Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Kicks off with Beautiful Weather for Nation’s Top Quarter Horses and Riders

Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 28, 2018 – Balmy temperatures and sunny skies greeted the nation’s top Quarter Horses and riders competing at the 2018 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit. Entries were up on opening day and that trend is expected to continue at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds until Monday, Dec. 31, the final day of the renowned event.

In 2017, the horse show earned the distinction of being named the seventh largest ranked American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) show in the country. This year, the event is expected to be even bigger and better, offering more leveled classes and a flat rate for all National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) classes.

The direction and show management services of An Equine Production strive to make the weekend a pleasant experience for both horses and riders in and out of the arena. Many of the competitors come from across the country year after year due to the quality of the horse show, the facility and the weather. In addition, unique to this show, is a daily produce stand offering apples, carrots and oranges free of charge.

Friday’s schedule featured AQHA and NSBA hunter, jumper, pleasure, horsemanship and trail classes.

Saturday’s classes include showmanship, halter, equitation, under saddle, reining and Western riding classes.


Lee Paul Shinn (Palmetto, Florida) – Head trainer at Prince Farm, owned by Chester and Anne Prince

On attending the event for over 20 years:
“I used to live in Texas and I would travel here every year because this show is the only place in the country for Quarter Horse competitors to show in hunter/jumper classes every day, all day. It’s also important to be here if you are in the hunt for year-end awards in order to keep your place or even move ahead. This year we brought 15 horses.”

Ty Hornick (Jamestown, Ohio) – Co-owner of Ty and Karen Hornick Quarter Horses

On what makes the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit special:
“The weather here is great and the show management does a very good job keeping the footing in the arenas and warm-up areas in excellent condition. They are also nice to work with and when you show as much as we do, that makes a difference.”

About the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit:

The popular Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit returns to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds from Dec. 28 through Dec. 31.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit New Year’s Eve party in the show office and watch all four days of competition live, sponsored by Morrissey Management Group, here.

The 2018 Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit is also proud to offer the Horse Show Tracker app at this year’s event. The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and allows exhibitors to easily access draws, results, scoring and more from any location without having to walk to the gate or show office.

Interested in advertising on the Horse Show Tracker? Have a stallion you would like to promote? Have a show in the immediate near future you want to tell everyone about? Just want to say, ‘Good luck,’ to your best friend? Ads are now being sold on the Horse Show Tracker! Contact Kathy Trask at FunnWare Development at 614-348-4558.

To view the 2018 schedule of events, please click here.

For sponsorship opportunities, please call Matt Morrissey at 941-915-3457 or email matt@mmg.management.

For additional information on the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, please visit flgoldcoastcircuit.com.


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