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Nicole Simpson Vaults into Second Behind Eric Lamaze at the Budweiser American Invitational

Money Won List as of 3/3/08

Tampa, FL - March 3, 2008 - Canadian rider Eric Lamaze remains atop the latest standings for this year's $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational following this weekend's action at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

Moving into second place is Nicole Simpson who finished third and fifth in Sunday's $100,000 Zada Masters Cup Grand Prix. Sunday's winner, Will Simpson skyrocketed from off the charts into sixth place with his $30,000 first place money won.

Defending champion Beezie Madden, who receives an automatic bid, is third on the money list.

The city of Tampa, Florida, will again play host to the Tampa Equestrian Festival, starting on March 19, 2008, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*, under the lights at Raymond James Stadium, on April 5, 2008, is again the grand finale to this year's festival.

Over the years, the American Invitational has been recognized as the crown jewel of American show jumping, and year in and year out, it has been one of its toughest tests.

The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, at Raymond James Stadium, brings together a star studded international group of equestrians to compete for one of the richest purses in all of show jumping. The unique invitation-only format assures the best possible starting field.

Here, are the latest standings for this year's contest, based on money won in WEF qualifying events.

Latest Budweiser American Invitational Standings

PLACE TOTAL RIDER NAT

QUALIFIED AI 2007 34550 BEEZIE MADDEN USA

2 47500 ERIC LAMAZE CAN

3 37550 NICOLE SIMPSON USA

4 32500 HILLARY DOBBS USA

5 32393.33 JEFFERY WELLES USA

6 30000 WILLIAM SIMPSON USA

7 26160 LAURA KRAUT USA

8 21000 MAC CONE CAN

9 20400 RODRIGO PESSOA BRA

10 16500 IAN MILLAR CAN

11 15000 PETER CHARLES GBR

12 13733.33 CHRIS KAPPLER USA

13 13525 MCLAIN WARD USA

14 12900 LAUREN HOUGH USA

15 12000 FRANCIS TRES ROIG PUR

16 11600 PETER WYLDE USA

17 11560 BRIANNE GOUTAL USA

18 10600 KENT FARRINGTON USA

19 9750 DARRIN DLIN CAN

20 9000 CANDICE KING USA

9000 TODD MINIKUS USA

22 8400 JAMES BENEDETTO USA

23 8000 KATE LEVY USA

24 7433.33 DARRAGH KERINS IRL

25 7000 LISA SILVERMAN USA

26 6960 DANIELLE TORANO USA

27 6750 ANNE KURSINSKI USA

28 6600 NORMAN DELLO JOIO USA

6600 YANN CANDELE FRA

30 6150 CARA RAETHER USA

31 6000 MARILYN LITTLE USA

32 5900 AMY MILLAR CAN

33 5400 MARIO DESLAURIERS CAN

34 4400 KAREN CUDMORE CAN

35 4160 CHARLIE JAYNE USA

36 4075 LOUIS JACOBS USA

37 4000 ALI NILFORUSHAN IRI

38 3900 ANGELA MOORE USA

39 3600 SHANE SWEETNAM IRL

40 3540 GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA



PHOTO CREDIT: Nicole Simpson on Vicomte D competing at the 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (C) 2008 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com.

 

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