2003 Winter Equestrian Festival to Host Stanford Financial Group
FEI Childrens International Jumping Qualifier
FL January 13, 2003 -- The 31st annual Winter Equestrian
Festival will host a qualifier for the 2003 Fédération
Equestre Internationale (FEI) Childrens International Jumping
Final at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL,
February 15-16, 2003.
from at least five countries have been invited to compete in the
Stanford Financial Group FEI World Childrens Jumping competition,
which is open only to children between the ages of 12 and 14 and
is run under FEI Rules for Jumping Events (Art. 258, 260); Young
Riders (Art. Y21); and the FEI General Regulations, including
schooling, medication and saddlery.
qualifier will comprise two competitions (one per day) with two
rounds each, to be run under FEI Table A rules. Riders will compete
over courses of between eight and 12 obstacles with heights over
three and a half feet and spreads of more than four feet. Participants
may compete on horses or ponies and may ride more than one mount,
however the score of only one mount will count.
2001, Wellington was host of the FEI Childrens International
Jumping Final, where Wellington resident Dorothy Grubb won the
event aboard Pistol Pete. Grubb is the daughter of Olympic veteran
Tim Grubb and his wife Michelle McEvoy-Grubb, who is one of only
two riders ever to win the Winter Equestrian Festivals Budweiser
American Invitational two years in a row (1974-75). The only other
rider to do so is the current defending champion Molly Ashe, who
won the event in 2001 and 2002.
Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), which offers over $3 million
in prize money and draws more than 4,000 horses and 6,000 riders,
trainers, owners and grooms, begins January 22, 2003 at The Palm
Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. It will remain there
for seven weeks before moving to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
in Tampa on March 12. The Festival will spend three weeks in Tampa
culminating with the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
on Saturday evening, March 29, at Raymond James Stadium.
final show of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, the $200,000
AGA Championship, presented by Budweiser, will be held April 2-6
back at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
the Stanford Financial Group FEI World Childrens Jumping
competition, the WEF also features more exciting action for young
equestrians the $230,000 Junior Jumper Series, the $16,000
Pony Jumper Series, the $15,000 Solaray Junior Jumper Gamblers
Choice, the $10,000 WEF Young Rider International Team Competition,
and eight Childrens Jumper Classics.
WEF also offers excellent hunter, jumper, and dressage competition
for adults, including selection trials to determine the U.S. Dressage
Team for the Pan-American Games to be held in the summer of 2003
in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Other highlights include
the $430,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Series, the $350,000 USA Equestrian
AA Hunter Series, the $96,000 Adult Amateur Jumper
Series, the $25,000 Windsome WEF Dressage/Jumper Spectacular,
and the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship.
2003 Winter Equestrian Festival also includes the WEF $1,000,000
Grand Prix Series featuring the following:
Legacy/Western Hay Grand Prix of Palm Beach
Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, presented by Fleet Financial
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup
Idle Dice Classic
Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup
Tommy Bahama Florida Open, presented by RV Sales of Broward
Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN
Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, presented by CN
Grand Prix of Tampa
Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune
admission is free Saturday admission: seniors $5, adults $10
admission: adults & seniors $5 Sunday admission: seniors $5,
admission: adults & seniors $5 Children 12 & under always
more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival and all its
exciting events and activities, please call Stadium Jumping, Inc.
in Wellington at (561) 793-JUMP or visit www.stadiumjumping.com.