Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Sponsors Week 3 Of 2004 Winter Equestrian
FL - February 9, 2004 - Week 3 of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival
kicks off on Wednesday, February 11, and runs through Sunday, February
15, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. Kilkenny/ICH
Internationale is the title sponsor of the five-day show, which
features the $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***, a
Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series, on Sunday, February 15.
The Winter Equestrian Festival runs through March 21 in Wellington,
and from March 24 through April 3 in Tampa, FL.
Insurance is basically confined to show horses - show jumpers, hunters,
and dressage horses, that's our market," said Michael Whitlow,
President of Kilkenny Insurance Agency, Inc. "I have superb
underwriters for the agency who handle claims in a wonderful and
will be the ninth consecutive year of sponsorship for Kilkenny Insurance
Agency at WEF. "The sponsorship is very much part of our marketing,"
said Mr. Whitlow. "It is a privilege to work with these wonderful
riders and trainers and their wonderful horses. Naturally we never
want to have a claim, however, in the event of a claim we want to
get the owner the money back as soon as possible. That is the purpose
of insurance - to indemnify the owners for the amount of money they've
got out and in the horse and get them back in the saddle as soon
as possible. The idea of insurance is a very good idea because for
a very small percentage of the value of the horse you will guarantee
that you will get all of your money back in the event of a tragedy.
Furthermore, we have a wonderful major medical plan that will help
financially take care of illnesses, injuries, and accidents - the
things that may befall horses from time to time. It's a joy to do
it and to be in the business."
Whitlow launched the insurance agency with his wife Laura in 1994,
three years after they moved to Wellington and became full time
residents. The Whitlows operate the business out of their home,
which is located across the street from the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club show grounds. "I frequently say the world-wide headquarters
of Kilkenny Insurance is also the tack room in our 16-stall barn,"
said Michael. He describes Laura as "the greatest asset of
the insurance agency. She handles the hard part - the paperwork,
renewals, applications, invoicing, and banking - and she handles
that absolutely beautifully." The Whitlows are both riders.
Michael enjoyed open range riding as a boy growing up in Montana,
but later moved on to the jumpers while Laura rides hunters. Michael
began competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 1989 when the
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds first opened.
"What is good for Stadium Jumping, the Winter Equestrian Festival,
and the general horse industry in South Florida is good for Kilkenny
Insurance. It's just that simple," said Michael. "The
large number of high quality horses that come here in the winter
time is my market and without the Winter Equestrian Festival, Gene
Mische, and Stadium Jumping, this business of mine, which is wonderfully
successful, would not exist, so it is my privilege to be a sponsor
of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the grand prix. Not only does
that give us excellent visibility and general marketing but it also
gives us an opportunity to put money back in the industry where
it will do the most good."
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 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
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 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
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