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Hermès Paris Sponsors Newly Created Palm Beach Adult Medal at 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

WELLINGTON, Fla., Jan. 4--The Palm Beach Adult Medal, created for adult amateur equitation riders at the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, is being sponsored by Hermès.

The class is being offered throughout the 12 weeks of WEF beginning next Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The final is to be held in the International Arena in Week 12 and the winner will receive an Hermès saddle.

The Palm Beach Adult Medal has been created to promote equitation among adults at WEF rather than be a year long series.

The Palm Beach Adult Medal series has adopted a similar concept to the major national equitation competitions that are aimed primarily at juniors, but is open to all Adult Amateur Members of the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

Contestants will be required to perform over a minimum of eight fences not exceeding 3' 3" and a flat phase of walk, trot and canter. Each section of the class will count for 50 percent.

Classes offered during each of the first 11 of 12 weeks of WEF will present courses of increasing technicality, but not exceeding the fence height of 3' 3".

The top 20 competitors or top 50 percent, whichever is greater, in WEF standings will qualify for the final.

Points are calculated using the WEF increment system: 1st place 7 pts., 2nd place 5 pts., 3rd place 4 pts., 4th place 3 pts., 5th place 2 pts. and 6th place 1 pt. A multiplier is applied depending on the number of entries in the class.

The winner of the final will receive an Hermès saddle. Second and third places will receive various Hermès gifts and apparel. Special final ribbons will be awarded through 8th place.

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

THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home to the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 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.

FTI exists to help companies and their stakeholders protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex economic, legal and regulatory environment. FTI is the trusted advisor entrenched in many of the game-changing events that make headlines, move markets and create business history. To locate one of FTI's offices in the United States or around the world, call: 410.951.4800 or online at http://www.fticonsulting.com.

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 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, the home office at

800-714-2201 or Randy Lambert directly at 859-621-8927

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, bookings call: Andrea 800-523-8143 or Email: andreag@brookledge.com

Photo: Hermès Palm Beach Adult Medal open to all Adult Amateur Members of the U.S. Equestrian Federation for competition during the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach.


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