About Tampa Rough Riders The Tampa Rough Riders were established as the 1st Calvary Regiment in 1978 by Charley Spicola, a current member today. As a whole, the Tampa Rough Riders distribute close to 15,000 Teddy Bears a year to a variety of nursing homes, children's homes, and special needs programs. When the holiday season picks up after Thanksgiving, The Rough Riders complete 40-50 Teddy Bear runs throughout the Tampa Bay community. Teddy Bear Runs are supplied by Teddy Bear donations that are collected from drop off areas, such as the Whistleblower Law Firm