Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch Kicks Off WEF Week 4
AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular Features Top Show Hunters
FL - February 16, 2004 - The 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in
Wellington, Florida, kicks off the fourth week of competition with
the Florida Classic/World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Spectacular
CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch, February 18-22. The highlight of the week is the
annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Classic Spectacular
of Palm Beach, which will be featured under the lights in the Internationale
Arena starting at 8 pm on Saturday, February 21.
its inception in 1997 the Hunter Classic has earned the reputation
of being the class to be in for hunter riders. This event showcases
amateur, junior and professional champion and reserve champion show
hunter horses and riders who have qualified from preliminary competitions
held during the five-day Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular.
was the original premier hunter event and it has served as a catalyst
for other important hunter competitions," said Geoff Teall,
AHJF President. "The Hunter Classic continues to be the one
event that every show hunter rider sets as his or her goal."
event takes place at night in the large grassy Internationale Arena
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. There is no admission charge
at the spectator entrance gate and the event always draws a huge
crowd. Fans fill both the grass berms surrounding the arena and
the tented dinner, which is the AHJF's major annual fundraiser.
In the Jockey Club, AHJF patrons will enjoy a buffet dinner. For
table reservations call 508-835-8813.
to 26 riders qualify to compete in this prestigious competition
plus last year's winner Emily Williams, who rode Strapless to first
place honors in 2001, 2002 and 2003; Scott Stewart, who was the
2003 Monarch International's Show Circuit Magazine Professional
World Champion Hunter Rider; Betty Oare, 2003 WCHR Amateur-Owner
National Champion; and Nancy Amling winner of the 2003 WCHR Junior
National Championship. These riders will be invited to compete on
any horse they choose but must compete at the height for which the
combination is eligible in this 'no entry fee' class. All entrants
must be current members of the AHJF.
the riders, this competition gives them a chance to win well-earned
money in front of a large and enthusiastic group of spectators in
a setting that is festive, glamorous and welcoming. The winner will
also be presented with a Tad Coffin Performance Saddle, the Dark
Continent Perpetual Trophy courtesy of Jim Green, a cooler donated
by Grazing Field's Farm, Inc. and a custom jacket by Personalized
AHJF was formed to further the development of the sport of show
hunter competition by providing a national office to organize, coordinate
and support hunter rider and show jumping equestrian competition.
Programs of the AHJF include the World Championship Hunter Rider
Awards, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund, AHJF Educational Programs,
the AHJF 401k and Profit Sharing Plan, the Legacy Cup and the AHJF/Dover
Saddlery Junior Hunter Challenge.
For information about the Hunter Classic contact the AHJF at 335
Lancaster Street, West Boylston, MA 01583-0369, call 508-835-8813,
fax 508-835-6125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
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