TAMPA, Fla. - More than 2,000 participants came out to compete in the 39th Annual Arabian Horse Association of Florida’s Thanksgiving Arabian Show/Regional Championship Horse Show. National show horses from across the country gathered November 19-23 at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. The event produced nearly 1,900 hotel room nights, creating $1.1 Million in Estimated Delegate Spending.
The history of the Arabian Horse Association of Florida dates back to the early 1950′s when a group in south Florida who loved the Arabian horse banded together to plan the future of the Arab in the state. The primary purposes of the Florida Association are to promote Arabian horses in the state, maintain the annual high point awards and futurity programs, and to encourage shows throughout the state. For more information, log on to www.ahaflorida.org.
The action continues into the new year when Tampa Bay welcomes the Florida Quarter Horse Gold and Gulf Coast Circuit events. From December 27 through January 10, more than 5,000 attendees will descend upon the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center to compete in two of the marquee equestrian events in the country. These competitions have historically combined to generate more than 2,500 room nights.