Wellington, FL - November 30, 2007 - On Friday, Dec. 7, the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival will host the after party themed "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars." Held in the Special Events Tent, the after party welcomes horse show exhibitors, sponsors, and VIP table holders. The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival is scheduled for Dec.5-9, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
Hosted by Equine Motorcoach, sponsors of "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars" include: Lehel Coach Builders, Volvo Trucks of North America, Cummins Onan Generators, Kentuckiana's Premier Truck Center, wine by Chateau Chevalier, vodka by XELLENT(R), and beer by Alltech.
The soiree is scheduled to follow the "Jumping Under the Stars" Gala in the Diamond Horseshoe Club, held during the first phase of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach. Doors will open for the "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars" after party at 9:30 p.m.
At the festivity, professional dancers will perform competition-style with equestrians. The pairs will perform such ballroom dances as the fox trot, tango, and waltz for a panel of judges, which includes Gene Mische, founder of Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the Winter Equestrian Festival; Jane Clark, president and CFO of the USET Foundation; and John Y. G. Walker III, treasurer of the National Horse Show. Judges will score equestrian stars on a scale from 1 to 10, and a dance-off will be held in the event of a tie.
The first dance of the night will be performed by Betty Jane Henry, who has served on the NHS Board of Directors and on the Ladies Committee longer than any other member.
Following Henry's dance, other contestants will compete with professionals from the studio Dance Connection of Palm Beach.
Mason Phelps Jr., chairman of the board of the National Horse Show Association of America Ltd, will emcee the occasion, and Equine Motorcoach's Julie Calazone will present the awards. After the competition, guests are welcomed to dance the night away, enjoying great music and cocktails.
"I look forward to working with this panel of judges," states Mason Phelps Jr., founder of Phelps Media Group, Inc. "They are all personal friends of mine. Additionally, the night should be full of lots of surprises and laughs."
The night will be filmed by a videographer and posted on the Sun-Sentinel's Web site, http://www.sun-sentinel.com
In addition to Betty Jane Henry, notables who have confirmed their participation in this event are grand prix dressage riders Lynda Alicki and Bent Jensen and show jumpers Lauren Hough and Tim Boulton. Two more openings are currently available for equestrian stars.
Alicki won a team Gold Medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and she earned a team Gold Medal aboard Gino at CDIO Hickstead in England in 1997. In addition, she finished fourth overall in the USET Grand Prix Championship, held at the 1997 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions. Also in 1997, Alicki won the USET Grand Prix qualifier and Grand Prix Special at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and the Grand Prix Qualifier and Freestyle at CDI-W Raleigh.
Jensen competed as an Olympian on the Danish Team in Barcelona, was two-time Danish National Champion Rider of the Year in Dressage, and has made his mark in the U.S. Grand Prix Dressage world with a string of successes in CDI's from New England to Florida. He has competed with such highly acclaimed horses as Ariston, Oliver Twist, Pilota, and Alexander.
Tim Boulton, owner and manager of La Peche Catering, has shown in both the hunter and jumper arenas at the Winter Equestrian Festival and other prestigious, nationally ranked competitions. La Peche Catering provides provisions for the Diamond Horseshoe Club at the National Horse Show and Family Festival.
Lauren Hough is one of the most celebrated grand prix show jumpers in the country. She represented the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with her mount Clasiko, and she also won the team Gold Medal in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo on Windy City. She has successfully participated in the World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany (2002), Las Vegas, Nevada (2005), and Las Vegas, Nevada (2007). Hough finished fourth in the 2006 World Equestrian Games Selection Trials, and she continues to represent the United States in international competitions.
Invitation for "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars" are available at the Equine Motorcoach vendor booth on the Great Lawn or in the Phelps Media Group, Inc. office.
124th NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
WHAT: 124th National Horse Show & Family Festival
WHEN: December 5-9, 2007
HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Wellington, Florida
- The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (December 5)
- The $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI (December 6)
- The Zada Enterprises, LLC 6th Annual Dressage at the National (December 7-9)
- The $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, CSI (December 7- evening competition)
- The $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship (December 8)
- The $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI (December 8)
- The $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 9)
- The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International Finals (December 9)
- The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup(TM) for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, (December 9)
Exhibitions and Special Events:
Matthias Lang and Sarah d'Auriol vaulting demonstration in the Internationale Arena (December 7 at 7 p.m. and December 9 at 1:30 p.m.)
"Jumping Under the Stars" Gala (December 7, evening)
Children's Fair (December 8-9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Wellington Chamber Business Showcase 2007 in Grand Hunter Ring (December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Miniature Horses in Opening Ceremonies Parade (December 7, evening, special exhibition in Grand Hunter Ring at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and in Internationale Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.)
Rescue Horses from Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue in Opening Ceremonies Parade (December 7, evening, and December 9 at 2 p.m.) *Horses on grounds Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are available for viewing and adoption*
SPONSORED CLASSES & PRIZE MONEY:
$155,000 FEI International Jumper section
$125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach
$5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake
$80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International
$20,000 Palm Beach Daily News Amateur-Owner Jumper division
$20,000 ASPCA Junior Jumper division
$11,000 Pasmore Stables Adult Amateur Jumper division
$11,000 Martha Jolicoeur P.A. Illustrated Properties Children's Jumper division
$11,000 Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunter divisions
$6,500 "All the Gold" Second Year Green Working Hunter division
$6,500 National Horse Show Ladies Committee Side Saddle division
$5,500 Large Pony Hunter division sponsored by Suzy Marquard
$5,500 Alyana Farms Small Pony Hunter division
$5,500 Reflection Farms Green Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Moxie Equestrian Inc. Regular Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Tara Management Amateur-Owner 18-35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Over 35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunter division
Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage at the National
Palm Beach Equine Clinic
Florida Coast Equipment
RV Sales of Broward
TICKETS: 561-793-JUMP, or visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Adults: $10 Wednesday through Saturday (including $10 for Friday evening performance), Sunday- $15
Seniors/Children 13 and up: $7 all performances
Children 12 and under: Free
VIP SEATING: Box Seats Tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited availability)
Location: Internationale Arena
Prices: $25 every day (plus $25 for Friday evening performance), per person
Box of 4 seats for entire week, including Friday night: $500
Box Seats are available for purchase through Stadium Jumping, Inc. Please call 800-237-8924 for more information.
VIP tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club (located at the Internationale Arena):
Gold Member Front Row- $5000 for six seat table, luxury amenities provided for all performances including Friday evening. Silver Member Second and Third Rows- $3500 for six seat table.
Tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club are available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. Please call 561-753-3389.
The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is also the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400' x 400' grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating, chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include the Diamond Horseshoe Club VIP area.
Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left - Equestrian Road.
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday.
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the Internationale Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.
*Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington
2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696
*Hampton Inn at Emerald Dunes
2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990
*Hampton Inn Lake Worth
8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980
Use Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs at the National Horse Show and Family Festival! Call 1-800-593-0505 and use the National Horse Show reference number 41W0080 for a discount.
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB:
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office-
1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL 34205
NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LTD
P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548
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