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2008 Budweiser American Invitational poster

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The Tampa Equestrian Festival and the 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Fast Facts

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2008-02-18

EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Festival presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, which features more than 1,000 horses and the world’s best riders and Olympians

WHAT: Three-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States and benefits the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol. The $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby will be held at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. It is a High Performance Hunter class and will benefit the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center.

Tampa Equestrian Festival:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4880 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33610

36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby:
Wrenwood Farms
715 10th St. South
Naples, FL 34102

WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Suncoast Internationale - March 19-23, 2008
Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W - March 26-30, 2008
Tournament of Champions, CSI - April 1-6, 2008
36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3* - April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.
$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby - April 6, 2008, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m. - $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida
Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa
Saturday, April 5:
6:00-6:45 p.m. - Open Course Walk
7 p.m. - 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3*
Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m.:
ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby
“Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hat and Tails”
Wrenwood Farms, Naples, FL

For Tampa Equestrian Festival:
Wednesday: Free
Thursday and Friday: $5.00
Saturday: $10.00
Sunday: $15.00
Admission is free for children 12 and under, $5.00 for children ages 13 and over, and $5.00 for seniors age 65 and over

For $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational:
Advance ticket prices:
$25 in white section
$35 in blue section
$40 in red section
Advance Family 4-pack:
$70 in white section
$125 in blue section
(Prices higher day of show: $30, $40, $45, $85, $140)
Group prices (20 or more):
(Advance only)
$17 each in white section
$30 each in blue section
Tickets available through Ticketmaster 813-287-8844, 727-898-2100 or

The Tampa Competitions will be held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center (Florida State Fairgrounds) Tampa, Florida. Horse Van and exhibitor entrance is at Orient Road and I-4. Westbound I-4 traffic should exit at U.S. 301. Turn Right (west) on Martin Luther King and go to stop light turn right (north) on Orient Road follow to Fairgrounds entrance on right. From I-75 north or south use Exit 52B. Take Martin Luther King Blvd west to Orient Road, turn right, competition showgrounds are ½ mile on the right.

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing
Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' all weather footing
Covered Ring 165' x 300' clay/sand mixture
Annex Ring 150' x 275' all weather footing
Indoor Ring 130' x 250' clay/sand mixture

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150' x 360' bermuda sod grass

Wrenwood Farm, Naples, FL
Outdoor Field 300' x 400' grass footing

HOTELS (in Tampa, more listed in prize list):
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
(813) 623-3321
(800) 642-4271

SpringHill Suites
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 639-9600
(888) 236-2427

STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874
Web site:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
13833 Wellington Trace
Unit E-4 #221
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

Hicks Advertising Group
Bob Hicks
10012 North Dale Mabry Highway Suite 213
Tampa, FL 33618
813-908-7722 (phone)
813-908-7708 (fax)


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