Olympic Veterans and Other Stars Set for Inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour

Posted in Show Jumping at 3:19 pm by EPR

An International Roster of Champions Will Light Up Lexington, May 22-24

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2015 – There’s a new buzz in the air around Lexington, KY, “the Horse Capital of the World,” as anticipation builds for the debut of the Split Rock Jumping Tour, May 22-24 at Split Rock Farm.  The vision of veteran show jumper Derek Braun is about to come to fruition.  Promising an “unparalleled show jumping experience” for riders, spectators, and sponsors, the Split Rock Jumping Tour plans to deliver a revolutionary sporting event.

A CSI3* international event at a world-class venue that includes a pristine grass jumping field, top prize money, extravagant awards, and the promise of a unique full-service Rider Hospitality Experience, the Split Rock Jumping Tour has drawn an international group of top competitors, with entries continuing to roll in. Along with a superlative experience, the three star distinction from the FEI allows riders to earn world-ranking points here on American soil.

Among the high-profile show jumpers will be:

  • the youngest Olympic equestrian ever and Longines Rising Star Award recipient Reed Kessler;
  • Olympic veteran and 10-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year Margie Engle;
  • Olympic veteran Pablo Barrios of Venezuela who is representing Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as part of the All-Inclusive Entry Sponsor Package provided at Split Rock;
  • Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington; and
  • most recent winner of the $1,000,000 Great American Million Grand Prix, the first alternate to the 2012 Olympic and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. teams, Charlie Jayne;

Joining them in the field are2011 Pan American Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist

Christine McCrea; 1999 Pan American Games team Silver Medalist and the top U.S. finisher at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games Alison Robitaille; and the first alternate to the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. team, Candice King.

Alongside these venerable names will be a galaxy of young show jumping stars, including 2013 NAJYRC Junior Individual Gold Medalist Eugenio Garza Perez of Mexico; winner of the 2012 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Amateur-Owner Eastern Division, Meagan Nusz; Ali Wolff, who recently rode the only double-clear at the Nations’ Cup in Mexico to help clinch the win for the United States; and the winner of the 2015 Nutrena Spring I Grand Prix at Wellington, Kaitlin Campbell.

 In addition to the chance to see many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in world-class show jumping competition, spectators will also have the chance to enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles and cash giveaways!

The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend both horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.

Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, including a detailed schedule and how to order tickets, is available on line at the Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by emailing info@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.


Amberway Equine Renews Sponsorship of Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm

Posted in Amerberway Equine, Competitions, Spy Coast Farm's Young Horse Show at 6:57 pm by EPR

Midway, Kentucky – April 11, 2015 – Amberway Equine, a leading supplier of barn and arena products for private and professional equestrian facilities, has renewed its sponsorship of Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show, scheduled for May 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Amerberway Equine is just one of the sponsors of the show, which is part of Spy Coast’s Young Horse Show (YHS) Series, an age-appropriate competitive series for young horses that provides a suitable environment for them to begin their careers, embracing and rewarding the pre-eminent qualities of sport horses, aged yearling through five, that have been bred specifically for the Olympic disciplines.”We are delighted to sponsor the Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm again this year,” said Brian Lynch, owner of Amberway Equine. “The shows are very important to the U.S. sport horse industry in that they demonstrate and recognize the top quality horses that are being bred in this country.”

The 2015 YHS season consists of a total of nine qualifiers in nine different States. Each show includes five divisions including free jumping, in-hand, and under saddle classes in dressage and jumping. Schooling classes under saddle for six and seven year-old sport horses has also been introduced this year. Horses may compete in more than one division and/or class within their age group.  The last qualifier and YHS Final will be held on November 6-7 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  The YHS was created in 2009 by Jean Yves Tola, the directors of the North American Studbook, and other professionals from the sport horse industry including equestrian entrepreneur, Mark Bellissimo, and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm.

Amberway Equine has locations in Wellington, Tryon and Midway, Kentucky, just outside Lexington. Amberway is also present at many of the biggest horse shows around the country. Following its 12 weeks at Winetr Equestrian Festival, Amberway was at the Global Champions Tour in Miami and is now heading to the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

About Amberway Equine

Amberway Equine is the one-stop destination for equine products for the private facility, large and small boarding facilities and racing operations. Amberway carries a wide selection of barn and arena products like StableComfort by Promat, Pavesafe Rubber Pavers, Stall Grid, HDPE Fencing, EquiLumination Equine Lighting, Lucas Equine Horse Stalls & Gates, Arena Footing, Cool Barns Fans, Kraft Horse Walkers, Treadmills, Therapeutic Solutions, Fly Spray System and other quality equine equipment. Amberway works with customers from conception to completion and is always available to design, consult, supply and install.

A visit to Amberway’s design center in Midway, Kentucky or to one of its mobile design centers at horse shows across the country provides an opportunity to experience their products first hand. For more information about Amberway or to set up an appointment, please visit www.AmberWayEquine.com, call 248-431-1875, or email info@AmberWayEquine.com.

For more information about Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show Series, please visit www.spycoastfarm.com/initiatives/young-horse-shows


Enter Online Now for Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Inaugural Lexington International CSI 3*

Posted in Announcement, Attractions, Competitions, Show Jumping at 9:27 am by EPR

Lexington, KY – March 26, 2015 – The Split Rock Jumping Tour, the new international show jumping show series held at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, “the Horse Capital of the World,” has launched the online entry system for its inaugural FEI 3* event, The Lexington International CSI 3*, held May 22-24.

Competitors and their teams may now complete online entries on the Split Rock Jumping Tour website at http://splitrockjumpingtour.com/competitor. Details of the All-Inclusive Entry Packages and classes available can be found within the prize list and show schedule, both also located on their website.

“We are excited to have the ShowGrounds Live online entry system on our website and we encourage competitors to register early, as entries will be limited,” said Derek Braun, Founder and President of Split Rock Jumping Tour. “One of the biggest perks of the online entry system is easily selecting one of our All-Inclusive Entry Packages with the option to add on additional amenities for convenient registering and check-out.”

Convenient online entries and All-Inclusive Entry Packages are just a few of the ways in which the Split Rock Jumping Tour is committed to creating an unparalleled experience for each competitor and their team.


The Lexington International is sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) as a 3* international competition that will allow riders to earn FEI points without having to travel to Europe. Featured classes include the $100,000 FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix, $40,000 FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix, $35,000 FEI CSI 3* Speed Cup and $15,000 Under 25 Young Rider Cup, all of which will all take place on pristine grass in The Rock Jumping Field.

Additional classes rounding out the class roster will be the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper, Low Junior/Amateur-Owner  Jumper, 1. 40m Jumper, 1.30m Jumper, 1.20m Jumper and the 1.10m Jumper.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and will give competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S.  Split Rock offers a world-class venue with a pristine grass jumping field, top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, horses, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail. All riders are required to dress in formal attire, and riders receiving ribbons will be required to ride their horse into the arena for the ribbon presentation and participate in the award ceremonies.

The Split Rock Hospitality Experience will include private ringside tables, top-of-the line dining, Gala tickets, lounge seating, music, dancing, access to the VIP Spa Indulge Zone, and exclusive boutique shopping. The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend the horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.

Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour is available online at the Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by e-mailing info@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marty Bauman at Marty@SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by calling 508-698-6810 extension 10.


Brooke USA, World’s Largest International Equine Welfare Charity, Joins Forces with Phelps Media Group

Posted in Equine Welfare at 12:26 am by EPR

For Immediate Release by Kenneth Kraus
for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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 Brooke USA, World’s Largest International Equine Welfare Charity, Joins Forces with Phelps Media Group


Wellington, FL – February 13, 2015 –

Phelps Media Group, the nation’s leading equestrian public relations company, today announced the signing of Brooke USA to their impressive roster of world-wide clients.

Brooke USA is the American fundraising arm of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity that also helps people and has been assisting working animals: horses, donkeys, mules and their owners in developing countries for more than 80 years. The organization’s president is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Great Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles.


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall and 

Prince Charles visiting the Brooke’s work in Eqypt.

While the Brooke is headquartered in London, Brooke USA has been based at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the past two years.

A unique charity, Brooke USA focuses on raising awareness and funds for programs that alleviate suffering among working animals, which in turn improves the lives of the families that count on those animals for their daily survival. It is estimated that there are more than 100 million working equines in the developing world. Approximately 80% are suffering from chronic dehydration, exhaustion, malnutrition and outright abuse. Poor families count on these horses, mules and donkeys as their lifeline, and as such, the animals are required to perform difficult, grueling tasks and back-breaking labor under some of the world’s harshest conditions. At the same time, the poor families need these animals just to survive their daily routines.

The Brooke is in constant outreach to those families and to the working animals who serve them diligently.

Last year alone, the Brooke reached more than 1.4 million working horses, donkeys and mules, benefitting several million people in 11 of the world’s poorest countries. Their goal is to reach at least two million animals each year by 2016.

Her Royal Highness has said, “Having seen for myself the wonderful work the Brooke does in their clinics in Cairo and in Pakistan to help the suffering working animals, it makes me incredibly proud to be the President of this unique charity and to follow its course with enormous interest.”

“Phelps Media Group is equally proud to represent Brooke USA in the incredible work they’re doing, away from the spotlight of the type of horses we’re all used to working with,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of Phelps Media Group International. “If we can help get the word out, here in this country, regarding the hard and challenging work this amazing charity does, then we’ve done our job. We’re delighted to have Brooke USA join our growing family.”

Petra Ingram, the CEO of the Brooke said, “The purpose of Brooke USA is to support the world-wide programs of the Brooke in alleviating the suffering of the working equines, thus improving the lives of the families who need them,” she noted. “Americans have a close affinity with horses and at the same time, are exceedingly generous to the poor, so we believe this will be an excellent partnership.”


            This exhausted and overloaded donkey in Pakistan is an 

           example of the animals Brooke USA is working to save.

Brooke USA supports the overseas work of the Brooke, including a world-wide staff of approximately 1,000 people across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central America. They provide free veterinary care for the animals and better husbandry skills for the owners.

For more information about Brooke USA, visit their website at: www.BrookeUSA.org.


Canadian Pacific Ups the Ante with National Horse Show Title Sponsorship

Posted in National Horse Show at 8:30 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – February 3, 2015 – – The National Horse Show announced today a new sponsorship with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) that brings them on board as the title sponsor of this prestigious and long running show. The overall event will now be known as the CP National Horse Show. The showreturns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, onOctober 27th through November 1st, 2015.

With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 5* show by the FEI. The International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

 The CP National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row,  received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was again named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in back to back years.

Hunter Harrison, the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway and Chairman of the Board of the National Horse Show Association of America said of the new sponsorship, “The National Horse Show, one of America’s really special equestrian events, is a great showcase for Canadian Pacific as we continue to increase our participation in the United States.”

“The National Horse Show is honored with the title sponsorship from Canadian Pacific,” said Mason Phelps Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Foundation. “CP has been so generous to the National Horse Show and CEO Hunter Harrison is really to be commended for his support of show jumping worldwide and here in Lexington. The National Horse Show and horse show enthusiasts from around the country owe a huge debt of gratitude to Hunter, his family and to Canadian Pacific.”

Hunter Harrison, the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway and Chairman of the Board of the National Horse Show

“I think the title sponsorship gives us a chance to really step up and the National Horse Show is a great place to do it,” Harrison continued. “It’s a wonderful show with a great deal of tradition and the venue in Kentucky will help us establish a better position in the world of show jumping in Lexington, the horse capital of America.”

This year, in addition to the CP National Horse Show, Lexington will draw people from around the globe for the 2015 edition of the Breeder’s Cup.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canadian Pacific owns approximately 14,000 miles of track across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

Canadian Pacific is noted for their excellent and reliable service. What used to arrive today now gets there yesterday. We’re helping our customers become more competitive and grow their businesses with faster and more reliable transit times.CP knows that their customers want a service that provides the greatest assurance their goods will be on shelves, not stuck en-route.


The CP National Horse Show kicks off in Lexington on October 27th and runs through November 1st, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY


Happy New Year: \^*^/2015\^*^/

Posted in My Thoughts at 12:44 am by Thomas

Happy New Year to all horse and non-horse people a like.  I hope 2015 brings you much success and joy, and for us horse people, many sunset rides.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Happy 9th Anniversary!

Posted in My Thoughts at 9:15 pm by Thomas

It was 9 years ago that it was announced that Kentucky had landed the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, to be named later the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, and I launched my endeavor to support those Games.  This blog in its current format however wasn’t deployed until the 20th of that same month and I would of never imagined that 9 years would go by so fast.  My hope of course is that in another 3 years we are talking about our successful bid for the 2022 Games as well as counting down to the 2018 Games in Bromont.

I would be a miss if I did not honor another anniversary on this date, the 73rd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor which thrust our country into World War II and the Greatest Generation that gave their all to protect this Great Country.  Without that Generation, some of which were my Grand Parents and friend’s Grand Parents I suspect things would be very different today and I doubt I would have the luxury to create this blog or maybe, the internet would not exist at all.  So my hat is off and I salute all those that have come before me to make this country the great nation that it is.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Congratulations to Beezie Madden

Posted in Competitions, National Horse Show, Show Jumping at 9:59 pm by Thomas

Wanted to give a quick shout out to Beezie Madden and CORTES ‘C’ on their win Saturday in the $250,000 Grand Prix at the 2014 National Horse Show here at the Kentucky Horse Park.  I also send congratulations to Abigail Wexner, CORTES ‘C benefactor(I prefer over owner) on this win and all that she does in supporting the Equestrian World.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Dover Saddlery Joins with National Horse Show as Presenting Sponsor of ASPCA Maclay Championship

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:24 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 30, 2014 – – The National Horse Show, now underway at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, is proud to announce that Dover Saddlery has joined forces as the presenting sponsor of this year’s ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship which takes place as the concluding class on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Dover Saddlery offers the finest selection of English riding apparel and tack for English riders at all levels and is well known for its vast inventory of equestrian products. Dover prides itself on its tack stores which are designed to evoke a premier horse barn and are beautifully merchandised with saddles, tack, apparel and horse care items.

Dover was recently voted favorite tack store by readers of the equestrian publication Equestrian Quarterly.

In addition to the presenting sponsorship of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Dover is generously donating prizes for the always popular Barn Night, including a wheelbarrow full of barn supplies and two gift certificates.

“We are glad to welcome Dover Saddlery to the National Horse Show,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Association of America. “The ASPCA Maclay is the highlight event for our young riders and we’re delighted to have the name Dover Saddlery associated with such an important class.”

Dover Saddlery’s Janet Nittman noted, “We wanted to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to be associated with a nationally renowned class. Dover Saddlery has been a long-time sponsor of the USHJA and of many equestrian events throughout the country,” she said. “Dover offers the widest selection of quality products for the hunter/jumper riders and it is very rewarding to sponsor and to meet many of our customers at the various shows. We look forward to being in Lexington for the Maclay.”

On Sunday history will come full circle as former Maclay winner Peter Wylde (1982) will award the trophy to the winner of the 2014 ASPCA Alfred. B. Maclay Championship. Wylde will be bestowing the honor on behalf of his longtime sponsor Dover Saddlery, first time sponsors of the Maclay at the National Horse Show this year.


Wylde won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in 1982. Like many of his peers who achieve the honor, Wylde chose a career as a professional rider and went on to represent the United States in international competition earning team and individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999 as well as the Male Equestrian of the Year title from the United States Olympic Committee.

In 2002, Wylde and Fein Cera won the individual bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, where Fein Cera was awarded the coveted “Best Horse” honor. The pair was again chosen to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where they helped the U.S. to win the team gold.

Wylde’s classic riding style has earned leading rider titles from some of the world’s finest horse shows including the Washington International Horse Show, the CSI-W Geneva, and the CSN Manheim. He has won the Style of Riding Awards at the CHIO Aachen, Germany, the CSI Vienna, Austria; at the American Gold Cup; and three times at the Hampton Classic.

Peter Wylde, pictured here on Sandor de la Pomme, will present the ASPCA Maclay trophy for Dover Saddlery at the National Horse Show on Sunday.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show are available at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

USHJA Wheeler Museum Features National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:21 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY- October 30, 2014The National Horse Show is one of the oldest shows in the history of the United States. Founded in New York in 1883, the National Horse Show was originally held at Madison Square Garden. Since then, it has expanded exponentially, finding its current home at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

During the National Horse Show, visit the exhibit, A Sporting Tradition: Iconic Horse Shows Across the United States at the USHJA Wheeler Museum. The museum is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The featured exhibit will be hosting special hours and refreshments this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum is located at the USHJA Headquarters. Don’t miss out on this opportunity while visiting the Kentucky Horse Park for the iconic National Horse show.


Breeder’s Cup Wagering Available During National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:16 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY- October 27, 2014 – Off-site wagering for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup races will be available at the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., andSaturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Both walk-up and drive-thru wagering will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the arena, and signs will be posted directing guests along the way.  Park admission is not required and parking will be free.

Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the National Horse Show, America’s oldest indoor horse show, both Fridayand Saturday, which is taking place at the park Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. Admission to the show is free both days that Breeders’ Cup wagering is offered until 6 p.m., then is $8 in advance/$10 at the door on Friday night and $16 in advance/$20 at the door on Saturday night after 6 p.m.Children 12 and under are free. 

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars, and has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park since 2011. Show jumping elite from around the globe will be competing at the event for numerous prestigious titles, including the ASPCA/NHSAA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship, and more than $750,000 in cash prizes, the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.

For more information about the National Horse Show, or ticket information for Thursday or Sunday, call 859-608-3709 or visit www.NHS.org.  Media inquiries for the National Horse Show should be directed to 561-753-3389.  For information on the Kentucky Horse Park, call859-259-4200 or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.


Download the National Horse Show App — Available Now!

Posted in Competitions, National Horse Show at 4:12 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 27, 2014 – The 131st National Horse Show kicks off this week with a click! Whether you are in Kentucky enjoying the festivities and competition, travelling or back at home, you can still be a part of the action – virtually. The National Horse Show app is now available to download for Apple and Android devices for free.

Catch up with all the latest news and press releases about the National Horse Show and ASPCA Maclay Finals on the app’s News tab. In the Maclay Points section, equitation riders can keep track of the points they have earned for 2015, listed in descending order of points.

While you’re there, check out our Sponsors and Media Partners that are scrolling through the Sponsors tab. In case you need to contact the National Horse Show regarding exhibitors, vendors or advertising, the appropriate official’s name and e-mail address is listed on the Info tab of the app.

Most importantly, on the app’s Dashboard tab, the day’s Orders of Go will be posted and users can conveniently keep up-to-date on the current and next day’s schedule. The Dashboard app will also list the results of this year’s National Horse Show classes as well as previous years’ classes up to 2011. In addition, the 2014 qualifying lists are also available for every division, including the ASPCA Maclay Regions for the Finals on Sunday.


Go download the National Horse Show App, now available for free on Apple and Android devices.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios/id36?mt=8

Android: https://www.android.com/apps/


Equestrian Super Stars Headed to Lexington for 2014 National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:04 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 23, 2014 – An all-star roster of equestrian superstars featuring show jumping’s very best are headed to Kentucky as the top-rated National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on October 28 –November 2, 2014. This year’s line-up features numerous Olympians, including a handful of Gold medalists, plus many of the sport’s fastest rising stars.

Riders from around the globe all have their eyes on the big cash prizes and the numerous prestigious titles. This year’s show will be offering an impressive $755,000 in prize money. The National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumper division with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and Under 25

Katie Dinan returns to defend her NHS GP title. Photo by Kenneth Kraus

Jumper sections.

The National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row, received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was again named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in back to back years.

Katie Dinan, who soared tovictory in last year’s main event on Saturday night, is scheduled to return to defend her title in Lexington. She’ll be faced with a roster of riders, all trying to make sure that Dinan does not double up this year in the new CP National Horse Show Grand Prix.

Topping the list are three of the four riders on the 2014 Bronze medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

2011 NHS Grand Prix winner, McLain Ward. Photo by Kenneth Kraus


Beezie Madden, who also captured the Individual Bronze medal, will be joined by teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden, the 2013 World Cup champion, also added the Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show to her list of big time wins in 2014. In addition to his other top finishes, Ward led the round of honor in this year’s Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Antwerp, Belgium and won the National Horse Show Grand Prix in 2011. Farrington meanwhile, rode to victory in the Grand Prix of Barcelona and added numerous Spruce Meadows wins to his already impressive list of victories.

Kent Farrington, Bronze medalist at WEG, is on the roster for the 2014 NHS. Photo by Sue Stickle
Beezie Madden, double Bronze medalist at the World Equestrian Games. Photo by Rebecca Walton

Other Olympians making the trip to Lexington this year include Peter Wylde, Leslie Howard, Laura Kraut, Charlie Jayne, Todd Minikus and Margie Engle. They will be joined by Pan American Games Gold medalist, Christine McCrea.

The above list of some of the all-time best show jumpers in the United States are credited with an amazing total of over one thousand grand prix wins among the group.

Three of four members of the US WEG team will compete at this year’s National Horse Show.
Photo by Susan Stickle

Part of the next generation of show jumping stars, Georgina Bloomberg, fresh off her win in the Central Park Grand Prix in New York City will be joined by Jessica Springsteen, winner of the celebrated American Gold Cup this year. Last year’s American Gold Cup champion, Brianne Goutal, is joined by the last two Individual Gold Medal winners from the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Wilton Porter, the Gold medal winner this summer at the Horse Park in Lexington and Lillie Keenan, who claimed the top of the podium in 2013.

Georgina Bloomberg captured the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in NYC. The Book LLC
Jessica Springsteen won the American Gold Cup this year in North Salem, NY. By Emily Riden











Rounding out the list of American riders competing at the National are Quentin Judge, Meagan Nusz, Candice King, Schuyler Riley, Ali Wolff, Kirsten Coe, Charlie Jacobs, Denise Wilson, David Beisel, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Paige Johnson, Kama G odek, Alex Granato and Audrey Coulter.

A star-studded international field of riders is also making the journey to the heart of the Bluegrass this year. They include a strong Irish contingent led by the red-hot Darragh Kenny, along with Shane Sweetnam, Richie Maloney and Conor Swail.

South America is well represented with Paulo Santana of Brazil and Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran of Colombia.

Top riders from Europe include Belgium riders Francois Mathy and brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts and Switzerland’s Beat Mandli who comes to Lexington fresh off a victory in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix De Penn National at Harrisburg.

Wilton Porter, center, won the Individual Gold Medal at NAJYRC this year.
Photo by Kendall Bierer

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show CSI-W 4* are available online at Ticketleap.com, the official ticket provider for this year’s event. The top-rated equestrian showcase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 –November 2, 2014.

Tickets purchased through Ticketleap.com are discounted 20% as compared to tickets bought at the gate. Children 12 and under are always admitted at no charge.

Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased now at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

For tickets to this year’s show visit TicketLeap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 


The prize list for the National Horse Show can be downloaded at:  https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-forms/ 

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

The National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 –November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the NHS.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.
Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey atmatt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.orgPhone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas atjmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps atmpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
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EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
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MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles
For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)


WEG 2014: Thoughts from a far at this point.

Posted in 2018 Games at 10:34 pm by Thomas

I have been trying to keep up with all the events at WEG (Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014) in Normandy France from here in the States but do to the time difference and other obligations I have not been able to catch any of the live video of the competitions.  Ultimately what I have been hearing through the proverbial  grape vine hasn’t been good, now I always take internet chatter with a certain grain of salt but there does seem to be a bit confirmation in the variety of sources that are reporting issues.  Keep in mind a large event like this is always going to have some issues and people’s expectations for this event were a bit out of line with what the French were going to be able to do given certain financial, political and logistical constraints they had.  This is a tough one for France because they are looking to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and how these Games are perceived to have went will certainly have a bearing on that bid especially given the competition they will face from the Germans for the 2024 Olympics.  I want to be clear, I want to see these Games be successful because I want to see the World Equestrian Games out live me and return to Kentucky at least a couple of more times before I pass.  So I am wishing everyone currently at the Games, all my best whether you be competitor, spectator, volunteer or official and may I say one more thing to the volunteers, no matter what, your service will make these Games better then they otherwise would of been, so to everyone else, please be nice to the volunteers, because if you are having a tough day, I can assure you theirs is tougher.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Press Release: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

Posted in 2014 Games at 9:56 pm by EPR

All roads lead to Normandy in France where the much-anticipated Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 begins in two weeks’ time. The seventh edition of the FEI’s flagship event is the biggest in its 24-year history, and with a massive increase in entries, and visitors already flying into northern France from all around the globe, it promises to be the greatest showcase for equestrian sport to date.

Staged at the halfway point between each Summer Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ brings together the World Championships for all FEI disciplines. Previously these had been held in different locations, but, strongly supported by then FEI President Prince Philip, the concept that had been floating around for quite some time became a reality at the first edition held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990.

A total of 421 competitors from 37 nations took part in the six disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance and Vaulting at the Swedish fixture which was initially intended to be a “one-off” event. However it was so successful that it was decided it should continue, and the event has firmly established itself on the calendar of world sport.

Increased to seven

It was subsequently staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002, Aachen (GER) in 2006 and by the time it arrived in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) in 2010 the number of disciplines had increased to seven with the inclusion of Reining and the incorporation of Para-Dressage into the Dressage programme. A total of 632 athletes from 58 nations took part at the last edition of the Games, but those figures will be exceeded yet again this time around as, with equestrian sport continuously expanding its reach around the globe, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy has attracted a 25% increase in nominated entries from which the startlists in each discipline will be finalised over the next 11 days.

Approximately a thousand athletes from 74 nations are expected to compete.

Jumping has attracted the largest number of nations – 54 in total – while Endurance is next in line with 48. Australia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States will be represented in every discipline, while 12 countries will make their FEI World Equestrian Games™ debut. They are Hong Kong, US Virgin Islands, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Morocco, Mauritius, Peru, Palestine, Romania, Thailand and Tunisia.

The deadline for definite entries is 14 August for Dressage and Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance and Reining and 22 August for Jumping, Driving and Vaulting.

The opening ceremony of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy will take place on Saturday 23 August and the action begins on Monday 25 August when Dressage and Reining both get underway. The event will conclude on Sunday 7 September with the closing stages of Jumping and Driving.

World famous

The region of Normandy is world-famous for its horse-breeding and sporting connections. The rich land is ideal for raising young stock, and Normandy is home to 93,000 horses with 408 equestrian centres and two National Studs, at Le Pin and Saint-Lo.

While the city of Caen is the central location for the Games, the State-owned Haras du Pin is the venue for the Dressage and Cross-Country phases of Eventing. The largest of the 20 National Studs located in France, the 16th century estate has long been home to world-class Eventing fixtures and is widely acclaimed for its beauty. Tickets for Eventing are fully sold out.

When it comes to magnificent backdrops, it doesn’t get much more awesome than the venue for Endurance at the bay of Mont St Michel. Located in the La Manche area, this iconic island which is located just 600 metres from the mainland is one of the most recognisable landmarks in France and welcomes three million visitors each year. The spectacular Endurance course will begin at the town of Sartilly and will circle around the bay.

Caen is the venue for the remaining disciplines with the D’Ornano Stadium home to the Opening and Closing ceremonies along with Dressage, Jumping and the Jumping phase of Eventing.

Para-Dressage and Driving will take place at the Prairie Racecourse in the city centre while Vaulting and Reining will take place at the Zenith indoor arena and exhibition centre.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 will be broadcast in over 200 territories worldwide, bringing the best of international equestrian sport to a bigger audience than ever before.

Facts and Figures: Normandy in France hosts the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ from 23 August to 7 September 2014.

7 competition venues
7 disciplines
27 sets of medals
1,000 athletes from 74 nations are expected to compete
3,000 volunteers
500,000 spectators
1,000 journalists
300 photographers
Stockholm in Sweden hosted the first FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 1990 when 421 competitors from 37 nations took part.

Media contacts

Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
Email: grania.willis@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 142

Malina Gueorguiev
Manager Media Relations
Email: malina.gueorguiev@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 133

These press releases appear as sent to Kentucky World Equestrian Games Ovation and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation.


Just Horsin’ Around

Posted in Horse Shows, Kentucky at 9:54 pm by Thomas

This time of the year is Great in Kentucky for so many reasons, the weather is warm, though usually not too hot just yet.  The Days are long as its not truly dark until 10, which makes for a Great Evening at a horse show, which are also very numerous this time of the year.  So this past weekend my family and some friends of ours loaded up 3 of our horses, my OTTB “Mont(e)y”, their Saddlebred “Kiss This” and Walking Horse “Pepper” for a fun all be it, very long evening at the Just Horsin’ Around horse show in Brodhead, Kentucky.  This was actually our second horse show in a week and certainly helped to lessen my disappointment over us not winning the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

We rolled into the show grounds just before 5 PM, the show wasn’t slated to start until 5:30 and we knew it might not get started right at 5:30 because these kind of shows are more about an enjoyable atmosphere then following some specific schedule, it was a Saturday night after all and anybody there wanted to be there and had no where else they wanted to be.  I tacked up Monte as soon as we got there and headed into the ring the warm him up and see what he thought of all the horses and people.  Speaking of horses and people, I don’t know that I have been to a horse show that was as packed as this one which of course makes me happy, because it means there is still a large population of people who enjoy horses and know just how important they are to the Commonwealth.

I entered Monte in one class, Western Pleasure just to give him that experience and spent the rest of the evening just riding around the fair grounds to see how he would react to all the people and horses.  I did un-tack him and give him a long rest at one point until he got bored with that and then I tacked him up again and off we went.  By this time it was after dark which can always present new experiences.  Monte wasn’t phased by anything, I was so impressed with how he behaved with all the different scenarios we encountered.  We spent a long time standing at the entrance to the ring watching a number of classes with numerous other people on horse back, certainly an enjoyable way to watch a horse show.  He stood quietly taking it all in, much like he did everything else that night.  By the time we left it was 1 AM and of the 8 hours we had been there I probably spent half that time on horseback which is where I wish I could spend more time.  The time I spend at horse shows is always quality time that always proves the point of how much horses are a part of Kentucky and how Kentucky wouldn’t be the same without them.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond

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