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Margie Engle Named AGA Rider of the Year for Tenth Time

Wellington, FL – March 2, 2007 – The American Grand Prix Association (AGA) celebrated the 2006 AGA champions at a dinner sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and Stadium Jumping, Inc. at the Wellington Country Club. The best sponsors, horse owners, horse show managers and riders that the sport of show jumping has to offer attended an intimate dinner filled with roasts, tributes and two short films.

The master of ceremonies was Peter Doubleday who opened the evening with a toast to the King of Beers, Budweiser. The entire group of guests raised their bottles of Budweiser and Bud Light to honor the athletes of the 2006 AGA circuit. Doubleday then introduced Mrs. Elizabeth Busch Burke, who gave a warm welcome to guests and said, “On behalf of Anheuser-Busch, we would like to congratulate ten-time AGA Rider of the Year, Margie Engle. We all love you,” she smiled. “I would like to give a very special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein for having such a special daughter, and to Steve Engle for being so supportive.”

Eugene R. Mische, President of Stadium Jumping Inc. spoke next, “The riders here tonight make the AGA the most competitive and prestigious circuit in the United States.”

A short film called “Too Small to Ride,” produced by Bud Sports about Engle, was then played. It showed clips of her winning major AGA events all over the United States. The film showed how Engle persevered against all odds, including her small size and several broken bones to become one of the most accomplished equestrians in history.

Mrs. Goldstein approached the microphone after the film to say a few words about her daughter. The crowd laughed as the small in stature Goldstein had to reach way up to adjust the microphone to begin speaking. “It runs in the family,” she laughed. Mrs. Goldstein was a school teacher at the same school that Margie attended as a child. She spoke of the countless times that she and Margie were called into the principal’s office for Margie making off-color jokes in the lunchroom, or playing football with the boys at recess. She said that they tried everything to “tame” Margie’s enthusiastic behavior. “Those of you who know Margie know what little effect we had!” she laughed.

George Morris spoke next explaining that he met Engle when she was only 11. “She fought her way to the top,” Morris said. “She truly is an example to everyone on how to make it to the top.”

John Cromer from Productions East Video made a short film of clips from Engle’s friends and competitors. Everyone had funny and kind things to say about her competitive nature, ability to play poker and her ability to produce a slew of jokes at any given moment.

After the hysterical roast, awards were given to the other 2006 AGA winners. The Horse of The Year was awarded to Madison, ridden by Kent Farrington and owned by the Weeks Family. Trainer of the Year also went to Kent Farrington. The Rookie of the Year was Janet Hischer.

Many awards were given to the winners including a gold crown ring, presented by Dianne Johnston and Vander Moore Jewelers to the “Queen of Beer”, Margie Engle. Artist Jan Lukens donated an original oil painting of Madison to the Weeks family.

Other gifts included gift certificates totaling $5,000 from Mark Walter at Beval’s Saddlery. “You riders, owners and trainers make us very very proud to be Americans,” Walter said. Alexandra Cherubini gave all of the winners a goody bag full of EquiFit products, and $100 gift certificates from Ariat were also handed out.

The American Grand Prix Association (AGA) promotes Olympic caliber show jumping in the U.S. The AGA tour is a $3 million show jumping series consisting of 33 events. The tour begins in April and features nine televised events on ESPN. The AGA serves as a proving ground for the United States Equestrian Team in preparation for the Pan American Games, World Cup, World Equestrian Games, and Olympics. It also hosts the $250,000 invitation-only Budweiser American Invitational annual championship to the top 30 riders on the tour.

Stadium Jumping, Inc., the largest owner of franchised events within the $3 million AGA tour, oversees the functions of the AGA and acts as intermediary between events, sponsors, and media/public relations.

PHOTO CREDIT: Margie Engle, ten-time AGA Rider of the Year – never too small to ride. Photo courtesy of the Goldstein family.


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