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Welcome to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center

The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center was built by horsemen, for horsemen and includes exercise grounds, warm-up rings, two show rings and a Gran Prix Ring. The Stampede Covered 314' x 165' Arena shields both horses and riders from the weather while providing safe footing, while guests and spectators can enjoy seating in shaded bleachers or on grassy hills.

The 11,000 square foot, climate-controlled, indoor pavilion can accommodate exhibitor banquets and festivals with seating overlooking the show rings. With 471 permanent stalls in five barns, plus ample parking for vehicles and trailers, there is plenty of room for events of all sizes. On-site camping hook-ups are conveniently located near the facility. Indoor restrooms round out the list of venue’s amenities.

The venue is staffed by service-oriented people with over twenty years of experience in horse shows. This staff has the knowledge and ability to provide world-class support to local, national and international horse shows.

The Equestrian Center is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida and is in the proximity of numerous hotels and restaurants. Nearby shopping and attractions include the Hard Rock Casino, Busch Gardens and some of the finest beaches in the world.

Exhibitors and horses of all skill levels travel here from throughout the world to compete at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. With a prime location and facility amenities, options for horse shows are almost limitless.

For more information, contact Clay.Crosby@FloridaStateFair.com or call the Horse Show Office at (813) 627-4217.

Please fax all stall reservations to 813-740-3502

Mailing Address:
Florida State Fair Authority
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Florida 33680

Physical Address:
Florida State Fair Authority
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
4800 U.S. Highway 301 North
Tampa, Florida 33610

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Plant City-based G FIVE Feed & Outdoor, formerly The Hay Exchange is the proud sponsor of the Stampede Premium Covered Arena in the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. GFive provides our customers with top quality products and service.

Contact Clay Crosby at 813-627-4217 to purchase hay or Stampede Premium bedding. For more information, visit our website at www.g5feedandoutdoor.com

Jeffrey Allen Golf Cars

Jeffrey Allen is the exclusive Golf Car provider of the Florida State Fairgrounds and the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Florida State Fairground partners and participants can call, email or visit our rental office at the Orient Road Service Entrance just beyond the guard gate to the right. Be sure to make your event reservation in advance. We waive delivery and transportation fees for Fairground events. Bulk quantity discounts may apply for your event! Call 800-282-6256 to reserve your golf car. For more information visit www.jeffreyalleninc.com

Everglade Farm Equipment

We have become one of the largest John Deere dealers in the world by focusing on customer service and satisfaction. That philosophy continues today and is shown by our commitments to product and parts inventories as well as our repair capabilities. For more information visit www.evergladesfarmequipment.com

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