I want to thank all the exhibitors, trainers, owners and my staff for the best winter shows we have ever had in Gulfport. Both Janet McCarroll and I are thrilled that our shows went so well and were so well attended. It’s always sad when all the horse trailers and campers start leaving after a circuit but all good times must come to an end. We look forward to six weeks of fun on the Gulf next year. The Harrison County Equestrian Center will start building the 500 new permanent stalls around April 1st. I will keep you all up on the progress.
We had a great circuit and I would love to list the 45 Grand Champions but I am afraid it would make for such a long message, that no one would read the whole thing. They will be listed in an ad we are making for the Chronicle of the Horse along with some great pictures of our five winners our Grand Prix events. I will say that Lincoln Case was selected by the staff as the winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Sportsmanship Award. Congrats to Lincoln and thanks for the support for 13 years.
Today we also had a tribute to Continental B, a wonderful horse who was a great supporter of our events. It was a great few minutes between rounds of our Grand Prix to remember the history of CB. He looked great covered in all his champion ribbons and everyone ringside took the moment to remember all the classes he won. We were proud to have the tribute at our show in Gulfport and that he will be taking it easy from now on in a pasture.