$50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series Returns to 2017 Kentucky Horse Shows

Lexington, Ky. – April 20, 2017 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will be getting underway in May at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and one of the highlight events will be the kick-off of the 2017 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 2017 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.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held May 10-14, will feature the lead-off event on Thursday evening with the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*. 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 Bonus. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 17-21, will host the second $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* on Thursday, May 18.
Pablo Barrios, winner of last year’s Hagyard Challenge Series
Throughout the summer, 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 Bonus will be announced and presented with the cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
“All of us at Hagyard Equine look forward to this year’s Hagyard Challenge Series and another exciting season of Grand Prix show jumping at the Kentucky Horse Park here in Lexington,” said Stuart Brown, DVM, of Hagyard. “Each year we have been proud to sponsor this series of equestrian competition and to be joined through the generous support of our sponsors of the Leading Rider Bonus in offering this unique feature of summer series of competition. We wish all those participating in this year’s Hagyard Challenge Series the best of luck and we look forward to joining others for these exciting classes at the Kentucky Horse Park as we follow the riders and their horses throughout the competition.”
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.
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 medical and surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and hyperbaric medicine. The practice has performed veterinary medicine for more than 140 years and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of medicine, surgery and theriogenology. For more information on the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit www.hagyard.com.
Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include title sponsor MWI Animal Health and 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.
About the 2017 Hagyard Challenge Series Sponsors:
MWI Animal Health
MWI Animal Health is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and United Kingdom. They 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 Animal Health is proud to be the title sponsor of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge series, and wishes good luck to all of the owners, horses and riders. For more information, please visit www.mwivet.com.
Presenting sponsor, Zoetis (zō-EH-tis), 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® C2X, QUEST® and QUEST® PLUS, DORMOSEDAN GEL® and EXCEDE®. Zoetis is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Hagyard Challenge series. For more information, please visit www.zoetis.com.
Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
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 and proven leadership to clients seeking to successfully adapt to a continually changing equine environment. Dean Dorton is located in Kentucky, known for its world-class horse shows, racing, and farms. As a result of the firm’s commitment to and experience in the equine industry, it serves clients throughout the U.S. and beyond. For more information, visit www.deandorton.com.
Audi of Lexington
Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to their customers from quality new Audis to used cars. Audi of Lexington carries a comprehensive line of Audi vehicles including the A3, A4, A5, S5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7 and TT models. Their services include trusted car repairs, original Audi parts and auto financing help for their customers. Call Audi of Lexington at 866-862-AUDI or visit them on-site. They’re conveniently located at 3000 Pink Pigeon Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509, and are looking forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Audi of Lexington is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Hagyard Challenge series. For more information, please visit www.audioflexington.com.
Pike & Preston
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. Their mission is to provide outstanding personal service and assist their clients in protecting their most valuable assets – their employees and family members. Pike & Preston’s success has always been based on the key core value of doing what is right and treating every client as though they are their only client. Through continued education and partnerships, Pike & Preston strives to become a trusted advisor and worthy partner to their clients. Please contact Robin Gall at 859-514-4114 or rgall@pikeandpreston.com for more information. Visit their website at www.pikeandpreston.com. Pike & Preston is proud to partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in sponsoring the 2017 Hagyard Challenge series.
Sallee Horse Vans
For over 45 years, Sallee Horse Vans’ reputation for blue ribbon customer service is based on their family approach and the fact that everyone at Sallee is a “horse person.” From seasoned drivers to general staff to front office personnel, they all understand and care about the industry and, most importantly, the well being of your horses. Sallee Horse Vans’ 360-degree approach ensures that your horses arrive calm and safe. Their staff knows horses and what it takes to move them safely across town or from coast-to-coast. Sallee Horse Vans possess video and communications equipment to constantly monitor your horses and keep drivers in constant contact. Top quality maintenance on their equipment ensures safety, comfort and on-time deliveries. Contact Sallee Horse Vans and learn how they’ve earned their reputation for being the world’s premier horse transportation company. You can trust Sallee to do the job. Visit their website at www.salleehorsetransport.com.
Hagyard Pharmacy
Hagyard Pharmacy, the official pharmacy of US Equestrian, is a full-service pharmacy available to all horse owners and caretakers. Recognized throughout the industry for our equine knowledge and expertise, Hagyard Pharmacy is your source for all of your horses’ healthcare needs. The veterinarians at Hagyard developed Resolvet, the new and growing line of products available exclusively from Hagyard Pharmacy. Headlined by the newest addition, RelyneGI for gastric support, the Resolvet line includes ReflexHA and Reflex200 for joint support, RelyteHAelectrolyte paste, Repair hoof oil and Relieve antidiarrheal paste. Hagyard Pharmacy is located across from the Kentucky Horse Park, and offers daily delivery to the park during show season. Look to Hagyard for all of your equine and small animal healthcare needs. Call Hagyard Pharmacy at 859-281-9511 or visit them online at www.hagyardpharmacy.com to learn more!
Central Kentucky Ag Credit
Central Kentucky Ag Credit is a local financial cooperative serving farmers and rural residents within the 17 central Kentucky counties. Ag Credit has seven full-service offices located in Danville, Frankfort, Lebanon, Lexington, Paris, Richmond and Stanford. Central Kentucky Ag Credit has been serving the Bluegrass Region since 1934, and provides farm and home loans as well as loans for equipment, livestock and farm operating needs. Visit our website at www.AgCreditOnline.com.
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com. To request a prize list please email prizelist@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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