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Nine Qualifying Events Remain for 2008 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Tampa, FL - March 7, 2008 - Only nine events remain in the list of qualifiers for this year's $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Bay Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket. The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is the culminating event of the Tampa Equestrian Festival, which runs from March 19-April 6, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL.

The remaining qualifiers are:

March 6: $30,000 CN Jumper Stake at week eight of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL

March 7: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 at week eight of the CN WEF

March 13: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 at week nine of the CN WEF

March16: $200,000 CN Worldwide Grand Prix CSI-4* W at week nine of the CN WEF

March 20: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup at week one of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 23: $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida at week one of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 27: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup at week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

March 30: $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier & the Just World Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3* W at week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

April 2: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI at week three of the Tampa Equestrian Festival

$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Standings as of 3/5/08

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

The Tampa Equestrian Festival and the 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Fast Facts

EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Festival presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, which features more than 1,000 horses and the world's best riders and Olympians

WHAT: Three-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States and benefits the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol. The $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby will be held at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. It is a High Performance Hunter class and will benefit the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center.

WHERE:

Tampa Equestrian Festival:

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds

4880 North US Highway 301

Tampa, FL 33610

36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket:

Raymond James Stadium

4201 North Dale Mabry Highway

Tampa, FL 33607

$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby:

Wrenwood Farms

715 10th St. South

Naples, FL 34102

WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suncoast Internationale - March 19-23, 2008

Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W - March 26-30, 2008

Tournament of Champions, CSI - April 1-6, 2008

36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3* - April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.

$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby - April 6, 2008, 1 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m. - $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida

Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa

Saturday, April 5:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Open Course Walk

7 p.m. - 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3*

Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m.:

ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby

"Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hat and Tails"

Wrenwood Farms, Naples, FL

ADMISSION:

For Tampa Equestrian Festival:

Wednesday: Free

Thursday and Friday: $5.00

Saturday: $10.00

Sunday: $15.00

Admission is free for children 12 and under, $5.00 for children ages 13 and over, and $5.00 for seniors age 65 and over

For $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational:

Advance ticket prices:

$25 in white section

$35 in blue section

$40 in red section

Advance Family 4-pack:

$70 in white section

$125 in blue section

(Prices higher day of show: $30, $40, $45, $85, $140)

Group prices (20 or more):

(Advance only)

$17 each in white section

$30 each in blue section

Tickets available through Ticketmaster 813-287-8844, 727-898-2100 or ticketmaster.com

DIRECTIONS:

The Tampa Competitions will be held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center (Florida State Fairgrounds) Tampa, Florida. Horse Van and exhibitor entrance is at Orient Road and I-4. Westbound I-4 traffic should exit at U.S. 301. Turn Right (west) on Martin Luther King and go to stop light turn right (north) on Orient Road follow to Fairgrounds entrance on right. From I-75 north or south use Exit 52B. Take Martin Luther King Blvd west to Orient Road, turn right, competition showgrounds are ½ mile on the right.

THE FACILITY:

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL

All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing

Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' all weather footing

Covered Ring 165' x 300' clay/sand mixture

Annex Ring 150' x 275' all weather footing

Indoor Ring 130' x 250' clay/sand mixture

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Outdoor Stadium Arena 150' x 360' bermuda sod grass

Wrenwood Farm, Naples, FL

Outdoor Field 300' x 400' grass footing

HOTELS (in Tampa, more listed in prize list):

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa

5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)

Tampa, FL

(813) 627-7625

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds

4811 U.S. 301 North

Tampa, FL

(813) 623-3321

(800) 642-4271

SpringHill Suites

4835 W. Cypress Street

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 639-9600

(888) 236-2427

STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office

1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406

Bradenton, FL 34205

Tel: 941-744-5465

Fax: 941-744-0874

Web site: http://www.stadiumjumping.com

 

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