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Tickets Available Now for the Extreme Mustang Makeover at Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Jimbo Albritton and Penney (Photo courtesy of SDPhotography)

Jacksonville, FL (April 25, 2016) — With less than two weeks to go until the start of the Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on May 6-7, Mustang trainers like Jimbo Albritton of Penney Farms, Florida are preparing for action.

Each trainer participating in the Extreme Mustang Makeover has been tasked with transforming a wild Mustang into a very rideable, outstanding performer in just 100 days. The Extreme Mustang Makeover is designed to test both human and horse for their ability to learn quickly and make the most out of a small period of time.

The competition at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will begin with an opportunity for spectators to meet the trainers and the horses on Friday morning, before competitors gather in the main arena for show prep. Next, each trainer and Mustang duo will compete in several classes. Friday’s classes will include Handling and Conditioning, Youth Classes, and an Adult Trail Class. On Saturday, coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning before further Mustang exhibitions and award ceremonies.

Spectators can enjoy free admittance to the event on Friday and until 4:45 pm on Saturday. After 4:45, the competition will really get serious. The top 10 Mustang and trainer pairs will be announced, and they will head into the Top 10 Freestyle Finals – where they can strut their stuff and show off what they learned in their own personal style. The Extreme Mustang Makeover Freestyle Finals are known for jaw-dropping performances; past Freestyles have featured riders standing in their saddles, roping, obstacles, and more.

As competitors work to put a few more days of training on their assigned Mustangs, participant Jimbo Albritton feels lucky that he and his Mustang mare, Penney, hit the ground running. Albritton says, “It was the luck of the draw that I was assigned Penney.” Even from the beginning, the sweet-tempered mare seemed to act more like a puppy dog than a fiery Mustang.

But despite Penney’s sweet disposition, she’s had a lot to learn these past couple of months. “Everything is going right and it’s been a dramatic change since the first day,” Albritton commented about Penney’s progress. “She’s a lot more quiet and we’re going places. Her skill level has drastically increased.”

As Albritton prepares for show time, he’s now focused on perfecting those skills. “I really want to refine a couple of things,” he said. “I want to make lead changes more solid. I’d like her to be a touch quieter and a little more solid in her overall performance.”

On the line – for Albritton and everyone competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge – is a $25,000 award and custom-made Gist belt buckle for the winner.

But even as Albritton vies for the flashy reward, he plans on keeping things simple and sticking to the basics. When asked about his plans if he qualifies for the Top 10 Freestyle Finals, he said, “My main plan is to do simple things great, instead of doing a lot of complicated things not so great. We’re going to stick to a reining pattern – some spins and stops – and see if she’ll lay down for us.”

At the end of the day, whether Penney nails her spins or her stops, Albritton is grateful for the time he’s spent with his lucky little mare and, most importantly, he hopes that his work with Penney leads to her finding her forever home, as all Mustangs will be available for adoption after the event.

To see the excitement of the event yourself or to adopt one of the competing Mustangs, head to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for the May 6-7 events. Preliminary classes are free to watch. Tickets for the Freestyle event ($15.00) are available here.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a favorite destination for equestrian and recreational events. The 80-acre facility is easily accessible from major highways in Jacksonville, Florida, 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. For more information and to find out about other upcoming events, 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

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

Photo courtesy of SDPhotography.

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

Al Dunning and Expensive Hobby Inducted into AzQHA Hall of Fame

Photo by Fallow.

Phoenix, AZ (March 1, 2016) – Al Dunning and his late mount Expensive Hobby were inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association (AzQHA)’s Hall of Fame on February 20 for their individual and collective accomplishments in the Quarter Horse industry.

Vita Flex, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, veterinary-tested equine supplements, is proud to congratulate Al Dunning, who is a Vita Flex Victory Team rider. Vita Flex is dedicated to creating supplements that help horses and riders like Dunning continually cross the fine line between good and great.

Dunning’s impressive career includes 45 World Championships and Reserve World Championships through the National Reining Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Dunning was past president of the AzQHA and the Arizona Cutting Horse Association, as well as director at large of the AQHA. In 1996, Dunning was named the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year.

“I have so many people to thank for helping me to be a success,” Dunning said. “I’ve been blessed with great customers who trust me to treat their horses with respect and get the job done. Then there are once-in-a-lifetime special horses like Expensive Hobby that make your dreams come true!”

Once-in-a-lifetime might be the best way to describe Expensive Hobby, who passed away in 2003. The buckskin Quarter Horse was a four-time AQHA Champion, and was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007. Expensive Hobby and Dunning won the NRHA Open Reining at the AQHA All American Quarter Horse Congress, and Expensive Hobby held AQHA Superiors in reining, working cow horse, and cutting. The famed Quarter Horse is forever eternalized as a Breyer model.

Dunning is proud to accept the honor and is grateful to those around him who helped him achieve such measured success.

“I have been riding most of my life,” Dunning said. “A great family, loyal friends, and amazing horses have blessed me throughout. I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Dunning continues to train and show western performance horses at his ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. With their induction into the AzQHA Hall of Fame, Dunning and Expensive Hobby join other Arizona greats including Doc Bar, John Hoyt, and Rick Johns.

Accomplishments like these demonstrate what it means to be a Vita Flex Victory Team rider. With his many successes, Dunning has proven he knows what it takes to maintain the competitive edge necessary to be leaders in the show and training industries. Vita Flex® equine performance products is something that Dunning always has on hand.

Vita Flex provides riders, trainers, and owners with a variety of high-quality equine products, including antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, and topical solutions to help keep horses in top health, so they can cross the fine line between good and great. Vita Flex’s products are backed by clinical research to ensure horse’s peak performance. For more information about Vita Flex and its line of superior equine products, visit www.vitaflex.com or call (800) 848–2359.

Contact: Katie Stevenson
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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

Follow Jimbo Albritton on His Extreme Mustang Makeover Journey to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Photo courtesy of Jimbo Albritton.

Jacksonville, FL (February 18, 2016) – When second-generation horseman Jimbo Albritton of Jacksonville, Florida decided he would take on the challenge of competing in the next Extreme Mustang Makeover, he was a little nervous. He would be taking on a horse untouched by human hands and have 100 days to transform her into a winning steed – a bit different from the training he’s used to. As Albritton explains, “It was the luck of the draw.”

As fate would have it, luck was on his side. He was assigned to his own lucky Penney, a five-year-old mare he describes as sweet-tempered and eager to please, “kind of like a puppy dog.”

Now, Albritton and Penney are working feverishly to prepare for the upcoming Extreme Mustang Makeover, which will be hosted at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 6-7.

During the competition, Albritton and horsemen like him will be vying for the $25,000 award and custom-made Gist belt buckle, each working with a mare that had freely roamed on land protected by the Bureau of Land Management before partaking in this challenge.

As the action unfolds, trainers will show off their Mustangs’ beauty, versatility, and performance in several rounds of competition. The horse-and-rider pairs will first compete in handling and conditioning, then a pattern class, and then a combined leading and riding class. Ultimately, the selected finalists will compete in an exciting four-minute freestyle event where this year’s champion will emerge.

For Albritton, the odds are looking good – thanks to his training experience and his remarkable partnership with Penney.

“My favorite thing about her is that she is like a sponge,” Albritton explained. “She’s taking everything in, she’s not panicking, and she’s willing. She’s improving each day, and it’s rare you get a horse who is that willing. She’s really changed my outlook on what Mustangs are made of.”

But that doesn’t mean Penney doesn’t have a few quirks. For one, Albritton says she could use a little help with steering. “The biggest challenge when I’m riding her is her handling her direction,” he said. “Lefts and rights and stops – the whole nine yards.”

Luckily, Albritton has a few tricks up his sleeve after practically growing up in the saddle alongside his dad and starting his own training business, Flying A Performance Horses, a few years back.

But for Albritton, whether or not Penney turns on a dime – or even wins the competition – isn’t his top concern. His highest hopes lie with her finding the perfect home for her to start her next adventure with. “I want to see her riding around really good and gentle, so anyone can get along with her.”

Like all the other Mustangs in the program, Penney will be available for adoption after the event at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center as part of an effort by the Mustang Heritage Foundation to find happy homes for the deserving horses. And as Penney and her other equine counterparts wow the crowd with their ability to quickly evolve from roaming free to mastering the ring, there’s little doubt they’ll find someone to take them home.

To see how this year’s event unfolds or to adopt one of the competing Mustangs, head to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for the May 6 and 7 events. Preliminary classes are free to watch. Tickets for the freestyle event are available here.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a favorite destination for equestrian and recreational events. The 80-acre facility 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. For more information and to find out about other upcoming events, 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

“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

Friesian Owners Get Boot Camp Training with World Champion Jannie Giles

Jannie Giles aboard KFPS Friesian, IFSHA World Champion, Victor FC. Photo by Avis Girdler.

Black Horse Manor Hosts Fun Educational Weekend

February 5, 2016 — Pleasureville, KY – Black Horse Manor hosted a Friesian Boot Camp, January 30-31, 2016. The weekend was a fun-filled, educational package that allowed Friesian owners to bring their own horses to the facility for one on one personal training attention.

The goal of the one on one sessions was to address a variety of training challenges, tackling horse show related goals, and training tips for perfecting and polishing horse show performance. Well known multi-titled World Champion, owner and trainer of Black Horse Manor, Jannie Giles, worked with each individual and their personal horses, focusing on their 2016 goals.

Jannie sits on the Board of Directors for the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) and is also a member of the USEF Rules Committee. Her professional career has been well documented with Regional and National wins with American Saddlebreds, Friesians, Arabians, Half Arabians and National Show Horses. She was the first woman to win the National Show Horse Five-Gaited National Championship. She also instructed a number of champion Saddle Seat Equitation riders to national titles as well.

Jannie took her very first Friesian from an average school type horse and turned him into a show ring legend. Jannie and her star gelding, Robin ut de Warren, dominated the show ring from coast to coast. Together they enjoyed the incredible run of six undefeated seasons competing against World and National Champions from various breeds.

By setting the standard of excellence in the Friesian saddle seat and western divisions, Jannie is considered one of the most talented and respected trainers nationwide. Jannie’s outstanding Western Pleasure Friesian, Victor FC, was the first ever Friesian to be awarded the 2011 USEF Equestrian of Honor Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy.

Black Horse Manor, is located just a few short miles from Shelbyville, KY, off I-64, and offers training, lessons and sales for a select group of Saddlebreds, Morgans, Friesians and Hackneys.

More clinic dates will be released soon for Saddleseat, Hunt Seat, and Western riding.

For more information, contact Black Horse Manor at janniegiles@aol.com or 859.321.9278.

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

Photo courtesy of jimdavisphoto.com.

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

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

Photos courtesy of SDPhotography.

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