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Morgan and Saddlebred Take Part In Parade Of Breeds

The $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, was held at the famed Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on April 9. This was the 39th year for the Invitational, which was named this year in honor of the late Gene Mische, the founder of Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the creator of the Invitational. Kent Farrington of Greenwich, CT piloted the gray warmblood Uceko to two clear rounds to win first place and $60,000. The field of riders from Russia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Venezula and the United States closed out the winter show season in Florida in front of a crowd of nearly 8,000. The opening ceremonies for the Invitational included a parade of breeds. The Morgan All Hail To The Chief, owned and ridden by Rebecca Watters, and the Saddlbred Starbucks Ltd, owned by Bert and Karen Swain and ridden by Rick Davis, enjoyed the exposure as they performed in front of the large audience, which included 65 members of the Florida Morgan Horse Association and Davis Stable.

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