Articles: Press Release
Legacy Cup 2008 - Adding Back to the Hunters May 8-17
Diana DeRosa, 631-773-6155, cell: 516-848-4867, email@example.com
Presented by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc. (AHJF)
Hosted by the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington,
April 23, 2008 - Lexington, Kentucky - The Legacy Cup is truly a different
kind of horse show and the seventh edition of this one of a kind hunter
competition takes place May 8-17. This two-week innovative, high paying,
exhibitor-friendly event, is hosted by the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and
showcased at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
It was the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc. (AHJF) that created the
Legacy Cup. The first two years the show was held as a stand alone event.
After listening to the exhibitors, management paired the Legacy Cup with one
of the nation's top AA rated hunter horse shows. This will be the fifth
year that the Legacy Cup will be included as part of show manager Hugh
Kincannon's Kentucky series.
When asked what they thought about the Legacy Cup many of last year's
winners echoed their approval.
"It is a great idea. Hunters don't ever get to compete for money and the
AHJF does a beautiful job. I love the Legacy Cup," noted Tammy Provost.
"The Legacy Cup showcases hunters and the format makes it special the way
they do it at night. It's a lot of fun for everybody," added Chrystal
Knight. "And the AHJF is a great Foundation. They do a lot of good for the
horse show community."
"I absolutely love the Legacy Cup," chimed Kristi Cardalico. "I wish there
were more Legacy Cups for the Hunters. It makes it special with the
presentations and the fact that it's very simple. You have one round and
then you go into the Finals on a clean slate. You dress up and compete
indoors at night. It is sort of like a jumper classic which you don't get
in the hunters too often."
THE LEGACY CLUB
While the competition is the nucleus of the event, the social aspects have
become something that the exhibitors look forward to. The event will
include the Legacy Club, which overlooks the arena on one side and the
rolling hills of the Kentucky Horse Park on the other. The tented gathering
place is a private members-only area for sponsors and table holders. A
buffet lunch is served daily as well as dinner for each of the evening
performances. The AHJF also includes a general exhibitor tent where anyone
can pick up cold drinks, snacks and fruit.
ABOUT THE LEGACY CUP
The two-week Legacy Cup was developed to benefit the show hunter sport with
a unique format, unprecedented rewards and a pleasant environment to
showcase the hunters. It is the brainchild of the American Hunter-Jumper
Foundation, Inc. (AHJF).
The format is different than other show hunter events. The divisions include
two professional and two non pro divisions; one at 3' and one at 3'6" and
the Legacy Cup Pony Hunter division. In addition the format allows for
multiple awards within each class and division. Restricted Professional
Riders are recognized. A Restricted Pro rider is a new professional or one
who hasn't shown or won at the upper levels of show hunter competition. The
Go Rounds determine which riders come back for the Finals.
The professional division also includes the $10,000 Pre Green Incentive
(sponsored by Janet Read - this award goes to the top eight pre green horses
in the Pro 3' division). In addition, there are Leading Trainer Awards (this
award goes to the trainer whose students and horses accumulate the most
money; it is awarded each week). Other awards include the Belcort Farm
Perpetual Trophy (for the owner of the horse that produces the highest
single round score) and the Walter J. Lee Perpetual Trophy (for the Pro
rider who accumulates the most money throughout the 3' and 3'6" Pro
In the non pro divisions, overall ribbons and separate ribbons are awarded
for both juniors and amateurs in all classes, the Signature Trophy (donated
by Susanne and Weatherly Stroh) recognizes the high money winning Non Pro
Junior 3'6" Hunter and the Jeanie Geiger Memorial Trophy recognizes the high
money winning Non Pro Amateur 3'6" Hunter. There are Non Pro Leading Rider
awards (to riders who accumulate the most money in their respective
division) and a Legacy Cup Non Pro Team Award (to the barn whose students
accumulate the most money in the Non Pro and Pony divisions). Leading Rider
Awards are given to the Overall Non Pro, Overall Non Pro 3'6", Overall Non
Pro 3', Junior 3'6", Junior 3', Amateur 3'6", Amateur 3', and Pony Rider.
The winner of the Pony Finals receives the Delta Dawn Perpetual Trophy
presented by Stacey Lefton Glick. The winner of the Pony Go Round receives
the Farnley Eiffel Tower Memorial Trophy, presented by Kimberly Kreider.
Each Go Round offers a guaranteed purse of $1,500. Go Rounds rank the top 25
horses for a clean slate final. The 2008 Legacy Cup entry fee is $400 of
which 50% goes directly to the division purse and 50% to the AHJF for the
expenses associated with the event. The Legacy Cup Committee has committed
an added purse of $13,000 to the 2008 event. This added money, combined with
50% of the division entry fee, means even more money to the exhibitor and
the amount increases with each horse entered.
For more information about the Legacy Cup and complete results and photos
visit www.legacycup.com or contact the AHJF (335 Lancaster Street, West
Boylston, MA 01583-0369), Phone: 508-835-8813, www.legacycup.com, E-mail: