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Hagyard Challenge Series' $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus Welcomes Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel

Lexington, KY - April 21, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel in Kentucky has signed on as a new sponsor of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. The bonus is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points in the Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long series of grand prix events held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The series kicks off with its first grand prix, the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI, 2*, at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held from May 6-10, 2009. The second grand prix in the series will be held the following week at the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for the week of May 13-17, 2009.

The 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, consists of seven grand prix show jumping competitions. All classes in the series will offer the same points regardless of prize money paid.The 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.

As a new supporter of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel teams with the following sponsors: Dean, Dorton, & Ford, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hagyard Pharmacy, Kathleen Sullivan, CIMAŽ, Turf Town Properties, and Audi of Lexington.

Jennifer Tomlinson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Holiday Inn Georgetown, commented, "We are very excited to be a part of the Leading Rider Bonus. Our hotel has an existing relationship with the equine sector of the community, and we feel, with our location and amenities, we can take great care of the equestrian community and cater to them as well. Our involvement with the Leading Rider Bonus is a perfect way for us to reach out and support the riders wholeheartedly, as well as welcome them to our hotel."

The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows in July will hold the third and fourth Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix events in the Hagyard Challenge Series. The fifth and sixth classes will be held in August at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show. The final class in the series, the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix will be held on September 18 at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and the Hagyard Challenge Series, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

To find out more about the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel, go to http://www.holidayinn.com/georgetownky.

To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to http://www.hagyard.com.


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