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Kentucky Summer Horse Show Hosts $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby

Lexington, KY - June 16, 2008 - The Kentucky Summer Horse Show, produced by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, will welcome an exciting new addition to its summer schedule. The show, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from July 30-August 2, 2008, will feature the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance and featuring Walsh Harness and Saddlery.

The derby will be held on Sunday, August 3, at 1:00 p.m. in the Walnut Arena. The class has a two-round format that includes a hunter classic course and a handy hunter round.

The International Hunter Derbies were created by the United States Hunter Jumper Association's High Performance Hunter Committee in hopes of bringing back the historic tradition, sport, and horsemanship of hunters from years past. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is thrilled to include this unique class at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Bobby Murphy, assistant manager of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, commented, "I've been involved with a number of the hunter derbies, and they just get better every time. It is an amazing class that has allowed hunters to take on a new form at our shows. Reflective of the past, I think theses classes have helped our industry transform in the right direction. When it comes to the high performance hunter derbies, we are watching history in the making. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is thrilled to be a part of this exciting competition."

The hunter derby will require horses and riders to tackle natural obstacles and varying terrain. Specifications of the classes include natural fences and elements such as coops, natural post and rails, banks, stone walls, aikens, logs, ditches, brush and gates, all set between 1.30m and 1.40m in height. These obstacles simulate those reminiscent of the traditional hunt field. The handy hunter round may include such tests as trotting a jump, opening a gate while mounted, and leading horses over an obstacle.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show, a recognized World Championship Hunter Rider event, will also feature action-packed jumper classes. Some of these include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, a member event of the AGA grand prix series. Additionally, the Kentucky Summer Classic Horse Show will be held the following week from August 6-10. Highlights of this show include another $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix.

The Hagyard Lexington Classics are two of seven events in the Hagyard Challenge Series, a series of major show jumping competitions held throughout the summer at the Kentucky Horse Park. The series offers $215,000 in prize money, and these two classes count toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows or to download the prize list, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.



2008 KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOWS FAST FACTS

Events:

Kentucky Summer Horse Show - July 30 - August 3, 2008

Kentucky Summer Classic - August 6 -10, 2008

What:

Two of the nation's premier equestrian competitions, featuring two grand prix competitions, one of which is AGA sanctioned. A World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows offer two Hagyard Lexington Classics, which are part of the summer-long $215,000 Hagyard Challenge Series. The competitions are also qualifying events for the Washington International Horse Show Championships and the North American League finals.

Where:

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:

KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW - JULY 30 - AUGUST 3, 2008

A World Championship Hunter Rider Event

$20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC - AUGUST 6 - 10, 2008

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix

A Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series

Hours:

8am - 5pm daily

Admission:

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

VIP Seating:

Tables of six are available each week in the ringside spectator pavilion for both shows at a price of $1,000 per week. This will entitle table holders and their guests to exclusive seating in the pavilion, which provides daily continental breakfasts and complimentary lunches. Additionally, table holders receive a VIP parking pass and access to wireless internet service. Tables may be reserved by contacting Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Parking:

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

Stabling - Email Tom Blankenship at Tomb@kentuckyhorseshows.com

Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com

Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com

VIP Tables - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@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'

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

859-233-0492 (phone)

859-233-0495 (fax)

email: hakshows@earthlink.net

website: http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

 

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