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2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic Schedule Offers Classes for Junior, Amateur-Owner, and Open Jumpers

Schedule Includes Huge Prize Money Event, the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC - March 6, 2008 - The 2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic will be held on April 11-13 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It promises to be one of the biggest and best show jumping events in the United States this year for juniors, amateur-owners, and international open jumpers. The top international show jumpers in the nation will be vying for a purse of $500,000 and will show why the Charlotte Jumper Classic is one of America's premier equestrian competitions.

The biggest class of the week is the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte, CSI 5*, for the Charlotte Bobcats Cup. It will be held on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. The class has the highest international show jumping rating given in the world, which makes it an important class for show jumpers who want to earn points towards their international ranking. The class will be held as a two-round format, and the winner of the class will take home the lion's share of the prize money.

The international jumpers will battle for $100,000 in prize money in their first three classes of competition at the Charlotte Jumper Classic. The $50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI runs on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. Their second class, a speed competition for $25,000 in prize money, will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Their accumulator class, which also offers a $25,000 purse, is on Saturday at 8 p.m. In addition to the prize money that riders can win in competition, the Leading International Rider will win a trophy and $7,500, as will the Best International Horse. The reserve horse award will win $2,500.

The junior/amateur-owner jumpers will compete for an amazing $80,000 in prize money. This includes a $15,000 speed class on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. and a $15,000 accumulator class on Saturday evening. Their final class is the $50,000 Charlotte Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday at 1 p.m., which rivals in prize money many of the grand prix events held around the country.

For equestrian competitors, the Charlotte Jumper Classic is a must on their travel schedule, not only for the incredible prize money, but for the great venue and top-notch competition. This year, the Charlotte Jumper Classic offers an expanded competition ring along with a well-appointed stabling area and schooling ring, including a live broadcast of competition inside the schooling ring area.

The Charlotte Jumper Classic is a signature fundraising event for the Bobcats Youth Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of children and youth in the community. The upcoming 2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic will benefit the Bobcats Youth Foundation's three signature initiatives: Building reading and technology centers, resurfacing outdoor basketball courts and supporting the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser, a mobile health clinic providing needed healthcare to disadvantaged children.

The Charlotte Jumper Classic will host more than 200 horses in Uptown Charlotte and features $700,000 in prize money. For more information on the Charlotte Jumper Classic, please visit their Web site at http://www.charlottejumperclassic.com.

2008 CHARLOTTE JUMPER CLASSIC FAST FACTS

EVENT: The Charlotte Jumper Classic

WHAT: The premier equestrian event in the Carolinas and home to one of the richest grand prix events in the United States. The Charlotte Jumper Classic is an American Grand Prix Association event, FEI sanctioned, CSI 5* show.

WHERE: Charlotte Bobcats Arena, 333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

WHEN: April 11-13, 2008

Friday, April 11 - 6:00 p.m.

$15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Competition

8:00 p.m.

$50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake

Saturday, April 12 - 12:30 p.m.

$15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Accumulator

2:30 p.m.

$25,000 International Competition

8:00 p.m.

$25,000 Accumulator Competition

Sunday, April 13 - 1:00 p.m.

$50,000 Charlotte Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

3:00 p.m.

The $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte for the Charlotte Bobcats Cup

HIGHLIGHTS: The Charlotte Jumper Classic is a signature fundraising event for the Bobcats Youth Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of children and youth in the community. The upcoming 2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic will benefit the Bobcats Youth Foundation's three signature initiatives - building reading and technology centers, resurfacing outdoor basketball courts and supporting the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser, a mobile health clinic providing needed healthcare to disadvantaged children.

Thursday, April 10 - Welcome Reception featuring great food, spirits and entertainment, casual attire at an outdoor event that is Invitation Only

Friday, April 11 - Charlotte Jumper Classic Luncheon featuring Steve Stephens, CJC Course Designer and 2008 Olympics Show Jumping Course Designer. Tickets and table sponsorship available. Proceeds benefit the Bobcats Youth Foundation.

Tented rider hospitality village providing complimentary food and beverage

Expanded competition ring

Commemorative fifth anniversary gift items for riders and rider support team

Well appointed stabling area and schooling ring

Live broadcast of competition inside schooling ring area

Great entertainment

Wide array of vendors

Rider Pavilion to continue to educate the public on the growing equestrian industry and to introduce new fans to the sport. Features include mini horsemanship seminars and industry information for both the novice and seasoned rider

Host hotel within walking distance of the Charlotte Bobcats Arena

$700,000 in overall prize money

ADMISSION: Price level one seating - $25.00 per session

Price level two seating - $15.00 per session

Child's tickets - $5.00 for all shows

VIP SEATING: VIP Seating is available to sponsors and donors and includes Front Court hospitality. For more information contact LaRita Barber at 704-688-8790, e-mail lbarber@charlottejumperclassic.com or visit http://www.charlottejumperclassic.com.

PARKING: More than 30,000 parking spaces are available within walking distance of the arena. To purchase advance parking for an event, or view directions, please visit the directions or parking page at http://www.CharlotteBobcatsArena.com for additional information. Prices range from $7.00-15.00 per day.

DIRECTIONS:

I-77 from the South - Exit at either John Belk Freeway (I-277) or Trade Street

I-77 from the North - Exit at either Brookshire Freeway (I-277 East), 5th Street, Trade Street or John Belk Freeway (I-277)

I-85 from the South - Exit at the Billy Graham Parkway, take the Billy Graham Parkway to I-77 North, exit at either I-277 North or Trade Street

I-85 from the North - Exit at the I-77 exit at either John Belk Freeway (I-277) or Trade Street

Inside the City:

Brookshire Freeway (I-277) from the West - Exit at either I-77 South or Brevard Street. NC49/US29 from the Northeast - Follow Tryon Street to Uptown, Charlotte Bobcats Arena is one block east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets

Airport - Follow Josh Birmingham Parkway 1.4 miles to Billy Graham Parkway South. Proceed on Billy Graham Parkway to I-77 North. Exit at either John Belk Freeway (I-277) or Trade Street

HOST HOTEL:

Marriott Charlotte City Center

100 West Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202 (.2mi away)

1-800-228-9290 or 704-358-6579

*Ask for Charlotte Jumper Classic rate*

http://www.marriott.com

ADDITIONAL NEARBY HOTELS:

Holiday Inn Charlotte, Center City, 230 N. College St., 704-335-5400 (.1mi away)

Hilton Charlotte, 222 East Third St. 704-377-1500 (.2mi away)

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown, 530 E. Second St., 704-333-9213 (.3mi away)

AmeriSuites Coliseum, 4119 South Stream Blvd, 704-357-8555

Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, 704-357-1414

Sleep Inn Coliseum, 701 Yorkmont Road, 704-525-5005

Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2600 Yorkmont Road, 704-357-9100

THE FACILITY:

Box office locations and hours:

Charlotte Bobcats Arena offers event guests convenient ways to purchase tickets to arena events online, by phone, at the arena's on-site box office window, or at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center box office.

Online at CharlotteBobcatsArena.com - The arena offers tickets to its events at CharlotteBobcatsArena.com. The Bobcats' in-house ticketing solution allows guests a fan-friendly system through which they can view schedules of all upcoming arena events then search for tickets by price, by seat or by best available option. The Bobcats partnered with ticket enabler Paciolan for this state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Telephone - Tickets are available via toll-free phone at 1-800-495-2295.

Charlotte Bobcats Arena Box Office - Charlotte Bobcats Arena box office is located on the Club Concourse level in the lobby mid-way between the Trade Street and Fifth Street entrances. It features 16 box office windows, with six accessible from the outside. Box Office Hours - Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Ticket Outlet - Blumenthal Performing Arts Center ticket outlet is located in Founder's Hall at 130 North Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. Ticket Outlet Hours: Ticket Outlet hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and closed Sunday.

Guests with disabilities:

Charlotte Bobcats Arena takes pride in its efforts to meet the needs of all guests. The arena satisfies, and in many cases, exceeds the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These are some of the services available to our guests with disabilities:

Access to Charlotte Bobcats Arena - We recommend that guests with disabilities access the arena on the Fifth Street side near the disabled drop-off location. Guests with disabilities also can access the arena through the Trade Street entrance during regular box office hours (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday).

Wheelchair and Companion Seating - Wheelchair and companion seating is available at various locations throughout Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Wheelchair users shall be limited to one (1) wheelchair and three (3) companion seats per event [or any combination of seats not exceeding four (4) seats]. Additional companion and/or wheelchair seats will be sold on a case-by-case basis. To purchase wheelchair and companion seating, please call VOICE: 1-800-495-2295 or TTY/TTD 1-800-735-8262. Please be advised that Charlotte Bobcats Arena reserves the right to take appropriate legal action against individuals who fraudulently obtain wheelchair and companion seating.

Assistive Listening System (ALS) - Charlotte Bobcats Arena has been equipped with the most advanced ALS. Assisted listening devices are available to guests who are hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted at no charge at Guest Services. A driver's license, credit card or some form of identification will be required as a deposit. Guests who choose to bring their own headset and receiver may access the system on a standard FM broadcast.

Guide Dogs and Service Animals - Animals are not allowed in Charlotte Bobcats Arena; however, an exception is made for guests with guide dogs or service animals. Please contact our ADA Coordinator if any accommodations are required.

Interpreting Services - Guests requiring interpreting services for concerts should contact our ADA Coordinator no later than three weeks after concert ticket sales begin.

If you require assistance while visiting Charlotte Bobcats Arena, please contact an usher or staff member, or visit our Guest Services, where Representative will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail us with any additional questions regarding guests with disabilities.

CHARLOTTE JUMPER CLASSIC

333 East Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Tel: 704-688-8790

Contact: LaRita Barber, Executive Director

E-mail: lbarber@bobcats.com

Web site: http://www.charlottejumperclassic.com

Michael Thompson

Director of Corporate Communications, Charlotte Bobcats Arena

704-688-8856

Cindy Carrasquilla

Corporate Communications Manager

704-688-8815

 

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