Lexington, Ky. – March 21, 2017 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that they will be joining forces with Ohio’s World Equestrian Center (WEC) to create an 11-part USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. In addition to the 10 USHJA National Hunter Derby events held at the Kentucky Horse Park and the World Equestrian Center, there will be a $30,000 Series Finale and $30,000 in leading rider bonuses.
The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its eighth year in 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park. As it has grown in prestige and popularity, the Kentucky Horse Shows and the World Equestrian Center have worked together to create a series where amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The dates of the shows are as follows:
- Kentucky Spring Horse Show: May 10-14, 2017
- Kentucky Spring Classic: May 17-21, 2017
- WEC Summer Series I: May 24-28, 2017
- WEC Summer Series II: May 31-June 4, 2017
- Kentucky Summer Horse Show: July 26-30, 2017
- Kentucky Summer Classic: August 1-6, 2017
- WEC Summer Series III: August 9-13, 2017
- Bluegrass Festival Horse Show: August 15-20, 2017
- KHJA: August 23-27, 2017
- Kentucky National: September 20-24, 2017
- WEC Invitational: October 24-29, 2017
The $30,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows Leading Rider Awards will include a $20,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the 11 classes that make up the 2017 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows series. The series-leading amateur and junior riders accumulating the most points will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the finale event during the WEC Invitational.
“I’m excited about this Hunter Derby series collaboration because I have a lot of respect for Hugh and Robby and I truly believe that by working together we will create something very special,” said Brandon Saxton, World Equestrian Center General Manager. “Whether you are a professional, an amateur or a junior rider, this series recognizes the many nice horse and rider combinations at the three-foot level who want to compete at beautiful venues for some really nice prize money.”
Driven by a passion for horses and a commitment to supporting equestrian sports in the United States, the World Equestrian Center aims to return horse showing to its former grandeur while incorporating an element of fun reminiscent of the horse shows of the past. Located in Ohio’s ‘Golden Triangle’ the venue is less than one hour from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton airports and now with an exciting new venue planned for 2018 in Ocala, Florida. For more information please visit www.WEC.net.
2017 KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS SERIES FAST FACTS
Events: 2017 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series
What: The 2017 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Shows series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge series and the USHJA National Hunter Derby series.
Where: The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and home to the United States Equestrian Federation.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – May 10-14, 2017
$35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$25,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Grand Prix
$40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – May 17-21, 2017
$35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$40,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix
5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby
Sponsors: A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hollow Creek Farm, CWD, World Equestrian Center, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, FarmVet, Johnson Horse Transportation, Visse Wedell, Envisian LLC, Equithrive, Dietrich Equine Insurance Services, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., GGT Footing, Winners Circle Trailer Sales and Service and the official hotel, the Clarion.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Parking: Horse show exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main horse park entrance for $15. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
Directions: The Kentucky Horse Park is located eight miles Northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Stabling: Call Pat Duncan 503-510-8797
Before show – Phone: 843-269-4737
During Show – Phone: 859-255-0605
Shopping: Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.
Hotels: Clarion Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn North)
Website – www.clarionhotellex.com
Phone – 859-233-0512
Approximately four miles away from the horse show, discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of two double bed, two queen bed, king rooms or suites and exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet. Home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.
Campground reservations: Reservations may not be made through the horse show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground Store at 800-370-6416 or 859-259-4157, or email Ryan McGaughey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and checkout is noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground Store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2 p.m. or stay later than noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by checkout time will be towed.
Management: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
- O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
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