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Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** Features Stars In Show Jumping And Entertainment

WELLINGTON, FL – March 30, 2004 – The Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI**** to be held April 9 –11, 2004, in Charlotte, North Carolina, will feature not only topnotch riders competing for a total purse of $260,000, but also stars of the entertainment world. Produced by Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the event will be staged at the 14,000-seat Charlotte Coliseum, home of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and WNBA Charlotte Sting – basketball teams owned by Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Network (BET). Mr. Johnson operates the Charlotte Coliseum and is a longtime supporter of world-class horse shows.

Highlighting the three-day weekend is the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup on Sunday, April 11. A stellar cast of equestrians will compete including US Olympians Joe Fargis, Nona Garson, Laura Kraut and Todd Minikus, seven-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, Pan American Team Gold Medallists Chris Kappler and Beezie Madden, three-time AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward, the record-holder for most Grand Prix wins in a single year – Aaron Vale, and Ireland’s primary Athens Olympic contender Kevin Babington.

Complementing the international caliber riders is a roster of first class performances including National Anthem renditions by The Bar None Barbershop Quartet, Stewart Scher, Assistant Charlotte City Manager Toni Tuppance, Samuel Hererra – a high school senior at E.E. Waddel High School, and Sibyl Lee-English – a local jazz singer. Fans will also appreciate the E.E. Waddell High school junior ROTC presenting America’s colors before each show, a special guest appearance by Charlotte Bobcats mascot Rufus Lynx, and exhibitions by renowned Mexican charro Jerry Diaz. Children will enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and balloon animal sculptures by the Good News Clown, and an Easter Egg Hunt in the show jumping arena on Sunday, complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny. The highlight of the entertainment bill is R&B performer Jerry Osborne who will deliver a 45-minute performance on Saturday night.

Net proceeds from the horse show will benefit the Bobcats Charitable Fund, the organization’s philanthropic giving arm.

General Admission

To order tickets for the Charlotte Jumper Classic, visit or to order by phone, call 704-522-6500. Tickets are also available at the Charlotte Coliseum Box Office Monday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Three levels of tickets are available: Level One (Season Boxes) plus Level Two and Level Three (Reserved Seats). Prices range from Level Three single tickets at $15 to Level One five-show packages at $220.

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