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Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit Announces Missy Clark Equitation Clinic

December 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Tampa, FL – December 9, 2013 – Missy Clark’s name is synonomous with excellence in equitation. This winter, she’s bringing her expertise to the Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit in Tampa, FL. On December 30, 2013, Clark will host an Equitation Over Fences Clinic at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds.


The clinic is held in conjunction with the Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit, which runs Dec. 27-31, 2013, and the opportunity to participate in the clinic is free to exhibitors of the Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit.


The Equitation Over Fences Clinic will run in two sessions in the newly renovated Grand Prix Arena of the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the second session will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 10 mounted riders, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up today, email your preferred ride time to Peg at MEdmond333@aol.com. Emails will be answered promptly. Auditors are also encouraged to attend the clinic free of charge.

Missy Clark  (Photo by Kenneth Kraus)

Missy Clark
(Photo by Kenneth Kraus) 

Missy Clark has been a leader in the equitation and show jumping training industry for years, and she currently operates North Run alongside her husband, John Brennan. North Run is based out of both Warren, VT, and Wellington, FL, and is home to some of the nation’s top equitation riders and horses.


Clark grew up riding under the tutelage of her mother, Doris Clark, and she went on to ride jumpers with George Morris and Rodney Jenkins. Clark’s strong roots in the country’s equitation system have helped her produce numerous top riders, many of whom have gone on to be successful professionals. Her coaching talent, work ethic, keen organizational skills and desire to be the best that she can be are all passed on to her students, making for winning combinations. To learn more about Missy Clark and North Run, visitwww.northrun.net.


Tthe Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit features six full American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows and five days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship, halter classes, roping and the newest event, ranch pleasure. With the horse show ending on December 31, the circuit’s six shows provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to accumulate final year-end AQHA points.


For more information about the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show, please visit www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com. The schedule and stall reservation form are now available for download. For regular updates about the competition, please find us on Facebook by searching “Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit.”


Florida Gold Coast and Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show Circuit Fast Facts


EVENT: Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show and Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show


WHEN: Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show December 27-31, 2013 and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show January 1-6, 2014


WHAT: Two weeks of Quarter Horse shows featuring 12 full AQHA shows and 10 full days of events including AQHA hunters, equitation, reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship halter classes at Bob Thomas Equestrian, plus additional strictly Western classes, Roping, Working Cowhorse, Cutting, and the newest event, Ranch Pleasure, held at Triple J Arena in Sarasota. Please call 561-722-7979 for more information about Triple J Arena classes.


WHERE: Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds

4800 North US Highway 301

Tampa, FL 33680


WEBSITE: www.flgoldcoastcircuit.com and www.fqha.net



– Western and English Pleasure

– Trail

– Hunters and Equitation

– Driving

– Showmanship

– Halter


THE FACILITY: Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL

All arenas have a separate warm-up area:

Grand Prix Field 250′ x 350′

Covered Ring 165′ x 300′

Annex Ring 150′ x 275′

Indoor Ring 130′ x 250′



Gold Coast – Dec. 27 – Dec. 31:

– Tony Burris

– John Dean

– Scott Hofstetter

– Nancy Sue Ryan

– Steve Stephens

– Carla Wennburg

– Daren Wright



Hilton Garden Inn

10309 Highland Manor Drive

Tampa, Fl 33610


Direct phone for Reservations 813-626-6700


Residence Inn Fairgrounds

9719 Princess Palm Ave

Tampa, Fl 33619

Direct phone for Reservations 813-627-8855


LaQuinta Fairgrounds

4811 US Highway 301 N

Tampa, Fl 33680

Direct phone for Reservations 813-626-0885

Phone for Rates- Pets Free


Sheraton Tampa East

10221 Princess Palm Ave

Tampa, Fl. 33610


Rate $77 plus tax

Pets free up to 40 pounds


Red Roof Inn – Brandon

10121 Horace Ave.

Tampa, Fl 33619

Mention horse show for best rate

Direct phone for Reservations 813-681-8484

Pets Stay Free

4 miles to show grounds


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa

5223 North Orient Road (next to show grounds)

Tampa, FL

(813) 627-7625



Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12012 South Shore Blvd #105

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)