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The Memorial Day Classic Horse Show

MARK WATRING RETURNS TO DEFEND HIS 2007 GRAND PRIX WIN

BURBANK, CA - The Memorial Day Classic Horse Show gets underway May 22-26 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, with five days of competition, culminating with the $25,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix.

"The Memorial Day Grand Prix is one of the most popular events we host here at LAEC," stated Box Office Manager, Tom DeBone. Held Monday on the grass Cricket Field, spectators can enjoy casual bleacher seating, or opt for a more lavish afternoon in the VIP section under tented and umbrella tables for six with catered food. "Weíve had a completely sold-out crowd for the past four years," DeBone continued.

Mark Watring (Newbury Park, CA) won last yearís grand prix aboard his popular gray gelding, Sapphire. Watring returns in 2008 with three mounts to defend his title. The 2007 second place finisher Hap Hansen, (Encinitas, CA) one of the most celebrated grand prix riders in the country, is trying for his 100th career victory aboard his new horse, Archie Bunker. Other riders hoping to take a winnerís share of the $25,000 purse include Susan Artes, Katie Gardner, Jenni Martin-McAllister, and Natasha Merback.

In addition to the grand prix and a full slate of open, junior and amateur classes, the Memorial Day Classic hosts an array of other very special classes. Both the $5,000 PCHA Jimmy Williams Classic and the $5,000 Junior-Young Rider-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic are USEF Zone 10 Trials for the upcoming North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The $15,000 Memorial Day Classic USHJA International Hunter Derby offers one of the richest hunter purses on the West Coast, and the derby style course offers a fun twist to watching a hunter class. One of the most popular classes every year is the Memorial Day Classic Equitation Challenge. This is a team event consisting of a professional, an amateur and a junior rider, and with a trip to Maui for the winning professional competition is fierce. Finally, donít miss the CPHA Foundation Bowling benefit on Thursday night at Pickwick across the street from the show grounds.

Competition begins each day at 8:00 a.m. concludes around 7:00 p.m. Information regarding entries, daily schedules, and results are online at http://www.langershows.com. Admission is free except for the grand prix. For ticket information, contact Center Box Office at 818.840.9066. General Admission bleacher seating is $12 in advance and $8 for children and seniors. Prices are $16 and $12 on the day of the Grand Prix. VIP tables for six are $400 and individual VIP seats are $75.

The complete calendar of all Langer Equestrian Groupís shows are online at http://www.langershows.com and LEG Up News provides media services.

LEG Up News provides public relations and marketing services to the equestrian sport. LEG Up News focuses primarily on the internet and web based solutions and activities. For more information or to obtain photos, please contact LEG UP News at LEGUpNews@aol.com. Additional stories from this and other shows are available and may be downloaded from our website at http://www.legupnews.com. Additional quotes may be available. Please contact us via e-mail. For ticket information on upcoming events, contact http://www.horseticket.com.

 

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