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Kentucky Spring Horse Show Adult Amateur and Children's Hunter Classics Winners

Lexington, KY - May 10, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, hosted the final day of the 2009 Kentucky Spring Horse Show today with a beautiful, sunny afternoon of competition for the $1,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur and Children's Hunter Classics.

After competing in two rounds of competition, Just Jack and Annie Frazier were victorious in the Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, and Meehan Shirey and Hadij came out on top in the Children's Hunter Classic. Both classes are member events of the 2009 North American League and Washington International Horse Show championships.

The Adult Amateur Hunter Classic was the first class to compete in the Stonelea Ring this afternoon, and it was Just Jack and Annie Frazier who led the way in both rounds of competition to come out in first place. Just Jack, owned by Frazier and Pinecroft LLC, achieved the highest scores in both rounds; receiving an 87.00 in the first round and an 85.00 in the second round, for a two-round total of 172.00 points and the class win.

Coming in just behind Frazier and Just Jack were Mary Tyree and Peppercorn, owned by First Partners. Tyree and Peppercorn had a first round score of 72.00, combined with their second round score of 83.00, which give them a 155.00 overall for the second place finish.

Today's first place winner, Just Jack is a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding that Annie Frazier has owned for a little over a year. "He just felt awesome today and I really felt like I just got a nice forward pace and everything came up really nice," Frazier smiled after her win. "He was totally on it, he knew it was a Classic, and was ready to go. I just love this horse so much. It took us awhile, but we have really gotten together; we are definitely a match at this point."

Frazier trains with Havens Schatt and keeps Just Jack at Schatt's nearby Kentucky farm in the summertime. The farm is very convenient to the Kentucky Horse Park and has allowed Frazier to compete here often.

"We have shown here a lot and I really love the footing," she acknowledged. "It is amazing. I had ridden on it one time before in Wellington and my horse just loves it. I think it is great."

Following Frazier's win, the Children's Hunter Classic got underway in the Stonelea Ring. This class was also held in a two round format with the top 12 competitors from the first round returning to jump a second course. After both rounds of competition, 11-year-old Meehan Shirey of Lake Worth, FL, and her 12-year-old Warmblood gelding Hadij came away with the victory. Shirey and Hadij scored a 73.50 in the first round and came back even better to score an 86.00, for a combined total of 159.50 for the class win.

Second place honors went to Meredith Wegbreit and her horse Quanah. The pair scored a 72.00 in the first round and also improved with an 84.00 in the second round to end up with a total of 156.00, putting them in the reserve position.

Shirey's mount Hadij actually belongs to her sister who is away at school, so the young rider has taken over riding and showing him. Shirey has now been riding Hadij for about a year.

"He is my baby," Shirey smiled. "He is slow and he is very easy. He goes right around for you and he moves up when you ask him to; he is really good."

Shirey has done very well showing in the pony divisions, competing at Pony Finals here in Kentucky for the past three years, and just moved up to competing in the Children's Hunter classes last year. She showed in Florida this winter and is now competing in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children's Medal classes. Shirey still rides the ponies, but she really enjoys showing her horse over the bigger courses.

"The courses were awesome today, I loved them," she smiled. "I had so much fun and I love the new footing. It is awesome; it is easier for the horses because it is softer and it helps them move better."

Today was the final day of competition for the 2009 Kentucky Spring Horse Show at Lexington's beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. The spring horse show series hosted by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC will continue next week with the Kentucky Spring Classic, which will run from May 13-17. The second week of competition will feature more exciting hunter and jumper competition from some of the best horses and riders in the country.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Just Jack and Annie Frazier led the way with the highest scores in both rounds of competition to win the $1,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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