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Defending Champion Molly Ashe Returns for $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Tampa, FL – March 27 – Show jumping rider Molly Ashe will be feeling the pressure on Saturday evening. At Raymond James Stadium, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will begin at 7:00 pm and Molly has won this event the last 2 years in a row.

No one has ever won the Invitational three years in a row since its inception in 1972. Others have tried but this is a very difficult class and the competition is tough. Katie Monahan-Prudent and Rodney Jenkins have each won the Invitational three years but not consecutively. Molly would be setting a new record for the books if she can win this year.

Molly will have her chance as the tenth rider in the order of go. Thirty horse and rider combinations will attempt the Steve Stephens designed course. And all the riders with clean first rounds will return for a timed jump off. The horse and rider with the fastest time and least number of penalties in the jump off will win the $60,000 first place award.

The past two years Molly has ridden Kroon Gravin to the win. This year she will be riding Concerto, a bay Holsteiner stallion that is owned by Jane F. Clark. Jane Clark is the President of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This will be Concerto’s first time in Raymond James Stadium for the annual American Invitational.

Molly has been under pressure before and has many career highlights. She works well under pressure and is sure to give it her all on Saturday evening.

Tickets for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium Jumping (877) 909-9436.


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