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Updated 2008 WEF Prize List Available

WELLINGTON, Fla. Dec. 19--The 2008 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) revised Prize List for 12 weeks of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestran Center was posted to the Internet website, http://www.equestriansport.com Saturday.

Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP), the management company of the WEF that begins on Jan. 16, posted the Prize List to http://www.equestriansport.com/registration.html and http://www.equestriansport.com/publications.html.

The Prize List, subject to approval by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, is in both text and PDF formats so it can be viewed on computer screens and printed out. Additions and changes to the Wellington competitions will be posted as details are confirmed.

Highlights of the WEF schedule include three World Cup jumping qualifiers, a Nations Cup and five Olympic jumping selection trials.

A Top Ten North America versus Europe Challenge and high performance six-bar and speed derby classes are being introduced to add excitement and glamor and attract spectators



ESP will complete its takeover of the Wellington show grounds now named the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and management of the USEF licenses for the horse shows at the end of this week.

Within hours of the end of the National Horse Show on Sunday, work began to install an all-weather surface in place of grass in the Internationale Arena and upgrade several other all-weather rings in time for the opening of WEF,

The Show Grounds and the South Grounds that make up PBIEC encompass 15 rings allowing for expanded classes and divisions and better scheduling of rings to allow for shorter show days. The Stadium is reserved for high performance and special events.

In addition to footing, other significant improvements include newly designed traffic patterns to improve the flow and safety of horses, pedestrians and golf carts, improved spectator seating, shaded trainer areas and extensive landscaping.

An all new Showgrounds Live software program is also being introduced to allow a wide range of electronic functions from online registration, up-to-the-second activities in all competition rings all day, every day to internet-based check out for open bills, all of which should dramatically reduce lines at the show office.

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

THE FACILITY:

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 360' x 280' all-weather 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.

FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendor areas 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. Call 1-800-593-0505 and use the Winter Equestrian Festival reference number 41W0080 for a discount.

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER:

14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414

561-793-JUMP (phone)

561-753-7727 (fax)

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ken Braddick - Director of Communications

Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC

14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL 33414

561-793-3684 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

ken@equinenews.org

 

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