Tampa, FL – December 29, 2016 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit is on track to be a great success posting huge numbers of entries at the midway point of the four-day show this week at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Managed by Mark Harrell Horse Shows, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit attracts the Nation’s top Quarter Horses and riders competing for year-end points as well as outstanding awards to include saddles, bridles and tack trunks.
Competition continues on Friday with Western classes in Horsemanship, Trail and Pleasure. English classes include Working Hunter, Jumping and Equitation.
YOUTH HUNT SEAT EQUITATION: KALEY STRAUSBAUGH, 15, PALM CITY, FLA.
on winning two classes
“It’s definitely special. It’s exciting! I am so grateful. It means that all my hard work and dedication finally paid off.”
on her horse
“Deep Blue Skys is his show name, but I call him Robert. He is 11 years old and a once-in-a-lifetime horse. I am so happy with him.”
YOUTH RANCH RIDING: TRENT FERREIR, 10, LOXAHATCHEE, FLA.
on placing second in two classes and third in one class on Widow Gallo, owned by Phoebe Alwine
“It’s pretty cool showing here. I really like the competition. It’s exciting because I haven’t shown in a long time.”
on splitting his time between riding and Taekwondo
“I just earned by first degree black belt. It’s had to decide which one I like better, but I think it is riding.”