2012 Hagyard Challenge Series to Feature Thoroughbred Award


Lexington, KY - May 17, 2012 - Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, is pleased to announce that the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series will feature a high point Thoroughbred Award. The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a $10,000 prize will be presented to the high point Thoroughbred participating in the Series. To be eligible for the Thoroughbred award, horses must be registered with the Jockey Club or have a verifiable lip tattoo.

Dr. Stuart Brown, President of Hagyard commented, "This award is in keeping with Hagyard's commitment to Thoroughbreds. Since we were founded in 1876, we have had a vested interest in the Thoroughbred industry through the relationships with our traditional clients in the Bluegrass. We want to encourage and reward those who seek opportunities for second careers for these horses in athletic endeavors beyond flat racing."

The kick-off event, the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, was held last week during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Beezie Madden currently leads the standings for the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus, after winning the first competition with Simon.

Tonight, the Kentucky Spring Classic, will host the second class, the $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*. Later in the year, four more Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and the KHJA Horse Show. The Series concludes with the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier held on September 21, 2012, during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner for the $50,000 Leading Rider Award and the $10,000 high point Thoroughbred will be announced and presented with the prize by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

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 well being of the horse for more than 135 years.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens Open MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 135 years and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit http://hagyard.com.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: presenting sponsor Pfizer Animal Health, Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, J.P. Morgan, Hallway Feeds, MWI Veterinary Supply, Powell-Walton-Milward, Kirk Horse Insurance, LLC, and Stoll Keenon Ogden Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal prescription medicines and vaccines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. Pfizer Animal Health's industry-leading U.S. equine product portfolio-broadened by the acquisition of Fort Dodge-now includes a wide range of biologics, parasiticides and sedatives / analgesics. For more information on how Pfizer Animal Health helps horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit  www.PfizerAH.com. Proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Leading Rider Bonus Award.

Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC is a full-service accounting and business advisory firm providing services to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries. With Central Kentucky being known for its world-class horse businesses and culture, Dean Dorton Allen Ford has offered extensive accounting, tax, business consulting, and technology services to the equine industry since the firm's inception. Equine industry clients from Kentucky and beyond gain comfort in working with Dean Dorton Allen Ford's industry specialists who give unparalleled personal attention while providing accurate, timely services that exceed clients' expectations. For more information, please visit www.ddafcpa.com.

Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to our customers. From quality new Audis to used cars, we know anyone looking for a new or used car, in or around Lexington, will likely find what they want at our dealership. We carry a comprehensive line of Audi vehicles, including the A3, A4, A5,S5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and TT models, making us a good choice as your Lexington Audi car dealer. Our services include trusted car repairs, original Audi parts, and auto financing help for our customers. Call Audi of Lexington at 866-862-AUDI, or come a visit us. We're conveniently located at 3000 Pink Pigeon Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509, and we are looking forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Audi of Lexington is proud to be a sponsor of the Leading Rider Bonus Award.

Hagyard Flex-tra HA - Hagyard Pharmacy is a nationwide leader in providing the equine industry with the highest quality pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Backed by over 50 Hagyard veterinarians, Hagyard pharmacy offers excellence in service and expertise. We are conveniently located on the campus of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, across the street from the Ky Horse Park or visit us online at www.hagyardpharmacy.com.

Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc., have over 20 years experience. We provide, top notch, state of the art equipment, and experienced horsemen who take great pride in giving your horses the same love and care that they get at home. Our knowledgeable drivers and friendly staff help to set Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. apart to be simply one of the best carriers in the business. Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. has built a valued, lasting reputation with the horse community as well as being a respected member of the National Horse Carriers Association. Put your mind at ease and let Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. be your first call. Visit www.johnsonhorsetransportation.com for more information.

Stoll Keenon Ogden is an established law firm representing clients on levels local and international with notable successes in Kentucky's signature industries. Since 1897, our commitment to client service is demonstrated by enduring relationships built on honest, experienced and trusted counsel. With offices in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Henderson and Morganfield, SKO offers a wide range of practices in order to best serve our diverse clientele. Learn more at www.skofirm.com.

For over 45 years Hallway Feeds has been a family owned and operated business devoted to providing the highest quality products and services to the equine industry. Combining our wealth of experience with the specific needs of customers has resulted in both a national and international reputation of excellence for Hallway Feeds. For many years, world renowned horse breeders within Kentucky's Bluegrass Region have relied upon Hallway Feeds to care for their highly valued stallions, broodmares and growing horses. Hallway Feeds are a staple in the stables of the leading racehorse trainers, hunters, jumpers, eventers, and other equine professionals. With a devotion to the horse industry and unwavering commitment to the most technologically advanced and nutritionally sound products, Hallway Feeds is poised to lead the specialty equine feed manufacturing industry for years to come.

MWI Veterinary Supply Inc. is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and United Kingdom. We offer more than 30,000 products, sourced from over 500 vendors to more than 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide. Product lines include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products.

Powell-Walton-Milward is a fourth generation family business and has served the Lexington area since 1852 as the successor of the King Agency. PWM has grown to employ over 50 professionals who provide commercial and personal product lines and employee benefits for our clients.

Kirk Horse Insurance, LLC is an industry leader in providing horse related insurance, and the sponsor of the 2012 high point Thoroughbred Award. Over 30 years ago, the company began with the simple premise that horse insurance should be changed to offer broader and more straight-forward coverage for horse owners. Today, we continue to be firmly dedicated to providing the best possible coverage options for horse owners. Our staff is comprised of experts in both insurance and the horse business, and we take great pride in guiding you through the complexities of this very specialized area of insurance. For more information, please visit online at www.kirkhorse.com.

For more information about Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, in 2012, please go to  www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Beezie Madden and Simon Lead the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG.




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