Budweiser American Invitational, CSI*** Set For April 3 In Tampa
FL February 21, 2004 The crown jewel in the 32nd Winter
Equestrian Festivals gem-laden series of Florida equestrian
events is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented
by Tampa Tribune, which will be held on April 3, 2004, in the Raymond
James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, starting at 7 pm.
American Invitational, first held in Tampa in 1973, is one of the
most prestigious equestrian events in the sport, and is limited
to the top 30 riders who compete by invitation only. The starting
order of go is always a veritable Whos Who of show jumping.
Riders invited to compete are world-class competitors including
Olympians, Pan American Games medalists, Nations Cup Team
competitors, and winners of top-rated international show jumping
the top of the list of invitees, automatically invited to defend
his 2003 win, is American Invitational titleholder Chris Kappler.
will also be issued to the top four riders in the American Grandprix
Association Rider of the Year standings as of March 28, 2004; the
top-ranked riders on that list include young hotshots of the sport
Alison Firestone, Georgina Bloomberg, McLain Ward, and Aaron
Vale, as well as seasoned Olympians Anne Kursinski, Leslie Howard,
Norman Dello Joio, and Ian Millar.
invitations will be issued to the 2003 Gold Medal Pan American United
States Show Jumping Team Beezie Madden, Lauren Hough, and
Margie Engle (Chris Kappler was the fourth member). The Organizing
Committee will issue two invitations at their discretion and the
remaining 20 invitations will go out to riders based on money won
in the WEF Challenge Cup Series of eight events plus the eight Grand
Prix events held during the 2004 WEF season. The list of past performers
at the American Invitational includes 2002 winner Molly Ashe, Jimmy
Torano, Jeffery Welles, Olympians Nona Garson and Laura Kraut, plus
the Europeans Kevin Babington of Ireland, Markus Beerbaum
and his wife Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany, Yann Candele
of France, Eric Lamaze and his wife Megan Johnstone-Lamaze of Canada,
and Federico Sztyrle of Argentina.
money is awarded to the top 12 places, with the winner receiving
$60,000. Steve Stephens will design the course.
by Stadium Jumping, Inc. under the guidance of President Eugene
R. Mische, the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and
longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world.
The 2004 WEF commenced in Wellington, Florida, on January 28 and
runs through March 21, then moves on to Tampa for two weeks at the
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and then caps off with the finale
event, the 32nd $200,000 American Invitational, CSI*** in the Raymond
James Stadium. For more information, visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
ticket information, visit www.TicketMaster.com