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Tiffany Hammock and Rebound Sweep Children's/Adult Jumper Division for Championship Tricolor

Tampa, FL - March 22, 2009 - The Tampa Equestrian Festival wrapped up it's first week of competition, Suncoast International week, with an exciting day of competition. The three week long horse show is held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center on the Florida State Fair Grounds. The sun shone brightly over the Covered Arena today while riders competed in the Children's/Adult Jumper Classic and the North American League (NAL) Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic.

The grand prize was awarded to Tiffany Hammock, of Hawthorn Woods, IL, after her stunning double clear victory in the Children's/Adult Jumper Classic aboard Rebound. The pair also received the championship tricolor after winning both of yesterday's classes and sweeping the division.

The Children's/Adult Jumper Classic competed in the Covered Arena over a course that included a double combination, a triple combination, and a liverpool. Seven riders completed clear first rounds and were able advance to the difficult jump-off course, which asked riders to complete many tight turns over six obstacles in a very fast time. Alex Vespico and Fairplay, owned by Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD, were the first pair to go clear during round one, but missed the first jump and received no score during the jump-off for going off-course.

Tim Boulton, of Brandenton, FL, and Jurist were also able to successfully navigate the first round and move into the jump-off. The pair pulled a rail at the oxer coming out of the double combination and received a four fault score for sixth place. Madrid and Rebecca Reisberg, of Gurnee, IL, negotiated the jump-off course without any faults, tripping the timers at 31.937, which held up for the fifth place ribbon. Heather Villemarie, of Estero, FL, and Ca Va entered the ring next and completed the jump-off without brining down any fences. The duo was able to pass Reisberg's time by almost four seconds, stopping the clock at 28.204 and capturing fourth place honors. Earning the third place ribbon was Alex Vespico, of Malvern, PA, on her second mount, Tommy Tune. Vespico and Tommy Tune passed Villemarier by just a fraction of a second, crossing the finish line in 28.163 seconds.

Tiffany Hammock earned the first place and second place ribbons in today's class with her two mounts. Hammock and Carerra Z left all the jumps in tact during the jump-off and tripped the timers at 27.686 seconds to secure second place honors. Earlier in the class Hammock competed on Rebound where she was the first to go double clear and set the fastest time of the class, racing through the finish line in 26.437 seconds.

"I wanted to win, so I knew I had to go double clear and be very fast," smiled Hammock. "During the first round I wanted to be smooth and make sure I left all the jumps up. I wanted to let Rebound pause before the fences so that he would not run into them or flatten out."

She continued, "I don't really like jumping the first round on him because he doesn't really pay attention. He seems to know when the jump-off is and that's when he starts to pay more attention and is really careful."

Last year Hammock and Rebound won the NAL Adult Jumper Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. This year she hopes to qualify for the NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Final with Rebound and Carerra Z.

Hammock is very excited to be at the Tampa Equestrian Festival for her second year in a row. "I came here last year with my trainers, Lance and Lisa Williamson, and we decided to come back again this year after Ocala," Hammock stated. "Everyone here is so nice and I really enjoy competing in this ring. This horse show is very convenient and the experience has been wonderful. "

The Tampa Equestrian Festival will continue next week with the Tampa Bay Classic, held March 25 - 29. The Covered Arena will feature a Welcome Stake Thursday, March 26, and the Grand Prix of Tampa, Sunday, March 29. The Grand Prix of Tampa is an FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI-W for the FEI Rolex World Cup Finals that will be held in Las Vegas in April. It is also a qualifier for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, which will held at the end of week three, Saturday, April 4, at Raymond James Stadium. The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is the nation's premiere show jumping event, showcasing the top horses and riders from around the world.

For more information please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Hammock and Rebound win the Children's/Adult Jumper Classic, sweeping the division and garnering the championship tricolor. Photo Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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