Lexington, KY – May 31, 2018 – The National Horse Show is proud to announce two new title sponsors for the inaugural equitation championships scheduled to be held at this year’s event. Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS), known for the renowned Taylor Harris VIP Club, has signed on to support the National Horse Show Adult Equitation Championships. Boggs Hill and the Goguen family are welcomed as the NHS KHJA Equitation Championship title sponsor. Both championships will be held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 27, 2018.
The THIS NHS Adult Equitation Championship is open to all adult participants and will not be limited by any qualifying criteria. The Championship will include a preliminary round, a flat phase, and a final round featuring of a minimum of fifteen riders. Esteemed judges will select a Champion and Reserve, and riders will receive ribbons through tenth place. The trainer of the winning rider will also be recognized with a specialized trophy.
Another exciting new addition to the inaugural equitation weekend is the Boggs Hill NHS KHJA Equitation Championship. Boggs Hill, home to Mr. and Mrs. Tim Goguen, has been an avid supporter of hunter competition and the National Horse Show is proud to welcome them to the esteemed 2018 competition. Qualification to the Boggs Hill NHS KHJA Equitation Championship will be determined by the year-end standings of the KHJA. Entries will compete over fences in a preliminary round, a flat phase, and a test for the top six riders. Awards for the class include a Champion and Reserve Champion prize, ribbons through tenth place, and a trophy for the Trainer of the winning rider.
Riders and horses who compete in the KHJA Equitation Championship may not compete in the ASPCA Maclay Finals in the same year.
Entries for both championships must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on September 28, 2018. Please see the National Horse Show prize list, available in June, for more details.
Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the east coast summer equestrian season. With $810,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. This year, the National Horse Show will offer new Equitation Championships, including the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Eq. Championship, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS 3′ Adult Eq. Championships, the NHS KHJA Eq. Championships, and a day of age group equitation classes for young athletes. In addition, the National Horse Show is excited to announce the new Cismont Manor $50,000 Hunter Classic sponsored by The Wheeler Family, joining a prestigious line up of classes including the ASPCA Maclay Finals presented by Chansonette Farm, the Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHOF Grand Prix, and the world-renown $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington.
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