And Western Hay Sponsor Week 1 At Winter Equestrian Festival
FL - January 26, 2004 - The first week of the 32nd annual Winter
Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, is titled the
Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic CSI***, which runs from January
28 through February 1. The five-day show is co-sponsored by two
well-known suppliers of quality equine feed products - Nutrena and
Western Hay - and culminates on Sunday, February 1 with the $35,000
Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented by Western Hay, CSI**.
This is the fourth consecutive year for the Nutrena and Western
Hay partnership as title sponsors.
sponsor the Winter Equestrian Festival because it has some of the
best riders and the best quality horses in the world," stated
John Wallace, Nutrena Business Development Manager for Florida.
"It has high visibility, and this particular market segment
are key influencers among a lot of horse people." He invites
spectators and riders to stop by the Nutrena tent where he and Nutrena
representatives host a barbecue and other amenities during the week.
"It's really been a fun event to sponsor. We've met a lot of
people, created a lot of goodwill and a lot of business from it
over the years. These horses move all over the country, and we have
distribution wherever they go, so we can get them on a good quality
feed that they can continue wherever they travel."
Grand Prix this week highlights a brand new product called Farr
XTN, which Nutrena introduced in June 2003. It is a low starch/high
fat feed product. "It's the most nutritionally advanced formulation
for the performance horse," states Wallace. "It allows
us to feed that horse for the best performance that horse is capable
of while minimizing the nutritional and digestive problems that
come with that task. Not only is it a performance feed that is at
the cutting edge, it is a feed that actually solves problems in
the horse, such as colic, tying up, gastric ulcers, and temperament.
In six months this product has met with phenomenal growth. We've
received tremendous word-of-mouth from satisfied customers - they've
been our best advertising on this new product." For more information
about Nutrena products, visit www.nutrenaworld.com or call 800-282-4787.
of the week, Western Hay Company, Inc., is a premier supplier of
quality hay and cubes with more than 25 years serving the equine
industry in the US as well as worldwide. Western Hay is known for
its topnotch alfalfa, timothy, and timothy/alfalfa mix hay from
the western and eastern United States. Western Hay Company, Inc.
also supplies premium alfalfa cubes and alfalfa/timothy mix cubes.
are the number one brand in hay for the Thoroughbred industry from
coast-to-coast. The Winter Equestrian Festival is a great opportunity
for us to diversify into the equine athletic market," said
Rich Williams, Jr., National Sales and Marketing for Western Hay
based in West Palm Beach, FL. "It's been a great opportunity
for us to introduce premium hay into this market. We have the top
hay in the United States and worldwide, so when Jim Petteys, the
owner of Western Hay, and I decided to become involved with WEF,
we knew we'd receive national exposure. It has worked out very well.
We've seen tremendous growth for our company since we started sponsoring
at WEF." For more information, contact Western Hay Company,
Inc. in West Palm Beach, FL, at 561-514-9140; or in Ogden UT, at
800-452-5724; or at corporate headquarters in Valdosta, GA, at 800-772-2046.
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on
Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information,
visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
January 28 - February 1 Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic CSI***
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 1 $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented
by Western Hay, CSI**
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The