Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Celebrates Another Successful Year

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 31, 2019 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit celebrated another successful year with a tsunami of entries throughout 2019’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.

Bob Johnson and A Busy Affair. Photo: Cody Parmenter
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.
Anna Mackay and Gunna Wreckya. Photo: Cody Parmenter
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.
Taylor Kungle and Krymsun Belle. Photo: Cody Parmenter
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.
Chuck Briggs and Dancin N The Dirt. Photo: Cody Parmenter
Tuesday’s classes conclude the 2020 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, with plenty of High Point awards, Circuit Champion awards and year-end points awarded to conclude the show on a high note.
Bob Johnson (Burns, Tennessee) and A Busy Affair (Steve & Kathy Headley, owners)
Versatility Ranch Horse Open High Point Award ChampionOn competing at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit:
“We have come here for the last three years and the VRH division has really grown in that time. The numbers now are incredible and that makes it really fun. The people who ride VRH have a lot of fun. We cheer for each other and just enjoy the whole experience.”

On his horse, A Busy Affair:
“She’s a pretty cute mare. She’s won at the All American Congress Show, she won at AQHA World’s, she’s going to win the Honor Roll for the year and she won here. My wife, Karen, won the reserve so we’ve had a pretty good time here.”

Anna Mackay, 18 (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) and Gunna Wreckya (Michael Mackay, owner)
Versatility Ranch Horse Youth High Point Award Winner

On winning the High Point Award at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit with Gunna Wreckya:
“It means a lot to win with her because I don’t get to ride as much as I would like. I just feel so blessed to come here and do so well. I’ve had this horse for about three years now. It took a very long time for us to click and now we’re together and we are having such a fun time showing. He’s such a goofball, but I love him to death.”

Taylor Kungle (Hampstead, North Carolina) and Krymsun Belle (Mallory Vroegh, owner)
Level 1/Novice Amateur High Point Award ChampionOn winning the High Point Award at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit with Krymsun Belle:
“We’ve had a really great year. This is my last show with Belle as a Novice Amateur, so it’s really special that we ended the year on such a high note. She’s such a good girl. I love doing the horsemanship with her. She’s so sweet. She really likes to go out there and show and do her job. She’s the best.” 

Sandy Vargo (Plain City, Ohio), Owner of Dancin N The Dirt
Senior High Point Award WinnerOn winning the High Point Award with Dancin N The Dirt:
“It’s awesome to win the High Point. I love to win. My horse is so fun and he is truly wonderful. He is just special. He’s the winningest horse! I have had him for years. He has many quirks, but I love him, and he loves me! Terrie and I share him, we’re like sisters. We’ve known each other for a long time, so it’s fun for me to watch her ride him and do so well.”

Level 1 Green: 
C – She Had Me At Hello – Michael Vargo, owner
R – Thee Redzone – Halladay Show Horses, owner

3rd – Ever So Sudden – Sabrina Janis, owner

C – Whose Your Bay Bae – Kelly Birkenholtz, owner
R – Truly Graceful – Amy Hassinger, owner

3rd DGS Vintage – Robin Degraff, owner

C – Dancin N The Dirt – Sandy Vargo, owner
R – Kiss Me At Twilight, Jackie Penny, owner

3rd – Cruize – Stephanie Janis, owner

Level 1 Novice Amateur:
C – Krymsun Belle & Taylor Kungle
R – Moneys Moxie Girl & Ashley Nietzer

3rd – Kiss Me At Twilight & Jackie Penny

C – Beter Late Thn Never & Tiina Volmer
R – Version Of Goodbar & Sarah Lebsock

3rd – Truly Authentic & Alexis Parisek

C – Strawberri Wine & Laina Banks
R – Give Me The Goods & Anne Wilson

3rd – All I Ever Needed & Tammy Fein

Level 1 Novice Youth:
C – Hunting Blue Skies & Kaylynn Heitman
R – Just Call Me Lazy & Emma Dejong

3rd – Hez Just Got It & Karlie Welch

Youth 13 & Under:
C – Hunting Blue Skies & Kaylynn Heitman
R – The Perfect Kryme & Camille Kennedy

3rd – Lazy Lopin Guy & Sydney Sargent

Youth 14-18:
C – Lover Treat Me Good & Lily Anderson
R – Zips Bossy Chip & Ellexxah Maxwell

3rd – Check Required & Rebecca Figuero

Small Fry:
C – Famous N Foolish & Alexandra Rippeon
R – Quita Machine & Elden Fredenburg

3 – Mind On My Money & Shayne Gilliam.

Level 1 Amateur W/T:
C – Mocha Kisses & Lisa Breault
R – Imma Be A Cowboy & Dave Querry

3rd – A Bonafide Treasure & Robin Sowell

Level 1 Youth W/T:
C – Dangerously Famous & Alyvia Kladny
R – A Certain Revolution & Kenidee Thomas

3rd – More Details Please & Emma Robosson

VRH Amateur:
C – See The Magic In Me & Kenneth Banks
R – Chex Are Cashin & Dana Lanning

3rd – Gotta Hot Secret & Karen Johnson

VRH Youth:
C – Gunna Wreckya & Anna Mackay

R – TRR Rockin Cat & Trent Ferreir

VRH Open:
C – A Busy Affair & Bob Johnson
R – Gotta Hot Gun & Karen Johnson

3 – Guns Gal & Andrey Ferreir

High Point APHA Horse:
The Batt Boy – Joe & Sheryl Blondahl
To view the all new 2019 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit schedule of events, please click here.
For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit their website.

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