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Mexico to Start FEI Nations Cup Friday Night, Feb. 27

WELLINGTON, Fla., Feb. 24--Mexico will be the first of eight teams to start in the FEI Nations Cup presented by CN at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Friday night, Feb. 27.

A sellout crowd is expected to pack the newly created spectator sections of the International Arena in which the only Nations Cup in the United States will be held under lights beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first horse is scheduled to be in the ring at 7 p.m. for the event, which is a highlight of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival that runs to Mar. 29.

A night of festivities for all age groups has been planned for what is one of the most emotional and passionate events on the equestrian calendar anywhere in the world. National groups have reserved blocks of seats -- Ireland will fill the two-story Tiki Hut, the Red and White Club of Canada an entire block of 200 seats and others have joined to support their teams.

Entertainment will include bands and national dance groups, a bounce house, face painting, mascots and more.

Prices for tickets, available online at http://equestriansport.com or by telephone to 561.793.5867 are:

- Reserved box seats $60 plus tax

- Reserved General Admission $25 plus tax

- Wellington Club tables seating six (20 available) $750 plus tax, includes full buffet with cash bar.

Tiki Hut Balcony Tables of 8 seats available for $600.00 plus sales tax by phone order only.

A limited number of Box Tables for six in front of the International Club are available, call Annette Goyette at 561.793.5867.

For International Club Tables, contact Kiki Umla at 904 607 5541.

At the meeting Tuesday of the chefs d'equipe, the order of go by draw:

1. MEXICO - Chef d'Equipe: Ivan Rakowsky

Javier Berganza

Manuel Lecuona

Juan Carlos Perez

Jorge Verswyvel

2. GREAT BRITAIN - Chef d'Equipe: Derek Ricketts

James Billington

Peter Charles

Ben Maher

Nick Skelton

3. IRELAND - Chef d'Equipe: Robert Splaine

Kevin Babington

Darragh Kerins

Richie Maloney

Shane Sweetnam

4. VENEZUELA - Chef d'Equipe: Juan Ortiz

Pablo Barrios

Angel Karolyi

Alejandro Karolyi

Andres Rodriguez

5. USA - Chef d'Equipe: George H. Morris

Lauren Hough

Laura Kraut

Christine McCrea

Todd Minikus

6. ARGENTINA - Chef d'Equipe: Carlos Quinones

Max Amaya

Martin Mallo

Ezequiel Peralta

Jorge Zamudio

7. FRANCE - Chef d'Equipe: Henri Prudent

Marie Hecart

Yannick Patron

Kevin Staut

8. CANADA - Chef d'Equipe: Terrance Millar

Yann Candele

Eric Lamaze

Ian Millar

Keean White

The 2008 FEI Nations Cup was won by the USA, with Canada second and Mexico third. The USA team went on to win gold and Canada silver at the Beijing Olympics.


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