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CN Sponsors CN Wellington Open, Week 6 At Winter Equestrian Festival, March 3-7

WELLINGTON, FL – March 1, 2004 - Week 6 of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 3, and runs through Sunday, March 7, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. CN (Canadian National Railway Company) is the title sponsor of the five-day show, entitled CN Wellington Open. The featured event is the $75,000 CN Florida Open Grand Prix presented by Estates at Wellington Green, CSI-W, which will be held on Sunday, March 7, starting at 2 pm. The winner receives $22,500 and the H.R. “Kappy” Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy. The 10-week Winter Equestrian Festival continues through March 21 in Wellington, and then moves on to Tampa, Florida, from March 24 through April 3.

CN is a leader in the North American rail industry, committed to moving freight. CN is the only railroad that crosses the continent from east-to-west and from north-to-south, serving ports on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts while linking customers to all three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) nations. CN revenues derive from the movement of a diversified and balanced portfolio of goods including petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, inter-modal and automotive. To better respond to customers, in 2003 CN created three geographic regions: Western Canada (based in Edmonton), Eastern Canada (based in Toronto), and the United States (based in Homewood, Illinois).

“There are parallels between the competitors’ quest for excellence at the Winter Equestrian Festival and CN’s goals as a company,” said Hunter Harrison, CN’s President and CEO. “Just as speed, precision and timing are instrumental to becoming a champion show jumper, these are the same things that have made us a leader in the transportation industry.”

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Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit or call 561-793-5867.


March 3 – 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W

March 10 – 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***

March 18 – 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y

(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)

March 24 – 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)

March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)

April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)


March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington Green, CDI-W

March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****

March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship,CSIO****

March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W

April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,

presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune

CHARLOTTE JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

April 9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****

April 11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup


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