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Hunters on the Gulf! Week II Hunter News! Feb 18, 2018

From: The Classic Company and Gulf Coast Classic Company <info@classiccompany.com>
Subject: Hunters on the Gulf! Week II Hunter News!
Preheader: Big Turnout for KCR Classic Hunter Derby!
Reply: info@classiccompany.com
USEF Premier (AA) Rated Event | USEF Jumper Level 4

HUNTERS ON THE GULF!
  WEEK II HUNTER NEWS!
Holly Shepherd pilots Boure to the win in the KCR Classic Hunter Derby [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

For Immediate Release:  February 18, 2018
Gulfport, Mississippi

The KCR Classic Hunter Derby continued its success week II and saw 22 horse and rider teams hunt for the blue.

Professional Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Belle Rolfe's Boure took the lead in the classic round with their score of 88 and combined with their leading handy score of 96, won the blue ribbon with an overall score of 184.

Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator Janet McCarrol and Awards Coordinator Drew Coster greet Holly Shepherd and Boure in the winner's circle [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photgraphy]

Shepherd and Rolfe's Cesar De Lison Z also sat in second place after the classic round with a score of 86, but their handy score of 95.5 for an overall 181.5 would have them finish in third place. Rebekah Warren's Cassico, ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia sat in third position after the classic round with a score of 85 but their handy score of 97 moved them ahead of Shepherd and Cesar De LIson Z and into second place overall with an overall score of 181.5.
Isabella Bleu Baxter and White Lightning were awarded the Non-Pro High Rider Bonus [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Helen Gilbert's White Lightening, ridden by Junior rider Isabella Bleu Baxter of Wright City, Missouri, turned in a classic hunter round with a score of 84.5 and with a 95.25 handy score, locked in a fourth place ribbon with an overall 179.75. Baxter also won the $1,000 Non-Pro High Rider Bonus.

Shepherd and Barbara Risius' Longstreet sat in sixth position after their classic round score of 83, but their handy score of 94 moved them into an overall fifth place finish with their combined score of 177.5.

Curtin returned to a sixth place finish with her own Honey Badger after earning a combined score of 177 and Re Chiste, owned by Sabina Holtzman and ridden by Carson Ruff of Jackson, Missouri, placed seventh with their overall score of 170. Ruff and Re Chiste also won the KCR Classic Derby High Bonus.
Amy Watt and Titan's Independent Magic were awarded the KCR Classic Hunter Low Rider's Bonus [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Eighth was awarded to Titan's Independent Magic, owned and ridden by Amy Watt of Hahnville, Louisiana for their overall score of 169 and they also won the Low Rider Bonus. 

Carson Ruff was awarded the KCR HIgh Rider Bonus [Photo credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Ruff returned to the ring for a ninth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Pagani, owned by Micaela Kennedy for their overall score of 153 and they also won the High Rider Bonus.

Player, owned and ridden by Jeanne Pitre of Folsom, Louisiana earned a tenth place finish and Lee Cesery's Shakespeare, ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia placed eleventh. Micaela Kennedy and Sabina Holtzman's Jerez Mail, ridden by Ruff, wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish and also won the KCR Classic Derby Low Bonus.
Leslie Kramer of New Orleans, Louisiana and her own Cassini also won the KCR Classic Derby Low Bonus. [Photo credit:  Alison Hartwell Photography]

SIDELINES 3' AND 3'3" GREEN HUNTERS!

The Sidelines 3' Green Hunters and the 3'3" Green Hunters wrapped up the second week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic with 10 horse and rider teams competing in each.

Honey Badger, owned and ridden by Julie Curtin won the Sidelines Green 3'3" Division with an overall score of 32.50, Cassino Royal, owned by Oak Ledge Farm and ridden by Jason Berry took reserve champion honors with their overall score of 20. 
 
Levity, owned by Lili Beiler Beiderman and ridden by Paige Parker of Southampton, New Jersey earned the championship in the Sidelines Green 3' Hunter Division and Ravello owned by Micaela Kennedy and Sabina Holtzman, ridden by Holly Shepherd, was awarded reserve champion. 

Click here for the updated standings on the top twenty qualifiers for the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic scheduled for the Atlanta Fall Classics. Don't miss the opportunity to qualify for this finals classic at the home of the 1996 Olympic Games. Enter each week at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic for only $5 a division and be sure to sign up for the upcoming Atlanta Spring Classic and Jacksonville Spring Classic. There are plenty of opportunities to earn valuable points through the Charleston Summer Classic.

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us!
The AA six week circuit kicked off in Gulfport, Mississippi on February 7 and has plenty to offer for your entire barn. The $5 3' and 3'3" Sidelines Green Hunter Divisions are back and that's right...only $5 for the entire division! What a great way to earn mileage for your up and coming hunters and riders! The offering has been extended to the Young Hunter Division too! Only $5 for the Young Hunter Division. All 3' and 3'3" Sidelines Green Hunter Divisions will be qualifiers for the $30,000 Green Hunter Classic slated for the Atlanta Fall Classic. Top qualifiers do not pay an entry fee to compete! Start earning your points now!

SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDE:
The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby is scheduled for Week V, March 9
$1,500 USHJA Pony Derby Week III, February 23rd
$1,000 USHJA Zone 4 Children/Adult Handy Hunter Week IV NO ENTRY FEE

WEEKLY:
$25,000 Grand Prix
$7,500 Open Welcome
$5,000 1.25 M Gulf Coast Jumper Classic
$2,500 1.20 m Jr/AO Jumper Classic
$3,000 1.30 m Jr/AO Jumper Classic
$5,000 1.40 m Jr/AO Jumper Classic
$2,000-$3,000 KCR Classic Hunter Derby PLUS Non-Pro Rider Bonus Awarded Each Week-Week V takes place on the world-class grass grand prix field
$1,000 Sidelines Green Hunter Divisions 3' and 3'3" $5 Division Entry Fee
Young Hunter Divisions, 3', 3'3" and 3'6" $5 Division Entry Fee

Come discover why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is the smart choice and the preferred destination show location for winter circuits. Join us in the winner's circle this winter! 

All sponsorship and press inquires should be directed to Lisa Davis Engel. All program ad requests should be sent to Drew Coster.
Exhibitor Information

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Grand Prix each week
USHJA International Hunter Derby V
Classic 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
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
Harrah's Gulf Coast
280 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-436-2946



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!

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
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!

Phone/Fax:  (843) 768-5503 
Post Office Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

STAY CONNECTED:
The Classic Company, Ltd., PO Box 1311, Johns Island, SC 29457

 
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