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Gulf Coast Winter Classics Named World Championship Hunter Rider Event

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Gulf Coast Winter Classics
Release Date: 2013-12-09

Gulfport, MS – December 9, 2013 – This winter, hunter riders will have their first opportunity to vie for prestigious World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) points along the picturesque Mississippi Gulf Coast. For the first time since its inception, the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Member’s Choice award-winning show, has been chosen as a distinguished WCHR host event.

The WCHR week will be held during the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic week of March 5 – 9, 2014 during the Gulf Coast Winter Classics series at the beautiful Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center.

A limited number of horse shows are chosen each year by USHJA for the distinction of being a WCHR event host. Events are selected on an annual basis based on the evaluation of a submitted application, votes from WCHR members and selection criteria including exhibitor hospitality, event scheduling, awards presentations and the quality of the footing, courses, stabling, staff and more.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a WCHR event host this year,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. “I think we have a great horse show and setting for it, and it’s a great program, one that we’re honored to get to be a part of.”

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1995, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for professionals, developing professionals, amateur-owners, adult amateurs, juniors, and children and pony riders. WCHR program members qualify for national and regional awards by earning points at member events held across the country throughout the qualifying year.

In conjunction with the WCHR member event, the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic will offer a $1,000 Pre-Green Incentive class, a $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Gulf Coast Winter Classics will also offer $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies during weeks two, three and four of the circuit, which runs February 5 – March 16, 2014.

The Gulf Coast Classic series offers competition for every level of horse and rider, from lead line through grand prix. Reserve your stalls today. Come for the show and stay for the fun.

To learn more about the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Winter Classics and to download a prize list, visit

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:

Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

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, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
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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