Spring is not far off, and LEG is planning great things for the High Prairie Spring Preview (May 12-15) and Classic (May 19-22) shows at the Colorado Horse Park, with over $90,000 in prize money offered over the course of the two weeks.
After considering suggestions from exhibitors, LEG has made several changes to the prize list. "Our main focus in creating the schedule and planning the classes we offer was to incorporate the feedback we've received from the exhibitors," explained show manager Charlotte Skinner. "Our goal is to run high quality horse shows, using the expertise we have gained over many years in this business, as well as input from the exhibitors."
In response to these suggestions, LEG has added prize money to the Children’s and Adult Amateur hunter and jumper sections. There are some other opportunities to win special prizes, such as the new LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus. The highest ranked professional and the highest ranked non-professional from the USHJA National Hunter Derbies held during the four Langer Equestrian Group horse shows (High Prairie Spring Preview and Classic, and the High Prairie Fall Preview and Classic), as determined by the highest accumulation of prize money from these classes, will each receive a cash prize and special award. Details for the LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus are on the LEG website.
Professionals can also look forward to the Maui Colorado Trainer Incentive, where the trainer whose students earn the most points during the Spring and Fall series will win an eight-day stay at the lovely Maui Marriott Ocean Club on Ka’anapali Beach on Maui. Additionally, the top five trainers each receive a check for $1,000.
"I have loved the Maui trainer incentive," remarked trainer Michael Dennehy, who has won the trip twice. "The Maui trip was so wonderful; it went by too quickly. I love that program because it's such a nice thing that's just for us professionals--most incentives go to the owners and riders, so it's nice that the trainers are recognized. We've been showing at the LEG shows for a very long time, and we definitely plan to show there again this year."
In the Jumper rings, in addition to the added prize money, LEG has made adjustments to the schedule that should improve the experience for both the professional and amateur riders alike. LEG will continue to hold the Variable format Mini Prix each week along with classics and stake classes for every section. Children’s and Adult hunter and jumper riders will also have the opportunity to earn qualifying points for the Children and Adult Finals at the Washington International Horse Show.
Besides great competition, fun is always part of the formula. "We always have a good time at LEG's Colorado shows," trainer Bjorn Ikast reported. "The show is always really well arranged, but we come for the service. They give us good service every time, and they always offer good classes and good prize money. We hope to include them in our schedule again this year."
There are plenty of great classes for hunter riders, as well. On one end of the spectrum, riders asked for the Blue/Red/Yellow/White classes in the schooling sections, and at the other end they can challenge themselves in the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classics or the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, which offer Zone 8 Bonus Points. The derbies will be fun for everyone, with weekly exhibitor parties on the berm featuring the fresh dishes prepared by Chris Meyer.
While some of these changes came about as a result of LEG's years of experience in horse show management, many were the direct result of competitor input. "We welcome comments from exhibitors," commented Charlotte. "We can't honor every request, but we try to meet the ones that are fair and beneficial to the majority of the competitors. We want them to have the best possible experience at our horse shows--that's our goal." She added that all of the changes and increased prize money come with no raise in the entry fees. In fact, some of the fees have been lowered.
Although the Colorado Circuit Preview is inactive for 2011, the Spring and Fall shows at the Colorado Horse Park promise to be ones not to miss. "LEG has really enjoyed being a part of the summer shows for the past 17 years," added Charlotte. "We've enjoyed a good relationship with Helen and her staff at the Colorado Horse Park, and we wish them success in the continuation of the summer shows."
With all the changes made, whether thought up by show management or added because of customer feedback, the 2011 LEG show year in Colorado will be a good one.
The prize list, schedule and entry forms are available on the LEG website at http://langershows.com/colorado/show_details.php?show_id=213.
PhotoCredits: Bjorn Ikast is an enthusiastic supporter of the LEG shows at Colorado Horse Park Photo: Brian Ryder; Michael Dennehy has supported the LEG shows for many years Photo: Brian Ryder; Awards table Photo: Brian Ryder