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The Show Will Go On: Plans Continue for 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival and 2008 Winter Equestrian Festival

Written by: Chrissy Lane
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2007-09-28

Wellington, FL – September 28, 2007 – It will be business as usual for Stadium Jumping Inc. in preparing for the winter show season in Wellington that is just around the corner. The company is forging full speed ahead with plans to produce the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival and the 2008 Winter Equestrian Festival.

While plans are also in the works for the Wellington International Equestrian Arena, the new facility Stadium Jumping Inc. is creating, the company is committed to hosting this year’s events as planned at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.

The National Horse Show will be held from Dec. 5-9, 2007, and features everything from world class show jumping and a black tie gala to a family festival and children’s fair, complete with exclusive vendors and more. The National is a time-honored tradition in the equestrian world, and it’s an event that can’t be missed as it marks the beginning of Wellington’s famous winter equestrian circuit. Ringside tables for the National will go on sale on Monday, Oct. 1, and prize lists are already available.

“Our plans for this season’s shows are moving forward,” said Gene Mische, CEO of Stadium Jumping Inc. “We’ve put almost $750,000 of improvements into the facility and the Internationale Arena resurfacing project is moving ahead on schedule. We are looking forward to hosting equestrians from around the world this winter, as we have every year in the past.”

He continued, “And, we’re doing this in spite of continued roadblocks from opposing parties, including Mark Bellissimo. We are working to keep the best interests of the equestrian community at the forefront of these horse shows.”

Highlights of the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival include:

HIGHLIGHTS- Competition:
- The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (December 5)
- The $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI (December 6)
- The Zada Enterprises, LLC 6th Annual Dressage at the National (December 7-9)
- The $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, CSI (December 7- evening competition)
- The $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship (December 8)
- The $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI (December 8)
- The $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 9)
- The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships® International Finals (December 9)
- The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup™ for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, (December 9)

Exhibitions and Special Events:
“Jumping Under the Stars” Gala (December 7, evening)
Children’s Fair (December 8-9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Wellington Chamber Business Showcase 2007 in Grand Hunter Ring (December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

The Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest and longest consecutively running sporting event in the world, will run from Jan. 30- Apr. 5, 2008 and is the premier event hosted by Stadium Jumping. The major events that all spectators, riders and show participants look forward to every year will return, including the Nations Cup, Tournament of Champions and the Budweiser American Invitational. WEF brings the best of the best together for 10 weeks, and it’s an event that no serious equestrian can miss.

Exhibitors can expect to have a WEF prize list in the next four to six weeks, and vendors can submit an application for space in the ever-popular vendor row. Sponsorships are still available for a variety of classes, divisions and awards. Over the course of 10 weeks, more than $4 million in prize money will be awarded to those who compete in hunter, jumper and dressage competition.

The schedule for the 2008 Winter Equestrian Festival is as follows:

Gold Coast Feed Wellington Classic
Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2008 - CSI 2*
Wellington, Florida

Spy Coast Farm Jumper Classic
Feb 6 - 10, 2008 - CSI 3*
Wellington, Florida

Cosequin Wellington Dressage
Feb 8 – 10, 2008
Wellington, Florida

Kilkenny/QBE Wellington Internationale
Feb 13 - 17, 2008 - CSI 3*-W
Wellington, Florida
FEI World CupTM Qualifier

Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Florida Classic / WCHRA'
Presented by the Palm Beach Post
Feb 20 – 24, 2008 - CSI 3*-W
Wellington, Florida
FEI World CupTM Qualifier

Zada Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 22 - 24, 2008
Wellington, Florida

Zada Wellington Masters
Feb 27 – Mar. 2, 2008 -CSI 3*-W
Wellington, Florida
FEI World CupTM Qualifier

CN Wellington Open presented by Cosequin
March 5 - 9, 2008 - CSIO 5*
Wellington, Florida
FEI Nations Cup

CN Worldwide Wellington Finale
March 12 - 16, 2008 - CSI 5*
Wellington, Florida
FEI CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour

Zada Enterprises LLC WEF Dressage Classic
March 20 - 23, 2008 – CDI 3* CDIY CDIJ
Wellington, Florida
USEF Dressage Olympic Selection Qualifier

Tampa Bay Classic
March 26 – 30, 2008 - CSI 4*
Tampa, Florida

& Budweiser American Invitational
March 29th - CSI 4*
Raymond James Stadium

Tournament of Champions
April 1 - 5, 2008 - CSI
Tampa, Florida

2008 USEF Olympic Selection Trials
April 1 - 5, 2008
Raymond James Stadium

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: -National Horse Show. One of America's oldest and most prestigious shows that has been running since 1883.
-Winter Equestrian Festival. Nearly 5,000 horses show at this event that features over $4 million in prize money.
-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. The company also manages the National Horse Show and Family Festival, now in its fifth year at the same show grounds. Before the equestrian tour moved to Wellington, Stadium Jumping created and operated the long-running Sunshine Circuit in other parts of Florida. The company also manages equestrian events in Lake Placid, NY; New Albany, Ohio; Tampa, FL; Cleveland, Ohio; and Charlotte, NC.


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