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Kentucky Summer Horse Shows Offer First Class Competition

Lexington, KY - July 19, 2007 - The nation's top hunters and jumpers will be the main attraction once again at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, held August 1-5 and August 8-12. These two weeks of competition, produced by Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, feature first-rate hunters and jumpers at one of the nation's top AA rated equestrian events.

The hunter divisions at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are divided into sections that relate to either the experience of the horse or the status and age of the rider. Hunter divisions include Green Conformation and Regular Conformation Hunters, as well as Green and Regular Working Hunters. Amateur-Owner Hunters, Small and Large Junior Working Hunters, Adult Amateurs, Children's, and Pony Hunters are also offered at the summer shows.

In addition to the top caliber hunter competition, the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows offer jumper riders the Hagyard Challenge Series. This summer-long series of major show jumping competitions features $170,000 in prize money and includes seven grand prix events. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows will host two $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix events, with the first scheduled for Thursday, August 2, and the second event on Thursday, August 9. The seventh and final event, the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington CSI-W, will be held at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show on September 28, 2007.

Along with the Hagyard Challenge Series, the summer shows will host two Sunday grand prix events, the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix and the $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, which is a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series. VIP seating is available each week in the ringside spectator pavilions, and table holders and their guests will enjoy complimentary luncheons preceding the featured classes.

As the future site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Kentucky Horse Park is an exceptional venue for exhibitors, spectators, and horse lovers to enjoy the summer sun and watch the nation's best horses compete for top honors.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit their official Web site at http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.



2007 KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOWS FAST FACTS

Events:

Kentucky Summer Horse Show - August 1-5, 2007

Kentucky Summer Classic - August 8-12, 2007

What:

Two of the nation's premier equestrian competitions, featuring four grand prix classes, one of which is sanctioned by the American Grand Prix Association. Both shows are member events of the Washington International Horse Show Championships and the 2007 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 SUMMER HORSE SHOW - AUGUST 1-5, 2007

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC - AUGUST 8-12, 2007

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix

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.

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.

VIP Table Seating:

Front row reserved tables of eight will be available each week in the Mesker Pavilion at the Johnson Ring at a price of $500 per week and will entitle you and your guests to VIP seating for the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix on Saturday evening, August 4th and the $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix on Saturday evening, August 11th. Wristbands and VIP parking passes will be available in the Show Office.

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 Summer 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:

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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: Alexandra Arute and Folklore compete in the Junior Working Hunter division at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo (C) 2007 Jenny Ross.

 

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