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Bob Thomas Equestrian Center Provides Brand New ESI All Weather Footing for Tampa Equestrian Series

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2014-03-17

Tampa, FL – March 17, 2014 – In just one week, some of the nation’s top hunter and jumper riders will head to Tampa, FL for the start of the 2014 Tampa Equestrian Series. This year, they will be greeted by some of the nation’s highest quality footing. The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds, home of the Tampa Equestrian Series, has installed all new ESI International Competition All Weather Footing in the facility’s large grand prix ring.

The top-of-the-line ESI International Competition All Weather Footing will allow the ring to stay in pristine condition throughout the Tampa Bay Classic, to be held March 26 – 30, 2014, and the Tournament of Champions, to be held April 1 – 5, 2014.

The ESI All Weather Footing has proven to be an industry leader, and it is currently utilized at a number of the country’s top events including the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show, the Hampton Classic and the Winter Equestrian Festival. The surface provides greater stability and less stress on horses’ legs and joints.

“The biggest thing with this new footing, in addition to the all-weather aspect, is being able to put that extra level of fluff on top of the riding surface,” said Brett Raflowitz of Equestrian Services International. “The horses are the ones who are going to be able to let the riders know the benefit. They’re going to be much more comfortable.” 

In addition to the top-quality footing, the Tampa Equestrian Series offers a full line-up of classes and competitive prize money. The complete prize list is available to view online here.

The Tampa Bay Classic, which is scheduled for March 26-30, 2014, will include the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Friday, March 28, the $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 30, and the $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Premier hunters will also be featured with divisions for professionals, juniors, and amateur-owners.

The Tournament of Champions is next, and will be held April 1-5, 2014, featuring a full array of hunter, jumper and equitation events. The series of Stadium Jumping events then jumps to Miami, FL for the 42nd $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, which will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Sun Life Stadium. America’s “Super Bowl of Show Jumping,” is a historic event, which brings together the top horse and rider combinations in the world. For more information on the Tampa Equestrian Series and the American Invitational visit

Tampa Equestrian Series Fast Facts:


Tampa Bay Classic – March 26 – 30, 2014 – Premier 4*

Tournament of Champions – April 1 – 5, 2014 – Premier 3*


Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680


March 26 – April 1, 2014

Highlights Include: 

$3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Friday, March 28, 2014

$25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake – Friday, March 28, 2014

$35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa – Sunday, March 30, 2014 – The Grand Prix of Tampa serves as the final qualifying competition for the 2014 American Invitational. 


Stadium Jumping, Inc.

1301 Sixth Avenue West, Suite 406

Bradenton, FL 34205

Telephone: (941)-744-5465

Fax: (941)-744-0874

Media Contacts:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12012 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 201

Wellington, FL 33414

Telephone: (561)-753-3389



April Wehle, Stadium Jumping, Inc.

Telephone: (561)-459-9259



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