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Course designer Steve Stephens will build the test for the American Invitational.

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Steve Stephens Reveals Course for $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: American Invitational
Release Date: 2014-03-26

Miami, FL - March 26, 2014 - - With the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, just around the corner on April 5, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, world renowned Course Designer Steve Stephens has revealed the challenging test that will await the competitors at this year's event.

Tickets for this year's $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, are on sale now as well! Order tickets early for the best seating as one of the world's most exciting and challenging show jumping classic comes to Miami, Florida, for the first time. You can avoid online ticket fees by calling the stadium box office now at (305) 943-6311.

Stephens, one of the world's most respected builders, in addition to designing the American Invitational course since its inception, designed the courses for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (Hong Kong) and some of the most important show jumping events across the United States and around the world.  His work has been showcased at such important events as the American Gold Cup, the HITS Pfizer Million in Saugerties, NY, the National Horse Show, Lake Placid, the Devon Horse Show and the FEI Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

Stephens was recently named as one of the newest inductees into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. "When I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the USHJA, that was quite an honor. That was very important to me," Stephens said. "On the other hand, going into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is kind of the icing on the cake on my career. I've spent my life dedicated to the sport of show jumping and to be recognized for that is very, very special," he said.  

He is also the President of Stephens Designs, a company he formed in 1992 to create the jumps for the courses he and other great course designers build. Stephens' jumps have been hailed world-wide for their creativity, their unique designs and beautiful colors. His jumps will be on display at Sun Life Stadium on April 5th.

Building the course for the American Invitational has always been near and dear to Stephens' heart. "In 1972 Gene Mische (founder of Stadium Jumping) made the exciting decision to bring show jumping to an outdoor football stadium. From the beginning, I've always tried to make sure that the course I build matches the grandeur of the event itself," Stephens explained. "As the most important event in show jumping, I want to build a course that's a true test of scope and the athletic ability of the horse and a real test of the riders' talent. I think you'll see a great example of that at this year's American Invitational."

Tickets for this year's main event are on sale now. Also, special up close tables in the Wells Fargo Private Bank Club, ringside at Sun Life Stadium, are on sale as well. The club offers the perfect location to watch America's most challenging and exciting show jumping event. In addition to the great location, the club will feature sensational catering, your favorite beverages and first class service. The Wells Fargo Private Bank Club will be available for use during both the Hollow Creek $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Amateur Classic, as well as the main event, the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

To assure yourself of the best seats available, buy your tickets now. You can avoid online ticket fee by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-6311.

The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.!athlete-information/cr6r

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium.  Please email: for more information

For Sponsorship information please contact:
Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or
April Wehle 561-459-9259 or


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