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Chris Brown and Dawn Fogel Garner Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

Lexington, KY - May 16, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC hosted the final day of competition for its spring horse show series today as The Kentucky Spring Classic concluded. The last day of hunter competition in the Stonelea Ring featured the presentation of championship honors to the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions and the top awards were presented to Chris Brown and Early Winter and Dawn Fogel and Royal Oak in their respective age groups.

Chris Brown of Oakland, NJ, rode his six-year-old Wesphalian gelding Early Winter to the championship tricolor in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Over 35 division after the two days of competition. Becky Gochman of New York, NY, rode Arabella to the division's reserve championship win.

Chris Brown has owned Early Winter for a year and a half and explained how proud he is of the young horse. "He has been a project that we took on from a baby and brought to this level and he is finally just starting to come into his own this year," Brown smiled.

"He is a sleeper," Brown laughed. "He is very simple; he has a very simple mind, which we love. He thinks that everything is great no matter what you do."

Brown also rode his nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carpaccio in the Amateur-Owner competition this weekend and it was clear that he had fun when he came out of the ring with a big smile after both of his rounds. "I have to say, I have been doing this for a long time, and to have two Amateur horses at this level is like a dream come true," he stated. "I always say that I am the luckiest guy in the world to own these two horses."

Brown heads to the Devon Horse Show next week and will then be showing in Saratoga and Lake Placid over the summer.

Prior to Brown's win in the over 35-age group, Dawn Fogel of Louisville, KY, and her eight-year-old Westphalian gelding Royal Oak won the championship honors in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division. Emily Wygod and Corvino earned the division's reserve championship honors.

Dawn Fogel was excited to get her second championship win in a row with Royal Oak, who was champion of the A/O Hunter 18-35 division during last week's Kentucky Spring Horse Show as well. "I just got him in February of this year and we bought him from Sandy Ferrell," Fogel said. "He has been great; he has been champion three out of the four times that I have shown him."

"I like to have a horse that I can use a soft feel when I am riding around and he is that way," Fogel continued. "He never touches the bridle, you just kick him and let go at the jumps, which is what I like. He has a very nice jump too; he makes an effort at all of the jumps, which is very nice."

Being from Louisville, KY, Fogel plans to show at the Kentucky Horse Park most of the summer. "We love showing here and the facilities are fabulous," she said. "The new footing is a phenomenal addition. We show here a lot, so we are excited that they made that improvement."

That concludes the schedule of events for the 2009 Kentucky Spring Classic. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC will host several other events throughout the show season.

For more information, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Chris Brown and Early Winter won the Amateur-Owner Hunter Over 35 division championship on the final day of competition at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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