Mexico to Start FEI Nations Cup Friday Night, Feb. 27, Sellout Crowd Expected

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Mexico will be the first of eight teams to start in the FEI Nations Cup presented by CN at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Friday night, Feb. 27.

A sellout crowd is expected to pack the newly created spectator sections of the International Arena in which the only Nations Cup in the United States will be held under lights beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first horse is scheduled to be in the ring at 7 p.m. for the event, which is a highlight of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival that runs to Mar. 29.

A night of festivities for all age groups has been planned for what is one of the most emotional and passionate events on the equestrian calendar anywhere in the world. National groups have reserved blocks of seats — Ireland will fill the two-story Tiki Hut, the Red and White Club of Canada an entire block of 200 seats and others have joined to support their teams.

Entertainment will include bands and national dance groups, a bounce house, face painting, mascots and more.

Prices for tickets, available online at equestriansport.com or by telephone to 561.793.5867 are:

– Reserved box seats $60 plus tax
– Reserved General Admission $25 plus tax
– Wellington Club tables seating six (20 available) $750 plus tax, includes full buffet with cash bar.

Tiki Hut Balcony Tables of 8 seats available for $600.00 plus sales tax by phone order only.
 
A limited number of Box Tables for six in front of the International Club are available, call Annette Goyette at 561.793.5867.

For International Club Tables, contact Kiki Umla at 904 607 5541.

At the meeting Tuesday of the chefs d’equipe, the order of go by draw:

The 2009 FEI Nations Cup will start with the Mexico national team1. MEXICO – Chef d’Equipe: Ivan Rakowsky
Javier Berganza
Manuel Lecuona
Juan Carlos Perez
Jorge Verswyvel

2. GREAT BRITAIN – Chef d’Equipe: Derek Ricketts
James Billington
Peter Charles
Ben Maher
Nick Skelton

3. IRELAND – Chef d’Equipe: Robert Splaine
Kevin Babington
Darragh Kerins
Richie Maloney
Shane Sweetnam

4. VENEZUELA – Chef d’Equipe: Juan Ortiz
Pablo Barrios
Angel Karolyi
Alejandro Karolyi
Andres Rodriguez

5. USA – Chef d’Equipe: George H. Morris
Lauren Hough
Laura Kraut
Christine McCrea
Todd Minikus

6. ARGENTINA – Chef d’Equipe: Carlos Quinones
Max Amaya
Martin Mallo
Ezequiel Peralta
Jorge Zamudio

7. FRANCE – Chef d’Equipe: Henri Prudent
Marie Hecart
Yannick Patron
Kevin Staut

8. CANADA – Chef d’Equipe: Terrance Millar
Yann Candele
Eric Lamaze
Ian Millar
Keean White

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