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Derby Gold Named Official Equine Bedding for 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm

Written by: Kenneth Kraus /
Client: American Invitational
Release Date: 2012-02-08

Tampa, FL – February 8, 2012 – Stadium Jumping, Inc. announced today that Derby Gold will be returning this year as the Official Equine Bedding Sponsor for 40th edition of the famed $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm when it returns to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Derby Gold is a Florida, family owned manufacturer of first quality equine bedding. Over the last decade, Derby Gold has become one of the largest and most highly regarded pine shavings and packaging companies in the US. The Hodge family timber operations across Central Florida are key to the company’s ability to supply superior shavings in continuous supply. Direct attention to daily operations by the company’s owner, Eddie Hodge, personally assures excellence in production and product quality. “We’re a high performance company, producing bedding for high performance horses,” Hodge says. “We guarantee a tight bag of well screened shavings, clean and compressed so they have a large rate of expansion."

Hodge went on to point out, “Frankly, we’re honored to be invited as a returning supplier and sponsor of the Gene Mische American Invitational. This is a major event in grand prix jumping. We’re proud that these world-class competitors are bedding with Derby Gold.”

Each competitor at this year’s event will receive ten complimentary bags of Derby Gold upon arrival at Raymond James Stadium.

“We produce premium equine bedding, specifically for high performance horses. All Derby Gold products are 100% pure pine,” Hodge added. “Soft flakes are shaved from select timber, harvested from pine lands owned or managed by our family. This guarantees both excellent quality and continuous availability to America's top farms, training facilities and world class events.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of this enduring classic and promises to be a magical night of show jumping as the world’s greatest riders and horses gather in the Tampa Bay area to decide the American Invitational title. Also, with the 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon, this year’s American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, becomes even more exciting and spectators at Raymond James will get a chance to see many of the top riders who have made their way on to the short list of qualifiers for London.

“The Gene Mische American Invitational is a spectacular show featuring many of the best riders and jumpers in the world. It’s grand prix jumping at its finest. We’re proud that Derby Gold Equine Bedding is now widely associated with the heritage and prestige of this important event,” Hodge stated.

Quality and service are winning traditions at Derby Gold, Florida’s oldest pine shavings and packaging company. Call 877-528-9044 for delivery or visit the website at:

Over the years, the American Invitational has been recognized as the crown jewel of American show jumping, and year in and year out, has been one of its toughest tests. Often called the Super Bowl of Show Jumping, the event also offers one of the biggest purses in all of equestrian sport.

Tickets for the Saturday night spectacular are on sale now, online at:

The $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational takes place on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The gates at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium open at 5:30 p.m. Included will be the always popular public course walk, plus fabulous opening ceremonies.

Tickets on sale now at


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