St. Louis, MO - July 28, 2011 - The 2011 St. Louis National Horse Show will be packed with classes guaranteed to please just about every exhibitor. Taking place from Sept. 14-18 at the National Equestrian Center in Lake Saint Louis, MO, the Show is honored to once again host the Regional Maclay Finals, Region 5, on Saturday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The Maclay Regionals will take center stage in the spacious indoor ring on Saturday evening under the watchful eyes of judges Alex Jayne and Linda Andrisani.
This year, the Show is thrilled to also feature a $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which will debut in the outdoor Grand Prix ring at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. "I think this will be a great Derby for both exhibitors and spectators," said Show Manager Tom Blankenship. "The large amount of space we have in the outdoor ring will allow our course designer, Richard Jeffery, to create something really special to ride and to watch."
And jumper riders will take to the outdoor Grand Prix ring on Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. to tackle Jeffery's course for the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show $25,000 Grand Prix. Adding excitement to the events, both the Derby and the Grand Prix offer ringside tailgate parking.
Known for its great hospitality, beautiful Irish Crystal trophies, and many traditional horse show customs, the Show also offers a full complement of classes for jumper and hunter riders at all levels. This year the Charity spotlights and benefits Stray Rescue of St. Louis and Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Photos: Last year's Region 5 and Maclay National Championship winner Hayley Barnhill; Jumper competitor Kristina McKay in the outdoor ring in St. Louis