Lexington, KY – March 14, 2012 – The premier horse show management company, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, is proud to recognize sponsors of the spectacular Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Dates of the spring series include the Kentucky Spring Horse Show that run May 9-13, 2012, and Kentucky Spring Classic held May 16-20, 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. These shows would not be possible without their many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance and Sleepy P Ranch.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, KY, was founded in 1876. The practice, which is located directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world and is known for its excellence in veterinary medicine. The Hagyard Sport Horse Program, a specialized department at the practice, serves the nation’s top sport horse athletes and brings the same level of excellent care to high performance horses that the institute has provided for the race horse and breeding industries for decades. Once again, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will be sponsoring the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series, which concludes with the presentation of the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus.
“Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is very excited to be involved with the Kentucky Horse Shows this year because the first week is an Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team,” noted Dr. Stuart Brown, President of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “We are happy to support this national level of competition through the Hagyard Challenge Series, and we are looking forward to watching the country’s top horse and riders compete during these events.”
Hallway Feeds is the newest addition to the Kentucky Horse Shows generous sponsors, and will be supporting the six event $30,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, as well as the $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards. Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and horsewomen provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.
“Hallway Feeds is pleased to partner with Kentucky Horse Shows to present the 2012 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series,” noted Morgan Akers-McQuerry of Hallway Feeds. “This is a natural partnership as we both hail from the Heart of the Bluegrass, have a mutual respect of commitment to excellence for the equestrian community and the drive to remain cutting-edge to provide exciting, yet proven results.”
Audi of Lexington will be returning as the sponsor for the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. The company will also continue its generous support of the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) Amateur-Owner Classics during both weeks of competition.
Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to their Lexington area customers. With quality new Audis to used cars, anyone can find the car, truck, or SUV that they are looking for at Audi of Lexington.
Alex Boone of Audi of Lexington stated, “We are proud to be associated with the show and show managers of this quality. We appreciate what they do for the horse and non-horse community of central Kentucky. In particular, we love its location in Lexington.”
Johnson Horse Transportation is also a returning sponsor for 2010, supporting the Children’s Jumper Classics and Adult Amateur Jumper Classics. Both events are qualifying competitions for the North American League and Washington International Horse Show Finals. Johnson Horse Transportation is an equestrian shipping company that provides timely and safe transportation for show horses. DJ Johnson, Owner of Johnson Horse Transportation, commented, “As always I think the Kentucky Horse Show Series is obviously a great horse just by looking at their turnout. There are big numbers of horses, great group of horses, and a great group of trainers. Not only is it a great place to show, but Lexington also is a great city.”
DJ Johnson added, “I think Hugh [Kincannon] puts on a great horse show and people keep coming back. We are glad to be able to have our customers come into the show and do a sponsorship with the Kentucky Horse Show Series.
Dietrich Insurance will be the Presenting Sponsor for the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The company offers the sport horse community numerous comprehensive equine related insurance products. By staying abreast to the latest market trends, Dietrich Insurance is able to provide programs accommodating individual requirements, through qualified companies at competitive premium prices.
Shawna Dietrich, founder of Dietrich and Company noted, “I am pleased to support such lovely horse shows in my own back yard.” Dietrich and company is located in Lexington and they have been sponsoring the Kentucky Horse Shows for over four years.
The Sleepy P Ranch is a family run horse farm located just outside Dallas, Texas. Suzanne & BG Porter and their sons Wilton & Lucas live on the property together with the boys’ competition horses, the retirement “herd” and a few foals. The property has a 16 stall show barn, a seven stall retirement/rehabilitation barn, a full size grand prix ring with artificial sand footing, a full course of natural obstacles and numerous large pastures for turnout. The family has been involved at the highest level of the sport for a number of years, and will be sponsoring the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classics during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.
“Our family has always loved the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Suzanne Porter. “The rings are great, the footing is great, and the shows are always very organized. We are happy to help the show be able to split the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, to help riders win prize money to qualify for National Championships.”
FarmVet has been coming to Kentucky Horse Shows as a vendor since its inception, and this is the second year that FarmVet became a sponsor. Christian Currey, President of FarmVet commented, “I like sponsoring the Kentucky Horse Shows because I like the management team, the overall facilities, and it attracts a lot of exhibitors and customers. We enjoy being in front of our customers at the horse shows and offering the best services to them. Lexington is a great town.”
As the premier source for animal health products and supplies, FarmVet offers a large selection of equine supplies and pet products including health supplements, horse grooming supplies, and barn equipment.
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
KENTUCKY HORSE SHOWS 2012 HORSE SHOW SERIES FAST FACTS
Events: 2012 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows
The Kentucky Horse Shows 2012 series includes two weeks of top competition during the month of May. These premier hunter/jumper competitions feature a USEF 5* Jumper Rating and a “AA” Hunter rating. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW CSI3* – May 9-13, 2012
$35,000 Welcome Cup
$50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic(US Show Jumping Team Observation Event) $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix(US Show Jumping Team Observation Event)
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC CSI2* – May 16-20, 2012
$32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington
WCHR recognized hunter competition
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet Dietrich Insurance and Sleepy P Ranch.
8am – 5pm daily
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
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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′
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.
CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
CANDLEWOOD SUITES -877-660-8543 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
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 email Christy Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and checkout is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to come earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles will be towed that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time.
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