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USHJA Hopes to Perform International Hunter Derby Demonstration at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Lexington, KY - August 6, 2008 - The Kentucky Summer Horse Show was very excited to host the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby this past week at the Kentucky Horse Park, in the Walnut Arena. This event was especially important because organizers of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were on-site to watch the class. The USHJA has submitted an application to have the International Hunter Derby be one of 20 demonstrations during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Derby is a two round event. Riders compete in the first round and receive scores from two pairs of judges. The top twelve riders are then called back for a handy round. Again they receive two scores, but they can earn up to 10 bonus points for extra handiness from each set of judges. The International Hunter Derbies are meant to be reminiscent of the hunt field and include exciting jump options such as aikens, walls, and banks.

Friday's International Hunter Derby was very successful. Spectators filled the stands to watch the top horse and rider combinations compete. The victory went to Aaron Vale, of Ocala, FL, with his mount Second City. He beat Jennifer Waxman, of Chagrin Falls, OH, and Falcon by just one point in the final round.

The members of the World Games 2010 Foundation that came to the demonstration were Holley Groshek, Director of Administration and Equestrian Community Relations, and Maggie Daniels, Equestrian Relations and Special Project Coordinator. "It was very exciting," said Groshek. "We are thrilled to be a part of history in the making, and this new class. It is a huge step forward for the industry."

Bill Moroney, President of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, was also present for the class. "This helps give them an idea of what the demonstration would be about for the high performance hunters at the World Equestrian Games," he explained. "They seem very enthusiastic and very impressed by what they saw the other night. I think it was very promising that Holley and Maggie came out to watch the class."

Groshek and Daniels were able to get a real feel for what the demonstration would be like, because the class was held at the Kentucky Horse Park, which will be the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.¬ The USHJA will also work closely with the World Games 2010 Foundation¬ to make the demonstration as successful as possible if accepted. They have discussed different options, working together with the demonstration, which would be a benefit to the World Equestrian Games and to local charities.

Bobby Murphy, the assistant manager of Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, has played an important role in the progression of the equestrian sport and the International Hunter Derbies. "I think it's nice to see the unity of our industry take form. The World Games 2010 Foundation really cares for the progression of all equestrian sports in America. In the many meetings I've had with them, they stay very passionate about what they do, and I have learned a lot from creating a relationship with people like Holly and Maggie."

Murphy continued, "The International Hunter Derbies are a perfect example of people in an industry taking a concept and working together to achieve a goal. The World Equestrian Games is now an entity in our American horse industry. I think support is coming from both sides of the bridge. The World Equestrian Games are supporting the future of our sport in America, and our hunter/jumper industry should support them. When we all work together that is the point where we can write our own pages in history."

The Kentucky Summer Classic began today at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic will take place this Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Walnut Arena. Saturday, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Walnut Arena will host the $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series. The show will come to a close Sunday, August 10, 2008.

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

Photo Credit: Bill Moroney presents gifts to Maggie Daniels and Holley Groshek with Bobby Murphy at the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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