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Photo Credit: Stadium Jumping, Inc. President John Canavan (left) and CEO Gene Mische (right) at the Internationale Arena at the WEF showgrounds in Wellington. This photo may only be used in association with this press release.

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Stadium Jumping’s Improvements at WEF Showgrounds Will Exceed $750,000 Prior to 2008 Show Season

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2007-06-22

Wellington, FL - June 22, 2007 - “We are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards on this show grounds until the day we leave,” said Stadium Jumping, Inc. CEO Gene Mische on Thursday. “We have worked out the details surrounding our continued use of the current location through the 2007-2008 season.”

Mische made the comments as he and new Stadium Jumping, Inc. President John Canavan checked in on the renovation and resurfacing project that began on Tuesday in the Internationale Arena at the facility in Wellington, Florida.

“Replacing the worn out footing in this arena is our absolute top priority,” Mische stated. “That project, of course, is in addition to our yearly summer renovations necessary to bring the showgrounds back to our top standards after thousands of horses compete here over the winter months.”

As David Steffee of Steffee Surfaces, whose company is spearheading the project, points out, the state wide drought had prevented them from beginning the project any earlier. “The toughest part so far has been with the rigid water restrictions we’ve faced during this drought. There certainly isn’t any way we could have started any sooner. The past few months have been really difficult,” he said.

As far as the new surface project for the Internationale Arena, Steffee explained, “We’re removing all the built up organic material from over 20 years of growth. We’ll end up removing about 1,500 yards,” he said. “Robert Jolicoeur has a textile fiber that we’re going to mix in as an ingredient into the new base to help it withstand over 500 horses a day,” Steffee detailed. “Then finally we’ll spring it with the ‘Celebration’ grass, which is a new Bermuda designed more for turf fields and equestrian events. The grass has more leaves on it, which should help it recover faster and hold up better to the circuit.”

The new Internationale Arena surface is only one of the many ongoing projects underway at the show grounds. All of the show rings’ footing will be tested following the torrential rains that occur every summer in South Florida. Landscaping needs to be repaired, replanted and maintained. The floors in all of the stalls in the permanent barns are resurfaced once every two years. Tent pads are rebuilt, and the miles of fencing are repaired and painted each year.

“With competitions every weekend throughout the winter, with the thousands of people we have here, the show grounds take a pretty good beating,” said Mische. “The summertime is when we have to revive the grounds. Of course we try to back that work up as close as we can to the start of the circuit so everything looks good right before our visitors arrive. But, we’ll have it all ready for the National Horse Show,” he said. “This year it will probably cost a half million dollars just to tidy up the place and bring it up to the standards that we have always maintained. This is in addition to the money we’re spending to resurface the big field.”

“We’re going to do what we need to do to continue the high-quality shows that we have,” said Canavan. “The fact that we’re spending this amount of money on a show grounds that we hope to be out of, shows our level of commitment to the equestrian community. It’s not about squeezing things down to make money, it’s about doing what’s right for the equestrians that compete here on a yearly basis,” he said. “I’m here to help Gene do that. It’s not about making a margin, it’s about maintaining Stadium Jumping’s proven track record of excellence.”

Photo Credit: Stadium Jumping, Inc. President John Canavan (left) and CEO Gene Mische (right) at the Internationale Arena at the WEF showgrounds in Wellington. Photo © 2007 by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may only be used in association with this press release.

 

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