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2008 Sporthorse Tournament Brings Olympians, General Interest Speakers and Resources for Horse Enthusiasts

Cazenovia, NY - September 25, 2008 - A packed schedule of world-class show jumping competition, educational opportunities, vendors, exhibitors and children's activities comes to Syracuse's Oncenter Complex October 29 through November 1. The Sporthorse Tournament will feature the top-ranked U.S. riders, included appearances by all members of the 2008 gold medal Olympic show jumping team. An international field of competitors will all vie for the Budweiser World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse and the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup (featured broadcast on Animal Planet January 10, 2009). In addition, the finest junior riders in the U.S. will contest the National Horse Show ASPCA Maclay Championship.

In addition to world class show jumping, each year the Invitational presents a host of seminars and clinics sponsored by Practical Horseman and EQUUS Magazine in the EQUUS Educational Arena or the Professional Development Seminar Rooms.

A schedules and details of Tournament events and seminars along with the complete competition schedule are available at: http://www.SyracuseInvitational.com

Some highlights of events outside the competition arena include (free unless noted):

- Two presentations by Dr. Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Tranlsation and Thinking in Pictures: and other reports from my life with autism (ticketed) partial proceeds to benefit the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University

- Practical Horseman Presents: Horse and Rider Potential - An Insider's View with: George Morris, coach of the gold medal Olympic team, and noted trainer John Madden (ticketed)

- Equine Industry Career and College Fair Program

- How do horses fly? Learn how horses travel through the friendly skies and experience their accommodations first hand

- Joseph Pentangelo of television's Animal Precinct will speak on how to spot horse abuse and neglect

- The Budweiser Clydesdales

- "Conversations with the Riders" will be held throughout the week during which audience members will get a chance to 'get up close and personal' with some of the top riders at the Tournament

- Cazenovia College miniature horse drill team

- Meet local gold medalist Beezie Madden at a Q & A session for fans

- The healing power of horses - a discussion and demonstration of therapeutic riding with an emphasis on its uses with autism. Session presented by NARHA premier accredited EquiCenter with the support of Syracuse area NARHA member facility From The Ground Up Therapeutic Riding Center

- USEF Drugs and Medications Workshop with - Dr. Stephen Schumacher, Chief Administrator of USEF's Equine Drugs & Medications Program (ticketed)

- A Journey through the Digestive System of the Horse - with a live endoscopic exam (ticketed)

- Equus Foundation "Deal or No Deal" dinner (ticketed)

- Kids' activities including the always-popular craft table, autograph sessions, and other activities

- The Horsin' Around program will again welcome children from local schools for field trips to the Tournament

The real action, of course, is in the War Memorial competition arena, with a full slate of intense show jumping and top-level riding. While competitions will be going on most of the day in the arena, the Tournament features some for which tickets are required. They are:

Wednesday, October 29 - Start time: 7:00 p.m.

- National Horse Show Opening Night Hunter Competitions

Thursday, October 30 - Start time: 7:00 p.m.

- Pasmore Stables Horsemans' Cup

- Regular Working Hunter Stake- presented by Brookway Stables

- Atlas Fence 1.40m Speed

Friday, October 31 - Start time 7:00 p.m.

- Syracuse Corporate Team Challenge

- CN Gambler's Choice

Saturday, November 1

Afternoon Session start time: 2:00 p.m.

- TK99 Speed Derby presented by BMW

- Empire Tractor Ride & Drive

- National Horse Show ASPCA Maclay Final Round

Evening session start time: 7:00 p.m.

- Budweiser FEI World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse

Sunday, November 2 - Start time: 2:00 p.m .

- Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup

(to be televised Jan. 10, 2009 on Animal Planet)

Tickets for special events and seminars: Tickets for the Morris/Madden clinic and the Professional Seminar Series are available through the Syracuse Invitational web site at http://www.SyracuseInvitational.com or by calling 315-655-4721.

Tickets for featured competitions: Tickets for featured Tournament competitions (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 PM; Saturday at 2PM and at 7PM; and Sunday at 2PM) range from $10.00 to $25.00 and are available through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) and the Oncenter Box Office (315-435-2121). Fans who plan to attend featured competition all week can buy packaged tickets at 25% off at the following P&C locations in the Syracuse area: Nottingham, Fulton, Skaneateles, Cazenovia and Fayetteville. Competitions not listed above as ticketed are free.

The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring the 125th National Horse Show welcomes the top-ranked equestrians from across the US and the world to downtown Syracuse to compete at the War Memorial Arena in the Oncenter Complex. The event features a full slate of high-level competition, entertainment, shopping and exhibitions and runs October 29 to November 2, 2008. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the Syracuse Invitational benefits Cornell University Equine Hospital and Vera House. More information is available at http://www.SyracuseInvitational.com.


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