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HUNTER ACTION AMPS UP WEEK III ON THE GULF COAST!

February 27, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

 

 

 

Gulf Coast Classic Company President and Sidelines Magazine President, Bob Bell, greets Tom Brennan and Notes from the Underground in the winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

For Immediate Release:  February 26, 2017

Gulfport, Mississippi

The Hunters were happening Week III of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

The action kicked off with the overwhelmingly popular Sidelines Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Divisions, which are offered for only $5, thanks to sponsor Sidelines Magazine!

Twenty two horse and rider teams competed in the 3′ Division and eight in the 3’3″ Division. Tom Brennan and Olivia Falkenberry’s Notes from the Underground took the Championship in the 3’3″ Division and Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia and Rebekah Warren’s Cassico were Reserve.

Courtney Calcagnini and Lori Mathews’ Sidenote won the Sidelines 3′ Green Hunter Division Week III
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Courtney Calcagnini and Lori Mathews’ Sidenote were champions in the 3′ Division and Tom Brennan and Riley King’s Refined were awarded Reserve Champion.

Trainer Tom Brennan commented, “The division formerly known as Pre-Green, now currently Green, are the most important divisions for horse shows to pay attention to. The pressure in our sport is to focus on the age of our horses, the young horses. When in fact, we need to focus on good horses. They need a place to develop and this development process costs money. If you can ‘incentivize’ the people with a $5 entry fee, this is good for the future Juniors and Amateurs who will own these horses.” Brennan continued, “All of the owners I’ve had, have noticed the discounted entry fee and it hasn’t gone unappreciated. If the class doesn’t go well, it’s easy to laugh it off and say, ‘well it was only a dollar,'” he laughed.

“My mission is to save the Green Hunters,” said Brennan. “The best thing about the Green Hunters is that those divisions allow the trainers of the horses the flexibility to decide what the horse is ready for. Maybe this is a second career horse, maybe it hadn’t been discovered, and maybe it was doing dressage! The pace we bring them along is more important than some specification in a division like age or something that dictates what height they should be jumping,” he said. “It’s the trainer’s job to decide what that horse is ready to do and the Green Hunters provide that flexibility,” he said.

Julie Curtin commented, “The $5 Sidelines Green Hunter Division is awesome. I have a couple of sale horses and it can get really expensive campaigning them. This Division gives me the opportunity to get them mileage.”

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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.

BIG NUMBERS IN THE $2,500 USHJA NATIONAL HUNTER DERBY

Julie Curtin pilots Fairfax to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by KCR
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The hunter action continued Friday with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Kruse Cushion Ride [KCR] on Friday and thirty three horse and rider teams went on the hunt for the blue.

Julie Curtin and Liz Hudspeth’s Fairfax bested the field of 33 and took the win. “I actually wasn’t even going to ride him that day,” she said. “Liz was going to ride him, but the scores were really high and last minute I ended up riding. There were a lot of single jumps and I thought the judges were looking for a bold ride. So, I just picked up a gallop and approached them that way,” she said.

Curtin and Fairfax earned a first round score of 90 and a Handy score of 93 for a combined 181 which won the class. Second place finisher Jade, owned by Shaw Johnson Price and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama earned a first round score of 91 and a second round score of 87.5 for a combined 178.5. G.K Cassio, owned by Erin Mulloy and ridden by Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a third place ribbon after earning a first round score of 88 and Handy score of 89 for a combined score of 177.

Shepherd picked up a fourth place ribbon in the irons of Micaela Kennedy’s Magnus Jaque Mate Mail for their combined score of 176 and fifth place went to Helen Gilbert’s Primera, ridden by Sarah Young of Spring Hill, Kansas for their score of 174.5.

Fairfax wins the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by KCR
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Curtin returned for a sixth place ribbon in the irons of Wesley Wilson’s Whitny for their combined score of 173.25. Shepherd and Belle Rolfe’s Boure placed seventh with their overall score of 172.75 and Paige Parker of Southampton, New Jersey rode Jane Gaston’s Taken to an eighth place finish with their overall score of 170.5. Ninth was awarded to Riley King’s Refined, ridden by Thomas Brennan of Charles Town, West Virginia for their total score of 154. Lee Cesery’s Candidate placed tenth and Curtin returned for an eleventh place ribbon in the irons of Rebekah Warren’s Cassico. Whiskey Tango, owned by Lee Cesery and ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia wrapped up the class with twelfth place. For more information, visit horseshowsonline.com.

Julie Curtin and Fairfax lead the victory gallop
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

“The footing is great in this arena,” said Curtin. “The horses go very well and land just beautifully with this footing,” she said. “Although the weather here has been great, if it rains, the footing is seriously all weather, holds really well and there’s no slipping at all,” she added. “The size of the main hunter arena is great. It’s really large and so nice to ride in,” she added.

Brennan commented, “We love this show circuit. It improves every year-every time. I like the Hunter Arena and I think the best thing about it is that they religiously work the footing. We had some rain earlier in the week and then some dry weather and the footing was fine,” he said.

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. For more information, visit Kruse Cushion Ride on the web or stop in the office for more information.

PONIES PONIES PONIES!

Lauren Reid pilots Good Reason to the blue in the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

The pony rings expanded and the course was built for the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Week III and Lauren Reid of Nazareth, Pennsylvania brought home both the first and second ribbons with Good Reason, owned by Capstone Farm, LLC and Annabelle Brown’s Sunbeam.

Lauren Reid and Good Reason
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

Third place was awarded to David Dowler’s Cherrybrook Deblue, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania and fourth and fifth was awarded to Stars Above and Cherrybrook Just Blue In, respectively, both owned and ridden by Erica Van Dyken of Moorestown, New Jersey.

Mr. Hollywood, owned and ridden by Nicolette Perry of Milford, New Jersey placed sixth and Competition Equstrian’s Ontario, ridden by Valerie Staniloff of Setauket, New York earned a seventh place ribbon. Eighth was awarded to Hidden Springs Woodstar, owned and ridden by Gabrielle Roderick of Spring Hill, Kansas and ninth went to Tangled Up in Blue, owned and ridden by Hailey Hurst of Zionsville, Indiana.

Brownland Miss Kimmy, owned and ridden by Calder Trotz of Memphis, Tennessee placed tenth and Wind Haven Farm’s Brownland’s Millenium, ridden by James Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana earned eleventh place. Ever After, owned and ridden by Gabrielle Sokolow of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, wrapped up the class with twelfth place. For more information, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

Gulf Coast Classic President Bob Bell and his dog Ellie, along with Drew Coster greet Lauren Reid and Good Reason in the winner’s circle
Photo: Alison Hartwell Photography

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

The Friday night Gulf Coast Classic Exhibitor Appreciation Party and Movie night was a huge hit! A golf cart parade, decorated in the spirit of Mardi Gras cruised up Vendor Row. “The beads were flying and everyone had a great time,” commented Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator. Everyone enjoyed some refreshments and a fried chicken dinner while watching a movie.

While many are heading to New Orleans tonight to partake in the annual festivities, you’ll find Tom Brennan and his barn staying local. “There are some great parades here in Biloxi and Gulfport and we’ll go to those. We will head to New Orleans later on and enjoy some ‘Post Mardi Gras’, but the big mayhem is not quite for me,” he laughed.

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.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

Gulf Coast Classic Company President Bob Bell and Show Coordinator, Janet McCarroll
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