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Norman Dello Joio and Glasgow, winners of the 2004 Budweiser American Invitational.

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Budweiser American Invitational is Equestrian World¡¦s Super Bowl of Show Jumping

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: American Invitational
Release Date: 2005-03-28

Kenneth Kraus for Phelps Media Group, Inc.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Norman Dello Joio and Glasgow, winners of the 2004 Budweiser American Invitational. Photo by Randi Muster

Budweiser American Invitational is Equestrian World¡¦s Super Bowl of Show Jumping

Tampa, Fl ¡V March 29 ¡V The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, April 2, 2005 at 7pm. The thirty-third annual showcase of show jumping¡¦s superstars is America¡¦s richest equestrian event. Thirty of the world¡¦s top riders will compete for a first place check of $60,000.

Topping the list of competitors is the hottest rider on this year¡¦s Winter Equestrian Festival tour, Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Kraut takes the field at Raymond James Stadium as the top money winner on the tour, with $76, 650 in prize money. She is currently atop the American Grand Prix Association leader board with wins in the Cosequin Florida Open CSI-W and the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup CSI 3*. The 2000 Sydney Olympic team member will be looking for her first ever Budweiser American Invitational victory on Saturday night.

Anne Kursinski, a four time US Olympian, is second to Kraut on the money won list year with $44,575 in the bank. Kursinski, of Flemington, New Jersey, with Roxana 112, won the Lincoln Idle Dice World Cup Grand Prix CSI-W and two weeks later placed second in the Cosequin Florida Open CSI-W.

Ramiro Quintana of Argentina will be making his first Invitational appearance. Quintana won the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship during Samsung Nations Cup week in Wellington. Quintana is the first Argentine rider in 33 years to win the coveted US Open title. He was also a member of Argentina¡¦s 3rd place Nations Cup Team three weeks ago.

Laura Chapot, daughter of Olympic veterans Frank and Mary Chapot, has had a tremendous season this year in Florida and comes into Saturday night¡¦s competition with $38, 675 in prize money. Her partnership with Little Big Man has earned her many top placings including the win in the $75,000 Zada Masters Cup CSI 3* in Wellington in February.

Kent Farrington of Greenwich, Connecticut, is in his second season on the AGA Tour and this will be his first appearance in the Budweiser American Invitational. Farrington was second in the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship CSIO 4* on March 12, and on March 2, 2005, rode to victory in the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup.

Ellen Whitaker, who turned 19 years old during the Palm Beach portion of the Winter Equestrian Festival tour, comes into the Budweiser American Invitational as one of the hottest riders on this year¡¦s circuit.
England¡¦s National Lady Rider Title holder, Whitaker was second in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, CSI-W on Sunday and finished third in the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship. She was a member of the Silver Medal winning British team at the 2005 Samsung Nations Cup presented by CN CSIO 4* in Wellington in March. Whitaker has won $31,000 this season.

Georgina Bloomberg of New York City will be making her second Budweiser American Invitational appearance. A two time North American Young Riders Gold Medalist, Bloomberg enters the Invitational with $27,456 in money won and posted wins in two consecutive $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup series events on this year¡¦s tour.

Michael Whitaker of Great Britain comes into Raymond James Stadium fresh off a must win in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, Sunday, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Whitaker joins niece Ellen in making his first ever Invitational appearance. The four time British Olympian comes in with $24,925 in the bank.

Eight time AGA Rider of the Year, Margie Engle, returns to the Budweiser American Invitational, this year winning $23,581 in qualifying events.

Also on the star studded roster this year are four of the five members of the Silver Medal winning Athens Olympic Show Jumping squad. Chris Kappler, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Alison Firestone will all be vying for the first place check of $60,000.

Lauren Hough, Todd Minikus and Nona Garson, US Olympians from Sydney in 2000 are also scheduled to compete on Saturday night.

The world¡¦s most prolific Olympian, Ian Millar, with nine appearances in Olympic competition, will be joined by fellow Canadians Mac Cone and Eric Lamaze. Markus Beerbaum of Germany rounds out the international stars on this year¡¦s Budweiser American Invitational roster.

And, Norman Dello Joio, the 2004 Budweiser American Invitational Champion, will be present to defend his title when the Budweiser American Invitational lifts off on Saturday, at 7pm at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The Budweiser American Invitational Money Won List ¡V Final 03/27/05 *

*Please note, final declarations are not due until Thursday, March 31, 2005

Place Rider Total
qualified 2004 Olympic Team Beezie Madden $25,906
qualified 2004 Olympic Team Chris Kappler $15,356
qualified 2004 Olympic Team McLain Ward $16,350
qualified 2004 American Invitational Winner Norman Dello Joio $3,675
qualified 2004 Olympic Team Alison Firestone $1,925
qualified 2004 Olympic Team Peter Wylde $0
7 Laura Kraut $76,650
8 Anne Kursinski $44,575
9 Ramiro Quintana $39,300
10 Laura Chapot $38,675
11 Kent Farrington $33,700
12 Ellen Whitaker $31,000
13 Georgina Bloomberg $27,456
14 Michael Whitaker $24,925
15 Margie Engle $23,581
16 Eric Lamaze $23,125
17 Jeffery Welles $22,175
18 Markus Beerbaum $21,706
19 Cayce Harrison $20,750
20 Lauren Hough $20,675
21 Ian Millar $13,531
22 Kevin Babington $13,200
23 Cara Raether $13,000
24 Paige Johnson $12,000
25 Jimmy Torano $9,950
26 Ken Berkley $9,356
27 Todd Minikus $8,531
28 Schuyler Riley $8,106
29 Christine Tribble $7,906
30 Mac Cone $7,675
31 Joe Fargis $6,981
32 Candice King $6,450
33 Herve Godignon $6,356
34 Ainsley Vince $6,000
35 Nona Garson $5,375

PHOTO CREDIT: Norman Dello Joio and Glasgow, winners of the 2004 Budweiser American Invitational. Photo by Randi Muster

Budweiser American Invitational Fast Facts

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

« 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.

« Saturday, April 2
Raymond James Stadium
7:00 p.m.
Walk the course from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

« 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.

« Tickets available through TicketMaster (813) 287-8844, (727) 898-2100 or

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

« The event benefits the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol.


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