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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Sponsors Hagyard Challenge Series at Kentucky Horse Shows



Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Sponsors Hagyard Challenge Series at Kentucky Horse Shows
Lexington, KY - March 19, 2009 - 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 is the proud sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series. The 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix show jumping competitions at the horse park. These classes start in May at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and conclude in September at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show.

The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, presented after the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix on September 18, 2009. The first class of the 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series will be held on Thursday, May 7 at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, which runs from May 6-10, 2009. The second class in the series, the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*, will be held the following week on May 14 at the Kentucky Spring Classic. The Kentucky Spring Classic is scheduled for the week of May 13-17, 2009.

"We're thrilled to offer the Hagyard Challenge Series at our shows again this year," commented Hugh Kincannon, manager of the Kentucky Horse Shows. "The series has added a new level of excitement to our show jumping competitions and attracts some of the most talented horses and riders in the country. Everyone enjoys following a series that offers great prize money and builds in intensity throughout the year. We're very grateful for the support we've received from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and we're looking forward to a great season."

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 program is led by FEI-accredited equine veterinarian Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, who will be the official horse show veterinarian at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.

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.

The $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be presented to the rider who accumulates the most points in the entire Hagyard Challenge Series. All series classes will offer the same points regardless of prize money paid. The $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus is sponsored by Dean, Dorton, & Ford, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hagyard Pharmacy, Kathleen Sullivan, CIMAź, Turf Town Properties, and Audi of Lexington.

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

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

Photo Caption: Debbie Stephens and All Star compete in last year's Hagyard Challenge Series. Photo © 2008 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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