Lexington, KY - A one-two finish in Friday's $10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake during the KHJA Horse Show has vaulted Venezuela's Emanuel Andrade to the top of the Hagyard Challenge Series standings. The young rider took home the win aboard Boy IV, and finished second with Bon Jovi by just 3/100ths of a second.
Combined with a victory during the Kentucky Spring Classic, Andrade now sits atop the Hagyard Challenge Series standings by 150 points over David Beisel, with only one event remaining. Beisel was victorious during the Bluegrass Festival and is now in second place. Ireland's Shane Sweetnam sits in the third place position, just ahead of young rider Sydney Shulman.
The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2015 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series, as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.
The Series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider will be announced and presented with the prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. New this year, Brook Ledge Horse Transport will be awarding a $1,000 shipping voucher to the Leading Rider and a $500 shipping voucher to the Reserve Champion Leading Rider.
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 wellbeing of the horse. 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: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Pharmacy, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, Hallway Feeds, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.
For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com
Hagyard Challenge Series Standings
PLACE TOTAL RIDER
1 800 EMANUEL ANDRADE
2 650 DAVID BEISEL
3 510 SHANE SWEETNAM
4 410 SYDNEY SHULMAN
5 270 ANDRES RODRIGUEZ
6 250 DANIEL BEDOYA
250 RAMIRO QUINTANA
8 190 MEGAN NUSZ
9 180 REBECCA CONWAY
10 170 BLYTHE MARANO
170 COLIN SYQUIA