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Madden Maintains Lead in Budweiser American Invitational Qualifying List; Margie Engle Soars into Top Ten

Tampa, FL - March 10, 2008 - Defending champion Beezie Madden continues to be the top qualifier for this year's $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational with $103,550 in prize money won this season.┬ Eric Lamaze and Kent Farrington remain in second and third place respectively.

Following her victory in Sunday's $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida, Margie Engle has vaulted into the top ten in the latest standings with only three qualifying events remaining.

The city of Tampa, Florida, is currently playing host to the Tampa Equestrian Festival, now through April 4, 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 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 3/24/08

TOTAL┬ ┬ ┬ RIDER┬ ┬ ┬ NAT

103550┬ ┬ ┬ BEEZIE MADDEN┬ ┬ ┬ USA

57000┬ ┬ ┬ ERIC LAMAZE┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

55500┬ ┬ ┬ KENT FARRINGTON┬ ┬ ┬ USA

46783.33┬ ┬ ┬ CHRIS KAPPLER┬ ┬ ┬ USA

39950┬ ┬ ┬ NICOLE SIMPSON┬ ┬ ┬ USA

38393.33┬ ┬ ┬ JEFFERY WELLES┬ ┬ ┬ USA

38300┬ ┬ ┬ HILLARY DOBBS┬ ┬ ┬ USA

37600┬ ┬ ┬ MAC CONE┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

35250┬ ┬ ┬ WILLIAM SIMPSON┬ ┬ ┬ USA

32090┬ ┬ ┬ MARGIE ENGLE┬ ┬ ┬ USA

31000┬ ┬ ┬ PETER CHARLES┬ ┬ ┬ GBR

27560┬ ┬ ┬ LAURA┬ KRAUT┬ ┬ ┬ USA

26100┬ ┬ ┬ LAUREN HOUGH┬ ┬ ┬ USA

25500┬ ┬ ┬ RODRIGO PESSOA┬ ┬ ┬ BRA

22900┬ ┬ ┬ PETER WYLDE┬ ┬ ┬ USA

21525┬ ┬ ┬ MCLAIN WARD┬ ┬ ┬ USA

20700┬ ┬ ┬ TODD MINIKUS┬ ┬ ┬ USA

20400┬ ┬ ┬ IAN MILLAR┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

20400┬ ┬ ┬ LESLIE HOWARD┬ ┬ ┬ USA

14400┬ ┬ ┬ JAMES BENEDETTO┬ ┬ ┬ USA

12900┬ ┬ ┬ JIMMY TORANO┬ ┬ ┬ USA

12540┬ ┬ ┬ GEORGINA BLOOMBERG┬ ┬ ┬ USA

12000┬ ┬ ┬ FRANCIS TRES ROIG┬ ┬ ┬ PUR

11560┬ ┬ ┬ BRIANNE GOUTAL┬ ┬ ┬ USA

9900┬ ┬ ┬ KAREN CUDMORE┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

9750┬ ┬ ┬ DARRIN DLIN┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

9500┬ ┬ ┬ CANDICE KING┬ ┬ ┬ USA

9210┬ ┬ ┬ DANIELLE TORANO┬ ┬ ┬ USA

9150┬ ┬ ┬ CARA RAETHER┬ ┬ ┬ USA

8500┬ ┬ ┬ KATE LEVY┬ ┬ ┬ USA

8100┬ ┬ ┬ MICHAEL MORRISSEY┬ ┬ ┬ USA

8033.33┬ ┬ ┬ DARRAGH KERINS┬ ┬ ┬ IRL

7650┬ ┬ ┬ ANNE KURSINSKI┬ ┬ ┬ USA

7000┬ ┬ ┬ LISA SILVERMAN┬ ┬ ┬ USA

6900┬ ┬ ┬ MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY┬ ┬ ┬ USA

6650┬ ┬ ┬ EDUARDO SALAS┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ MEX

6600┬ ┬ ┬ CHRISTINE MCCREA┬ ┬ ┬ USA

6600┬ ┬ ┬ MARILYN LITTLE┬ ┬ ┬ USA

6600┬ ┬ ┬ NORMAN DELLO JOIO┬ ┬ ┬ USA

6600┬ ┬ ┬ YANN CANDELE┬ ┬ ┬ FRA

6000┬ ┬ ┬ MICHELLE SPADONE┬ ┬ ┬ USA

5900┬ ┬ ┬ AMY MILLAR┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

5400┬ ┬ ┬ EDWARD DOYLE┬ ┬ ┬ IRL

5400┬ ┬ ┬ MARIO DESLAURIERS┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

5400┬ ┬ ┬ WILLIAM LOWRY┬ ┬ ┬ USA

4760┬ ┬ ┬ CHARLIE JAYNE┬ ┬ ┬ USA

4700┬ ┬ ┬ KELLEY ROBINSON┬ ┬ ┬ CAN

4200┬ ┬ ┬ SHANE SWEETNAM┬ ┬ ┬ IRL

4075┬ ┬ ┬ LOUIS JACOBS┬ ┬ ┬ USA

4000┬ ┬ ┬ ALI NILFORUSHAN┬ ┬ ┬ IRI



PHOTO CREDIT: Beezie Madden and Authentic winning the $200,000 CN Worldwide Grand Prix. Photo (C) 2008 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release.

 

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