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Margie Engle was the winner of the Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Bonus in 2009.

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Kentucky Spring Horse Shows to Kick-Off Hagyard Challenge Series

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2010-03-11

Lexington, KY- March 11, 2010 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, the management company for hunter/jumper competitions at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, is pleased to announce that Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will be the proud sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series. The 2010 Hagyard Challenge Series consists of five grand prix show jumping competitions at the world-class horse park. These classes start in May at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and conclude in August at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $40,000 Leading Rider Bonus, presented after the $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington held on August 20. All series classes will offer the same points regardless of prize money paid. The first class of the 2010 Hagyard Challenge Series will be held on Thursday, May 13 in the Main Outdoor Stadium at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, which runs from May 12-16, 2010. The Main Outdoor Stadium will be hosting the jumper events for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. The second class in the series, the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*, will be held the following week on May 20 at the Kentucky Spring Classic. The Kentucky Spring Classic is scheduled for the week of May 19-23, 2010.

The Hagyard Challenge Series will continue during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, beginning with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, July 29. This will mark the third event in the Series, and will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show running from July 28-August 1, 2010. The fourth class will be held during the Kentucky Summer Classic on Thursday, August 5, and the show will be held August 4- 8, 2010. . The final class in the series, the $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix will be held on August 20 at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show running from August 18-22, 2010.

“This year will be really exciting for the Hagyard Challenge Series because of the high level of competitors competing at the Horse Park this year in preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games,” noted Hagyard Equine Medical Institute CEO Dr. Andy Clark. “This may be a once in lifetime opportunity to see this level of competitors in the Hagyard Challenge Series. Last year was a huge success and we think that this year will be even better. We tweeted the results of the Hagyard Challenge Series last year and there were many people who enjoyed having the results at their fingertips, so this year we plan on doing the same thing. Hagyard is very excited about the series and we are confident that the riders are excited too.”

The Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, KY, was founded in 1876. The institute, which is located directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world and is known for its excellence in veterinary medicine. The Hagyard Sport Horse Program, a specialized department at the institute, serves the nation’s top sport horse athletes and brings the same level of excellent care to high performance horses that the institute has provided for the race horse and breeding industries for decades.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens Open MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

For more information on Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.

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

Photo Credit: Margie Engle was the winner of the Hagyard Challenge Series’ Leading Rider Bonus in 2009. Photo: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

KENTUCKY HORSE SHOW LLC's 2010 HORSE SHOW SERIES FAST FACTS

Events: Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Presented by Gotham North, USEF Junior Hunter National Championship - East Coast, USEF National Pony Finals, and Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

What:
The Kentucky Horse Show LLC's 2010 series includes six weeks of top competition throughout the spring and summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions feature a USEF 5* Jumper Rating and a "AA" Hunter rating. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series with five grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Bonus.

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

When:
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW - May 12-16, 2010
$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
WCHR recognized hunter competition
Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC - May 19-23, 2010
$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 28-August 1, 2010
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – August 4- 8, 2010
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
WCHR recognized hunter competition

2010 ADEQUAN FEI NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR AND YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY GOTHAM NORTH - July 28-August 1, 2010

2010 USEF JUNIOR HUNTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - EAST COAST - August 5-6, 2010

2010 USEF PONY FINALS - August 10-15, 2010

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW - August 18 - 22, 2010
$100,000 2010 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, Presented by Dietrich Insurance
$50,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix CSI-W, World Cup Qualifier

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

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 tomblank@bellsouth.net
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Ring Dimensions/Specs:
The Stonelea Ring, Murphy Ring, Walnut Ring, Stonelea/Murphy Schooling Ring, the New Indoor Arena and the Main Outdoor Stadium have Otto Sport footing consisting of fine sand and synthetic fibre on pvc mats. The Claiborne, Annex, and Covered Arena (old) 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’, Covered Arena (old): 145’x 285’ Main Outdoor Stadium: 360’ x 384’, New Indoor Arena: 132' x 265'

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

Hotels:
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
HOLIDAY INN NORTH – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT - 859 -977-5870 - 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
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 - Approximately 6 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

 

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