Week V of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic experienced big numbers for what turned out to be the grand finale of the highly celebrated winter circuit.
Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze certainly had a grand finale, winning the $25,000 Harrah’s Grand Prix.
Ten of the twenty-four horse and rider teams qualified for the jump off and the time to beat was set at 78 seconds.
Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia aboard IMH Equine, LLC’s Reposado were first in the jump off round and had four jump faults with a time of 40.32 seconds. Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena followed in the order and turned in a clear jump off round in a time of 42.480 seconds. Dylan Daly of Wellington, Florida and Burgundy Farms’ Domino Van Lange Weeren were next and with eight jump faults in a time of 36.836 seconds would finish in ninth place overall.
Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s HG Swing Time followed with a clear round and their time of 42.146 would temporarily take the lead. Reid Ricket of North Port, Alabama and his own Banderas de Bornival followed Shepherd with a clear jump off round in a time of 40.388 seconds and took the lead. Blaze of Glory, owned by Carson Grisham, and Tom Foley of Wellington, Florida were next up and four jump faults in a time of 38,227 would earn them a seventh place ribbon.
Matt Cyphert of Argyle, Texas and Heathman Farm, LLC’s Cortani FBH went clear in their jump off round in a time of 40.921 seconds and finished in fourth place overall.
Shepherd was up next with CHS Krooze. The pair flew across the grass grand prix field in a fault free time of 36.187 seconds taking the lead.
Connaway returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of her own Quite Funny. The pair went clear, but their time of 40.843 seconds saw them finish in third place. Sitting in the enviable last to go position were Tom Foley and Andy Kocher’s Carel Van Don Deren. Eight faults in a time of 41.799 seconds had them finish in tenth place.
Shepherd CHS Krooze took the win and Reid Rickett and Banderas De Bornival took second.
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The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is sadly ending its seven-week circuit two weeks early due to the Corona virus in line with the USEF’s announcement that all rated shows are to be cancelled for one month and for everyone’s health and safety. We hope all will join us in 2021 and discover why everyone has more fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
The Classic Company will also not be holding the Jacksonville Spring Classics in 2020 due to the USEF announcement that cancels all Rated shows for one month and for everyone’s health and safety. We hope to be jumping in Jacksonville in 2021, but in the meantime be safe and we hope to see you at the ring soon.