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Kentucky Spring Horse Show Hosts First Stop in $215,000 Hagyard Challenge Series

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2008-03-10

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Enhances Quality of Nation’s Show Jumping

Lexington, KY – March 10, 2008 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from May 7-11, will feature the first event of the 2008 Hagyard Challenge Series. The series, sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, is composed of seven major show jumping competitions and features $215,000 in prize money.

The first class, the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI 3*, will be held on Thursday, May 8, in the Sheila C. Johnson Arena. The Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show, held at the park the following week from May 14-18, will host the second class in the series on Thursday, May 15.

The series continues at the Kentucky Horse Park throughout the summer, with the final event, the $50,000 World Cup qualifying grand prix, scheduled for the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show on Friday, September 26. After this concluding grand prix, the Hagyard Challenge Series will award its top competitor with a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus.

The $215,000 Hagyard Challenge Series is made possible through the support of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, located across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park.

“We feel great about our relationship with the Kentucky Horse Shows,” commented Dr. Andy Clark of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “It has been very, very productive for us in terms of starting our Sport Horse Program. We started the Hagyard Challenge Series because we wanted to raise the profile of the Thursday grand prix classes and attract the top horses and riders. We thought it would benefit everybody and really change the reason why people entered these horse shows.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, founded in 1876, is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. The institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and it is known for its excellence in veterinary medicine. Their diverse equine clientele range from international breeding operations to world-renowned race horses, three-day eventers, show jumpers and pleasure horses, and their Sport Horse Program, a relatively new development, was created to serve the nation’s top equine athletes.

Dr. Clark added. “Our involvement with the Kentucky Horse Shows has absolutely been beneficial for us, and we have a very strong Sport Horse Program. It’s a young program, but we send those same veterinarians that are here all summer at the horse park to other locations. Right now we have a team in Thermal, California, at the southern California circuit, and we have people in Wellington for a piece of the Winter Equestrian Festival. It’s enabled us to build the sport horse team that we use the rest of the year in other locations.”

The Hagyard Challenge Series, which increased its prize money from last year’s total of $170,000, also upgraded its Leading Rider Bonus. “I think our Leading Rider Bonus, which we raised to $50,000 this year from $30,000, is bringing some people back more often, so we’re really excited about it,” said Dr. Clark. “We feel that in order to change the profile of the Thursday grand prix, we need to keep score with money. We felt that a prize that was that significant would put legitimacy on the challenge series. Plus, a leading rider award like that is rare.”

Produced by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will feature the very best hunters and jumpers in the nation. In addition to the Hagyard Challenge Series, show jumping events at the park will include the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI 3* and the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI 3*, which is a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series. Along with the regular hunter divisions, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows also plays host to the 2008 Legacy Cup.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows or to download the prize list, please go to


Kentucky Spring Horse Show – May 7-11, 2008
Kentucky Spring Classic – May 14-18, 2008

Two of the nation’s premier equestrian competitions, featuring four CSI 3* rated grand prix competitions, one of which is AGA sanctioned. A World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are the host event for the 2008 Legacy Cup. Both shows are qualifying events for the Washington International Championships and the North American League finals.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

A World Championship Hunter Rider Event
The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, CSI 3*
The $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI 3*

The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, CSI 3*
The $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 3*
A Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series

8am – 5pm daily

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

VIP Seating:
Tables of six are available each week in the ringside spectator pavilion for both shows at a price of $1,000 per week. This will entitle table holders and their guests to a table in the Mesker Pavilion, which provides daily continental breakfasts and complimentary lunches. Additionally, table holders receive a VIP parking pass, exclusive seating, and access to wireless internet service. Tables may be reserved by contacting Cindy Bozan at

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
Stabling - Email Tom Blankenship at
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at
Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at
VIP Tables - Email Cindy Bozan at


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 – 859-231-0255 – 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: Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, winners of last year’s $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI 3*, the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI 3*, and the $30,000 Leading Rider Bonus. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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