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9 Weeks + 1 Show Circuit = a Perfect Gulf Coast 10!

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The Classic Company is wrapping up its last show of the 2014 Classic Company show calendar at the Georgia International Horse Park and the countdown is on for the first of the Classic Company 2015 shows in Pensacola!

Pensacola, Florida is the starting point of nine weeks of top show competition with the best in show management in the country. Consistent winners of the USHJA Members Choice Awards, the Classic Company launches its fourth year at the Escambia County Equestrian Park in Pensacola, Florida on January 7th. “This show has grown by leaps and bounds,” said Classic Company President, Bob Bell. “Exhibitors really appreciate the added attention they receive at the show, the opportunity to earn some great mileage at a user-friendly horse show, enjoy the coastal community and just have a great time,” he said.

Patty Foster of Brookville, Maryland and her Rolling Acres barn have started off their winter circuit here since the show’s beginning. “This is a great show to introduce our riders to the winter circuits; it gets the horses ready and lets us all acclimate to the winter show schedule,” she said. “There’s also no easier show to get to. Literally, the show is ten minutes from the airport; the town has a lot to offer with great shopping and dining and there are a bunch of hotels nearby,” she said. “Last year we all took Segway tours of the town and we all just loved it!” she said. “So far we have 26 on board for Pensacola; we all look forward to it!” she added.

The Saturday night grand prix schedule kicks off with a $10,000 Jumper Classic. “This is a great class for those horses getting introduced to grand prix levels as well as the riders moving up,” said Technical Coordinator, Allen Rheinheimer.

Week II offers the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix and Week III wraps up Pensacola with the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix. There are Derby classes each week and a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Week II. There will even be a complimentary Wild West Show Week III to close out this year’s Pensacola shows.

Partner hotels offer special rates for those showing in Pensacola. Long time sponsors, Red Roof Inn and the Best Western Plus Blue Angels Inn, offer special horse show rates. Red Roof Inn is a pet-friendly hotel in close proximity to the show grounds that offers complimentary Internet access, breakfasts and parking. Select rooms offer microwaves and mini-fridges. Coin laundry is available. Book your rooms early and remember to mention that you are showing at the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows!

The Best Western Plus Blue Angels Inn prides itself on friendly customer service, clean accommodations and a centralized location. Conveniently located in close proximity to the show grounds, the Best Western Plus offers free high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and cable satellite televisions. Additional hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free parking and a complimentary hot breakfast served daily. Make sure to book your room early and mention that you are showing at the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows!

Gulf Coast Winter Classics

The secret is out! Gulfport, Mississippi is THE place to show! With more than a million in prize money and awards, the best footing in the show world and the best management staff, add to that its Mississippi Gulf Coast location complete with beachfront hotels and condos and some of the best seafood and fishing in the country and you have a winner!

Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey shows in Gulfport every winter. Flashpoint Photography.
Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey shows in Gulfport every winter. Flashpoint Photography.

This year the Gulf Coast Winter Classics offer six consecutive weeks of grand prix, hunter derbies, meter 1.20, 1.40 AND 1.30 jumper classes. “Exhibitors really wanted the 1.30 meter jumper classes and we added them this year,” said Bell. “We’ve already had a lot of commitments that barns would be heading to show with us this year and we’re excited to introduce them to the Gulf!” he added.

The Gulf Coast Classics start on February 4 and run through March 15 – that’s right! It’s Mardi Gras season. Only 45 minutes from New Orleans – what a great way to spend your Mondays. Let the good times roll!

Six hundred eight permanent stalls and more than 500 tent stalls are available. Strict bio-security measures have always made these show grounds a safe haven for all horses. Complimentary riders’ lounges at the jumper and hunter rings, VIP service and tables offer a full cash bar and delightful meals and snacks Thursday through Sundays.

More than 130 RV spots complete with electric and water hook-ups are available as well as partnerships with world-class hotels located just a short drive from the show grounds. The Residence Inn by Marriott and the Hilton Garden Inn are a 10 minute drive to the show grounds and adjacent to the Biloxi International Airport. The Residence Inn by Marriott is pet-friendly and offers special exhibitor rates in addition to the Manager’s Reception three times a week and a complimentary hot breakfast every day! Click here to book your room at the discounted rate.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located next door to the Residence Inn by Marriott and offers an on-site restaurant and bar, complimentary WiFi, fitness center and outdoor pool and special discount rates for those showing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics! A mile from the airport and just ten minutes from the show grounds, the Hilton Garden Inn is looking forward to providing you blue ribbon service while in Gulfport. Click here for their special rates.

Exhibitor parties take place every week either on-site or at local world class casinos and restaurants. These are fun for the whole family!

The best news? The Gulf Coast Classic offers the best showing experience for a fraction of the cost of the other shows. Better footing, world renown course designers, a fun coastal town with world class shopping and dining, an airport just 15 miles away – what are you waiting for?

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX: (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311 Johns Island SC 29457

Conquer the Water Jump and Liverpool at USHJA Zone 4 and Gulf Coast Winter Classics FREE Clinics

Gulfport, MS – February 24, 2014 – If you have struggled with going clear over an open water jump or if the idea of jumping a water or liverpool fence sends you or your horse running for the hills, you are not going to want to miss the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics’ free clinics. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Wilhelm Genn will present a Water Jump Clinic and on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Devin Ryan will offer a Liverpool Clinic.

Both clinics will be held at no cost at the Harrison County Fairgrounds & Equestrian Center in conjunction with the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics, which run February 5 – March 16, 2014.

The opportunity to ride with accomplished grand prix riders Wilhelm Genn and Devin Ryan is presented free to riders thanks to the generous support of USHJA Zone 4 and the Gulf Coast Classic Company.  Participation in the clinics is on a first come, first served basis, and each clinic will accept 20 riders.

The Wilhelm Genn Water Jump Clinic will offer two sessions of 10 riders each on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The first session will run from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., and the second session will be held 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The same format will be followed for the Devin Ryan Liverpool Clinic on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Sessions will run from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. with 10 riders in each session.

To reserve your spot in the clinics today, please call (228)669-2687. Auditors are welcome to attend at no cost.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five
Click here for the prize list.

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo

Contacts:
President Bob Bell                             bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503
Coordinator Janet McCarroll          janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com 228.669.2687
Office Manager Jonathan Rabon    jonathan@classiccompany.com          843.729.2818
Advertising Drew Coster                  drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266
Stabling Tissy Principe                    info@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com  843.768.5503
Sponsorship Lisa Enge                   llisa@classiccompany.com                 908.310.6248

Book your lodging for Gulf Coast Winter Classics:
Equestrian Travel               (800) GOGALLUP (855-464-2556)

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Young Jumpers Added to Pensacola Schedule

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are set to kick off on January 8 and it is shaping up to be a winner!  If you haven’t sent your entries in yet, add that to your holiday to-do list!

Besides the great weather, waterfront location and action packed show schedule, the show will also be offering the Young Jumper Five, Six, Seven and Eight Year Old Qualifying Classes.  Please visit the YJC website at www.youngjumper.com for complete details.

If you know you are going to be showing on the Emerald Coast in January but have not yet sent in your entries, make sure to call the Gulf Coast Classic office at 843 768 5503 and reserve your stalls now!  “This show is really popular and we need to make sure we have enough stalls for everyone,” said Gulf Coast Classic Company President, Bob Bell.  “For those of you who have not shown at our Pensacola shows, you have to try it,” said Bell.  “This venue is exhibitor-friendly and is probably the most ideal show to earn some valuable AA hunter points early in the year,” he said.

A non-stop hunter and jumper schedule gets started Week 1 with the $10,000 Open Jumper Class on Saturday night.  Weeks 2 and 3 offer a $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday nights.  The USHJA National Hunter Derby will be offered weeks 2 and 3.  A comprehensive list of classes will be offered each show week ranging from the Child/Adult Jumpers, Jr./Amateur Owner Jumpers to Open Hunters to the Walk Trot Division. The Pensacola shows offer riders and their horses the opportunity to earn valuable experience and mileage in a fun, vacation-like setting at a top show facility.

Pensacola2AA horse shows with a vacation-destination feel are the hallmark of the Gulf Coast Classic Company and Pensacola is a perfect destination for show jumping and wave jumping!

Ready, Set, Go!

When looking to book your accommodations for the Pensacola shows, please book with the Official Gulf Coast Classic Company lodging partners!

Just minutes from the Escambia Equestrian Center, beach, airport and quaint Gulf side restaurants and shops, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partners are ready to offer you award winning service and accommodations.  The Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn, located at 2390 West Detroit Boulevard, offers its customer friendly service along with complimentary high-speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators and cable satellite televisions.  An outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free parking and complimentary daily hot breakfast will give you a leg up on your busy show day.  Make sure to call them directly to ensure the horse show rate.

The Red Roof Inn Pensacola West, located at 2591 Wilde Lake Boulevard welcomes you and your pets to the Gulf Coast Classic Pensacola shows.  Conveniently located in close proximity to the show grounds, this pet-friendly hotel offers complimentary Internet access, breakfasts and parking.  Select rooms offer microwaves and mini-fridges.  Coin laundry is also available.  Call directly to secure your horse show rate!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.  All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic Accommodations Just a Click Away

Devin Ryan and Calissandro at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Photos by MH Hamm.

Gulfport, MS – December 17, 2013 – Does the idea of spending days with your horse followed by relaxing evenings by the ocean sound appealing to you? Then look no further than the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit! This year, the show circuit has partnered with Connections Housing to offer exhibitors the best lodging available and a luxurious horse show experience.

Booking a stay for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit, running Feb. 5 – March 16, 2014, is now simpler than ever, thanks to the Gulf Coast Classic Company and Connections Housing. Simply visit click here for easy booking and unbelievably affordable horse show rates.

Rooms are available through Connections Housing Equestrian Travel at the Best Western Seaway, the Clarion Inn Gulfport, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Holiday Inn Gulfport, the Magnolia Hotel & Suites and the Residence Inn by Marriott at Gulfport-Biloxi Airport.

The low rates offered through Connections Housing Equestrian Travel are only available to those who book through the Gulf Coast Classic Company website. Rooms are filling up quickly so be sure to book online today!

In addition to its exciting partnership with Connections Housing, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic also welcomes the South Beach Biloxi Hotel and Suites to its official list of sponsors.

GulfCoastWinterFebruary 5 kicks off the sixteenth annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic Show Circuit, and offers exhibitors extensive class offerings as well as more than $1 million in prize money and awards over six weeks.

This winter the show will unveil brand new barns with 400 extra stalls, in addition to the best grand prix turf field in the country, International and National Hunter Derbies and newly added jumper classes with abundant prize money to go around.

Exhibitor enjoyment is of the utmost importance to the staff at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, so riders can enjoy the complimentary rider lounges complete with restrooms, heat, air conditioning and comfortable tables and chairs.

Make the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic your showing destination this winter. Come for the show and stay for the fun!

For more information, go to: http://gulfcoastclassiccompany.com/.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights Include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix
Week 6  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo.

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Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
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Gulf Coast Winter Classics Named World Championship Hunter Rider Event

Photo by MH Hamm.

Gulfport, MS – December 9, 2013 – This winter, hunter riders will have their first opportunity to vie for prestigious World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) points along the picturesque Mississippi Gulf Coast. For the first time since its inception, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Member’s Choice award-winning show, has been chosen as a distinguished WCHR host event.

The WCHR week will be held during the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic week of March 5-9, 2014 during the Gulf Coast Winter Classics series at the beautiful Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center.

A limited number of horse shows are chosen each year by USHJA for the distinction of being a WCHR event host. Events are selected on an annual basis based on the evaluation of a submitted application, votes from WCHR members and selection criteria including exhibitor hospitality, event scheduling, awards presentations and the quality of the footing, courses, stabling, staff and more.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a WCHR event host this year,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. “I think we have a great horse show and setting for it, and it’s a great program, one that we’re honored to get to be a part of.”

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1995, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for professionals, developing professionals, amateur-owners, adult amateurs, juniors, and children and pony riders. WCHR program members qualify for national and regional awards by earning points at member events held across the country throughout the qualifying year.

In conjunction with the WCHR member event, the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic will offer a $1,000 Pre-Green Incentive class, a $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Gulf Coast Winter Classics will also offer $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies during weeks two, three and four of the circuit, which runs February 5 – March 16, 2014.

The Gulf Coast Classic series offers competition for every level of horse and rider, from lead line through grand prix. Reserve your stalls today. Come for the show and stay for the fun.

For more information, go to: http://gulfcoastclassiccompany.com/.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights Include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix
Week 6  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Pensacola Prelude – Three Weeks of AA Shows as a Prelude to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit

As the cold winter weather settles in, it’s time to set your sights on warmer climates, beaches and… horse shows!  That’s right; the Gulf Coast Classic Company is ready to welcome you to their AA winter show series that kicks off January 8 in Pensacola, Florida for three weeks followed by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics starting February 5 along the scenic Mississippi Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi!

Week 1 gets the competition heated up with a $10,000 Open Jumper Class on Saturday night and then it’s a $25,000 Grand Prix weeks 2 and 3.  “We always run our grand prix on Saturdays so our customers don’t feel rushed to catch a flight if they are heading home Sunday night,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.  “And the entire city of Pensacola comes out to watch the jumpers on Saturday night. It’s really fun and the stands are packed with people,” he added.

Genie Harper of Oak Haven Farm in Folsom, Louisiana said, “We’re looking forward to showing in Pensacola this year.  Last year was our first year there.  We went weeks 2 and 3 because it set us up nicely for the Gulfport shows,” she said.  “Our clients really liked it.  The shows are AA and our people did really well and collected a lot of points,” she added.  “We usually bring between 5 to 10 horses and mostly adult amateurs.”

The USHJA National Hunter Derby will be offered weeks 2 and 3.  A comprehensive list of classes will be offered each show week ranging from the Child/Adult Jumpers, Jr./Amateur Owner Jumpers to Open Hunters to the Walk Trot Division. With plenty of jumper prize money each week, the Pensacola shows are really the best place to earn some cash and mileage for the more novice horses and riders.

Special performances always run before feature grand prix to the thrill of the crowd.
Special performances always run before feature grand prix to the thrill of the crowd.

“Bob’s shows really work with my program.  Our farm, Oak Haven Farm, is very hands on. We have a customized program and I have a good rapport and relationship with my clients and their horses.  That special attention to detail that Oak Haven offers is what Bob’s shows offer us, and that is totally in line with the way I do business too,” she said.

“I like the show grounds a lot and so do my customers.  The rings are convenient to the barns, and the stalls are very roomy.  There’s even a covered walkway for those stabling in the exterior stalls. The courses are always good and the footing is dependable,” she said.  “There is so much to do in the area and the show grounds are close to the interstate.  The hotels are easy to get to, there’s great shopping and dining convenient to the show grounds and its really a win-win for all of us.”

Are you bringing your family or your friends with you to the show?  The town of Pensacola has a lot to offer. Chartered fishing expeditions, sailing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, dining and shopping are only some of the many things to do besides riding your horses!  The show is no more than 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.  Exhibitors and their families love the show’s convenience to the airport and the town of Pensacola, right on the Gulf.

When looking to book your accommodations for the Pensacola shows, please book with the Official Gulf Coast Classic Company lodging partners!  The Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn is very convenient and offers horse show friendly accommodations and rates.  The Official Pet Friendly hotel is the Red Roof Inn Pensacola West and both are just minutes from the Escambia Equestrian Center, beach, airport and quaint Gulf side restaurants and shops. Make sure to mention you are with the horse show when securing your best rates.

Pensacola360The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.  All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director, at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Judges Announced for $1 Million 2014 Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Gulfport, MS – November 25, 2013 – From February 5 to March 16, 2014 the Gulf Coast Winter Classics provides riders with top competition and prize money, a beautiful venue, southern hospitality and an impressive line-up of judges. Among that judges line-up for 2014 are skilled hunter judges Sue Ashe, Thom Brede, Jim Clapperton, Leo Conroy, Joe Darby, Scott Evans, Rob Bielefeld, Tucker Erickson, Scott Fitton, Scott Hoffstetter, Jimmy Lee, Brian Lenehan, Kevin Lenehan, Alan Lohman, Betsy Perry, Tony Sgarlata, William Sparks, Skip Thornbury, Steve Walls, Kim Williams, Scott Williamson and Chris Wynne.

Over the course of the six weeks of competition at the Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics will give away more than $1,000,000 in prize money throughout a wide range of classes including a weekly grand prix and a weekly USHJA National or International Hunter Derby.

Judges presiding over the first week of competition, February 5-9, 2014, include Sue Ashe, Skip Thornbury and Chris Wynne.

Successful as rider, trainer and judge, Ashe has judged at top shows all across the country, and she has been a judge of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics since the circuit’s inception. Ashe looks forward to returning to Gulfport, MS again this year.

Sue Ashe
Sue Ashe

“The show staff has done such a good job promoting and improving everything,” Ashe said. “They’ve got great footing; the staff is great. It’s just a nice place to work and nice people to work for.”

Taking to the judges’ stand during week two, running February 12-16, 2014, are Thom Brede, Jimmy Lee, Kevin Lenehan and Tony Sgarlata. Alan Lohman, William Sparks, Steve Walls and Kim Williams will preside as the judges during week three, to be held February 19-23, 2014.

Heading into the second half of the circuit, Joe Darby, Scott Fitton, Scott Hoffstetter and Scott Williamson will judge the fourth week of hunter competition, February 26 – March 2, 2014. From March 5-9, 2014, the week five judges will include Rob Bielefeld, Jim Clapperton, Leo Conroy and Brian Lenehan.

Conroy, Lenehan and all of the Gulf Coast Classics judges have judged extensively throughout the nation. For Conroy, that includes having judged such prestigious events as the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, the Hampton Classic and more, but he looks forward to judging the Gulf Coast Classics this year.

Leo Conroy
Leo Conroy

“I go to quite a few horse shows in a year, so to have one stand out is a rarity, but I was so impressed,” Conroy said of his first time judging the Gulf Coast Classics last year. “The facility is great; the grand prix ring is beautiful, and there are plenty of places to ride.”

Brian Lenehan has been a part of judging at the Gulf Coast Classics since the show’s inception, and he has watched it continually grow into the impressive horse show that it is today.

“Over the years, the thing that impressed me the most was not only the time and the money that they put into it, but with this show, they’ve built up the whole equestrian business in that south central part of the country,” Lenehan said. “Bob Bell has done a really great job with it.”

Rounding out the judges panel during the sixth and final week of the top AA-rated show circuit are judges Scott Evans, Tucker Erickson, Scott Fitton and Betsy Perry.

To learn more about all that the Gulf Coast Winter Classics have to offer and to view the complete prize list, visit www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

The USHJA Member’s Choice award-recipient horse shows will feature weekly grand prix classes, a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Pre-Green Incentive Classes, jumper classics, a jumper derby, USHJA National Hunter Derbies and much, much more.

Outside of the show ring, competitors are invited to enjoy the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s legendary exhibitor parties, an indoor riders’ lounge, pizza Saturdays, happy hour Mondays and all of the fabulous amenities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

For more information, go to: www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five
Click here for the prize list.

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo

Contacts:
President Bob Bell                             bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503
Coordinator Janet McCarroll          janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com 228.669.2687
Office Manager Jonathan Rabon    jonathan@classiccompany.com          843.729.2818
Advertising Drew Coster                  drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266
Stabling Tissy Principe                    info@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com  843.768.5503
Sponsorship Lisa Enge                   llisa@classiccompany.com                 908.310.6248

Book your lodging for Gulf Coast Winter Classics:
Equestrian Travel               (800) GOGALLUP (855-464-2556)

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Named USHJA Member’s Choice Horse Show

Gulfport, MS – November 18, 2013 – With top prize money, a spectacular setting and a big dose of southern hospitality, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics have been an exhibitor favorite since the horse show’s inception. Now, the Gulf Coast Classic Company is pleased to announce that, thanks to all of the show’s impressive offerings for competitors, the Gulf Coast National II has been awarded the USHJA Member’s Choice Award for 2013.

The USHJA Member’s Choice Awards Program was developed to reward technically excellent and exhibitor friendly competitions, with exhibitors rating shows based on their facility, personnel, footing, hospitality and overall quality. The distinction of being named a Member’s Choice event goes only to the highest rated events in each zone.

To experience what makes the Gulf Coast Winter Classics so special, plan to attend the 2014 series, which runs February 5 to March 16, 2014. The 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics will offer $1 million in prize money over the six weeks of USEF AA-rated competition along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Conveniently located within less than 20 minutes of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics are held at the state-of-the-art Harrison County Equestrian Center. The picturesque facility features one of the finest grass grand prix fields in the country and well-maintained, all-weather footing competition arenas.

Step off the show grounds, and exhibitors and their families may enjoy the 26-mile, white-sand beachfront of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast offers world-class entertainment at area casino resorts and unique and charming boutiques and outlet malls for those who love to shop. The local cuisine features fresh Gulf seafood and delicious southern specialties.

Back at the show, the hospitality, entertainment and food abounds, thanks to the legendary hospitality that Bob Bell, Janet McCarroll and the entire Gulf Coast Classic Company team is famous for, including exhibitor parties and an indoor riders’ lounge. The Gulf Coast Classic Company will present a not-to-be-missed rodeo during the sixth week of the schedule.

In 2014, the series will offer weekly Grand Prix Events, a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Pre Green Incentive Classes, Jumper Classics, Grand Prix events, a Jumper Derby and USHJA National Derbies.

The Gulf Coast Classic series offers competition for every level of horse and rider, from Lead Line through Grand Prix. Reserve your stalls today. Come for the show and stay for the fun.

For more information, go to: www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five
Click here for the prize list.

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo

Contacts:
President Bob Bell                             bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503
Coordinator Janet McCarroll          janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com 228.669.2687
Office Manager Jonathan Rabon    jonathan@classiccompany.com          843.729.2818
Advertising Drew Coster                  drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266
Stabling Tissy Principe                    info@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com  843.768.5503
Sponsorship Lisa Enge                   llisa@classiccompany.com                 908.310.6248

Book your lodging for Gulf Coast Winter Classics:
Equestrian Travel               (800) GOGALLUP (855-464-2556)

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Prize List Now Available Online

Gulfport, MS – November 12, 2013 – For six weeks every February and March, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics welcome horses and riders to the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 16th annual edition of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics will be held February 5 to March 16, 2014 and will offer competitors more than $1,000,000 in prize money, classes for all skill levels and a big dose of southern hospitality!

The USHJA Member’s Choice award-recipient horse shows will feature weekly grand prix classes, a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Pre-Green Incentive Classes, jumper classics, a jumper derby, USHJA National Hunter Derbies and much, much more.

The complete prize list of all that the Gulf Coast Winter Classics have to offer is now available online here!

Outside of the show ring, competitors are invited to enjoy the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s legendary exhibitor parties, an indoor riders’ lounge, pizza Saturdays, happy hour Mondays and all of the fabulous amenities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Come for the show; stay for the fun! For more information, go to: www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $ 5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo

Contacts:
President Bob Bell                             bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503
Coordinator Janet McCarroll          janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com 228.669.2687
Office Manager Jonathan Rabon    jonathan@classiccompany.com          843.729.2818
Advertising Drew Coster                  drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266
Stabling Tissy Principe                    info@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com  843.768.5503
Sponsorship Lisa Enge                   llisa@classiccompany.com                 908.310.6248

Book your lodging for Gulf Coast Winter Classics:
Equestrian Travel               (800) GOGALLUP (855-464-2556)

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics Increases Prizes and Awards to $1 Million

Alison Lindsey and Coraldo competing on the Grand Prix field at Gulf Coast Winter Classic. Photos by MH Hamm.

Wellington, FL – October 23, 2013 – Competition organizers Bob Bell, Janet McCarroll and the Gulf Coast Classic Company team are pleased to announce that they have increased the prizes and awards to $1 million for the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics. They invite you to join them for a dose of their Southern hospitality at the six-week USEF AA-rated competition, which runs from Feb. 5 – March 16 on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.

There are many reasons why the Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics is a USHJA Members Choice Award-winning competition and has such a loyal following. Exhibitors and their families say they have the most fun at this winter series and prefer it to any other. The Mississippi Gulf Coast boasts a 26-mile, white-sand beachfront. There is world-class entertainment at area casino resorts and unique and charming boutiques and outlet malls for those who love to shop. The local cuisine features fresh Gulf seafood and delicious Southern specialties.

Conveniently located within less than 20 minutes of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics are held at the state-of-the-art Harrison County Equestrian Center. It features one of the finest grass grand prix fields in the country and well-maintained, all-weather footing competition arenas.

“The grass Grand Prix field is one of the best in North America. It really sets this show series apart from the others,” said international course designer, Steve Stephens.

A USHJA National Hunter Derby is held every week and an International Hunter Derby is held during Week 5 of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Series
A USHJA National Hunter Derby is held every week and an International Hunter Derby is held during Week 5 of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Series

In 2014, the series will offer weekly Grand Prix Events, a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Pre Green Incentive Classes, Jumper Classics for those not competing in the Grand Prix, a Jumper Derby and USHJA National Derbies.  For entertainment, the Gulf Coast Classics team will present an exciting rodeo during the sixth week of the schedule.

The Gulf Coast Classic series offers competition for every level of horse and rider, from Lead Line through Grand Prix. Enjoy the legendary hospitality that Gulf Coast Classic Company is famous for including exhibitor parties and indoor riders’ lounges. Reserve your stalls today. Come for the show and stay for the fun.

“We invite trainers, riders and families to join us for the great competition, increased prize money, fabulous facility and our brand of hospitality at Gulf Coast Winter Classics this season,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.

For more information, go to: http://gulfcoastclassiccompany.com/.

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

What:
Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

Where:
Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

When:
February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights Include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix
Week 6  $5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com