Lexington, KY - May 9, 2014 - Pablo Barrios has taken the early lead in the 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series by claiming the top spot during Thursday's $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic for the second year in a row. The Venezuelan native rode Zara Leandra to a dominating first place finish with a double clear effort in 40.29 seconds. Hector Florentino of the Dominican Republic is holding the second place position in the standings after claiming the second place award on Thursday aboard Anemone's Vicky. Olympian Margie Engle is currently ranked third in the standings after she went double clear with her veteran mount Indigo to earn the third place honors.
The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September. The second event in the series will be next Thursday during the Kentucky Spring Classic at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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 than 130 years.
The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.
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 Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Kirk Horse Insurance LLC, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.
For more information on the Kentucky Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.
2014 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS
PLACE TOTAL RIDER
1 250 PABLO BARRIOS
2 170 HECTOR FLORENTINO
3 150 MARGIE ENGLE
4 100 CALLAN SOLEM
5 80 GEMMA PATERNOSTER
6 70 EUGINIO GARZA
7 60 EMANUEL ANDRADE
8 50 PETER WYLDE
9 40 SIMON NIZRI
10 30 DENISE WILSON
11 20 KALVIN DOBBS
12 10 ALEX GRANATO