Lexington, Ky. – March 21, 2019 – Kentucky Spring Horse Shows’ management company, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, is excited to announce that the unparalleled hunter/jumper competition will be returning to the stunning Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, from May 8-19, 2019. The FEI CSI3* show jumping event will feature both international and national competition for horses and riders of all levels at the magnificent venue which is nestled in the heart of horse country. To access the prize list, entry forms, weekly schedules, and FEI approved schedules for both weeks, please click here.
The first week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, will kick off starting on May 8-12 and will feature a FEI CSI3* rating. Highlights include the $36,000 Welcome Speed on Wednesday, followed by the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, which will start off the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series, and then the $134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix on Saturday. All three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List and the Thursday and Saturday classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. In addition, the featured national classes will be the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday, which will also count towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List, and the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 12.
A new addition that will take place during both the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Kentucky Spring Classic is the Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour, sponsored by Classic Champions, Inc., which will offer classes for 5, 6, and 7-year-old horses. This exciting eight-part tour will conclude with championship events that will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky National Horse Show from Sept. 18-22.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also be a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) member event, where riders can earn points towards year-end awards. Hunters will take center stage on Sunday in the Stonelea Ring with the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, the first of 15 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby Series events.
Competition will continue the next week with the Kentucky Spring Classic, will take place from May 15-19, also with a FEI CSI3* rating. The $36,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, followed by the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday evening, May 18, riders will battle it out for top honors under the lights of the Rolex Stadium in the $134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. Once again, all three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List and the Thursday and Saturday classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. The featured national classes are the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix on Sunday in the Rolex Stadium, which counts towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List and the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 19.
The Kentucky Spring Classic features the second competition of the 15 event World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby Series in the Stonelea Ring. Both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will offer WIHS and NAL qualifiers plus $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics.