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Stadium Jumping's President, Michael Morrissey

Matt Morrissey of Stadium Jumping Inc.

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Stadium Jumping, Inc Brings Years of Big League Management Experience to Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2015-04-29

Traverse City, MI - April 29, 2015 - Stadium Jumping, Inc., the equestrian production company that has taken over the reins at what was, for many years, Horse Shows by the Bay and has been recently renamed the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, is the nation's oldest and most respected of all of the horse show  organizers in the United States.


Creators of the original Sunshine Circuit in Florida in the early 70's, Stadium Jumping has produced some of the country's most important and long running show jumping events. The companyis also responsible for so many of the changes that have shaped the equestrian world today.


Founded by the equestrian visionary Eugene R. Mische, Stadium Jumping, Inc. under his dynamic leadership, pioneered such show jumping milestones as the American Invitational, the American Gold Cup and the Florida circuit as we know it today. He was 79 years old at the time of his death.


The area that is now the Village of Wellington was no more than a crossroads when Mische first arrived in South Florida to expand what was then called the Sunshine Circuit, a series of horse shows with stops all along Florida's West coast. Mische felt that it was important to draw the equestrian competition to South Florida, and his crowning achievement, the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest consecutively running sporting event in the world, each season draws thousands of competitors. The series has grown from three show rings and a couple of hundreds horses, to a massive undertaking that begins in January and runs through April each year and now encompasses nearly a dozen competition areas and is the winter home to over ten thousand of the world's finest horses and riders. All of South Florida, and especially the Village of Wellington, benefits from that amazing Mische vision of nearly three decades ago.


"I don't know if there's any one thing that I'll be remembered for, but I hope when they judge me, they look at the overall contributions I've made and Stadium Jumping has made to the sport and to the industry," Mische said before his death. "We were the innovators of so many things the horse world takes for granted these days. We were the first company to ever have multiple shows, for more than one week, on a single show grounds. Now look at what you see across the nation, huge circuits of four, five, six, seven and twelve weeks, all in one place. I am so proud that we were able to create in Wellington, the greatest horse show circuit in the world," he said.


Mische, who celebrated over 60 years in the equestrian industry before his death, managed the most prestigious shows in America including the Budweiser American Invitational, American Grand Prix Association National Jumper Championship, New Albany Classic, Lake Placid and I Love New York Shows, Charlotte Jumper Classic, the American Gold Cup, USEF National Jumper Championships, and the National Horse Show. Other Stadium Jumping Inc. productions included the Olympic Games Show Jumping Team Selection Trials in 2000 and 2004, and the World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team Selection Trials in 2002 and 2006. In 1980, Mische was part of the five-member Organizing Committee that brought the first World Cup to the U.S. In 1989, Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. produced the second Volvo World Cup ever held in the U.S., this time hosting it in Tampa. In 2002, Mische produced the first-ever outdoor Nations' Cup, hosting it at the Internationale Arena in Wellington, Florida.


Mische was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2000 and was also awarded the Jimmy Williams Lifetime Achievement from the United States Equestrian Federation. Since his death, Stadium Jumping has been under the leadership of Mische's nephew, Michael Morrissey, who has continued Mische's vision with new, improved and innovative events, including the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.


Before Mische's death a couple of years ago following a tough battle with cancer, he spoke about the future of the company he founded so many years ago. "Stadium Jumping's future is very strong, and I think Michael Morrissey is the perfect man to lead this company forward," he said. "With Matt Morrissey, Colleen and Susie Morrissey all involved, I think the future of Stadium Jumping is bright. With a talented team intact, we're moving strongly into the future of horse sport in America."

Most recently, Stadium Jumping, Inc, along with Old Salem Farm in New York, submitted a bid to host both the 2017 and 2018 FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Finals, an event that would bring together 18 nations from around the world, to the United States. The event is currently held in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to that bid, Stadium Jumping also organizes the $200,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ New York, recently named as one of 14 events of the new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. That event would be held in conjunction with the long-running American Gold Cup, another Stadium Jumping creation and innovation. The American Gold Cup, for two years running, has been voted the number one horse show in the United States by NARG, the North American Rider's Group.

"It is that kind of experience we hope to bring to Traverse City and create what should be America's most exciting summer stop on the equestrian show jumping tour," said Michael Morrissey. "Have four great weeks to work with in Michigan allows us the creativity to make this both an exhibitor friendly experience as well as a real delight for spectators that want to come out and spend an hour, an afternoon or a weekend watching exciting show jumping action in a fabulous atmosphere."


"I am so pleased that Stadium Jumping has agreed to work with Flintfields Horse Park to produce the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival," said Karin Flint, owner of Flintfields. "They are a world-class team and will add a whole new dimension to the series."


The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival debuts at the Flintfields Horse Park, located at 6535 Bates Road in Williamsburg, Michigan, just 10 miles east from the beautiful resort town of Traverse City, on July 1st and runs through July 26th with four separate horse shows.






July 1-5

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26


A four-week long hunter and jumper equestrian festival.


Weekly $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Weekly $25,000 Jumper Classic

Weekly $50,000 Grand Prix

Week 4 $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby 



Flintfields Horse Park, 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 - 10 miles east from the beautiful Resort town of Traverse City.


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