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November 14, 2017 EEM Announces Season III of the Longines Masters Series with an exceptional show at the LIDO de Paris, setting the stage for the European leg of the international competition ahead of Hong Kong and New York

November 16, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

On the stage of the greatest cabaret the French capital has to offer, Christophe Ameeuw, CEO of EEM and founder of the Longines Masters Series, unveiled the novelties in store for the third season of the international series and announced the start of the Longines Masters of Paris, which will kick off in less than 10 days!

The Longines Masters of Paris will run from 30 November to 3 December at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center –hall 5B –parallel to the Salon du Cheval de Paris. This European stage marks the launch of the Longines Masters Series Season III, which will continue in Hong Kong from February 9-11, 2018, and—for the first time—in New York, April 26-29, 2018.

Pierre Durand, Kid Noize, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Salim Ejnaini, Christophe Ameeuw, Anne Buisson, Elephanz, Penelope Leprevost, Jean Luc Poulain, Philippe Rozier, les Blue Bell Girls du Lido de Paris
LONGINES MASTERS SEASON III PRESS
CONFERENCE AT LIDO DE PARIS – 14/11/2017

“Hosting equestrian sports on the world’s finest stages-Paris, Hong Kong and New York -to keep them in the international spotlight is our everyday motivation,” stated Christophe Ameeuw, CEO of EEM and Founder of the Longines Masters Series. That is precisely what happened today, when nearly 200 guests and media in attendance at the LIDO de Paris were treated to a one-of-a-kind show by the greatest figures from the equestrian world. Pioneer and visionary Christophe Ameeuw and his team at EEM delighted the audience with a premium setting to start off the prestigious series’ third season: LIDO de Paris. The Paris Cabaret is partner to the Longines Masters of Paris,and the director of its show “Paris Merveilles” is none other than Franco-Dragone -an Artistic Partner to the Longines Masters on all three continents. These two natural partnerships of international reach gave an arena to their shared values: elegance, excellence and innovation.

LONGINES MASTERS SEASON III PRESS
CONFERENCE AT LIDO DE PARIS – 14/11/2017

Orchestrated like the most captivating of shows and staged with a twist and special effects, the press conference opened as though by magic with a horse show by horsewoman and equestrian artist Clémence Faivre.The exhibition was followed by a true-to-life TV set designed specifically for the occasion, with the entire conference shot and broadcast live for the first time on the new digital TV channel: EEM.tv.

LONGINES MASTERS SEASON III PRESS
CONFERENCE AT LIDO DE PARIS – 14/11/2017

Christophe Ameeuw and Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines Masters Series over three continents, delivered the kick-off announcement of Season III of the Longines Masters Series.

EEM looks forward to a Season III bursting with innovations which, once again, will shape the history of equestrian sports and their international development.

Christophe Ameeuw and Juan-Carlos Capelli were able to showcase their dedication to equestrian sports and their partnership in developing the Longines Masters in Europe, Asiaand America.

«With the EEMteams, we want to show our ability to innovate by proposing some simple, effective and media-friendly concepts as the Longines Speed Challenge, theGrand Slam Indoor orthis new eventthe Riders Masters Cup» explainsChristophe Ameeuw.

Juan-Carlos Capellireminds us that «Theimplication of Longines in equestrian sports is historical as it started in 1878 already. The Longines Masters Series finds its place within the greatest sports events. The Longines Masters Series finds its place in those symbolic competitions. Paris will be the launch of this incredible series before Hong Kong and New York in 2018.We are happy to host for the first time our Elegance Ambassador and Asian star Chi Ling Lin that will assist the mythical of the Longines Speed Challenge.»

Each of the iconic cities—Paris, Hong Kong, and New York—will play a crucial role inthe Longines Masters Series and overall inequestrian sports, attractingan ever larger audiencethan in previous years, explained Ameeuw:

-The Longines Masters of Hong Kong, awarded the “Best Experience for a Professional Sporting Event,” will be home, from February 8-11 2018, to a never-before-seen event created by EEM: Asia Horse Week. A new rallying point for Asia’s international equestrian community, Asia Horse Week symbolizes EEM’s ambition to develop equestrian sports in this fast-growing region.«The Asia Horse Week will be the meeting point of the international equestrian community in Asia. It shows the ambition of EEM to develop the equestrian sports in this growing region.» explains Christophe Ameeuw.

-The first edition of the Riders Masters Cup, a new team-based competition created by EEM with EEF (European Equestrian Federation) and with Longines as Founding Partner, will be the highlight of Paris and New York. The battle between the two powers in global show jumping—Europe and the United States—will unfold first in on December 2, 2017 at the Longines Masters of Paris and then on April 28, 2018 at the Longines Masters of New York.« The Riders Masters Cup is an accessible competition for a wide audience by its concept already known in other sports fields. The duel United States against Europe will be the token of a high level competition in the equestrian world.» explained the Olympic Champion Pierre Durand, Ambassador of the Riders Masters Cup.

-The American stage, set in Los Angeles up to now, will be moving in 2018 and premiering in New York, the city where anything is possible and unquestionably the world’s global showcase for business and lifestyle. The event will dazzle visitors and New Yorkers alike April 26-29, 2018, at NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The international element of the Longines Masters Series will reach new heights this season with the launch of EEM.tv, on which viewers around the world will be able to follow every minute of competition at the Longines Masters and Riders Masters Cuplive and free of charge.

Two exceptional guests from the international riding community took part in the program this Tuesday: Michael Lee, President of the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, and Brianne Goutal,distinguished New York young rider and supporter of the Longines Masters Series. Both discussed the enthusiasm and eagerness shared by their communities as the upcoming Asian and U.S.stages of the Longines Masters Season III approaches.

The curtain goes up on the Longines Masters of Paris

The European stage in the series, the Longines Masters of Paris,will host no fewer than 200,000 visitors for its 9th edition with the Salon du Cheval de Paris, at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center.Jean-Luc Poulain, President of CENECA and President of the Salon du Cheval de Paris, came to the EEM.tv set to introduce the novelties that can be expected at the 46th edition of the Paris Horse Show. «450 exhibitors, 2000 horses, 13 equestrian disciplines represented, 60 competitions during the week end including the great innovation, the XTREM TREC: such unforgettable experiences that will live the 140000 attendees.» told us Jean-Luc Poulain.

Coming together to bring out the best in sport:

The best riders in the Longines world rankings, including Olympic champions, world champions, and European champions, will take to the ethereal arena at the Longines of Paris to offer the audience four days of top-tier sport during the Masters One (5*) competitions. The young talent, former champions training their young horses,and the best amateur riders will not be forgotten, competing alongside the top in their field, under elite sport conditions, in the Masters Two (2*)and Masters Three (1*) events.

Sharing the sports highlights at the Longines Masters of Paris will be Olympic champions Pénélope Leprévost and Philippe Rozier, actor and rider Guillaume Canetand the talented Salim Ejnaini, who joined Christophe Ameeuw, Juan-Carlos Capelli and Jean-Luc Poulain on the set.

Some of the not-to-miss events in the sports line-up include:

The Longines Speed Challenge, with its unique three-stage course, in Paris, Hong Kong and New York, is the world’s highest-speed competition.Seen by many as a World Speed Championship, the world’s fastest riders and horses will go head-to-head to see who will be able to beat the series’ record held by Kevin Staut.Friday,December 1st, 9:30 PM.

LONGINES MASTERS SEASON III PRESS
CONFERENCE AT LIDO DE PARIS – 14/11/2017

The Masters Power, introduced by LIDO de Paris, is a historical power contest (6-bars) updated for the modern day and improved with EEM’s unique touch. This competition will show off the sheer power of the horses with jump heights that can exceed 2m. The Masters Power will open with blind rider Salim Ejnaini, who at last year’s Paris event pulled off the impressive feat of competing in the same course as the world’s top riders. Knowing that passion for sports has no limit, Salim will ride the Masters Power course to support the association “Sur les Bancs de l’Ecole”and in so doing give children with autism the chance to see their dreams blossom into reality. Saturday, December 2nd, 3:30 PM.«I am really proud to be the godfather of Salim that proves that with some will, nothing is impossible. By the way, he is a better horseman than some that don’t suffer from his handicap.» evocates Guillaume Canet.

The Riders Masters Cup: the first-ever competition of its kind, will pit against each other the best riders from Europe and America to wage a merciless battle, under the watchful eye of their team leaders, Philippe Guerdat and Robert Ridland. #WaveYourFlag, support your team on social media, on Saturday,December 2nd, 8:45 PM.

The Longines Grand Prix, the flagship event with the best horses and riders from around the world, will feature jump heights reaching 1.60m. Previous victor Belgian Grégory Whatelet will be putting his title up for grabs in Paris. The “Grand Slam Indoor” offers a€2,250,000 bonus to the rider who claims victory at the Longines Grand Prix in all three stages of the Longines Masters Series in Season III—a never-before-seen feat. Sunday, December 3rd, 2:45 PM.

Other sporting events you won’t want to miss include the Masters One Laiterie de Montaigu Friday at 6:15 PM, Masters One Salon du Cheval de Paris/Ceneca Saturday at 12:45 PM, and the Masters Two Land Rover Grand Prix Sunday at 10:45 AM.

Share in the best of lifestyle and show!

Once again this year, the Prestige Villagewill be home to the art of French living, thanks to pop-up boutiques from the Longines Masters of Parispartner brands, live events, performances and, of course, the must-attend after-parties. Serving as focal pointofit all will be the Training Paddock, where audiences will be able to cast an admiring gaze at the horses—the true stars of the competition—in a prime setting.

«The lifestyle is part of our concept. Thanks to our partners, we propose the best of the sport of course but also of art, show and music and that what makes the difference with the other equestrian events. It’s especially the promise of an unforgettable moment.» explains Christophe Ameeuw.

Throughout the event’s four days, visitors will be able to take part in a wide range of experiences, from pleasures for the palate to lighthearted fun and an outstanding artistic line-up.

Get your tastebuds dancing: At the Bar Lounge,food lovers will be able to enjoy one of the varied food offerings available, or savor a flute of Barons de Rothschild Champagne. One stand will also offer ice cream in the Italian tradition, from Laiterie de Montaigu.

In the Masters Club,set alongside the competition arena, guests will be able to order gastronomic creations to be served to their tables or private suites. 2* Michelin Chef Yves Mattagne will have even the most hard to please guests swooning with an exceptional lunch during the Longines Grand Prix.

Indulge: Shops throughout the Prestige Village will offer chic shopping amongst the greatest names in luxury, culture, beauty, fashion, design, automobiles and equestrian arts, including Longines, Land Rover, Institut Esthederm, TASCHEN, Devialet, Hermès Sellier, and of course the Longines Masters Official Boutique.

Come experience art in all its forms: Visitors will marvel at emblematic sculptures from Richard Orlinski, a longstanding partner of the Longines Masters, as well as by works from Catherine Thiry. On the performance stage, rider Clémence Faivre will offer hits from her new show, “Fuego,”while the street artists known as The Frogs will be ambling through the walkways of the Prestige Village to the delight of all generations.

A cultural line-up that would make other festivals green with envy!

Every evening, the Prestige Village will turn into a real-live festival, featuring an incredible line-up of “After parties -Concerts and DJ sets”.The Dutch DJ River Jaxx will get the festivities underway on Thursday evening, for Opening Night, setting the stage for the whole weekend.

Thursday evening, to celebrate the winners of the Longines Speed Challenge, the famed French duo Synapson will take to the stage for a Synapson After Party by Virgin Radio, performing an unforgettable set.

On Saturday evening, on the heels of the first-ever Riders Masters Cup, Kid Noize, the young prodigy who has been setting the most famous festivals ablaze with a style all his own will… !«The Man with The Monkey Face» reminds that“every big competition ends with a great party and I am honored to be its ceremony master”

Solidarity and the Longines Masters

For this third season, EEM and Longines will join forces on all continents to serve the cause of autism, supporting the association “Sur les bancs de L’école” in Paris. “Our aim is to make people aware of what this disability implies and let them know that solutions do exist, so that those with the condition can become self-sufficient at school and in everyday settings”, explained Anne Buisson, President of the Association “Sur les Bancs de l’Ecole”, flanked by association ambassador Elephanz. On Saturday, December 2, throughout the day, attendees will be able to learn about the condition, meet members of the association and make donations. Unforgettable moments are in store with the association and thanks to the support of Longines, its Partner of Honour for the Longines Masters of Paris: a solidarity concert by the band Elephanz, Ambassador to the Association -special meet-ups and autograph sessions with sports champions and, of course, Salim Ejnaïni’s exceptional participation in the Masters Power, dedicated to conveying the association’s message for inclusion.

Tickets available via: Longinesmasters.com

Hotline: 0892 390209 (0.45 €/mn, direct call from France) Direct line open Mondays to Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM And at ticketing agencies and traditional points of sale.

ABOUT EEMA

Passionate of equestrian sports, Christophe Ameeuw -CEO of EEM and Founder of the Longines Masters Paris-Hong Kong-New York Series -founded the Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes in 1997. Based in Belgium, the stables are internationally reputed for their activities in trading sport horses and high-standard breeding. They are also home to an offering some of the best teaching available in the field. In opening EEM, Christophe Ameeuw and his teams were in pursuit of a challenge: to reinvent show jumping by organizing equestrian events of an entirely new kind. The company built its development by creating the concept of the “Masters”, which together, under the same roof, the best of show-jumping, resplendent displays and art de vivre. After the successes of the Audi Masters in Brussels and the Gucci Masters in Paris, EEM came out with one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, the Longines Masters Series, on three continents, in Paris, Hong Kong and New York. Inspired by the Grand Slam in Tennis, EEM created a concurrent “Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping”, approved by the FEI, this intercontinental challenge is offered to the world’s elite in show jumping, with two bonus levels: The Super Grand Slam -a €2,250,000 super bonus for the three consecutive wins in the Longines Grand Prix, in the season order -The Grand Slam -a €1,000,000 bonus for three successive victories at Longines Grand Prix straddling two Longines Masters seasons.

In 2017, EEM will be creating a new iconic competition, the Riders Masters Cup. Offered to the public alongside the EEF (European Equestrian Federation) and alternating between Europe and the United States, this battle will pit the world’s two leading powers in show jumping against one another: Europe and the United States. On the Asian continent, “Asia Horse Week”, rallying point for the international equestrian community there, also serves as a prime setting for the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, illustrating EEM’s determination to develop the sport’s international arms in the Asia-Pacific Region. Firmly set on putting equestrian sports front and center and making them accessible to all, EEM rolled out a new digital TV channel on November 14, 2017. EEM.tv offers viewers the chance to follow live and free of charge all EEM events worldwide.

For more information, visit www.eemworld.com

ABOUT THE LONGINES MASTERS

Set in the three of the world’s most emblematic metropolises -Paris, Hong Kong and New York -the LonginesMasters series is recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian world. Created by EEM and inspired by the Tennis Grand Slam, the series quickly expanded their international reach (Hong Kong in 2013, Los Angeles in 2014). In 2015, the inter-continental trilogy turned into the Longines Masters Series.Alongside it, EEM created the “Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping”, approved by the FEI, the Grand Slam Indoor is the ultimate challenge for the world’s elite in show jumping, with two levels of bonus :The Super Grand Slam: a bonus of 2.25 million Euros for winning 3 consecutive Longines Grand Prix in the same season. The Grand Slam: a bonus of 1 million Euros for three successive victories in the Longines Grand Prix from one season to the next.The TV broadcast of the Longines Masters Series reachers, to over 120 countries, almost 320 million households, a coverage increased this year by the launch of EEM.tv, the new digital channel of EEM. It allows everybody to freely live stream the all competition and events during the four days.Save the date :Paris 2017 : November 30th–December 3rdHong Kong 2018 : February 9th–February 11th New-York : April 26th–April 29th

For more information, see www.longinesmasters.com

ABOUT LONGINES

Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland since 1832, the watch-maker Longinescan lay claim to know-how honed through tradition, elegance and high-performance. Its long-lasting involvement in sports’ timekeeping at world championships and as partner to international federations has helped Longines develop solid, lasting bonds with the world of sport. Renowned for the elegance of its timekeeping devices, Longines is a member of Swatch Group SA, the world’s leading maker of time-keeping products. With a winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand is established in over 150 countries.

Information : Longines International Public Relations -2610 Saint-Imier, Switzerland

Contact Longines: Clémence Dhiver -clemence.dhiver@Swatchgroup.com-+33 153 812271

Site : www.longines.com

Email : publicrelations@longines.com

34th annual “Jump for the Children’ hosts two weeks of show jumping competition and raises funds for therapy dog research

August 29, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

2016 GP winner- Brooke Kemper riding Classified, courtesy of Anne Gittins photography

The 34th annual ‘Jump for the Children’ Horse Show, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, is thrilled to be hosting TWO WEEKS of Premier rated hunters and international level show jumping at the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex, 4601Trinity Road, Raleigh NC 27607: ‘Jump for the Children I, Nov. 8-12 and ‘Jump for the Children’ II, Nov. 15-19, 2017.  ‘Jump for the Children’ is the longest continuously-held, annual fund raiser for Duke Children’s, raising over $1.9 million for the hospital and health center to date.  While ‘Jump for the Children’ has always supported research and patient treatment at Duke Children’s, 10% of show proceeds in 2017 will go to research seeking empirical proof that therapy dogs reduce anxiety and the need for sedation in child patients.

“Duke Children’s could not continue its mission of providing world-class care for children without the support of events like ‘Jump for the Children,’” stated Amy Deshler, senior executive director of Duke Children’s Development. “Proceeds from the event will aid our physicians and researchers in their work to treat and understand the medical conditions our young patients are fighting.”

2013 $10,000 Welcome Stake and 2016 $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix winner, Brooke Kemper- with her thirteen year old, American bred Holsteiner/Thoroughbred cross, Classified- plans to return this fall to defend her titles.  The daughter of a professional horsewoman, Kemper started her riding career as a toddler on ponies in Harrisonburg Virginia.  In addition to North Carolina, Kemper’s career include wins in Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky,  Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Her Shadow Pond Stables in Culpepper VA boasts 15 show horses belonging to Kemper and her clients.

Her first year competing at ‘Jump for the Children’ in 2013, she received the Max Bonham Sportsmanship trophy-  a much coveted honor bestowed by fellow competitors.  In addition to her love of the show for the charity work it supports, its extraordinary community involvement, its exemplary hospitality, and its coliseum full of cheering jumper fans, Kemper has a sentimental and personal reason that ‘Jump for the Children’ holds a favorite place on her show calendar.

Kemper says, “I decided to show that first year in 2013 in part because my uncle and aunt lived in Chapel Hill.  My aunt was in the hospital with a serious illness.  When I inquired about the possibility of accommodations for them at the Saturday night Grand Prix, show officials Ralph Alfano and Vinnie Card went all out to welcome them.  They provided car-to-coliseum golf cart transport and seated my uncle and aunt in the most comfortable seats, with the best view of the arena, at a table reserved only for show officials.  That night was the only time my aunt ever got to see me ride and the last time she left the house before passing away.”

Show highlights include

$10,000 Duke Welcome Jumper Stake, Thurs. Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m.

KID FUN & Stick Horse Race:  Fri. Nov. 10, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby Fri. Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

$50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix I, Sat. Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.  Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international caliber showing jumping.  Admission $10 per person, children under 10 free.  Box office opens at 4:30 p.m.

$10,000 Duke Welcome Jumper Stake, Thurs. Nov. 16, 6:00 p.m.

KID FUN & Stick Horse Model:  Fri. Nov. 17, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) National Hunter Derby Fri. Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

$50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix II, Sat. Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.  Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international caliber showing jumping.  Admission $10 per person, children under 10 free.  Box office opens at 4:30 p.m.

 

WOW! JENNI MCALLISTER DOES IT AGAIN IN THE $40,000 COORS FAMILY CHARITY GRAND PRIX! Comly, Patterman and Williams Triumph During Grand Prix De Santa Fe Week at the Santa Fe Summer Series

August 15, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

What a close to an incredible week at HIPICO’ Santa Fe’s 2017 Santa Fe Summer Series!  Cool mornings and gorgeous New Mexico skies were the perfect backdrop for the final week of top show jumping, fine art, phenomenal fashion, and so much fun!

Jenni McAllister took the the top honor in the final $40,000 Kathy & Brad Coors Grand Prix, riding the beautiful gray mare, Legis Venice, owned by Legis Equine.  “We’re very excited and always love coming to HIPICO Santa Fe. We feel like we’re part of the family and really appreciate the vision HIPICO has.  The course design is second to none.  Thank you to all involved – especially the Coors family for sponsoring this Grand Prix.  The team at HIPICO always make us feel like superstars.”   Jenni’s husband and trainer, Steve McAllister, echoed Jenni’s sentiments about HIPICO’s Summer Series.  “The whole horse industry talks about how HIPICO has the right idea.  They have the vision and put the horse first and the exhibitor second. “We’re believers,” McAllister continued,  “In today’s world, everyone needs more positive thinking.  Jenni and I and our whole team know ’we can do it’  – and we do. The atmosphere at HIPICO is also ‘can do’. I am very proud of this whole team.”

Colleen Acosta of Showtime Farm took second place on Himini, owned by Evalyn Grace, LLC. followed by McAllister’s second mount, Sweet Chocolate PJ, owned by Viksberg Sateri ABGuy McElvain’s entry Wallstreet RC took the fouth place ribbon, trained and ridden by Chenoa McElvain of Rancho Corazon.

HIPICO Santa Fe is very grateful to Diamond Sponsors, The Kathy & Brad Coors Family, for making this showjumping tradition possible.  The Grand Prix de Santa Fe is a is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting, advancing and showcasing the equestrian community of New Mexico. Since it’s inception in 2004, the Grand Prix de Santa Fe has generated more than $150,000 for local and regional nonprofit organizations serving at-risk children and equines, as well as land and cultural preservation.

SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES BRAD AND KATHY COORS FAMILY

$40,000 GRAND PRIX

Place Horse Owner Rider Rd 1

Time

Rd. 1 Flts JO Time JO Flts
1 LEGIS VENICE LEGISEQUINE.COM JENNI MCALLISTER 82.315 0 37.703 0
2 HIMINI EVALYN GRACE, LLC. COLLEEN ACOSTA 83.814 0 38.873 0
3 SWEET CHOCOLATE PJ VIKSBERG SATERI AB JENNI MCALLISTER 79.849 0 38.595 4
4 WALLSTREET RC GUY MCELVAIN CHENOA MCELVAIN 85.66 2
5 TRISTAN ERIC LAMON AMANDA COMLY 80.397 4
6 UTOPIK LOUISE PLANK CHARLIE CARREL 80.605 4
7 CAPRICELLO 2 DS HOLDINGS, LLC FRANK OWENS 82.540 4
8 CAYLEE PCH KRISTIN BUCHANAN NICKI WILCOX 87.1044 4
9 J.E.S. QUITO NICKI WILCOX NICKI WILCOX 87.543 4
10 OTARD CHESTNUT EQUESTRIAN JENNI MCALLISTER 84.28 5
11 S&L SHOE GURU DS HOLDINGS, LLC. WHITNEY OWENS 86.8843 7
12 CAPITANO TKO PARTNERSHIP TRAPP O’NEAL 79.1002 8

Before the jump-off on Sunday, the crowd enjoyed a special treat – The Miniature Donkey Puissance!  The high-jump competition featured Hipi and Little Breeches – each showing beautiful jumping form as the jump was raised through the competition.  The two jennies were head to head until a refusal from Little Breeches.  Hipi continued to go even higher – demonstrating great jumping aptitude.  Next year – she might have a career in the meters!

Hipi and Little Breeches were a gift to Guy McElvain on his 50th birthday from his daughter, Chenoa. When he was 5 years old, Guy had a pet donkey whom he named Cinnamon Beauty, whom  he loved and he always wanted another one. Now he has Hipi and Little Breeches, who split their time between HIPICO Santa Fe and the Ranch in Lemitar.  The little Jennies survived a coyote attack this year and are the favorite companions of Grand Prix stallion, Wallstreet RC in the barn.

Two special Circuit Awards were presented on the final day of the Santa Fe Summer Series. The 2017 Stable of the Year Award honors the trainer and barn that excels both on the field, and in their adherence to show protocol, throughout the Santa Fe Summer Series.  Caroline Invicta Stevenson and Invicta Farms were the first to receive this honor, during the $40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe, the final Grand Prix of the 2017 Santa Fe Summer Series .  Not only did Invicta Farms deliver a successful Series, bringing home many championships through the circuit, Caroline continues to bring dignity to our sport.  Always courteous and conscientious, she demonstrates kindness to other competitors as well as to our show staff, even under pressure.   Thank you, Caroline and Invicta, for your support of HIPICO Santa Fe.  You inspire us t o keep kindness and civility a priority while we work to acheive our goals!

The Heart of the Horse Award was created by the McElvain family in honor of 5 horses who perished in a trailer fire in 2009. It has been given each year to the horse and rider combination scoring the most points during the entire Summer Series.  This Award honors all of the wonderful animals in our lives.  This year’s winner is Carrick and rider Jessica Harries.  Carrick is owned by Kathleen Rose and Dylan Harries of JNL Stables is the trainer.  Congratulations on a stellar 2017 Summer Series!

On Friday of Grand Prix de Santa Fe Week, Amanda “Happy” Comly graced us with her mega-watt smile as she won the final Santa Fe Summer Series Welcome Stake. Riding her new mount, Clock-wise CSH, Happy told us, “My horses love this weather!”  Like all of us, Happy felt wistful about the close of  the Series – “We don’t want it to end – but we are excited for 2018. HIPICO is so nice and gorgeous.  Next year I’m going to get my entries in real early to be safe.  From what I’m hearing, I think next year is going to be twice the size!”

SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES $7500 WELCOME STAKE
Place Horse Owner Rider Rd. 1

Time

Rd. 1 Flts JO TIme JO Flts
1 CLOCK-WISE CSH AMANDA COMLY AMANDA COMLY 79.189 0 43.637 0
2 CAYLEE PCH KRISTIN BUCHANAN NICKI WILCOX 84.66 0 46.290 0
3 OTARD CHESTNUT EQUESTRIAN JENNI MCALLISTER 85.650 0 47.242 0
4 LEGIS VENICE LEGISEQUINE.COM JENNI MCALLISTER 81.712 0 43.912 8
5 CHELSEA FREDERICO DANERS FREDERICO DANERS 87.04 2
6 MULLENTINE IMPERIAL AMANDA COMLY AMANDA COMLY 79.300 4
7 HIMINI EVALYN GRACE, LLC. COLLEEN ACOSTA 81.370 4
8 CRACK DE MUZE CARSON GRISHAM COLLEEN ACOSTA 81.564 4

The $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby was held on Friday, August 12th, with a big win for Hannah Pattermann. Riding Sharon McElvain’s Cesars Crack, Patterman piloted the stunningly handsome gelding in two beautiful rounds – a 90 and 89 – besting last week’s Hunter Derby winner, Jenni McAllister on Charly Oboliensky, who finished second. Pattermann’s mother was visiting HIPICO Santa Fe from Wisconsin – perfect timing to see her daughter’s well-executed rounds. Ms. Pattermann shared how Hannah started riding western at the age of 7 before turning to jumping two years later. Clearly a good decision! Trainer, Chenoa McElvain told us, “Hannah has been working for Rancho Corazon for the past year and it was a pleasure to offer her this opportunity.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Congratulations to Sharon, Hannah, and Rancho Corazon!  Sharon describes Ceasar as her favorite horse to ride out on the trail at home on the ranch. And look how Caesar loves the camera!

Erin Murphy and MTM Top That edged out Mike Elmore for third. Elmore’s exciting ride showcased how close the competition can be – as standings change rapidly. Carey Corlew Bhalla’s Alciboades notched a 4th place after being in the lead merely minutes earlier.  Standings aren’t the only thing that changed for Elmore, who moved this week from Albuquerque, NM to just down the road in Arroyo Hondo.  He hasn’t even settled his new barn yet – but performed beautifully throughout the Series.

“This show managed to keep all the wonderful aspects of last year and make them even better,” Elmore, who has been with HIPICO since its inception, told us. “The grass footing is in better shape than ever and the course is challenging. The VIP tent is so welcoming and the food is great.  It’s just a wonderful atmosphere. HIPICO keeps raising the bar. Even the Community Show is a great standard in our sport.”

$2,500 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY
Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer Score
1 CESARS CRACK GUY MCELVAIN HANNAH PATTERMANN CHENOA MCELVAIN 179
2 CHARLY OBOLIENSKY JENNI MCALLISTER JENNI MCALLISTER JENNI MCALLISTER 177
3 MTM TOP THAT ERIN MURPHY ERIN MURPHY ERIN MURPHY 169.5
4 ALCIBIADES CAREY CORLEW BHALLA MIKE ELMORE MIKE ELMORE 169
5 WINTER WHITE ELIZABETH STORK COLLEEN ACOSTA COLLEEN ACOSTA 166.5
6 RIO’S FIORELLA ELLEN MURPHY ELLEN MURPHY ERINN MURPHY 166
7 5280 PHOENIX SOPHIE ONODY SOPHIE ONODY MARK MEAD 164
8 CACOLA DEBORAH ORENT MARK MEAD MARK MEAD 150
9 LONDON FOG LISA PIASECKI STEPHANIE GERSHON STEPHANIE GERSHON 149
10 DURGIN PARK HENRIETTA HALL SARAH INVICTA WILLIAMS CAROLINE INVICTA STEVENSON 146.5
11 SUPER CZAR JAMIE ESSIG JAMIE ESSIG ERIN MURPHY 146
12 MAN ON THE MOON ERIN CHRISTIANSEN ERIN CHRISTIANSEN FRANCES OLSON 130.5

The All-in-One Jackpot Grand Prix, HIPICO Santa Fe’s unique class, invites jumpers of varying heights to compete together in one fun class, took place on Saturday. The last week of the series saw the largest field of competitors – 34 riders jumped fences ranging in height from a 1 to 1.40. Marlo WIlliams rode into the winner’s circle with a clear round at 1.20 m on Lux Like Clover. Trainers Gianna Aycock and Colby Coltrain said, “Lux jumped great – better than ever on this grass field, which is a treat for us!  Lux is from Ireland she and loves the grass. We have had such a great time and look forward to next year.” Lux Like Clover’s talent was on display again Sunday as Marlo Williams partnered with the speedy mare to win the High/Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic. Amanda Comly rode C2 Vitesse, owned by Catteeuw Chantal for second place and Nicki Wilcox took third on Kristin Buchanan’s Quickly.  A great time was had by all in this competitive field of talent.

The final championship of the Wiener Races did not disappoint, after a record number of entries and supporters who lined the track rail. Sponsors, Stephanie and Cameron Richards were on hand to enjoy the doggie antics!  Among the standouts were dachsund newcomers on their maiden run, #9 T.G., a dapple who is eight and trains every day for 2 miles on greenbelt space in Eldorado, #5 Lita, a Santa Fe based piebald who is very focused mentally, owing to her trainer’s generous inspiration of treats…and more treats.  Other notables included #13 Oliver who trains in dog school in Chimayo and is in charge of squirrel hunting on 4 and a half acres.

Special recognition goes to # 6 who refused to enter the starting block because he was more interested in doing the “Gator Dance” he no doubt learned from his owner demonstrating college dance moves.

Then there was local favorite, Kenny Rogers, a rescue chihuahua who works “back of house” in the HIPICO Lounge. Kenny had been practicing in the early dawn hours to avoid other trainers who might try to duplicate his regimen.  Credit goes to 9 year old twins Ella and Julia on Team Kenny, who coached Kenny for the past few weeks. He did not disappoint – performing a flawless and difficult serpentine free style pattern – even though it had little to do with the actual finish line.

In the end, it was Austin Powers, known to his friends as “Porky” who triumphed in the first heat for the third week in a row!  Porky and his mom, Sharon McElvain, take their speed training very seriously, with winning results. The second heat was dominated by rescue dog, Jemma Veenstra, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jemma was the poster child for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. She was rescued from a municipal shelter in Los Angeles, brought to Santa Fe, where she recovered from a badly broken leg, surgically repaired by the wonderful Dr. Snook. Jemma found her permanent home with Annie Veenstra two years ago.  In the mixed breed race, it was Lily Invicta – again!  Lily now prefers to be addressed as “Champion Lily,” and is ignoring her mom, Sarah Invicta Williams, when addressed without her new title.  Sarah adopted Lily almost 10 years ago when she was an unwanted dog.  “I said I would take her and thought she would be a good companion for my mom’s dog, Lulu,” Williams told us.  “Well, one night with Lulu and it was over – they’ve pretty much hated each other ever since!”  Both Lulu and Lily help train at Invicta Farms, and maintain a healthy competition for “Queen Bee”.

Special appreciation to the Richards family and to Volunteer Race Manager, Geri Eigenberger, whose dedication raised over $300 for the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding and brought so many people together for the love of Wiener dogs!  Thank you to Santa Fe businesses Marty’s Meals, Critters & Me and Tulliver’s who  provided baskets full of treats and toys for the winners each week. In the Championship Races, Corrales Mercantile provided gift baskets with a total value of $500 for the winners of the three heats.  Thank you Corrales Mercantile!

Rancho Corazon’s team, lead by Head Groom, Ulises Rubio and including Pedro Antillion Jr. and Gustavo Gomez, was recognized as Groom of the Week for the Hunter Derby winner Hannah Pattermann. Hunter Rider of the Week was Colleen Acosta, picked unanimously by the hunter judges. Amanda Comly was selected as the Jumper Rider of the Week. Trainer of the Week was Nicki WIlcox of NW Showjumping. Grooming for Jenni McAllister, Sydney Pleiss was recognized as Groom of the Week for the winning Grand Prix rider.

Youth ruled the day at this final Children Adult Jumper Classic. John Gilpin, who won again aboard Sampras, “just may be the top children’s jumper in America,” stated the announcer as John took the blue.  “John has only been riding for a year”, said his Dad.  “He started schooling his sister’s horse when she injured her shoulder and couldn’t ride.”  The rest is history.  “I love riding on grass.  I’ve never shown on it before.”  His trainer, Coleen Acosta, whole heartedly agrees about John’s bright future.

Second place went to Dr. Guy Hodgson on Eton Royal 1916, one of three young horses Guy rides in competition.  “I’m not expecting to win, but just to give the younger horses some experience as part of their training.  My young mare didn’t know what to do when she first saw the triple combination; but the next time, she sailed right through!  At 5, I think she is the youngest horse here in the Summer Series.”

Lauren Bloss, riding Glamour, took first place in the Children’s Hunter Classic.  Lauren trains with Meredith Houx Remiger of Sandia Farm.  Lauren hails from El Paso.  She has been riding Glamour with Meredith for only two months and will continue to come to New Mexico to train on weekends, once school starts.  “HIPICO is only Lauren’s third show.  And, this is her birthday as well.” What a way to celebrate!

Another familiar winners circle exhibitor, Marlo Williams of Dallas took first place in the HI/Lo combined $5,000.  “What can I say…she was perfect”’ said Marlo of her mount Looks Like Clover. “Marlo had the only clear round in the class,” noted her trainers Gianna Aycock and Colby Coultrain of StoryBook Sport Horses.

Annette Peterfly, who trains with Invicta Farms, exemplifies our exhibitor’s dedication to horses.  She took time to talk about her history with hunters while on her mount, Lettuce Prey. “I don’t really rescue horses; I just find those that need a second chance.  Some are not sound and do not pass vet checks. I take time and figure out what’s wrong – either emotionally or physically – or both and bring them back to competition.” Annette lives south of Chama where she continues her important work. She has given second chances to so many great horses that she stopped counting at 11.  Wonderful work, Annette!

Each week, the HIPICO WORKHORSE of the Week is awarded to a HIPICO Workforce team member who particularly shines during the week. This is difficult to choose as all of the team are amazing! This week’s winner is Andreas John de Leyer “AJ”.  AJ comes from a long line of expert horsemen.  AJ really knows his business, from the ground up.  He not only works as jump crew, he is a whipper-in his father’s hunt rides, trains, breaks, and shows as well. Thank you AJ for your incredible hard work, dedication to the team and for exemplifying a generosity of spirit for the HIPICO Santa Fe workforce.

A special thank you to our Show Manager, Patrick Rodes of Southbound Show Management for another wonderful year of show jumping competition.

In the Closing Ceremony of the Santa Fe Summer Series, the HIPICO flag was lowered to Dale Evan’s ‘Happy Trails.’  We wish Happy Trails to all of our treasured sponsors, exhibitors, grooms, vendors and spectators!  What a show season!  We cannot wait to welcome you all back next year!
THANK YOU 2017 SPONSORS ~ WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

 RESERVE YOUR STALLS AND TABLES FOR 2018!

Welcome Week July 18 – 22
Sonrisa Week July 25 – 29
Fiesta Week August 1 – 5
Grand Prix de Santa Fe August 8 – 12

The HIPICO VIP Lounge in 2017 was completely sold out, so be sure and plan ahead! Email us at info@hipicosantafe.com.

THE SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES RUNS JULY 18 – AUGUST 12, 2018

HIPICO Santa Fe is New Mexico’s premier venue for equestrian events.  HIPICO Santa Fe is committed to providing the very best in equestrian competition and an extraordinary show experience for our human and equine athletes, as well as our treasured sponsors, owners, vendors and spectators. The full service equestrian facility features enhanced, all-weather footing in competition arenas, beautiful grass rings, designated horse-only bridle paths, and miles of trail riding on adjacent public lands. It is located in the world-class tourist destination, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

It Was A Classic Sunday On The Sixth And Final Day Of The Iconic Menlo Charity Horse Show

August 14, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

Kaitlin Lovingfoss finished 1st on Triumph, 3rd on Easy Time in the $2500 Strideaway Peterson 3’6″ Jr. Hunter Classic
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ATHERTON, CA – August 13, 2017

The competition was stiff in the $2,500 Strideaway/Peterson 3’6” Junior Hunter Classic in the Grass Hunter Ring with a field of 16 entries. In the end, it would be Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Triumph leading the victory gallop after two hotly contested rounds. Katherine Dash and Everglow followed on her heels to take second and Kaitlyn also took home third on Easy Time.

Winners of the $2500 Strideaway Peterson 3’6″ Jr Hunter Classic Triumph and Kaitlyn Lovingfoss
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Reflecting on the class Kaitlyn explained. “Triumph is owned by Emma and Rebecca Farber and I have been riding him for the past month. He has been a pleasure to ride, and he was Regional Champion at the Junior Hunter Finals and the Small 15 and under. This is my second year at Menlo Charity Horse Show. I just love being here. It is such a lovely change in venue, with amazing prizes and a great experience riding in the grass fields.”

Nancy Hey of Strideaway Farms and the Peterson Family sponsored the classic. “I love watching the Hunters go on the grass.” exclaimed Nancy, “My daughter has jumped here since she was a Junior and I hope my grandchildren will go on the grass eventually, but they are still too small at the moment. I love the Menlo Show, and I serve on the committee. I work on the Tuesday and Saturday night dinners. I am grateful to Ann and Erin for all the help they give me.”

Erin Peterson and her mother Ann Peterson are co-sponsors of the class. “My mother has loved coming to the show every single year. Erin explained. “We love attending and watching the horses on the grass arenas.” The show also has significance to Nancy as she is legally blind and with the funds raised supporting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Winner of the $1,000 Trick or Treat Children’s Hunter Classic NAL Siri & Bailey Rose with an impromptu jump added to the victory gallop
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The Trick or Treat Children’s Hunter Classic winner’s sash was awarded to Baily Rose and Siri who produced two beautiful rounds scoring and 81 in the first and an 81.5 in the second to a final score of 162.5. “I was a little bit nervous and I did not want to think about the scores, if I think about that it usually goes wrong as I start to worry. Siri is so perfect we got he when he was a sale horse and I fell in love with him. I then took him to Junior Hunter Finals; it was my first year, and I did not win anything, but that does not matter. He is so sweet and will do anything for me. I want to thank my mom Rainie, Sherrie Rose and Nick Haness. They all brought me here, helped school the horse and got me to the ring.”

MCHS Committee member Melissa Freeman and Trick-or-Treat Classic sponsor Gail Morey
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Unknown to Baily there was a lovely coincidence happening, which would touch them all. Gail Morey and her twin sister Sara Jorgensen now sponsor the class following in the footsteps of their parents. “The class was originally sponsored by my parents, it was done on a deal with Betsy Glikbarg, where my father supported one of her causes which was Menlo Circus Club and she in turn supported one of his causes, the Children’s Health Council. Trick or Treat was our Junior Hunter and my older sister Robin showed him as well way back in the 70’s. His barn name was Tantrum and Tommy Lowe was our trainer. Her mother and grandmother train Bailey and Tommy Lowe is family to them…. they did not realize today that Tommy was Trick or Treat’s only trainer, so after the class there were lots of tears and they called Tommy to tell him Bailey had won the classic. “ Gail explained

In the Grass Jumper Field the $7,500 Charlebois Farm 1.20m Junior/Amateur Modified Jumper Classic was taking place. 25 riders contended for the top spot, and in the end it was Sydney Shelby and Colt 45 heading to the winner’s circle. “Colt 45 is leased by us from Cody and Ulea, this has been his first year back after having a year off and his owners went back to Europe. We love him. He has been phenomenal and has been so good for me. This is my first year doing Jumpers at Menlo and I am delighted, it’s wonderful here.” Said Sydney.

Winner of the 1.20m Modified Jr-Am Jump Classic Sponsored by Charlebois Farm Colt 45 Sydney Shelby
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John Charlebois, sponsor of the class talked about MCHS. “Menlo Charity Horse Show is a tradition in Northern California. The entire Silicon Valley gives the event tremendous support. Parents, friends and family come out to see this horse show, and it really helps the horse industry and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  It’s an event that every child and adult that has ridden with me has aspired to show here.  It’s a great event for so many reasons…

We’re pretty serious about showing at Menlo.  We went to Bend, Oregon for two weeks to compete on the grass so our horses were better prepared for what we consider to be the most important (and special) event of the year.”

John explained why he supports the 1.20m Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic that bears his name and signature Charleobois Farm jump “They are all great classes, but I love the Amateurs and Juniors, so my wife and I thought this classic would be a nice one to support, so we have done it almost every year.  I have Hunters here as well but we wanted to support the Jumper division.”

John shared his sentiments about the Menlo Charity Horse Show “This show has done so much for so many people. Menlo is the gold standard (in my opinion) for horse shows in Northern California. It’s just a fabulous horse show, and Charlebois Farm is proud to be part of it.”

Robert Blanchette & Kashmir Retain Their Title In The Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper Classic

August 10, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

Robert Blanchette’s lap of honor included the entire hound course
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ATHERTON, CA – August 9, 2017

Equestrian Legacy is celebrated annually with the Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper Class.

Laura Mayfield Gerst of Windy Hill Equestrian, Larry Mayfield’s daughter and close family members selected Menlo Charity Horse Show to host an annual event in his memory. Larry had been an exhibitor at MCHS since the early days, so making the decision to honor his memory was an easy one for the family, due to Larry’s love for this iconic show. In fact three generations of this equestrian family have consistently participated in and attended MCHS; Larry himself, his daughter Laura and granddaughter Natalie.

Team Windy Hill Equestrian, L-R: Maja Lindemann, Laura Mayfield, Gerst & Dakoda Mower
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The Horse & Hound Classic is a jumping relay race in which the fastest time for the combined Horse & Hound course completion wins. A team of four, consisting of horse and rider plus hound and handler complete a course of jumps; first the horse and rider jump seven jumps on course, they then quickly dismount and race to touch the hand of the hound handler who then races off with their hound to finish the course on foot over a set of smaller dog sized jumps. Each team in turn complete the course with penalty points for a knock down or refusal, the fastest time wins. “The idea was all Maja’s,” explained Laura. “I was in Sweden, my parents lived in Sweden,” continued Maja. “I was watching the Stockholm Horse Show on TV and it was the Horse & Hound Class; I thought, someone needs to do this class at a horse show, it was so funny, with one rider even picking up the dog to carry it over the jumps. The crowd loved it.”

Windy Hill Equestrian is more than a Sponsor of the classic, As a family orientated barn their team spirit is contagious, whether competing in the class or cheering on their teammates. “Our assistant Dakoda Mower is competing on Cool Cristal, they were third last year, he can be fast so they are a strong team. Madeline Panaccione and Winston are partnered with my daughter Natalie and our dog Scooter, who has competed for four years now.” Laura shared.

Winners of the Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20 Horse and Hound Classic Kashmir and Robert Blanchette
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The Horse & Hound is a great class and only a 1.20m, so Juniors and Amateurs can take part, while family and friends can do the ‘Hound’ leg of the relay. “It’s nice to have the team and camaraderie aspect, everyone plays a role.” Laura explained, “The grooms play a huge part, they have to catch and calm the horse, as the riders launch themselves from their horses to tag the dog handler, a very entertaining part of the class. The event is really fun and low key, big dogs and little dogs, children and adults, we love the event.”

Laura shared some of her memories of years gone by. “One year Scooter (Laura’s dog) got loose and ran into the VIP tent. I even remember Hugh Mutch doing an acrobatic flip after leaping from his horse and Robert Blanchette, defending champion, jumping a dog jump in the victory gallop.”

Windy Hill Equestrian has changed over the 21 years they have been in business, attracting more children as Laura herself had a family. The barn is very much family orientated and they have a lesson program, you can literally start your riding career and finish it all at Windy Hill Equestrian. Laura explained a little about the barn and her team. “We have 12 horses here at Menlo Charity Horse Show and another 33 at home. Dakoda and Maja came here, while I continued to work at home in Los Altos Hills, we will all swap about to make attending the show work for us all. We have a really good team, John, Dakoda, Maja and I have worked together now for 6 years. When we are away at shows John Wohr is at the barn, I don’t even have to call home, he takes care of everything.”

Thirteen teams raced around the course this year; the winners being Robert Blanchette and Kashmir, the very same partnership as in 2016, however, Hello Kitty has had a name change to Kashmir. This year Nicolas and Star were the partners on the dog section.

“I am thrilled with the win” Robert exclaimed “Second year in a row on the same great horse, I want thank the owner, Courtney Pacheco for letting me ride. It was Nicolas and Star who really made it happen this year their time was fantastic. This is a wonderful event, excellent fun.”

“Star is six years old and really fast, we bred her ourselves.” Nicolas explained, “I competed three years ago and tried it again today, I will definitely try again next year.

2018 will be a fun one to watch as Robert attempts three wins in a row.

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Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

August 10, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

ATHERTON, CA – August 8, 2017

Lindsay Maxwell returns to Menlo Charity Horse Show for her second year, last year as a competitor, and this year with her own barn, Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian.

Lindsay has achieved success in show rings across the country both as an amateur rider and owner. In addition to training with Archie Cox, Lindsay has hired Jaime Taylor to manage and ride her horses as part of her show team.

Lindsay Maxwell and Archie Cox ©Alden Corrigan Media

Lindsay explained the reason behind the development of Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, “This was frankly not an easy decision. Due to family health circumstances, it was necessary to relocate to the east coast very quickly last fall. We absolutely love California and especially our time with Archie, so we moved east with every hope that we would again be back on the west coast. Having Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian gives us the flexibility to be bi-coastal, allowing us to continue to grow and evolve with my favorite people. I am so grateful to be back on the west coast this summer. It has been a treat!

Jamie and Archie work incredibly well together. We recently hired Jamie as a rider and trainer working in conjunction with Archie, and she has exceeded expectations. She is an extremely talented rider who consistently brings out the best in my horses, and, as an additional bonus, is a wonderful person and representation of my program and values. Archie has really enjoyed working with her and constantly praises her for her “trainability” as a rider as well as her natural ability on a horse. I count myself very lucky to work with two of the best in this sport!” Lindsay continued.

Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian resides with Archie while showing in California. It is quite an undertaking to manage and plan competitions across the country. “Right now I do have horses on both coasts, but typically I keep the whole “herd” together (including my retired horse, Widget!). I am extremely fortunate to have a very talented team of individuals whom I trust implicitly with my horses. Right now, half of the team is in Lexington readying the horses for the Bluegrass Festival while the other half is here with me in Menlo. It is whirlwind, but I love every second of it!” Lindsay exclaimed. “Archie, Jamie, and the rest of my team try to determine a horse show schedule in advance for the year. Though the schedule inevitably changes, we look at factors such as venue, footing, points, location to name a few when making these decisions. Menlo is an easy choice because it checks every box: beautiful venue, lovely time of year, lush grass arenas, World Champion Hunter Rider show, two round classics, an international derby…I could go on and on! The showgrounds look outstanding this year, and the horses are all going beautifully.”

After Menlo Charity Horse Show Lindsay and the Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian team head back East. “On Sunday, both myself and the horses will take a red eye to Lexington, Kentucky where we will compete at the Bluegrass Festival and USHJA International Derby Finals. We spend two weeks in Kentucky, and then the horses and humans get a well deserved break for most of September before we head to indoors.” Lindsay explained.

In talking about the future goals for Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, Lindsay continued, “At this moment in time, my plan is to count my blessings and continue to enjoy every moment of this wonderful ride (no pun intended). I am very proud of the successes my team has accomplished this year, and equally proud of everything we have been able to accomplish with the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. I hope to continue to support causes and events that help enable future generations to have opportunities to enjoy this incredible sport.”

Archie Cox has known Lindsay since she was 15 years old. “I first met Lindsay and her mom at Harrisburg. We all came together to compete when Lindsay started riding in California a couple of years ago. She came to my barn and it was a rapid rise to success.” Archie explained, “Now Lindsay has a jumper and is stepping into the jumper ring. However, she will continue to show in the Amateur Hunters and the International Hunter Derbies.”

Archie also lives a bi-coastal life. “I have about 40 horses in training not including Lindsay’s and I have a great staff headed up by Carlos Suriano who has been with me since I started my business 17 years ago. We have beautiful horses in top condition and he is ready to go 24/7. Karli Postel, Rick Federman and Jenny Ross give me the flexibility to travel to other horse shows helping customers like Lindsay and Hunter Siebel who don’t stable with me full time. My team enables me to take a lot of liberties that help produce a winning and positive environment.” Archie explained, “I get excited every time I walk to the in gate and they start painting the horses feet, taking the polo wraps off that adrenaline kicks in and we are ready to go.”

Technicolor and Jamie Taylor ©Alden Corrigan Media

Jaime Taylor is delighted to be the newest member of the Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian team. “It all started with a conversation with Archie to ride Technicolor, and it spun off from there into a full time position with Lindsay.” Jaime explained, “Denise and I both manage the horses and everyone involved in their care. We have a really good group of people who excel at their jobs, looking after the horses as we travel across the country, which makes our jobs really easy. I really enjoy working day to day with the horses and I appreciate the wins come from that solid base. Wins are really about looking back at how we got there.”

Archie and Jamie commented on their fondness of Menlo Charity Horse Show, and why they return year after year. “Menlo is a fantastic, dream-like horse show. It’s recognized by USEF as a Heritage Competition and that is a huge community involvement, showing top of the sport hunters and jumpers. For 47 years the Chairman of the show has been Betsy Glikbarg, she does a fantastic job with sponsors from the community…. I’m a sponsor myself. It is an amazing group of volunteers who work together to put on a great horse show, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Menlo has raised millions of dollars over the years, and we’re proud to be a part of that.” Archie explained. Jaime continued, “I have been coming to Menlo since I was little, and although I can’t make it every year, whenever there is an opportunity I jump at it. To go somewhere different, see new jumps, grass rings, and provide new experiences for the horses makes a show more exciting for me. Menlo’s fun parties, prizes, ribbons etc. make this show so special for me. We just love it here.”

Menlo Charity Horse Show running through August 13 at Menlo Circus Club, Atherton, CA.

 

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THE TEXAS SHOOT-OUT WRAP UP

May 01, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

 

Over 550 horses came to the Texas Shoot-Out Show at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX, for challenging competition and challenging weather. We feel very lucky because tornadoes and bad rain storms surrounded the area on Saturday but no damage was done at the Horse Park.

The week got under way with the $5000 Texas Green Super Stake on Thursday. Peter Pletcher piloted Shadyside Farm’s Luminous (pictured below) to the top spot (as well as the top spot in the USHJA Green Stake). Second went to Krystal Zufelt’s Caracalla ridden by Bob Brawley. Third went to Redding Ridge owned by Teriann Miller and ridden by Will Roberts.

In the jumper ring on Thursday, the $7500 Welcome Stake was held with Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby (pictured below) owned by Major Wagner, Inc, winning the blue. Second and third went to Tracy Fenney on MTM Farm’s MTM Como No and Igor Van De Heibos, respectively.

Friday, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Brawley Farms was held with 17 horse and rider combinations trying Patrick Rodes’ 12 effort course. Martien Van Der Hoeven on Lani Sutherland’s Convertus 2 took the top champion prize with victories in both rounds of the Derby. Peter Pletcher on Mystique owned by Jamie Jarvis took the reserve champion spot. Peter also rode the third place horse, Quirino owned by Audry Giles-Gates. Martien and Convertus 2 also won the Judy Carrigan perpetual trophy which is awarded to the Grand Champion horse, as determined by the hunter judges.

The $30,000 Texas Shoot-Out Grand Prix was  moved up a day to beat the bad weather and made for a busy Friday in the jumper ring. The EMO $5000 Jumper Classic with Viola and Colleen Acosta taking first and pictured below. Viola is owned by Isabel Coleman. Second went to Curtis 57 owned and ridden by Alexandra Ozymy. Third went to Christian Nielson riding Heineking Show Stable’s HSS Cormick.

The Grand Prix followed with 28 entries sporting great polo shirts sponsored by AJ Design, taking a try at Manuel Esparza’s course. Four entries made it an “MTM Farm” jump off with Tracy Fenney and Brian Moggre each returning to the jump off with two horses. Brian came out on top with Condero 3 (pictured below) owned by DDM Equestrian, LLC. Tracy was second and third on MTM Farms’ MTM Reve Du Paradis and MTM Como No, respectively.

Thanks to everyone attending and we hope to see you at this week’s Lone Star Round Up Show.

JUMPER ACTION WRAPS UP WEEK IV AT THE GULF COAST WINTER CLASSIC

March 08, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

 

 

Holly Shepherd pilots Sky High to his first Grand Prix win in the $40,777 Kruse Cushion Ride Grand Prix
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2017

Gulfport, Mississippi

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High galloped away yesterday with their first Grand Prix win in the $40,777 Kruse Cushion Ride Grand Prix, presented by the City of Gulfport today on a course designed by former Assistant Olympic Course Designer for the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016 Games, Manuel Esparza, of Mexico City, Mexico.

Esparza set the first round time allowed at 83 seconds. “The course was well designed and had a nice flow to it. Early on the course looked pretty good, and there weren’t any big tricks, but it rode a little backwards,” commented Shepherd. “You’d jump in fast but then have to slow it down, hurry up, slow down,” she said. “The jumps were big and the time allowed was really tight,” she added.

Carson Grisham of Southlake, Texas and her own Crack De Muze, winners of the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome two days earlier, were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round in a time of 49.566 seconds.

Four rides later, Shepherd and Sky High insured there would be a jump off with their clear first round in a time of 82.345 seconds.

Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia followed Shepherd and Sky High with the next clear first round in a time of 82.706 seconds and would round out the jump off roster.

Grisham and Crack De Muze were the first to go in the jump off and turned in a fault free round, beating the time allowed of 59 seconds with their own 49.566 seconds. Shepherd and Sky High were next to go.

“My jump off plan was to leave the strides out, rather than slow it down,” she said when asked about her strategy. “He loves the field, and he’s a great galloper,” Shepherd said. “He’s a little slow in the air, but he has such a big stride it’s really beneficial,” she added.

Representatives from the City of Gulfport, Gulf Coast Classic President Bob Bell, Loretta Patterson and Drew Coster greet Holly Shepherd and Sky High in the winner’s circle. Champion Cooler provided by The Clothes Horse
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

And beneficial it was! Shepherd and Sky High, also known as “Pete”, turned in a fault free second round in a time of 48.745 seconds, setting the new time to beat. When Hicks and Emir D retired from the second round, Shepherd and Sky High were crowned the victors.

Holly Shepherd and Sky High
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

“I’ve had him for about nine months. He’s got a great personality, loves to be scratched all over and is a really great horse. We’ve been doing the Grand Prix and he’s ribboned quite a bit, but this is our first win. We did a bit change a couple of weeks ago in order to maintain his step and shape, and I think we maybe found the magic! I feel like we’re on the right path and we’ll be showing here the next two weeks,” said Shepherd.

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas, picked up fourth and fifth place ribbons in the irons of Hannah Donald’s Hector for their one time fault first round in 83.209 seconds and his own Lochnivar who earned three time faults in their first round in a time of 85.314 seconds.

Sixth place went to Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas and MTM Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl with their four fault first round in a time of 78.874 seconds and Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu placed seventh with their four fault first round in a time of 79.737 seconds.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia placed eighth with their four fault first round in a time of 80.742 seconds and Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso placed ninth. Tenth was awarded to Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarique, Colleen Acosta of Roanoke, Texas and Evalyn Grace LLC’s Himini earned eleventh and Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.  For complete results, visit horseshowsonline.com.

Kruse Cushion Ride is the Official Footing Provider of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Made of recycled material with very little dust, it is absolutely the perfect footing for your indoor or outdoor arenas-all at an affordable price. For more information, visit Kruse Cushion Ride on the web or stop in the show office for more information.

The Clothes Horse, makers of fine horse wear and drapes, is the Official Sponsor of all Grand Prix Champion Coolers at this year’s Gulf Coast Winter Classics. Customization, excellent service and fast turnaround time, with a complete attention to every detail is what they are about! Visit them online at clotheshorse.com.

Carson Grisham was awarded the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Style of Riding Award
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Carson Grisham won the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Style of Riding Award Week IV as the rider who exhibits the best American style of riding and possesses the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman. Carson won a beautiful Boy O Boy Bridleworks belt. This colorful new line of woven-ribbon and leather belts, dog collars and accessories are handmade by founder and artisan Amanda Hood in her Middleburg, Virginia studio and can be purchased in the Boutique located in the Arenus Hunter Lounge onsite at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.

Carson Grisham pilots Crack De Muze over the Horseflight Oxer on their way to the win
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place on Friday and sixteen horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Manuel Esparza.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 89 seconds and eight horse and rider teams advanced to a second round opportunity. Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D were the first horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round, and their clear second round in a time of 46.642 seconds, set the new time to beat.

Frank Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl followed Hicks with double clear rounds. Their clear second round in a time of 43.967 moved Hicks and Emir D into second position and they took the lead.

The lead was short lived when Jorge Ludwig and his own Lamarique followed suit, turning in double clear round and a second round in a time of 43.365 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Laura Connaway of and her own Ceralena followed Ludwig with a clear first round and advanced to the second round. Four faults in a time of 48.168 would see the pair finish in eighth place overall.

Cerulean Stables, LLC’s HHS Louis, ridden by Penny Brennan were the next horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round. Their fault free second round in a time of 43.721 seconds would see the pair finish in third place overall.

Holly Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High followed with the next clear first round effort. Their second round resulted in four jump faults in a time of 44.630 seconds which would find them with a seventh place finish.

Carson Grisham and her won Crack De Muze followed Shepherd and Sky High with double clear rounds and a second round time of 42.222 which took the lead!  Click here to see the video thanks to Shownet!

Matt Cyphert and Hannah Donald’s Hector, winner of last week’s $25,000 CWD Grand Prix, followed Grisham, but their second round saw four jump faults in a time of 43.126 seconds which would find them finishing in sixth place overall.

Final results had Grisham and Crack De Muze with the win and Ludwig and Lamarique in second. Brennan and HHS Louis picked up third and Owens and MTM Twenties Girl placed fourth. Hicks and Emir D finished in fifth and Cyphert and Hector picked up sixth place. For complete results, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

Carson Grisham and Crack De Muze are greeted in the winner’s circle by Colleen Acosta, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Bob Bell and Drew Coster
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Horseflight is the Official Equine Air Transportation Company of the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies and sponsor of all 2017 Open Jumper Welcome Classics. As a leader in international horse transport with locations in Greifswald, Germany, Califon, New Jersey, Ocala, Florida and Houston, Texas, with branches in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, Horseflight coordinates imports or exports anywhere in the world! With weekly flights to and from Europe, as well as the continental United States, Horseflight prides itself on transporting the competitive horse world, one flight at a time!

Lila Sessums and Jet won the Arenus Jr Amateur Owner 1.30 m Jumper Classic
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics awarded Lila Sessums and her own Jet the win and Ann Marie Cowdrey and her own C’Tenda second place honors in the 1.30 m on Sunday. Sessums and Jet were one of two horse and rider teams to turn in double clear rounds. Their second round time of 36.943 seconds set the new time to beat. While C’Tenda and Cowdrey turned in double clear rounds, their second round time of 39.828 seconds saw them finish in second place. For complete results, visit horseshowsonline.com.

Arenus is the sponsor of the Jr. Amateur Jumper Classics at all Classic Company and Gulf Coast Classic show jumping events.

Developed by veterinarians and nutritionists and supported by a team of animal health specialists, Arenus products deliver exactly what your horse needs whether healthy or ill.

Arenus is centered on the core belief of supporting complete animal care solutions, with deep passion and exact science. Brands like Sore No-More, BeneFab by Sore No-More, Equilite Herbals and Assure have offered such solutions for many years and solidified Arenus’ spot in the equine health community.

More information can be found at www.arenus.com or you can reach out to their friendly customer service staff at 1-866-791-3344.

 

MORE IN JUMPER NEWS!

The popular 1.30 m Jumper Classic took place on Saturday and Penny Brennan continued her winning streak in the class with her own Japan, besting a field of thirteen horse and rider teams
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Casino Royale, ridden by Danni Michelson, won the 1.20 m Jr Amateur Class. Arenus is the sponsor of the Champion Cooler
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Riders love the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. And the love continues into Week V. The team from Arenus will be at the show Week V and hosting a presentation Friday evening in the Arenus Hunter Riders Lounge complete with refreshments and opportunities to win Arenus products. The makers of Benefab by Sore No-More, Sore No-More, Steadfast, Assure and Equilite Herbals. Keep posted for details!

Join us on the Gulf Coast and discover for yourself why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

ATLANTA AND JACKSONVILLE ON DECK!

The next stops on the Classic Company show jumping tour are the Atlanta Spring Classics kicking off March 22nd for two weeks of Premier competition followed by the Jacksonville Spring Classic at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on April 7th through the 23rd. Atlanta offers plenty of jumper prize money including weekly Welcomes and Grand Prix. Jacksonville Week I is all about the Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumpers with plenty of prize money up for grabs and Weeks II and III, $25,000 Grand Prix are added to the mix! Reserve your stalls today and enter!

ABOUT

The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies’ philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From lead line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies offer competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.
Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.

Consistently awarded the USHJA‘s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.
All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

Exhibitor Information

2017 Gulf Coast Prize List

Grand Prix each week
USHJA International Hunter Derby II&V
USHJA National Hunter Derby Classes
Hunter and Jumper Classics

Schedule – Week 1

Schedule – Week 2

Schedule – Week 3

Schedule – Week 4

Schedule – Week 5

Schedule – Week 6

Entry Forms

Camper Reservation

Lodging Information

 

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 

875 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

888-464-2556

Luxury is what it’s all about! Beau Rivage is a 32 story, 1740 room AAA Four Diamond resort. With two gourmet restaurants, BR Prime and Jia, new Casino lounge, Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak golf course, 85,000 square foot casino, spa, salon and lots of shopping, this is the ultimate destination on the Gulf Coast.  Visit the website for a complete tour of the resort.

Click here to reserve


Best Western Plus Seaway Inn

9475 US 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-864-0050

The Best Western Plus Seaway Inn is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $59 per night.
Just off Highway 49, this airy hotel is a short distance from the Equestrian Center.
Featuring free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels, the contemporary rooms offer desks, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Suites have in-room whirpool tubs and/or sitting areas. Exterior corridors leading to the rooms surround a courtyard. Amenities include free hot breakfast & parking, an airport shuttle, a pool in a courtyard, and a cocktail lounge. There’s also a business center and a fitness facilities.
Pet Friendly.

Call for the horse show rate


Clarion

9445 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-868-3300

Horse Show Rate of $64 per night.
Off Interstate 10, this casual hotel is short distance from the Equestrian Center.

The traditional-style rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some have seating areas with pull-out sofas and/or in-room whirlpool tubs. Freebies include hot buffet breakfast, an airport shuttle and parking. There’s also an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a furnished terrace, in addition to a business center and meeting space. Pet Friendly.

Call 228-868-3300 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

Click here to visit hotel website


Hilton Garden Inn Airport

14100 Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-863-4996

The Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to all the Gulf Coast offers! Spacious rooms, onsite dining and bar, relaxing pool, fitness room, well-equipped office center, and complimentary airport shuttle are just some of the amenities the Hilton Garden Inn offers its guests. Friendly and courteous staff and well appointed and immaculate rooms will greet you upon your return from a busy day of competing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

Click here to visit hotel website


Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport

9515 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-679-1700

The award winning Holiday Inn Hotel Gulfport – Airport is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $89 per night.
You can enjoy a relaxing stay at our Gulfport accommodations, ideally located off I-10 and Highway 49, just a short distance from the Equestrian Center. Also, be sure to enjoy the complimentary airport shuttle provided by our hotel to the nearby Gulfport Airport. While lodging in Gulfport, take advantage of our heated, indoor pool, hot tub, 24-hour fitness center and on-site restaurant, which offers a casual dining atmosphere where kids can eat for free.

Book Online or Call 228-679-1700 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

Click here to visit hotel website


Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex9379 Canal Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-822-9600Comfort Inn – Closest hotel to the Horse Show Grounds is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show rate of $59 per night or if you stay for a week or longer, the rate will be $54 per night. Pet Friendly.Call 228-822-9600 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.Click here for reservations

The Residence Inn

14100 Airport Road

Gulfport, Mississippi  39503

228-867-1722

Located right next to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Residence Inn Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is an all-suite hotel. If you’re looking for an extended-stay hotel on the Mississippi Coast, you’ll find convenience and great amenities. Enjoy a spacious studio, one or two-bedroom suites offering separate living, eating and sleeping areas, complimentary high-speed Internet, full kitchens and luxurious bedding. Enjoy complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily, The Mix social hour three nights a week, grocery shopping service, fitness center, complimentary airport shuttle, and seasonal outdoor pool.

The Residence Inn is pet-friendly!

  Click here to visit hotel website


ABOUT THE CLASSIC AND GULF COAST CLASSIC COMPANIES

 The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies‘ philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies offer competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.

Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.   Consistently awarded the USHJA‘s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.

All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

ClassicCompany.com
GulfCoastClassicCompany.com

Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503

Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

 

WEEK IV BRINGS MORE HUNTERS TO THE GULF COAST WINTER CLASSICS

March 06, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

 

Holly Shepherd pilots Jade to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by KCR, besting a field of 41 horse and rider teams
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

 

For Immediate Release:  March 4, 2017

Gulfport, Mississippi

The Hunter numbers continue to grow at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit! The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride, saw 41 horse and rider teams compete under sunny skies on a course designed by Paul Jewel and judged by Brian Lenehan and Jimmy Toon.

Jade, owned by Shaw Johnson Price and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, started off strong and led the pack after the first round with a score of 91. Shepherd and Jade continued their momentum in the Handy round with a score of 89 for a total of 180 and won the class. Rio Bandit, owned by Susan Tice-Grossman and ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia placed second, right behind Shepherd and Jade, with their first round score of 88.5 and second round score of 89 for a total of 179.5.

Shepherd returned to the winner’s circle to pick up the third place ribbon with Micaela Kennedy’s Balletomane after earning a first round score of 88.5 and Handy score of 90 for a combined 178.90.

Fourth was awarded to Gesture, LLC’s Norderney, ridden by Belynda Bond of Pilot Point, Texas after earning a first round score of 89 and Handy score of 86.5 for a combined 175.5.

Tom Brennan of Charles Town, West Virginia rode Riley King’s Refined to the fifth place ribbon with a combined score of 175 and also brought home the ninth place ribbon in the irons of Pamela Ward’s Trump Card for their combined score of 169.10.

Helen Gilbert’s Primera, ridden by Sarah Young of Spring Hill, Kansas earned a sixth place ribbon with their combined score of 174.25 and Jane Gaston’s Taken, ridden by Paige Parker of Southampton, New Jersey, placed seventh with their combined score of 172.75. Eighth place went to Courtenay Billings’ Don’t Tell, ridden by Sarah Milliren of Athens, Georgia for their combined score of 172.25.

Holly Shepherd and Jade are greeted in the winner’s circle by Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Bob Bell and Drew Coster. Champion Cooler provided by Arenus

Roland Park, owned by Mount Fair Equine, LLC and ridden by Dudley MacFarlane of Crozet, Virginia picked up a tenth place ribbon for their combined score of 168, eleventh place went to Young and Elizabeth Faraci’s Phelps and Shepherd and Micaela Kennedy’s Magnus Jacque Mate Mail wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Kruse Cushion Ride is the Official Footing Provider for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit.  Made of recycled material, with very little dust, it is absolutely the perfect footing for your indoor or outdoor arenas-all at an affordable price. Riders love the footing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and attest to its performance.  For more information, visit Kruse Cushion Ride on the web or stop in the office for more information.

Gulf Coast Classic Company and Sidelines Magazine President, Bob Bell, greet Jane Curtin and Limelight, Ltd. in the winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The overwhelmingly popular Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, which are offered for only $5, thanks to sponsor Sidelines Magazine, hosted a field of 22 riders in the 3′ Division and 9 in the 3’3″ Division.

Limelight, Ltd., owned by Liz Hudspeth and ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia was Champion in the 3′ Division and Holly Shepherd and Belle Rolfe’s Boure earned a Reserve.

The Sidelines Green Hunter 3’3″ Division crowned Olivia Falkenberry’s Notes from the Underground, ridden by Tom Brennan the Championship while Phelps, ridden by Megan Young earned the Reserve Championship.

Tom Brennan and Notes from the Underground are congratulated by Bob Bell
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Brennan is a strong advocate of the Sidelines Green Hunter Divisions and has commented that this is the most important division for the development of the hunter horses. “The pace that we develop our horses is more important than age specifications, especially in the instances of second career horses. The Green Hunter division allows flexibility for the trainer to bring the horse along according to the horse’s development, rather than by its age or some other specification. The $5.00 entry fee further incentivizes the trainers and owners and the end result is better developed hunters and happy horse owners and trainers,” he said.

Sidelines Magazine is the premier equestrian magazine focused on the people in the equestrian world. From beautiful photography to award winning editorial, Sidelines Magazine is distributed each month to 49 states throughout North America and can be found at the most prestigious equestrian events in the country. Celebrating 29 years as the leading equestrian magazine, Sidelines Magazine embraces the equestrian lifestyle and transports its readers from the sidelines to center ring. Pick up your complimentary copy in the office or view it online for free.

The $2,000 Sidelines Green Hunters is scheduled every week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit and costs only $5 to enter. Yes, Five Dollars! Earn valuable mileage and cash in this generous offering made possible by Sidelines Magazine.

WEEK V ON DECK:  BIG $$ WEEK FOR THE HUNTERS

Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The Hunters are gearing up for the BIG Week V at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit. Judges Tony Scarlata, Scott Fitton, Chance Arakelian and Marlene Thomas will officiate over the hunters next week for the biggest week in hunters on the Gulf Coast.

The $25,777 USHJA international Hunter Derby, presented by Devoucoux, will take place Friday morning on the world famous grass Grand Prix field. There will be a 7:30 am Derby breakfast sponsored by Loretta Patterson and Accolade Farm for all hunter riders, owners and trainers adjacent to the Grand Prix Field.

John Mastriano and Tustin Farm will sponsor the $1,000 Hunter Groom’s Class which takes place between the International and National Hunter Derbies next Friday. There is no entry fee! Visit the show office to enter!

Of course, the Sidelines Green Hunter Divisions will also take place in addition to hunter offerings for every level of horse and rider!

THE HUNTERS ARE HEADING TO ATLANTA!

Join us in Atlanta for the best in hunter competition!
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Don’t miss the next stop on the Classic Company tour! The Atlanta Spring Classics kick off at the Georgia International Horse Park March 22nd for two weeks of AA competition. The hunters will love the beautiful, spacious, newly resurfaced Hunter Arena as well as the class offerings!

The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby takes place Friday, March 31st and a host of Hunter classes are offered daily both weeks. Reserve your stalls today and enter online!

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

Fun describes the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies’ philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies offer competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.

Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.  Consistently awarded the USHJA’s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.

All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

Exhibitor Information

2017 Gulf Coast Prize List

Grand Prix each week
USHJA International Hunter Derby II&V
USHJA National Hunter Derby Classes
Hunter and Jumper Classics

Schedule – Week 1

Schedule – Week 2

Schedule – Week 3

Schedule – Week 4

Schedule – Week 5

Schedule – Week 6

Entry Forms

Camper Reservation

Lodging Information

 

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 

875 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

888-464-2556

Luxury is what it’s all about! Beau Rivage is a 32 story, 1740 room AAA Four Diamond resort. With two gourmet restaurants, BR Prime and Jia, new Casino lounge, Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak golf course, 85,000 square foot casino, spa, salon and lots of shopping, this is the ultimate destination on the Gulf Coast.  Visit the website for a complete tour of the resort.

Click here to reserve


Best Western Plus Seaway Inn

9475 US 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-864-0050

The Best Western Plus Seaway Inn is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $59 per night.
Just off Highway 49, this airy hotel is a short distance from the Equestrian Center.
Featuring free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels, the contemporary rooms offer desks, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Suites have in-room whirpool tubs and/or sitting areas. Exterior corridors leading to the rooms surround a courtyard. Amenities include free hot breakfast & parking, an airport shuttle, a pool in a courtyard, and a cocktail lounge. There’s also a business center and a fitness facilities.
Pet Friendly.

Call for the horse show rate


Clarion

9445 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-868-3300

Horse Show Rate of $64 per night.
Off Interstate 10, this casual hotel is short distance from the Equestrian Center.

The traditional-style rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some have seating areas with pull-out sofas and/or in-room whirlpool tubs. Freebies include hot buffet breakfast, an airport shuttle and parking. There’s also an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a furnished terrace, in addition to a business center and meeting space. Pet Friendly.

Call 228-868-3300 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

Click here to visit hotel website


Hilton Garden Inn Airport

14100 Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-863-4996

The Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to all the Gulf Coast offers! Spacious rooms, onsite dining and bar, relaxing pool, fitness room, well-equipped office center, and complimentary airport shuttle are just some of the amenities the Hilton Garden Inn offers its guests. Friendly and courteous staff and well appointed and immaculate rooms will greet you upon your return from a busy day of competing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

Click here to visit hotel website


Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport

9515 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-679-1700

The award winning Holiday Inn Hotel Gulfport – Airport is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $89 per night.
You can enjoy a relaxing stay at our Gulfport accommodations, ideally located off I-10 and Highway 49, just a short distance from the Equestrian Center. Also, be sure to enjoy the complimentary airport shuttle provided by our hotel to the nearby Gulfport Airport. While lodging in Gulfport, take advantage of our heated, indoor pool, hot tub, 24-hour fitness center and on-site restaurant, which offers a casual dining atmosphere where kids can eat for free.

Book Online or Call 228-679-1700 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

Click here to visit hotel website


Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex9379 Canal Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-822-9600Comfort Inn – Closest hotel to the Horse Show Grounds is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show rate of $59 per night or if you stay for a week or longer, the rate will be $54 per night. Pet Friendly.Call 228-822-9600 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.Click here for reservations

The Residence Inn

14100 Airport Road

Gulfport, Mississippi  39503

228-867-1722

Located right next to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Residence Inn Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is an all-suite hotel. If you’re looking for an extended-stay hotel on the Mississippi Coast, you’ll find convenience and great amenities. Enjoy a spacious studio, one or two-bedroom suites offering separate living, eating and sleeping areas, complimentary high-speed Internet, full kitchens and luxurious bedding. Enjoy complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily, The Mix social hour three nights a week, grocery shopping service, fitness center, complimentary airport shuttle, and seasonal outdoor pool.

The Residence Inn is pet-friendly!

  Click here to visit hotel website


ABOUT THE CLASSIC AND GULF COAST CLASSIC COMPANIES

 The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies‘ philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies offer competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.

Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.   Consistently awarded the USHJA‘s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.

All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

ClassicCompany.com
GulfCoastClassicCompany.com

Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503

Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

 

MATT CYPHERT AND HECTOR VICTORIOUS IN THE $25,000 CWD GRAND PRIX DEDICATES HIS WIN TO JIM CALARESO

February 28, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

 

 

Matt Cyphert pilots Hector to the winner’s circle in the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

For Immediate Release:  February 27, 2017
Gulfport, Mississippi

Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and Hannah Donald’s Hector won yesterday’s $25,000 CWD Grand Prix over a course designed by world-renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios.
“I think it’s really interesting how the course designers have such different styles. Last week we had Michel Vaillancourt and he is just brilliant and this week to have Leopoldo [Palacios]! Both are amazing and have such unique styles. We’re so lucky and fortunate to have those experiences with the top designers here in Gulfport,” he said.
Olympic Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell]

“Leopoldo used the whole field and you galloped the whole thing. There weren’t a lot of related distances,” commented Cyphert.   Of the fourteen horse and rider teams, only three qualified for the jump off and Cyphert had two in the mix.

Cyphert and his own Lochnivar were first to go in the jump off order and turned in a clear round in a time of 49.811 seconds, within the 60 seconds time allowed, setting the new time to beat. “I was first to go and I thought I was really fast onLochnivar and thought he was really good. I’m at the in gate discussing strategy with my girlfriend Kelly and I turned to Pedro Tamayo who is my longtime groom and in charge of Hector and said, ‘I don’t think I can go that fast on Hector‘. Then Jorge [Ludwig] went in and beat our time! Pedro turned to me and said, ‘Well I guess you have to now’,” he laughed. Jorge Ludgwig of Newbury Park, California and his own Lamarque beat Lochnivar and Cyphert’s time with their own 49.042 seconds.
Last to go in the jump off order was Hector and Cyphert. “I’ve had Hector for a couple of years and the Donalds purchased him for their daughter. She did the Young Riders with him last year and then went off to school. So, we just sort of needed him to do something and continue to show,” said Cyphert.
“Leopoldo used a large part of the field for the jump off. There was one set track and we all did the same turns, so I just really tried to let him gallop between the jumps. That was the first time I really called upon Hector and the first time I pushed it with him. He was really good, just wonderful and listening to me, coming back before the jumps. It was a really fast jump off and I went as fast as I could, especially to the last jump which was the CWD jump. When I talked to Jorge after the class, that’s where he thought I caught him,” said Cyphert.
Hector and Cyphert finished their fault free jump off round in a time of 48.207 seconds and took the win! “We will never underestimate Hector again!” commented Cyphert.
Hector is one of the most athletic horses I have ever ridden and he just covered the ground and jumped out of his skin,” said Cyphert.   “The Donalds are fantastic people and clients and I’m so happy for them,” Cyphert added. “It’s a privilege to ride a horse that nice.”

Matt Cyphert and Hector are greeted in the winner’s circle by CWD representative and the Gulf Coast Classic team
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The class wrapped up with Cyphert taking the first and third place ribbons withHector and Lochinvar, respectively, and Ludwig taking the second place ribbon with his own Lamarique.
Sun Tzu, owned and ridden by Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama picked up the fourth place ribbon as the fastest four-faulter with a time of 82.213 seconds, followed by Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralenawho placed fifth with their four-fault first round in 83.852 seconds.
Sixth went to Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama and her own Clearwater 5 for their four-fault first round in a time of 84.978 seconds. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama earned a seventh and ninth place ribbon with Deja Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS and Loretta Patterson’s Sky High. Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri picked up an eighth and twelfth place ribbon with Helen Gilbert’s Emir D and Al Pacini, respectively, while Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso placed tenth. Brennan returned for an eleventh place ribbon in the irons of her own and Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach’s Mister Money.
“We were thrilled we won the class,” said Cyphert. “And then the craziest thing happened. I got a call from a friend with some terrible news. He told me that Jim Calareso who owned Fox Creek Mobile Equine Outfitters suddenly died of a heart attack this morning,” he said. “We were crushed. We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Jim was such an icon in Colorado. I’ve known Jim for half of my life. He lived life to the fullest, he loved his friends, vacation and the entire equestrian community. His loss is huge to the Colorado horse community and those that knew and loved him,” he said. “So, I am dedicating my win today to Jim. He meant so much to me and others. He will be terribly missed,” he added.

Grand Prix Sponsor CWD, makers of world class saddles and tack, is a long-time sponsor of the Gulf Coast andClassic Company horse shows. CWD, makers of the world renowned 2G saddles also makes a complete line of tack that will help you and your horse meet and exceed your competition expectations. CWD combines 21st century materials with completely new technology. The most innovative saddle craftsmen are proud to say that many of the world’s greatest equestrians ride in CWD.

Champions like McClain Ward ride in CWD, shouldn’t you? Check out their website to see their latest advancements and innovations or, if you’re showing in Gulfport, make sure to stop by their booth on Vendor Row.
The Clothes Horse, makers of fine horse wear and drapes is the Official Sponsor of all Grand Prix Champion Coolers at this year’s Gulf Coast Winter Classic. Customization, excellent service and fast turnaround time, with a complete attention to every detail is what they are about! Visit them online at clotheshorse.com

 

Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Penny Brennan won the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Style of Riding Award Week III as the rider who exhibits the best American style of riding and possesses the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman. Penny won a beautiful Boy O Boy Bridleworks belt. This colorful new line of woven-ribbon and leather belts, dog collars and accessories are handmade by founder and artisan Amanda Hood in her Middleburg, Virginia studio and can be purchased in the Boutique located in the Arenus Hunter Lounge onsite at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.

The $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place on Friday and fourteen horse and rider teams tacked the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. Only four advanced to a second round opportunity. Matt Cyphert and Suzanne Suitles Better Judgement turned in a clear second round in a time of 50.175 seconds, well within the 55 seconds time allowed and set the new time to beat.

Laura Connaway pilots Ceralena over an oxer on their way to the win in the $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Week III
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Laura Connaway and her own Ceralena followed Cyphert and Better Judgement with a clear second round in a time of 48.697 seconds, moving Cyphert and Better Judgement into the second place position.
Penny Brennan and her own Sun Tzu were the next horse and rider team to advance to the jump off round. However, four faults in a time of 46.143 seconds would find them as the fastest four faulter and sitting in third place. Cyphert returned with Hannah Donald’s Hector for their second round opportunity, but four faults in a time of 48.499 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall.
Fifth was awarded to Dominique Damico and her own Canoso for their first round which suffered one time fault in a time of 86.330 seconds. Holly Shepherd and Hanley Morrison’s SCS Luigi placed sixth after earning two time faults for their first round in a time of 87.199 seconds.
Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia and EMC International’s Fluttersby placed seventh with their first round in a time of 87.672 seconds which earned them two time faults.
Brennan and her own and Michelle Guardino-Deffelbach’s Mister Money earned an eighth place ribbon after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 82.534 seconds.

Awards Coordinator Drew Coster greets Laura Connaway and Ceralena in the winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama and her own Clearwater 5 placed ninth after a four fault first round in a time of 84.940 seconds and Jorge Ludwig and his ownLamarique placed tenth. For complete results, visit horseshowsonline.com.
Horseflight is the Official Equine Air Transportation Company of the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies and sponsor of all 2017 Open Jumper Welcome Classics. As a leader in international horse transport with locations in Greifswald, Germany, Califon, New Jersey, Ocala, Florida and Houston, Texas, with branches in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, Horseflight coordinates imports or exports anywhere in the world! With weekly flights to and from Europe, as well as the continental United States, Horseflight prides itself on transporting the competitive horse world, one flight at a time!

ARENUS JR/AMATEUR OWNER JUMPER CLASSICS RESULTS!

Gulf Coast Classic President Bob Bell greets Lila Sessums and Jet in the $2,500 Arenus Jr Amateur Owner 1.30 m Jumper Classic winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Akins and Chasm Z
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics 1.20 m and 1.30 m awarded Madison Akins of Bogart, Georgia and her own Chasm Z the blue in the 1.20 m and Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi and her own Jet the win in the Arenus 1.30 m Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic.

Only six riders in the 1.20 m earned a second round opportunity and Akins and Chasm Z were the fastest on the field, turning in a clear second round in a time of 32.341 seconds. Olivia Epple of Palmetto, Georgia and Livhaven Stables’ Corini earned a second place ribbon with their clear second round in a time of 35.446 seconds.

Sessums and Jet
Alison Hartwell Photography

The Arenus 1.30 m Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic had only two horse and rider teams return for a second round opportunity and the first to go in the order,Jet and Sessums soared fault free over the beautiful grass grand prix field in a time of 33.158 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Second place finisher Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her ownPhoenix also advanced to the second round. Although their round was fault free, their time of 35.946 seconds would see them finish in second place. For complete results, visit horseshowsonline.com.

Arenus is the sponsor of the Jr. Amateur Jumper Classics at all Classic Company and Gulf Coast Classic show jumping events.
Developed by veterinarians and nutritionists and supported by a team of animal health specialists, Arenus products deliver exactly what your horse needs whether healthy or ill.
Arenus is centered on the core belief of supporting complete animal care solutions, with deep passion and exact science. Brands like Sore No-More, BeneFab by Sore No-More, Equilite Herbals and Assure have offered such solutions for many years and solidified Arenus’ spot in the equine health community.

More information can be found at arenus.com or you can reach out to their friendly customer service staff at 1-866-791-3344.

BRENNAN AND JAPAN WIN THE $4,777 JUMPER CLASSIC

Penny Brennan and her own Japan fly over the Horseflight oxer on their way to the win in the $4,777 Jumper Classic Week III
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The $4,777 Jumper Classic, always a favorite at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, saw eighteen horse and rider teams go for the blue. Penny Brennan and her own Japan rode away with the win after turning in lightning fast double clear rounds in times of 72.675 seconds and 32.643 seconds. Lila Sessums and her own Jet earned the second place ribbon after their double clear rounds and second round time of 35.040. For complete results, please visithorseshowsonline.com.

Gulf Coast Classic President and Drew Coster greet Penny Brennan and Japan in the winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Why do riders love Gulfport? Matt Cyphert says, “What’s nice about Gulfport is that we’re all friends and very supportive of one another. We all just want to have a chance to go fast on that field. It’s the best ring we ride in all year and there’s nothing quite like it in the United States! The crowds are fun and I even have a group of local people here that seek me out year after year and cheer me on!”

Join us at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and discover for yourself why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!   Enjoy your day off and have fun celebrating Mardi Gras!

VIP!

Don’t miss the opportunity for the best seats during Sundays’ Grand Prix every week at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit Photo: Lisa Engel

The VIP is open for service on Sundays during the Grand Prix and for only $35.00, you can purchase a ticket to the best seats in the house! Wine, champagne and soft drinks with light snacks will accompany your outstanding ringside views. There are limited seats, so email grace today and reserve.

Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.   Consistently awarded the USHJA’s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.

All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

Exhibitor Information

2017 Gulf Coast Prize List

Grand Prix each week
USHJA International Hunter Derby II&V
USHJA National Hunter Derby Classes
Hunter and Jumper Classics

Schedule – Week 1

Schedule – Week 2

Schedule – Week 3

Schedule – Week 4

Schedule – Week 5

Schedule – Week 6

Entry Forms

Camper Reservation

Lodging Information

 

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 

875 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

888-464-2556

Luxury is what it’s all about! Beau Rivage is a 32 story, 1740 room AAA Four Diamond resort. With two gourmet restaurants, BR Prime and Jia, new Casino lounge, Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak golf course, 85,000 square foot casino, spa, salon and lots of shopping, this is the ultimate destination on the Gulf Coast.  Visit the website for a complete tour of the resort.

Click here to reserve


Best Western Plus Seaway Inn

9475 US 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

228-864-0050

The Best Western Plus Seaway Inn is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $59 per night.
Just off Highway 49, this airy hotel is a short distance from the Equestrian Center.
Featuring free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels, the contemporary rooms offer desks, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Suites have in-room whirpool tubs and/or sitting areas. Exterior corridors leading to the rooms surround a courtyard. Amenities include free hot breakfast & parking, an airport shuttle, a pool in a courtyard, and a cocktail lounge. There’s also a business center and a fitness facilities.
Pet Friendly.

Call for the horse show rate


Clarion

9445 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-868-3300

Horse Show Rate of $64 per night.
Off Interstate 10, this casual hotel is short distance from the Equestrian Center.

The traditional-style rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some have seating areas with pull-out sofas and/or in-room whirlpool tubs. Freebies include hot buffet breakfast, an airport shuttle and parking. There’s also an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a furnished terrace, in addition to a business center and meeting space. Pet Friendly.

Call 228-868-3300 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

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Hilton Garden Inn Airport

14100 Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-863-4996

The Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to all the Gulf Coast offers! Spacious rooms, onsite dining and bar, relaxing pool, fitness room, well-equipped office center, and complimentary airport shuttle are just some of the amenities the Hilton Garden Inn offers its guests. Friendly and courteous staff and well appointed and immaculate rooms will greet you upon your return from a busy day of competing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

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Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport

9515 US 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-679-1700

The award winning Holiday Inn Hotel Gulfport – Airport is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate of $89 per night.
You can enjoy a relaxing stay at our Gulfport accommodations, ideally located off I-10 and Highway 49, just a short distance from the Equestrian Center. Also, be sure to enjoy the complimentary airport shuttle provided by our hotel to the nearby Gulfport Airport. While lodging in Gulfport, take advantage of our heated, indoor pool, hot tub, 24-hour fitness center and on-site restaurant, which offers a casual dining atmosphere where kids can eat for free.

Book Online or Call 228-679-1700 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.

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Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex9379 Canal Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-822-9600Comfort Inn – Closest hotel to the Horse Show Grounds is offering a special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show rate of $59 per night or if you stay for a week or longer, the rate will be $54 per night. Pet Friendly.Call 228-822-9600 and ask for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Rate.Click here for reservations

The Residence Inn

14100 Airport Road

Gulfport, Mississippi  39503

228-867-1722

Located right next to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Residence Inn Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is an all-suite hotel. If you’re looking for an extended-stay hotel on the Mississippi Coast, you’ll find convenience and great amenities. Enjoy a spacious studio, one or two-bedroom suites offering separate living, eating and sleeping areas, complimentary high-speed Internet, full kitchens and luxurious bedding. Enjoy complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily, The Mix social hour three nights a week, grocery shopping service, fitness center, complimentary airport shuttle, and seasonal outdoor pool.

The Residence Inn is pet-friendly!

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ABOUT THE CLASSIC AND GULF COAST CLASSIC COMPANIES

 The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies‘ philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies offer competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.

Service is what sets the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company apart from other horse show companies.   Consistently awarded the USHJA‘s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year.

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel.

All show program advertising inquiries should be directed to Drew Coster.

ClassicCompany.com
GulfCoastClassicCompany.com

Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503

Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457