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Hercules and Holly Shepherd Win $25k EMO Grand Prix at Gulf Coast Winter Traditional


    The twenty fifth Anniversary of the Gulf Coast Winter Traditional Circuit wrapped up after per week of enjoyable stuffed competitors on the stunning Harrison County Fairgrounds.

    Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, within the irons of Loretta Patterson’s Hercules, kicked off the Gulf Coast Winter Traditional with a win within the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix and likewise picked up a second place with Patterson’s Warmachine.

    With a first-round time allowed of 84 seconds, solely three superior to the soar off spherical. Shepherd commented, “The mixtures obtained a little bit bit tight, and also you wanted to have the ability to alter. It actually relied on what dimension horse and what dimension step you had to determine the way you’d journey the course and I needed to bundle my horses for the mixtures,” she mentioned.

    The primary spherical noticed Kelly Arvidson of Nashville, Tennessee, aboard Ark Companions LLC’s Oak Groves Movie star, flip in a transparent first spherical in a time of 74.891 seconds. Shepherd and Warmachine adopted with a transparent spherical in a time of 77.540 seconds and he or she additionally had the ultimate clear first spherical with Hercules in a time of 76.891 seconds.

    Arvidson and Oak Groves Movie star have been first to go within the soar off spherical. Their fault-free time in 37.135 seconds beat the 40 seconds time allowed and set the brand new time to beat.

    Shepherd and Warmachine adopted and their fault free spherical in 35.481 seconds took the lead. “I knew I had it within the bag after Warmachine,” commented Shepherd. “I simply put the strain on Hercules to see if he might outrun his ‘huge brother’ and he did!” Shepherd and Hercules handed by means of the timers in 34.104 seconds and gained the primary Grand Prix of the Gulf Coast Winter Traditional’s 2023 season and a second with Warmachine. “He [Hercules] has actually come into his personal this previous 12 months and is actually rising up. He’s been a rock star within the Grand Prix recently,” Shepherd commented.

    Arvidson and Oak Groves Movie star positioned third and Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas positioned fourth with Dalman Present Leaping’s Con Sorpresa H because the quickest 4 fault first spherical with a time of 72.320 seconds.

    Fifth was awarded to Colby Coltrain of Argyle, Texas and Gianna Aycock’s Conquer after incomes 4 faults within the first spherical with a time of 736.36 seconds.

    Katherine Le Blanc of Folsom, Louisiana and David O’Donnell’s MTM Turbojack earned a sixth-place end after posting a 4 fault first spherical in a time of 77.512 seconds, and Shepherd picked up a seventh with Brenda Peurifoy’s Gladjas for his or her 4 fault first spherical in 78.384 seconds.

    Le Blanc returned for an eighth-place ribbon with David O’Donnell’s MTM Vinze for his or her eight fault first spherical in 71.753 seconds and Trina Inexperienced of Corinth, Texas positioned ninth with Madison Ann Skarzenski’s Tinito Paulowna Z.

    “We had a terrific day. The grass grand prix area felt nice, the climate was stunning, and the horses jumped effectively,” mentioned Shepherd.

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