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The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Celebrating 20 Years of Quality Competition

12/11/2017 | Tricia Leann

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The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show is celebrating 20 years in Mississippi.  See horse jumping at its finest during the months of February and March.  Each year, nearly 3,000 people travel from far and wide to attend the largest long lasting annual event held on the coast. Spectators, horse owners, riders and trainers as far away as Canada come to enjoy and take part in the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Shows. 

The USHJA Zone 4 Member’s Choice, award-winning Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show Circuit is also a South East Tourism’s Top Ten award-winning event. Each year during February and March competitors join us for six weeks of quality competition and fun on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast Classic Company embraces the equestrian lifestyle. Riders showcase beauty, grace and the power of equine athletics as they compete for big money prizes. 

This is an outdoor event with bleacher style seating available for the entire family, along with food vendors, entertainment, and children's activities. Children will enjoy the animal petting area, milk and cookies, a mini train ride and much more.

Owners, Bob Bell and Janet McCarroll established the Winter Classics in 1999. Its sister, The Classic Company, was founded by Bob Bell in 1989. When Janet McCarroll suggested that she and Bob team up to produce a winter series, the Gulf Coast Classic Winter Circuit was born and the rest is history. These companies produce world-class show jumping events spanning four states and six venues for more than twenty weeks a year. 

The Gulf Coast Classic Company, awarded the USHJA’s Member Choice Award for excellence, provides champion service from in-gates to show at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is the hallmark of the Gulf Coast Classic Company and the reason thousands prefer to compete at their events each year.  

All events are held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds & Equestrian Center. Celebrate the 20 year anniversary in Gulfport, MS, north of I-10. Sundays are a family favorite to enjoy the award winning winter Hunter/Jumper circuit, February 7- March 20, 2017.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show

Harrison County Fairgrounds & Equestrian Center.

15321 County Farm Road, Gulfport, MS 39503

For more information call: 228-832-2745

Visit www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com

Tricia Leann