Wellington, FL - November 28, 2007 - The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival (NHS) will be held on Dec. 5-9, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. The horse show is the finale for a year of competition. The NHS is pleased to welcome many of the best hunters in the country for this top competition.
The hunters are judged subjectively on grace and aesthetics, and more specifically on performance, soundness, way of going, and suitability as a Hunter. Hunters are grouped according to their level of experience and their rider's age and status. Open professional classes include: two four feet divisions, the William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunters and the Moxie Equestrian Inc. Regular Conformation Hunters, as well as "All the Gold" Second Year Green, First Year Green, and Reflection Farms Green Conformation, which are set for horses in their first or second year of rated competition.
The highlight of the show is the $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship, which is now all-inclusive for the Open, Junior, and Amateur-Owner divisions. This is a change from last year's competition. Any horse that shows in a rated division at the National Horse Show is eligible to enter the championship, whereas in years past, horses had to qualify for the championship. Both rounds will be held on Saturday afternoon in the Internationale Arena, and riders will enter round one with a clean slate. The top 12 horses from round one will advance to round two to decide the championship. In 2006, Scott Stewart of Flemington, NJ, won the championship with Beyond.
Stewart returns to compete this year with many of his winning mounts. He'll be joined by other top professionals like Tim Goguen, Jimmy Toon, Elizabeth Boyd, Havens Schatt, and Sandy Ferrell.
Ferrell is the trainer and rider at Royal Show Hunters and is one of many professional riders that enjoy riding at the National Horse Show in Wellington. She competed at Madison Square Garden when the National Horse Show was in New York City, and points out that there are advantages to having the show in Florida.
"Having it in Wellington is more relaxing than it was in New York City thanks to the warm weather and the great venue here," she explained. "The panache of the National Horse Show is the same, the trophies are the same. It allows us to experience all of the National Horse Show without the drawbacks of the city."
Each division of the professional, junior, and amateur hunters will have a $3,000 stake class, a large money class in each division that has never been offered before.
Always popular are the divisions for amateur and junior riders. The Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters and the Tara Management Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters have very stiff competition. Top amateur competitors at this year's show will include Ann Garnett, Stephanie Riggio, Ellen Toon, and Krista Weisman.
The Small and Large Junior Working Hunters (small and large based on the height of the horse) are also split into two age groups, 15 & Under and 16-17. Some of the best junior riders in the country will compete in the hunters at the National Horse Show, such as Katherine Newman, Taylor Ann Adams, Jennifer Waxman, Tatiana Dzavik, and Cortwright Wetherill.
The Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunters and the Children's Working Hunters compete over smaller courses set at 3 feet, and both divisions are split into two age groups. Each age group of the division will compete for $5,500 in prize money. Top Adult Amateur riders are Jennifer Reid, Katie Jacobs Robinson, Glen Senk, Victoria Watters, Bruce Duchossois, and Kimberly Jacobs. The Children's Hunters will be another tough division, with riders such as Charlotte Jacobs, Elizabeth Boone, Sophie Read, Melissa Jacobs, and Lindsay Portela leading the way.
The favorite divisions for many spectators are the Pony Working Hunters. The ponies are split into 3 divisions based on the pony's height, and many times have cute children in pigtails guiding their adorable ponies around a course of jumps ranging from 2 feet, 3 inches to 3 feet tall. The Large Pony division is sponsored by Suzy Marquard, while the Small Pony division is hosted by Alyana Farms. Some riders to look for include Victoria Colvin, Shawn Casady, Parker Wright, Lucille Oken, Schaefer Raposa, and Sara Bryan.
Known for their striking trophies and wonderful presentations, the National Horse Show is ready again this year to honor the country's best hunters and riders. Come join us and watch the most beautiful and successful horses compete at one of the top facilities in the world.
124th NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
WHAT: 124th National Horse Show & Family Festival
WHEN: December 5-9, 2007
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
- The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (December 5)
- The $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI (December 6)
- The Zada Enterprises, LLC 6th Annual Dressage at the National (December 7-9)
- The $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, CSI (December 7- evening competition)
- The $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship (December 8)
- The $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI (December 8)
- The $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 9)
- The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International Finals (December 9)
- The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup(TM) for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, (December 9)
Exhibitions and Special Events:
"Jumping Under the Stars" Gala (December 7, evening)
Matthias Lang and Sarah d'Auriol vaulting demonstration in the Internationale Arena (December 7 at 7 p.m. and December 9 at 1:30 p.m.)
Children's Fair (December 8-9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Wellington Chamber Business Showcase 2007 in Grand Hunter Ring (December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
SPONSORED CLASSES & PRIZE MONEY:
$155,000 FEI International Jumper section
$125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach
$5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake
$80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International
$20,000 Palm Beach Daily News Amateur-Owner Jumper division
$20,000 ASPCA Junior Jumper division
$11,000 Pasmore Stables Adult Amateur Jumper division
$11,000 Martha Jolicoeur P.A. Illustrated Properties Children's Jumper division
$11,000 Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunter divisions
$6,500 "All the Gold" Second Year Green Working Hunter division
$6,500 National Horse Show Ladies Committee Side Saddle division
$5,500 Large Pony Hunter division sponsored by Suzy Marquard
$5,500 Alyana Farms Small Pony Hunter division
$5,500 Reflection Farms Green Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Moxie Equestrian Inc. Regular Conformation Hunter division
$5,500 Tara Management Amateur-Owner 18-35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Over 35 Working Hunter division
$5,500 William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunter division
Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage at the National
Palm Beach Equine Clinic
Florida Coast Equipment
RV Sales of Broward
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: Beyond and Scott Stewart, winners of the 2006 National Horse Show Hunter Championship. Photo (C) 2006 Randi Muster.
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