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Kentucky Spring Horse Shows Offers SPEAKS Program to Lexington Community

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-05-03

Lexington, KY – May 3, 2007 - The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington during the weeks of May 9-13 and May 16-20, 2007, are pleased to announce that Bobby Murphy, the assistant manager of the Kentucky Horse Shows, and Betsy Fishback, the director of community relations, have created a community outreach program.

The hands-on program “Supporting and Promoting Equine Awareness in Kentucky’s Schools” (SPEAKS) educates elementary schools and designated groups about horses, general care and equestrian competitions. The program provides on-site education for young members of the community, and participants include Girl and Boy Scout troops, church youth groups and other local organizations.

Held during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, SPEAKS gives children the opportunity to learn about equestrian sports, equine nutrition and safety equipment. The Kentucky Horse Park is the future site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and is home to the United States Equestrian Federation, and SPEAKS will help generate interest in the upcoming games and international sport horse competitions.

On Saturday, May 12, over 750 Girl Scouts and their families will attend the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and partake in SPEAKS. The scouts will observe horses during competition and enjoy first-hand interaction with riders, horses and equine experts.

“We have also invited 25 school groups from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio to participate during the two weeks of the show,” said Betsy Fishback. “We are thrilled because KEEP, the Kentucky Equine Educational Project, has agreed to help fund the program this year.”

“In addition, we’re getting some help from a magazine called ‘The Horse.’ It’s putting together some educational stations for us, which is great. Bobby and I went over the stations yesterday, and we really have some fun, exciting and different things planned. The stations will educate the kids about all of the different breeds and equestrian disciplines, and I think it will be fun and exciting for them to see the horses close up.”

She added, “I’m really looking forward to having the kids come out, especially with all of the Olympians that will be there this year. It will be neat for them to see all of the great athletes and great horses, which will give the kids a taste of what’s to come down the road.”

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will also feature the exciting summer-long Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series, which is a series of major show jumping competitions. The Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series features $170,000 in prize money and will kick off on Thursday, May 10, with the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. In addition to jumper action, the horse show will host the 2007 Legacy Cup, and the first week of the show is a World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, visit


Kentucky Spring Horse Show – May 9-13, 2007
Kentucky Spring Classic – May 16-20, 2007

Two of the nation’s premier equestrian competitions, featuring four CSI-3* rated grand prix competitions, one of which is sanctioned by the American Grand Prix Association. The first week is a World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are the host event for the 2007 Legacy Cup. Both shows are qualifying events for the Washington International Championships and the North American League finals.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows proudly host the Haygard Challenge Jumper Series, which offers $170,000 in prize money. This series features seven grand prix events throughout the summer at the Kentucky Horse Park and is made possible by the sponsorship of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI-3*
The $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI-3*
A World Championship Hunter Rider Event

The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI-3*
The $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI-3*
A Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series

8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Admission is free to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park charges a $3.00 parking fee.

VIP Seating:
Tables of eight are available each week in the ringside spectator pavilions for both shows at a price of $500 per week. This will entitle table holders and their guests to a table at both the Johnson and Walnut Rings and a complimentary luncheon preceding the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday, May 13, 2007, and the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Tables may be reserved by calling Betsy Fishback at (859) 221-6877.

The Kentucky Horse Park charges a $3.00 daily parking fee. Horse Show Exhibitors may
purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00.

The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Before Show - Telephone: (859) 233-0492, Email:
During Show - Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097

To download the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows prize list, please visit


Ring Dimensions/Specs:
All outdoor competition arenas and schooling areas consist of a limesand base and mortar sand cushion. The Indoor Arena consists of sand and loam. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Stonelea: 135’ x 285’, Claiborne: 140’ x 270’
Murphy: 140’ x 290’, Indoor: 145’ x 285’
Walnut: 300’ x 370’, Johnson: 300’ x 400’

Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

HOLIDAY INN NORTH-859 - 233-0512 - Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0322 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES - 502-868-8000 - Approximately 6 miles

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.
13833 Wellington Trace
Unit E-4 #221
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

Photo Credit: Wilmore Elementary enjoyed a day at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in 2006. Photo by: Anne Gittins Photography. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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