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Jennifer Alfano and Extraordinary won last years $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby.

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Hunter Divisions Take Center Stage at Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2011-03-29

Lexington, KY –March 29, 2011 – This year the hunter divisions will be one of the main features during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show Series at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The highlight events will include the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, on May 11-15, 2011, and the World Champion Hunter Rider week of competition during the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 18-22, 2011. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are hosted by Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, and will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, which was also the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will be held Saturday, May 14, in the Main Stadium, which is the same site for the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in August during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. The derby event will include jumps reminiscent of the hunt field, such as a natural post and rail, a stone wall, a coop, an aiken, hedges, logs, banks, and ditches.

During the following week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Classic, riders will have the opportunity to compete for valuable points during the WCHR week of competition. The WCHR is an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation and now carried forward by USHJA. 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.

During the two shows $73,500 in prize money will be offered across the Professional, Junior, Amateur-Owner, Children’s and Adult Amateur hunter competitions. Special events will include the $1000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic and the $1,000 Children’s Hunter Classic, which are each NAL/WIHS classes.

The main rings for the hunter competition are the Stonelea Arena and the Murphy Ring, which each feature the OTTO Sport footing, as do each ring’s respective warm-up areas. The Otto Riding Arena Mat System is a state-of-the-art surface that has been proven all over the world including the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 World Cup, and the 2006 and 2010 World Equestrian Games.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Kentucky Spring Classic will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. Each year, these events attract the nation’s best competitors because it offers wonderful venues for some of the nation’s best athletes, excellent stabling, plenty of exercise rings and spacious places to ride, miles of trails, and lush cross country fields.

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

Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano and Extraordinary won last year's $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby. Photo By: Lindsay McCall/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


Events: 2011 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

The Kentucky Horse Show LLC's 2011 series includes two weeks of top competition during the month of May. 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 seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Bonus.

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

$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

$30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington
WCHR recognized hunter competition

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Audi of Lexington, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, and Dietrich Insurance.

8am – 5pm daily

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.

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 Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet –


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 fiber 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'

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

CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
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
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT - 859 -977-5870 - 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
CANDLEWOOD SUITES -877-660-8543 – 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
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 - Approximately 6 miles

Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or email Christy Combs at Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and checkout is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to come earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles will be towed that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time.

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)

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


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