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Stadium Jumping’s 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival Features Big Money and World Class Show Jumping

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Stadium Jumping’s 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival Features Big Money and World Class Show Jumping

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2009-02-04

Tampa, FL – February 3, 2009 – Stadium Jumping, Inc.’s Tampa Equestrian Festival will feature three weeks of world class equestrian competition at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, from March 18-April 4. As the conclusion to the 2009 winter show season, the festival is set to host some of the top horses and riders from all over the country for big money classes and prizes.

The competition is divided into three weeks, with the Suncoast Internationale, March 18-22, the Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W March 25-29, and the Tournament of Champions CSI, as the concluding week of competition, March 31-April 4.

Highlight classes include the $35,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Thursday, March 26, and the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 29. The third and final week of competition will feature the $35,000 Grand Prix of Florida on Wednesday, April 1. That class will be the final qualifying event for the grand finale, the 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 3*, on Saturday, April 4.

Kent Farrington is currently leading the East Coast World Cup Jumper Standings and plans to compete his horse Up Chiqui in Tampa this year as preparation for the World Cup competition, held in Las Vegas in April.

“I think that it will be good to ride him in some of the classes in Tampa, because we do not have the opportunity to compete in too many indoor venues,” Farrington said. “We have been riding in huge outdoor rings all winter, so riding in the smaller covered ring in Tampa will be good practice for Las Vegas. The jumps come up much faster in the smaller rings, so you have to be really sharp.”

Farrington wants Up Chiqui to be at his highest level of fitness for the demanding World Cup competition and hopes that competing in Tampa will be a good change of pace. “His fitness is going to be the most important thing,” Farrington explained. “The World Cup is like a marathon. There a lot of classes and a lot of big jumps and difficult courses. The horses have to be very mentally and physically fit.”

For more information on the Tampa Equestrian Festival, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui winning the $30,000 Challenge Cup in Tampa. Photo © 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:
Thursday, March 26, 1:00 pm, $35,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Sunday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier 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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