Tampa, FL – December 18, 2012 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show is pleased to welcome world class trail clinician Tim Kimura of Oak Point, TX, who will be designing the trail patterns and conducting clinics during the event. Scheduled for December 27-31, 2012 at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show features five full days of events including Hunters, Equitation, Reining, Western Pleasure, Trail Riding, Driving, Showmanship and Halter classes. This year, the show ends on the 31st to help exhibitors take advantage of the six shows needed to accumulate points before the end of the year for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
Nicknamed the “Man of Trail,” Kimura has been a trail course designer for over 25 years and draws around 100 trail patterns each year for events across the globe. He believes in the 4 Ps of Trail: Preparation, Practice, Planning, and Performance. Kimura also believes riders should chase perfection and try to catch excellence along the way.
Kimura was introduced to designing trail course at his father’s saddle club. He focused on the West Coast until 1995 when he was introduced to the AQHA. “I started doing their Worlds Shows about 17 years ago,” he explained. “I’ve done Worlds Shows for all of the breeds now. I’ve also worked internationally, so I’ve kind of done it all.”
“In the ‘80s Trail was kind of boring; they had slow maneuvers with a lot of backing up and side steps,” continued Kimura. “I came from more of a reining background and so I implemented that and made faster, more upbeat patterns. They have more poles and agility obstacles, so it’s faster and easier to watch. The level or horses, riders, and trainers has gone up so much and this is one of the strongest events you will see at the horse shows now.”
The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show is one of Kimura’s favorite stops each year. “I have a lot of friends in the area and so it’s great to go see them during the holiday season,” he commented. “I make the patterns more difficult for this competition to challenge the experienced horses because it is the end of the show season.”
The Trail classes at the Florida Gold Coast Horse Show will be held every other day, and Kimura will conduct clinics and warm-ups during the off days for the competitors. For more information about Tim Kimura, please visit http://www.facebook.com/TimKimuraManOfTrail?fref=ts.
For more information about the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show, please visit http://fqha.net/. The schedule and stall reservation form are now available for download. For regular updates about the competition, please visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Gold-Coast-Quarter-Horse-Circuit/179375865501193.
Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit Fast Facts
EVENT: Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit: Schedule and stall reservation forms available online at http://fqha.net/.
WHAT: A week-long quarter horse show features five full days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship and halter classes, helping riders accumulate points before the end of the year for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680
AQHA Reining events
Hunters and Equitation
From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing
Grand Prix Field 250′ x 350′ all weather footing
Covered Ring 165′ x 300′ clay/sand mixture
Annex Ring 150′ x 275′ all weather footing
Indoor Ring 130′ x 250′ clay/sand mixture
Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International