Holly Shepherd Earns Gulf Coast Winter Classic’s Sportsmandship Award


Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL is the recipient of the 2024 prestigious Gulf Coast Winter Classic’s Sportsmanship Award. This accolade is in recognition of her unwavering support and significant contributions to the equestrian community over the last 26 years. Courtesy of Gulf Coast Winter Classic. Photos by Eye Was Here Photography.

Holly Shepherd has become a cornerstone of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, demonstrating unparalleled dedication to the sport of horse riding. Notably, she undertakes as many as 35 trips a day in the show ring, showcasing her remarkable talent and resilience. Holly’s commitment extends beyond her personal achievements as she also shows five Grand Prix horses and imparts her knowledge to numerous students each year.

The Sportsmanship Award is bestowed upon individuals who exemplify spirit, integrity, and sportsmanship, both in and out of the competition arena and voted upon by the staff of the horse show. Holly’s positive attitude, mentorship, and dedication to equestrian sports have made her a beloved figure and an inspiration to many within the community.

“We are thrilled to honor Holly Shepherd with the Sportsmanship Award,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics. “Her contributions to the equestrian community and her unwavering spirit embody the very essence of what this award represents. Holly’s dedication to her students and the sport at large has not only elevated the competition but has also fostered a nurturing and inclusive environment for all participants.”

Holly’s achievements and her positive influence on the Gulf Coast Winter Classics and the wider equestrian community will be celebrated during a special ceremony held in her honor.

For more information about the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, please visit www.gulfcoastclassiccompany.com


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