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Shepherd Pulls Hat Trick in $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd and Triompf.

Just for Now Wins $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby; the Gulf Sees Record Pre-Green Entries

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama established herself as the Derby Queen when she pulled a hat trick Friday morning, taking the top three placings in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on a course designed by Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Shepherd held the top two highest scores after the first round with Loretta Patterson’s Triompf with a score of 183 and Helen Gilbert’s White Lightning with a score of 163. Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama and Alina Dumitrescu’s Shutterbug sat in third position after earning a first round score of 162. Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania sat in fourth with Rebecca Patterson’s Vecchia Murano with a score of 161, and Shepherd and Barbara Risius’ Longstreet were on their heels with a score of 161.50.

Shepherd held the lead with Triompf in the Handy round after posting a score of 203 for a combined total of 386 which would win the class. White Lightning earned a second round score of 190 and a combined 353 which would award them the second place ribbon. Longstreet earned a second round score of 192 and combined with their first round score of 161.50, moved them into third place. Dergin Park, owned by Henrietta Hall and ridden by Sarah Invicta Williams of Santa Fe, New Mexico, finished in ninth place in the first round with a score of 154.4, but after earning a Handy round score of 192, moved up to an overall fourth place finish with a combined score of 346.5.

Isabelle Potts’ Fusagers Carma, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, had an eighth place finish in the first round with a score of 156 but their Handy round’s score of 187 and combined 343 moved the pair up to a fifth place finish overall.

Maddrix and Specialty sat in the third place position after the first round, but after posting a second round score of 174.5, would find themselves moving into sixth place overall.

Forte and Vecchia Murano moved from third position to seventh place overall, after earning a second round score of 175 for a combined total of 336. Shepherd and Margaret Camp’s Cascaron finished twelfth in the first round with a score of 149, but after earning a second round score of 183 and a combined total of 332, moved into eighth place overall.

Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now
Courtney Calcagnini and Just for Now

Just for Now wins the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The hunter excitement continued as the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci, saw nineteen horse and rider teams compete for the win. Just for Now, owned by Lori Matthews and ridden by Courtney Calcagnini of Argyle, Texas, was awarded with the first place honors, followed by Protocol, owned and ridden by Lilah Babineaux of Lafayette, Louisiana. Third place honors went to Redfield Farm’s Quidam, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams, while fourth place was awarded to Carita Palmer’s Grey Goose, ridden by Jason Schnelle of Collierville, Tennessee. Fifth place went to Sabina Holtzman’s Magnus Hermes, ridden by D. Samuel Pegg of Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. Sixth went to Stonebridge Farm’s A Timely Affair, ridden by Sue Takata of Athens, Texas.

Big Numbers in the $5 Pre-Green Division

The Pre-Green Division led off the big hunter numbers for the week in the 3′ section and 3’3″ division. Jacqueline Roberts-McQueen and Holly Calantoni Houser’s Quadrolino led the 3′ Pre-Greens, while Leopold, owned by Grace Gambel and ridden by Livia Steffee, and Amy Ilson Ochoa and Angela Brown’s Turbo alternated first and second place positions in the 3’3″ Pre-Green Division. “We are really excited that riders and owners are earning valuable mileage for their young horses in the $5 Pre-Green Division,” commented Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator. “People couldn’t believe that we were offering this division for only $5.00, but by the looks of the entries, I think word has now spread,” she added. “We couldn’t be happier that horsemen are taking advantage of this special offering,” she said.

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The Gulf Coast 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 Gulf Coast Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com.

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Mark Bluman and Uitteraard Collect Win in $5,000 1.45m Challenge at Tryon Spring 7

Mark Bluman and Uitteraard. Photos ©Sportfot.

Holly Shepherd and Longstreet Claim $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, NC – May 29, 2015 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) offered a day of rest from FEI competition today, but that did not stop top international talent from taking to the George H. Morris Stadium in the $5,000 1.45m Challenge. Mark Bluman (COL) and Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Uitteraard finished atop the class of 16 entries, crossing the timers in the jump-off round at 33.289 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Ashland Stable’s Uppie De Lis finished second with a time of 34.262 seconds, and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Beluga placed third in 35.459 seconds. Competition continues tomorrow with the largest class of the week being the showcase $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix. The grand prix begins at 7pm with doors opening to the general public at 5pm.

Bluman, who began riding for the Stransky family at Stransky’s Mission Farms this year, has enjoyed a very successful start to the summer season with top placings aboard several horses, including a top-ten finish in the $34,000 Suncast® FEI Tryon Welcome at TIEC this week. Stransky’s Mission Farms is currently building a summer base in Tryon and Bluman is looking forward to spending his time at TIEC during the summer months.

“I was here last fall and the expansion is unbelievable. I love this place and our horses love this place. I don’t ever have to leave the show. I stay in one of the cabins and can be with my horses at the barn in two minutes,” said Bluman. “It’s so quiet and peaceful. It’s really unbelievable. I’m really happy to be here and they’re doing a great job. I’m also so thankful to Lily Stransky and Stransky’s Mission Farms for giving me this opportunity, and to Step-by-Step Foundation who I also ride for. It’s nice to win for them.”

Uitteraard, a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding, has an extensive FEI record, competing in competitive international classes throughout his career. Bluman has enjoyed riding the experienced gelding, as he always delivers in the ring.

“This has been a season to get to know my horses since I joined Lily Stransky and Stransky’s Mission Farms earlier this year in Florida. The horses are great. The horse I’m riding is very experienced and has jumped 1.60m with other riders. He is the easiest horse,” commented Bluman about Uitteraard. “He’s just a sweetheart in the barn and a solid citizen. He does his job every time he goes in the ring and always tries his hardest.”

The class saw seven clear trips move forward to the jump-off round, where Bluman was able to ride to the top of the class finishing one second faster than Wordley. He also finished fourth aboard Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Copa Cabana. The course was designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), who has been the course designer for each of the FEI classes this week at TIEC.

“The course today was built great for the class and it was competitive. It’s nice to have a class like this available alongside the FEI classes here this week,” added Bluman. “There were several clear rounds which made the jump-off very fast and I was really pleased with both of my rounds.”

Bluman is set to ride Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Califa LS in tomorrow night’s $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix. The experience of competing under the lights with a large crowd is always a highlight for Bluman, who is looking forward to riding in the competitive class. He also is aiming his mount Califa LS at the Pan American Games, which will be held in Toronto, Canada in July.

“It’s going to be a really competitive class. It is always nice to jump under the lights and there’s a little bit more excitement. It’s great to have people cheering and yelling for you during your round,” concluded Bluman. “I’m really looking forward to staying here through the remainder of the season and I’m hoping that it allows me to qualify for the Pan American Games. That’s my main goal right now.”

Holly Shepherd Takes Top Honors in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL and Barbara Risius’ Longstreet scored an impressive 178 in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby to handily take the class of 23 original entries.

“Both of my horses were really comfortable today and they’re not the most experienced at the 3′ level, but I felt like they really went out there and gave me consistent rounds,” said Shepherd. “I think I was the only trip to do a double inside turn in the handy round on Longstreet to the trot fence which definitely helped add to my score.”

Holly Shepherd and Longstreet
Holly Shepherd and Longstreet

Shepherd, who has dominated the circuit so far at TIEC, continues to accumulate top finishes in both the jumper and hunter rings aboard several different mounts.

“I’ve been riding him since Gulfport in February and we’re planning on doing Tryon for the Summer Series and then we’ll head to Chicago for the Derby at the end of July and of course Derby Finals in Lexington, KY in August,” she stated. “The big plan is to keep doing really well across the board and in the FEI classes for my jumper horses. We’ll have a pretty light week next week, but I have several clients who are shooting for the moon right now,” she smiled.

Continuing the season at TIEC is a highlight for Shepherd, who enjoys the convenience the facility offers to riders with horses in both the jumper and hunter classes throughout the day.

“The horse show has been fantastic both times I’ve been here, including last fall. We’re really happy with everything and everybody has been tremendously nice and so helpful,” commented Shepherd. “The crew is amazing. They help to make my job so much easier. It’s great to be able to have a team to help me balance all of my horses and have a great show staff that is so willing to adjust and work with us.”

Margaret Camp and Cascaron finished in second with a 172 and Paige Caskey aboard Waterford VDL rounded out the top three with a total score of 170.

Competition continues at TIEC with the highlight $127,000 Kingsland FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix tomorrow, May 30, beginning at 7pm and the $25,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, May 31, starting at 2:15pm.

For more information on TIEC and a full schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Holly Shepherd Wins First Day of $1,000 Adequan 1.30m Open Jumper

Holly Shepherd and Belle Clara DKS. Photos ©Sportfot.

David Blake and Zelaleen Take $1,000 Animo 1.20m Open Jumper at Tryon Spring 6

Mill Spring, NC – May 20, 2015 – Competition was underway at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TEIC) today with the start of Tryon Spring 6, the sixth installment of the 2015 Tryon Spring Series. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL finished in first and second in the $1,000 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper piloting Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS to first and Loretta Patterson’s Copycat to second place. David Blake of Wellington, FL topped the $1,000 Animo® 1.20 Open Jumper aboard Pine Hollow Farm’s Zelaleen. Tryon Spring 6 will continue through Sunday, May 24, and the Tryon Spring Series will conclude on Sunday, June 7.

Holly Shepherd dominated the $1,000 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper class at TIEC, finishing first aboard the Belle Clara DKS, riding the jump-off round in 36.65 seconds to secure the win. Shepherd then put in another fast clear round riding Copycat, crossing the timers in 67.246 seconds in the first round and jumping clean in 36.66 seconds in the jump-off, just a hundredth of a second slower than her ride aboard Belle Clara DKS.

The class of 25 entries battled for the fastest time around J. P. Godard designed course, which entailed several quick rollback turns, creating faults in several trips. Belle Clara DKS handled the tight course with ease, suggesting good things to come for the pair who has started their week at TIEC in strong fashion.

Jordan Coyne, winner of the Tryon Spring 5 $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, rode Christoph Schroeder’s Catori to third place, completing their first round in 67.975 seconds and finishing the jump-off in 39.812 seconds.

David Blake and Zelaleen Top First Day of $1,000 Animo 1.20 Open Jumper

David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s Zelaleen topped the first class of the $1,000 Animo 1.20 Open Jumper at TIEC, besting a class of 22 entries. The duo finished the first round on course in 61.457 seconds and completed the jump-off in 40.718 seconds to seal the win.

David Blake and Zelaleen
David Blake and Zelaleen

“Zelaleen is owned by the Dvorkins and is ridden by their daughter, Carly, who typically competes the horse. We decided to give it a run before she arrives this weekend,” said Blake. “She’ll be competing him in the Low Junior classes this weekend and I just wanted to basically give him a good round before she comes to compete.”

TIEC will serve as the summer base for Blake and Pine Hollow Farm team, as they will continue to compete throughout the remainder of the spring and summer seasons at the venue. This week is their first week of competition at TIEC and Blake was pleased with the course design he saw today.

“It was a lovely course and the ring is really nice to ride in. There’s plenty of space and you know it’s not too big or too small for what we need,” commented Blake. “This facility is just state of the art; we were here last fall and it was lovely and now it’s just 200% more.”

Blake had several rides throughout the first day of competition with mounts in both the 1.30m and 1.40m classes today and is looking forward to the larger classes to come later in the week.

“Basically today was about getting on and helping them get used to a new place. We’re hoping to do a few in the big class tomorrow and then a few on Saturday night in the Grand Prix as well and a couple in the Under 25 Grand Prix on Sunday,” he stated. “It’s a busy enough week for us for sure. It’s good to be busy and that’s why we enjoy it here.”

Ricardo Villa aboard his own Dulana finished in second place, finishing the jump-off clear in 40.743 seconds and Holly Shepherd with Loretta Patterson’s Win a Date finished in third, completing the jump-off in 41.028 seconds.

For more information on TIEC and to learn more about the June 6th schedule, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Shepherd Pilots Skymiles to the Win in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix

Holly Shepherd pilots Skymiles over an oxer in the covered arena in Pensacola to the Nutrena Grand Prix win.

The Pensacola community flocked to the Escambia Equestrian Center last night to watch world class show jumping action in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix last night during the second week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows.

A seasoned group of grand prix riders as well as newcomers to the scene made up the order of go.  Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana designed the course.  “It was a pretty tricky course, but the riders prevailed and we had a good jump off,” he said. “It was great to see everyone here. Pensacola is such a great show to get tuned up for the season.”

Thomas John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina aboard his own Karenina was first to go and turned in a clean first round in 80.177 seconds. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama was next to go riding Foxridge Farm’s Play to Win, but with four jump faults and three time faults, their time of 92.154 seconds would find them in the eleventh place overall.

Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio was next to show aboard his own Cookie Monster, the first of his two rides for the evening.  The pair turned in a clean effort with a time of 81.25 seconds, guaranteeing a jump off.

Wilhelm’s son, Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, was next to go in the irons of Bridlebourne Stables LLC’s Winchester. The pair turned in a clear round in 80.945 seconds and would join the jump off lineup.

Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota riding Rapid Rewards, owned by Loretta Patterson, was next to go and turned in a four fault round a time of 83.884 seconds. The pair would finish in tenth overall.

Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas, riding his own Lissa TSP, was next to go and turned in a clean round in 79.557 seconds.

Fifteen year old Devon Monroe from Chevy Chase, Maryland, the youngest rider of the field, was next to go in the irons of Paulexi LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z. The pair turned in a clean round in 81.621 seconds.

Shepherd returned to the covered arena, this time aboard Loretta Patterson’s Silverstone.  The pair earned four jump faults and six time faults with their time of 91.793 seconds and would finish in twelfth place overall.

Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama was next to go in the irons of Claudia Styslinger’s KT Cher. He and KT Cher won the $10,000 Open Jumper Class last week.  The pair looked to go for a repeat when they turned in a clear effort in a time of 77.585 seconds, gaining entry into the jump off round.

Wilhelm Genn on his second ride of the night, Happy Z, picked up four jump faults and a time of 79.760 seconds and would finish in ninth place overall.

His son Theo was next to go, riding Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna, and turned in a clean round in 78.643 seconds. Shepherd returned as the final first round competitor aboard Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson, and the pair would go clean in a time of 79.653 seconds.

The jump-off time was set at 47 seconds and some tricky turns challenged the field of horse and rider teams. “We picked the jumps up a bit and made the third jump pretty tough with the inside turn which caught some of them up,” said Rheinheimer, “and the tight 6a b combination caught the rest,” he added.  First to go was Thomas John Russell and Karenina and the two picked up four jump faults, two time faults and a time of 48.242 seconds. The pair would finish in seventh place overall.

Wilhelm Genn and his own Cookie Monster were next to go, turning in a clean round and set the time to beat at 44.377 seconds.  Theo Genn riding Bridlebourne Stables, LLC’s Winchester was next to go, but after some trouble at the third, fourth and sixth jump, opted to withdraw; the pair would finish in eighth overall.

Rogge and his own Lissa TSP were next up and although turning in a clean round, earned three time faults in a time of 49.202 seconds, landing them in third place overall.

Monroe and Paulexi, LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z turned in the fastest jump off round at that point with a time of 43.291 seconds, but with four jump faults would finish in sixth place overall.   Maddrix entered the ring with KT Cher and although the pair turned in the fastest jump off round in 40.593 seconds, four jump faults at the third jump would see them finish in fourth place overall.  Theo Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna were next to go. The pair suffered four jump faults at the third fence and turned in a time of 41.698 seconds placing them in fifth place overall.

Shepherd sat in the enviable last to go spot with Loretta Patterson’s Skymiles and turned in a clean round in 42.607 seconds, taking the win and putting Wilhelm Genn and Cookie Monster in second place.

“It was a great class,” commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.  “The stands were full of folks from the community.  They were cheering and having a great time, and I’m sure the riders really enjoyed their enthusiasm,” he added.

Let’s Go!

Only one week more to go, so 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!

On Deck

The Gulf Coast Classic is set to take to the turf starting February 5. That’s right – the most beautiful turf field in the country is located right in Gulfport, Mississippi and will be welcoming thousands of horses to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic this year.  What does the Gulf Coast have to offer? Click here for some great video footage!

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are considered to be the most exhibitor-friendly and ideal show to earn valuable AA hunter points early in the year. The Pensacola shows act as a perfect proving ground for the more novice horses and riders, and if that wasn’t enough, the Gulf Coast location and weather simply complete the entire ideal horse show experience.

The Gulf Coast Classic Company and the Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter.  Please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com and 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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Genn, Maddrix, and Shepherd All Winners

Wilhelm Genn aboard Bugatti. Photos: A&S 2014.

Genn Tops the $5,000 Open Welcome in Pensacola

Pensacola welcomed riders in the $5,000 Open Welcome from Texas, Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio, but it was Ohio superstar Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio in the irons aboard Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti, which secured the win Thursday night after thirteen tackled the course set by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.

Of the thirteen rounds, seven returned for the jump off. Although last week’s winner KT Cher looked to take the blue with clear first and second rounds in a jump off time of 31.715 seconds, Genn nailed the win when he jumped off as last to go with a clean round in a time of 31.322 seconds on Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti, landing KT Cher and Maddrix in second place.

And, in typical Genn style, a junior Genn was not far behind Wilhelm in the final placings. Theo Genn, also of Lebanon, Ohio, riding Winchester, owned by Bridlebourne Stables, LLC, turned in a double clean effort with a jump off time of 31.987 seconds finishing him in third place.  Wilhelm also placed directly behind Theo in fourth place, this time riding Welcome Cor, owned by Anna Anastasio, in a double clean effort and a jump off time of 32.660 seconds.

Marylisa Leffler of Brookville, Maryland finished in fifth place in a double clean effort and a second round time of 33.198 seconds riding Quastor Van De Helle Z in 33.198 seconds.  Sixth place was awarded to Akida, ridden by Wilhelm Genn and owned by Wilhelm Genn and Mark Atkins.

Tim Maddrix and Third Day win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Tim Maddrix and Third Day win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Crowns Third Day

Tim Maddrix of Birmingham, Alabama returned to the winner’s circle in Pensacola yesterday to accept the win aboard Third Day, owned by Ken Stovel, in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.  Maddrix won last week’s $10,000 Open Jumper Class. “Paul [Jewel] did a really great job designing the courses. It was really fun,” he said.

A total of fourteen horse and rider combinations took to the derby course designed by Paul Jewel.  Mackenzie Christian of Germantown, Tennessee rode Janet McCarroll’s horse Ultaire to the second place position with a combined score of 173, which was just two points shy of Third Day’s winning combined score of 175.  Zivago, owned by Kiana Fiore and ridden by Patty Foster, took the third place ribbon with a combined score of 172.  Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana rode Christian Rogge’s Carrida to fourth place with a combined score of 157.  Fifth place was awarded to Maddrix, this time aboard Drambuie, owned by Alina Dumitrescu.  Sixth place went to Thomas Le Blanc of Folsom, Louisiana in the irons aboard Clementine, owned by Rebecca Hunter. The pair earned a combined score of 145.  Bernadette Coyle of Brookville, Maryland rode her own Lorca de Caryan to the seventh place finish with a combined score of 143 and in eighth place, with a combined score of 128 was Calgary, owned and ridden by Alliah Kassem of Fayetteville, Georgia.  Ninth place was awarded to Madison Barksdale of Franklin, Tennessee aboard Kathryn McFadden’s Bocelli, and Allison Bergmeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska wrapped up the top ten aboard Marion Lowry’s Dolce.

LPF Woodward wins the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Holly Shepherd and LPF Woodward clear an oxer on their way to the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win
Holly Shepherd and LPF Woodward clear an oxer on their way to the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win

High performance rider Holly Shepherd, paired with LPF Woodward, owned by LPF, LLC, bested twenty horse and rider combinations and won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby yesterday with a combined overall score of 357.  Maddrix and Eloise, owned by Claudia Styslinger, finished in second position with a score of 353.  Maddrix returned for thirds aboard Quite Ruffy 840, owned by Ann Anastasio, with a combined score of 347.50.  A combined overall score of 346 earned Marylisa Leffler from Brookville, Maryland, riding Quintessential, owned by RAF, LLC, fourth place.  Fifth place went to Maddrix, riding Special, owned by Missy Nolen, with 342 points and sixth place was awarded to Shepherd, this time aboard Kleiner Ralli, owned by Suzan Larson.  The pair earned a combined score of 338.  Seventh place went to Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas aboard Carino, owned by Linda Viens; the pair earned a total score of 337 points.  Eighth place went to Matt Martin from Petersburg, Tennessee riding City of Angels, owned by Alliah Kassem.  Ninth place was awarded to Maddrix, riding Aragorn, owned by Anna Hymer, and tenth place went to Maria Rassmussen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin aboard Castlewellan.

Coming up next is the $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix which kicks off tonight at 6!

Let’s Go!

Only one week more to go, so 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!

On Deck

The Gulf Coast Classic is set to take to the turf starting February 5. That’s right – the most beautiful turf field in the country is located right in Gulfport, Mississippi and will be welcoming thousands of horses to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic this year.  What does the Gulf Coast have to offer? Click here for some great video footage!

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Pensacola shows are considered to be the most exhibitor-friendly and ideal show to earn valuable AA hunter points early in the year. The Pensacola shows act as a perfect proving ground for the more novice horses and riders, and if that wasn’t enough, the Gulf Coast location and weather simply complete the entire ideal horse show experience.

The Gulf Coast Classic Company and the Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter.  Please visit them at www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com and 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.

Stay up to date:  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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

Triompf and Holly Shepherd Win the $25,000 Juan Hernandez Grand Prix

Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s Triompf make it look easy on their way to the winner’s circle Saturday night. Flashpoint Photography.

Grand prix action is back in Charleston!  After a lengthy absence, Classic Company President Bob Bell decided to reintroduce grand prix action to the boutique-style Charleston Summer Classic and dedicated the first grand prix in memory of Juan Hernandez.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s Triompf celebrated the return of the grand prix Saturday night with a win in the $25,000 Juan Hernandez Grand Prix and bested 15 other horse and rider teams over a course designed by Allen Rheinheimer.

Christopher Schroeder from Andersonville, Tennessee was the first to go aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Enrique Van Het Vennehof and while he beat the time allowed of 90 seconds, four faults at 4B would land him in eighth place overall.  Holly Shepherd of Great Bay, Alabama was next to go on Loretta Patterson’s Skymiles.  The pair won the open welcome Thursday and was looking for another win when they went clean in a time of 85.148 seconds.

Romeo, owned by the Romeo Group and ridden by Victor Segovia of Wellington, Florida, was next to go and also turned in a clear round in a time of 83.681 seconds, insuring a jump-off to the delight of the crowd.

Whitney Owens of San Antonio, Texas followed in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s S & L Shoe Guru and joined the jump-off after posting a clean round in a time of 87.864 seconds.

Amanda Wise of New Fairfield, Connecticut and Positive-ism Inc.’s Collin were next to go.  The pair dropped a rail at fence 4B and their time of 88.517 would keep them out of the ribbons.

Christopher Schroeder of Andersonville, Tennessee followed Wise with his own Catungee and looked to go clean, but had a heartbreak rail at the last fence.  Their time of 86.047 would leave them in ninth place overall.

Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota was next to go aboard Loretta Patterson’s Rapid Rewards.  A rail at fence 6B and a time of 84.716 left the pair in seventh overall.

Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas riding DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 had a rail at fence 3B and with a time of 85.443 seconds would finish in eleventh place overall.

Josh Dolan of Bluffton, South Carolina was next up on his own SLF Annie Lennox.  This was his mount’s first grand prix and the pair turned in an impressive clean round in a time of 86.889 seconds earning them a spot in the jump-off.

Angel Karolyi of Aiken, South Carolina was next to go with Hollow Creek Farm’s Amigo.  The pair accumulated twelve jump faults with a time of 85.109 seconds which would keep them out of the ribbons.

Schroeder returned to the ring with his next mount, Una Bella, owned by GK Performance Horses, LLC.  The pair dropped a rail at fence seven and posted a time of 86.581 seconds which would finish them in twelfth overall.

Shepherd returned to the field, this time aboard Loretta Patterson’s Triompf, and went clean with a time of 87.806 seconds, joining the jump-off.

Lissa TSP, owned and ridden by Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas, was next to go and after accumulating eight jump faults in a time of 83.457 seconds, would not place.  The next clean round to go was Grice in the irons on her own Boysterous. The pair posted the fastest first-round time in 82.724 seconds and joined the jump off line-up.

Last to go was Schroeder this time in the irons of GK Performance Horses LLC’s Diamant De Ravel. The pair earned four jump faults in a time of 86.057 seconds which would place them in tenth overall.

The jump-off had a time allowed of 41 seconds and Shepherd was first to go with her first mount, Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson.  The pair was clean and set the time to beat at 38.789. Segovia and Romeo, owned by the Romeo group, was next to go and although they went clean, couldn’t beat Shepherd’s time and posted a 40.573 second round which would finish the in fourth overall.  Whitney Owens was next up with S & L Shoe Guru, going clean and beating Shepherd’s time with her own 36.755 seconds.  Dolan and his own SLF Annie Lennox were next to go but their time of 42.650 seconds earned them two time faults which placed them in fifth overall.

Shepherd was next to go, this time aboard Triompf, and the pair turned in a clear effort and set the new time to beat at 35.106 seconds.  But there was still one ride left.  Grice was next to go on her own Boysterous and looked to take the lead, but a refusal and time faults would find her in sixth overall, putting Triompf and Shepherd in the winner’s circle.

“The course was pretty straight forward and fair,” said Shepherd.  “I think it gave everyone a fair shot at the prize money.  It was a great course for young horses,” she added.

“I haven’t been here in years,” she continued. “I told Bob [Bell] that I would come back when he started his grand prix again.  He did and I brought 22 horses for two weeks,” she smiled.  “It’s so great to be back. This is where I won my very first grand prix and where I met my husband.  This is a very special place.”

On Deck!

The $25,000 Grand Prix is scheduled for 5 pm Friday night.  This will be the final grand prix offered at the Charleston Summer Classic, so don’t miss it!  This is the only vacation and horse show destination and the only venue where you can jump the fences and the waves!  Monday looks to be the day where exhibitors rent boats, go fishing, swim with dolphins and lay on the beach – does it get any better than this?

More of What You Want!

Due to popular demand, Classic Company has added a 1.20m Training Jumper to the schedule for both weeks along with a Walk-Trot Division.  There really is SOMETHING for EVERYONE at the Charleston Summer Classic!

Social Calendar!

There’s a party most every day next week too, so don’t miss any of them!

Don’t Hoof It!

With all the action at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, you may consider renting a golf cart from the Official Golf Cart Company, Garrett Golf Carts, or call them at 843-881-8894. Weekly rentals for two-seaters are only $225 and only $275 for the four-seaters.

Got Rooms?

Get a jump on it and book today!  This location is beautiful and a vacation destination.  So make sure to book your rooms and condos now! Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partner is the pet-friendly Land’s Inn at 2545 Savannah Highway in Charleston.  The Land’s Inn is approximately 18 miles from the show grounds and looks forward to welcoming you, your families and your four legged friends.  You can call them at 843-763-8885 or visit them on the web at creeksidelandsinn.com.  Make sure to mention you will be attending the Charleston Summer Classic shows.

If condo is the way you like to go and the phrase “seven miles from the show grounds” sounds good to you, the Classic Company recommends several and they are listed in the prize list. Most are located on Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island and all offer close proximity to the show and the beach. Classic’s newest lodging partner is Coastal Getaways of South Carolina and can be reached via web or at 843-789-4438. Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget!

Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget.

If you haven’t reserved your stalls or sent in your entries yet, please contact Classic Company immediately at 843.768.5503 or send them an email at info@classiccompany.com.

For those looking save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company’s Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best.  Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta this summer.  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 classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.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

Skymiles and Holly Shepherd Open Week I with a Win in the $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Class

Skymiles and Holly Shepherd sail over a fence on their way to the win at the Charleston Summer Classic’s $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class. Flashpoint Photography.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama rode Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson, to the win in yesterday’s $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper Classic that saw fifteen tackle Allen Rheinheimer’s course.

Christopher Schroeder of Andersonville, Tennessee was the first to go aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Enrique Van Het Vennehof.  Although the pair beat the 84 second time limit, with a time of 76.160 seconds, the four faults they acquired at fence 10 would place them in eighth place overall.  Second to go was Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello.  But the pair earned four time faults with their time of 87.556 seconds which knocked them out of ribbon contention.

Schroeder returned to the ring, this time aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Una Bella who completed their first round with a time of 78.372 seconds, but with four jump faults at fence 7, would finish the pair out of the ribbons.

The first clean round was Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota and her own Boisterous who posted a time of 80.330 seconds.  Their second round saw them earn four jump faults at fence 4 with a time of 39.706 seconds, which would place them in fourth place overall.  Next to go was Josh Dolan of Bluffton, South Carolina aboard his own Slfannie Lennox; the pair turned in a clear round in 83.748 seconds, but with four time faults in the second round with a time of 43.476 seconds, would finish in sixth overall.

Christian Rogge of Cypressq, Texas was next to go with his own Lissa TSP and turned in a clear first-round effort in 76.654 seconds.  Four faults in the second round with a time of 37.700 seconds would finish them in third place overall.  Angel Karolyi of Aiken, South Carolina riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Amigo was next to go and turned in a clean first-round with a time of 79.980 seconds.  Their second round resulted in four jump faults and a time fault in 41.160 seconds which placed them in fifth overall.

Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas was the next up aboard DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM’s Twenties Girl.  Their time of 84.297 earned them a time fault and with four jump faults, would place them out of the ribbons.

Holly Shepherd was next to go aboard Skymiles and went clean with a time of 79.378 seconds.  Their second round saw another clean round and the pair posted the fastest second round in a time of 36.879 seconds securing the win.

Schroeder returned for another ride this time aboard GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamant De Ravel.  The pair had four jump faults in a time of 80.587 seconds which would keep them out of the ribbons.

Victor Segovia of Wellington, Florida riding The Romeo Group’s Romeo turned in the next clear first-round in a time of 80.094 seconds.  Their second round effort resulted in ten time faults which would keep them from the winner’s circle.

Whitney Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s S & L Show Guru turned in a first round effort in 76.512 seconds and seven jump faults.  Grice, this time aboard Rapid Rewards owned by Loretta Patterson, turned in a first-round effort in 84.502 seconds and four jump faults and a time fault.  The pair would not place.

Schroeder was last to go in the class and brought his third mount, his own Catungee, as his final effort of the day to steal the lead from Shepherd.  However, despite a clear first-round in 80.931 seconds, their second round time of 42.203 seconds would give them two time faults, placing them in the second position overall.

The action continues tonight when forty three horse and rider teams tackle the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by FarmVet at 5pm.  Dinner and drinks will be served ringside for VIP patrons and special guests Cenegenics of the Carolinas will be on hand to meet with those interested in living well longer.

For those of you still “on the fence”, there are some stalls still available for next week. What a great opportunity to give your young horses some grand prix experience and everyone a chance in your barn to do it all – surf and show!

In other news:

Social Calendar!

Don’t miss the action packed social calendar while at the opening week of the Charleston Summer Classic.  Tomorrow night, 5 to 7 pm, VIP patrons will enjoy drinks and dinner during the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by FarmVet. Saturday evening, VIP table holders will enjoy appetizers and cocktails ringside and Sunday features the popular Ringside Mimosas for everyone!

Jumpers, Jumpers, Jumpers!

The $25,000 grand prix Week I and II are great for your jumpers and especially for those young horses looking to get a leg up on grand prix competition. The $2,500 Jr./AO Jumper Division is perfect for the rest of the barn.

Something for Everyone!

Due to popular demand, Classic Company has added a 1.20m Training Jumper to the schedule for both weeks along with a Walk-Trot Division.

Don’t Hoof It!

With all the action at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, you may consider renting a golf cart from the Official Golf Cart Company, Garrett Golf Carts, or call them at 843-881-8894. Weekly rentals for two-seaters are only $225 and only $275 for the four-seaters. Make sure to contact them and reserve your cart now – your barn and trainer will thank you!

Got Rooms?

Get a jump on it and book today!  This location is beautiful and a vacation destination.  So make sure to book your rooms and condos now! Classic Company’s Official Lodging Partner is the pet-friendly Land’s Inn at 2545 Savannah Highway in Charleston.  The Land’s Inn is approximately 18 miles from the show grounds and looks forward to welcoming you, your families and your four legged friends.  You can call them at 843-763-8885 or visit them on the web at creeksidelandsinn.com.  Make sure to mention you will be attending the Charleston Summer Classic shows.

If condo is the way you like to go and the phrase “seven miles from the show grounds” sounds good to you, the Classic Company recommends several and they are listed in the prize list. Most are located on Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island and all offer close proximity to the show and the beach. Classic’s newest lodging partner is Coastal Getaways of South Carolina and can be reached via web or at 843-789-4438. Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget!

Make sure to book now for the show and vacation experience you will never forget.

If you haven’t reserved your stalls or sent in your entries yet, please contact Classic Company immediately at 843.768.5503 or send them an email at info@classiccompany.com.

For those looking save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company’s Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best.  Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta this summer.  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 classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

Stay up to date:  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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

Triompf Is Triumphant in the $35,000 Adequan Grand Prix

Gulfport, Mississippi (February 18, 2013) – Twenty two horses took to the pristine grand prix field under sunny skies for the $35,000 Adequan Grand Prix yesterday to close out the Gulf Coast Classic’s National Week.  A packed VIP tent and crowded bleachers watched the horse and rider teams from across the country tackle the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey.  But it was Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, who would be welcomed to the winner’s circle.

A personal triumph, yesterday was grand prix rider Holly Shepherd’s first time back in the grand prix ring since she broke her ankle!  And Triompf did not disappoint!  “He is the most incredible horse,” said Shepherd.  “To ride this horse is better than life itself!” she added exuberantly.

Of the twenty two horse and rider teams that tackled the course, only seven would find themselves qualified for the jump off.  The jump off field had Holly Shepherd and Triompf up against Friday’s Open Welcome Class winner Devin Ryan and the Genn men, Wilhelm and Theo, who won first and second in last week’s $25,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix.   After a clean first round time of 102.459 seconds, Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and Palim Palim ***, owned by Nancy Gooding of Larkspur, Colorado, were first to go in the jump off and made it clean, setting the time to beat at 48.132 seconds.   Son Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio, riding Paradox, owned by Thomas Bruinsma of Ada, Michigan, posted a clear first round with a time of 100.660 seconds and followed his father in the jump off.  While he posted a faster time of 44.141 seconds, the eight jump faults the pair incurred would put them in seventh place overall.

Wilhelm Genn followed his son Theo, this time riding his own Happy Z.  Although the pair finished their fault free first round in a fast 98.933 seconds, the jump off round found them with four jump faults and the fastest time of 43.123 seconds which would find them in sixth place overall.  Theo Genn was up next aboard his own Cola, and after posting a clean first round of 101.846 seconds, set the new time to beat for the jump off at 46.081 seconds.  That lead time would be temporary though as Devin Ryan, of Long Valley, New Jersey riding Barbara Rowland’s No Worries, delivered a fast, clean jump off effort in the time of 45.284 seconds, but with Shepherd on deck, his time would eventually put him in third position.  Holly Shepherd was next to go and after her first round time of 103.177 put the pedal to the metal for the jump off and went clean and fast with a time of 41.990 seconds.  But, Theo Genn still had Winchester, owned by Bridlebourne Stables, LLC, in the wings and although he posted a fast first round in 103.561 seconds, his jump off round of 43.382 seconds would not be fast enough to catch Shepherd and subsequently placed him in second overall, handing the win to Triompf. “I wasn’t sure my horse could beat the Genns’,” commented Shepherd. “They are super hard to beat and an amazing group of riders,” she added.

“I’m thrilled,” commented proud owner Loretta Patterson. “This was the first grand prix Holly and Triompf have been in this year since she hurt her ankle.  I’m heading to our home in Scottsdale this Thursday, so it was so great to watch Holly ride him to a win for us while we were here,” she said.

Patterson, from Omaha, Nebraska, owns 28 horses and said that she has half of them on Adequan.  “It’s a great product,” she said, “and we appreciate their support of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Shows!” she added.

“The footing was really good today,” said Shepherd, “The new grass is so thick and lush and when it comes apart, it reseeds itself in a couple of days.  It feels really great.   I think this is the best field in the country to ride on.  It is beautiful to look at and absolutely beautiful to ride on,” she added.

The good times continue to roll at the Gulfport Winter Classic!  Even though today is a non-show day, all adults attending the Gulf Coast Winter Classic are invited to attend a Happy Hour hosted by sponsor Island View Casino at 3300 West Beach Boulevard from 5:30 to 8:00 pm tonight! Complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music in The View Bar and afterwards, stay and play or try out some of the other restaurants.

The Gulf Coast Classic in Gulfport is where the fun will be this winter, so don’t miss it!  Remember, even though Mardi Gras in neighboring New Orleans officially ended this week, the fun keeps rolling on and that festive atmosphere spills onto the show grounds. With its close proximity to the Gulf Coast beaches, class offerings, prize money, and social scene, the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Gulfport shows are a must on everyone’s show list.  The show will feature weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, the $10,000 International Hunter Derby Week V and a weekly Grand Prix, to name a few highlights.  The grand prix schedule continues next week with the $35,000 Nutrena Grand Prix on February 24, the $35,000 CWD Grand Prix on March 3, and the circuit grand finale, the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix, scheduled for March 10.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service.    The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

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 www.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 classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

Stay up to date:  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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

Gulfport Winter Classic Offers “Lagniappe” for All!

Holly Shepherd & Figaro B. ©Flashpoint Photography

Gulfport, MS — Feb 20, 2011 — A Cajun expression Lagniappe (lan-yap), “small extra gift”, describes best what Mother Nature left as a token on her visit to the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Not only did temps continue to heat up, but so did the rivalry for supremacy in both the Hunter and Jumper divisions.

Beginning in the Hunter Divisions where for the second week several of the top horse-rider combinations turned in stellar performances. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL rode Figaro B for owner Linda Bobrik to the Championship in the 1st Year Green Working and top place in the USHJA Hunter Classic, while Hillsboro, VA based Tom Brennan picked up the tri colors in the 2nd Year Green Working aboard Lynn Rice’s Purple Heart. And taking the Championship title in the High Performance Hunters for week two was Cincinnati, OH resident Sarah Mechlin paired with Olivia Weaver’s agreeable horse Yes Indeed.

Over in the jumper rings the theme was “Les Bon Temps Rouler”, let the good times roll, and in Friday afternoon’s Lucky Sevens Welcome Stake Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, OH kept on enjoying the good times with his mount Copyright 3 taking the victory.

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