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Mr. John Canavan, president of Stadium Jumping, and Mr. Eugene R. Mische, Chairman and CEO of SJI.

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Stadium Jumping Unveils Architectural Designs for New Facility and Introduces President John Canavan

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2007-07-02

Lake Placid, NY – July 2, 2007 – Exhibitors, spectators, and sponsors were invited to attend an informal reception on June 29 at the Lake Placid Horse Show Hall of Fame Room in Lake Placid, NY. Hosted by Stadium Jumping Inc., guests were welcomed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eugene R. Mische, who graciously introduced the new president of Stadium Jumping, Mr. John Canavan. Photographs of legendary horsemen lined the walls, which provided guests with both memories and inspiration for the future of equestrian sport.

Horse show patrons nibbled on hors d’oeuvres of shrimp cocktail and other treats as they socialized and officially met Mr. Canavan and Mr. Robert Jolicoeur, Chief Executive Officer of International Equestrian Design. Jolicoeur, who designed the original grounds at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, is the mastermind behind the “Wellington International Equestrian Arena and Showgrounds,” the future site for Stadium Jumping and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Colorful renderings of the new grounds were presented, and competitors had the opportunity to observe these drawings and ask questions to both the designer and Mr. Canavan. The Jacobs family of Delaware North was also in attendance to support the unveiling and contribute their answers and input. Details of the show arenas, stabling areas, and the spectator bridge were depicted, and guests buzzed with excitement as they perused the new layout.

In an interview, Mische commented, “I’m pleased to introduce the equestrian hunter/jumper community to the concept of our plans and Stadium Jumping’s new president. We look forward to having people’s input before we start breaking ground. John Canavan is a great asset to our company,” he added. “He brings a lot of financial skills which, at this time, we definitely need [in order to] go forward with building a hundred million dollar facility. It takes someone of John’s caliber to keep us on track.”

When asked about his thoughts on the new plans, he responded, “I think the plans are quite good. It brings in everything we want, the number of rings, the three grass rings, and the indoor arena and stabling area, which we feel is a big move forward. With the amount of competition arenas that we have, we feel that this particular plan makes it easy for horses to get from the stabling area to the competition arena -- very easy access for the horses stabled on the grounds and in the surrounding areas.” He concluded with a smile, “I think, when we finally get it completed and get it up and running, and we run the first horse over it, I’ll say my ambition in life will have been completed.”

Mr. John Canavan also commented on the future of Stadium Jumping. “I think it’s necessary to build on experience for both exhibitors and spectators to make it very compelling and electric to be there,” he said. “We want to take what Stadium Jumping’s done over the last 30 years and just build on it. I’m really excited to be part of [Stadium Jumping] now, and there is a lot of opportunity for us and a lot of great things to build on to make this a better company to serve the equestrian community.”

Brochures were available for guests that discussed the new layout and described the facility as “one of the most significant equestrian arenas and equestrian facilities in North America.” The new 176 acre show grounds will include 10 competition rings, a grand prix field and a derby field, a covered arena, acreage for training facilities, sufficient stall space with grooming areas and wash racks, ample parking and space for vendors, and specified areas for vehicles, trailers, and golf carts. The informational material provided a glimpse into Jolicoeur’s history as a prominent equestrian designer and his countless accomplishments. Color copies of the Wellington International Equestrian Arena Conceptual Master Plan were also distributed.

Guests included: Mr. Eugene R. Mische; John Canavan; Jerry, Louis, and Charlie Jacobs; Katie Robinson; Wendy Watkins; Mr. and Mrs. Keller; Gigi Stetler; Steve Williamson; Martha and Robert Jolicoeur; Lynne, Ray, and Marilyn Little; Brian Walker; Jay and Dee Matter; Debbie and Steve Stephens; Karen Golding; David Distler; Philip A. and Philip J. DeVita; Bobby Murphy; Kim Tudor; Missy Clark; John Brennan; Rob Banner; Richard Feldman; and Marty Bauman.

Photo Credit: Mr. John Canavan, president of Stadium Jumping, and Mr. Eugene R. Mische, Chairman and CEO of SJI. Photo© 2007 Jenny Ross. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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