Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gasparilla Charity Horse Show

Shane Shiflet Photography. Photo ordered.


Suncoast Stables recently competed at the Gasparilla Charity Horse Show, one of the largest and most competitive in the area.  This horse show supports charities such as Horses for Hope and UPHA scholarships.

The show was successful on many levels. Graceanne Hoback rode her new horse McGwire in their first A-rated show together. They turned in several quality rides in the American Saddlebred 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor division.  This tough division featured stiff competition that included some world champion horse/rider combinations from across the country and fellow Suncoast Stables rider Hailey Luedde on Travel In Style. Hailey is new to the division but you wouldn't know it by watching her.

Karsyn Licciardello rode extremely well on Simbara's Bess Buy in the English Pleasure Open Breed division. This team moved to a tougher division this year and we can tell there are good things to come in the future for this dynamic duo.

Ten weeks ago, a former horse trainer and now client brought the beautiful Framed in Radiance to Suncoast Stables.  In this short period of time, Krystle Lee trained the horse to be ready for its very first horse show. Krystle and Radiance competed well, earning two blue ribbons, and it was great experience for Radiance. 

More importantly, after each horse show, Suncoast Stables provides a personalized training plan going forward to improve for upcoming shows. Job well done everybody!!

If you are interested in starting competition, there are several smaller local shows this season that do not require horse ownership. This is a great way to get your feet wet and develop a training plan to improve your showmanship skills.

Suncoast Stables offers training for young horses, whether they be show or pleasure prospects.

Special thanks to Hannah Murray and Elissa and Stephanie Alfonso for all their help at the show!


It's almost summer camp time! Besides learning how to ride, campers will get hands-on experience caring for a horse. This includes grooming, feeding, tacking up, and cleaning stalls. We also use fun games to reinforce educational content, such as horse anatomy, nutrition, safety, and equipment.
Children ages 6 - 18 can attend camp. We have helmets available. When riding, campers must wear long pants and closed toe hard-soled shoes. Be sure to bring a cooler with lunch, drinks, and snacks... and don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!

This year's weekly summer camps are being held June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 13-17, July 27-31, August 3-7, and August 10-14. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration forms are available here.