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Canadian Eric Lamaze Surges Ahead on the Budweiser American Invitational Qualifying List

Tampa, FL - March 10, 2008 - Canadian rider Eric Lamaze solidified his grip on the top spot of the list of qualified riders for this year's $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational following his strong second place finish in the richest event of the season to date at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

Lamaze finished second to Kent Farrington in the $150,000 CN U.S. Open, and now has over $56,000 towards Invitational qualifying. Farrington, with the win yesterday, has vaulted from off the charts to twentieth place on the money won list.

Defending champion Beezie Madden, who receives an automatic bid, is fourth on the money list.

The city of Tampa, Florida, will again play host to the Tampa Equestrian Festival, starting on March 19, 2008, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*, under the lights at Raymond James Stadium, on April 5, 2008, is again the grand finale to this year's festival.

Over the years, the American Invitational has been recognized as the crown jewel of American show jumping, and year in and year out, it has been one of its toughest tests.

The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, at Raymond James Stadium, brings together a star studded international group of equestrians to compete for one of the richest purses in all of show jumping. The unique invitation-only format assures the best possible starting field.

The following events remain as qualifiers for this year's Budweiser American Invitational:

March 13: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 at week nine of the CN WEF

March16: $200,000 CN Worldwide Grand Prix CSI-4* W at week nine of the CN WEF

March 20: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup at week one of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 23: $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida at week one of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 27: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup at week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 30: $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier & the Just World Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3* W at week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

April 2: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI at week three of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

Here, are the latest standings for this year's contest, based on money won in WEF qualifying events.

THE LATEST BUDWEISER AMERICAN INVITATIONAL STANDINGS

AS OF 3/9/08

PLACE TOTAL RIDER

* 34550 BEEZIE MADDEN

2 56500 ERIC LAMAZE

3 39950 NICOLE SIMPSON

4 35250 WILLIAM SIMPSON

5 34300 HILLARY DOBBS

6 32393.33 JEFFERY WELLES

7 27060 LAURA KRAUT

8 24300 RODRIGO PESSOA

9 21000 MAC CONE

10 20783.33 CHRIS KAPPLER

11 20600 PETER WYLDE

12 16500 IAN MILLAR

13 15000 PETER CHARLES

14 14100 LAUREN HOUGH

15 13525 MCLAIN WARD

16 12540 GEORGINA BLOOMBERG

17 12000 FRANCIS TRES ROIG

18 11560 BRIANNE GOUTAL

19 11100 TODD MINIKUS

20 10600 KENT FARRINGTON

21 9750 DARRIN DLIN

22 9000 CANDICE KING

23 8400 JAMES BENEDETTO

24 8033.33 DARRAGH KERINS

25 8000 KATE LEVY

26 7650 ANNE KURSINSKI

27 7000 LISA SILVERMAN

28 6960 DANIELLE TORANO

29 6750 CARA RAETHER

30 6600 MARILYN LITTLE

6600 NORMAN DELLO JOIO

6600 YANN CANDELE

33 5900 AMY MILLAR

34 5400 MARIO DESLAURIERS

35 4760 CHARLIE JAYNE

36 4400 KAREN CUDMORE

37 4075 LOUIS JACOBS

38 4000 ALI NILFORUSHAN

39 3900 ANGELA MOORE

40 3600 SHANE SWEETNAM



PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Lamaze and Hickstead competing in Sunday's $150,000 CN U.S. Open CSIO 5* at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (C) 2008 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release.

 

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