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Eighteen Spots Up For Grabs as Money Race Tightens for $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa.

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: American Invitational http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2005-03-09


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Kenneth Kraus for Phelps Media Group, Inc.



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PHOTO CREDIT: US Olympic Show Jumping Team Silver Medalists Peter Wylde, Chris Kappler, McLain Ward and Beezie Madden. Phelps Media Group File Photo.



Eighteen Spots Up For Grabs as Money Race Tightens for $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa.



Wellington, Fl – March 8 – The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is the grand finale to the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and will be contested at 7pm on Saturday, April 2, 2005, under the lights at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. While some riders, based on previous accomplishments, are guaranteed a spot in the nation’s richest and most exciting show jumping event, most have to earn their way into a starting spot using their prize money won during the nine week run of the Winter Equestrian Festival.



The thirty-third annual Budweiser American Invitational, a free event for those who qualify, is the nation’s most prestigious show jumping event. The event is limited to only thirty top riders.



Invitations are extended to the defending Budweiser American Invitational Champion, the five members of the 2004 Silver Medal Olympic Show Jumping Team and to the riders in the top four spots on the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year Standings as of March 27, 2005. Two additional invitations will be issued by the organizing committee.



The remaining eighteen spots are determined by money won in the WEF Challenge Cup classes and the Sunday Grand Prix events during the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival.



There’s no doubt that the Winter Equestrian Festival’s hottest riders have already bankrolled enough money to punch their ticket to ride at Raymond James on April 2nd. Laura Kraut ($72,400), Anne Kursinski ($38,575) and Laura Chapot ($28,675) should have no trouble making the cut for the main event. Margie Engle ($23,581), Eric Lamaze ($23,125), Cayce Harrison ($20,750) and Lauren Hough ($19,000) are in pretty good shape rolling into the final weeks of competition.



With only four qualifying events remaining, the rest of the field will be scrambling to make the money cut. There is $225,000 in prize money at stake during the four remaining classes. $25,000 will be offered on Thursday, March 10, 2005, during the WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round Seven and then on Sunday, riders will have a chance for one of the biggest purses of the season in the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship, presented by CN, CSIO 4*. With a first place prize of $30,000, a rider currently near the bottom of the list could vault to near the top on a single Sunday afternoon.



The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa will be the final battleground when the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival moves from Wellington to Florida’s West Coast.



On Thursday, March 24, 2005, another purse of $25,000 is at stake in the WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round Eight. Then on Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 2 P.M., the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, CSI-W, takes center stage as the final qualifier for this year’s Budweiser American Invitational.



This year’s race to the Budweiser World Cup comes to a dramatic finish at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center as well. The Tampa venue of the Winter Equestrian Festival is the site of the final two East Coast World Cup Qualifying classes and this year’s rider race is as tight as any chase in World Cup history.



There are seven spots available for this year’s Budweiser World Cup Finals, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 20 -24, 2005. The Grand Prix of Tampa on March 27th and the WEF Challenge Cup Series Final on Wednesday, March 30th, will determine who will represent the United States at this year’s Budweiser World Cup.





The 2005 Budweiser American Invitational Money Won List – as of 03/07/05



Chris Kappler-$15,356 -qualified, 2004 Olympic Team

Beezie Madden-$13,406 -qualified, 2004 Olympic Team

McLain Ward-$12,175 -qualified, 2004 Olympic Team

Alison Firestone-$425 -qualified, 2004 Olympic Team

Peter Wylde-$0 -qualified, 2004 Olympic Team

Norman Dello Joio-$3,675 –qualified, 2004 American Invitational Winner



7 - Laura Kraut -$72,400

8 - Anne Kursinski -$38,575

9 - Laura Chapot -$28,675

10 - Margie Engle -$23,581

11 - Eric Lamaze -$23,125

12 - Cayce Harrison -$20,750

13 - Lauren Hough -$19,000

14 - Markus Beerbaum -$16,456

15 - Kevin Babington -$13,200

16 - Cara Raether -$13,000

17 - Jeffery Welles -$12,425

18 - Kent Farrington -$11,700

19 - Paige Johnson -$11,000

20 - Ian Millar -$10,106

21 - Ken Berkley -$9,356

22 - Ramiro Quintana -$9,300

23 - Schuyler Riley -$8,106

24 - Georgina Bloomberg -$7,456

25 - Mac Cone -$7,250

26 - Joe Fargis -$6,981

27 - Candice King -$6,450

28 - Christine Tribble -$6,181

29 - Jimmy Torano -$5,950

30 - Ainsley Vince -$5,500

31 - Kate Levy -$5,250

32 - Keean White -$4,750

33 - Nona Garson -$4,625

34 - Kimberly Frey -$4,425

35 - Peter Leone -$4,250

36 - Eric Flemeng -$4,000

37 - Cody Baird -$3,606

38 - Todd Minikus -$3,606

39 - Sheila Burke -$3,600

40 - Clare Bronfman -$3,356

41 - Federico Sztyrle -$3,000

- Leslie Howard -$3,000

43 - Frankie Chesler -$2,875

44 - Gilbert DeRooch -$2,625

45 - Maggie Jayne -$2,000

46 - Yann Candele - 1,925

47 - Michael Morrissey -$1,500

48 - Judy Garofalo -$1,356

49 - Darrin Dlin -$1,250

- Molly Ashe -$1,250

-Ragan Roberts -$1,250



East Coast World Cup League Standings – as of 03/07/05



1 - Kraut, Laura - 94

2 - Ward, McLain - 92

3 - Frey, Kimberly - 81

4 - Hough, Lauren - 74

5 - King, Candice - 71

6 - Riley, Schuyler - 65

7 - Kursinski, Anne - 62

8 - Bloomberg, Georgina - 59

8 - Madden, Beezie - 59

10 - Minikus, Todd - 52

11 - Tribble, Christine - 46

12 - Engle, Margie - 37

12 - Raposa, David - 37

14 - Welles, Jeffery - 36

15 - Pletcher, Peter - 33

15 - Torano, Jimmy - 33

17 - Solem, Callan - 30

18 - Berkley, Ken - 24

19 - Kappler, Chris - 23

20 - Bass, Lauren - 22

21 - Sweely, Robin - 20

22 - Firestone, Alison - 18

23 - Ashe, Molly - 17

24 - Jacquin, Lisa - 16

24 - Lamaze, Megan - 16

26 - Bronfman, Clare - 15

26 - Harrison, Cayce - 15





Tampa Fast Facts



WHAT: The world’s largest and longest-running equestrian sporting event, this event awards more than $3 million in prize money and features more than 1,000 horses and the world’s best riders including Olympic members of the U.S. Equestrian Team.



WHEN: March 23 – April 2 (closed March 28)



· Beginning daily at 8:00am.



· Four rings daily at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center on the Florida State Fairgrounds.



ADMISSION:



Ø March 23-27 (Wednesday-Sunday) Tampa Bay Classic, CSI-W

Wednesday FREE

Thurs.-Fri. Adults $5.00 Seniors/Children 12 and older $5.00

Saturday Adults $10.00 Seniors/Children 12 and older $5.00

Sunday Adults $15.00 Seniors/Children 12 and older $5.00



Ø March 29-April 2 (Tuesday-Saturday) Tournament of Champions CSI-W

Tuesday FREE

Wed.-Fri. Adults $5.00 Seniors/Children 12 and older $5.00

Saturday Adults $10.00 Seniors/Children 12 and older $5.00

Children under 12 are free everyday.





HIGHLIGHT: The 33rd Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune



Ø The top thirty riders including riders from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Argentina and France compete for $200,000 in prize money one night only at Raymond James Stadium. In addition to the defending Invitational champion, invitations are issued to the current top four American Grand Prix Association riders, the team silver medalists from the Athens Olympic Games, plus the top riders based on prize money won from the nine week long Winter Equestrian Festival tour.



Ø Saturday, April 2

Raymond James Stadium

7:00 p.m.

Walk the course from 5:30-6:15 p.m.



Ø Advance ticket prices are $25-35 and family four packs $65 (Day-of-show $30-40 tickets and family four packs $75). Service charges apply.



Ø Tickets available through TicketMaster (813) 287-8844, (727) 898-2100 or ticketmaster.com



Ø TicketMaster outlets accept only cash on the day of show.



Ø The event benefits the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol.





PHOTO CREDIT: US Olympic Show Jumping Team Silver Medalists Peter Wylde, Chris Kappler, McLain Ward and Beezie Madden. Phelps Media Group File Photo.



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