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Eugene R. Mische, CEO of Stadium Jumping Inc.

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Eugene R. Mische Response Letter to Palm Beach Post Article

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2007-09-21

Wellington, FL - September 21, 2007 - In response to an article in the Palm Beach Post yesterday (Thursday, September 20, 2007) - http://www.palmbeachpost.com/search/content/west/epaper/2007/09/20/w1b_horse_0920.html, Gene Mische felt obligated to defend the actions of Stadium Jumping and the untruths that were quoted in the newspaper.

Daniel R. Doorakian, Esq. September 20, 2007
Moyle, Flanigan, Katz, Breton, White & Krasker, PA
625 N. Flagler Dr., 9th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Dear Mr. Doorakian,

I was shocked to read your statement in today's Palm Beach Post in the article by Kelly
Wolfe entitled “Stadium Jumping Opponents Say Council Bribed for Vote.” When asked to comment on the agreement by Everglades Equestrian Partners, LLC and Wellington Preserve Corporation to indemnify the Village of Wellington for legal expenses it may face as a result of its vote, you stated, "In essence, it amounts to a bribe." This statement is completely false and defamatory.

As you know, Stadium Jumping was not the proponent of the indemnification condition.
Rather, the Village Attorney approached Everglades Equestrian Partners and Wellington
Preserve more than a month ago and advised that in cases where there is a threat of litigation, the Village conditions approval upon indemnification of the Village by the applicant. We fought this condition for over a month, but it became obvious that the Village Council members were going to unanimously require indemnification. As you also know, the Village is in the process of drafting an ordinance to mandate indemnification in every approval issued by the Village Council. We understand that many municipalities in Florida mandate this type of indemnification. Again, we opposed this condition to the last moment. The condition was not something that was offered by Stadium Jumping and was agreed to by Everglades Equestrian Partners and Wellington Preserve only when it became clear the Village Council would require it for approval.

Your mischaracterization of the indemnification requirement as a bribe is directly
contrary to the position taken by your client in the days leading up to the vote. In its open letter to Wellington residents dated September 16, 2007, your own client, Wellington Equestrian Partners, LLC, insisted that the Village Council not bear the legal fees from the expected lawsuits your client declared were a "100% certainty" if the vote was approved and "should protect the voters and taxpayers by demanding that the applicant indemnify the Village against all legal challenges on its decision ..." Incredibly, you now characterize the Village's actions to avoid such fees as a criminal act.

To state that the indemnification requirement amounts to bribe - a felony - is false.
There can be no doubt you knew the statement was false and said it to cause harm to Stadium Jumping, both in its business and reputation.

We have faced your clients' opposition at each and every stage of this project. We
accepted this and countered by showing the residents of the Village and the Village Council members the benefits of the Wellington International Equestrian Arena, which we believe – and the Village Council has agreed - is best for the Village of Wellington, the sport, the participants, the horses, and the equestrian community as whole. Your false and defamatory statement, however, crosses the line and cannot go unchallenged.
We have reviewed your actions with our attorneys and they are taking appropriate action.

Please govern yourself accordingly.

Very truly yours,

Eugene R. Mische
Chief Executive Officer

About Stadium Jumping

Stadium Jumping currently operates and manages major hunter/jumper and dressage events in Wellington at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The major events held at the showgrounds are the National Horse Show, one of America's oldest and most prestigious shows that has been running since 1883, the Winter Equestrian Festival, which hosts nearly 5,000 horses and features over $4 million in prize money, and the Nation’s Cup, the first Five Star equestrian event ever held in the United States.

One of the world's largest and most respected producers of equestrian events, Stadium Jumping, Inc. has produced the highly successful Winter Equestrian Festival since its inception in Wellington, Florida, in 1979. Stadium Jumping annually produces and/or manages the most prestigious shows in America including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Budweiser American Invitational, American Grand Prix Association National Jumper Championship, Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, and the National Horse Show, which are all held in Wellington, FL. Other Stadium Jumping Inc. productions include 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.

Eugene Robert (“Gene”) Mische, founder and CEO of Stadium Jumping, Inc., will celebrate the firm's 35th anniversary in 2008 as America's premier horse show management company. Mische is an extraordinary promoter of equestrian events. Over the past 35 years with Stadium Jumping, he has changed the face of horse sport in the U.S. Mische has been instrumental in bringing international caliber sport to this nation. Mische was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2000.

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., in Tampa. In 2002, Mische produced the first-ever outdoor Nations' Cup in Wellington, where it has remained each year.

Mische was the founding president of the Wellington Equestrian Alliance and continues as the organization's president to this day. Since its formation over 10 years ago, the Alliance has been involved in a host of equestrian related issues that range from the creation of the Wellington Equestrian Preserve Area in the Village's Comprehensive Plan, to ensuring that the Village's codes and regulations help protect and enhance the equestrian community.

Photo Credit: Eugene R. Mische, CEO of Stadium Jumping Inc. Photo © 2007 James Leslie Parker. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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