Jacksonville, FL (March 24, 2017) – The sport of reining requires precision from horse and rider, impeccable footing, and safe, quality facilities, and that’s exactly what the Jacksonville Equestrian Center has to offer to the Florida Reining Horse Association (FHRA). In February, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center hosted the FRHA Florida Classic, and this coming weekend it will host a FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show. The FRHA has chosen to host all of their 2017 shows at the Jacksonville, Florida facility. After the most recent show held at the center, the FRHA couldn’t be happier with that decision.
“The recent FRHA show held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Award will go down as one of the most successful shows the club has put on, and we could not be more thrilled,” says Catherine Crandon, show manager for the FRHA. “The staff at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center is terrific. We had over 450 horses on the show grounds and an equal number of participants at the February show.”
The FRHA Florida Reining Horse Show on Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center will see more talented reiners competing for winning titles.
“We chose the Jacksonville Equestrian Center because of the wonderful indoor coliseum, and the footing is especially great for our discipline,” says Crandon. Crandon also stated that the facility’s location was convenient for exhibitors and spectators traveling from the west and the north, inviting more participation.
At the FRHA Florida Classic, six days of competition at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center included the FRHA’s inaugural 777 Non Pro Challenge for older horses and non-professional riders, Para Reining, and short stirrup classes for the youngest reiners. Some of the top horses in the country also came to compete for their share of $30,000 added money in the Santa Hill Ranch Open Derby, which was won by Robin Schoeller of London, Ohio. “We had lots of great times at that show,” says Crandon. “Our Open and Non Pro derbies were just amazing this year and the competition was tough.”
Outside of the arena, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere allows for exhibitors and owners to enjoy some shopping and concession stands between classes.
The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility on 80 acres, with a multi-purpose coliseum that features a 150’ x 300’ arena with plenty of seating for spectators. For exhibitors, the center features climate-controlled restrooms and showers, night security, many RV hook-up sites, well-kept footing, and close proximity to highways, hotels, and restaurants.
The FRHA is looking forward to hosting two more shows at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this year, on March 25-26 and November 3-5. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no fee for spectators. To learn more about the sport of reining or the FRHA, please visit http://frha.com.
The Jacksonville Equestrian Center always welcomes associations that are looking for top-quality care and amenities for their horse shows, educational seminars, sporting events, or community events. To learn more about what the facility has to offer, or to request more information, please visit http://www.jaxequestriancenter.com.
Photo: Mark Rafacz from Ocala, Florida, riding for owners Peter and Courtney Morgan, won the 7up Open Derby at the FRHA Florida Classic at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (Photo courtesy of FRHA – no photo credit necessary)
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Jacksonville Equestrian Center
13611 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32221