Pablo Barrios Retains Lead in Hagyard Challenge Series


Lexington, KY - Pablo Barrios has continued his lead in the 2010 Hagyard Challenge Series after completing a one-two finish in the first $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and earning a second place ribbon in the second $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic held during the 2010 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.

Reed Kessler has now moved into the second place position after winning Thursday's $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The young rider finished fourth in both of the previous events to earn points towards her current standing.

Marilyn-Little Meredith was the first place finisher with Blue Curacao in the second $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Spring Classic and she now holds the third place position in the rankings.

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 next event, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010, during the Kentucky Summer Classic.

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    450    REED KESSLER
3    250    MARILYN LITTLE-MEREDITH
4    190    PAIGE JOHNSON
5    170    DIEGO VIVERO
6    150    CHRISTINE MCCREA
7    130    CANDICE KING
8    120    KATIE DINAN
9    100    MAURICE BEATSON
10    90    GUY THOMAS

Photo Credit: Reed Kessler won the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to move into the second place position in the Hagyard Challenge Series standings. Photo: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com.




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