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Shane Sweetnam Takes the Lead in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series
Shane Sweetnam took the lead in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series during the
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake at the KHJA Horse Show. Photo By: Shawn
Kendall Bierer for
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Lexington KY - August 28, 2012 - It was a thrilling Welcome Stake for the
final week of the Kentucky Summer Series, during the KHJA Horse Show. It was
Shane Sweetnam who rode to the top of the standings for the 2012 Hagyard
Challenge Series. Sweetnam's first place finish knocked Kaitlin Campbell
into the second place position, with Reed Kessler holding strong in the
third place position.
Consisting of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show
series at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored
by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, offers a $50,000 Leading Rider
Award. The rider accumulating the most points throughout the series will be
presented with the bonus during the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the
Kentucky National Horse Show in September 2012.
On Friday, August 24, 2012, Sweetnam piloted Solerina to the first place
finish in the $10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake, and also picked up the first
place award with his other mount Amaretto D'Arco during the $25,000 Hagyard
Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival. After Friday night's win,
Sweetnam now holds the lead with 830 points.
Campbell holds the second place position with 590 points. Kessler has fallen
into the third place position, her Kentucky Spring Series rankings holding
resilient for three of the Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix events. Beezie
Madden and Ashlee Bond are currently tied for the fourth place spot in the
rankings, each with 290 points.
Madden won the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic with Simon during the
Kentucky Spring Horse Show, while Bond and Cadett 7 led the way during the
Kentucky Spring Classic's $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Rebecca Conway
has now moved into the sixth place position after her most recent second
place finish aboard Twister.
Friday night was one of two remaining Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix
events, which are 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 $50,000 World Cup Qualifier during the
Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the
winner for the $50,000 Leading Rider will be announced and presented with
the prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The 2012 Hagyard
Challenge Series will also feature a high point Thoroughbred
Award. Following the final event, a $10,000 prize will be presented to the
high point Thoroughbred participating in the Series.
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, and Hagyard veterinarians have
dedicated themselves to the health and well being of the horse for more than
The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology
systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens Open MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, an on-site
laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance
and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced
veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of
over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty
areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.
For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute please visit
Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event
happen. These gracious supporters include: presenting sponsor Pfizer Animal
Health, Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA,
Johnson Horse Transport, J.P. Morgan, Hallway Feeds, MWI Veterinary Supply,
Powell-Walton-Milward, Kirk Horse Insurance, LLC, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.
For more information about Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, in 2012, please go to
Photo Credit: Shane Sweetnam took the lead in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge
Series during the $10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake at the KHJA Horse
Show. Photo By: Shawn McMillen Photography. Photo may only be used in
relation to this PMG press release.
Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Standings:
PLACE TOTAL RIDER
1 830 SHANE SWEETNAM
2 590 KAITLIN CAMPBELL
3 350 REED KESSLER
4 290 ASHLEE BOND
290 BEEZIE MADDEN
6 270 REBECCA CONWAY
7 250 PAIGE JOHNSON
8 220 FEDERICO SZTYRLE
9 210 HARDIN TOWELL
10 190 MARGIE ENGLE
11 180 MEGAN NUSZ
12 160 KRISTEN VANDERVEEN