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Hagyard Challenge Series’ $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus Welcomes Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel as New Sponsor

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2009-04-21

Lexington, KY – April 21, 2009 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel in Kentucky has signed on as a new sponsor of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. The bonus is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points in the Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long series of grand prix events held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The series kicks off with its first grand prix, the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI, 2*, at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held from May 6-10, 2009. The second grand prix in the series will be held the following week at the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for the week of May 13-17, 2009.

The 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, consists of seven grand prix show jumping competitions. All classes in the series will offer the same points regardless of prize money paid.The series concludes in September at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show, and the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be presented after the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix.

As a new supporter of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel teams with the following sponsors: Dean, Dorton, & Ford, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hagyard Pharmacy, Kathleen Sullivan, CIMAฎ, Turf Town Properties, and Audi of Lexington.

Jennifer Tomlinson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Holiday Inn Georgetown, commented, “We are very excited to be a part of the Leading Rider Bonus. Our hotel has an existing relationship with the equine sector of the community, and we feel, with our location and amenities, we can take great care of the equestrian community and cater to them as well. Our involvement with the Leading Rider Bonus is a perfect way for us to reach out and support the riders wholeheartedly, as well as welcome them to our hotel.”

The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows in July will hold the third and fourth Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix events in the Hagyard Challenge Series. The fifth and sixth classes will be held in August at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show. The final class in the series, the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix will be held on September 18 at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and the Hagyard Challenge Series, please go to

To find out more about the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel, go to

To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to


Kentucky Spring Horse Show – May 6–10, 2009
Kentucky Spring Classic – May 13–17, 2009

Two of the nation’s premier equestrian competitions, featuring two grand prix competitions. A World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows offer two Hagyard Lexington Classics, which are part of the Hagyard Challenge Series. Competitions at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are also qualifying events for the Washington International Horse Show 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
$15,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA Hunter Derby
$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*
$55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI 2*

$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*
$55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 2* sponsored by Air 51 and Audi of Lexington

8am – 5pm daily

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 exclusive seating in the permanent pavilion, which provides complimentary lunches served daily from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Additionally, table holders receive a VIP parking pass 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 - (859) 233-0492, Email:
During Show - Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling - Email Tom Blankenship at
Stable office - Before May 1: (317) 443-5853, After May 1: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at
Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at
VIP Tables - Email Cindy Bozan at
Shownet –


Ring Dimensions/Specs:
The Stonelea Ring, Walnut Ring, Stonelea/Murphy Schooling Ring, and the Main Outdoor Stadium have new footing consisting of fine sand and synthetic fibre on pvc mats. The Murphy, Claiborne, Annex, and Indoor rings’ footing consists of a sand cushion on limestone base. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Stonelea: 140’x 280’, Murphy: 135’x 280’, Stonelea and Murphy Schooling: 110’x 400’
Walnut: 300’x 370’, Claiborne: 140’x 270’, Annex 130’x 250’, Indoor: 145’x 285’
Main Outdoor Stadium: 360’ x 384’

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 – 859-231-0232 – 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.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

Photo Caption: The Holiday Inn Georgetown in Kentucky, a new sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series’ $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. Photo courtesy of client. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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