Lexington, KY - The Split Rock Jumping Tour, the new international show jumping show series set to create an "unparalleled show jumping experience" in the U.S., is excited to announce that internationally renowned course designer, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil, the Course Designer for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, will also be the official Course Designer for its 2015 inaugural FEI 3* event, The Lexington International CSI 3* on May 22-24.
Guilherme has been designing courses at the best venues around the world for over 20 years, including the 2005 and 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, the Hampton Classic, Spruce Meadows, the Winter Equestrian Festival and countless other international competitions throughout Europe and the Americas.
"We are thrilled to welcome Guilherme as the Course Designer for our debut event," said Derek Braun, Founder and President of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. "He is an internationally renowned designer who creates amazing courses all over the world. He is well respected by the riders and show organizers and we're honored he will be utilizing his experience at our inaugural show."
The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and will give competitors, sponsors and spectators an "Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience" by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S. Split Rock offers a world-class venue with a pristine grass jumping field, top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, horses, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail.
The Tour's second show, the Bourbon International CSI 3*, will take place October 9-11. Both events will be held at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY, "the Horse Capital of the World", and are sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation ( FEI) as 3* international competitions that will allow riders to earn FEI points without having to travel to Europe.
The Split Rock Hospitality Experience will include private ringside tables, top-of-the line dining, Gala tickets, lounge seating, music, dancing, access to the VIP Spa Indulge Zone, and exclusive boutique shopping. Spectators will also enjoy an "Unparalleled Experience" including a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Zone, a Beer Garden with live music, as well as giveaways.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend both horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.