Scott Stewart Showcases Winning Ways in Professional Hunters at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Scott Stewart and Lucador.

Lexington, KY – May 6, 2015 – Scott Stewart is a regular in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and today the veteran hunter rider took home five blue ribbons on opening day to mark his domination of the professional divisions.

Stewart won early in the day with a victory in the First Year Green Hunters aboard David Gochman’s Catch Me. The stunning grey gelding showcased classic style over the Alan Lohman-designed courses. “He’s been so consistent and easy,” Stewart said. “He was Circuit Champion in Florida.”

The Green Conformation Hunter division was up next, and once again it was Stewart who took the blue ribbon. Stewart piloted Stephanie Danhakl’s First Light to the win in both of the division’s over-fences classes, making it clear that their winning streak from the Winter Equestrian Festival will continue this summer. “First Light was also Circuit Champion in Florida,” Stewart added. “We’re continuing on.”

In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Stewart stepped into the irons aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Lucador to take home the top prize in the division.

“The course rode great; we had a great day,” Stewart said. “The jumps are really pretty; they’re a little different from the Florida circuit, so the horses are really jumping.”

As the day continued, a new name topped the leader board as Tim Goguen and Ransom, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC, took charge in the Second Year Green Hunters with a score of 90, matching Stewart and Catch Me for the two highest-scoring rounds of the day. Goguen was thrilled with Ransom’s performance.

“He’s a lot of fun,” Goguen said. “Hopefully he stays a lot of fun tomorrow. I just stay out of his way, let him do it.”

Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons
Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons

The day wrapped up with the High Performance Hunters, with Kelley Farmer capturing the first class with Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate LLC. The winning ways of Stewart continued as he took home his fifth and final blue ribbon of the day during the second over-fences class with A Million Reasons, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show provided Stewart with the perfect venue to prepare his mounts before traveling to the Devon Horse Show.

“It’s nice to come here for a change of pace,” Stewart said. “The horses are always really happy here.”

The professional hunter divisions will wrap up Thursday in the Stonelea Ring, with equitation taking place on Friday. The Claiborne will take center stage on Sunday for “Derby Day.” The highlight events will include $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

What:
The Kentucky Horse Shows 2014 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.

Where:
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – May 6-10, 2015
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition

KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – May 13-17, 2015
$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Sponsors:
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion.

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net
During Show – Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Email Tom Blankenship at tomblank@bellsouth.net
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

Hotels:

CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS:
Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Sherry Logan at sherryd.logan@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

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: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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