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Caitie Hope from Telluride Farm and Lyle won in the junior hunters at last year’s Tampa Equestrian Festival. Hope was presented with the Bill Fitch Sportsmanship Trophy at the Budweiser American Invitational.

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Tampa Equestrian Festival Announces Expanded Hunter Divisions

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2009-02-26

Tampa, FL – February 26, 2009 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., one of the nation’s leading horse show production companies, is pleased to announce that the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival will feature three weeks of ‘AA’ rated hunter competition with some of the top hunter horses and riders in the nation. 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 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival is set to feature a full line-up of hunter divisions, including some new additions this year. The addition of Hunter Breeding classes, as well as an expanded schedule of non-rated hunter divisions, will greatly enhance the three weeks of competition.

This year will feature the 2009 Tampa Series Hunter High Score Circuit Awards, which will be awarded in 34 individual hunter divisions including the professional, junior, amateur-owner, adult amateur, children, pony, and breeding divisions. Each hunter division will feature a $500 stake class as well as the newly added handy rounds.

Rider Caitie Hope was presented the William R. “Bill” Fitch Sportsmanship Award at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational last year. Hope was very successful during last year’s competition and rides with trainer Diane Carney of Telluride Farm.

”I love Tampa,” Carney stated. “Tampa has always been a great place to compete. The grand prix ring, the hunters, the venue’s smaller layout, all really appeals. Last year the Junior-Amateur Jumper prize money was huge, and I would have to say that was a big difference in making it to the Washington International Horse Show, in our situation. I have always had great success in Tampa with both hunters and jumpers.”

“The management is excellent,” Carney continued. “They bend over backwards to try to make things work nicely for you, and they are very organized. I also think that it was huge that they stepped up to do the hunter derby in Naples, and I can only hope that might be something that they will do again in the future.”

“Coming from showing in the big outdoor venues to the smaller Tampa venue positively makes a difference for the horses,” Carney continued. “It is like apples and oranges. The covered arena is an opportunity for an indoor feel. It is much tighter quarters, and it is a little more realistic towards the European venues or indoors here in the U.S. I think it is good for the horses to change it up.”

The Tampa Equestrian Festival will begin its three weeks of competition with the Suncoast Internationale, which will run from March 18-22, with hunter judges Gary Duffy and Meredith McLaughlin. That will be followed by the Tampa Bay Classic CSI 3*-W on March 25-29, with hunter judges James Walter Lee, Walter Tim Kees, and Leo Conroy. The third and final week will be the Tournament of Champions, CSI on March 31 thru April 4, with Sue Ashe, Ronnie Beard, and Linda Hough judging the hunter rings.

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

Photo Credit: Caitie Hope and Lyle won in the junior hunters at last year’s Tampa Equestrian Festival. Hope was presented with the Bill Fitch Sportsmanship Trophy at the Budweiser American Invitational. Photo © Jennifer Wood/PMG. 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 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W 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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