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Stadium Jumping Now Accepting Vendor Applications for Newly Extended Tampa Equestrian Festival

Tampa, FL - February 26, 2008 - The Tampa Equestrian Festival, produced by Stadium Jumping Inc., is currently accepting vendor applications for the three weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the Tampa Equestrian Festival kicks off on March 19 and will continue through April 6. This show features some of the very best hunters and jumpers in the nation, and exhibitors range from children and junior riders to grand prix show jumpers and Olympic veterans.

The first competition, the Suncoast International, starts on March 19 and concludes on March 23, with the Tampa Bay Classic following from March 26-30. The final week, the Tournament of Champions, will run from April 1-6. The pinnacle of the horse show series is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*. This prestigious annual tradition is held under lights at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

Along with the celebrated American Invitational, the Tampa Equestrian Festival, recently extended from two to three weeks, will feature exciting classes and incredible prize money.

Some of the main attractions of the show include the $30,000 Grand Prix of Florida, held on Sunday, March 23; the $25,000 WEF Challenge, scheduled for Thursday, March 27; and the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier and Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W on March 30. Additionally, the final $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, held on Thursday, April 3, will be the last qualifier for the American Invitational.

Attracting a variety of exhibitors, sponsors, horse owners, and spectators, the venue is a stellar location for vendors of all varieties. From equestrian apparel to fine jewelry and unique clothing, the Tampa Equestrian Festival provides a great opportunity for boutiques and businesses to reach a distinctive group of customers and consumers.

For more information on becoming a vendor at the Tampa Equestrian Festival, please call 561-793-JUMP (5867). Vendor brochures and applications are also available on Stadium Jumping Inc.'s official Web site.

To learn more about the Tampa Equestrian Festival or to download the prize list and vendor application online, please go to http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

Tampa Equestrian Festival and 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



Photo: Eric Lamaze, winner of Sunday's $75,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Grand Prix, and Narcotique de Muze II competing at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, last year. Photo(C) 2007 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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