About East Coast Horses
Connecting the East Coast Horse Community
East Coast Horses promotes and connects regional and local horse farms, businesses and services, equine educators and schools, and all manner of equestrian activities.
Our mid-Atlantic states are rich in equestrian resources. The equine industry plays a key economic role for NC, SC, VA, GA, PA, MD and beyond. In our very own neighborhood – a radius of just 15 miles of Eastern NC – we are amazed at the high caliber horse activities, educational opportunities and knowledge that abounds.
Sharing the Horse Life
Founded in 2000 by Norma Gurkin and Trish Andrews, East Coast Horses has come a long way since its beginnings. When they first started out, a passion for showing horses inspired them to step out on a limb and produce a two-day open horse show in a world-class facility.
Their ambition was to create an all-breed show in a family-friendly environment, where anyone with a horse could show — while adding an “extra” flair for an experience comparable to competing in a regional-level horse show. Supported by a talented staff and remarkable exhibitors, the shows took off. This gave them the impetus to turn hard work and drive into to a booming East Coast Open Horse Show circuit.
Meanwhile, EastCoastHorses.com began to grow as an online regional directory of horse trailers, equine-related services, plus online horse tack and equestrian shopping. We now serve customers throughout the USA and are honored to be a part of the East Coast equine industry.
Who We Are
Co-founder of East Coast Equine, Inc. Norma has been involved in horses since she was six years old. She has enjoyed riding multiple disciplines and breeds of horses throughout her lifetime. Early on Norma worked as a Laboratory Technician in the Environmental field, but gave that up to pursue training, breeding, and showing horses. She found success in that role by training and breeding numerous Regional and National level winning horses and riders. Norma retired from training and breeding to focus on horse show management and the East Coast Horses website.
Norma resides on a horse farm owned by her and her husband. Together they continue to care for several retired horses they own. They also enjoy their son, daughter-in-law, and two special grandkids.
Co-founder of East Coast Equine Inc., Trish has spent a lifetime showing, breeding, training and enjoying horses of many different breeds. Along with her passion for horses and promoting and managing horse shows, Trish worked as a technical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1998, she opened a contract writing business and continues to provide legal writing services to various law firms throughout the US.
Trish and her husband Ray live on their North Carolina farm with their rescue dog Lou Lou. They have two wonderful sons and amazing grandkids.
Together Norma and Trish produced the East Coast Open Show Circuit, held at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center. They are gearing up for another great Sunnyside Open Horse Show for September 2018!
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