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Sponsorships Provide Vital Support for Kentucky Summer Horse Shows

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2009-06-29

Lexington, KY – June 29, 2009 – Through the support of sponsorships, the upcoming Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are able to offer incredible prize money and show jumping excitement for exhibitors. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from July 22–26, and the Kentucky Summer Classic follows the week of July 29–August 2, 2009. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are grateful for the continued support they receive from important sponsors.

“We are very fortunate to have such great sponsors,” commented Hugh Kincannon, manager for the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. “We are thrilled to have the Hagyard Challenge Series as part of our show circuit, and we feel it’s important to have enticing prize money for grand prix events, as well as the top hunter and jumper divisions.”

Air 51 and Audi of Lexington are sponsoring the $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix on August 1, and Johnson Horse Transportation sponsors all Children’s and Adult Jumper Classics held at the Kentucky Horse Shows. Johnson Horse Transportation is an equine shipping company that provides timely and safe transportation for show horses. Air 51 is a new FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in Lexington that provides full service for airplanes and private jets; it offers high end facilities for receiving and handling charter flights and passengers.

Air 51 and Audi of Lexington also sponsor the High Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper divisions.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, one of the leading equine health care providers in the country, proudly sponsors the Hagyard Challenge Series, which offers $215,000 in prize money. The challenge is a series of seven grand prix events that are held throughout the summer at the Kentucky Horse Park. The leading rider of the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, which is made possible through the support of the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel; Dean, Dorton, & Ford; Fifth Third Bank; Fort Dodge Animal Health; Hagyard Pharmacy; Kathleen Sullivan, CIMA®; Turf Town Properties; Air 51 and Audi of Lexington.

The 2009 Hagyard Challenge 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. All classes in the series offer the same points regardless of prize money paid.

Along with fantastic prize money, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is able to provide the very best showing conditions for competitors. They recently resurfaced the main hunter ring (Stonelea) and large hunter schooling ring with state-of-the-art footing. The new surfaces are designed by the German company OTTO Sport- und Reitplatz GmbH, which is the same company that provided footing for the Walnut Ring last year and the new main outdoor stadium.

In 2010 the Kentucky Horse Park will play host to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and recent improvements to the park set the stage for approaching events and future competitions. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows provide an incredible opportunity for riders to show at an outstanding venue, with stellar classes and prize money.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please go to


Kentucky Summer Horse Show – July 22–26, 2009
Kentucky Summer Classic – July 29–August 2, 2009

Two of the nation’s premier hunter/jumper competitions. Both weeks have a USEF 5* Jumper Rating and feature two grand prix competitions. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows offer two $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classics, which are part of the Hagyard Challenge Series. Competitions at the Kentucky Summer 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.

$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 29–August 2, 2009
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix Sponsored by Air 51 and Audi of Lexington

8am – 5pm daily

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 July 20: (317) 443-5853, After July 20: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at
Vendors - 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 GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 - Approximately 6 miles
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)

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


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