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Governor Roy Barnes Declares April Equestrian Month:
As Foxhall Events, LLC gears up for the third annual MBNA Foxhall Cup

ATLANTA (April 4, 2002)- Governor Roy Barnes has declared the month of April Equestrian Month for the State of Georgia. The State hosts several world-renowned equestrian events during the month of April and is the home for over 250,000 horses. The proclamation of this month was lobbied and formed by the MBNA Foxhall Cup.

“Equestrian Month in Georgia is a great way to round up a month of major equestrian events in Georgia,” said Gail Mobley, Executive Director. “We are thrilled that the Governor has recognized the impact and scope that events like our National Championship have on our great state.”

“Georgia is proud to have become home to many wonderful and high-profile sporting events including world-class happenings as the MBNA Foxhall Cup, the Beaulieu Classic and the Atlanta Steeplechase. I am glad to have this opportunity to recognize the growing number of equestrians and horse owners in our state,” said Governor Barnes.

The MBNA Foxhall Cup is an exquisite Three-Day Event competition that is taking place on April 18th-April 21st. The event opens with a dressage competition and continues with the electrifying cross-country competition on April 20th. The show jumping finale on April 21st decides the winner of the Cup with prize money $100,000. Designated the National Championship of Eventing, the MBNA Foxhall Cup is only one of two three-star level eventing competitions in the nation. This extravagant event showcases the only sport in the world where men and women compete on equal terms.

The MBNA Foxhall Cup is the last leg of three major equestrian competitions in Georgia including the Beaulieu Classic in North Georgia on April 6-7 and the Atlanta Steeplechase in Rome, GA on April 13. Each of these first-class events bring international audiences and competitors to the State of Georgia.

About MBNA Foxhall Cup
Established in 2000 by Jim Richards, the MBNA Foxhall Cup is held in Douglas County, Georgia every spring. The three-star level eventing competition featuring dressage, cross-country and show jumping is designated as the National Championship of Eventing and serves as the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Three-Star Spring Championship. The MBNA Foxhall Cup donates a portion of its profits to Shepherd Center, an Atlanta-based catastrophic care hospital that treats individuals with acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. For more information, please visit


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