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Debbie Stephens was one of the leaders during last years Hagyard Challenge Series and will be one of the riders returning this year to compete at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.

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Kentucky Spring Horse Shows Attracts Nation's Premiere Hunter and Jumper Riders

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2009-04-23

Lexington, KY-April 23, 2009 - The nation's leading hunter and jumper riders will return once again to the newly renovated Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series to compete for top honors during this prestigious event. The show features two exciting weeks of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, scheduled for the week of May 6-10, 2009, and the Kentucky Spring Classic held from May 13-17, 2009.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show series features the Hagyard Challenge Series, including the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, which has attracted top show jumpers such as Pablo Barrios, Margie Engle, Mario Deslauriers, Anne Kursinski and Debbie Stephens. The Hagyard Challenge Series includes two $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2* grand prix events, with the first being held on Thursday, May 7, and the second on Thursday, May 14.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also feature the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI 2* on May 10, and the Kentucky Spring Classic will feature the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 2* sponsored by Air 51 and Audi of Lexington, held on Sunday, May 17. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also include riders that competed in this year's FEI Rolex World Cup Finals, such as Beezie Madden, Todd Minikus, Christine McCrea, and Kent Farrington.

The grand prix classes will all be taking place in the new outdoor stadium, which will be used in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. The stadium has been resurfaced with the OTTO Sport footing system, which received rave reviews after being installed in the Walnut Arena before last year's Kentucky Summer Horse Shows.

Top hunter riders such as Peter Pletcher, Havens Schatt, Avery Dimmig, Tim Goguen, Maggie Jayne, Cookie Beck, Rob Bielefeld, and Ken Smith will also have the opportunity to experience the new OTTO Sport footing system, which was recently installed in the main hunter ring, the Stonelea Arena, and the main hunter hunter schooling ring.

The first week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, is a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) recognized hunter competition. The WCHR is an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, and the awards are presented, on both a national and regional level, to Pony, Junior, Amateur, Professional, Adult and Children's hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also feature the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA Hunter Derby, being held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in the Walnut Arena.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, attracts top competitors because it offers excellent stabling, plenty of exercise rings and spacious place to ride, miles of trails, and lush cross country fields.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

2009 KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS FAST FACTS

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

What:
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.

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

When:
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – MAY 6–10, 2009
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*

KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – MAY 13–17, 2009
$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*
$55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 2* sponsored by Air 51 and Audi of Lexington

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00.

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

Information:
Before Show - (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net
During Show - Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling - Email Tom Blankenship at tom@kentuckyhorseshows.com
Stable office - Before May 1: (317) 443-5853, After May 1: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com
Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com
VIP Tables - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com
Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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’

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

Hotels:
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

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Media Contact:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Photo Credit: Debbie Stephens was one of the leaders during last year's Hagyard Challenge Series and will be one of the riders returning this year to compete at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Photo: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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