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It Was A Good Friday For Betty Oare At The Tampa Equestrian Festival

Tampa, FL - March 21, 2008 - Betty Oare has more than one reason to celebrate today. Not only is it her 44th wedding anniversary, but L'Alezon, her 8 year-old Selle Francais mare, won all three Amateur-Owner Hunter classes at the Suncoast Internationale at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa.

Oare, of Warrenton, VA, rode the gleaming chestnut mare over the courses, designed by Philip DeVita, with precision and style.

"She was great," a beaming Oare said. "We are really getting together. I've only had her for a year and a half and she had an injury last year and didn't show much. This year she has been wonderful. She was champion in Ocala and has been showing really well."

She continued, "It is nice to come to a new place to finish out the winter. Stadium Jumping and Gene Mische always do such a great job. I have known Gene since time began and have judged for Stadium Jumping forever. I am delighted that they hold these shows. Not only are they beautiful and well run, but I get a chance to see people that weren't at the other shows."

There are two more jumping classes in the Amateur-Owner division that will be contested on Saturday to determine the overall champion. Oare hopes to duplicate her winning ways, and then she and her husband Ernest will head home.

Second to Oare in two of the three classes held today was Brooksville, FL resident Jennifer Farri and her appropriately named Bling Bling. Farri and the stunning 8 year-old grey gelding were very happy with their second place finishes.

Farri said, "I love this show. It feels like home, being in my back yard. We show here a lot, mostly in the covered arena, but this hunter ring has the best footing. It makes it so nice. It's been a great week."

The Amateur-Owner Hunters conclude their division on Saturday with two more classes over jumps. In addition, ponies, junior hunters and equitation classes will be contested. Competition for the Suncoast Internationale continues through Sunday, March 23. The Tampa Equestrian Festival runs from March 19-April 6, 2008.The highlight class for hunters at the Tampa Equestrian Festival is the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby. The class will host a "Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hat, and Tails" party and will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at Wrenwood Farm in Naples, FL.

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

Photo Credit: Betty Oare and L'Alezon, winners in the Amateur-Owner Hunters at the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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