Wellington, FL – October 13, 2006 – The 123rd National Horse Show and Family Festival (NHS), held from November 29 through December 3, 2006 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, offers a variety of activities for equestrians, families, and members of the community. An equestrian tradition since 1883, this competition showcases top hunter, jumper, and dressage competitors at their highest levels and brings the Wellington community together to celebrate the occasion.
Along with featuring top notch horses and some of the nation’s very best equestrians, the event will present activities that include the Children’s Fair and an Art Exhibition titled “The Horse: In and Out.” New to this year’s schedule is the much anticipated Wellington Chamber of Commerce Business Expo named “Business Meets Equestrian Expo.”
“Business Meets Equestrian Expo” and the Children’s Fair will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006, on the Great Lawn from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 70 business vendors will be set up at the Business Expo, and they will provide information on a broad range of subjects that pertain to their specific businesses. The Art Exhibition will be held throughout the five day show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We used to hold our Business Expo at a different location, but it did not receive the amount of traffic from spectators that a venue like the National Horse Show does,” said Michela Perillo-Greem, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Also, a number of our businesses would like exposure in the equestrian community, so we decided that the National Horse Show was the ideal venue. The Business Expo will be a great location for businesses to show off their services.”
The Children's Fair, titled "Big Blow Out,” is sponsored by Mr. Y.G. Walker, III and Friends of Children. The Children’s Fair Celebration will feature a Moonwalk, a 24’ Super Slide, a Balloon Artist, Face Painting, a Rock Climbing Wall, a Survivor Obstacle Course, and Pony Rides.
A Taste of Wellington is a special treat for spectators that offers samples from some of the very best restaurants in the Wellington area. This event will also be held on December 2, 2006 and will be set up in the Special Events Tent from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the National Horse Show and Family Festival, please visit Stadium Jumping’s official website at http://www.stadiumjumping.com
123rd NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
WHAT: 123rd National Horse Show & Family Festival
WHEN: November 29-December 3, 2006
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
Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (November 29)
NHS Speed Stake, CSI (November 30)
The Palm Beach Daily News NHS Adult Amateur Welcome Stake (December 1)
Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship Phase I, CSI-W (December 1- evening competition)
NHS Open Speed Stake, CSI (December 2)
$120,000 National Horse Show Open and Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships (December 2)
Zada Enterprises, LLC 5th Annual Dressage at the National- $500 Intermediaire I and Grand Prix level Freestyle, Young Rider and Junior Freestyle (December 1-3)
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 3)
$80,000 Young Jumper Championships® International Final (December 3)
Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship Final Phase (December 3)
Exhibitions and Special Events:
“Jumping Under the Stars” Black Tie Gala (December 1, evening)
Shaana Pritchard and Frieze Frame Friesians exhibitions (December 1-3)
Children’s Fair (December 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
“The Horse: In & Out” Art Exhibition (November 29-December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Wellington Chamber of Commerce Expo on the Great Lawn (December 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
SPONSORED CLASSES & PRIZE MONEY:
$155,000 International Open Jumper section
$125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship and Bonus Pool Award
$80,000 Young Jumper Championships® International
$20,000 Palm Beach Daily News Adult Amateur Jumper division
$10,000 Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunter division
$13,000 Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Working Hunter divisions
$6,500 William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunter division
$5,000 Village of Wellington National Horse Show Pony Hunter Classic
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
Photo Credit: Children from the local Wellington community learn about show jumping from grand prix professional Darren Graziano at last year’s National Horse Show and Family Festival. Photo By: Jennifer Wood.
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