Three of the Four Olympic Team Members Will Compete
at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
FL March 22, 2003 Three of the Four Olympic Team members
representing the United States in 2000 will compete on Saturday
evening, March 29, in the Raymond James Stadium in the $200,000
Budweiser American Invitational. In 2000, the Olympic Show Jumping
Team was an all-female team. The Olympic riders competing include:
Margie Goldstein Engle, Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut
horse jumping competitions, unlike many other sports, men and women
compete on an equal playing field and against one another. There
is no advantage to either sex. Since the first American Invitational
in 1973, 15 men have won a total of 16 Invitationals and 10 women
have won a total of 14 Invitationals.
Ashe, the defending Champion, won in 2001 and 2002 and will do her
best to make it three in a row. Only two other competitors have
won back-to-back victories since the inception of the American Invitational
in 1973. Molly Ashe, if she wins, will be the first to win this
prestigious event three years consecutively.
Goldstein Engle, a Florida resident, was third in the first Grand
Prix of the Winter Equestrian Festival with Hidden Creeks
Jones. She was eighth in the second and third week Grand Prix with
Hidden Creeks Jones. She was second with Hidden Creeks
Jones in the 5th week/the Florida Classic beaten by only ½
second. This pair was 7th in the U.S. Open Championship, the most
recent of the Grand Prix in this Winter Equestrian Festival series.
And of course, Margie Engle was the anchor rider who saved the day
for the U.S. Team in the Nations Cup Competition all the
pressure was on her and she came through for her team.
Hough, a Wellington, Florida resident, has had a terrific circuit
at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Lauren won the first Grand Prix,
the Nutrena/Western Hay Classic riding Windy City. She was second
placed in the 2nd Grand Prix riding Clasiko. In the fourth week,
the Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular she was third placed with Clasiko.
In the fifth week, the Zada Enterprises she was fifth placed with
Windy City. The 6th week, in the Tommy Bahama Open, Lauren was 5th
placed riding Clasiko.
three of these women are qualified and have the potential to win
the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and all three are guaranteed
to give it their best effort.
Invitational is coming up on March 29, Saturday evening in the Raymond
James Stadium. This is the most prestigious show jumping event in
this country with the richest prize money. The riders have to qualify
through a series of jumping competitions and only the top 30 horse
and rider combinations are invited to compete. The winner takes
home $60,000 along with a trophy and bragging rights. There is one
final qualifying competition this weekend that will determine who
makes the list of eligible riders for the $200,000 Budweiser American
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.