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G&C Farm Returns as Presenting Sponsor of $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Tampa, FL – February 5, 2012 The 41st $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, America’s “Super Bowl of Show Jumping,” will take place this year on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. G&C Farm has once again stepped forward to be the presenting sponsor for the historic event, which brings together the top horse and rider combinations in the world. In 2012, the American Invitational was ranked second on the North American Riders Group’s Special Events.

G&C Farm is dedicated to supporting the dreams and passions of their exceptional riders in the highest levels of our sport. Their goal is to succeed at and qualify for all high-level tournaments and top competitions, including the World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games. G&C Farm sponsors top grand prix riders as well as up-and-coming riders.

“G&C Farm is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the American Invitational for the fourth year,” said Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm. “It is an important event on the show jumping calendar and one of the United States’ most historic grand prix events. It is always such a special and exciting competition.”

Mirabal continued, “My family and I are looking forward to this year’s class. We really enjoy watching our horses compete in such an impressive venue, and we can’t wait to see who wins this year.”

Invitations for the event are extended to the top thirty equestrians on the USEF National Computer Ranking List, plus past and present Olympians and other top invitees. The star-studded line-up will compete for a huge purse of $200,000 in prize money.

Annually, this event showcases exhilarating equine power, amazing speed and agility, and equestrian excellence at the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The day is filled with extraordinary entertainment and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The Mane Event Kick-Off Party will start at 4:00pm in Lot 5 of Raymond James Stadium with great fun for kids of all ages. There will be face painting and a Horseless Horse Show presented by JustWorld International, as well as autograph and photo opportunities. The gates open at 6:00 pm. with a traditional course walk for the public. The Opening Ceremonies get underway at 7:00 p.m. with the Parade of Tampa Equestrian Festival Series Champions and a special tribute to “Our Heroes.” The first horse will show over the course beginning at 8:00 p.m. as they compete for the winning honors.

The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, will be the highlight event on April 6, 2013 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The world’s top horses and riders will gather to compete under the lights during one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.

Tickets for the Saturday night spectacular are on sale now, online at:www.stadiumjumping.com. Ticket prices $30, $25, $15, Group Discounts for 10 or more persons.

For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series please call (941) 744-5465 or please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Luis Miguel Martinez, Carolina Mirabal, Gustavo Mirabal, Luis Fernando Larrazabal, Mark Bluman. Photo By: Jennifer Wood Media. Photo may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

Photo Credit: Mario Deslauriers piloted Cella to victory in the 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo By: Parker/Russell- The Book LLC. Photo may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Fast Facts

WHAT:
The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Information is available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.

WHERE:
The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
www.raymondjamesstadium.com

WHEN:
The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* – April 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

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 equestrians will navigate their horses over.

Sponsorship and Tickets:
Corporate and individual sponsors may participate at any level. Ticket are $15-$30. 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.

About the American Invitational:
The 41st annual American Invitational, one of the world’s richest equestrian show jumping competitions, has been held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida since 1971.The Invitational is the only major equestrian competition to be held in a NFL football stadium.

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.

Traveling 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.

THE FACILITY:
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150′ x 360′ Bermuda sod grass

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

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