Tampa, FL - February 28, 2012 – The nation’s top show jumping riders are gearing up for the 2012 Tampa Equestrian Series, scheduled for March 28 - April 7, 2012, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL. The event will feature multiple quality events, including the $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 2*-W Grand Prix of Tampa and concluding with the 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G & C Farm.
The Tampa Equestrian Series will kick-off its two weeks of competition with the Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W, which is scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2012. The event begins with $32,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Friday, but the main highlight will be the $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 2*-W Grand Prix of Tampa. This class will be the final qualifying competition for the 2012 FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
Kent Farrington, winner of the 2011 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational noted, “I think a change of venue is always good for horses. Going in the same ring every time doesn’t always promote great jumping. It is nice having a qualifier in a covered arena, because it is more of an indoor venue and somewhat similar to what you would be expecting at the World Cup Finals.”
Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie Madden is also hoping to compete during the Tampa Equestrian Festival and added, “The covered arena is fairly comparable to an indoor venue, and the dates are a little closer to the Finals, which is good. I’ve always liked Tampa, it’s refreshing to go to a new area, a new venue. Everything is very convenient and close together, so it’s easy to work out of. I think the Invitational has been a fantastic event for a number of years now and we all love doing it.”
The 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, will be the highlight event on the final day of competition during the last show, the Tournament of Champions CSI, held April 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The world's top horses and riders will gather to compete under the lights during one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.
Fellow Olympian Margie Engle will also be aiming to qualify for the event, competing in the $10,000 CWD American Invitational Stake on Thursday, April 5, 2012. “I think the American Invitational is one of the best classes offered in our country,” she explained. “It is the class that I look forward to, it has a lot of history behind it, and I always enjoy preparing or it. I am focusing on the Invitational this year because it’s a competitive class and has a lot going for it.”
For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2012 Tampa Equestrian Series please call (941) 744-5465. To download a copy of the prize list, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
Photo Credit: Margie Engle and Indigo were the winners of the $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 2*-W during the 2010 Tampa Equestrian Series. Photo By: Anne Gittins. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
The Tampa Equestrian Series and the 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Fast Facts
EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Series presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Prize Lists available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.
WHAT: Two-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G&C Farm is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.
Tampa Equestrian Series:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680 www.stadiumjumping.com
40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607 www.raymondjamesstadium.com
WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tampa Classic CSI 2*-W - March 28- April 1, 2012
Tournament of Champions – April 3 -7, 2012
40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* - April 7, 2012, 8 p.m.
Friday, March 30: $32,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake CSI 2*
Sunday, April, 1: $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 2*-W Grand Prix of Tampa
Thursday, April 5: $10,000 CWD American Invitational Stake
Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.: 40th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* presented by G&C Farm.
Tickets are on sale now at www.stadiumjumping.com.
Ticket prices $25, $20, $10 Group Discounts for 10 or more persons.
From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
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