Margie Engle Takes Over the Lead in Hagyard Challenge Series Standings

Margie Engle Takes Over the Lead in Hagyard Challenge Series Standings

Written by: Jenny Ross

Lexington, KY – July 31, 2009 – The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Four of the seven grand prix events have been held at the Kentucky Horse Shows, and Margie Engle currently sits at the top of the standings.

Engle of Wellington, FL, took home first place with Hidden Creek’s Campella in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Summer Classic. She also finished in third place with Tosca 290. At the Kentucky Spring Classic in May, Engle earned third and twelfth in the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Pablo Barrios occupies second place after his win at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

The Hagyard Challenge Series is sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and offers $215,000 in total prize money. The series will award its leading rider with a $50,000 bonus after the final event, held at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show in September. The next grand prix event in the series is the $25,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake, which will be held at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show on August 13.

The $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus is made possible through the gracious efforts of the Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel, Dean, Dorton, & Ford, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hagyard Pharmacy, Kathleen Sullivan, CIMAR, Turf Town Properties, Air 51 and Audi of Lexington.

2009 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS

1. MARGIE ENGLE 500 2. PABLO BARRIOS 400 3. MARIO DESLAURIERS 350 4. KENT FARRINGTON 310 5. HENRI KOVACS 250 6. MIKE MCCORMICK 230 7. ELIZA SHUFORD 200 8. NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO 190 9. MICHAEL MORRISSEY 180 10. REBECCA JOHANSON HOFMAN 170 11. BEEZIE MADDEN 165 12. SAYRE HAPPY 160 13. LJUBOV KOCHETOVA 130 14. RICARDO VILLA 100 15. FRANCIS TRESS ROIG 90 16. TRACY FENNEY 80 17. CHRIS KAPPLER 70 18. CARA RAETHER 65 19. ROBIN SWEELY 50 19. DEBBIE STEPHENS 50 21. DANIEL BLUMAN 40 21. JAMES BENEDETTO 40 21. PETER LEONE 40 24. AARON VALE 30 24. CHRISTINE MCCREA 30 24. KEEAN WHITE 30 27. CHARLIE JAYNE 20 28. RODRIGO LAMBRE 10 28. ANGEL KAROLYI 10 28. TODD MINIKUS 10

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.

image00119Photo Caption: Margie Engle currently leads the Hagyard Challenge Series after her win aboard Hidden Creek’s Campella at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Photo C 2009 Kenneth Kraus/Phelpssports.com. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.