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The 37th Annual Budweiser American Invitational Approaches, Featuring Past and Future Winners

Tampa, FL - March 25, 2009 - The 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will be held next Saturday, April 4, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. One of the most prestigious events in show jumping, the competition will be the culmination of the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival with the nation's top horses and riders competing throughout this next week to qualify.

Renowned show jumper Debbie Stephens considers her 1993 win in the Budweiser American Invitational to be the highlight of her career and hopes to qualify to compete again this year with her horse Chapeau Z.

"I would have to say that winning the American Invitational here in Tampa is my best memory," Stephens expressed. "I have done a lot of wonderful things, but if you had to single it to one, my career win that means the most is the American Invitational."

"That stadium has such an aura when you go in to it; you can't duplicate it anywhere else," Stephens explained. "There is just something about that stadium and the crowds that is amazing; it is just one of those special nights."

The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is one of the world's richest equestrian show jumping competitions. Annually, this showcase of sheer equestrian power, speed and excellence attracts the greatest riders and horses in the world, going head to head, in a battle for one of the most prestigious titles in the sport. Invitations are offered to the thirty-five top riders on the tour, and this year's line-up will be a star-studded array of some of the world's finest equestrians, jumping some of the most grueling and challenging courses in the world, in a test of both sheer power and outright speed.

The Tampa tour features the final qualifier for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final and the down to the wire dash for the final spots in one of America's richest outdoor show jumping event, the $200,000 Budweiser American invitational. The excitement reaches its peak at Raymond James Stadium, under the lights on Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the American Invitational are now on sale through Ticketmaster and can be purchased by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com.

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

Photo Credit: Debbie Stephens will compete her horse Chapeau Z in Tampa this week hoping to qualify for the Budweiser American Invitational. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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