$25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic Joins American Invitational

Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Miami, FL – February 24, 2014 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, announced today that in addition to the main event at 7 p.m., the nation’s very best Junior and Amateur riders will have an opportunity to compete in the $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic to begin at 5 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

The American Invitational, one of the world’s richest equestrian show jumping competitions, is the only major equestrian event to be held in a NFL football stadium since 1971.  This year the Invitational moves to the home of the Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida.

$25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic 1.30m will be an exciting time first round event, scored under USEF Table II, Sec. 2.1., where the fastest riders in a head to head battle will be declared the winner.

The new venue for the American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm is the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes football teams. Since its construction, the stadium has hosted five Super Bowls, two World Series, and four BCS National Championship Games. The stadium has also served as host for the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, WrestleMania XXVIII, and the 2010 Pro Bowl.

“We’re so excited to be bringing show jumping at its finest to Miami. The American Invitational has always been considered America’s premier equestrian event and always one of the most challenging competitions in the world,” said Michael Morrissey, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc. “And now, thanks to Hollow Creek Farm’s sponsorship of the $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, we’re giving the nation’s best young riders and amateurs a chance to experience show jumping on a grand scale and on a beautiful field at Sun Life Stadium.”

Information, regarding qualification, entry fees, stabling and arrival times can be found at the Stadium Jumping website at: http://www.stadiumjumping.com/#!invitational/c11xy.

Tickets for this year’s $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, are on sale now as well! Order tickets early for the best seating as one of the world’s most exciting and challenging show jumping classic comes to Miami, Florida for the first time. You can avoid online ticket fees by calling the stadium box office now at (305) 943-6311.

The Tampa Equestrian Series and 42nd Annual $200,000 American Invitational Fast Facts

WHAT: Two-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 42nd Annual $200,000 American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Information is available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Series:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680
www.stadiumjumping.com

The 42nd Annual $200,000 American Invitational:
Sun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
www.sunlifestadium.com

WHEN:
Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tampa Classic – March 26-30, 2014
Tournament of Champions – April 1-5, 2014
The 42nd Annual $200,000 American Invitational CSI 3* – April 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

Highlights:
Friday, March 28: $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Friday March 28: $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Sunday, March, 30: $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa
Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m.: 42nd Annual $200,000 American Invitational CSI 3* presented by G&C Farm

American Invitational Highlights:
To kick off the evening activities, the public is invited to participate in the traditional American invitational course walk. This is an opportunity for spectators to marvel at the size and breadth of the jumps the athletes will navigate their horses over.

Sponsorship and Tickets:
Corporate and individual sponsors may participate at any level. Ticket are $24 – $29. Senior citizens, active duty members, and group discounts are available. For more information on sponsorship levels or to purchase tickets, please call 1.800.237.8924.

Tampa Directions:

From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound:
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound:
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

From I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area):
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light, which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

TAMPA HOTELS:

Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 626-6700

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
(813) 623-3321
(800) 642-4271

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625

SpringHill Suites
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 639-9600
(888) 236-2427

Miami Directions:

From Miami (ALL POINTS SOUTH):
I-95 North, to Northbound on the Florida Turnpike, to Exit # 2X (Dolphin Toll Plaza), to Sun Life Stadium
I-95 North to Ives Dairy Road, West on Ives Dairy Road for approximately 5 miles, Sun Life Stadium will be on your right.
North on the Palmetto Expressway (Route 826) to NW 27th Avenue (Route 817), proceed North on NW 27th Avenue to NW 199th Street (Dan Marino Boulevard), turn right at NW 199th Street to Sun Life Stadium

From Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach (ALL POINTS NORTH):
Florida Turnpike South to Exit # 2X (Sun Life Stadium Toll Plaza) to the east side of Sun Life Stadium
Florida Turnpike South to Exit # 47 (27th Avenue/University Drive); south on 27th Avenue/University Drive to the west side of Sun Life Stadium
I-95 South to Ives Dairy Road, head west (right) for 5 miles; Sun Life Stadium will be on your right hand side.

From Fort Myers/Naples (WEST COAST):
I-75 East to I-595 East, to South on Florida Turnpike, to exit # 2X (Dolphin Toll Plaza), to the East side of Sun Life Stadium
I-75 East to I-595 East, to South on Florida Turnpike, to exit # 47 (27th Avenue/University Drive), south on 27th Avenue/University Drive to the west side of the Stadium

MIAMI HOTELS:

Quality Inn & Suites Hollywood
4900 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FLL 33021
(888) 946-6787
(4.7 miles Pet Friendly up to 50lbs)

Hampton Inn & Suites Miramar
10990 Marks Way
Miramar, FL
(888) 370-0981
(3.9 miles)

Best Western Hotel
101 Ansin Blvd I-95 Exit 18
Hallandale Beach, FL33009
(888) 945-3367
(4.9 miles)

Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club
6842 Main Street
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
(305) 821-1150
(5.5 miles)

Courtyard by Marriott – Mall
2825 Northeast 191st
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 937-0805
(5.7 miles)

Hotel Indigo
7601 Miami Lakes Dr
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
(305) 556-0100
(6.1 miles)

STADIUM JUMPING INC.:

Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com

April Wehle, Stadium Jumping, Inc.
561.459.9259
email: aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

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