Lexington, KY- May 1, 2009 - The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows’ management company, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, is pleased to announce that the hunter/jumper competition’s prize list is currently available online. The Kentucky Summer Series, held at the Kentucky Horse Park, will feature four weeks of exciting competition, including the Kentucky Summer Horse Show held from July 22-26, the Kentucky Summer Classic held from July 29- August 2, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show held from August 12-16, and the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show held from August 19 - August 23.
The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are a part of the Hagyard Challenge Series. The series offers a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus to the rider who accumulates the most points in the series. Four of the series events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will host the series' third event, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, on the Thursday, July 23, and the Kentucky Summer Classic will feature the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, July 30. The Bluegrass Festival will host another $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, August 13. The KHJA Horse Show will feature the $30,000 KHJA Grand Prix on Saturday, September 1, which is also a part of the Hagyard Challenge Series.
The Kentucky Summer Series also offers top prize money grand prix events every Saturday. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be featuring the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix on July 25 in the Walnut Arena. The $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix sponsored by Air 51 and Audi of Lexington will be taking place during the Kentucky Summer Classic August 1. The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show will be hosting the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix August 15. The Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital increased this event's prize money this year from $30,000 to $50,000 to show their continued support for the exceptional job Kentucky Horse Shows LLC does in producing the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the Kentucky Summer Series.
The KHJA Horse Show will be featuring the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, presented by Dietrich Insurance and featuring Walsh Harness and Saddlery. The finals will be taking place Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22. The top 75 horses in the standings as of June 1, 2009 will qualify to compete for $100,000 in prize money.
This year's Kentucky Summer Horse Show will also be running concurrent at the Kentucky Horse Park with the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North. The jumping events for the championships will be taking place in the new outdoor stadium, so spectators will have the opportunity to experience both events.
Following the Kentucky Summer Classic, the Kentucky Horse Park will host the USEF Pony Finals for the fifth year in a row. The USEF Pony Finals will take place from August 5 -9 and will feature the nation's premier pony hunters competing for top honors.
The Kentucky Summer Series will feature a number of new additions to its prize list, including the 3'3'' Amateur-Owner Hunter division, the Baby Green Hunter division, the Intermediate Children's and Adult Hunter divisions, the Low Children's and Adult Jumper divisions, and the Low, Medium and High Schooling Jumper divisions.
The Kentucky Summer Series features a top-notch facility at the Kentucky Horse Park for the best possible cost. The OTTO Riding Arena Mat system has been installed in the Walnut Ring, the Stonelea Ring, and the new outdoor stadium, and has received excellent reviews. Despite the many improvements the Kentucky Summer Horse Show Series features, their overall pricing continues to be less than comparable horse shows. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC continued to keep their pricing the same for the 2009 show season, and the exhibitors will still only see improvements in their horse show experience.
To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows or to download the prize list, please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.