Equestrian Festival To Host Samsung Nations' Cup, Presented by CN
Wellington, FL-January 22, 2004-The $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup,
presented by CN, an international team show jumping competition
recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale
(FEI), will take place at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington
on Friday evening, March 12. The Nations' Cup is one of the highlights
of the CSIO United States Cosequin Finale, held a week before the
Winter Equestrian Festival moves from Wellington to Tampa.
This marks the consecutive third year that the Winter Equestrian
Festival (WEF) is hosting the Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by
CN. This year, for the first time, the Nations' Cup is being held
under the lights of the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington.
The United States, Canada, Australia, Columbia, England, Ireland,
France and Mexico have all accepted invitations to compete in the
Nations' Cup and the week-long CSIO. Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland
also have been invited to compete, but have not yet submitted their
An exciting and unique addition to this year's competition is the
musical quadrille, to be ridden by 6 internationally-experienced
dressage riders during the break between jumping rounds of the Samsung
Nations' Cup. The quadrille will be ridden by American riders George
Williams, Betsy Steiner, Lynda Alicki and Pamela Goodrich, Mexico's
Patrick Burssens and Denmark's Bent Jensen. The freestyle will include
Grand Prix movements choreographed by Terry Gallo of Klassic Kur,
to music of the late '70s and '80s. This will be a special treat
for spectators as they watch the incredible horse-and-rider pairs
"rock and roll" to some very memorable tunes. Due to the
difficult nature of this quadrille, practice has already begun and
will continue until the day of the event.
In 2002, Wellington was the host of the U.S.'s first-ever outdoor
Nations' Cup competition. Wellington became only the fifth U.S.
location for a Nations' Cup since the first Nations' Cup was held
in London, England in 1909. The first Nations' Cup in the U.S. was
at the National Horse Show in New York in 1911. The National Horse
Show continued to host Nations' Cups through 1998, missing only
the years 1914-1924 and 1942-1945. Other U.S. cities to host Nations'
Cups are Boston (1929-1932), Harrisburg (1948-1963, 1965-1966, 1969-1972)
and Washington D.C. (1973-2001).
The United States squad finished victorious in both the 2002 and
2003 Nations' Cups at Wellington. In 2003, the U.S. team included
Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward. Finishing
in second behind the U.S. was Ireland, and Canada took third. In
2002, the U.S. finished first. Canada took second and Ireland took
In addition to its eight weeks of competition in Wellington, the
2004 Winter Equestrian Festival also includes two weeks of competition
in Tampa, FL, culminating with the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
held on the field of the Raymond James Stadium on Saturday evening,
Several FEI-recognized dressage competitions are also being held
at the Winter Equestrian Festival, including qualifiers for USET
selection trials for the 2004 Olympic Games to be held this summer
in Athens, Greece.
Other WEF highlights include the following:
$280,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
" $350,000 US Equestrian 'AA' Hunter Series
" $210,000 Junior Jumper Series
" $98,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Series
" $25,000 Windsome WEF Dressage/Jumper Spectacular
" $9,500 Pony Jumper Series
" R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship
2004 Winter Equestrian Festival also includes the WEF $1,420,000
Grand Prix/Open Jumper Series featuring the following:
Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented by Western Hay, CSI**
" Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
" Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
" Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
" PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
" Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
" Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
" Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
" Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune
to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington is free every Wednesday,
and children under 12 are always admitted free. Adult admission
is $5.00 on Thursdays and Fridays, $10.00 on Saturdays, and $15.00
on Sundays. Young adults, 13-18, and senior citizens are $5.00 every
Thursday through Sunday.
For 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.