yearly series, which is six shows throughout the United States and the National Championship. The staff at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is very easy to work with and helpful with all situations. The indoor arena is outstanding with lots of ‘WOW factor,’ and is always in top condition. We love the facility and will continue this tradition of celebrating the Champions of the Breed here each year.”

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a multifaceted facility on an easily accessible site off major highways in Jacksonville, Florida. Equine amenities include an enormous indoor arena, outdoor arenas, and over 400 stalls. There are also miles of riding, hiking, and biking trails accessible from the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a part of a recreational park that includes picnic pavilions, a gymnasium, and an Olympic-size indoor pool. For more information, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Jacksonville Equestrian Center Celebrates Holidays with 13th Annual Fiddler’s Turkey Run

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Jacksonville, FL (December 4, 2015) – The Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted an equestrian version of a “turkey trot” to celebrate Thanksgiving this past weekend. Instead of runners racing off extra holiday calories, horses and riders poured into the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for a barrel racing extravaganza on November 26-29, 2015. Fiddler’s Trailer Sales sponsored the event, which is now in its 13th consecutive year. The Fiddler’s Turkey Run was an immense success, featuring $95,000 in prize money, and plans to return to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center next year.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center has become a popular event venue for a variety of equestrian sports. The facility came under new management last year, and has since invested in significant upgrades to its venue, which includes several outdoor riding rings and a 3,500-seat 150′ x 300′ indoor stadium. The indoor stadium was used for the Fiddler’s Turkey Run last weekend.

Young Laney Robinson earned the fastest time around the barrels at the Fiddler’s Turkey Run, who was awarded a beautiful pair of silver spurs donated by Amanda Weekley. The Fiddler’s Turkey Run was a WPRA sanctioned barrel racing competition. Although competition was fierce, the show organizers made sure there was also some “just for fun” competition in the form of a potato sack race!

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center will continue to host equestrian events and other community-focused events throughout the rest of the year. This weekend will feature the Winter Dressage on the First Coast equestrian event. Riders will compete with their horses in the equestrian sport of dressage on December 5 and 6. The following weekend, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will welcome the USDAA Pals & Paws Agility Trial. Spectator admission and parking are free for those wishing to watch canine athletes in action on December 11-13.

Fiddlers2For more about the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and to find out how to host your event at this multifaceted facility, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair 4-H & Open Horse Show Brings over 70 Riders

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Richardson.

Jacksonville, FL (October 28, 2015) – “The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is awesome. We love the facility and have every expectation of returning with our horse show next year,” said Jessica Altum, 4-H Animal Science program coordinator and horse show supervisor for the 2015 Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association 4-H & Open Horse Show. The show was held this October at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

The annual Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association 4-H & Open Horse Show hosted more than 70 4-H, FFA (Future Farmers of America), and Open riders. The young riders, all between the ages of eight through 18, competed in English, Western, Speed, and Trail divisions at the 80-acre equestrian and recreational venue’s spacious indoor and outdoor arenas.

The entire horse-centered property was buzzing with young competitors and their families and supporters. “We used the indoor arena for our Speed, Halter, English, and Western divisions. An outdoor arena was used for our trail class,” said Altum. The over 400 permanent stalls at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center played host to a stall decorating contest, boasting the creativity of the 4-H clubs and all who made the facility home for the weekend. The 78 RV hookups on-site at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center were available to anyone who wanted to camp near their horses.

“The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is really moving in an upwards direction,” commented Altum after the show. “The footing has gotten much better, and we always appreciate all the support they give us in 4-H.” Altum said this was the third horse show she has been a part of at the facility. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center came under new management just over a year ago, and has invested in significant upgrades to its venue – including new footing for its riding rings and 3,500-seat, 150′ x 300′ indoor stadium.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center will continue to host equestrian events and community-focused events throughout the rest of the year. Most recently, the AKC Pals and Paws Agility Trials is took place on October 23-25. The November calendar includes the First Coast Classical Dressage Challenge Schooling show, Backwoods Country Jam Concert with Lee Brice (Opening artist will be Maddie and Tae), and Fiddler’s Turkey Run Barrel Racing Competition. In December, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and its new management will wrap up the successful year with the Winter Dressage on the First Coast Competition, and USDAA Pals and Paws Agility Trials. For more about the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, at 13611 Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-255-4227.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-255-4227
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s Ride Lite Dressage Show Gives Competitors a First-Rate Experience

Anna Marek and Unico G win two Grand Prixs at the Ride Lite Dressage Show (Photo courtesy of BJC Photography LLC)

Jacksonville, FL (September 15, 2015) – When 74-year-old Celia Evans, her daughter, and granddaughter drove through the gates of the 80 acres of equestrian paradise known as the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, it was for the same reason that Grand Prix dressage rider Anna Marek also arrived at the facility: the chance to compete for a blue ribbon in the sport that they love. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida hosted the Ride Lite Dressage Show this month, offering a first-class showing experience to the dressage community.

Showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center was especially exciting for Ride Lite Dressage competitors, as they were some of the first riders to ever enjoy the facility’s newly installed footing. “The new footing in all the rings was very well received – everyone loved it,” commented Carlie Evans of South East Horse Shows, the organization that put on the Ride Lite Dressage Show.

Anna Marek claimed first place in the Grand Prix both days of the competition, aboard her own Unico G – a fourteen-year-old KWPN gelding (Negro x Animo). The pair rode out of both Grand Prix classes as champions with a high score of 73.20 percent. Marek is based out of Williston, Florida, at A. J. Stapleton’s Top Brass Farm, and trains with Anne Gribbons.

“My favorite thing about ‘Nico’ is that we have grown up together, made mistakes together, and had a lot of success together,” Marek said. “I owe so much to this horse. He holds a huge place in my heart!”

Marek was thrilled with the show’s convivial atmosphere and the staff. “The best part about the competition is the wonderful staff and friendly competitors,” Marek said. “Everyone seems genuinely happy for one another. Carlie Evans puts on shows that we want to come back for! I love showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The stabling is very well thought out and convenient, and the indoor is a nice escape from the heat in the Florida summer.

Fellow competitor Celia Evans earned a score toward her USDF Bronze Medal at the Ride Lite Dressage Show. Celia Evans, of Dragon’s Lair Farm in Newberry, Florida, rode her granddaughter Morgan Gravely’s thirteen-year-old 14.2-hand homebred Welsh cob, Dragon’s Lair Banner, to first and second places in Third Level Test One. Gravely also earned qualifying scores for regionals on two Dragon’s Lair ponies, Dragon’s Lair Toaster Strudel and Dragon’s Lair Diliyn AP Valiant. Another member of their group, thirteen-year-old Lila Stewart, also qualified for the regional show on PPCL Annabelle in Training Level Test 3. Evan’s daughter Molly Cobb-Smith rode LJE on the Wild Side in the Prix St. Georges. Evans enjoyed the experience of showing with three generations of family dressage riders on several home-bred ponies.

Evans agreed with Marek about the quality of showing at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, adding that, as a competitor for over 20 years and a breeder of Welsh ponies at her Dragon’s Lair Farm, she has attended shows throughout the country and feels that the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is one of the best facilities around.

“It is well planned out,” she said. “The layout is nice, and the indoor coliseum-type arena is very comfortable to ride in. There’s been a lot of thought about everything that went into it, and the footing is phenomenal.”

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was happy to host the Ride Lite Dressage competition, and looks forward to upcoming events such as the Southeast Medal Finals hunter, jumper, and equitation competition later this week. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center has served the equestrian community and the local area for ten years. It features not only new footing, but also a giant indoor arena, outdoor show rings, and more than 400 stalls. Located at 13611 Normandy Blvd., in Jacksonville, Florida, the multi-faceted center hosts a variety of events from equestrian and recreational, to sporting and community events. For more information about upcoming events at the center, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-573-3649.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-573-364
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221

Riders Beat the Heat at Jacksonville Equestrian Center – Open Schooling Offered in Indoor Arena

Rick and Kelley Christy of Rick Christy Quarter Horses enjoy schooling their horses at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Jacksonville, FL (August 24, 2015) – The spectacular facility at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is recognized as a top-notch setting for competition, and now many riders are also turning to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center as an ideal location to school their horses. The 80-acre Jacksonville Equestrian Center has opened its doors to riders to use its premier grounds for schooling in the coolness of the impressive 123,000 square foot indoor arena.

Schooling at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center allows equestrians the chance to introduce their horses to the feel of a major showing venue without the high costs associated with competition. For just $10.00 per one horse and rider, or $20 for a rider with multiple horses, schooling is permitted in the state-of-the art indoor competition venue. Rising seating for 3,770 spectators surrounds the 150′ x 300′ arena, and premium new footing was just installed this summer.

Professional Quarter Horse trainer and AQHA judge Rick Christy enjoys schooling at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, especially with his young horses. He, his wife Kelley, and five of their horses recently spent an afternoon schooling with the entire arena to themselves. The Christys, based in Ocala, Florida with their training and sales business Rick Christy Quarter Horses, appreciate a chance to get out of the weather to school at Jacksonville. “We’ve been coming here in the summer when it is raining and hot to get out of the sun and the mud,” Rick Christy explained. “It is a very nice facility; it’s worth the drive!”

Kelley Christy agrees. “It’s a wonderful facility. It is very much like the places that we show.” The couple is familiar with the United States’ top showing facilities – Kelley has been recognized with many prestigious honors throughout her Quarter Horse training and showing career, including winning numerous Top Five awards at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Rick has judged such major horse shows as the AQHA World Show, the NSBA World Championship Show, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, the Reichert Celebration, and the Southern Belle.

Kelley Christy added, “It’s great to bring the young horses up to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center to get them acclimated to the new surroundings. And, the people in the office here have been wonderful to work with.”

Riders of all disciplines are invited to join these professionals in schooling their horses at Jacksonville. All that is required to school is the small usage fee and a current Coggins certificate.

For riders who would like their horses to experience a more energetic atmosphere while schooling, Community Night Schooling events are held periodically at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The next one will be on November 24 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Other upcoming events at the facility include the Ride Lite Dressage show on September 5-6, then the Southeast Medal Finals championship jumping competition on September 17-20. In October, The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association 4H Horse Show will take place on the 17th, with prizes available for 4H participants of all riding disciplines. Canines will also show off their skills at the AKC Pals & Paws Agility Trial on October 23-25. Another highly anticipated event for the town of Jacksonville is the Lee Brice concert, to be held on November 14 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located at 13611 Normandy Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida. The multi-faceted event center hosts equestrian, sporting, recreational and community events. For information about schooling or attending or scheduling events, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at 904-573-3649.

For more information, contact:
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Penny Gorton 904-573-364
PGorton@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221