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Palm Beach Dressage Derby Signs Title Sponsor

Loxahatchee, FL— The prestigious Palm Beach Dressage Derby, March 1-4, 2007, has signed PhelpsSports.com to a two-year contract as title sponsor. The event is now officially known as the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby and serves as a USEF High Performance Qualifier for competitions such as the selection trial for the 2007 Pan American Games. PhelpsSports.com is an innovative subscription equestrian sports website that offers equestrians and fans of equestrian sports a single web address for the latest breaking news of the Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Eventing and other High Performance disciplines.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Phelpssports.com as title sponsor of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby,” said Executive Director Mary Anne McPhail. “We feel that this is a strategic alliance that benefits everyone involved.”

Mason Phelps, Jr., founder of PhelpsSports.com, Phelps Media Group, Inc. International, and PMG Pictures, agreed. “Mary Anne and Walter McPhail are longtime friends of mine through our affiliation with the USET Foundation and it is a pleasure to work with them now as a title sponsor for their wonderful Palm Beach Dressage Derby,” he said. “PhelpsSports.com has received tremendous support from the dressage community since our launch is August, so I am thrilled at the opportunity to give back to the sport, especially through such a topnotch event as ‘The Derby.’”

The Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby attracts competitors and spectators from around the world to the Horse Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, Florida. The 2007 event serves as an USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the USEF National Grand Prix and Intermediaire I Championships and Pan Am Games Selection Trials. The event is also a qualifying competition for the USEF National Grand Prix Freestyle Championship and U.S. League Final CDI-W, an Official Selection for the 2007 FEI Dressage World Cup Final, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The competitors are always very supportive of this show,” said Show Manager Evelyn O’Sullivan. “Having PhelpsSports.com as title sponsor enables us to continue to give them the world-class show that they have come to enjoy.”

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is the oldest dressage competition in Florida. For 24 years the event has offered competitors such as Olympians Lars Peterson, Cesar Parra, Robert Dover and Ashley Holzer international judges and prize money that is among the largest in the country. In 1999 the event became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The primary beneficiary of the show is the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.

Additional sponsorship packages are still available. Complete sponsorship information can be found at http://www.pbderby.com.

In addition to the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby in 2007 and 2008, Mr. Phelps reported that the website is also the sponsor of the 2007 PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas and is in the process of providing sponsorship to several other high-profile dressage events nationwide. “Our goal is to provide sponsorship to top dressage events in the U.S. in order to help grow the sport as well as to give back to the sport that has been so supportive of PhelpsSports.com,” noted Mr. Phelps.

Visitors to the PhelpsSports.com will find insightful and thought provoking articles by the Who’s Who of equestrian journalists. To subscribe to this dynamic and useful service visit http://www.PhelpsSports.com.

About the Palm Beach Derby

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. 2007 marks the 24th anniversary of this prestigious event. This show attracts the best riders from around the globe, including Betsy Steiner, Leslie Morse, Robert Dover, Cesar Parra, Lars Peterson, Arlene Page, Ashley Holzer and many more of the Who’s Who of the dressage world. The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is the main event in a two-show series that includes Dressage at Equestrian Estates in April, and educational programs such as the Biomechanics Seminar in January.

 

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