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Tampa Equestrian Festival Hosts $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix of Tampa

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Tampa Equestrian Festival Hosts $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix of Tampa

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2009-03-13

Tampa, FL – March 13, 2009 – As the battle for the top spots in the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals comes down to the wire, the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival will be hosting this year’s final World Cup qualifying class during its second week of competition, the Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W. The Tampa Classic will feature the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa.

Grand prix show jumpers McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Todd Minikus, and Christine McCrea have all secured themselves spots to compete in Las Vegas in April, as the top four riders on the East Coast League Rolex FEI World Cup qualifying list. That leaves three spots open, with the following six riders all very close in points, ready to battle it out. Darragh Kerins, Beezie Madden, Hillary Dobbs, Lauren Hough, Brianne Goutal, and Michelle Spadone all hope to take one of those top spots, and will compete in Tampa in attempt to earn the final points necessary.

The $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W will be conducted under the current FEI Rules for World Cup and FEI Rules for Jumping Events. With fences towering at 1.60m tall, this event is also a Rolex World Ranking Competition and a qualifier for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*, which will be held under lights on April 4 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

Additional show jumping events include the $35,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake to kick off the first week of competition on Thursday, March 26, and the final qualifying event for the American Invitational, a $35,000 Grand Prix of Florida CSI on Wednesday, April 1.

The 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival will host three weeks of equestrian competition, which will run from March 18 to April 4 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL. 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.

For more information, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: William Lowry and Rio Corde won the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W in 2008. Photo © 2008 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 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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