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Twelve Olympians to Compete at 2007 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

Lexington, KY – May 1, 2007 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Kentucky Spring Classic, held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, are scheduled for May 9-13 and May 16-20, 2007. One of the highlights of the event will be the show jumping action. Adding to the excitement of the top competition is the attendance of 12 Olympians.

The shows are two of the nation’s finest and most popular spring equestrian competitions, and they feature a $30,000 and a $50,000 Grand Prix each week. Week two’s main event, the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI 3*, is a member event of the $3 million dollar American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Series. The shows play host to the highly praised and innovative Legacy Cup of the American Hunter and Jumper Foundation. In addition, the first week is a World Championship Hunter Rider sanctioned event.

Last year’s winner of the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix and the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix was Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis. He guided Edgar 12 to victory in both events and will be back this year to defend his titles. 2004 Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Play On were winners in the first $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. Madden will be one of the top riders vying for a prize this year.

Olympic medalists Chris Kappler and Lisa Jacquin join the roster of jumper riders making their way to the Kentucky Horse Park for two weeks of show jumping that kicks off on May 9. Fellow Olympians Margie Engle, Nona Garson, Alison Firestone Robitaille and Katie Prudent will add to the competition.

In addition to American riders, there are four Olympians from outside the States that will be showing in Kentucky. They include Kevin Babington of Ireland, Eric Flameng of Belgium, Federico Sztyrle of Argentina and Manuel Torres of Colombia.

Top grand prix money earner Aaron Vale will be on hand to challenge everyone in Kentucky. He scored the top prize in last year’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic and won Kentucky grand prix events in 2004 and 2005. He has recorded an impressive 116 career grand prix wins, with eight of those at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Past winners of the Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix returning to Lexington this year include 2004 winner Pablo Barrios of Venezuela and Jimmy Torano, a winner in 2002. Samsung Super League U.S. team members Georgina Bloomberg, Christine McCrea, Kimberly Prince, Schuyler Riley, Candice King and Molly Ashe will be strong competitors in the grand prix as well.

Coming off a strong winter season are American grand prix riders Kent Farrington, Ken Berkley, Danielle Torano, Cara Raether, Robert Kraut, Eliza Shuford, Mark Leone, Michael Morrissey, Debbie Stephens, Darren Finkelman and Robin Sweely.

Visiting from north of the border is Canadian Ainsley Vince, while Irishmen Niall Grimes and Shane Sweetnam will try to take victory. New Zealander Sharn Wordley joins the group to round out the list of top notch riders, sure to make this year’s Kentucky Spring Horse Shows the most competitive ever.

The Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long series of major jumper competitions, will hold their first event of seven at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix will kick off this series on Thursday, May 10, 2007. The Hagyard Challenge Series features $170,000 in prize money and will continue the following Thursday at the Kentucky Spring Classic.

Based at the famed Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows offer equestrians a chance to compete at one of the finest facilities in the world. The shows utilize five different outdoor all-weather rings, plus a beautiful indoor facility. For show jumping, the Johnson Arena offers one of the most spectacular and picturesque settings in the country.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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.

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 the Show Office at (859) 254-3343.

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

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 – 859-231-0255 – 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

859-233-0493 (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

Photo credit: Joe Fargis and Edgar 12, winners of both $50,000 Sunday grand prix events at the 2006 Kentucky Horse Show series. Photo copyright 2007 PhelpsSports.com.

 

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