World-Class Horses and Riders Return to Wellington
for The American Grand Prix Associations Year-End Championships
Wellington, Florida March 24, 2003 After The 2003
Winter Equestrian Festival wraps up in Tampa on March 29, 2003,
most competitors will head back home for a bit of respite before
going on to the summer shows. But an elite group of show jumper
horse-and-rider teams will return to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club in Wellington for five days of The American Grand Prix Associations
Jumper Championships, presented by Budweiser. The Championships
will take place from Wednesday, April 2 through Sunday, April 6,
the late 1970s Eugene R. Mische, Leonard King and Mason Phelps,
Jr. founded the American Grand Prix Association (AGA).
The AGAs goal is to provide the very best jumpers and their
riders with the type of world-class competitions they can expect
to face at The Pan American Games, The World Cup and The Olympics.
The AGA tour, beginning in April of each year (after the Championships),
consists of 33 events offering a total of $3 million in prize money.
Jumper competitions during the week will feature classes for young
and schooling jumper horses and for child, junior, senior and amateur-owner
The highlight of the week will undoubtedly be The $150,000 2002/2003
AGA Championship Series Final, presented by Budweiser, which will
begin at 2pm on Sunday, April 6th, in The Internationale Arena.
The Final is by invitation-only, with invitations extended to the
top 30 horses and riders in point standings on the year-long tour.
In addition to receiving the prestigious title of AGA Horse and
Rider of The Year, the winning team will receive a trophy, a cooler
Expected among the competitors in Sundays Final will be defending
champion, Olympian Margie Goldstein-Engle, winner of the Final for
the past two years; Beezie Madden, winner of two Sunday Grand Prixs
during this past seasons Wellington series; Olympians Laura
Kraut, Norman Dello Joio, Anne Kursinski and Lauren Hough; and other
top grand prix riders such as Candice King, Todd Minikus, Chris
Kappler, McLain Ward and Jimmy Torano.
The Outdoor Life Network will be televising The Championships for
The show will begin at 9am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and
at 8am on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets to the AGA Championships are $5.00 for Adults on Wed.
Sat; $10.00 for Adults on Sunday; Seniors are $5.00 Wed Sunday;
Children 12 & under are free. Parking is free. Tickets can be
purchased at the Gate. Schedules, directions and information are
available at www.stadiumjumping.com
or by phone at (561) 793-5867