Horse Park to host $50,000 Grand Prix event

Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show will host the $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix, which is the final grand prix of the 2009 Hagyard Challenge Series. The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long competition that is composed of seven grand prix events. The leading rider of the entire series will win a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus at the conclusion of Friday night's class. The series is sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, which is located directly across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park.

The $50,000 CSI-W Lexington Grand Prix kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and general admission tickets are free to the public. The Lexington Grand Prix class is a World Cup Qualifier and will be the very first grand prix held in the New Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The arena was constructed for the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as many future equestrian competitions at the park. General admission tickets are available through Hagyard veterinarians, as well as the Hagyard Pharmacy and through e-mail at

Top contenders for the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus include Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and Pablo Barrios of Caracas, Venezuela. Going into the final grand prix, Engle carries 760 points and Barrios is close behind with 740. Kent Farrington occupies third place in the standings with 560 points, and Mario Deslauriers and Michael Morrissey are currently tied for fourth with 350 points.

The $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus is sponsored by Holiday Inn Georgetown Hotel; Dean, Dorton, & Ford; Fifth Third Bank; Fort Dodge Animal Health; Hagyard Pharmacy; Kathleen Sullivan, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Turf Town Properties; Air 51 and Audi of Lexington.

During the Lexington Grand Prix, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and the Markey Cancer Foundation will host the first annual gala in honor of Betsy Fishback, a beloved member of the sport horse community. The gala, titled "The Betsy," offers an evening of World Cup Show Jumping, as well as dinner and a live auction. "The Betsy" kicks off with cocktails at 5:00 p.m., with dinner and the auction following at 6:00 p.m., and all proceeds from the gala will support cancer patient care and research at the Markey Cancer Center.

Made possible by sponsor donations, the gala will welcome guests as they show their support for the Markey Cancer Foundation and celebrate Betsy Fishback, an enthusiastic horsewoman and friend to all who knew her. Ms. Fishback lost her battle with breast cancer in January of this year. Her husband, Dr. Dave Fishback, has worked at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute since 1975.

For more information on "The Betsy" gala, please call the Markey Cancer Foundation at 859.323.6448. Information is also available through email at or through any Hagyard Veterinarian or Staff Member.

Additional information on Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is available at

To learn more about the Markey Cancer Foundation, visit their official website at

For more information on the Hagyard Challenge Series, please go to

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