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WEF Invitational Hunter, Jumper, Pony Classics USEF, USHJA & ESP Agree on Revised Events, Dates

WELLINGTON, Fla., Mar. 3--A revised schedule for a series of invitational hunter, jumper and pony classics with total prize money of $230,000 for the final two weeks of the 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival presented by Zimmerman Advertising was announced Monday by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP).

ESP also announced that to further its goal of helping promote development of high performance horse sports it is increasing the total prize money for the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Challenge Derby on Friday night, March 21 to $50,000 from $25,000.

The invitational classics scheduled for March 30 and April 6 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were created by ESP and Zimmerman Advertising which is sponsoring the series to recognize the importance of the divisions to horse sports.

The revised schedules were approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the USHJA.

USHJA President Bill Moroney said: ""This proposal is a great example of the governing organizations of our sport and competition management working together to provide exciting classes for our exhibitors which support the future direction of our sport."

The Zimmerman Hunter and Pony Classics will be held on Sunday, March 30. The classes and prize money are:

--The 3'6" Invitational Junior Hunter classic -- $30,000

--The 3'6" Invitational Amateur Owner Hunter classic -- $30,000

--The 3' Invitational Adult Amateur Hunter classic -- $20,000

--The 3' Invitational Children's Hunter classic -- $20,000

The Pony Classic has been split into three different sections:

A. 2'3" Small Pony invitational classic -- $10,000

B. 2'6" Medium Pony invitational classic -- $10,000

C. 3' Large Pony invitational classic -- $10,000

The Zimmerman Invitational Jumper Classics will be held on Sunday, April 6, the same day as the WEF Parade of Champions. The classics are:

--Invitational Chidren's Jumper Classic -- $20,000

--Invitational Adult Jumper Classic -- $20,000

--Invitational Amateur Owner Jumper Classic -- $30,000

--Invitational Junior Jumper Classic -- $30,000

No horse or rider may have competed above Level 4 for three weeks prior to entering the Children's or Adult Jumper Classics. Horse of the Year points will not count for any of the four classes.

ESP announced that it will publish weekly standings for each of the classics.

Complete details and entry forms are available at the PBIEC Show Office:

14440 Pierson Road

Wellington FL 33414

Tel: 561-793-5867 Fax: 561-753-3386


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