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Emanuel Andrade won the 2015 Hagyard Challenge series and $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus.

$50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series Returns to 2016 Kentucky Horse Shows

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$50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series Returns to 2016 Kentucky Horse Shows

Written by: Taylor Renner
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2016-05-05

Lexington, Ky. – May 5, 2016 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will be getting underway in one week at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and one of the highlight events will be the kick-off of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The Hagyard Challenge series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2016 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held May 11–15, will feature the lead-off event on Thursday evening with the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*. The top riders from across the nation will gather to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 18–22, will host the second $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* on Thursday, May 19.
Throughout the summer, four more Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Kentucky Summer Classic, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show. The series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be announced and presented with the cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. New this year is the $200 Best Turned Out award, sponsored by Bob Mickler's, which will go to a well-deserving groom following each grand prix. In addition, a Hagyard's Handsomest Hound contest will also be held at each grand prix, sponsored by MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets.
"Once again, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is excited to be hosting the Hagyard Challenge series at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington," said Stuart Brown, DVM, of Hagyard. "With our generous sponsors, world-class competitors and growing fan base, this series has become a premier show jumping event. In addition to the Leading Rider Bonus and runner-up prize, we will be adding a Best Turned Out cash prize for the grooms and a Handsomest Hound prize to engage the community. There will be something for everyone so we encourage the public to come out and enjoy an evening of grand prix show jumping!"
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry. Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and well being of the horse.
The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 digital radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full medical and surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and hyperbaric medicine. The practice has performed veterinary medicine for more than 137 years and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of medicine, surgery and theriogenology. For more information on the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit
Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include title sponsor MWI Animal Health and presenting sponsor Zoetis as well as Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Pike & Preston, Sallee Horse Vans and Hagyard Pharmacy. Additional sponsors include Equine Therapy and FooteWorks.
About the 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series Sponsors:
MWI Animal Health
MWI Animal Health is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and United Kingdom. They offer more than 30,000 products, sourced from over 500 vendors, to more than 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide. Product lines include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products. MWI Animal Health is proud to be the title sponsor of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series, and wishes good luck to all of the owners, horses and riders. For more information, please visit
Presenting sponsor, Zoetis (zō-EH-tis), is the leading animal health company dedicated to supporting you and your horses. Building on a 60-year history as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines such as WEST NILE-INNOVATOR®, FLUVAC INNOVATOR®, ZYLEXIS®, STRONGID® C2X, QUEST® and QUEST® PLUS, DORMOSEDAN GEL® and EXCEDE®. Zoetis is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series. For more information, please visit
Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC provides unmatched knowledge and expertise in equine industry accounting, tax, technology and business consulting. The firm's team of equine advisors offers experience, expertise and proven leadership to clients seeking to successfully adapt to a continuously changing equine environment. Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC is located in Kentucky, known for its world-class horse farms, racing, events and sales. As a result of the firm's commitment to and experience in the equine industry, it serves equine industry clients throughout the U.S. and beyond. For more information, please visit
Hallway Feeds
For over 50 years Hallway Feeds has been a family owned and operated business devoted to providing the highest quality products and services to the equine industry. Combining their wealth of experience with the specific needs of customers has resulted in both a national and international reputation of excellence for Hallway Feeds. For many years, world-renowned equine professionals, breeders and leading hunter, jumper, eventing and racehorse trainers within Kentucky's Bluegrass Region have relied upon Hallway Feeds to care for their highly valued stallions, broodmares and developing young horses. With a devotion to the horse industry and unwavering commitment to the most technologically advanced and nutritionally sound products, Hallway Feeds is poised to lead the specialty equine feed manufacturing industry for years to come. For more information, please visit
Audi of Lexington
Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to their customers from quality new Audis to used cars. Audi of Lexington carries a comprehensive line of Audi vehicles including the A3, A4, A5, S5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7 and TT models. Their services include trusted car repairs, original Audi parts and auto financing help for their customers. Call Audi of Lexington at 866-862-AUDI or visit them on-site. They're conveniently located at 3000 Pink Pigeon Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509, and are looking forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Audi of Lexington is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series. For more information, please visit
Pike & Preston
Pike & Preston (P&P) is a local employee benefits broker built on family and strong values. For over 45 years David Baumgartner, Robert Preston, Dennis Pike and their staff have been providing insurance and employee benefit plan solutions. Their mission is to provide outstanding personal service and assist their clients in protecting their most valuable assets — their employees and family members. Pike & Preston's success has always been based on the key core value of doing what is right and treating every client as though they are their only client. Through continued education and partnerships, Pike & Preston strives to become a trusted advisor and worthy partner to their clients. Please contact Robin Gall at 859-514-4114 or for more information. Visit their website at Pike & Preston is proud to partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in sponsoring the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series.
Sallee Horse Vans
For over 45 years, Sallee Horse Vans' reputation for blue ribbon customer service is based on their family approach and the fact that everyone at Sallee is a "horse person." From seasoned drivers to general staff to front office personnel, they all understand and care about the industry and, most importantly, the well being of your horses. Sallee Horse Vans' 360-degree approach ensures that your horses arrive calm and safe. Their staff knows horses and what it takes to move them safely across town or from coast-to-coast. Sallee Horse Vans possess video and communications equipment to constantly monitor your horses and keep drivers in constant contact. Top quality maintenance on their equipment ensures safety, comfort and on-time deliveries. Contact Sallee Horse Vans and learn how they've earned their reputation for being the world's premier horse transportation company. You can trust Sallee to do the job. Visit their website
Hagyard Pharmacy
Hagyard Pharmacy, the official pharmacy of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, is a full-service pharmacy available to all horse owners and caretakers. Recognized throughout the industry for our equine knowledge and expertise, Hagyard Pharmacy is your source for all of your horses' healthcare needs. The veterinarians at Hagyard developed Resolvet, the new and growing line of products available exclusively from Hagyard Pharmacy. Headlined by the newest addition, RelyneGI for gastric support, the Resolvet line includes ReflexHA and Reflex200 for joint support, RelyteHAelectrolyte paste, Repair hoof oil and Relieve antidiarrheal paste. Hagyard Pharmacy is located across from the Kentucky Horse Park, and offers daily delivery to the park during show season. Look to Hagyard for all of your equine and small animal healthcare needs. Call Hagyard Pharmacy at 859-281-9511 or visit them online at to learn more!
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series, please visit To request a prize list please email
Events: 2016 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series
What: The 2016 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Shows series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge series and the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby series.
Where: The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and home to the United States Equestrian Federation.
$35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
$35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$50,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
Sponsors: A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hollow Creek Farm, CWD, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, FarmVet, Johnson Horse Transportation, Visse Wedell, Dietrich Equine Insurance Services, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., Equestrian Services International (ESI Footing), GGT Footing, Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Service and the official hotel, the Clarion.
Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
Parking: Horse show exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main horse park entrance for $15. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
Directions: The Kentucky Horse Park is located eight miles Northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Before show - Phone: 859-233-0492; Email:
During Show - Phone: 859-281-7979; Fax: 859-231-6097
Stabling: Email Tom Blankenship at
Stable office:
Before show - Phone: 843-269-4737
During Show - Phone: 859-255-0605
Prize list advertising: Email Cindy Bozan at or call 859-608-3709
Vendors: Email Cindy Bozan at or call 859-608-3709
Shopping: Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.
Hotels: Clarion Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn North)
Phone - 859-233-0512
Approximately four miles away from the horse show, discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you'll find well-appointed accommodations with options of two double bed, two queen bed, king rooms or suites and exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet. Home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail — our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you're here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.
Campground reservations: Reservations may not be made through the horse show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground Store at 800-370-6416 or 859-259-4157, or email Ryan McGaughey at Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is2 p.m. and checkout is noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground Store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2 p.m. or stay later than noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by checkout time will be towed.
Management: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax) 
Media contact: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
12012 South Shore Blvd.
Suite 201
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)


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