Kent Farrington has taken over the lead in the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series after winning the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Spring Classic. The talented rider showed Raylyn Farm's Venus to the victory by overtaking the jump-off with two seconds to spare and a clear effort.
Richie Moloney maintains the second place position in the standings after earning second with Slieveanorra during the first event, and then going on to place seventh, eighth and ninth with Equinimity LLC's Carrabis Z, Call Me Number One, and Slieveanorra. Venezuela's Pablo Barrios is currently ranked third in the standings after winning the first event aboard Zara Leandra with the fastest double clear effort.
The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September. The second event in the series will be next Thursday during the Kentucky Spring Classic at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"I think any kind of rider incentive iss great for the sport, especially at the professional level," commented Farrington. "There is so much money in the junior and amateur divisions at the shows. We have to keep the true professional sport and people have to be able to win money. I think having rider incentives for the people that are consistently successful is a great thing. I am huge supporter of any kind of incentive or bonus like that for riders that are consistently successful."
For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com/.
To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.
2013 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS
PLACE TOTAL RIDER
1 350 KENT FARRINGTON
2 320 RICHIE MOLONEY
3 250 PABLO BARRIOS
4 170 ANDREW BOURNS
5 150 MARGIE ENGLE
6 120 RAMIRO QUINTANA
120 REED KESSLER
8 100 ANGEL KAROLYI
9 80 QUENTIN JUDGE
80 SCHUYLER RILEY
Source: Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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