Lexington, Ky. – May 1, 2017 – Capping off successful circuits at some of the winter equestrian destinations including Wellington, Florida and Ocala, Florida, as well as other places throughout the country, some of the nation’s premiere talent in show jumping will return to the Kentucky Horse Park this spring in hopes of achieving prestigious titles and great prize money in the heart of the horse capital of the world.
Hosted by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, this year’s Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series features two weeks of quality hunter/jumper events that will run from May 10-21, 2017.
The FEI CSI3* Show Jumping event will feature international and national competition for horses and riders of all levels at the world-class venue.
One of the first jumper highlights will be during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, which will be held May 10-14. The $35,000 Welcome Speed will kick off competition in Rolex stadium on Wednesday, followed by the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday to kick off the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series. On Saturday, fans will watch as the best of the best vie for the coveted $130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix title. All three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List and the Thursday and Saturday classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List.
Eugenio Garza and Bariano won the Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix at the
2016 Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Furthermore, the featured national classes will be the $40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, which will count towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List, and the $25,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 14.
The second part of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will be the Kentucky Spring Classic, which will run the following week from May 17-21, also with a FEI CSI3* rating. The $35,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, prior to the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus.
On the evening of Saturday, May 20, horses and riders will gather to show under the lights of Rolex Stadium for the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. Once again, all three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List. Thursday and Saturday’s classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List.
The featured national classes are the $40,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix on Sunday in the Rolex Stadium, which counts towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List and the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, which will occur on Sunday, May 21. Both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows will offer $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics qualifiers.