Lexington, KY- May 13, 2010- On Thursday evening, May 13, 2010 the first of five grand prix events in the Hagyard Challenge Series will occur. The Hagyard Challenge Series is a series of grand prix events that are part of the Kentucky Horse Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Each week competitors will race to accumulate the most points for the final prize of the $50,000 Leading Rider Award. 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.
Dates of the Hagyard Challenge Series are as follows:
May 13: $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix
May 20: $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*
July 29: $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
August 5: $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
August 20: $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix
All grand prix classes will offer the same points. The points are awarded as follows: 1st place-250. 2nd-170, 3rd-120, 4th-100, 5th-80, 6th-70, 7th-60, 8th-50, 9th-40, 10th-30-, 11th-20, 12th-10.
The Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award will be presented following the final event, the $50,000 Hagyard CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix on August 20, 2010. For many of these sponsors the Leading Rider Award has been a program that they have been a part of for consecutive years. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is excited and grateful that they can list these sponsors names and logos as part of the Hagyard Challenge Series.
Nicole Tomlinson from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute commented, “We are very grateful to our sponsors because without them the Leading Rider Award would not be possible. We know the state of the economy has made things hard for everyone right now and we appreciate having these sponsors continued support in addition to the new sponsors that have joined us this year. We look forward to another exciting Hagyard Challenge Series.
About the 2010 Leading Rider Award Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor Adequan®
Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., makers of Adequan® (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan) and Equiphen® (Phenylbutazone) Paste, continue to support the veterinarian profession and equine organizations that are responsible for the health and well being of the horse. Education is the key to better health care and the veterinarian and horse owner can access resources at the following web site www.Adequan® .com to learn more about equine joint health.
Dean Dorton Ford
Dean Dorton Ford is a full-service accounting and business advisory firm providing professional services to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries. Being located in the heart of Central Kentucky, known for its world-class horse businesses, events, and
culture, Dean Dorton Ford has provided extensive accounting, tax and business consulting services to the equine industry since the firm's inception in 1979. Equine industry clients from Kentucky and beyond gain comfort by having Dean Dorton Ford
industry specialists work for them. For more information, please visit www.ddfky.com.
Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal prescription medicines and vaccines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. Pfizer Animal Health’s industry-leading U.S. equine product portfolio—broadened by the acquisition of Fort Dodge—now includes a wide range of biologics, parasiticides and sedatives / analgesics. For more information on how Pfizer Animal Health helps horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com..
Hagyard Flex-Tra 200®
Hagyard Pharmacy brings you Flex-Tra 200, an oral “all-in-one” joint health supplement developed by the surgeons at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Flex-tra 200 contains hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM as well as trace elements and minerals necessary to support equine joint health. Flex-Tra 200 is a convenient, affordable way to promote healthy joints and healthy horses. By the way, 3 of the top 10 finishers at the 2008 Rolex Three Day Event are Flex-Tra 200 consumers! Contact the Hagyard Pharmacy at 888-323-7798 for more information.
Kathleen Sullivan, CIMS, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Kathleen Sullivan is a Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, one of the country’s most highly regarded investment firms. She has also earned the prestigious CIMA designation from the Wharton School of Business
in 2002. As a Financial Advisor in the industry since 1991, Kathleen provides wealth management consulting to individuals who desire a trustworthy professional to help them achieve their financial goals. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is one of the leading providers of comprehensive financial planning and advisory services to high-net-worth investors, institutions, corporations and foundations. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC
Turf Town Properties
Turf Town Properties is proud to be a sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award. Since its founding in 1978, Turf Town Properties has consistently sold fine properties in a broad price range with an emphasis on quality service. They would like to offer their expertise and excellent customer service to farm buyers in the area. Turf Town has agents that specialize in Central Kentucky farm properties. If you would like a real horse person to help you find that perfect horse farm or raw land with horse farm potential, please give one of their farm agents a call. You can visit all Central Kentucky farms at www.lexhorsefarms.com.
Audi of Lexington
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, 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 Award.
The Spa at Griffin Gate
The Spa at Griffin Gate is the only full service spa in Lexington and is located just 5 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park. Unwind with a massage, facial, body scrub, manicure, pedicure or body wrap in our full service spa. Relax in our steam room with eucalyptus spray. Specialty rider treatments available. To book your spa appointment, call 1-859-288-6175 or visit TheSpaAtGriffinGate.com.
About Hagyard Equine Medical Institute:
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, KY, was founded in 1876. The practice, 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 practice, 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.
The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens Open MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The practice has performed veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.
For more information on the practice at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.
For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.