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American Invitational presented by G & C Farm Comes to Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida

February 15, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Miami, FL – February 10, 2014 – One of the longest running and most prestigious of all American show jumping events, the American Invitational, a Tampa fixture for over forty years, is moving from the West coast of Florida to Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami on the East coast. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014.

 

American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

As has been the tradition over the years, the dream of show jumping visionary Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping, Inc. will be realized once again as exhibitors will be rewarded with huge prize money, but no entry fee.

 

   Gustavo Mirabel


Gustavo Mirabel

An invitation will be extended to 2013 American Invitational champion, McLain Ward. Four invitations will be issued at the Organizing Committee’s & FEI’s discretion and fifteen invitations will be issued to the riders who have accumulated the most money won from various qualifying classes, Those classes and the standings are posted on www.StadiumJumping.com. Additionally, ten or all remaining invitations will be issued to riders based on their standing from Rolex/USEF Ranking List (expanded to include foreign riders) as of Friday, March 28, 2014.

 

Gustavo Mirabal and G & C Farms, long time supporters of the American Invitational, have returned as the presenting sponsor of this revered event. “It is a great idea to move the Invitational to Miami,” said Mirabal. “I have always thought, since the first Invitational that I sponsored, that it would be a great move to bring the event to South Florida so we can get more people to the stadium and so we can better promote our sport.”

 

“After forty great years in Tampa, we are thrilled to be moving to Florida’s East coast,” said Michael Morrissey, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Invitational. “South Florida is really the hotbed of show jumping in America at this time of year, so moving the Invitational closer to the action is something all of us are very excited about. But, I can’t thank all of the folks at the Tampa venue enough for all of their great support over the past forty plus years.”

 

Miami’s Sun Life Stadium will provide the perfect new venue and backdrop for one of America’s great show jumping classics. “We are pleased to add another world-class event to our calendar of great events at Sun Life Stadium. The American Invitational is the premier show jumping event in the U.S. so it’s a perfect fit,” said Todd Boyan, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Sun Life Stadium.

 

Morrissey continued, “I really want to commend and thank Gustavo Mirabal for his continued support. G & C Farms’ commitment to improving the sport of show jumping in America is unwavering. They have long realized the importance of the American Invitational and have stepped up for us each year.”

 

Mirabal added, “For me it is the most important classic in America. I grew up hearing about the American Invitational. It is a very special class. For the ones that love this sport, we have to support this kind of class. Is an American classic !”

 

Defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, said of the move to Sun Life Stadium, “Miami is going to be a great home for this event. It seems like the right move at the right time and it matches how the horse world has evolved. While I’m going to miss the few days in Tampa, I think the move to Miami is a good one and I hope the event is successful for many years to come.”

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The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.

http://www.stadiumjumping.com/#!athlete-information/cr6r

 

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium. Please email: Matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com for more information

 

Tickets for the event will be available at Ticketmaster and through the Stadium Jumping portal at http://www.stadiumjumping.com/

 

For Sponsorship information please contact:

 

Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or sawyer.equestrianevents.@gmail.com

April Wehle 561-459-9259 or aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

 

McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions - photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions – photo by The Book LLC

American Invitational Champions over the Years

 

1973 $15,000 American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Idle Dice

1974 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1975 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1976 $15,000 American Invitational

Robert Ridland & Southside

1977 $15,000 American Invitational

Terry Rudd & Mr. Demeanor

1978 $25,000 American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio &Allegro

1979 $30,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Third Man

1980 $35,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Bernie Traurig & Eaden Vale

1981 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Buddy Brown & Felton

1982 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Melanie Smith & Calypso

1983 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Katie Monahan & Noren

1984 $100,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Leslie Burr & Albany

1985 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan & The Governor

1986 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Tim Grubb & Linky

1987 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Lisa Jacquin & For The Moment

1988 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan-Prudent & Special Envoy

1989 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Greg Best & Gem Twist

1990 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

David Raposa & Seven Wonder

1991 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

George Lindemann & Three’s & Seven’s

1992 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Ian Millar & Big Ben

1993 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Debbie Stephens & Volan

1994 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Michael Matz & Rhum IV

1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Seven Wonder

1996 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Harold Chopping & Brandy

1997 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Todd Minikus & Ravel

1998 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Twist Du Valon

1999 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Marley Goodman & Canyon *

2000 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Schuyler Riley & Ilian

2001 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2002 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2003 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Royal Kaliber

2004 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio & Glasgow

2005 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2006 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Rodrigo Pessoa & Baloubet De Rouet

2007 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2008 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Sapphire

2009 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & VDL Oranta

2010 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Jeffery Welles and Armani

2011 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Kent Farrington and Uceko

2012 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Mario Deslauriers and Cella

2013 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

McLain Ward and Rothchild