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World-Famous Vaulters to Perform at 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival

Wellington, FL - November 20, 2007 - The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival is pleased to announce that two-time vaulting World Champion Matthias Lang of France will perform in a demonstration with French vaulter Sarah d'Auriol. The first demonstration will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at approximately 7 p.m. before the start of the "Jumping Under the Stars" gala. The second demonstration will be on Sunday, Dec. 9, at approximately 1:30 p.m. before the second phase of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championships. Both demonstrations will be in the Internationale Arena.

The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival runs from Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center.

Lang and Sarah d'Auriol will be joined by their longeur, Nicole d'Auriol, and their horse Espoir Ardent. Lang is one of the most well-known and successful vaulters in recent history. His international career began in Saumur in the 1995 European Championships as part of the French team. Individually, Lang was the World Champion in 2000 and at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, in 2002. He finished as the silver medalist in World Championships in 1998 and 2004. He is also a two-time gold medalist at the European Championships and is a 16-time French champion. In 2003, Lang received the Price Bernard Destrenau Award from the French academy. Lang is now a physical therapist and vaulting coach and lives in Paris.

Lang trained Espoir Ardent, an 18 hand, 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding. Although "Espoir" was bred to be a jumper, he was "always a vaulting horse," said Nicole d'Auriol. Espoir competed in many CVI competitions and World Championships when he was owned by Lang. Espoir is now owned by the d'Auriols and lives in the United States.

Sarah d'Auriol began her vaulting career when she was just 8 years old. Born in Paris, d'Auriol now lives in Suffolk, VA. Now 15, she said that vaulting is her passion, and she first competed internationally in 2006. She has three top 10 finishes in international CVI events, and she participated in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, last year. D'Auriol said her goal is to "be on the podium in 2010 at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky on her own horse."

Vaulting is a competitive discipline where both dynamic and static gymnastic elements are combined and performed on a cantering horse. It requires outstanding physical condition from the vaulter, and a harmonious relationship with the horse is imperative if a display of strength, coordination, rhythm, suppleness and balance is to be achieved. Vaulting was recognized as an FEI discipline in 1983.

Vaulting exercises include artistic mounts and dismounts, shoulder stands and handstands on the horse, carrying or lifting another vaulter, kneeling and standing exercises. Judging is based on technique, form, difficulty, balance, security and consideration of the horse. Today, horse, lunger and vaulter are considered a competitive unit and the performance of each is reflected in the final score.

Don't miss your chance to see this exciting equestrian discipline, only at this year's National Horse Show.



124th NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

WHAT: 124th National Horse Show & Family Festival

WHEN: December 5-9, 2007

HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Wellington, Florida

HIGHLIGHTS- Competition:

- The $5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI (December 5)

- The $15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI (December 6)

- The Zada Enterprises, LLC 6th Annual Dressage at the National (December 7-9)

- The $25,000 NHS Jumper Classic for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, CSI (December 7- evening competition)

- The $25,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship (December 8)

- The $10,000 NHS Speed Stake, CSI (December 8)

- The $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper National Finals (December 9)

- The $80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International Finals (December 9)

- The $100,000 NHS Grand Prix FEI World Cup(TM) for the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach, (December 9)

Exhibitions and Special Events:

"Jumping Under the Stars" Gala (December 7, evening)

Matthias Lang and Sarah d'Auriol vaulting demonstration in the Internationale Arena (December 7 at 7 p.m. and December 9 at 1:30 p.m.)

Children's Fair (December 8-9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Wellington Chamber Business Showcase 2007 in Grand Hunter Ring (December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

SPONSORED CLASSES & PRIZE MONEY:

$155,000 FEI International Jumper section

$125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach

$5,000 Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake

$80,000 Young Jumper Championships(R) International

$20,000 Palm Beach Daily News Amateur-Owner Jumper division

$20,000 ASPCA Junior Jumper division

$11,000 Pasmore Stables Adult Amateur Jumper division

$11,000 Martha Jolicoeur P.A. Illustrated Properties Children's Jumper division

$11,000 Bainbridge Farm Adult Amateur Working Hunter divisions

$6,500 "All the Gold" Second Year Green Working Hunter division

$6,500 National Horse Show Ladies Committee Side Saddle division

$5,500 Large Pony Hunter division sponsored by Suzy Marquard

$5,500 Alyana Farms Small Pony Hunter division

$5,500 Reflection Farms Green Conformation Hunter division

$5,500 Moxie Equestrian Inc. Regular Conformation Hunter division

$5,500 Tara Management Amateur-Owner 18-35 Working Hunter division

$5,500 Kilkenny Amateur-Owner Over 35 Working Hunter division

$5,500 William Barlow Redfern Regular Working Hunter division

Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage at the National

Palm Beach Equine Clinic

Florida Coast Equipment

RV Sales of Broward

TICKETS: 561-793-JUMP, or visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com

ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.

Adults: $10 Wednesday through Saturday (including $10 for Friday evening performance), Sunday- $15

Seniors/Children 13 and up: $7 all performances

Children 12 and under: Free

VIP SEATING: Box Seats Tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited availability)

Location: Internationale Arena

Prices: $25 every day (plus $25 for Friday evening performance), per person

Box of 4 seats for entire week, including Friday night: $500

Box Seats are available for purchase through Stadium Jumping, Inc. Please call 800-237-8924 for more information.

VIP tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club (located at the Internationale Arena):

Gold Member Front Row- $5000 for six seat table, luxury amenities provided for all performances including Friday evening. Silver Member Second and Third Rows- $3500 for six seat table.

Tables in The Diamond Horseshoe Club are available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. Please call 561-753-3389.

THE FACILITY:

The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is also the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400' x 400' grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating, chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include the Diamond Horseshoe Club VIP area.

DIRECTIONS:

Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left - Equestrian Road.

PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday.

FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open during show hours.

SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the Internationale Arena offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.

HOTELS:

*Hampton Inn and Suites Wellington

2155 Wellington Green Drive, Wellington, FL 561-472-9696

*Hampton Inn at Emerald Dunes

2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 561-682-9990

*Hampton Inn Lake Worth

8205 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 561-472-5980

CAR RENTAL:

Use Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs at the National Horse Show and Family Festival! Call 1-800-593-0505 and use the National Horse Show reference number 41W0080 for a discount.

PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB:

14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414

561-793-JUMP (phone)

561-753-7727 (fax)

http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office-

1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL 34205

941-744-5465 (phone)

941-744-0874 (fax)

http://www.stadiumjumping.com.

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LTD

Carolyn Vincent

P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548

516-484-1865 (phone)

516-484-1982 (fax)

NationalHS@aol.com

http://www.nhs.org

Photo Credit: Top international vaulter Sarah d'Auriol will demonstrate at the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival. Photo courtesy of Nicole d'Auriol. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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