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MEDIA ALERT! Tampa Equestrian Series Kicks Off Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2013-03-26

Tampa FL– March 26, 2013 – The 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series will begin this Wednesday and run for two weeks at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL. The top hunter and jumper riders in the nation will compete for top honors at the ‘AA’ competition. The event features the $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 31 and the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Any members of the media that require special interviews or any special assistance, or those that wish to cover this event, please contact Phelps Media Group, Inc. International on the grounds at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Mason Phelps – 561-371-0118

Kendall Bierer- 561-309-9873

Or call the Stadium Jumping office at

941-744-5465 (phone)

941-744-0874 (fax)

The Tampa Equestrian Series will kick-off its two weeks of competition with the Tampa Bay Classic, which is scheduled for March 27-31, 2013. It will include the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Friday, March 29, and the $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 31. The ‘AA’-rated hunters will also be featured with divisions for professionals, juniors, and amateur-owners.

The Tournament of Champions is next, and will be held April 2-6, 2013. The $10,000 American Invitational Stake Class will be held on Thursday, April 5. The 41st $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. America’s “Super Bowl of Show Jumping,” is a historic event, which brings together the top horse and rider combinations in the world. 

Annually, this event showcases exhilarating equine power, amazing speed and agility, and equestrian excellence at the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The day is filled with extraordinary entertainment and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The Mane Event Kick-Off Party will start at 4 p.m. in Lot 5 of Raymond James Stadium with great fun for kids of all ages. There will be face painting and a Horseless Horse Show presented by JustWorld International, Disney Radio on site as well as autograph and photo opportunities. The gates open at 6 p.m. with a traditional course walk for the public. The Opening Ceremonies get underway at 7 p.m. with the Parade of Tampa Equestrian Festival Series Champions and a special tribute to "Our Heroes.” The first horse will show over the course beginning at 8 p.m. as they compete for the winning honors.

Tickets for the Saturday night spectacular are on sale now, online at: www.stadiumjumping.com. Ticket prices $30, $25, $15 Group Discounts for 10 or more persons.

For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series please call (941) 744-5465 or please visit www.stadiumjumping.com

The Tampa Equestrian Series and The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Fast Facts

WHAT: Two-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Information is available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Series:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680
www.stadiumjumping.com

The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
www.raymondjamesstadium.com

WHEN:
Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tampa Classic - March 27 - 31, 2013
Tournament of Champions – April 2 -6, 2013
The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* - April 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

Highlights:
Thursday, March 28: $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Sunday, March, 31: $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa
Thursday, April 5: $10,000 American Invitational Stake
Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.: 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* presented by G&C Farm. 

American Invitational Highlights:
To kick off the evening activities, the public is invited to participate in the traditional American invitational course walk. This is an opportunity for spectators to marvel at the size and breadth of the jumps equestrians will navigate their horses over.

Sponsorship and Tickets:
Corporate and individual sponsors may participate at any level. Ticket are $15-$30. Senior citizens, active duty members, and group discounts are available. For more information on sponsorship levels or to purchase tickets, please call 1-800-237-8924.

About the American Invitational:
The 41st annual American Invitational, one of the world’s richest equestrian show jumping competitions, has been held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida since 1971.The Invitational is the only major equestrian competition to be held in a NFL football stadium.

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:
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150' x 360' Bermuda sod grass

HOTELS:
Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, FL
813-626-6700

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
813-623-3321
800-642-4271

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
813-627-7625

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

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
April Wehle, Stadium Jumping, Inc.                                                                                                                      561-459-9259
email: aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

 

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