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16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics Increases Prizes and Awards to $1 Million

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Gulf Coast Winter Classics
Release Date: 2013-10-22

Gulfport, MS- October 22, 2013- Competition organizers Bob Bell, Janet McCarroll and the Gulf Coast Classic Company team are pleased to announce that they have increased the prizes and awards to $1 million for the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics. They invite you to join them for a dose of their Southern hospitality at the six-week USEF AA-rated competition, which runs from Feb. 5 - March 16 on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.

There are many reasons why the Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics is a USHJA Members Choice Award-winning competition and has such a loyal following. Exhibitors and their families say they have the most fun at this winter series and prefer it to any other. The Mississippi Gulf Coast boasts a 26-mile, white-sand beachfront. There is world-class entertainment at area casino resorts and unique and charming boutiques and outlet malls for those who love to shop. The local cuisine features fresh Gulf seafood and delicious Southern specialties.

Conveniently located within less than 20 minutes of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics are held at the state-of-the-art Harrison County Equestrian Center. It features one of the finest grass grand prix fields in the country and well-maintained, all-weather footing competition arenas.

“The grass Grand Prix field is one of the best in North America. It really sets this show series apart from the others,” said international course designer, Steve Stephens.

In 2014, the series will offer weekly Grand Prix Events, a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Pre Green Incentive Classes, Jumper Classics for those not competing in the Grand Prix, a Jumper Derby and USHJA National Derbies.  For entertainment, the Gulf Coast Classics team will present an exciting rodeo during the sixth week of the schedule.

The Gulf Coast Classic series offers competition for every level of horse and rider, from Lead Line through Grand Prix. Enjoy the legendary hospitality that Gulf Coast Classic Company is famous for including exhibitor parties and indoor riders’ lounges. Reserve your stalls today. Come for the show and stay for the fun.

“We invite trainers, riders and families to join us for the great competition, increased prize money, fabulous facility and our brand of hospitality at Gulf Coast Winter Classics this season,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.

For more information go to:

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five with $1 Million in Prizes and Awards

Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

February 5 - March 16, 2014

Highlights Include:
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $  5,000 Welcome - $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome - $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome - $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome - $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome - $77,000 Grand Prix
Week 6  $  5,000 Welcome - $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo!


President, Bob Bell                843.768.5503

Coordinator, Janet McCarroll  228.669.2687

Office Manager, Jonathan Rabon 843.729.2818

Advertising, Drew Coster       843.754.2266

Stabling, Tissy Principe          843.768.5503

Sponsorship, Lisa Engel         908.310.6248

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