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Meehan Shirey Rides to Blue Ribbons at the Kentucky Spring Classic

Lexington, KY - May 15, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC hosted the third day of competition for the Kentucky Spring Classic today with the Children's Hunter divisions competing in the Kentucky Horse Park's Claiborne Ring. Rider's Meehan Shirey and Haley Robinson both had wins this afternoon as they completed the first of two days of competition. The Kentucky Spring Classic will run through this Sunday, May 17, 2009.

The Children's Hunter 14 and Under was first to compete in the Claiborne Ring this afternoon where the horses and riders each completed two courses over fences. Meehan Shirey of Lake Worth, FL, and her horse Hadij placed first and second in the two classes. Shirey and Hadij then went on to win the first place ribbon in the T.H.I.S. National Children's Medal later in the day.

Meehan Shirey has been having a very good two weeks in Lexington. The 11-year-old rider won the NAL/WIHS Children's Hunter Classic last week during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, and she has now earned a few more ribbons to take from the Kentucky Spring Classic.

Shirey trains with Tim and Kelly Goguen, and has now been riding with the couple for almost a year. She began riding when she was three years old.

"I love so many things about riding," Shirey smiled. "It is interesting, it is cool riding the animals, and I love jumping - that is probably my favorite thing. It feels cool in the air; it is so smooth."

The person that Shirey looks up to most is her trainer, Tim Goguen. "He is a brilliant rider," she smiled. "He is really good and I definitely want to be as good as him someday."

The Children's Hunter 15-17 division competed next in the Claiborne Ring, and after completing two rounds over fences, Haley Robinson and Watermark walked away with first and second place ribbons for the day's competition.

Haley Robinson is 15 years old from Palm Harbor, FL, and has been riding for nine years. Robinson recently began riding with trainer Donald Cheska, and her wins today were aboard Watermark, a nine-year-old Hanoverian that she has owned for three years.

Robinson has shown Watermark throughout the Florida horse show circuits, competing in Tampa, Palm Beach, and Central Florida. She also competes in the Children's Jumpers, and got her biggest win to date with a third place finish in the Kentucky Spring Horse Show's Children's Jumper Classic, which was held last week.

"I haven't shown in Kentucky that much. I did Pony Finals when I was 12 years old and I haven't been back since then, so it is fun to be back here," Robinson said. "I really like this show. I love how pretty it is; it is so green everywhere."

Like so many young riders her age, Robinson aspires to ride like Beezie Madden. "She is so good; I really like her style," Robinson smiled. "She seems to get along with every horse that she rides and I would love to be as good as she is some day."

The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue tomorrow at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The show will run through Sunday, May 17, and will feature much more exciting hunter/jumper competition throughout the final two days of competition.

For more information, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Meehan Shirey and Hadij placed first and second in the Children's Hunter 14 and Under and then went on to win the T.H.I.S National Children's Medal at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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