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Kentucky Horse Shows Welcome Johnson Horse Transportation, Air 51 and Audi of Lexington

Lexington, KY - February 26, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, one of the leading horse show management companies in the nation, is pleased to announce new additions to their stellar list of horse show sponsors. Johnson Transportation, Air 51, and Audi of Lexington have signed on for the 2009 season, and their support will greatly contribute to an exciting series of horse show competitions.

Kentucky Horse Shows manages the upcoming Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows run for two weeks, with the first week scheduled for May 6-10 and the second week following from May 13-17, 2009. In addition, they host hunter/jumper competitions throughout the year at the horse park, offering the very best in quality for exhibitors.

For 2009, Johnson Horse Transportation is now the official sponsor of the Children's Jumper Classics and Adult Amateur Jumper Classics for all of the Kentucky Horse Shows. Johnson Horse Transportation is an equestrian shipping company that provides timely and safe transportation for show horses.

"Hugh does a great job with all of the horse shows at the Kentucky Horse Park," commented D.J. Johnson of Johnson Horse Transportation. "They are very popular shows for many of our customers. We've sponsored a number of competitions throughout the season, and I felt we should support Hugh and add his shows to the group. The Kentucky Horse Park has exploded with horse shows; it's like the summer version of Wellington. Hugh is a friend of mine, and we want to support his shows and be a part of them."

"We are sponsoring the Children's and Adult Jumper Classics because they are really fun classes," he said. "They are popular with exhibitors, and everyone just loves them. I thought it would be great publicity for Johnson Horse Transportation and a fun way for our businesses to help each other out." The Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper Classics are qualifying events for the North American League and Washington International Horse Show Finals.

Air 51 and Audi of Lexington are this year's sponsors for the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, an event that will be held at the Kentucky Spring Classic. The two companies are also sponsoring the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the $5,000 SJHOF Junior Jumper Classic at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.

Air 51 is a fixed base operator and fuel provider for non-commercial planes at Lexington's Bluegrass Airport. In addition to fuel, they offer a variety of special services including aircraft detailing, a pilot lounge, and on-site rental cars.

Alex Boone of Air 51 and Audi of Lexington stated, "I think Hugh Kincannon, Robby Murphy and their team have not only the passion, but the commitment, to making the Kentucky Horse Park and their series of shows equal to the best in the country. I like to be associated with people who have those kinds of goals, aspirations and abilities."

Boone, who was born and raised in Lexington, has two daughters who compete on the hunter/jumper horse show circuit. He is also a co-owner of Up Chiqui, Kent Farrington's grand prix horse. In addition to working on various committees for new construction projects at the horse park, Boone is also a current Board Member of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. "I love the sport, I love the Kentucky Horse Park, and I love to help," he said.

With the help of sponsors, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC continues to provide the very best showing conditions for its competitors. They are currently resurfacing the main hunter ring (Stonelea) and large hunter schooling ring with state-of-the-art footing. The new surfaces are designed by the German company OTTO Sport- und Reitplatz GmbH, which is the same company that provided footing for the Walnut Ring last year and the new main outdoor stadium.

In addition to great footing, Kentucky Horse Shows provide spacious stabling for horses, cross-country fields, and plenty of warm-up rings and places to ride. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to the United States Equestrian Federation and will host the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Located near downtown Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park's convenient location offers a wide variety of hotel accommodations as well as fine dining and boutique shopping.

To find out more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows or Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.


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