2013 Winter Equestrian Festival to Feature FEI Nations Cups for Children’s, Junior, and Young Riders

Wellington, FL – December 17, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), the organizers of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), have announced their intention to organize three new FEI Nations Cup competitions for Children 12 to 14 years old, for Juniors 14 to 18 years old and for Young Riders 16 to 21 years old. These competitions have been made possible by the generous support of Hollow Creek Farm.

These classes will be organized during Week 8 of the FTI WEF alongside the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. As well as a team competition, there will also be an individual class for the three levels, all of which will run under full FEI rules giving the riders an early experience of top level international competition. ESP is working with USEF to determine selection procedures for the teams leading up to the competition, with more details to follow.

ESP President Michael Stone said, “ESP and the Wellington Equestrian Partners believe that it is essential that the United States start the education of riders as early as possible regarding International FEI competition. We are working closely with the USEF to get all the necessary permissions and structures in place to start the pipeline for our future teams as early as possible.”

ESP will also offer classes at these levels during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival to align the circuit more closely to the FEI levels.

Mark Bellissimo, the CEO of ESP, thanked Hollow Creek for their support and stated that this initiative was a further example of ESP’s commitment to growing the sport and creating the teams of the future. “I believe this is the first time that an International show has offered all four levels of Nations Cup competition within the same show. It should be exciting for all involved. We will be promoting the event to an international community,” he noted.

Countries or international riders with an interest should reach out to Michael Stone via email as soon as possible at mstone2811@gmail.com.

Week 8 of the FTI WEF will run from February the 27 – March 3 and the Senior Nations Cup will be on Friday, March 1, followed by the Children’s, Juniors and Young Riders on Saturday, March 2.

For further information on age categories, please refer to the FEI Rules for Jumping.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

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