For Immediate Release
Wellington, FL - March 19, 2011 - The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) announces that the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Hunter Classic Spectacular will be returned to its original format in the 2012 season. With input from riders and trainers, the decision was made to return the class back to a one-night event on Saturday during Week 6 of the 2012 FTI WEF. A Hunter Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 3:30 pm at The Wellington Club for riders and trainers to identify various ways to improve the hunter experience at WEF and give input to horse show management.
R. Bruce Duchossois, a member of the Wellington Equestrian Partners, stated, "We talked within the partnership and decided that the best move was to bring back the Hunter Spectacular to its original format. Hunters are a very important part of the horse show here, and we want to give them the spotlight they deserve."
The Spectacular first debuted in 1997 as an expansion of the popular World Championship Hunter Rider program. The Spectacular was created as a premier Hunter Classic, and is part of the member event series for the WCHR program, which culminates with the WCHR Finals at The Capital Challenge Horse Show in October.
During the sixth week of competition at the 2012 FTI WEF, exhibitors will have the opportunity to display the very best in show hunters on center stage. Returning to its original format, the event will be held on Saturday night under the lights in the International Arena, with professionals, juniors, and amateurs all going head to head in the class. Qualifying for the Spectacular will be held in Week 6 at the 2012 FTI WEF.
For more information on the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, please visit www.equestriansport.com.
The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 12 through April 3. 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 $6 million in prize money will be awarded.
WEF is proud to be supported by their title sponsor, FTI Consulting, Inc. 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 3,600 employees located in most major business centers in the world, they work closely with clients every day to anticipate, illuminate, and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. For more information, please visit www.fticonsulting.com.
Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.