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Second Year in a Row – Pablo Barrios Wins 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award

October 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Pablo Barrios and Antares
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group


Lexington, KY – October 20, 2014 After dominating the Hagyard Challenge Series for the second year in a row, Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios has captured the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Award. He and his talented mounts earned the winning honors in four of the seven Hagyard Lexington Classic events, which coupled with other top placings, gave Barrios an early lead in the standings that he never relinquished.

“Winning this bonus means a lot in different ways,” noted Barrios. “The first is that shows that you have been a consistent rider during all of the shows in Lexington. Also, the money is big help, especially for me because I own a lot of my own horses. There are a lot of expenses starting the year in Wellington and the bonus is a wonderful help, and I am very thankful to Hagyard for sponsoring it.”

The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Barrios’ consistent efforts helped him accumulate 1,420 points, enough to almost double the total of second place finisher Shane Sweetnam of Ireland at 730 points.

New this year though, the Hagyard Challenge Series introduced an additional $10,000 rider bonus for the runner-up. Sweetnam collected the secondary bonus, taking home top ribbons throughout the series and winning the Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Summer Classic with Bijzonder.

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Shane Sweetnam and Bijzonder
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group

“Two years ago I won the bigger bonus and I think it’s great for the riders because it gives them an extra incentive to compete in those classes and there is a very high standard in those grand prix events,” explained Sweetnam. “It’s great that they added the secondary bonus this year. It looked like Pablo had it wrapped up halfway through, and it gives the other riders like myself more incentive to keep going.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Dr. Stuart Brown commented, “Once again, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute continues to be honored to support this Series at The Kentucky Horse Park bringing the highest quality of competition in the sport of Grand Prix Jumping to the Bluegrass throughout the summer. Without a doubt, fans and spectators of equestrian competition are able to witness these incredible horses and their riders in one of the nation’s most spectacular settings for equestrian sport. We remain grateful to the support of our sponsors as partners in the Leading Rider Award that is a cornerstone for the Hagyard Challenge Series. Also, we appreciate the support of the talented horses and riders who make this Series such a success each season. Congratulations to this year’s winners, as well as all the competitors and owners who have been such wonderful patrons in support of this Series. Lastly, we appreciate all the fans and spectators of the sport who follow the Series each year, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute looks forward to another exciting season of competition in 2015.”

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Pablo Barrios Wins 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Pharmacy, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute please visit

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Sisters Set to Compete at North American Young Rider Championships in Kentucky

July 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Charlotte, N.C. (July 15, 2012) – Jamie (18) and Nicole (15) Doolittle of Charlotte, N.C. will represent Region 3 at the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Ky., starting on July 17. Last year both sisters were on the eventing team, while this year Nicole will compete in eventing and Jamie will compete in dressage.

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Jamie, who continues to compete in eventing too, qualified with her horse “Wild Tiger.” She has had Tigger, a 14-year-old chestnut thoroughbred, for three years. Her dressage coach is Diane Ritz of Hidden Spring Farm in Monroe, N.C. Jamie was recently named among 10 riders to the Eventing 18/Advancing Athletes Program sponsored by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and the United States Equestrian Federation.


“Tigger never has a dull moment and can definitely live up to his name. As soon as I sit on his back he is ready to work. He is consistently a hard worker and willing. He is a horse that will always try his heart out to learn something new,” Jamie said of Wild Tiger. “I’m so honored to be riding for the Region 3 Junior Dressage Team. Early in the year, while my event horses were recovering from injuries, I made the NAJYRC dressage team my goal. It seemed like a long shot. But, with the help of my dressage trainer Diane Ritz and Tigger’s great work ethic, we made steady progress. Making the team is a big milestone for us. I am so proud of Tigger and thankful for the opportunity to compete with so many amazing young riders.”



Nicole will bring Tops, a twelve-year-old Irish Sport Horse, that she’s owned for less than a year. Nicole is ranked ninth in the country for Preliminary Young Riders by the USEA and seventh overall among all levels of young riders.

“Nemo is an overgrown puppy who simply wants to cuddle, yet can show a bit of his Irish attitude under saddle. He never fails to put a smile on my face,” Nicole said of Tops, whose name around the stable is Nemo. “I am overjoyed to have qualified and made the Area III NAJYRC team this year. It’s an immense amount of hard work to get here, but throughout training camp and the moment you run down the jog lane, you realize how much the hard work has paid off!”

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually in the United States.

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Jamie and Nicole bring out each other’s competitive spirit, but agree that it brings out their best. They have grown up supporting each other at home and away at shows. “We have been riding together since we were very little, and to both be going to NAJYRC is amazing,” Jamie said.  “She knows exactly what to say when I’m feeling nervous or I need to get pumped up. It will be thrilling to watch her compete and cheer her on throughout the competition.”


“It’s really an honor to compete alongside my sister, no matter what competition we are participating in,” Nicole agreed. “It’s exciting that we are both competing and will be able to support each other throughout the competition.”


“There is nothing like having your sister right beside you for support,” Jamie added. “She is my best friend and to have her there means so much to me.”


Jamie and Nicole Doolittle live with their parents Tom and Suzanne at Dream Catcher Equestrian in Matthews, N.C.  They are sponsored by Stackhouse Saddles.