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McLain Ward and Sapphire won the 2008 Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL

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Stadium Jumping, Inc. Announces Dates of 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2009-01-15

Tampa, FL – January 15, 2009 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., one of the nation’s leading horse show production companies, is pleased to announce the official dates of the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival and 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational. This year the festival will host three weeks of equestrian competition with the world's best riders, horses and Olympians. The show will run from March 18 to April 4 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL.

The Tampa Equestrian Festival will begin its three weeks of competition with the Suncoast Internationale, which will run from March 18-22. That will be followed by the Tampa Bay Classic CSI 3*-W on March 25-29, and the Tournament of Champions CSI March 31 thru April 4.

“We look forward to another great year at the Tampa Equestrian Festival,” commented Eugene R. Mische, president of Stadium Jumping, Inc. “We have a long history of producing excellent equestrian events, and this year in Tampa will be no different. Exhibitors can expect three weeks of exceptional competition.”

The 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will be the feature event on the final day of competition, April 4, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The American Invitational is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.

Other feature classes, which will be held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, will include the $35,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake to kick off the first week of competition on Wednesday, March 18, the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 29, and the final qualifying event for the American Invitational, a $35,000 Grand Prix of Florida CSI on Wednesday, April 1.

The show will also feature three weeks of ‘AA’ rated hunter competition with some of the top hunter horses and riders in the nation.

For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival please visit, www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: McLain Ward and Sapphire won the 2008 Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Photo by: Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

The Tampa Equestrian Festival and the 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Fast Facts

EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Festival presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, which features the world’s best Olympic athletes.

WHAT: Three-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Festival:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680

37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Suncoast Internationale - March 18-22, 2009
Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W - March 25-29, 2009
Tournament of Champions, CSI – March 31-April 4, 2009
37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 3* - April 4, 2009, 7 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wednesday, March 18, 1:00 pm, $35,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa
Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 pm, $35,000 Grand Prix of Florida, Final Qualifier for American Invitational
Saturday, April 4: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Open Course Walk
7 p.m. - 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 3*

Directions
From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
THE FACILITY:
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

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: http://www.stadiumjumping.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com


 

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