Announces King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals
to be held at Commonwealth Park
VA (September 13, 2002)-The King Shavings United States Grand Prix
League Finals will be held this year from September 25-29 at Commonwealth
Park in Culpeper, Virginia. The League is an association of more
than 45 major equestrian events nationwide that offer Grand Prix
Show Jumping events. This year's Finals in Culpeper will include
competition in four divisions: Grand Prix Jumpers, Junior-Amateur-Owner
Jumpers (High and Low) and Pre-Green Hunters. Each division finals
is by invitation only, with invitations being issued to the top
30 national riders in each division. The top jumpers are determined
by money won and the top pre-green hunters are determined by points
will be nearly 3,000 horsemen on the show grounds for the Finals,
among them some of the superstars of show jumping including eight-time
Olympian Ian Millar of Canada, U.S. Olympic Individual and Team
Gold Medalist Joe Fargis, U.S. Olympic participant, Margie Goldstein-Engle,
and many more.
92-acre Commonwealth Park features equestrian competition daily,
beginning Wednesday, September 25 and culminating with the $100,000
King Shavings Grand Prix on Sunday, September 29. Hours are 8 am
to 4 pm. Spectators are admitted free from Wednesday through Saturday.
Children under 12 are always admitted at no charge, and parking
is always free. Tickets are $5 on Sunday with the proceeds benefiting
the Madison Centaur 4-H Horse Club.
is available at bleachers around the rings, in the Grand Prix grandstand,
and indoors at the Pavilion. There is a food service facility located
on the grounds - the Showday Café - offering an international
menu of meals, snacks, and beverages. The Vendor Courtyard includes
more than a dozen shops offering equine-themed merchandise from
tack to 14K gold jewelry.
of the Madison Centaur 4-H Horse Club will manage ticket sales and
parking on Sunday. The Madison Centaurs is a group of 20 boys and
girls ranging in age from nine years old to 18. All are active in
the group's activities, which includes horse judging, community
service, and educational programs as well as horse showing. Group
Leader Julie Williamson says, "This is the best group of 4-H
Club kids in the state. They're always prepared and supportive of
King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals is the sixth
and last show in the HITS Culpeper 2002 series held from May to
September at Commonwealth Park.
Park is located on Rte. 522, 3.5 miles south of the junction with
Rte. 3 in Culpeper, Virginia. During HITS Culpeper horse shows,
telephone 540-825-7469 for more information.