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2009 Winter Equestrian Festival Draft Schedule

WELLINGTON, Fla., Nov. 1--Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), LLC on Saturday released a draft schedule of the 2009 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

The 12 weeks of WEF competition from Jan. 7 to Mar. 29 will have record prize money of about $5.6 million as well as record sponsorship. Complete details and the final prize list will be released next week.

PBIEC is undergoing major improvements scheduled for completion by the Holiday and Horses CSI /CDI 3* show Dec. 3-7. The $4 million of improvements will provide a world class showcase for these top events and follow multimillion dollar upgrades to the facility for WEF 2008.

Improvements include:

-Renovation of all South Grounds competition arenas and replacement of practice area footing;

-Installation of Bart Poels' Olympic quality footing in the Bertelan DeNemethy schooling area and the Magavoro arena, identical to the footing in the International Arena;

-Reconstruction of the footing in Rings 7 and 8 at the North Grounds to mirror footing in the Grand Hunter Field;

-Improved drainage throughout PBIEC;

-Upgraded FEI stabling area;

-Enhanced traffic flow to improve the safety of horses and people;

-Completely reconstructed spectator seating around the International Arena, and

-Refined vendor areas.

The 2009 WEF draft schedule is available on the ESP website, http://www.equestriansport.com, or at the direct link, http://equestriansport.com/wef.html.

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER

14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414

561-793-5867 (phone)

561-753-7727 (fax)

 

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