Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC Announces 2011 Dates for Spring Competitions

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, one of the leading horse show management companies in the nation, is pleased to announce the dates for the 2011 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. With two weeks of exciting hunter/jumper shows at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are always a highlight event. The first week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, will be held from May 11-15, and the Kentucky Spring Classic will follow during the week of May 18-22, 2011.

This stellar horse show series attracts top riders from across the country to participate in their exciting jumper classes and grand prix events. With two grand prix events each week, show jumping riders have the opportunity to compete for over $340,000 dollars in prize money.

Each week the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will feature the $31,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*, where riders will have the opportunity to compete for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. These two classes will kick-off the Hagyard Challenge Series, consisting of seven grand prix classes held during the 2011 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final Hagyard event the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus will be awarded to the year’s top rider following the completion of this exciting event.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also feature the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on May 15 and the Kentucky Spring Classic will feature the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix to be held on Saturday, May 21. Both of these classes will be held in the spacious Outdoor Stadium that hosted the show jumping events for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesT.

The show series offers top-notch rated hunter divisions with high-tech surfaces designed by the German company OTTO Sport-und Reitplatz GmbH. The first week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, is a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) recognized hunter competition. The WCHR is an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, and the awards are presented, on both a national and regional level, to Pony, Junior, Amateur, Professional, Adult and Children’s hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will also feature the USHJA International Hunter Derby being held Saturday, May 14, in the Main Stadium.

While competing at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, exhibitors and their families can also explore downtown Lexington, which features fine dining and shopping. The beautiful Lexington area offers numerous hotel accommodations near the horse show facilities and the main downtown area.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Pablo Barrios

Photo Credit: Pablo Barrios dominated the 2010 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.