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Breeding Classes Featured at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival

Tampa, FL - March 18, 2009 - The 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival kicked off its first day of competition at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, today. With three weeks of world-class equestrian competition running from March 18 through April 4, the show is set to feature some of the nation's top horses and riders.

Produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Tampa Equestrian Festival has long been a favorite among top competitors, trainers and judges alike. A renowned equestrian who has been a part of each of those groups is Jimmy Lee. Lee is judging in the main hunter ring for the first week of competition here in Tampa and has a history of showing, training and judging here that spans 20 years.

"I think this show offers a lot for spectators," Lee stated. "It is a really good show and it always has been. It is a wonderful facility, they take great care of it, and the management team does a great job here. I think there are a lot of ingredients that make this a really special place to come, not only as a spectator but as an exhibitor as well."

This year's competition will feature a full three week line-up of 'AA' rated hunter divisions including the addition of Hunter Breeding classes and an expanded schedule of non-rated hunter divisions. Lee is looking forward to judging the breeding classes and thinks that it will be fun to see some special young horses.

"As a horseman you are always looking for a new hose, looking for a new face," Lee said. "You never know where it is going to be, the next great one, but they are there somewhere. I expect to see some good young horses here for sure."

The breeding classes are judged on a horse's conformation and way of moving. The young horses are judged on their suitability to become a hunter and are shown at the walk and the trot to determine balance and movement.

"I think it gives a good balance to the show and it is nice for the spectators to see the young horses," Lee emphasized. "It is nice to see those young horses and then see how they develop into performance horses. I know that the exhibitors like it, and to be able to bring young horses to a show of this caliber is pretty terrific."

For more information on the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Jimmy Lee is judging at this year's Tampa Equestrian Festival at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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