With his second victory in two weeks during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic this Thursday, Pablo Barrios has taken a strong hold at the top of the leader board for the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series. Barrios and his talented mare Zara Leandra were the winners of the first class in May, the third class last week, and they bested last night's four-horse jump-off for another victory.
Richie Moloney maintains the second place position in the standings after placing third aboard Alsvid and sixth with Carrabis Z during last night's event, as well as multiple placings in the previous grand prixs. Kent Farrington is currently ranked third after winning the Series' second event in May with Venus.
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 fifth event in the series will be held in two weeks on Thursday, August 15, during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"I won the bonus three years ago, and I think it's a nice opportunity for the riders to compete for more money," said Barrios, who took home the title in 2010. "It's a good incentive, and I am definitely trying to win this year."
For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
2013 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS
PLACE TOTAL RIDER
1 810 PABLO BARRIOS
2 660 RICHIE MOLONEY
3 350 KENT FARRINGTON
4 240 AARON VALE
5 200 CHRISTIAN HEINEKING
6 170 ANDREW BOURNS
170 KAITLIN CAMPBELL
8 150 BLYTH MARANO
150 MARGIE ENGLE
10 140 SHANE SWEETNAM
Source: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.
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