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Tampa Equestrian Festival’s Tournament of Champions Week Announced as WCHR Qualifier

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2009-03-10

Tampa, FL – March 10, 2009 – Stadium Jumping, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival’s Tournament of Champions week has been selected as a qualifier for the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) program. The Tournament of Champions is the last of three weeks of competition for the Tampa Equestrian Festival, and runs March 31-April 4, 2009, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL.

The World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) awards have always been the pivotal awards program of the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF). These awards are presented, on both a national and regional level, to Pony, Junior, Amateur, Professional, Adult and Children's hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.

Each year the members of the AHJF vote to decide which horse shows will be able to participate in the program. Through this ballot, the members are asked to select shows which meet the highest standards, defined by a set of clearly defined criteria. The WCHR program has a desire to value exhibitor participation and it is through this program, that exhibitors acknowledge the effort of show management to meet high show standards. Stadium Jumping, Inc. has met those standards with the Tampa Equestrian Festival and will participate as a qualifier for the WCHR program with this year’s Tournament of Champions.

The Tampa Equestrian Festival will feature three weeks of ‘AA’ rated hunter competition with some of the top hunter horses and riders in the nation and is set to feature a full lineup 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.

Stadium Jumping, Inc. would also like remind exhibitors that the closing date for entries for the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival has been extended to this Friday, March 13, 2009.

For more information on the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival and to download the prizelist please visit, www.stadiumjumping.com.

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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