Atlantic Coast Stampede Rodeo: America’s #1 Extreme Sport Comes to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Jacksonville, FL (February 29, 2016) – Hold on to your 10-gallon hats, rodeo fans, because The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is bringing the Atlantic Coast Stampede, presented by Cinch Jeans & Shirts, into town for the first time in Jacksonville history for two action-packed days of rodeo thrills. On March 4-5, the Southeast’s top cowboys and cowgirls will go head-to-head competing in America’s #1 extreme sport at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), the Atlantic Coast Stampede promises Old West family fun plus an action-packed program of rough stock and timed events.
“Rodeo is a lifestyle,” says Bill Fitzgerald of Western Events Rodeo Consulting and Event Planning of Franklin, Tennessee, promoter of the Atlantic Coast Stampede and an All American Pro Rodeo Series board member. “It’s about God, Family, Country, and Community. We love bringing rodeo fun— clowns, bull and bronc riding, and trick riders— to families and kids. The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility and its folks have been great to work with. It’s the first time we’ve brought this rodeo to Jacksonville but it won’t be the last!”
Among the stars on the southeast IPRA standings expected to compete are Florida hometown favorite, Dustin Equsquiza of Marianna, who currently ranks fifth on the Header Team Roping boards, and two Georgia leaders in the All-Around Standings— Justin Thigpen (who also heads the Tie-Down Roping standings), and Alexander ‘AJ’ Blaze (who also tops the Bull Riding leaderboard). Bareback and Saddle Bronc standings leaders Joshua Michael Cragar of Tennessee and Eddie Parlier of Alabama will also be competing.
While rough riders and rough stock entertain audiences, an equally important contribution will be taking place behind the pens at Friday’s ‘Armed Forces Night’, sponsored by Swisher International, and Saturday’s ‘Children’s Night’, sponsored by 99.9 Gator Country. Each night will see a portion of rodeo proceeds go respectively to benefit the northeast Florida chapter of Wish For Our Heroes and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
“Each night we will make a check presentation in the arena to each charity,” said Fitzgerald. “These charities are the two best reasons why everyone should come to the Atlantic Coast Stampede.”
For more information and tickets for the Atlantic Coast Stampede presented by Cinch, visit www.atlanticcoaststampede.com. General admission seating for the event will be $15, general admission for children ages 10 and under will be $10, and all reserved seating will be $20.
Learn more about the exciting performances and special guests coming to Jacksonville Equestrian Center and how to host an event at this multifaceted facility by visiting www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call Penny Gorton at (904) 255-4227.
Photos: The Atlantic Coast Stampede will take place at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on March 4-5, 2016 (Photos courtesy of Tom Thomson)