Nine U.S. Olympic Riders Headline the Jumper Division at the 121st National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida

Wellington, Fl - November 19 –

The nation’s finest equestrians return for The 121st National Horse Show, to be held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, November 30th through December 5th, 2004. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center is the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. This is third consecutive year The National Horse Show has been held in Florida.


Margie Engle aboard the 2003 AGA Championship winner, Hidden Creek’s Perin.
Photo by Randi Muster.

The National Horse Show is home to the Budweiser AGA Championship, CSI*** presented by Chesapeake Petroleum (December 5) and the Lexus National Horse Show Jumper Championship, CSI-W presented by Chesapeake Petroleum (December 3).

Show jumping’s greatest stars, including nine U.S. Olympians and six AGA season ending champions, will take center stage again this year at the 2004 edition of the National Horse Show.

The Olympic riders are led by Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Alison Firestone, three members of the USA Silver Medal Show Jumping squad from the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens, Greece. Former Olympians also competing include the 1992 Individual Bronze medallist at Barcelona, Norman Dello Joio, and 2000 Sydney Olympic teammates, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut,Nona Garson and Todd Minikus.

Beezie Madden will also be honored as the 2004 AGA Rider of the Year. Madden is currently ranked 5th in the world computer rankings, the highest ranked American and highest ranked woman rider in the world. Beezie Madden won her first AGA Rider title in 1997.

McLain Ward comes to Wellington on a roll having won five major events on this year’s fall tour including the $100,000 President’s Cup at The Washington International Horse Show in Washington, DC and most recently the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

Former AGA Rider of the Year award winners competing at the National Horse Show this year include Margie Engle, an eight-time champion and McLain Ward, a three- time winner. Former AGA Rookie of the Year winners coming to Wellington include

Michael Walton(2003), Danielle Torano (2002) and Joie Gatlin (1984).

In the Rookie of the Year race this year, Derek Petersen ($36,750) will try and hold off Pablo Barrios ($15,000) for the title.

Last year’s AGA Horse of the Year, Hidden Creek’s Jones, ridden by Margie Engle, is also slated to compete at The National Horse Show. This year however, it’s stable mate Hidden Creek’s Perin that Engle has in contention for 2004 Horse of the Year honors. The duo is just $2500 back of Norman Dello Joio’s Glasgow, for the title. Glasgow remains sidelined from an injury sustained at the Olympic Selection Trials.

Other superstars on this year’s National Horse Show line up include Georgina Bloomberg, who swept to victory in both the $50,000 Liberty and $100,000 Metropolitan Cup events at The Metropolitan National Horse Show in New York City just a week ago.

Also competing will be Todd Minikus, winner of the $60,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Winter Fair last week and Kim Frey, who led the victory gallop at the Congressional Cup Grand Prix in October at the Capital Challenge in Maryland.

Darragh Kerins of Ireland, winner of the $150,000 Prudential Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY in September and Markus Beerbaum of Germany add to the international flair on this year’s roster of riders.

Marley Goodman, who dominated last year’s Amateur Owner Jumper Division at The National Horse Show, will return to defend her title and will face stiff competition from Georgina Bloomberg, Cara Cheska, Laura Linback, Danielle Torano, Lisa Silverman, Katrina Woods and Charlie and Louis Jacobs.

The Junior Jumper division features top young riding stars Charlie Jayne, Megan Young, Carolyn Kelly and Lexy Reed.

Adult and Children Jumpers round out The National Horse Show jumper schedule.

121ST NATIONAL HORSE SHOW & FAMILY FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

WHAT: 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival
WHEN: November 30 – December 5, 2004
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Wellington, Florida
TICKETS: 866-NHS-SHOW or on the web at www.nhs.org

THE EVENT:
The 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival is one of two shows produced by The National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Palm Beach Post National Welcome Stake, CSI*** (December 1)
Lexus National Horse Show Jumper Championship, CSI-W presented by Chesapeake Petroleum (December 3)
Budweiser AGA Championship, CSI*** presented by Chesapeake Petroleum (December 5)

THE FACILITY:
The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is 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.

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