Lexington, Ky. – August 5, 2019 – Brian Moggre has strengthened his lead in the 2019 Hagyard Challenge Series as he aims for the Leading Rider title. Meanwhile in the hunter ring, professional Jeff Gogul is atop the standings in the World Equestrian Center (WEC)/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby series.
After winning the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, the first event in the series, Moggre topped the leaderboard for the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. Several solid placings in the following two grand prix events and a second place finish in the most recent event on Thursday, August 1st extended his lead with a total of 500 points. New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley is currently after the top prize though, earning top placings on several mounts in two of the events for 290 total points. Karl Cook, Salvador Ornate and Samantha Schaefer are all tied for third place with a win a piece in the Kentucky Spring Classic, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show and the Kentucky Summer Classic, respectively, with 250 points each.
Brian Moggre and MTM Vivre Le Reve
The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2019 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. The series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic held during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be announced and presented with a cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
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. Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and well being of the horse. Once again, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will be sponsoring the seven part Hagyard Challenge series, which concludes with the presentation of the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus.
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 http://hagyard.com.
The 2019 Hagyard Challenge Series would like to thank its title sponsor, MWI Animal Health, and its presenting sponsor, Zoetis, as well as Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Audi of Lexington, Pike & Preston, Sallee Horse Vans, Central Kentucky Ag Credit and Hagyard Pharmacy who helped make the thrilling series happen once again.
Ohio’s World Equestrian Center (WEC) has partnered with the Kentucky Horse Shows as the presenting sponsor of the exciting 17 part WEC/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby series, held at the Kentucky Horse Park and WEC. The $10,000 Leading Rider Awards will be presented at the WEC Finale Horse Show at the Ohio WEC venue from October 22-27.
Jeff Gogul and Cortese
Topping the standings for the Leading Rider Award if Jeff Gogul, who has scored two wins and three second place prizes throughout the spring and summer. He has earned 1300 points, while the current runner up, Havens Schatt, has two wins and one second place prize for 725 points. The most recent derby winner, Jennifer Waxman, sits in the third place spot with 625 points.
WEC has also expanded its sponsorship this year to include the all-new WEC 2’6″ Non-Pro Hunter Derby series for junior and amateur riders. This series will also culminate with the first annual WEC $10,000 2’6″Non-Pro Hunter Derby at the WEC Finale Horse Show.
Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the World Equestrian Center features more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled riding space, making it one of the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian sport venues in the world. The state of the art facility features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations as well as 28 weeks of AA rated Hunter/Jumper competition.
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Both series will continue with the Bluegrasss Festival Horse Show, which kicks off on August 13. To learn more about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
2019 Hagyard Challenge Series Standings
2019 World Equestrian Center (WEC)/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby Series Standings