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Ambition and Robin Fairclough Take Reserve Championship Honors in Green Working Hunters

Tampa, FL - April 1, 2009 - The Tampa Equestrian Festival's third week of competition, the Tournament of Champions, continued with its second day of competition today. The Tournament of Champions week was selected as a qualifier for the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) program and runs through the show's conclusion, April 4, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The Green Working Hunters competed in the Main Hunter Ring first thing this morning and were awarded their division championship after two days of competition. For the second week in a row, Kate Conover rode Like Wize to the Green Working Hunter division championship. Ambition, ridden by Robin Fairclough took home the reserve championship tricolor.

Ambition is five years old and is owned by junior rider Bailey Hughes who purchased the young horse from Emil Spadone at the beginning of the Ocala circuit. Ambition showed in the First Year Green Hunters with Fairclough and the Large Junior Hunters with Hughes at Ocala and did very well.

"He is just lazy, very uncomplicated and a pleasure to have around," Fairclough stated. "He was absolutely perfect today; he got a little tired in the second class, but he requires no preparation. We basically hand walk him in the morning and that is it, so he is great."

Ambition's owner, Bailey Hughes is from Clark Summit, PA, and trains with Robin Fairclough. "I just love everything about him," Hughes said after her horse's win. "He was the first horse I tried at Emil's and I just fell in love with him right away, he is perfect. He has a great personality and he is super friendly; he loves everyone and everything."

Fairclough has shown in Tampa before, but this is Hughes' first time to the show. "I have shown in Tampa in the past, but not recently, and I am thrilled to be back again" Fairclough explained. "It is so nice here; we are done at a reasonable hour and everything is organized and the footing is great. We will definitely be back again."

Hughes added, "I love it here; I will definitely come back next year!"

The Tournament of Champions is the final week of competition for the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival and will conclude on Saturday, April 4, with the show's grand finale, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational. The American Invitational is one of the most elite competitions in the equestrian sport and will feature 35 of the best horses and riders competing for the prestigious title.

For more information please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Robin Fairclough rode Bailey Hughes' new horse Ambition to the Green Working Hunter reserve championship tricolor at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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