Star Studded Field of Riders Announced for $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm

Apr 1, 2014 - 3:52 AM
Three-time winner McLain Ward will compete with Rothchild, defending champion of the American Invitational. Photo by The Book, LLC.

Miami, FL – March 31, 2014 - Following the last qualification classes over the weekend, Stadium Jumping, Inc. today released the finalized list of riders for this year’s $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & Farm. The Invitational takes center stage this coming Saturday night, April 5th, at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami, Florida.

Tickets for this Saturday night’s show jumping extravaganza are on sale now. To assure yourself of the best seats available, buy your tickets now. You can avoid online ticket fee by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-6311.

The rider list for this year’s American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, reads like a who’s who of show jumping, headed by two, two-time Olympic Gold medalists for the United States, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. Both were teammates on the winning squads at Athens and in Hong Kong. Madden has won the Invitational twice, and Ward, a three-time winner is also the defending champion aboard Rothchild. United States Olympic Gold medalist Laura Kraut (Hong Kong) is joined by Leslie Howard, a Gold and Silver Olympian for the United States in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Sydney Olympians Lauren Hough and Miami’s Margie Goldstein Engle are also scheduled to compete on Saturday night. Christine McCrea, team and Individual Gold Medalist from the most recent Pan American Games is also on this year’s roster of superstars.

Internationally, Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, one of the most decorated riders in history, has entered this year’s event in hopes of adding a second American Invitational win to his resume. Riding his legendary stallion, Baloubet du Rouet, Pessoa captured the 2006 event in Tampa. Pessoa, a five-time Olympian for Brazil, won the Individual Gold medal in Athens, Greece and has been a part of two team Bronze medals as well. He is also a three-time winner of the prestigious World Cup Finals.

Great Britain’s red-hot rider Ben Maher will compete in this year’s debut in Miami. Maher, currently the second highest ranked rider in the world, was part of the British team Gold medal at the most recent Olympic Games on his home turf in London, England. Maher comes into the Invitational on a history making winning streak at the recently concluded Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, where, against the best horse and riders in the world, he won an unprecedented number of major events.

Kent Farrington and Todd Minikus, two of America’s winningest riders over the past three seasons, join the American Invitational fray. Farrington comes in as the number one ranked rider in the United States.

Other American riders scheduled to compete include New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg, Candice King, Catherine Pasmore, Jared Peterson, Jordan Coyne, Kaitlin Campbell, Lauren Tisbo, Quentin Judge, Molly Ashe-Cawley, a two-time winner of the American Invitational and Jessica Springsteen, daughter of renowned rocker Bruce Springsteen.

The international list includes Gustavo Arroyo, Max Amaya, Angel Karolyi, Irish rider Shane Sweetnam and Canadians Yann Candele and Tiffany Foster.

Tickets for the American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm are on sale now. Also, special up close tables in the Wells Fargo Private Bank Club, ringside at Sun Life Stadium, are on sale as well. The club offers the perfect location to watch America’s most challenging and exciting show jumping event. In addition to the great location, the club will feature sensational catering, your favorite beverages and first class service. The Wells Fargo Private Bank Club will be available for use during both the Hollow Creek $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Amateur Classic, as well as the main event, the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

To assure yourself of the best seats available, buy your tickets now. You can avoid online ticket fee by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-6311.

  1. ANGEL KAROLYI                  VEN
  2. AUDREY COULTER               USA
  3. BEEZIE MADDEN                 USA
  4. BEN MAHER                        GBR
  5. CANDICE KING                   USA
  7. CHRISTINE MCCREA            USA
  8. DODA MIRANDA                  BRA
  10. GUSTAVO ARROYO              VEN
  11. JARED PETERSON                USA
  13. JORDAN COYNE                   USA
  14. KAITLIN CAMPBELL              USA
  15. KENT FARRINGTON              USA
  16. KRISTEN COE                      USA
  17. LAURA KRAUT                      USA
  18. LAUREN HOUGH                   USA
  19. LAUREN TISBO                     USA
  20. LESLIE HOWARD                  USA
  21. MARGIE ENGLE                    USA
  22. MAX AMAYA                         ARG
  23. MCLAIN WARD                     USA
  24. MEGAN NUSZ                       USA
  25. MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY           USA
  26. QUENTIN JUDGE                   USA
  27. RODRIGO PESSOA                BRA
  28. SHANE SWEETNAM               IRL
  29. TIFFANY FOSTER                  CAN
  30. TODD MINIKUS                    USA
  31. YANN CANDELE                    CAN


Visit the official charity for the American Invitational, Just World International at:

The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.!athlete-information/cr6r

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium.  Please email: for more information

For Sponsorship information please contact:
Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or
April Wehle 561-459-9259 or

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