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Terry Brown and Tasty Take Green Conformation Hunter Championship at Kentucky Spring Classic

Lexington, KY - May 15, 2008 - The Kentucky Spring Classic began this Wednesday with the professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea Arena. Rain showers continued throughout both days, causing a number of entries to scratch. Some chose to tough it out through the rain and performed beautifully.

The wet conditions were not going to stop Terry Brown and Showcase Limited's Tasty from earning their second championship ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunters. Brown, who resides in Canton, GA, had excellent trips both weeks on the 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood, who she purchased last August. The reserve championship trophy went to Amanda Lyerly of Adkins, TX, and Joy Ride, owned by Gayle Cox.

"Yesterday it was a little rough because of the rain, and the footing was a little mucky going. Today the rings were in excellent condition and my horse went beautifully. I was very pleased," grinned Brown. "I think he might be a mudder!"

Brown is also excited that Tasty has been undefeated thus far in the model class. Her spectacular week was unplanned. "Usually we travel with 12 or 15 horses," Brown explained. "We were coming to Kentucky to look for horses to buy. A friend had an extra stall, so we brought Tasty along. It's been nice. We've been on vacation, my partner and I, with our horse."

Kelley Farmer was victorious in the Regular Hunter divisions. In the Regular Conformation Hunters, she won the top tricolor aboard Clarity, owned by Larry Glefke of Keswick, VA, and the reserve championship on Rosalie Morton's Mio. Farmer then went on to take the Regular Working Hunter Championship on Mio, sweeping the division. Shane Sweetnam took home the reserve ribbon with Lismacbyran Junior, owned by Spy Coast Farm of E. Setauket, NY.

Despite inexperience and adverse conditions, Clarity proved he could handle anything. "He was great today, especially for these conditions. It's kind of gross out," Farmer laughed. "That's horse showing; sometimes it's going to be gross."

Today was Farmer's first time showing 9-year-old Mio. "He's a horse I just have to sell. He's done the Large Juniors and the Amateurs and is really simple and fun. He's a very cool horse," Farmer smiled.

In the First Year Hunters, the championship trophy went to Penny Lombardo and the 6-year-old Holsteiner Bring It On, owned by Ellen St. John of Delray Beach, FL. Will Roberts and Dubari, owned by Gayle Cox of Adkins, TX, garnered the reserve championship ribbon.

Junior Hunter divisions will kick off tomorrow at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Championship and reserve championship ribbons will be awarded on Saturday, when the Amateur-Owner divisions also begin. Tricolors will be awarded in these divisions on Sunday. The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue through Sunday, May 18.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Classic, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo: Terry Brown and Tasty, champions of the Green Conformation Hunter division at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo (C) 2008 Rebecca Walton. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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