Mary Reynolds mary_reynolds@cargill.com
Cargill's Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds and Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group and Bellissimo entities, announced today that Cargill’s Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition Feeds will serve as the official sponsor of the top equestrian venues in the U.S. These events include the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest, longest-running equestrian sporting event in the world, features more than $8 million in overall prize money per year and serves more than 7,000 horses with riders from 43 countries and 50 states.

As the official feed sponsors, Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition will have a presence at four key English equestrian event locations across the U.S. These events, managed by Bellissimo entities, include: the Trump Rink in Central Park, New York City; the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla.; the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C.; and the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo.

“We are excited about this opportunity to partner with a strategic organization that shares Cargill’s passion and desire to serve the equine industry across the nation,” said Jackie Galle-Haney Strategic Marketing and Technology leader with Cargill.

“This partnership is key for us to advance our presence within the high-level hunter/jumper business. It also allows us to deploy our industry leading equine nutritional solutions to some of the top equine athletes in the U.S.,” said Tim Karl, Regional Sales Leader with Cargill.

“We are excited to have Cargill's Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds present at our four events across the country,” said Bellissimo. “The high standard of quality in their products is an industry leader and we feel they will be a valuable partner at our venues.”

Details about the four events include:

· The Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. The Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest, longest running hunter/jumper equestrian sporting event in the world. More than 7,000 horses compete during the 12-week long event held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla., for a chance at $8M in overall prize money. Both events are the proving ground for the Olympic Equestrian sports of show jumping and dressage.

· The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) located in Tryon, N.C., is a new 1,400 acre facility that opened in June 2014. The event center hosts 25 weeks of sanctioned hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing shows and features 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls and a covered riding facility.

· The Colorado Horse Park has more than 15 weeks of sanctioned shows per year and has become the summer haven for central and western American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts as well as a strong contingent of South American and Canadians.

· The Trump Rink in Central Park, N.Y. will host the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (CPHS), a six day event September 23-27, 2015.

Contact your local Nutrena® or Progressive Nutrition® feed dealer to learn more.

About the Nutrena® brand

Cargill manufactures and markets a complete line of Nutrena® brand feeds and supplements that help horses and all classes of livestock maintain optimal health throughout all stages of life. Using the highest-quality ingredients and the most up-to-date nutritional technology, Cargill is committed to the health, well-being and safety of its customers' horses, livestock and pets. For more information on its Nutrena® brand products, visit www.nutrenaworld.com

About Progressive Nutrition® equine feeds

Progressive Nutrition is a research-based company dedicated to providing the precise nutrition horses need to look, feel and perform their best. We offer customized feeding solutions — including feeds, diet balancers and supplements — that give your horses the specific nutrients they need.

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