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Rothenberger Named Official Jump Supplier for Holiday Series, WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla., Oct. 26--Frank Rothenberger, a premier provider of jumps to the Olympic Games and the world's top horse shows, will be the official supplier of jumps for the 2008 Holiday Series and the 2009 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Rothenberger will provide jumps for the three primary PBIEC jumping arenas -- the International, DeNemethy and Mogavero arenas. The rings also have Olympic quality footing. Jumps for PBIEC's other competition arenas will be supplied by other providers.

WEF has always featured top quality jumps and that tradition will be maintained by using new designs and features for PBIEC's main jumping rings.

The first jumps will be in place for the Holiday & Horses show Dec. 3-7 and complete sets for all three arenas will be used for the 2009 Winter Equestrian Festival beginning Jan. 7 and running for 12 weeks to March 29.

The jumps will include a signature PBIEC obstacle. Rothenberger provided the globe design that was first used at the 2006 WEG in Aachen and has now become one of the most recognizable jumps at the World Equestrian Festival there.

In addition to being the official jump provider, Rothenberger will be the course designer for the Nations Cup, the only one in the U.S., and the $150,000 Grand Prix at WEF the week of Feb. 25-Mar. 1.

The official course designers for WEF are:

Week 1 Jan. 7-11: Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA)

Week 2 Jan. 14-18: Steve Stephens (USA)

Week 3 Jan. 21-25: Richard Jeffery (GBR)

Week 4 Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Pierre Jolicoeur (USA)

Week 5 Feb. 4-8: Olaf Petersen (GER)

Week 6 Feb. 11-15: TBA

Week 7 Feb. 18-22: Christa Heibach (GER)

Week 8 Feb. 25-Mar. 1: Frank Rothenberger (GER)

Week 9 Mar. 4-8: Leopoldo Palacios (VEN)

Week 10 Mar. 11-15: Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER)

Week 11 Mar. 18-22: Guilherme Jorge (BRA)

Week 12 Mar. 25-29: N/A

"We sought a fresh approach to jump design in keeping with our goal of providing the best available facilities and services for our exhibitors," said Mark Bellissimo, Chief Executive of Equestrian Sport Productions that manages the Wellington shows.

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"Frank Rothenberger provides the quality, experience and expertise that is proven throughout Europe and other parts of the world. As part of the relationship he will be creating a series of Palm Beach 'signature' jumps for the WEF. We look forward to his designs."

"I consider it a great compliment that Mark Bellissimo asked our company, CARO, to supply the jumps for the winter circuit in Wellington," Rothenberger said. "The PBIEC is one of the finest horse show facilities in the world and we look forward to contributing to its success."

Rothenberger, through his company, CARO Parcours Design, has supplied jumps at every Olympics since Seoul in 1988, and to scores of major events throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Among them were the Stockholm, Jerez and Aachen WEGs, four European Championships, the Asian and Southeast Asian Games and dozens of venues for the World Cup, Super League, Nations Cup, Global Champions Tour and other international tournaments.

In addition to jumps, Rothenberger has also designed and supplied dressage rings for the 2006 WEG in Aachen and the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.



Photo: Frank Rothenberger standing beside the signature "globe" jump that he supplied to the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. Photo: 2008 Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA

 

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