Wellington, FL – December 20, 2011 – The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival is 12 weeks of top hunter/jumper competition that runs from January 11 to April 1. With almost 5,000 horses and riders from 49 states and 30 countries around the world, the FTI WEF is truly a top-tier sporting event. Throughout the upcoming season, management group Equestrian Sport Productions will thank and promote the entire range of FTI WEF sponsors, as the success of this event would not be possible without their generous support.
Within our extensive group of corporate partners, there is a group of major sponsors whose support of the FTI WEF is exemplary and critical to the development of the sport. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize these major sponsors and their contributions to the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.
FTI Consulting is the title sponsor of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Along with their week 12 and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* title sponsorship, they are leaders in the industry by helping support the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® and the $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge, which honors the top four show jumpers of the circuit.
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 23 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 $1.4 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2010. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.
Week two of the FTI WEF, held January 18-22, is proudly sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The week features the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2*. Wellington Equestrian Realty, LLC is also a first founding sponsor of the inaugural Global Dressage Festival, which will be held February 2 through April 15.
Wellington Equestrian Realty’s attention to detail and their passion for outstanding client services drives them to succeed. They are demanding consumers themselves and wouldn’t expect anything less when delivering their services to you. They pride themselves on responding to clients’ needs immediately and are always available anytime of the day or night to take your call and to discuss your farm needs in Wellington! For more information, please visit www.wellingtonequestrianrealty.com.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (Surpass) is the title sponsor for week one on January 11-15, which includes the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix. Maximum effect with minimal toxicity and at less expense – that is the goal of Surpass, which is a unique topical cream applied directly to a horse’s troubled joints. Surpass is the only FDA approved veterinary product that contains diclofenac, a potent pain reducer and anti-inflammatory agent, and according to the manufacturer has been shown to improve lameness in arthritic joints. Because it is applied locally, it has the ability to greatly reduce lameness while reducing the risks of the side effects that can occur with other systemic pain relievers. Surpass is a Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica product and is available only by prescription – ask your veterinarian for more information and visit www.jointhealthmanagement.com to find out more.
Horseware Products joins the weekly title sponsors during week three of the FTI WEF on January 25-29. They will be on hand for the $50,000 Horseware Products Grand Prix, CSI 2*. Horseware® Ireland is the maker of the Rambo®, Rhino® and Amigo® lines of quality stable wear. In 1985, the horse rug industry was changed forever with the establishment of Horseware® Products Ltd. by Tom and Carol MacGuinness. Tom’s determination to produce a rug that didn’t leak, didn’t make the horse sweat, and didn’t slip led to the creation of the Rambo® Original – the first fully waterproof and breathable Turnout that really worked. Visit www.horseware.com for the dealer near you.
Adequan® joins the FTI WEF again this year as the week four (February 1-5) title sponsor and sponsor of the $78,000 Adequan Grand Prix, CSI 2*. Adequan is also the overall circuit sponsor of the Young Jumper divisions for Five Year Olds, Six Year Olds, and Seven/Eight Year Olds. A highlight during week two are the visiting Budweiser Clydesdales, who will give special performances.
The FTI WEF and Adequan® are working together to promote Adequan’s marketing campaign to distribute information regarding Adequan® and joint health on the show grounds. This concept is designed to bring the information to you in a simple, easy to read format that will offer specific messages that will change throughout the 12 week show. You can also learn more about joint health by visiting www.adequan.com.
Luitpold Animal Health, based in Shirley, N.Y., markets Adequan® i.m., Adequan® i.a. and Equiphen™ Paste for horses and Adequan® Canine for dogs. The company is committed to advancing the cause of better health for equine and canine breeds. Adequan® is a registered trademark of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Spy Coast Farm
Spy Coast Farm is the week five title sponsor on February 8-12. Along with their weekly title sponsorship, they are the presenting sponsor of the $125,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*. Spy Coast Farm, owned by Robert and Lisa Lourie, has been a major supporting sponsor at the FTI WEF and started the Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show (YHS) Series last year in partnership with the North American Studbook. There will be two YHS shows during the FTI WEF on February 7 and 28.
Spy Coast Farm specializes in the breeding and development of top quality performance horses. With bases in Setauket, NY, Lexington, KY, and Wellington, FL, they attempt to take advantage of the best the U.S. has to offer by way of climate, veterinary services, show facilities, training, and riding talent. Along with owning top show jumpers and a show horse operation, the Louries have created a breeding operation in Kentucky and young horse training program in Setauket. Their show horse operation spends summers in Kentucky and winters in Wellington. It is led by trainers Ali and Shane Sweetnam of Sweet Oak Farm, and the Lourie’s daughter, Julia, is a top jumper rider. Their five-star facilities feature new barns, state-of-the-art equipment, and dedicated staff. For more information, visit www.spycoastfarm.com.
Equine Couture/Tuff Rider
On February 15-19, Equine Couture/Tuff Rider will be the title sponsor for week six of the FTI WEF, which features the WCHR/USHJA Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach. Equine Couture/TuffRider is the brand for the fashion conscious equestrian who is looking for great quality and an economical price point. TuffRider has been the main line of the company for the most economical britches for the everyday rider, and the Equine Couture line bumps it up a notch with fashion but still at an affordable price for clothes in and out of the ring. Be sure to check out their full line of products at www.equinecouture.com and www.tuffrider.com.
Fidelity Investments joins the FTI WEF as the weekly title sponsor during week seven on February 22-26. They are the title sponsor of the $100,000 Fidelity Grand Prix, CSI 2* along with their presenting sponsorship of the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge on February 17.
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.4 trillion, including managed assets of $1.5 trillion, as of November 30, 2011. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.
G&C Farm is the week eight (February 29-March 4) sponsor at the FTI WEF, which encompasses the presenting sponsorship of the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup on Friday, March 3, during the CSIO week. They sponsor the $50,000 G&C Farm Palm Beach Jumping Derby in week six and are also the title sponsor of the G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper division, which will host four FEI ROLEX ranking classes during the circuit.
G&C Farm, which was established in Wellington in 2009, has fully embraced the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, establishing themselves as a leading sponsor who is not only promoting their own team, but all riders in North and South America, to be the best in the world. G&C Farm is dedicated to supporting the dreams and passions of their exceptional riders in the highest levels of our sport. Their state-of-the-art, full-service facility is located in Wellington, Florida.
The vision of G&C Farm is to succeed at and qualify for all high level tournaments and top competitions, including the World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games. G&C Farm sponsors top grand prix rider Pablo Barrios of Venezuela, as well as other up and coming riders. For more information on G&C Farm, please visit www.gandcfarm.com.
The Bainbridge Companies
The Bainbridge Companies brings their title sponsorship to week nine of the FTI WEF on March 7-11 and will be the presenting sponsor of the $200,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix. As one of the most highly recognized and respected companies in the luxury rental apartment development, ownership and management industry, Bainbridge is all about building community. As an active equestrian himself, Chairman and CEO Richard Schechter became very involved in the horse show.
Bainbridge is headquartered in Wellington, Florida, and Bethesda, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where Schechter began the business in 1993. For more information please visit www.bainbridgecompanies.com.
The FTI WEF is proud to have Artisan Farms, LLC as its week ten title sponsor for the 2012 show circuit on March 14-18. Their week hosts the $78,000 Pennfield Grand Prix, and Artisan Farms is the motivating factor behind the creation of the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series presented by Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. The series will have three $15,000 grand prix classes and a $20,000 team event.
Based in Mequon, WI, and Wellington, FL, Artisan Farms is owned by Carlene and Andrew Ziegler and home to young rider Caitlin Ziegler. The Zieglers bought a farm in Wellington in 2006 and have been strong supporters of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival ever since. The family is invested in the horse show through Wellington Equestrian Partners, LLC and this is their second year as an official sponsor. Sixteen-year-old Caitlin is a top junior rider with high profile wins in the hunters and jumpers at the FTI WEF, Spruce Meadows, and in Europe.
Suncast joins the weekly sponsors as a major sponsor at the FTI WEF. They are the title sponsor of the Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, which offers a 1.50m class during every week at the FTI WEF, along with a $31,000 1.50m Final during week 12. Last year, Suncast started the $50,000 Leading Horse/Rider Combination Award. The award will be presented to the Horse/Rider combinations who gain the most points from the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series. The bonus of $50,000 will be presented during the Suncast 1.50m Jumper Championship Series Final on Sunday, April 1. The winning horse/rider combination will win $25,000; second receives $15,000, and third place will win $10,000.
Suncast Corporation manufactures home and outdoor storage products in the United States. It offers resin sheds, deck boxes, hose reels, and patio accessories, as well as garden products. The company sells its products through retailers. Suncast Corporation was founded in 1984 and is based in Batavia, Illinois. For more information, please visit www.suncast.com.