EQUUS Foundation

Gulf Coast Winter Classic V Signs on as a Best Performance Competition!

WESTPORT, CT - January 27, 2014 - The Gulf Coast Winter Classic V is the latest horse show to sign on as a Best Performance Competition, the program jointly endorsed by the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation that gives horse shows and their exhibitors the opportunity to support horse welfare by doing what they do best - competing!

The EQUUS Foundation Best Performance of the Day class will be offered during Week Five, March 5, 2014 - March 9, 2014, which features a $77,000 Grand Prix and its USHJA International Hunter Derby. Contact or visit the Horse Show Office to enter the class!

Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 5 - 9, 2014

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 thousands of competitors travel to the Harrison County Equestrian Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, for six weeks of quality competition and fun on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Equestrian Center is a state of the art facility with an extraordinary Grass Grand Prix field, well maintained all weather footing competition rings, and many other features that will make both horse and horseman happy. The 2014 event is offering over $1,000,000 in prize money and awards, classes for all skill levels, and of course a big dose of our sweet southern hospitality.

Best Performance Competitions

Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 5 - 9, 2014

Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
May 22-June 1, 2014

Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
June 17-21, 2014

Buffalo International
September 10-14, 2014

Washington International Horse Show
October 21-26, 2014
Alltech National Horse Show
Alltech National Horse Show
October 28-November 2, 2014

Ox Ridge December Horse Show
December 6-7, 2014

Best Performance Competition

It's A Win Win!

The program utilizes competition itself to rally support within the equestrian sport community for horse welfare.
Horse shows participate by:
• offering the EQUUS Foundation Best Performance of the Day class,
• encouraging their exhibitors to compete in the class, and
• donating the class proceeds to the EQUUS Foundation.

100% of the class proceeds are used for horse welfare.

Open to Juniors, Amateurs & Professionals in All Division in All Disciplines!

The judge will select the winner from among the competitors (junior, amateur or professional) wearing the official Best Performance Competition Armband while competing in any division at the participating competition. The winner is the judge's favorite and most memorable performance.

USEF Licensed Competitions that sign up as Best Performance Competitions, along with the class winners, are recognized by both the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Find out more at equusfoundation.org/BestPerformance!

About EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: equusfoundation.org.

About United States Equestrian Federation

Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.