Hagyard Challenge Series to Feature 2015 $50,000 Leading Rider Award

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pablo Barrios: Winner of the 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award
Pablo Barrios: Winner of the 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will be getting underway next week at the Kentucky Horse Park, and one of the highlight events will be the kick off of the 2015 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. 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 Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held May 6-10, 2015, will feature the lead off event on Thursday evening with the $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*. The top riders from across the nation will gather to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Award. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 13-17, 2015, will host the second $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* on Thursday, May 14.

Later in the year, four more Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Kentucky Summer Classic, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show. 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 $1000 shipping voucher to the Leading Rider and a $500 shipping voucher to the Reserve Champion Leading Rider.

"We are excited once again this year to present another stellar series of grand prix jumping at the Kentucky Horse Park in conjunction with our supporters of the Leading Rider Award," said Dr. Stuart Brown, President of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "This has proven to be one our practice's most anticipated sponsorship events of the year culminating in the finale of the Series with The Betsy in the Alltech Indoor Arena where we will award the $50,000 to the leading rider in the Series.  Additionally, we are pleased that, through the generous support of our sponsors partnered with Hagyard in the Series, we are able to award a reserve champion $10,000 prize to the second place finisher in the Series."

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.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology. For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute please visit

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.

MWI Veterinary Supply Inc. is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and United Kingdom. We offer more than 30,000 products, sourced from over 500 vendors to more than 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide. Product lines include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products.  MWI, proud to the Title sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series, wishes good luck to all of the owners, horses and riders and says Thank You to equine veterinarians for their dedication to the health and well being of the horse. For more information please visit

Hagyard Challenge Presenting Sponsor Zoetis (zō-EH-tis).  Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting you and your horses.  Building on a 60-year history as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, such as WEST NILE-INNOVATOR®, FLUVAC INNOVATOR®, ZYLEXIS®, STRONGID® C 2X, QUEST® AND QUEST PLUS , DORMOSEDAN GEL® AND EXCEDE®.  Zoetis is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Leading Rider Bonus Award.  For more information please visit

Dean Dorton Allen Ford provides unmatched knowledge and expertise in equine industry accounting, tax, technology and business consulting.  The firm's team of equine advisors offers experience, expertise, and proven leadership to clients seeking to successfully adapt to a continually changing equine environment. Dean Dorton Allen Ford is located in Kentucky, known for its world-class horse farms, racing, events and sales. As a result of the firm's commitment to and experience in the equine industry, it serves equine industry clients throughout the U.S. and beyond. For more information, please visit

Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to our customers. From quality new Audis to used cars, we know anyone looking for a new or used car, in or around Lexington, will likely find what they want at our dealership. We carry a comprehensive line of Audi vehicles, including the A3, A4, A5,S5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and TT models, making us a good choice as your Lexington Audi car dealer. Our services include trusted car repairs, original Audi parts, and auto financing help for our customers. Call Audi of Lexington at 866-862-AUDI, or come a visit us. We're conveniently located at 3000 Pink Pigeon Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509, and we are looking forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Audi of Lexington is proud to be a sponsor of the Leading Rider Bonus Award. For more information please visit

Hagyard Pharmacy provides horse owners with quality products at competitive prices.  Hagyard Reflex HA, developed by Hagyard veterinarians, promotes healthy joints and mobility by providing your horse with the highest concentration of HA available.  Hagyard Pharmacy is located across from the Kentucky Horse Park, and offers daily delivery to the Park during show season.  Look to Hagyard, the official pharmacy of the USEF, for all your equine health care needs. Contact us at (859) 281-9511 or online at to learn more!

Hallway Feeds - For over 50 years Hallway Feeds has been a family owned and operated business devoted to providing the highest quality products and services to the equine industry. Combining our wealth of experience with the specific needs of customers has resulted in both a national and international reputation of excellence for Hallway Feeds. For many years, world renowned horse breeders within Kentucky's Bluegrass Region have relied upon Hallway Feeds to care for their highly valued stallions, broodmares and growing horses. Hallway Feeds are a staple in the stables of the leading hunters, jumpers, eventers, racehorse trainers and other equine professionals. With a devotion to the horse industry and unwavering commitment to the most technologically advanced and nutritionally sound products, Hallway Feeds is poised to lead the specialty equine feed manufacturing industry for years to come. For more information please visit

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation - You don't have to be a Grand Prix horse to travel like one - Brook Ledge Horse Transportation is the leading horse transporter in the nation. We pride ourselves in having the finest drivers in the industry and our customers know they can expect exceptional and care for their horses. Whether your horses are champions or companions, they are equally important and will receive the highest care and attention.  Family owned and operated for 55 years, Brook Ledge has become synonymous with comfort, care and safety in horse transportation. For more information please visit  

Pike & Preston (P&P) is a local employee benefits broker built on family and strong values. For over 45 years David Baumgartner, Robert Preston, Dennis Pike and their staff have been providing insurance and employee benefit plan solutions. Our mission is to provide outstanding personal service and assist our clients in protecting their most valuable asset, their employees and family members. Our success has always been based on our key core value, "always doing what is right" and treating every client as though they are our only client. Through continued education and partnerships we strive to become a most trusted advisor and worthy partner to our clients.

Please contact Robin Gall, at (859) 514-4114 or, for more information. Pike and Preston is proud to partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and to be a sponsor of the Leading Rider Bonus Award.

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is a law firm dedicated to its clients. With seven offices in three states and more than 145 attorneys, SKO provides a spectrum of legal services to local, national and international clients. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help clients succeed, and we pride ourselves on raising the practice of law to an art. Learn more at

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Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

The Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition

$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion

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