Angela Wade and A Soxy Dream, Amateur Trail circuit champions at the 2017 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit. Photo: Cody Parmenter
Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 6, 2018 – The popular Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuitwill return to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 28, and will run through Monday, Dec. 31.
In 2016, 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. Following the 2017 event, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit earned the distinction of being named the seventh largest ranked AQHA show in the country.
Under the direction and show management services of An Equine Production, the 2017 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit welcomed more than 8,300 AQHA entries from coast to coast – up by more than 450 AQHA entries from 2016 and 2,252 from 2015. With the addition of National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) and non-AQHA entries, the show posted an outstanding total of 11,000 entries in 2017.
Each year, top Quarter Horses and exhibitors travel from Connecticut to California, many for the first time, to compete in this renowned event. This year, the show is excited to offer more leveling in the trail classes, allowing trainers and exhibitors to bring an additional horse or two, as well as feature professionally designed and managed trail courses from Tim „Man of Trail“ Kimura.
In addition to being the perfect place to welcome in the new year, exhibitors can look forward to 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, ensuring perfect footing no matter the conditions. The state-of-the-art facility also offers ample riding and lunging spaces.
With four days of competition under numerous judges, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit presents exhibitors with great opportunities to earn valuable year-end points and exciting prizes in the beautiful Florida weather. There is also plenty to do 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.
To view the 2018 schedule of events, please click here.