Tampa, FL – November 30, 2012 – The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show is pleased to announce that the 2012 High Point Youth or Amateur Award will feature a trip for two to visit World Reining Champion Tom McCutcheon. This year’s competition will feature five full days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship and halter classes. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show is schedule for December 27-31, 2012 at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL. 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).
The 2012 High Point Youth or Amateur Award, featuring the “Inside the Reining Horse World” experience, will be presented to the top rider at the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show. The award includes: airfare for two to Dallas, Texas, a trip to the ranch of World Champion Tom McCutcheon, a private lesson on school master reiner, a tour of the ranch and breeding facility, as well as a meeting and tour of Tim McQuay’s training and breeding facility, and dinner at the Famous Pappa’s Brother Steakhouse. This amazing opportunity offers a taste of the sport that’s taking the horse world by storm!
One of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) elite Million Dollar Riders, McCutcheon is a multiple NRHA Futurity finalist and has twice earned the NRHA Derby Open Reserve Championship, as well as being a four-time Gordyville Breeders Cup Open Reserve Champion. He is a past National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Champion and is a two-time USEF Open Reining Champion. In 2002, McCutcheon was a member of Team USA that won the Gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. He also won the Individual Gold medal and the Team Gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, and was the FEI World Reining Finals Champion.
“I think this award is something that could really mean a lot to a rider that wants to see what it’s like to have a training and breeding operation,” said McCutcheon. “It will show what can be achieved in the sport with a little luck and a lot of hard work. I think it’s a great opportunity for a rider to see some of the top operations in the business.”
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 athttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Gold-Coast-Quarter-Horse-Circuit/179375865501193.
Photo Credit: The 2012 High Point Youth or Amateur Award will feature a trip for two to visit World Champion Reining Tom McCutcheon. Photo Courtesy of the Client. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.
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