2006 Winter Equestrian Festival Fast Facts

EVENT: Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida
 
WHAT: Seven-week hunter/jumper and 3-week dressage horse show circuit produced by
Stadium Jumping, Inc.
 
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club,
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414
 
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday 2006 Show Dates:
Jan 25-29: Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, CSI 2*
Feb 1-5: Gold Coast Jumper Classic presented by Carlisle, CSI 3*
Feb 2-5: Wellington Dressage
Feb 8-12: Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, CSI 3*, ‘AA’
Feb 15-19: Bainbridge Florida Classic & WCHR Hunter Spectacular, presented by the Palm Beach Post, CSI-W CSIY CSI-CH
Feb 16-19: Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 22-26: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, CSI 3*
March 1-5: Wellington Open presented by Nutramax Laboratories, CSI-W
March 8-12: CN Wellington Finale, CSIO 5*-US
March 16-19: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* CDIY
 
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
 
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:
Box Seating: Box seats tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited availability)
Location: Internationale Arena
Thursday and Friday: $15.00
Saturday: $20.00
Sunday: $30.00
Seasonal Reserved Box Seats- $350.00 per seat
 
The Jockey Club: VIP Tables in The Jockey Club (located at the International Arena) seat six people and include food and beverage service daily.  Front Row tables are $25,000 for the season.  Second Row tables are $20,000, and Third Row tables are $15,000.  VIP tables are available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. International. Please call 561-753-3389.
 
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday
 
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.

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 Jockey Club VIP area.PRIZE MONEY: Over $3 Million in total prize money, including:
·        $1.1 Million Grand Prix Series
·        $450,000 1.50 M-1.30M Jumper Series
·        $300,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
·        $100,000 Senior Jumper Series
·        $395,000 USEF ‘AA’ Hunter Section Series
·        $200,000 Junior Jumper Series
·        $168,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Series
·        $32,000 Children’s Jumper Series
·        $9,500 Pony 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 2006 WEF, from January 25 to March 12 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 Thursday and Sunday Grand Prix events.  The rider with the most points on March 12 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.
 
HIGHLIGHTS:
· Sunday, Jan 29, 2:00 p.m.: $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented by Western Hay, CSI 2*
· Saturday, Feb 4, 3:00 p.m.: $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Spectacular
· Sunday, Feb 5, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Wellington Cup presented by Carlisle CSI 3*
· Sunday, Feb 12, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI 3*
· Saturday, Feb 18, 7:00 p.m.: AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach
· Sunday, Feb 19, 9:00 a.m.: $10,000 WEF Individual Young Rider Team and Individual Competition, CSIY Final
· Sunday, Feb 19, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
· Friday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Junior Jumper Gambler’s Choice
· Sunday, Feb 26, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup, CSI 3*
· Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Amateur-Owner Jumper Gambler’s Choice
· Sunday, March 5, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 Florida Open, presented by Nutramax Laboratories, CSI-W
· Friday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.: $75,000 Nations Cup CSIO 5* presented by CN
· Sunday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.: $150,000 US Open Jumper Championship CSIO, presented by CN
 
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.
 
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Winter Equestrian Festival, produced by Eugene R. Mische and 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: 561-753-7727; Website: 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: www.stadiumjumping.com

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