Make Plans to Attend the Quintessential Kentucky Summer Competition: Country Heir I & II

Timothy Maddrix and Indecision won the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby  during Week II in 2018. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Timothy Maddrix and Indecision won the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
during Week II in 2018. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Lexington, Ky. – Jan. 2, 2019 – Make plans now to attend the 2019 Country Heir I & II for two weeks of top-notch competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, June 5-16. With over half of $1 million in prize money, the US Equestrian Premier “AA” Hunter and Level 5 Jumper event is a summer favorite for the most notable horses and riders in the hunter/jumper community, setting the stage for the best in sport.

Country Heir I & II offers more prize money than any other competition for USHJA National Hunter Derbies. During week one of the show, a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby will be held. During week two, Country Heir will present a $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Stal de Eyckenhoeve, with both a $20,000 open section and a $20,000 non-professional section. Both weeks will feature a $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, boosting the total Derby prize money to well over $100,000. Country Heir welcomes back Stal de Eyckenhoeve, exporters of high-quality hunters and jumpers based in Belgium and Ocala.

John Franzreb, Maxime Tyteca and Niels Haesen from Stal de Eyckenhoeve present the award to  Havens Schatt and Caemlyn Z, winners of the open section of the  $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in 2019. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

John Franzreb, Maxime Tyteca and Niels Haesen from Stal de Eyckenhoeve present the award to
Havens Schatt and Caemlyn Z, winners of the open section of the
$40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in 2019. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Competing in the Rolex Arena is an experience like no other. International and top national horse-and-rider combinations compete for the top prize money at three grand prix events offered by Country Heir I & II. The show offers a wide range of jumper divisions and in 2019 will add an NAL Junior/Amateur-Owner Medium Jumpers division to the lineup.

Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Bugatti, owned by Eduardo Leon, won the $40,000  Country Heir I Grand Prix.  Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Bugatti, owned by Eduardo Leon, won the $40,000 Country Heir I Grand Prix.
Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

For sponsors, Country Heir I & II is a great choice for exposure to the hunter/jumper audience at a reasonable cost within a concentrated two-week window. The Hospitality Pavilion, located between the Stonelea and Claiborne Arenas, is planned again for 2019. Sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to purchase their hospitality packages early to secure a table.

Each package includes six wristbands for two weeks and includes daily breakfast and snacks and drinks throughout the day. In the afternoon, substantial appetizers, wine and beer will be served. The package price of $1,800 includes your name or logo on the scoreboards, public address announcements and your provided banner in the ring.

Alyssa Mansfield and Candor, owned by Ashland Farms, won the  non-professional section of the $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby  during Country Heir II in 2018. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Alyssa Mansfield and Candor, owned by Ashland Farms, won the non-professional section of the $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during Country Heir II in 2018. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

Country Heir I & II puts exhibitors and their horses first. Details like footing, landscaping, hospitality, exceptional judges and course designers make the difference between ordinary and outstanding.

"We ask our exhibitors what is most important and try to deliver the best experience we can,” said Frankie Stark, owner of the Country Heir shows. “We are excited for another great year in Kentucky for Country Heir I & II. See you in June!”

FAST FACTS

What:

Country Heir I & II is a two-week Premier AA Hunter and Level 5 Jumper competition and World Championship Hunter Rider Event. Country Heir I & II attracts some of the finest horses and competitors from around the world.

Highlights include:

• USEF Premier Hunter • Level 5 Jumpers

• World Championship Hunter Rider Event Week II

• Two UHJA $30,000 International Hunter Derbies

• $10,000 Welcome Prix

• $25,000, $30,000 & $50,000 Grand Prix

• $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Week I

• $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Sponsored by Stal De Eyckenhoeve Week II
(Two $20,000 sections: Open and Non-Pro)

• Separate Pony Hunter Classics for each section and a USHJA Pony Derby $10,000

• USHJA Green Incentive Stake at 3' & 3' 3" in Memory of Joey Darby Separate

• $10,000 Adult and Children's Jumper Classics each week

• $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics each week

• $8,000 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics each week

• $5,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic each week

• $5,000 NAL Low Amateur Jumper Classic each week

• Equitation & Local Day Tuesday, June 11

• First Class Hospitality & Sponsors Pavilion

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE USHJA NATIONAL HUNTER DERBY PROGRAM HERE

When:

Wednesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 16, 2019

Where:

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511

Phone (859) 233-4303, Toll Free (800) 678-8813, Fax (859) 254-0253

General Park Information - info@kyhorsepark.com

Click here for Kentucky Horse Park Map/Stabling

Contacts:

Frankie Stark, Owner, kittykatstark@aol.com

Julie Agar, Secretary, Julie.agar@comcast.com

JP Bordeleau, Co-Manager, jpbordeleau@gmail.com

Tucker Ericson, Co-Manager, jtericson1969@gmail.com or (908) 303-1956

Click here for the Sponsorship/Hospitality Form

Website:  
www.countryheir.com