Tampa Equestrian Festival to Host $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier and
Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W

Tampa, FL - March 11, 2008

The Tampa Equestrian Festival, produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc and held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, will proudly feature the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier and Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W at 2 p.m. on March 30, 2008. The competition counts towards the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Finals, scheduled for April 24-27, 2008 in Göteburg, Sweden.

The Tampa Equestrian Festival spans three weeks and attracts the very best hunters and show jumpers in the nation. Kicking off on March 19-23 with the Suncoast International Horse Show, the show continues the week of March 26-30 with the Tampa Bay Classic. The competition wraps up the week of April 1-6 with the Tournament of Champions.

The $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier and Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 3*-W will be conducted under the current FEI Rules for World Cup and FEI Rules for Jumping Events. With fences towering at 1.60m tall, this event is also a Rolex World Ranking Competition and a qualifier for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*, which will be held under lights on April 5 at Tampa?s Raymond James Stadium.

Just World International, is the charity beneficiary of the Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa, is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. The charity, founded by equestrian Jessica Newman, acts as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by working with local partner organizations to provide basic education, nutrition, health and hygiene programs, and vocational training for children in impoverished communities. Just World International also provides young people with the opportunity to actively participate in humanitarian work.

Additional show jumping events at the Tampa Equestrian Festival include the $30,000 Grand Prix of Florida, which will be held on Sunday, March 23, the $25,000 WEF Challenge on Thursday, March 27, and the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, the final qualifier for the American Invitational, held on Thursday, April 3


Authentic and Beezie Madden, last year's World Cup qualifier winners in Tampa.
Photo: Randi Muster

 

The Tampa Equestrian Festival and the 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational Fast Facts

EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Festival presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, which features more than 1,000 horses and the world?s best riders and Olympians

WHAT:
Three-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States and benefits the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol. The $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby will be held at Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. It is a High Performance Hunter class and will benefit the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Festival:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4880 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33610

36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby:
Wrenwood Farms
715 10th St. South
Naples, FL 34102

WHEN:
Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Suncoast Internationale - March 19-23, 2008
Tampa Classic CSI 3*-W - March 26-30, 2008
Tournament of Champions, CSI - April 1-6, 2008
36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3* - April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.
$20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby - April 6, 2008, 1 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m. - $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida
Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. - $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa
Saturday, April 5:
6:00-6:45 p.m. - Open Course Walk
7 p.m. - 36th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, CSI 3*
Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m.:

ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby
"Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hat and Tails"
Wrenwood Farms, Naples, FL

ADMISSION:
For Tampa Equestrian Festival:
Wednesday: Free
Thursday Thru Friday: $5.00
Saturday: $10.00
Sunday: $15.00

Admission is free for children 12 and under, $5.00 for children ages 13 and over, and $5.00 for seniors age 65 and over

For $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational:
Advance ticket prices:
$25 in white section
$35 in blue section
$40 in red section
Advance Family 4-pack:
$70 in white section
$125 in blue section
(Prices higher day of show: $30, $40, $45, $85, $140)
Group prices (20 or more):
(Advance only)
$17 each in white section
$30 each in blue section
Tickets available through Ticketmaster 813-287-8844, 727-898-2100 or ticketmaster.com

DIRECTIONS:
The Tampa Competitions will be held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center (Florida State Fairgrounds) Tampa, Florida. Horse Van and exhibitor entrance is at Orient Road and I-4. Westbound I-4 traffic should exit at U.S. 301. Turn Right (west) on Martin Luther King and go to stop light turn right (north) on Orient Road follow to Fairgrounds entrance on right. From I-75 north or south use Exit 52B. Take Martin Luther King Blvd west to Orient Road, turn right, competition showgrounds are 1⁄2 mile on the right.

THE FACILITY:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing

Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' all weather footing

Covered Ring 165' x 300' clay/sand mixture

Annex Ring 150' x 275' all weather footing

Indoor Ring 130' x 250' clay/sand mixture

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Outdoor Stadium Arena 150' x 360' Bermuda sod grass

Wrenwood Farm, Naples, FL

Outdoor Field 300' x 400' grass footing

 

STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874

Web site: www.stadiumjumping.com

 

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