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Lorcan Gallagher Earns 2018 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus

Photo: Lorcan Gallagher and Hunters Conlypso II.

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 15, 2018 – After capturing top prizes in grand prix events throughout the spring and summer, Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher earned the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus during the 2018 Hagyard Challenge Series.

The Hagyard Challenge series consisted of seven grand prix classes held during the 2018 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. The series concluded with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, Gallagher was announced as the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus and presented with the cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Gallagher calls Lexington home for part of the year at Spy Coast Farm, and being able to win in the horse capital of the world made the victory that much more exciting. “It’s so great,” he said. “I wasn’t going to totally chase it, but after getting a few early results that did become a bit of a goal. To be able to pull it off at the end was really nice. We showed basically every show here. It’s great fences, always good course designers there, and the footing is always really good. It was great to be able to show at home basically every few weeks in the summer.”

Gallagher took home both first and third place during August’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic riding Hunters Conlypso and Charlie, respectively. His consistent results throughout the rest of this year’s Hagyard Challenge Series culminated in the leading rider bonus which he received at the Kentucky National Horse Show.

“Thank you to Hagyard for their support and to Kentucky Horse Shows. They really do a great job at running the shows; they’re very hospitable. And then of course the team at Sweet Oak, Shane and Ali Sweetnam – just thank you to them for their support and the horses,” Gallagher said.

Finish just behind Gallagher was Alex Granato coming in second place, while Darragh Kenny earned the third place spot in the rankings.

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com.

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Kentucky Horse Shows Join Forces with World Equestrian Center for National Derby Series

Lexington, Ky. – March 21, 2017 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that they will be joining forces with Ohio’s World Equestrian Center (WEC) to create an 11-part USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. In addition to the 10 USHJA National Hunter Derby events held at the Kentucky Horse Park and the World Equestrian Center, there will be a $30,000 Series Finale and $30,000 in leading rider bonuses.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its eighth year in 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park. As it has grown in prestige and popularity, the Kentucky Horse Shows and the World Equestrian Center have worked together to create a series where amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The dates of the shows are as follows:

  • Kentucky Spring Horse Show: May 10-14, 2017
  • Kentucky Spring Classic: May 17-21, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series I: May 24-28, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series II: May 31 – June 4, 2017
  • Kentucky Summer Horse Show: July 26-30, 2017
  • Kentucky Summer Classic: August 1-6, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series III: August 9-13, 2017
  • Bluegrass Festival Horse Show: August 15-20, 2017
  • KHJA: August 23-27, 2017
  • Kentucky National: September 20-24, 2017
  • WEC Invitational: October 24-29, 2017

The $30,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows Leading Rider Awards will include a $20,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the 11 classes that make up the 2017 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows series. The series-leading amateur and junior riders accumulating the most points will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the finale event during the WEC Invitational.

“I’m excited about this Hunter Derby series collaboration because I have a lot of respect for Hugh and Robby and I truly believe that by working together we will create something very special,” said Brandon Saxton, World Equestrian Center General Manager. “Whether you are a professional, an amateur or a junior rider, this series recognizes the many nice horse and rider combinations at the three-foot level who want to compete at beautiful venues for some really nice prize money.”

Driven by a passion for horses and a commitment to supporting equestrian sports in the United States, the World Equestrian Center aims to return horse showing to its former grandeur while incorporating an element of fun reminiscent of the horse shows of the past. Located in Ohio’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the venue is less than one hour from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton airports and now with an exciting new venue planned for 2018 in Ocala, Florida. For more information please visit www.WEC.net.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com. To request a prize list, please email prizelist@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Pablo Barrios Claims $50,000 Leading Rider Award in 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series

Pablo Barrios and ASD Farfala.

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 3, 2016 – After seven weeks of challenging competition wrapped up at the Kentucky National Horse Show, Pablo Barrios topped the charts to take home the $50,000 Leading Rider Award in the 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series: a summer-long series of seven show jumping events held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Aaron Vale finished second in the final standings, earning the $10,000 rider bonus for being the runner-up.

Barrios missed one of the Challenge Series events while competing for Venezuela in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and said he worried that Vale would overtake him in his absence. However, Barrios secured a wide enough lead throughout the rest of the season to stay on top, racking up a total of 1130 points to claim the bonus.

“It’s always great to win this bonus,” Barrios said. “This is the first time I got to the last show with someone else so close in the points. In this case it was Aaron Vale. The final class was pretty exciting, especially because we know that any one of us was capable of winning the bonus. I was lucky that my horses jumped great, and Antares ended up winning the grand prix, so that was enough to win the bonus. The series is great; when you know the points are on the line, there’s extra pressure that makes it fun.”

Barrios went on to thank his team and his personal sponsors for their continued support, including Devocoux, Animo USA, Purina, Parlanti, Kask, Choice of Champions, Kentucky Horsewear, Healthy Coat and MDC Stirrups.

For the third year, the Hagyard Challenge Series offered an additional $10,000 rider bonus for the runner-up. This year, it was Vale who collected the secondary bonus, taking home top ribbons throughout the series with multiple horses.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Dr. Stuart Brown commented, “All of us at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute continue to be proud to support the equestrian competitions here at the Kentucky Horse Park, and no better example of that commitment exists than with the Hagyard Challenge Series. This year saw another exciting series of grand prix-level jumping that began with the first class in May and culminated in September at our finale, The Betsy, where we awarded the Leading Rider and Reserve Champion Bonuses for the series.

Aaron Vale and Quidam's Good Luck
Aaron Vale and Quidam’s Good Luck

“We would like to congratulate Pablo Barrios for a successful quest to win this year’s $50,000 Leading Rider Award and Aaron Vale as the reserve champion and $10,000 recipient. Both these riders bring the highest level of sportsmanship to the series at the Kentucky Horse Park, and we are grateful for their commitment to this competition and the level of exciting performance they bring to this venue along with all the other riders participating in the Series. We can only look forward to wishes for another successful season of great competition next season here in Lexington.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology. For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit www.hagyard.com.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include title sponsor MWI Animal Health and presenting sponsor Zoetis as well as Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Pike & Preston, Sallee Horse Vans and Hagyard Pharmacy. Additional sponsors include Equine Therapy and FooteWorks.

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Kentucky Horse Shows to Host George Morris Book Signing

Lexington, Ky. – May 17, 2016 – The Kentucky Horse Shows are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a book signing with George H. Morris for his newly released autobiography Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence.

The book signing will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21, during the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The class is the second in the five-part series, which features the $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus. During the Kentucky Spring Classic, the derby will be held in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park.

A horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher, and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he’s been in the saddle. He has represented our country as an athlete and a coach and, at one time or another, instructed many of our nation’s best horsemen and women. His carefully chosen, perfectly enunciated words are notoriously powerful. They can raise you up or cut you to the quick. His approval can be a rainmaker; his derision can end a career.

But as much as people know and respect (or, perhaps, fear) the public face of George Morris, he has lived, in other ways, a remarkably private life, keeping his own personal struggles with insecurity, with ambition, and with love behind closed doors. It is only now that he has chosen, in his own words, to share the totality of his life – the very public and the incredibly private – with the world in Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence. This engrossing autobiography, the real story of the godlike George Morris, beautifully demonstrates his ultimate humanity.

For more information about UNRELENTING, please visit www.horseandriderbooks.com.

The Kentucky Spring Classic held May 18-22 will also feature a FEI CSI3* rating. The $35,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, followed by the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday, May 21, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium during the $130,000 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. In addition, the featured national classes will be the $50,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, which counts towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List, and the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 22 in the Rolex Stadium.

EQSportsNet will be streaming live webcasts of the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* during the Kentucky Spring Classic on Saturday, May 21. EQSportsNet Full Access subscribers can also watch all rounds of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series on demand at www.eqsports.net.

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

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Top Riders Flock to Kentucky Horse Park for Summer Series

Pablo Barrios leads Hagyard Challenge Series standings.

Lexington, KY – July 15, 2014 – When top young equestrians begin flooding Kentucky in mid-July for the start of the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), the Bluegrass state will be just getting started with its spectacular summer series. The series, which runs from late July to late August, will draw in many top contenders looking to snag big prizes like the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix on Saturday, July 26 and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix on Saturday, August 2.

Premier riders and horses will face off in four renowned hunter/jumper events hosted by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and two championship shows organized by the USEF and USHJA over the six weeks of top-notch competition that make up the summer series.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show, running from July 23 to 27, will include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the Hats off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day. This free day for visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park culminates in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix that will feature horses and riders of the utmost caliber.

The Summer Series also includes the Kentucky Summer Classic from July 29 to Aug. 3, featuring the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix and the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September.

The US Pony Finals will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park August 5-10. More than 600 ponies that have qualified throughout the preceding year will compete for awards in Green and Regular pony sections, as well as the US Pony Medal Finals and the US Pony Jumper Championship.

There will also be four $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby events. The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize.

From August 12-17, riders compete during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show vying for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and Pre-Green Incentive Championship. The Bluegrass Festival also draws attendees with the $40,000 Grand Prix, where riders will shoot for perfection.

The series finishes with the KHJA Horse Show from August 20-24 where riders and horses will aim to perform their best as summer at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park comes to a close.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

KENTUCKY SUMMER SERIES FAST FACTS

Events:
Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, USEF National Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and KHJA Horse Show, and the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

What:
The Kentucky Horse Show LLC’s 2014 series includes five weeks of top competition throughout the summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions host the Hagyard Challenge Series with seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Award, as well as the Hallway Feeds National 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:

NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR & YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS – July 15-20, 2014
KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 23-27, 2014
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 29 – August 3, 2014
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footings
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

2014 USEF PONY FINALS – August 5-10, 2014
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW – August 12-17, 2014
USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Member Event

KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 20-24, 2014
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake
$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Sponsors:
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, GGT Footing, Equestrian Services International, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program, Sleepy P Ranch, 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

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

The Stonelea Ring, Murphy Ring, Walnut Ring, Stonelea/Murphy Schooling Ring, the Alltech Arena and the Rolex Stadium have Otto Sport footing consisting of fine sand and synthetic fiber on pvc mats. The Claiborne, Annex, and Covered Arena (old) rings’ footing consists of a sand cushion on limestone base. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

Stonelea: 140′x 280′, Murphy: 135′x 280′, Stonelea and Murphy Schooling: 110′x 400′
Walnut: 300′x 370′, Claiborne: 140′x 270′, Annex 130′x 250′, Covered Arena (old): 145′x 285′ Rolex Stadium: 360′ x 384′, Alltech Arena: 132′ x 265′

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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Meg O’Mara Pockets SSG Riding Gloves Bonus

Meg O’Mara received her bonus from Nicole Blackman in the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Wellington, Florida – Meg O’Mara was awarded a $1,000 bonus by SSG Riding Gloves as part of its ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion after winning the Junior Jumper Classic on Sunday, July 29, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Riding Sinatra IV, O’Mara posted one of only two double clear rounds to take the win in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic.  Her time of 42.66 seconds gave her the win over Elizabeth Patz, who had stopped the clock in 48.01 seconds.

“The SSG Gloves are very comfortable, and are great in all weather conditions,” said O’Mara.  “I thought that having the ‘Go Clean for the Green’ program at Kentucky was a great idea to promote the gloves.  I definitely recommend them to anyone to ride in.”

SSG Riding Gloves is also offering a $2,000 bonus in each of the grand prix events at this summer’s Kentucky Horse Shows, with any bonus money not awarded being carried forward to the next event in the series.

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Kentucky Horse Shows to Feature New Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series

Erynn Ballard and Dunkirk won the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Classic at the 2011 Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – March 8, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Shows are pleased to announce the newest addition to their spring and summer horse shows, the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. The six-part series will feature a $5000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Horse Park throughout the spring and summer, and at the conclusion of the series the Leading Rider Awards for the Series will be presented.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its third year in 2012 and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, Juniors and Professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The dates of the shows are as follows:

  • KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW            MAY 9 – 13, 2012
  • KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC                      MAY 16 – 20, 2012
  • KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW          JULY 25 – 29, 2012
  • KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC                    AUGUST 1 – 5, 2012
  • BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL                                  AUGUST 15 – 19, 2012
  • KHJA                                                                 AUGUST 22 – 26, 2012

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Hugh Kincannon Honored with USHJA’s President’s Distinguished Service Award

Hugh Kincannon received the USHJA's President's Distinguished Service Award. Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports

Lexington, KY – December 12, 2011 – On December 6, 2011, Hugh Kincannon of Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, was recognized at the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner. Kincannon received the President’s Distinguished Service Award for his management of USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, the USEF Pony Finals, and the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition. The USHJA presented the award to Kincannon for his dedication to these events, and his efforts to always go above and beyond to make them a success.

In 2006, USHJA created a new award category, the USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Awards. These awards were developed by the President and staff to recognize and honor the dedication and service by members to USHJA and our sport. The staff and President reviewed the programs of USHJA, as well as the work involved in developing and implementing them, and those individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to bring our sport to a new level and to benefit our membership.

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