Wellington, FL - November 30, 2007 - Every year, the National Horse Show and Family Festival brings some of the most interesting and unique equestrian exhibitions to crowds in Wellington. The 124th annual equestrian competition, which is held on Dec. 5-9, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, will be no different.
This year, there are a variety of interesting and fresh exhibitions for spectators. They all center around the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championships, presented by Equine Motorcoach, which are held in two phases. The opening ceremonies for the first phase are on Friday evening at 7 p.m., and the first horse will be on course at 7:30 p.m. The second round opening ceremonies are on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The parades in the opening ceremonies for the grand prix competitions always offer a variety of equines and disciplines. This year, spectators at the National Horse Show will have the opportunity to help equines in need. In the parade, a selection of rescue horses from Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue of Loxahatchee, FL, will be shown. The horses were chosen by Pure Thoughts organizer Jennifer Swanson. This Thanksgiving, she rescued an unbelievable 82 horses from slaughter in New Holland, PA. The horses include mares, foals, yearlings, weanlings, draft horses, Thoroughbreds, draft horses, and many more.
Equestrian Victoria McCullough contacted Swanson and helped bring the plight of these horses to the National Horse Show. "When Jennifer saved 82 horses in New Holland, it was the first time in their history that no horses were available for slaughter," McCullough stated. "If these horses are at the show and are seen, so many people will realize what happens and that we need to save them."
The selection of horses will be on the show grounds from Friday through Sunday and will be available for viewing and adoption. In addition, the remainder of the rescue horses can be seen just a short drive away at Swanson's farm in Loxahatchee. McCullough said, "It's one thing to read about rescued horses, but it's quite another to see all of them. We need to bring awareness and find a way to re-home these wonderful animals."
Joining the rescue horses in the parade on both days will be miniature horses. They join the parade and add a whimsical touch to the show. Miniature horses are known as the "horse for everyone." The American Miniature Horse Association states that American Miniature Horses can be found in a rainbow of colors and types, are eager to please and are extremely versatile. In the parade, the miniature horses will show that they can excel in a variety of disciplines, including four-in-hand carriage, singles driving, and showing on halter, among others. In addition to their inclusion in the opening ceremonies, they will have an exhibition on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Hunter Ring.
Friday and Sunday's opening ceremonies will feature a demonstration by world championship vaulters Matthias Lang and Sarah d'Auriol. They will show the crowd what the sport of vaulting is about: Strength, coordination, rhythm, suppleness and balance.
Before Friday night's event, a major recording star will join the festivities in the parade. Known for his gigantic hit, "Ice, Ice Baby," performer Vanilla Ice will be on the show grounds, enjoying the equestrian action. In the parade, he will drive an orange Lotus convertible from Palm Beach Motor Cars. Other local celebrities in cars include Mrs. Florida International 2008 Ashley Maguire and Village of Wellington mayor Thomas Wenham.
After the "Jumping Under the Stars Gala" on Friday night, there will be an incredible after party. The theme this year is "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars," and it is sure to be a fun and entertaining event. Equestrians like dressage stars Bent Jensen and Lynda Alicki will join show jumper Lauren Hough and amateur rider Tim Boulton. The after pary is hosted by Equine Motorcoach, and sponsored by Lehel Coach Builders, Volvo Trucks of North America, Cummins Onan Generators and Kentuckiana's Premier Truck Center. Wine will be provided by Chateau Chevalier, vodka will come from XELLENT(R), and beer will be given by Alltech.
A special local act will perform in Sunday's opening ceremonies. A group of 70 children from Binks Elementary School will sing the National Anthem to kick off the highlight event of the National Horse Show.
Come and see the variety of exhibitions that are a part of what makes the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival such a great event.
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:
"Jumping Under the Stars" Gala (December 7, evening)
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.)
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*
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.)
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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