Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Promoting the American Saddlebred

Suncoast Stables was invited by the University of Florida to represent the American Saddlebred breed at the 4H and FFA Youth Judging State Competition held at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, FL last Saturday. 4H and FFA teams from all over the state of Florida competed for individual and team accolades.  Other breeds and disciplines at this event included Belgians, Western Pleasure Stock Type, Warmbloods, Hunter/Jumpers, and Quarter Horses. This was a successful event and we were happy to promote our breed!

One of Suncoast Stables' goals is to eliminate the misconception that American Saddlebreds are mistreated by practices associated with many closely-related gaited breeds.  Even though some American Saddlebreds can be taught to do gaited work, they are still considered a "trotting" breed and are required to trot in every single class at a horse show.  Therefore, they cannot undergo training practices that result in lameness of any kind, as any horse that is unsound or lame cannot trot properly. It is important to educate those around us so people can properly enjoy the discipline.


Six different weekly Summer Camp sessions have been posted on our website in the "Camp" section. You'll also find the printable Registration Form. 


February 20 / March 27 / April 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
Boots, Bits, and Bridles Youth Club Meeting
Youth club is all about horsemanship and expanding young equestrian minds.

March 10-14
Gasparilla Charity Horse Show, Florida State Fairgrounds
Looking to keep the momentum going from the first horse show of the season, Suncoast Stables will compete at the larger Gasparilla Show. This show is free and open to the public. Please come show your support.

March 29 @ 10:00 a.m.
Ride at Lake Park
Sign up at the barn for this event and remember to pack a lunch and drinks!

April 1-4
Pro-Am Chairty Horse Show, Perry, Georgia
Suncoast Stables takes the show on the road to face regional competition. 

April 11, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
A Night at the Barn
Come join us for an evening under the stars with your four-legged friends as we watch the family movie Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, based on a true story of a young girl who followed her passion for horses into a career as a stunt rider. Bring your friends and neighbors, as we'll have a barn tour and ice cream social before the movie starts. For additional information, contact Suncoast Stables.