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Point Made Sponsors the USHJA Hunter Derbies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Jan 29, 2019

Gulf Coast Winter Series
February 13 - March 31, 2019
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2019
Gulfport, Mississippi

The Gulf Coast Classic Company is pleased to announce that Point Made will be an awards sponsor of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies and the USHJA Pony Derbies at the 2019 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit which gallops to Gulfport, Mississippi on February 13th for seven weeks of top competition!

Point Made makes custom and reversible shadbelly points which create a classic, flattering, traditional hunter rider look. The shadbelly points are made longer than normal and cover the rider’s shirt and belt. Riders can choose any fabric for the front side and the backside is the traditional canary. Material varies from silky to cotton and may be customized to suit individual tastes. 

Kimberley Simmons, owner of Point Made is also a lifelong horsewoman and an active Adult Hunter and A/O Hunter competitor. Kim has been sewing since she was 10 and at one time, owned a custom curtain business. She liked the idea of creating custom shadbelly points to make riders look their best. “Riders can choose barn colors or match their shadbellies as a hunt team. I have made shadbelly points to match the pony riders’ bows for Pony Finals and have created custom ones for both amateur and professional riders,” she said. “Customizing the shadbelly points just made sense. The rider’s entire look is so much cleaner, professional and traditional and I knew I could make them!” she said.

The winners of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies and USHJA Pony Derbies will receive a certificate for custom-made Point Made shadbelly points. The dates of the upcoming derbies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic are as follows:

  • Week II:
  • $10,777 USHJA Hunter International Derby 2/22/2019
  • Week III:
  • $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby 3/1/2019
  • Week IV
  • $15,777 USHJA Hunter International Derby 3/8/2019 (held on the beautiful Grass Grand Prix Field)
  • Week V
  • $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby 3/15/2019
  • Week VI
  • $10,777 USHJA Hunter International Derby 3/22/2019

For more information and to order your custom shad belly points, email Kim at
Gulf Coast Winter Classic Winter Circuit HIGHLIGHTS:

WCHR Event - Week 3
$10,777 USHJA Intl Hunter Derby - Week 2 
$15,777 USHJA Intl Hunter Derby - Week 4 (held on Grass Grand Prix Field) 
$10,777 USHJA Intl Hunter Derby - Week 6 
$15,777 Green 3’/3’3” Classic - Week 5
$1,500 USHJA Pony Derby - Weeks 3 & 5
$3,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ & 3’3” each week with Non-Pro Bonus Cash
Green 3’/3’3” Incentive and Challenge Classics each week 
Green 3’6”/3’9” Incentive Classics each week 
Multiple Division Classics each week 
$5 Green 3’ & 3’3” and Young Hunter Division Entry Fees 

Grand Prix each week (held on the Incredible Grass Field)
Welcome Class each week 
Open Jumper Classic each week 1.25m 
Multiple Division Classics each week on the Incredible Grass Field 
$5 Young Jumper Division Entry Fee   
Attention Hunters! Three Two One! GO!

Three USHJA International Hunter Derbies, two USHJA Pony Derbies and one $15,777 3’ and 3’3” Green Hunter Classic. The Gulf Coast Winter Classic is the circuit for hunters and no other circuit awards as many points as those held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! $5 division entry fees for the weekly $1,000 Sidelines Green 3' and 3'3"Hunters and don’t miss the Marshall & Sterling $3,000 Classic Hunter Derbies with non-pro rider bonuses held each week! Come see why the grass is greener on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

The Gulf Coast and Classic Company’s philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse. From lead line to Olympic level grand prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company offers competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry. 

Service is what sets the Gulf Coast and Classic Company apart from other horse show companies. Consistently awarded the USHJA's Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company provide champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues. Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company produced events each year. 

All sponsorship and media inquiries should be directed to Lisa Davis Engel. All program ad requests should be directed to Drew Coster.
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875 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530
Poised among 26 miles of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and premier among hotels in Gulfport, MS, Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront makes your stay on the Gulf Coast unforgettable. Enjoy our Gulfport, MS hotel's deluxe amenities with access to many recreational activities.

1600 East Beach Blvd
Gulfport, MS 39501
Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex Closest Hotel to the Horse Show Grounds Comfort Inn & Suites Sportsplex has been completely renovated and is offering special Gulf Coast Winter Classic Horse Show rate of $75 per night. Rate Code LHorse

Free Hot Breakfast
Choice Privileges
Indoor Pool
Fridge and Microwave
7 Miles to the Showgrounds

9379 Canal Road
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280 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
The Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to all the Gulf Coast offers! Spacious rooms, onsite dining and bar, relaxing pool, fitness room, well-equipped office center, and complimentary airport shuttle are just some of the amenities the Hilton Garden Inn offers its guests. Friendly and courteous staff and well appointed and immaculate rooms will greet you upon your return from a busy day of competing at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

14100 Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Located right next to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Residence Inn Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is an all-suite hotel. If you're looking for an extended-stay hotel on the Mississippi Coast, you'll find convenience and great amenities. Enjoy a spacious studio, one or two-bedroom suites offering separate living, eating and sleeping areas, complimentary high-speed Internet, full kitchens and luxurious bedding. Enjoy complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily, The Mix social hour three nights a week, grocery shopping service, fitness center, complimentary airport shuttle, and seasonal outdoor pool.
The Residence Inn is pet-friendly!

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Gulfport, Mississippi 39503
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