Okay folks, I’m new to this blogging thing but I thought I would share a little information for all those families that are heading down to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport, Mississippi.
This event begins February 9, 2008 and is scheduled to run through March 16, 2008.
The winter series is supposed to see changes and improvements in its schedule and prize money offerings for 2008. Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers will see more cash up for grabs in both the Low and High divisions. The Lows will now have two classes at $500 each and the Classic prize will jump to $2,777. The High Junior Amateur Owners will feature two classes at $1,500 each while its Classic will increase to $7,777. (How’s that for some Godly figures?) Of course, all those figures are playing off the “Lucky Sevens” theme the Gulf Coast is famous for. Also gaining extra cash will be the Open Level 5 Jumpers, now at $750 per class, and the Open Level 6 Jumpers at $1,000 per class. Overall, Jumpers will be eligible for nearly $6,000 more in prize money. Another incentive this season for the jumpers will be the lowering of the Welcome Stakes to a level 6 height thus allowing more to participate in the dash for bigger cash events. There is a strong junior contingency moving up the ranks and this will allow those fine young people the opportunity to grow as riders and compete with some of their favorite professionals giving them a taste of what they’re all looking to accomplish. This is the beginning of the show year and there should be many first-time Grand Prix horses making debuts.
And speaking of debuts, this year the Gulf Coast Winter Classics will plays host to a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Style Derby class during week III. “That is going to be one of the most exciting classes of the entire series! Another addition this season will be the warm-up classes for the Young Jumpers and perhaps the biggest news will be for the Pre-Green Hunter competitors, as prize money will now be offered in those divisions. It’s said that each year this event’s competition grows stronger so they want to reward the riders hard work, and what better way than to increase prize money. ING to them. Throughout the new season we’re supposed to also see more changes and more fun coming into the events.
The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is a five-week United States Equestrian Foundation AA Rated Hunter-Jumper event that showcases some the sport’s finest equine athletes from across the nation. Spectators are invited to attend free of charge with competition running Wednesday through Sunday of each week beginning at 8 A.M. until approximately 5 P.M., with the highlight being the Grand Prix events, which will begin at 2 P.M. each Sunday afternoon.
And if you are looking for lodging in the Gulfport/Biloxi area while you are down there check out the condos down there. They are offering fully furnished 2 and 3 bedroom luxury condominiums with all the ammenities for not much more than the price of a single hotel room. I can personally vouch for a couple of these management companies so those are the ones I will mention here.
Legacy Condo Rentals (334) 285-1816 is a company that offers some fine condos for rent by owner and their website is http://LegacyCondoRentals.Com
Another stand up company is Biloxi Beach Resort Rentals and you can find them in the Legacy Towers and they also offer some absolutely beautiful condos in the Legacy, Beau View and the Sea Breeze and all these complexes have wonderful views of the Gulf. Their website is http://biloxibeachresortrentals.com/?equine and you can book online.
Hope to see you there!!!
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