Wellington, FL – January 18, 2007 – The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), based at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian event in the world. As one of the top horse shows in the country, it brings the best-of-the-best to Wellington for ten weeks of hunter/jumper competition and three weeks of dressage competition, and without the myriad of sponsors who continue to support the festival every year, WEF would not be able to prosper and offer the same level and quality of competition. The final two weeks of WEF are held in Tampa, FL, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center.
Diamond Level Sponsors for the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival are: Anheuser Busch, Inc.; CN; CN Worldwide; FTI Consulting; and Zada Enterprises, LLC.
Anheuser Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, operates 12 breweries in the United States and has operations around the globe. The company regularly sponsors the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Grand Prix at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. This year, the American Invitational will be held on April 7, 2007, at 7 p.m.
Canadian National (CN) is the leader in the North American rail industry. Following its acquisition of Illinois Central in 1999, WC in 2001 and GLT in 2004, as well as its partnership agreement with BC Rail in 2004, CN provides shippers with more options and greater reach in the rapidly expanding market for north-south trade. CN sponsors the CN Wellington Open from March 7-11, 2007, the $75,000 Nations Cup on Friday, March 9, and the $150,000 CN US Open Jumper Championship on Sunday, March 11.
CN Worldwide is a freight-forwarding service that delivers the full benefit of CN operating and service excellence to customers with international shipping needs. Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, CN Worldwide focuses on container traffic moving between Europe and North America. The company sponsors the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale CSI 5*, a member event of the CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour, from March 14-18.
FTI is a premier provider of problem-solving consulting and technology services to major corporations, financial institutions and law firms when confronting critical issues that shape their future and the future of their clients, such as financial and operational improvement, major litigation, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory issues. The FTI Rider Challenge will be held during the 2007 WEF, from January 24 to March 18 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. It is a rider bonus pool for $200,000 in which the riders will accumulate points in the eight WEF Challenge Cups, the CN Jumper Classic and every Sunday Grand Prix event that are all part of WEF in Wellington.
Zada Enterprises, LLC, is a longtime sponsor of the Winter Equestrian Festival. This year, they host the Florida Dressage Classic from February 22-25 and the WEF Dressage Classic, CDIW/Y on March 22-25.
Platinum level sponsors are: The Bainbridge Companies; bluhammock music; Kilkenny Insurance Agency; King-Kaplan Family; Nutramax Laboratories; Nutrena Feeds & Western Hay Company; Palm Beach Daily News; Palm Beach Equine Clinic / Adequan; Palm Beach Polo; Palm Beach Post; and Solaray.
The Palm Beach Post is the presenting sponsor during the Bainbridge Florida Classic on February 21-25 and of the $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic. The Bainbridge Companies, one of the nation’s premier owners, developers and builders of investment real estate, also sponsors the Florida Classic CSI-W and the WCHR Spectacular from February 21-25. bluhammock music is the presenting sponsor of the Gold Coast Classic CSI-3* and the Wellington Cup CSI-3*. Kilkenny Insurance is the “Official Equine Insurance Provider of the WEF” and the title sponsor of the Kilkenny Internationale Cup.
The King-Kaplan Family is the sponsor of the Low Junior Jumper Division. Nutramax Laboratories is the “Official Nutraceutical of the WEF,” title sponsor of Wellington Dressage, and presenting sponsor for both the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* and the CN Florida Open CSIO 5*. Nutrena Feeds & Western Hay Company are the “Official Feed of the WEF” and the title sponsor of the Wellington Classic CSI-2*. The Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan are the title sponsors of the Gold Coast Classic CSI-3* and the Wellington Cup CSI-3*. The Palm Beach Post is the presenting sponsor of the Idle Dice Classic Grand Prix, and Solaray is the title sponsor of the Wellington Team Relay.
Gold level sponsors are: Acorn Hill Farm, official sponsor of the Open Speed Series; Animal Planet, sponsor of the High Junior Jumper Division; Brookledge Horse Transport is the official equine transport company; Carol A. Sollak, PA and Illustrated Properties, official sponsor of the Adult Amateur Hunter Division Sec. B; CWD Sport, official custom saddler; Equestrian Properties, official sponsor of the Green Conformation Hunter; Florida Coast Equipment, Inc., official farm equipment provider; Sand Castle Farm; Hampton Inn, official hotel; Palm Beach Exotic Collection; RV Sales of Broward, official sponsor of the Adult Amateur Jumper; Tara Management; Tradewinds Farm, official sponsor of the Children’s Jumper 14 - 17 Year Section.
Silver level sponsors are: Silver level sponsors are: Ariat; Davlyn Farms; EquiFit, Inc.; Estates at Wellington Green; Farnam Companies, Inc.; Gotham North; and Vive Magazine.
Bronze level sponsors are: Beval Saddlery, Ltd.; Enterprise Car Rental; Forum Newspaper; Golden Horse Jewelry; Oster Professional Products Equine Division; Palm Beach County Sports Commission; and SSG Gloves.
Supporting level sponsors are: Brown Distributing; Horse Watch; Idlewild Stables; Lazcar International; Michael Angelo Salon & Spa; PGA National Resort & Spa; Regency Party Rentals & Productions; Seminole Hard Rock and Casino Tampa; SmartPak Equine; Summit Dynamics; Suntzu Energy Drink; Therapeutic Advantage; Ultima Fitness; and West Palm Beach Antique Show.
For more information about the Winter Equestrian Festival, please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com
or call 561-793-JUMP.
2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Fast Facts
EVENT: Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida
WHAT: Ten-week hunter/jumper and 3-week dressage horse show circuit produced by
Stadium Jumping, Inc. The last two weeks of competition that are part of WEF are held in Tampa, FL, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday 2007 Show Dates:
Jan 24-28: WEF/Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Inaugural
Jan 31-Feb 4: Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, CSI 2*
Feb 7-11: Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Gold Coast Classic presented by Bluhammock Music, CSI 3*
Feb 8-11: Cosequin Wellington Dressage
(USEF HP and NAJYRC Qualifying Competition)
Feb 14-18: Kilkenny Internationale, CSI 3*
Feb 21-25: Bainbridge Florida Classic presented by the Palm Beach Post, CSI-W CSI-CH & WCHR Spectacular
Feb 22-25: Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 28-March 4: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, CSI-W
March 7-11: CN Wellington Open presented by Cosequin, CSIO 5*
March 14-18: CN Worldwide Wellington Finale, CSI 5*
(CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour Event)
March 22-25: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI-W CDIY
(USEF HP and NAJYRC Qualifying Competition)
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, starting daily at 8:00 a.m.
PRIZE MONEY: Over $4 Million in total prize money, including:
Grand Prix and Challenge Cup Series
1.50 M-1.30M Jumper Series
Low, Medium, and High Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
USEF ‘AA’ Hunter Section Series, featuring the Golden Horse Jewelry Hunter Challenge
Low and High Junior Jumper Series
Young Jumper 5, 6, 7/8 Year Old Series
18-35, 36-49, and Over 50 Seniors Adult Amateur Jumper Series
13 & Under, 14-17 Children’s Jumper Series, featuring the FEI Children’s International Jumping Competition, CSI-CH
Pony Jumper Series
Adult Amateur and Children’s Modified Jumper Series
$200,000 FTI RIDER CHALLENGE: FTI Consulting of Annapolis, MD, is sponsoring the $200,000 FTI Rider Challenge. The FTI Rider Challenge will be held during the 2007 WEF, from January 25 to March 17 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. The FTI Rider Challenge will be a rider bonus pool for $200,000. Riders will accumulate points from their performances in the WEF Challenge Cups Rounds I-VIII, the CN Jumper Classic, and each Sunday Grand Prix event. The rider with the most points on March 17 will be awarded $100,000. Second place will be given $50,000, third place will receive $30,000, and $20,000 will be given to fourth place.
· Sunday, Jan 28, 2:00 p.m.: $35,000 WEF Inaugural Cup
· Sunday, Feb 4, 2:00 p.m.: $50,000 Nutrena XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach presented by Western Hay, CSI 2*
· Saturday, Feb 10, 3:00 p.m.: $15,000 Cosequin Dressage/Show Jumping Spectacular
· Sunday, Feb 11, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Palm Beach Equine/Adequan Wellington Cup presented by Bluhammock Music, CSI 3*
· Sunday, Feb 18, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Kilkenny Internationale Cup, CSI 3*
· Saturday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m.: AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach
· Sunday, Feb 25, 2:00 p.m.: $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
· Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.: $20,000 Solaray Team Relay
· Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup, CSI-W
· Friday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.: $75,000 Nations Cup presented by CN, CSIO 5*
· Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.: $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship presented by Cosequin, CSIO 5*
· Thursday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.: €25,000 Chesapeake Petroleum Benefit Cup for a Just World, CSI 5*
· Saturday, March 17, 3:00 p.m.: €300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open, CSI 5*
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Wednesday: Admission is free. *Children 12 & Under Free Everyday
Thursday and Friday: Adults- $5.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Saturday: Adults- $10.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Sunday: Adults- $15.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Weekly General Admission Pass- $30.00
Seasonal General Admission Pass- $125.00
VIP SEATING: VIP Tables in The Jockey Club (located at the Internationale Arena) seat six people and include food and beverage service daily. Front Row tables are $25,000 for the season. Second Row tables are $22,500, and Third Row tables are $20,000. Please call Kiki Umla for a table at 561-793-JUMP.
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday
DIRECTIONS: 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.
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.
THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor and only 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 deNemethy Arena and Grand Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include The Jockey Club VIP area.
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 both offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.
*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
*PGA National Resort and Spa
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Use Enterprise Rent-a-Car for your car rental needs at the Winter Equestrian Festival! Call 1-800-593-0505 and use the Winter Equestrian Festival reference number 41W0087 for a discount.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Winter Equestrian Festival, produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc., is the largest and longest consecutively running sporting event in the world. It is also the largest equestrian event and major contributor to Palm Beach County’s $553+ million equestrian industry. (Courtesy of Palm Beach County Equestrian Commission, Inc.)
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB: 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL, 33414; Tel: 561-793-JUMP; Fax: 561-753-0394; Website: http://www.stadiumjumping.com
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office- 1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL, 34205; Tel: 941-744-5465; Fax: 941-744-0874; Website: http://www.stadiumjumping.com
Stadium Jumping, Inc.
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, FL 33414
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeannie and E. Hunter Harrison, president and CEO of CN. Photo by: Peter Llewellyn/PMGPictures.com
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