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March 9, 2014

Bugatti Breaks Out In The $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix

Gulfport, Miss.—March 9

Bugatti may be new to grand prix competition, but now that he’s in the game, he’s not wasting any time. He and Wilhelm Genn topped today’s $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix, in that horse's fourth grand prix start.

“I thought he’d be in the ribbons, but I didn’t think he’d win,” admitted owner Eduardo Leon.

March 8, 2014

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Tom Brennan’s not one to let anyone get him down, and this week at Gulfport he had an opportunity to spread that positive attitude.

It started, as so many things do these days, with a Facebook post.

March 7, 2014

Eloise Rules At Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic V

Gulfport, Miss.—March 7

Most hunter riders worry about making sure their horse will be relaxed and comfortable in the environment when it’s time to show, but Tim Maddrix has the opposite plan with Eloise. With her, the spookier the venue, the better she is.

March 14, 2013

Brawleys Welcome Baby Boy

Texas-based hunter/jumper trainers Bob and Dana Brawley welcomed their first child, Lucas Henry, on Jan. 19, which also happened to be Dana’s birthday.

“He’s a complete delight. He’s a happy baby; that’s what’s so wonderful about him. It’s definitely a little more work. It’s life-changing,” said Bob, who has two grown children from a previous relationship.

February 23, 2013

Gulf Coast Circuit Announces Bio Security Measures In Response To EHV-1 Outbreak In Ocala

Classic Company President Bob Bell has announced today, Feb. 23, that in response to the EHV1 outbreak in Ocala, Classic Company will be implementing additional biosecurity measures at the Gulf Coast Circuit in Gulfport, Miss., effective immediately.

There will be a security guard at the front gate 24 hours a day, every day, checking all horses arriving onto the Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center property.

March 4, 2012

Land Leads Victory Gallop Of $35,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix

March 4—Gulfport, Miss.

When Frances Land exited the ring after her victory gallop, her father, Jay Land, was right there to help with her horse and congratulate his daughter on her win. 

“Not bad,” he said. “Three out of four!”

March 2, 2012

Shepherd Triompfs In $10,000 Gulf Coast Hunter Derby

March 2—Gulfport, Miss.

The weather was constantly changing during the morning of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic IV—clouds rolled by, winds were gusty, but between patches of sunshine and a few drops of rain, Holly Shepherd and Triompf remained strong. Their steadfast performances earned them the blue in the classic round as well as the overall title. Bob Brawley and Diane DeMatteo's Amadeo took second in the handy round, and third overall. Christian Rogge and Promise Me won overall reserve honors.

March 6, 2011

Frances Land Grabs Her First Grand Prix Win In Gulfport

Gulfport, Miss. 

March 6, 2011 is likely to hold a special meaning for Frances Land from now on as the date she won her first Grand Prix. Land, 16, and her Merlin topped the $25,000 Equifit Grand Prix at Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic IV today after jumping two clear rounds.

“It’s all a little surreal right now!” she said.

But it was a victory that almost wasn’t. In the jump-off, Merlin clipped the top of a vertical—the second-to-last fence—and the rail bounced up out of its cups before settling back down.

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