$155,000 in Prize Money at Stake as Open Jumpers Take Center Stage
Wellington, FL - December 3, 2007 - The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival is set to get underway on Wednesday, and will continue with four rings of equestrian excitement through Sunday December 9th at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. In its seventh year, the show will feature a battle among the nation's best open jumper riders, competing for $155,000 in prize money in the International Jumper division.
The jumpers will be featured daily in the Internationale Arena.
The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI, gets the action started on Wednesday, December 5th at 3 p.m. On Thursday, it's the $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI, also scheduled for a 3 p.m. lift-off. Belgium's Eric Flameng and Mazelle stormed to victory last year in the Wednesday opener, while Margie Engle aboard Hidden Creek's Wapino won the Speed Classic, the first of her three major wins at last year's show.
On Friday, as part of the always popular, "Jumping Under the Stars Gala," the $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, will be the highlighted event. This class is the first of two phases that comprise the championship. Phase two is on Sunday afternoon and offers $100,000 in prize money. The "National Show Jumping Champion" will be decided by points and multipliers from the two classes. Riders must be entered in both phases in order to be eligible for the championship. Last year, Eric Flameng won his second class at the National, capturing the Friday night event on Roxanne.
On Saturday afternoon, the $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI, will have the top riders going head to head in an exciting afternoon dash for the cash. Margie Engle raced home to victory last year in this class with Hidden Creek's Calippo.
The battle for the big money, the overall championship, and valuable World Cup points will take place on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup(TM) for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, will bring the 2007 National Horse Show to a close. On Sunday afternoon last year, Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Wapino won their second major event of the week, topping McLain Ward and Sapphire for the main event win.
Ward though, with two second places finishes in the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, was crowned the overall champion for 2006. Engle took home the prestigious trophy for Leading International Rider and Hidden Creek Farm was honored with the Leading International Horse trophy for Hidden Creek's Wapino.
Ward, Engle, and Flameng are all set to revisit their battle of last year. This trio tops the stellar list of entries expected to compete at the 2007 National Horse Show and Family Festival. Also this year, Ward comes into the National Horse Show with 2007 AGA Rider of the Year honors sewn up, his fourth such title.
Sure to be a factor this year will be Kent Farrington, who arrives at the National Horse Show following one of the most successful seasons in the history of American show jumping. His seventeen major grand prix victories this year ranks among the very best of all time. Farrington also leads the race for a spot at this year's World Cup Finals to be held in Gothenberg, Sweden, in April.
Mario Deslauriers, one of Canada's finest equestrians, will also be making the trip to Wellington for this year's National.
Ward, a member of the 2004 United States team that won the Gold Medal at the Athens Olympic Games, and Engle, a member of the 2000 United States Olympic team at Sydney, Australia, will be joined by fellow Olympians Lauren Hough, Todd Minikus, and Nona Garson.
Also competing are Hillary Dobbs, Eliza Shuford, Georgina Bloomberg, Ken Berkley, Charlie Jayne, Katherine Miracle, and Lisa Silverman. All seven of these riders made international appearances for the United States Equestrian team over the course of the past season. Shuford, Miracle, and Bloomberg teamed up for two key FEI Nations Cup wins in Scandinavia this summer, while Berkley, Bloomberg, and Silverman were part of the Samsung Super League tour. Jayne and Dobbs have just returned following a Gold Medal performance in the Nations Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, Hillary Dobbs won the Leading Open Jumper Rider title at this year's Washington International Horse Show.
Rounding out the roster at this year's National Horse Show are Debbie Stephens, Jimmy and Danielle Torano, Kimberly Prince, Judy Garofalo Torres, Darragh Kerins, Michael Morrissey, Nicole Simpson, Ali Wolff, Robin Sweely, Darrin Dlin, Eduardo Salas Herrera, Shane Sweetnam, Ian Silitch, and Tim Hooker.
124th NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
WHAT: 124th National Horse Show & Family Festival
WHEN: December 5-9. 2007
HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Wellington, Florida
- The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (December 5)
- The $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI (December 6)
- The Zada Enterprises, LLC 6th Annual Dressage at the National (December 7-9)
- The $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, CSI (December 7- evening competition)
- The $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship (December 8)
- The $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI (December 8)
- The $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 9)
- The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International Finals (December 9)
- The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup(TM) for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, (December 9)
Exhibitions and Special Events:
"Jumping Under the Stars" Gala (December 7, evening)
Children's Fair (December 8-9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Matthias Lang and Sarah d'Auriol vaulting demonstration in the Internationale Arena (December 7 at 7 p.m. and December 9 at 1:30 p.m.)
Miniature Horses in Opening Ceremonies Parade (December 7, evening, special exhibition in Grand Hunter Ring at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and in Internationale Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.)
Rescue Horses from Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue in Opening Ceremonies Parade (December 7, evening, and December 9 at 2 p.m.) *Horses on grounds Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are available for viewing and adoption*
Wellington Chamber Business Showcase 2007 in Grand Hunter Ring (December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
SPONSORED CLASSES & PRIZE MONEY:
$155,000 FEI International Jumper section
$125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach
$80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International
$20,000 Palm Beach Daily News Amateur-Owner Jumper division
$11,000 Pasmore Stables Adult Amateur Jumper division
$11,000 Martha Jolicoeur P.A. Illustrated Properties Children's Jumper division
$11,000 Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunter divisions
$5,500 Reflection Farms Green Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Moxie Equestrian Inc. Regular Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Tara Management Amateur-Owner 18-35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Over 35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunter division
TICKETS: 561-793-JUMP, or visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Adults: $10 Wednesday through Saturday (including $10 for Friday evening performance), Sunday- $15
Seniors/Children 13 and up: $7 all performances
Children 12 and under: Free
VIP SEATING: Box Seats Tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited availability)
Location: Internationale Arena
Prices: $25 every day (plus $25 for Friday evening performance), per person
Box of 4 seats for entire week, including Friday night: $500
Box Seats are available for purchase through Stadium Jumping, Inc. Please call 800-237-8924 for more information.
VIP tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club (located at the Internationale Arena):
Gold Member Front Row- $5000 for six seat table, luxury amenities provided for all performances including Friday evening. Silver Member Second and Third Rows- $3500 for six seat table.
Tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club are available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. Please call 561-753-3389.
The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is also the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400' x 400' grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating, chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include the Diamond Horseshoe Club VIP area.
Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 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, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill 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 Road.
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday.
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the Internationale Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.
*Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington
2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696
*Hampton Inn at Emerald Dunes
2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990
*Hampton Inn Lake Worth
8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980
Use Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs at the National Horse Show and Family Festival! Call 1-800-593-0505 and use the National Horse Show reference number 41W0080 for a discount.
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB:
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office-
1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL 34205
NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LTD
P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548
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