Kentucky Horse Shows LLC Acknowledges Generous Sponsors of 2019 Spring Horse Shows Series

For Immediate Release

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Lexington, Ky. – April 8, 2019 – The premier horse show management company, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, is proud to recognize the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows CSI3* series. Hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, this year’s shows will take place over two weeks starting with the Kentucky Spring Horse Show from May 7-12 followed by the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show from May 14-19, 2019.

These shows would not be possible without their many sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, World Equestrian Center, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Classic Champions, Inc., FarmVet, Johnson Horse Transportation, Dietrich Equine Insurance Services, Take2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., GGT Footing, Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Services and the official hotel, The Clarion Hotel.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry. Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and well being of the horse. Once again, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will be sponsoring the seven part Hagyard Challenge series, which concludes with the presentation of the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. They will also sponsor the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*, which will take place on Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 16.

Dr. Stuart Brown DVM said, “As we draw near on the 14th year of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Leading Rider Bonus Award we are thrilled to see what this series has become and how it has grown. This would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and we thank them for joining us year after year and helping to make this series what it is today. We look forward to another exciting year of competition and wish everyone participating good luck.”

Ohio’s World Equestrian Center (WEC) has partnered with the Kentucky Horse Shows as the presenting sponsor of the exciting 17 part WEC/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby series, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park and WEC. There will be a $10,000 Leading Rider Awards to be presented at the WEC Finale Horse Show at the Ohio WEC venue from Oct. 22-27. WEC has also expanded its sponsorship this year to include the all-new WEC 2’6” Non-Pro Hunter Derby series for junior and amateur riders. This series will also culminate with the first annual WEC $10,000 2’6” Non-Pro Hunter Derby at the WEC Finale Horse Show.

Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the World Equestrian Center features more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled riding space, making it one of the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian sport venues in the world. The state of the art facility features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations as well as 28 weeks of AA rated Hunter/Jumper competition.

Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family friendly environment, the World Equestrian Center promises their exhibitors an experience built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

In 2021, the World Equestrian Center will debut a brand new location, providing world-class equestrian competition and equestrian-inspired country club living, all adjacent to the fabulous Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida.

Hallway Feeds will be a returning sponsor of the popular $1,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides ample opportunity to utilize the freshest feed manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advancements. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the formula for success.

“Hallway Feeds is honored to be a part of the Kentucky Horse Show Series at the Kentucky Horse Park. We enjoy supporting the horse industry that we are so fortunate to have in our backyard. We encourage all exhibitors to visit us at our mill this summer,” said Hallway Feeds Senior Nutrition and Technical Services Specialist Morgan McQuerry, M.S. PAS.

Audi of Lexington will be returning as the presenting sponsor for featured national classes, the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on May 12 during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix on May 19 during the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. The company will also continue its generous support of the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic during both weeks of competition.

Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to their discerning Lexington area customers. With quality new vehicles to used cars, anyone can find the car, truck or SUV that they are looking for at Audi of Lexington.

Alex Boone of Audi of Lexington said, “We are proud to be associated with the show and show managers of this quality. We appreciate what they do for the horse and non-horse community of central Kentucky. In particular, we love its location in Lexington.”

Classic Champions, Inc. is a not for profit, 501c(3) organization that brings European principles to course design for young jumpers and helps young horses to become the future stars they can be. Classic Champions, Inc. specializes in offering competition opportunities that are both sporting and educational. Combining this mission and the desire to support the Kentucky Horse Shows, there will be an all-new Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour kicking off this year, offering classes for developing 5, 6 and 7-year-old jumpers. This exciting eight-part tour will culminate with the championship final during the Kentucky National Horse Show from Sept. 18-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Founder and President of Classic Champions, Inc., Cynthia Hampton, said, “Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour is thrilled to be featured at the wonderful Kentucky Horse Park this spring and summer. We are proud to be part of the exceptional shows there put on by Kentucky Horse Shows, Country Heir and the Kentucky National. Thanks to this, we can offer a series of eight shows with a championship for young jumpers in September at the Kentucky National.”

FarmVet has been coming to the Kentucky Horse Shows as a vendor since its inception and 2019 will mark its tenth year as a valued sponsor. Christian Currey, president of FarmVet, said, “FarmVet is happy to be a sponsor of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series because of the quality of competition and fantastic facilities. Our customers really enjoy Lexington and we are happy to be here to service them. We provide pharmacy and barn supplies at competitive prices to our customers’ door steps.”

As the premiere source for animal health products and supplies, FarmVet offers a large selection of equine and pet products including health supplements, horse grooming supplies and barn equipment.

Johnson Horse Transportation is also a returning sponsor for 2019 and is supporting the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Junior Jumper Classic during both weeks of competition. Johnson Horse Transportation is an equestrian shipping company that provides timely and safe transportation for show horses. DJ Johnson, owner of Johnson Horse Transportation, said, “As always, I think the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series is obviously a great horse show just by looking at their turnout. There are big numbers of horses and a great group of horses and trainers. Not only is it a great place to show, but Lexington also is a great city.”

Johnson added, “I think Kentucky Horse Shows puts on a great horse show and people keep coming back. We are glad to be able to have our customers come into the show and do a sponsorship with the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series.”

Dietrich Equine Insurance Services will be the presenting sponsor for the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which will take place on Sunday, May 12 in the Stonelea Ring during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The company offers the sport horse community numerous comprehensive equine-related insurance products. By staying abreast to the latest market trends, Dietrich Insurance is able to provide programs that are accommodating to individual requirements through qualified companies at competitive premium prices.

Shawna Dietrich, founder of Dietrich & Company Equine Insurance Services, said, “I am pleased to support such lovely horse shows in my own back yard.”

Dietrich Insurance is located in Pewee Valley, Kentucky, and has been sponsoring the Kentucky Horse Shows for many years.

Take2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. will once again be sponsoring the TAKE2 Thoroughbred hunter and jumper divisions, which will be offered during both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series. The 501©(3) organization and program promotes new careers for retired racehorses and awards $30,000 in year-end high-score awards paid out to tenth place.

“The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series is a great event in the heart of Thoroughbred country, which is why the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program is a perfect fit,” said TAKE2 President Rick Violette. “What better place could there be to showcase how beautifully retired racehorses make the transition from the track to the show ring?”

GGT Footing is also sponsoring the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series with their state-of-the-art and world-class footing products and services at affordable prices.

Cynthia Brewster-Keating, GGT Footing National Sales Manager and Sponsorship and Marketing Director, said, “I have worked with Hugh Kincannon and Robby Murphy and the Kentucky Horse Park for nine years. We have been extremely pleased with all aspects of the Kentucky Horse Shows with Rob and Hugh and the wonderful exposure that it gives us.”

Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Service is the official trailer sponsor of the Kentucky Horse Park and is sponsoring the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series. Based in the heart of horse country, Lexington, Kentucky, Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Service is committed to serving customers nationwide. They strive to help their customers find their ideal trailer, whether it is in their inventory or a custom design.

The official hotel of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series is The Clarion Hotel, located on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75. Approximately four miles away from the horse show, discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At The Clarion Hotel, you will find well-appointed accommodations and exceptional amenities such as their free hot breakfast buffet. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because The Clarion Hotel is also pet-friendly!

“The Clarion Hotel is very honored and appreciative to work with such a tremendous organization. They are such a huge cornerstone of the equine industry and the Kentucky Horse Park and they take great pride in putting on a top notch event,” said Jamie Thomas, Director of Sales.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com. To request a prize list, please e-mail prizelist@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

2019 KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS SERIES FAST FACTS


Events: 2019 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series

What: The 2019 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Shows series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge series, the World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby Series and the Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour.

Where: The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and home to the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association.

When:
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW - May 8 – 12, 2019
$36,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix CSI3*
$15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition
$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour

KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC - May 15 – 19, 2019
$36,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*
$15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour

Sponsors: A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, World Equestrian Center, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Classic Champions, Inc., FarmVet, Johnson Horse Transportation, Dietrich Equine Insurance Services, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., GGT Footing, Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Service and the official hotel, The Clarion Hotel Lexington.

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Parking: Horse show exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main horse park entrance for $15. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

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

Information: Show Office – Phone 859-300-9899

Stabling: Call Pat Duncan 503-510-8797

Prize list advertising: E-mail Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call 859-608-3709

Vendors: E-mail Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call 859-608-3709

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

Hotels: The Clarion Hotel Lexington

Website – www.clarionhotellex.com
Phone – 859-233-0512

Approximately four miles away from the horse show, discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At The Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of two double bed, two queen bed, king rooms or suites and exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet. Home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

Campground reservations: 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 859-259-4157, or e-mail Ryan McGaughey at ryan.mcgaughey@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and checkout is noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground Store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2 p.m. or stay later than noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by checkout time will be towed.

Management: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
P.O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-300-9899 (phone)
866-464-2962 (fax)
E-mail: hakshows@earthlink.net
Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com.