Lexington, KY - March 11, 2015 - The Kentucky Horse Park will be full of action this spring, as the world-class facility hosts two weeks of world-ranking show jumping events. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show Series will be presenting an FEI CSI2* and CSI3* ranked week May 6-17, 2015.
"After not holding FEI competitions at these spring shows for the past two years, we have reinstated FEI status in response to the numerous requests from High Performance riders," said Kentucky Horse Shows Manger Hugh Kincannon. "We are confident that the opportunity to gain Longines Ranking Points will address a legitimate need in North America for more of these FEI classes."
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will mark the first week of competition, from May 6-10, 2015, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The week will feature an FEI CSI2* rating, with the highlights being the $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, kicking off the seven part Hagyard Challenge Series, and the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix on Saturday evening. Both of these FEI classes will count for the Longines Rider Ranking List and the USEF/Rolex Show Jumping Ranking List.
In addition, the $25,000 Bluegrass Classic will be held on Sunday, May 10th and will also count for the USEF/Rolex Show Jumping Ranking List. New this year is a $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix.
Competition will continue the following week with the Kentucky Spring Classic held May 13-17, 2015, with a CSI3* rating. The $34,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, followed by the $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday, May 16, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium during the $127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix. All three of these FEI classes will count for the Longines Rider Ranking List.
The $34,000 Hagyard Classic and the $127,000 Hollow Creek Grand Prix will also count for the USEF/Rolex Show Jumping Ranking List as will the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday, May 17th.
Both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will offer WIHS & NAL classics for Children's & Adult jumper riders as well as $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics.