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Kentucky Spring Horse Shows Welcome Return of $170,000 Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series

Lexington, KY – April 20, 2007 – The exciting summer-long Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series, which is a series of major show jumping competitions, will be held once again in Kentucky, with the first of the seven events scheduled for the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from May 9-13, 2007, and the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix will kick off the series on Thursday, May 10.

The Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series, featuring $170,000 in prize money, will continue the following Thursday, May 17, at the Kentucky Spring Classic. This series will run throughout the summer at the horse park, with the final event, the $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington, scheduled for the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show on September 28, 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on board with us here,” said Show Manager Hugh Kincannon. “They are one of the most respected veterinary clinics in the world, and they are right across the street from the horse park. They have provided vet services over the years to a number of the horse shows here, and we are happy to have formalized that relationship. We are just delighted to have them involved with us.”

For more than 130 years, the veterinarians of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC, have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse. Founded in Central Kentucky in 1876 by Edward T. Hagyard, DVM, the firm has long stood for excellence in veterinary medicine. Its reputation is built, in part, on a continued effort to increase veterinary knowledge and thereby improve the state-of-the-art treatments and surgeries offered to its diverse equine clientele, which represent international breeding operations, world-renowned race horses, as well as 3-day eventers, show jumpers and pleasure horses.

The sponsorship of the Hagyard Challenge Jumper Series goes hand in hand with their Sport Horse Program. Hagyard’s Sport Horse Program operates under the direction of the well-respected FEI-certified equine veterinarian Duncan Peters, DVM, MS.

Known worldwide for its veterinary expertise in equine reproduction and other aspects of the Thoroughbred horse racing industry, Hagyard recognized the need to provide an equally high level of service to the rapidly growing horse show community.

“Right across the road at the Kentucky Horse Park, we’ve seen the horse show industry grow to 66 major horse events per year at that facility alone, including the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only Four Star Three-Day Event held in the Americas,” offered Hagyard CEO Andrew R. Clark, DVM, MBA.

“Our sport horse program incorporates comprehensive services that will extend beyond Kentucky to serve clients competing across the country, from Florida to California” said Clark. “Few are better suited to run this program than Dr. Peters, and we are honored to have him on the Hagyard Team.”

An avid, lifelong horseman, Dr. Peters specializes in performance horse management programs and therapies that keep equine athletes healthy and at the top of their game. “With the numerous resources available at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and the expertise of its 60-plus veterinarians, we are in a unique position to build an excellent program,” said Peters. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. The institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry.

The original practice, founded in 1876, grew until Dr. Hagyard’s nephew, Dr. Charlie Hagyard, was joined by Drs. Arthur Davidson and William R. McGee. This newly formed partnership provided the equine industry with a veterinary establishment that could offer several talented veterinarians working as one, to provide the highest quality of equine healthcare.

Today, this philosophy and practice continues at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. With more than 60 veterinarians and a well-educated, experienced staff of support personnel all contributing a variety of specialties and interests, Hagyard is able - on a regular basis - to achieve superior results.

The talent of Hagyard’s veterinarians and dedication of its staff provide to client and patients alike a level of care unequaled anywhere in the equine industry.

“I’m confident that this Thursday series will continue to be very popular with our exhibitors,” Kincannon added. “I think you’ll see much more as this relationship continues to grow and develop.”



2007 KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS FAST FACTS

Events:

Kentucky Spring Horse Show – May 9-13, 2007

Kentucky Spring Classic – May 16-20, 2007

What:

Two of the nation’s premier equestrian competitions, featuring four CSI-3* rated grand prix competitions, one of which is sanctioned by the American Grand Prix Association. The first week is a World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are the host event for the 2007 Legacy Cup. Both shows are qualifying events for the Washington International Championships and the North American League finals.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows proudly host the Haygard Challenge Jumper Series, which offers $170,000 in prize money. This series features seven grand prix events throughout the summer at the Kentucky Horse Park and is made possible by the sponsorship of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Where:

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

Highlights:

KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW - MAY 9-13, 2007

The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI-3*

The $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, CSI-3*

A World Championship Hunter Rider Event



KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC - MAY 16 -20, 2007

The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI-3*

The $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI-3*

A Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series

Hours:

8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Admission:

Admission is free to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park charges a $3.00 parking fee.

VIP Seating:

Tables of eight are available each week in the ringside spectator pavilions for both shows at a price of $500 per week. This will entitle table holders and their guests to a table at both the Johnson and Walnut Rings and a complimentary luncheon preceding the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday, May 13, 2007, and the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Tables may be reserved by calling Betsy Fishback at (859) 221-6877.

Parking:

The Kentucky Horse Park charges a $3.00 daily parking fee. Horse Show Exhibitors may

purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00.

Directions:

The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:

Before Show - Telephone: (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net

During Show - Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097

To download the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows prize list, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Website: http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

All outdoor competition arenas and schooling areas consist of a limesand base and mortar sand cushion. The Indoor Arena consists of sand and loam. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Stonelea: 135’ x 285’, Claiborne: 140’ x 270’

Murphy: 140’ x 290’, Indoor: 145’ x 285’

Walnut: 300’ x 370’, Johnson: 300’ x 400’

Shopping:

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

Hotels:

HOLIDAY INN NORTH-859 - 233-0512 - Approximately 4 miles

FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles

LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles

KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0322 – Approximately 4 miles

EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – 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

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

Management:

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC

P. O. Box 11428

Lexington, KY 40575-1428

859-233-0492 (phone)

859-233-0495 (fax)

email: hakshows@earthlink.net

website: http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

13833 Wellington Trace

Unit E-4 #221

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com

http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com

 

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