Lexington, KY - After an exciting second place finish during yesterday's $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Pablo Barrios (VEN) has extended his lead in the 2010 Hagyard Challenge Series. After having a one-two finish during last week's class, Barrios stepped up to the plate again and finished second yesterday with G & C LaGran.
Marilyn-Little Meredith was the first place finisher with Blue Curacao in an exciting 13-horse jump-off during yesterday's competition. Her excellent effort has moved her into the second place position in the standings. Junior rider Reed Kessler has finished fourth during both of the Hagyard events with Mika, and has retained the third place honors in the standings.
The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of five show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented after the $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington Classic held on August 20, 2010, during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.
This award would not be possible without many generous sponsors including presenting sponsor Adequan®; Dean Dorton Ford; Pfizer Animal Health; Hagyard Flex-Tra 200; Kathleen Sullivan, CIMA, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Turf Town Properties; Audi of Lexington; and The Spa at Griffin Gate Resort.
The Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, KY, was founded in 1876. The institute, which is located directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world and is known for its excellence in veterinary medicine. The Hagyard Sport Horse Program, a specialized department at the institute, serves the nation's top sport horse athletes and brings the same level of excellent care to high performance horses that the institute has provided for the race horse and breeding industries for decades.
For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.
2010 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS
PLACE - TOTAL - RIDER
1 610 PABLO BARRIOS
2 250 MARILYN LITTLE-MEREDITH
3 200 REED KESSLER
4 190 PAIGE JOHNSON
5 150 CHRISTINE MCCREA
6 130 CANDICE KING
7 80 SCHUYLER RILEY
80 NORMAN DELLO JOIO
9 60 TODD MINIKUS
10 50 RAMIRO QUINTANA
50 ALEXA PESSOA
50 DEBBIE STEPHENS
13 40 MARGIE ENGLE
14 30 DAVID BEISEL
15 20 KENT FARRINGTON
16 10 ROBERT KRAUT
Photo Credit: Pablo Barrios extended his lead in the Hagyard Challenge Series standings with G & C LaGran. Photo: Rebecca Walton/PMG.