FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY-July 28, 2014-The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce a new $2,500 bonus award, presented by Plastilite Corporation and Equine Semen Transporter, to be given to the American Quarter Horse with the highest cumulative score from round one and round two of the 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship.
The High Score American Quarter Horse Bonus Award is open to horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association and enrolled in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program. The 2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championship will be held on August 12-14 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
"AQHA is excited to have this opportunity to partner with USHJA and support the Pre-Green Incentive Program," said Pete Kyle, executive director of shows and judges for the American Quarter Horse Association. "We are very proud of the American Quarter Horse and we pride ourselves on the quality of our breeding and versatility of the American Quarter Horse. This program will encourage exhibitors from both USHJA and AQHA to utilize the opportunities that both of these great associations have to offer."
The High Score American Quarter Horse Bonus Award will be presented on August 14 during the Opening Ceremonies, prior to the Pre-Green Incentive Championship Round, and is one of five additional bonus awards to be given during this year's Championship.
The Pre-Green Incentive Program debuted in December 2012, and has garnered praise from members across the country for its encouragement of the development of young horses. The Pre-Green Incentive Program is open to horses of any age that are eligible to compete as a pre-green hunter under USEF rules. Horses must be enrolled in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program to participate in the Pre-Green Stake classes and to be eligible for the Pre-Green Championship. In 2013, prize money for the Pre-Green Incentive Championship topped $157,000 with 65 percent of Pre-Green Incentive Program enrollment fees and 50 percent of Championship entry fees contributing to the purse. Additionally, the timeline has expanded from two days to three to accommodate the large number of entries seen in the inaugural year and expected again in 2014.
Exhibitors, please complete the registration form and remit to USHJA no later than August 1, 2014 to be eligible for the American Quarter Horse Bonus Award during the 2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championships. The registration form for the American Quarter Horse Bonus Award can be found on the Pre-Green Championships webpage.