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Record Number Of Countries Competing At 2004 WEF

WELLINGTON, FL - February 11, 2004 - This year marks a record for number of countries represented at the 32-year-old Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Riders competing at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds hail from 31 countries - Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the USA, and Venezuela.

Produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. under the guidance of President Eugene R. Mische, the Winter Equestrian Festival is the oldest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world. Each week, approximately 4,000 horses and 6,000 horsemen populate the show grounds. Prize money offered for the 10-week circuit is $3-million. Eight back-to-back shows in Wellington, which started January 28 and will run through March 21, feature hunters, jumpers and dressage. Hunter/jumper action moves on to Tampa starting March 24 and wraps up on April 3 with the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.

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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 or call 561-793-5867.

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 Center)
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)

February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington Green, CDI-W
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, CSI-W
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune


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