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Exquis World Dressage Masters Spectators Can Win $10,000 Worth of Back on Track Products

WELLINGTON, Fla., Jan. 13--Spectators at the Exquis World Dressage Masters will have the opportunity to win $10,000 worth of Back on Track horse products.

The Back on Track products will be given away to spectators whose ticket stubs are drawn randomly during the clinic by three-time Olympic gold medalist Anky van Grunsven and the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The clinic by van Grunsven is on Friday night, Jan. 30 and the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night, Jan. 31 in PBIEC's International Arena with its Olympic quality footing.

The $10,000 worth of Back on Track products to be distributed to spectators are 23 horse blankets, 22 pairs of leg wraps and 22 saddle pads.

Spectators should retain their ticket stubs with the number. Drawings will be made during the performances each night and the products given away immediately.

Van Grunsven on IPS Painted Black, the USA's Steffen Peters on Ravel, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Mindehoud of The Netherlands, Ashley Holzer of Canada and another 15 riders from Europe and the Americas will compete for an unprecedented 100,000 (US$133,000) in prize money.

The Grand Prix of 20 invited combinations will be held during the day Friday in PBIEC's centerpiece International Arena. Spectators can watch the Grand Prix free of charge.

Van Grunsven's clinic with invited riders and their horses will be held Friday night.

Eight riders from the Grand Prix will move on to the Grand Prix Special to be held Saturday afternoon and 12 will go on to the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night.

Bo Lofvander, the owner of Back on Track Products in the USA (http://www.backontrackproducts.com), said: "We are proud to be associated with this unique event. The stature of the Exquis World Dressage Masters and the excitement it has generated throughout the global dressage community is an ideal opportunity to display our products before a large and educated audience."

Mark Bellissimo, Chief Executive of Equestrian Sport Productions that is staging the World Dressage Masters during the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, said:

"We are delighted to be able to stage an event that attracts a sponsor the quality of Back on Track. It is gratifying that these products will be going to the spectators as it fits with our policy of offering world class events at prices that are affordable to most families."

Dressage riders who use Back on Track products on their horses include Americans Steffen Peters, Debbie McDonald, Michelle Gibson and Sue Blinks and Australian Ilse Schwarz. Jumper riders include Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Anne Kursinski and Chris Kappler.

Back on Track products evolved from a combination of ancient Chinese experience, modern scientific findings and skilled textile production leading to a fabric of polyester with a ceramic powder melted into the threads. The ceramic reflects body heat as an infrared wave, a form of energy that has a documented pain relieving effect. This reflected heat can reduce inflammation, ease muscle tension, increase blood circulation and hasten healing.

Fans from 36 states have already reserved seats for the Masters.

Tickets for WDM are available online at http://www.equestriansport.com and clicking on Buy Tickets.

Because of high demand for the limited seating at both the Friday clinic and the Saturday competition, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Online ticket sales will be allocated first based on the date and time of purchase.

Ticket options for WDM are:

-International Club $750 for a table of six per night on Friday night or Saturday night, or $1,350 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included.

--International Club individual seats $125 per night on Friday night and Saturday night, or $225 for both nights. Dinner and open bar included.

-VIP boxes $50 for individual seats on Friday night and Saturday night, or $90 for both nights.

-Reserved General Admission is $20 per night, or $35 for two nights.

For more information, call Annette Goyette at 561 793 5867.

The Wellington competition is the inaugural and only U.S. event in the WDM series. The other competitions are Salzburg Austria, (May 1-3), Munich, Germany, (May 21-24) and Hickstead, Great Britain (July 23-26).

PBIEC INFORMATION & TICKETS: http://equestriansport.com or 561/793-5867

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THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 360' x 280' all-weather International Arena, the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena, Mogavero Ring and Grand Hunter Field in addition to several other competition rings. The competition and warm up rings have all-weather footing. Amenities include the International Club, refreshment and shopping areas.

DIRECTIONS: From the Florida Turnpike south, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over US 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.

From Interstate I-95, take Exit #49. Travel west on Forest Hills Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left, Equestrian Club Road.

FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendor areas around the International Arena, and are open during show hours.

SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the International Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, home furnishings and more.

CAR RENTAL: Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs. Call 1-800-593-0505 or go online to enterprise.com and use the WEF reference number 41W0087 and the PIN; win for a discount.

HOTELS: Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington

2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696

(Closest hotel, just two miles from show grounds)

Hampton Inn Lake Worth Road

8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980

(New location just five miles from Wellington)

Hampton Inn West Palm Beach

Okeechobee Blvd. at Jog Rd.

2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990

(Just 12 miles away at Emerald Dunes)

RV: For recreational vehicle rentals and full hook ups at on the PBIEC show grounds weekly, monthly and seasonal call Gigi at RV sales +1 954 583-3382 or go to: http://www.rvsalesofbroward.com

GOLF CARS: Dever, Inc., the Official & Exclusive Supplier of Golf Cars. Orders and information at http://www.deverinc.com or telephone Dever Inc.'s PBIEC office at 859-509-7265 or the home office at 800-714-2201.

HORSE TRANSPORTATION: BROOK LEDGE, INC. WEF Official Horse Transportation. Daily service to Ocala, vans based in Wellington, one horse or van load, all trips expedited, Florida serviced year round, dozens of trips weekly. Quotes, questions, call: Andrea 800-523-8143 or Email: andreag@brookledge.com

Photo: Steffen Peters on Ravel at the 2008 Olympic Games. Peters uses Back on Track products on his horses. 2008 Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA


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