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[Lexington, KY] The 2012 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series will culminate with two exciting year-end finals – a $50,000 Championship Final at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY and a brand new West Coast Final at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in Las Vegas, NV.
The Series’ traditional Final—the $50,000 Pasmore Stables LLC Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Championship Presented by Pasmore Stables LLC, Deeridge Farm and Chansonette Farm—will be held on Saturday, November 3 as part of the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, October 30-November 4. The new West Coast Final will be held on Saturday, November 17 as part of the Las Vegas National Horse Show at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, November 14-18.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series holds classes under Grand Prix rules and specifications for amateur-owner and junior riders at approximately one hundred horse shows across the country. The Series keeps separate standings for juniors and amateur-owners in two conferences, East and West. The Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.
Regular season standings conclude following classes at the Washington International Horse Show in the East and Los Angeles National Horse Show in the West. Series standings help determine entries for the year-end Championship Finals (which do not count in the season standings) at the Alltech National Horse Show and Las Vegas National Horse Show. Riders from both conferences – East and West – are eligible for either or both Finals.
“The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Championship Final has been an important part of the National Horse Show for many years, and we are thrilled to host it again in 2012," said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show. "The Series is deeply significant for so many riders and we are happy to continue our legacy of hosting the Series' Final at the National."
“We are thrilled about this new West Coast Final for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series,” said Robert Ridland, President of Blenheim Equisports, producer of the Las Vegas National. “The Series has been an important part of many horse shows all over the country for years and we think that hosting this Final at Las Vegas will be great for those riders who can’t make it back east for the National.”
"This is extremely exciting news for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and all the riders who compete on our Jumper Classic Series on both coasts," said George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. "The Kentucky Horse Park is the home of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum and it is quite fitting to host our year-end Championship Final there. We are also thankful to the Las Vegas National Horse Show for accommodating us with a new West Coast Final which will allow west coast riders a similar opportunity to ride in a year-end championship event."
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. It was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
Further information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is available on line at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.