Articles: Press Release
Horses Showcased Every Day At Florida State Fair
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lizz Harmon at 813-621-7821, Ext. 252
TAMPA, FL - January 29, 2007 - Horse fans and future equestrians won't want
to miss the horse shows and competitions held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian
Center throughout the 2007 Florida State Fair. Hundreds of equestrians will
saddle up for these events, showcasing their top-notch riding skills for the
chance to win trophies, ribbons and cash prizes.
American Paint Horse Show, presented by Suncoast Bedding Products - Feb. 2-4
at 9:00 a.m., Charlie Lykes Arena - These colorful horses will compete in
Halter, English, Western and Speed events.
American Quarter Horse Show, presented by Freightliner SportChassis - Feb.
2-4 at 8:00 a.m., Sundowner Covered Ring - These heavily muscled, compact
horses will demonstrate their versatility in numerous classes of Western
Pleasure, Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle and Jumping.
Equine Encounter - Daily (Feb. 8-19) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
Equestrian Center - Jonnie, horse lover extraordinaire, will teach guests
firsthand the basics of grooming and horse care.
Mule and Miniature Donkey Show - Feb. 8-9 at 9:00 a.m., Sundowner Covered
Ring, West Ring, and the Southern Equipment & Machinery Gran Prix Ring -
Mules and miniature donkeys from as far away as Ohio compete in halter,
showmanship, trail, as well as English, western and driving classes.
Carriage and Driving Horse Show - Feb. 10-11 at 10:00 a.m., Southern
Equipment & Machinery Gran Prix Ring - Participants will compete in several
impressive events, so remarkable they are almost regal in their
presentation. The skill and finesse of these fine drivers and horses is a
sight to see as they navigate complex courses, obstacles and patterns.
Miniature Horse Show - Feb. 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Ring, Feb. 11 at
10:00 a.m. in the Sundowner Covered Ring - The Miniature is similar to a
full-sized horse in its orientation, strength and agility. Youth and adult
showmanship, obstacle driving and jumping will all be part of their
competition at the Fair.
Draft Horse Show - Feb. 12 at noon, Feb. 13 at 10:00 a.m., Southern
Equipment & Machinery Gran Prix Ring - This event features draft breeds of
horses including Clydesdales, Belgians, Percherons and Shires showing in
halter and hitch classes. The six-horse hitch class begins at noon on Feb.
12 with six teams expected to compete.
Mounted Law Enforcement Training and Critique - Feb. 13 at 9:00 a.m. and
Feb. 14-15 at 1:30 p.m., Sundowner Covered Ring and West Ring - This event
is open to sworn law enforcement officers and non-sworn posse members. It
showcases their roles and abilities in obstacle training, fleeing felon
apprehension, crowd control techniques as well as equitation and tactical
Draft Horse Pull - Feb. 15 at noon, Southern Equipment & Machinery Gran Prix
Ring - Much like today's tractor pulls, these competitions offer lots of
action and drama. For the teams, it's distance that counts as they are
challenged to pull a weighted sleigh as far as they can. Light weights begin
at noon and heavy weights begin 45 minutes after light weights competition
Farrier's Clinic and Competition - Feb. 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the MannaPro Pony
Ring, Feb. 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Charlie Lykes Arena - Watch and learn as
blacksmiths work against the clock to show the audiences the proper
techniques used for shoeing a horse.
Rocky Mountain Horse Show - Feb. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the Sundowner Covered
Ring, Feb. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in West/Annex Ring - In this Class A show, colts,
fillies, mares, stallions and geldings compete. Show consists of Halter
Classes, Under Saddle Classes, as well as novice, amateur, Western and Open
Tennessee Walking, Racking and Spotted Saddle Horse Show - Feb. 16 at 6:00
p.m., Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m., Sundowner Covered Ring - A calm, docile
temperament, combined with naturally smooth and easy gaits ensure the
popularity of these beautiful horses.
Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Competition and Demonstration -
Competition on Feb. 17, Demonstration on Feb. 18, at 1:00 p.m., Southern
Equipment & Machinery Gran Prix Ring - Precision movements are performed to
a musical score by riders and their horses, carts and drivers. This
competition counts as a qualifying ride towards the State Championship in
Pinto Horse Show - Feb. 17-18 at 8:30 a.m., Sundowner Covered Ring - These
Pinto horses, with their dual-colored coat patterns, will showcase their
skills in several different areas of competition.
Mighty Mites and Friends, sponsored by Landig Tractor Co. - Feb. 12, Feb.
13, Feb. 16 and Feb. 18. at noon and 2:00 p.m.; Special times: Feb. 15 at
noon and 3:00 p.m. and Feb. 17 at noon, Charlie Lykes Arena - Captivating
performances feature full-sized and miniature horses that march, bow, lie
down and stand on their hind feet.
All of these free (with Fair admission) events will be held in and around
the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center complex on the west side of the
fairgrounds. Horse trailers provided by Sundowner Horse Trailers, the
official horse trailer company of the Florida State Fair.
With all this and so much more entertainment found "Nowhere But the Fair,"
it is still Florida's best entertainment value at $10 for adults, $5 for
children ages six to 11, and free admission for kids five and younger.
Parking is free, compliments of Olin Mott Tire Stores and trolley services
are provided by Red BaronR.
Advance discount tickets are available for purchase now in person at the
Fair Box Office, at participating PublixR Super Markets, and at
For more information, visit www.floridastatefair.com or call 1-800-345-FAIR
(3247). Media contact for the Feb. 8-19, 2007 State Fair is Lizz Harmon at
813-621-7821, ext. 252. For more information on the horse shows, please
contact the Horse Show office at 813-740-3500.
The Florida State Fair Authority presents the 103rd Annual State Fair -
always in Tampa, always in February - in association with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charles H. Bronson,