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124th National Horse Show and Family Festival: Ending Showcase for Young Jumpers

Wellington, FL - November 26, 2007 - The 124th annual National Horse Show and Family Festival returns to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on December 5 through 9, 2007, and along with this years edition of the National comes the third annual $80,000 Young Jumper Championships International, showcasing the finest rising show jumping equine stars in the United States.

The year-end championships at the National Horse Show for these future grand prix stars are the culmination and highlight of a full year of competition. Each year the Young Jumper Championships offer over 300 qualifying classes for young jumpers nationwide.

Champions from the Eastern, Midwestern and Western League Finals, along with some of the top young horses from Canada, will be in Wellington for this premier event.

The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships Invitational consists of three sections, one for horses 5 years of age, one for horses 6 years of age, and one for horses 7 & 8 years of age. Qualifying for the event took place between January and October of 2007. Each section is restricted to the top forty entries.

The $20,000 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Invitational consists of three classes, two scored under Table II, Sec 1, Time First Round and one, the Championship, scored under Table II, Sec. 2a, Time First Jump-off. Only the top 15 competitors with the best scores from the first two classes advance to the final event to compete for the $20,000 in prize money. Top prize is $5,600.

Scoring and eligibility is the same for both the $30,000 6 Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Invitational and the $30,000 7 & 8 Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Invitational. The first place prize in each of these sections is worth $9,000.

The first two rounds of each section take place in the DeNemethy Arena on Thursday and Friday, December 6th and 7th, and the Championships will be contested at the Internationale Arena on Sunday, December 9, 2007.

Founded in 1988, the International Jumper Futurity has seen tremendous growth and success over the years. The Young Jumper Championships grew out of the IJF and saw its first competition ten years later in 1998.

Young Jumper Director Cheryll Frank has been a part of this expansion since 2001. "I've seen the participation quadruple in size," she explained. "Feedback from the riders and the owners say the program is the right thing at the right time. The old Preliminary Jumper system just wasn't working when it came to preparing young horses. The founders of the Young Jumper Championships saw that and created a development program," Frank detailed. "Now, trainers are saying that their customers really want to search out top youngsters to bring along. Owners are telling us how much they love the program and want to support it," she added.

The Young Jumper program is now well documented as a proving ground for future show jumping superstars. "According to the 2007 year-end ranking of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses, the two top-ranked American-based horses - Casadora and Cristallo - are both graduates of the Young Jumper program.

Kent Farrington's former top mount, Madison, is a YJC graduate and was one of the top ranked horses of her years in the program. Madison and Farrington went on to unprecedented success, including AGA Horse of the Year honors. "We're just sorry we can't claim Up Chiqui as one of ours!" laughed Frank.

Farrington will be on hand at the National with a handful of exciting prospects. Melissa Hirt's ice-cream loving Parrot Bay is the top ranked 5-year-old in the country, and he'll be knocking heads for the title against Charlie Jayne's duo of Victor and Sir Sean. Jayne will also start with one of the favorites in the 6-year-old section aboard Jonathan Cohen's Hands Down. Bob Kraut will return in 2007 aboard the defending 7 & 8-year-old Champion, Accordian, owned by Happy Hill Farm.

As Frank points out, the Young Jumper program benefits young riders as well. "One often overlooked aspect of the program is the opportunity for young riders, juniors, local professionals, and amateurs to go head-to-head with Olympians and beat them," Frank smiled.

Some recent success stories are 13-year-old Greer Hindle and 16-year-old Lisa Goldman. Both earned top ribbons at the YJC Midwestern League Final in Lexington, KY. Hindle competes the 5-year-old Belgian-bred gelding, Centurion B, who was bred in Indiana by

Bannockburn Farm LLC. "I think we're going to be seeing more and more homebred horses in the Young Jumper Championships," noted Frank. "Not just American-bred horses, but breeder/owners. Some of the top-ranked young jumpers in the country are already American-bred YJC horses, but what we are seeing now is that many were bred by the owners and or the riders,"

"Last season we reconfigured our annual publication to make it a real year book, and we added a proper stallion directory for the Jumper Futurity stallions," she said. "People have actually been asking for more information on the jumper stallions and that kind of interest is going to be good for the breeding sector."

Young Jumpers to Watch For

5-Year-Olds

American-bred Ocean Bubbles will lead the line-up of 5-Year-Olds for the 2007 YJC International. Ocean Bubbles, bred by Joan Irvine Smith and The Oaks, was the winner of the YJC Midwestern Regional in September. Owner/rider Claudia Katonas-Metais narrowly defeated Charlie Jayne and his two top ranked competitors Victor and Sir Sean. The Midwestern trio will be up against Katie Milton, aboard Equine Dreams LLC's Altitude 13, as well as top finishing Hotspur 23, owned and ridden by Gustavo Prato from the East. Representing Canada will be two of the top young horses in the Canadian Young Jumper Development Program in King Ridge Stables' homebred Grand Slam 3E and Grande Finale 3E.

6-Year-Olds

Bazooka de Muze and John Brennan are the top finishing representatives from the YJC Eastern League Final where they placed 2nd. The pair will be up against two strong finishing American-breds-Barb Rowland's No Worries (by Olisco) and Cynthia Johnson's Rendition (by Rio Grande). Out of the Midwest League Finals comes another Charlie Jayne entry, Hands Down, along with Comfortside Farm's Uno (Kent Farrington) and Skara Glen Palenque (Candice King). American-bred Adonis (by Magnum) placed 2nd here in 2006 and his half-brother Blue Danube was the previous winner in 2005.

7 & 8-Year-Olds

The winner here as a 5 year-old in 2005, Tatra Farms' homebred Blue Danube (by Hamar), returns to attempt a repeat performance. The top three finishers from the Midwestern League, American Thoroughbred Thomas Edison and Hungarian-bred Gangsta (Charlie Jayne has the ride on both) along with Stefanie Collier and Teresa Lyons Canadian-bred Clover All Over will be on hand. They'll be meeting five top Canadian entries from King Ridge Stables, including Double Diamond and Distant Star.

Past Champions

$20,000 5-Year-Old YJC International Winners

2006 - Uno, Laura Kraut, Mary Moricoli

2005 - Blue Danube, Darragh Kerins, Tatra Farm

$30,000 6-Year-Old YJC International Winners

2006 - Mill Creek Sandhya, Sergio Campos, Mill Creek Stables

2005 - Woica, Kent Farrington, Olivia Weeks

$30,000 7/8-Year-Old YJC International Winners

2006 - Accordian, Robert Kraut, Summit Show Stables

2005 - Nocturnal, Laura Kraut, Pin Oak Farm

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

HIGHLIGHTS- Competition:

- 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.)

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 FACILITY:

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.

DIRECTIONS:

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.

HOTELS:

*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

CAR RENTAL:

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

561-793-JUMP (phone)

561-753-7727 (fax)

http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office-

1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL 34205

941-744-5465 (phone)

941-744-0874 (fax)

http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LTD

Carolyn Vincent

P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548

516-484-1865 (phone)

516-484-1982 (fax)

NationalHS@aol.com

http://www.nhs.org

Photo Credit: Uno, owned by Mary Moricoli and ridden by Laura Kraut, winners of the $20,000 5-Year-Old YJC International. Photo (C)2006 PMG Pictures/Peter Llewellyn. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release.

 

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