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Taylor Harris Insurance to Unveil Popular Taylor Harris Club at Inaugural Wellington Masters

Wellington, FL – December 4, 2015 – The organizers of the inaugural Wellington Masters, site of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington, announced today that the highly popular Taylor Harris Club will be recreated for the event to be held at the beautiful Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida. The competition runs from Thursday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

The international show jumping event will feature one of only seven East Coast qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping North American league. In addition to the qualifier, the event will offer additional classes for both junior and amateur riders. The Deeridge Farms event is one of the two final legs of the Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping North American League, which began in August of this year across seven East and seven West coast venues in three countries: United States, Mexico and Canada. The 14 host events of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League were selected after a rigorous screening process from a list of 25 applicants.
“It’s exciting to use our family’s farm to host the best event possible for the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier,” stated Charlie Jacobs when the selections were announced. “Part of creating a world-class experience is the hospitality. We are thrilled to have Taylor Harris not only supporting the show, but also providing the first-class hospitality with their popular Taylor Harris Club.”

“When we heard there was a strong possibility the World Cup qualifier was at risk, we wanted to do something to ensure it would stay here,” said Lou Jacobs. “It is important to the community, competitors and enthusiasts that we keep an event like this here. And now that the event is secured, we wanted to provide the utmost in comfort and hospitality for all our guests at Deeridge. The Taylor Harris Club will do just that.”

Taylor Harris Insurance Services has committed to provide and sponsor the beautiful club that will become the center for VIP hospitality throughout the week in February. Charlie and Lou Jacobs were instrumental in ensuring their vision which includes gourmet cuisine and elegant decor, provided by International Polo Club Catering powered by Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches.

The Taylor Harris Club at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, has met with rave reviews since its inception in 2011. Just last year at the FEI World Cup Las Vegas 2015, the Taylor Harris Club gained even more followers and was the talk of the Thomas and Mack Center for providing a fully immersive VIP hospitality experience during the finals.

“We are thrilled to join the Wellington Masters as the sponsor of the VIP Hospitality experience,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services. “We are excited to partner with the Wellington Masters for what is sure to be one of the best events of the season, and really bring a ‘Wow’ factor to attendees. We look forward to a week of brilliant competition, and an experience that everyone will remember for years to come.”

With a gorgeous, newly-designed, two-story enclosure with a bird’s eye view of the arena, the Taylor Harris Club at the Wellington Masters features ringside fine dining at the beautiful Deeridge Farms for an experience like no other. Access to the Taylor Harris Club at the Wellington Masters includes epicurean delights and sophisticated ambience and entrance to the equestrian competitions.

The magnificent setting couldn’t be more beautiful situated among 300 lush acres at one of Wellington’s most gorgeous estates. Stadium Jumping, Inc., the management team, along with the Jacobs family has designed the competition to showcase its most important feature – the horse – with a single, beautifully maintained grass grand prix field. “We look forward to our spectators and exhibitors enjoying the finest quality competition from the incredible views of the jumping field at the Taylor Harris Club,” said Michael Morrissey, president of Stadium Jumping, Inc.

VIP guests will be treated to an extraordinary ’boutique’ five-star experience, complete with first-class cuisine, beverage service and VIP preferred parking and amenities. This exclusive VIP hospitality reflects the care, attention to detail and dedication to equestrian sport that is embodied by the Jacobs family and Deeridge Farms.

Tables of six are $7,500 for the full competition. It is important to get your reservations in early as a complete sellout of the Taylor Harris Club is expected to happen quickly.

For further details, or to purchase a table, visit the website at:www.wellingtonmastersworldcup.com

For information on VIP Packages or to purchase a VIP Table, click here or please contact:

Stadium Jumping, Inc.
Email: info@stadiumjumping.com
Phone: 941.744.5465

or

Kiki Umla
Email: kikiumla@aol.com
Phone: 904.607.5541

Click here to purchase VIP tables of six.

Wellington Masters FEI Fast Facts:

What:

The Wellington Masters
Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping
Wellington

When: Feb. 4-7, 2016

Where:
Deeridge Farms, Wellington, Florida

Deeridge Farms is a 300-acre oasis of calm and beauty set in the midst of the village of Wellington, Florida. The Longines Wellington Masters will be held here for the first time in February 2016 – an exclusive and stunning setting for a truly first-class event.

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
FEI Horse Inspection 2 – 4 p.m. (Note: Horses must be in by 1 p.m.)

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Grand Prix Ring – 9 a.m.
Class 103 – $5,000 1.10m 11.2.1

Grand Prix Ring – 2 p.m.
Class 100 – $35,000 l Welcome Stake FEI Art. 238.2.2

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Grand Prix Ring – 8 a.m.
Class 104 – $13,000 1.30m 11.2.1

Grand Prix Ring – 2 p.m.
Class 101 $35,000 Longines Qualifier FEI Art. 238.2.2

Saturday Feb. 6, 2016
Grand Prix Ring – 11 a.m.
Class 105 – $20,000 1.40m II 2(a)

Sunday Feb. 7, 2016
Grand Prix Ring – 8 a.m.
Class 106 – $10,000 1.15m II 2(b)

Grand Prix Ring – 11 a.m.
Class 102 $100,000 Longines CSI 3*-W – FEI Art 238.2.2 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Wellington

Hospitality:

Click here to purchase Taylor Harris Club tables of six.

Media Contact:

Carrie Wirth
Phelps Media Group International
12012 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 201
Wellington, FL 33414
Tel: 561.753.3389
cw@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

By | December 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Taylor, Harris Insurance Services; Giving Back to the Industry They Insure

Middleburg, VA – February 20, 2015


Taylor, Harris Insurance Services (THIS), founded in 1987, stands out among the many equine insurance agencies, not only for their award winning customer service and attention to detail, but also for their continued support and contributions to the equestrian industry.

In addition to insuring so many of the world’s top equine superstars, THIS also looks to the younger generation of riders in support of their popular and highly competitive Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Final. The finals, an important fixture at the Capital Challenge Horse Show each year, is preceded by hundreds of qualifying events at horse shows from California to New York as part of the company’s philosophy of giving back to the industry they love and support.

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The name Taylor Harris can also be seen at some of the nation’s top sporting events through their sponsorships at leading shows such as Brandywine, the eventing showcase at Great Meadow and the American Gold Cup, as well as their VIP and hospitality sponsorship at the always sold-out Taylor Harris Club at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.

This year, Taylor Harris will help welcome the world to Las Vegas when the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final returns to American soil for the first time in six years. At the Taylor Harris Club, presented by the National Horse Show, just steps away from the front entrance to the Thomas & Mack Arena, VIP guests will be treated to a extraordinary five-star experience, complete with first-class cuisine and service provided by some of the best chefs of Las Vegas, a wine and spirits expo, live entertainment, VIP preferred parking and amenities. This exclusive VIP hospitality reflects the care, attention to detail and dedication to equestrian sport that has become synonymous with the name Taylor Harris Insurance Services.

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“World class is the best way I can describe what Taylor Harris has planned for our special guests at this year’s World Cup Finals,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. “It’s a five-star event and we will provide five-star service and hopefully an experience our guests and clients will remember for a long time to come.”

Whether the needs are straightforward or complex, for one horse or many, Taylor, Harris Insurance Services works with their clients to make sure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that’s right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement.

Taylor Harris’ goal is protection for your horses at all stages of life, and peace of mind for you.

The action begins Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with the warm-up classes for both jumping and dressage. Actual competition begins on Thursday, April 16 with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix at noon, followed by the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final Round I at 7:00 PM. Competition continues the next day, Friday, April 17, with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle Rehearsal at 7:30 AM, the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase at noon and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Round II at 7:00 PM.

2015 las vegas world cup finals - taylor harris club

Saturday, April 18 features the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final (Freestyle) at noon, followed by the Show Jumping Grand Prix of Las Vegas at 7:00 PM. The competition concludes on Sunday, April 19 with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Round III at noon. All times are local time.

Spectators have a variety of ticketing options from which to choose, but the VIP package, which includes one premier all-session seat and access to the Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show for $1,500 per person, gives guests the opportunity to watch the action unfold in style.

Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS), is a specialist equine insurance firm which has been providing wide ranging products developed from both the U.S. and London markets. THIS policies include coverage for show hunters, jumpers, eventing and dressage horses. Taylor, Harris’ expert in-house staff is on hand to help you with your selection. For further details, forms or types of insurance coverage, peruse thishorseinsurance.com or call (800)291-4774.

By | February 20th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Taylor, Harris to Sponsor American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W Qualifier Reception

*Originally published on September 12, 2014 by Press/Equnews.com.

The 44th Annual American Gold Cup kicked off on Wednesday showcasing exciting, international show jumping action at one of most picturesque venues in the country, Old Salem Farm.


Photo provided by Press/ Equnews.com

Photo provided by Press/ Equnews.com

The organizers of the event, Stadium Jumping and Old Salem Farm are pleased to announce that Taylor Harris Insurance Services and Vermont Spirits will sponsor the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W Qualifier Reception on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at the Houlihan Lawrence Grand Prix Overlook on the show grounds.

The festivities will include hors d’œuvres and spirits and live music by the Bourbon Cowboys, a country band that features a mix of classic country, a touch of blues and much more.

“Friday has the makings for a great day at the Gold Cup,” said Michael Morrissey, President of Stadium Jumping. “Many thanks to Taylor Harris Insurance Group and Vermont Spirits for sponsoring what we know will be a fantastic event.”

About Taylor Harris Insurance Services
Taylor Harris Insurance Services, Ltd., (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk.

THIS places policies with the highest rated and most secure carriers, also selected for both reliability and prompt claims settlement. As horsemen, the directors, staff and agents of THIS have a wealth of experience in all facets of the horse industry.

THIS is known for their responsive and courteous service offered worldwide.

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas Welcomes Taylor Harris Insurance Services and the National Horse Show as VIP Hospitality Sponsors

*Originally published on September 5, 2014 by Phelps Media Group. Written by Marty Bauman.


Las Vegas, Nevada – September 4, 2014 – The 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas is excited to welcome Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) and the National Horse Show as sponsors of VIP Hospitality at next year’s Finals. The “Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show” will feature a number of exciting amenities during the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, being held concurrently at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2015.

In a city recognized as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” the Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show will offer a plush VIP experience. The area will feature fine food and wine, ambiance, live music and much more.

“The Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show will be an amazing hospitality experience that will go beyond anything we’ve ever done before,” said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events, Inc., producer of the Las Vegas World Cup
Finals. “In close proximity to the arena, this will be an incredible way for ticket holders to experience the FEI World Cup™ Finals. We want to thank both Taylor Harris Insurance Services and the National Horse Show for joining with us to bring World Cup guests something that they will never forget.”

Michael Taylor, President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services, is equally excited. “We are thrilled to join the Las Vegas World Cup Finals as sponsor of the VIP Hospitality experience,” he said. “Taylor Harris has a long history in the sport and we look forward to hosting our many friends in the dressage and jumping communities in the Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show.”

“For the last three years, the Taylor Harris Club at the National Horse Show has received rave reviews,” said Mason Phelps, President of the National Horse Show. “We are excited to join with Taylor Harris to bring an over-the-top VIP experience to the Las Vegas World Cup Finals and we look forward to a week that people will enjoy and are sure to remember for many years to come.”

This will mark the sixth time that Las Vegas is hosting the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007 and 2009 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals, the first times that the world’s premier annual championships in those two Olympic equestrian disciplines were held concurrently.

All-session tickets for both the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final, as well as combination packages for both disciplines, are now available for purchase at the event’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com.

Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. In the 36 Finals held through 2014, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship nine times. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).

First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final features the world’s best dressage horses and riders. The United States has won the championship twice – in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the U.S. in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009).

Founded in 1987, Taylor Harris Insurance Services is a specialized insurance firm, which provides all types of coverage to the horse industry. THIS policies include coverage for show hunters, jumpers, event and dressage horses and offers personal and commercial liability and farm packages for both amateur and professional horsemen. THIS places their policies in the most secure insurance markets, selecting carriers for reliability and prompt claim settlement.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. One of America’s most prestigious horse shows, the National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The 2014 event runs October 28 – November 2, in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Further information is available at www.NHS.org.

Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.

For further information on the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, or to order tickets, please visit www.WorldCupLasVegas.com. For further information on sponsor/vendor opportunities or the Taylor Harris Club, please contact Marty Bauman at 508-698-6810 x 10 or marty@classic-communications.com.

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Taylor Harris Insurance Services $200,000 Triple Crown Challenge Returns for 2014

*Originally published on May 22, 2014 by The Chronicle of the Horse.


Middleburg, VA – May 22, 2014 – For the third consecutive year, Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) is offering world-class riders $200,000 if they can win the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix and the $250,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix. Riders must win each of these prestigious competitions on the same horse in the same year to claim their bonus.

“To offer the Triple Crown Challenge for the third consecutive year is exciting,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services. “Every year, we look forward to the Devon Horse Show, just a spectacular event in and of itself, to see who will be our rider to watch. This is our way of giving back to our customers and truly supporting and honoring the pursuit of excellence.”

“Taylor Harris Insurance is proud to support excellence in equestrian sport; that is why we continue to offer a rider reward for excellence and consistency. Winning three of the best US grand prix events is a testament to that excellence and the challenge cannot be won without it,” stated Bill Weeks, Taylor Harris Insurance Services, Chairman.

McLain Ward was last year’s contender for the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge having won the Grand Prix of Devon aboard Rothchild. “It’s a great opportunity, and I think it’s a great perk. It’s a real challenge. To try to win three major classes with one horse like that is pretty hard to do, as we’ve seen. But if you can win the first one, there is always a chance! We’ll see what happens,” stated Ward.

In addition to the Rider Bonus, Taylor Harris has teamed up with ProEquest to offer a Triple Crown Fan Challenge through their Facebook pages. Fans can enter to win by naming the horse and rider combination they believe can take home all three titles and win prizes along the way at each competition. Like the Taylor Harris Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TaylorHarrisInsuranceServices) to enter the Fan Challenge and get updates and inside information from ProEquest (https://www.facebook.com/ProEquest).

The first event in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon takes place in Devon, Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2014 and the third jewel of the Triple Crown Challenge will be contested at the $250,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk including property and casualty. Taylor Harris works with their clients to ensure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that’s right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement. Their goal is providing insurance protection for all personal and professional equestrian related risk and delivering peace of mind for their clients.

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

$100,000 Grand Prix of Devon Kicks off THIS Triple Crown Challenge with Top Jumper Competition

*Originally published on May 15, 2014 by Jennifer Wood Media.


Devon, PA – May 15, 2014 – The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair welcomes another year of world-class show jumping competition in the Dixon Oval, with open jumper competition beginning the evening of Tuesday, May 27, and continuing through Saturday, May 31. Devon will play host to the top show jumping riders in North America as they compete at one of the most historical and renowned shows in the United States.

The $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon also serves as the first leg of the $200,000 Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) Triple Crown Challenge, which awards $200,000 to the rider who can master three of the East Coast’s toughest grand prix – the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix, and the $250,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix. The rider must win all three classes on the same horse within the same season.

Michael Taylor of Taylor Harris Insurance Services with McLain Ward; Photo © Brenda Carpenter

Michael Taylor of Taylor Harris Insurance Services with McLain Ward; Photo © Brenda Carpenter

Thursday, May 22, will be the first day of competition for Devon, which continues through Sunday, June 1. The Devon Horse Show hosts 11 days of top-tier competition across multiple breeds and disciplines, showcasing the best riders and horses in the country. Equitation, hunter, and jumper competitors must qualify for a coveted entry to Devon, which is awarded based on points accumulated at other top horse shows in the country.

Spectators will be treated to world-class show jumping, equitation, show hunter, driving, and American Saddlebred and Hackney divisions, with show jumping competition highlighted at the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon taking place under the lights on Thursday, May 29. For those unable to attend the Devon Horse Show in person, they can still watch every single round of competition thanks to continuous live-streaming from the USEF Network from every class at Devon.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in last year’s grand prix; Photo © Brenda Carpenter

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in last year’s grand prix; Photo © Brenda Carpenter

Live-streaming every round of every class is new for the 2014 show, and Devon show manager Peter Doubleday is thrilled for the show to be offering increased coverage.

Friends, family, and fans of the riders at Devon won’t have to miss a minute of the show thanks to our new, expanded broadcasting schedule with USEF Network. Devon is a show unlike any other, and we wanted to enable viewers to be able to experience Devon from wherever they may be,” said Doubleday.

McLain Ward, Olympic gold medalist and winner of the 2013 Grand Prix of Devon, will return in 2014 to defend his title with Rothchild and is looking forward to have another shot at the THIS Triple Crown Challenge.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I think it’s a great perk. It’s a real challenge. To try to win three major classes with one horse like that is pretty hard to do, as we’ve seen. But if you can win the first one, there is always a chance! We’ll see what happens,” Ward said.

McLain Ward and Rothchild on their way to victory in 2013; Photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild on their way to victory in 2013; Photo by The Book LLC

Rothchild is fresh off a win at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Antwerp, Belgium, and will return to the show ring for the first time at Devon, a show that Ward makes sure to never miss.

“He goes well [at Devon]. It’s an important event, and it’s a nice lead-up event to the Nations Cup in Spruce Meadows,” Ward, of Brewster, NY, explained. “I think it’s as good a crowd as anywhere in show jumping, just about anywhere in the world. They’re a horse-educated crowd, they understand the sport, they know what should and shouldn’t be happening. The atmosphere is phenomenal.”

Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT, is no stranger to the atmosphere at Devon, but 2014 will be the first year that she takes on the big names like Ward in the open jumper division. Shulman first started at Devon seven years ago in the Small Pony Hunter divisions and finished her last junior year there in 2013, where she showed across the junior jumper, equitation, and hunter divisions. 2014 will be her first year in the open jumpers with her horse Quidam 13.

“It’s one of my favorite shows,” Shulman noted. “I’m definitely not going in with as much confidence as I did when I was a junior. It’s a totally different ballgame, and I’m at the bottom of the heap now! I’m excited to do the bigger classes. My horse has never been to Devon before, so it will be good for him.”

Like Ward, Shulman also enjoys the impressive atmosphere of the Dixon Oval, the central attraction each year for competition.

“I love how it’s contained. It’s only focused on that main ring, which is nice. Luckily I’ve shown there enough that I know the ring. Doing the equitation there helped a lot because you have to use every aspect of the ring. I like more pressure, so when it’s one ring and everyone is watching, it’s fun,” Shulman described.

You can join in the jumper action at the Devon Horse Show by purchasing tickets at www.devonhorseshow.org. Don’t miss the country’s best show jumpers at this spectacular event!

About The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

May 22 – June 1, 2014

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The Devon Show Horse Show & Country Fair, founded in 1896, is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-breed outdoor horse show. It is one of 16 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Heritage Competitions. The 11-day event attracts over 100,000 visitors annually and is one of the largest volunteer based fundraising events in the country. Proceeds from the event benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital. While attracting top competitors from around the world for events such as the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon (Thurs., May 29), the event remains one of Philadelphia’s premiere traditions, offering great food, boutique shopping, and rides, games, and events for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now!

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Ward Heads to Hampton Classic – $200,000 Triple Crown Challenge Within Reach

*Originally published on August 27, 2013 at EquiSearch.com

After winning the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon in May, Ward and Rothchild find themselves with potential of achieving the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.


McLain Ward and Rothchild won the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown Challenge at the Devon Horse Show; photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild won the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown Challenge at the Devon Horse Show; photo by The Book LLC

August 27, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, finds himself going into the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix with the potential of winning the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge. This unique challenge awards riders a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win three of the country’s best grand prix events in the same year.

The first event was the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon held on May 30th. It was there that Ward won the first leg on Rothchild and now stands to take home the bonus should the pair win the remaining two events in the Challenge. The second event, the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix will take place on September 1st at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY. Having won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix a record six times in his career it will be an exciting moment as Ward and Rothchild enter the grass arena.

Ward has been in this position before. Just last year, during the inaugural year of the Challenge, Ward had one leg of the challenge in the record books after collecting the blue at Devon on Antares F. But the pair couldn’t pull off the win at the Hampton Classic when Kent Farrington of Chicago, IL, came in on Voyeur and shut down Ward’s streak.

Although Ward didn’t lead the victory gallop in the $250,000 class he did win four major jumper classes in 2012.

If Ward can pull off a win and get another step closer to taking home the bonus, the final leg of the challenge will be the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, held on November 2nd at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

“It’s exciting to watch someone like McLain Ward head into the second leg of the Challenge,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services. “Knowing he’s won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix six times in his career makes it all that much more possible to have him grab another leg of the Challenge. Taylor Harris Insurance is a proud supporter of equestrian sport and the excellence it requires to walk out with the blue ribbon. We are excited at the possibility of McLain emerging victorious in South Hampton and heading to the Alltech National Horse Show having won two legs of the Challenge.”

Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk including property and casualty. Taylor Harris works with their clients to ensure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that’s right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement. Their goal is providing insurance protection for all personal and professional equestrian related risk and delivering peace of mind for their clients.

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Ward Heads to Hampton Classic: $200,000 Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge Within Reach

*Originally published on August 26, 2013 by ProEquest.


[Bridgehampton, NY] For the second consecutive year, two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, finds himself going into the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix with the potential of winning the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

This unique challenge awards riders a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win three of the country’s best grand prix events in the same year.

The first event was the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on May 30th. It was there that Ward won the first leg on Rothchild and now stands to take home the bonus should the pair win the remaining two events in the Challenge. The second event, the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix will take place on September 1st at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY. Having won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix a record six times in his career, it will be an exciting moment as Ward and Rothchild enter the grass arena.

Ward has been in this position before. Just last year, during the inaugural year of the Challenge, Ward had one leg of the challenge in the record books after collecting the blue at Devon on Antares F. But the pair couldn’t pull off the win at the Hampton Classic when Kent Farrington of Chicago, IL, came in on Voyeur and shut down Ward’s streak.

Ward and Antares F at The 2012 Hampton Classic

Ward and Antares F at The 2012 Hampton Classic; photo by ProEquest

Although Ward didn’t lead the victory gallop in the $250,000 class he did win four major jumper classes in 2012.

If Ward can pull off a win and get another step closer to taking home the bonus, the final leg of the challenge will be the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, held on November 2nd at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

“It’s exciting to watch someone like McLain Ward head into the second leg of the Challenge,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services. “Knowing he’s won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix six times in his career makes it all that much more possible to have him grab another leg of the Challenge. Taylor Harris Insurance is a proud supporter of equestrian sport and the excellence it requires to walk out with the blue ribbon. We are excited at the possibility of McLain emerging victorious in South Hampton and heading to the Alltech National Horse Show having won two legs of the Challenge.”

This year, show jumping fans can take part in the excitement of the THIS Triple Crown with the THIS Triple Crown Fan Challenge. Prior to the Grand Prix of Devon, fans were able to vote on who they predicted would win the first leg. When Ward clinched that victory, a fan who voted for Ward was randomly picked as that leg’s winner.

Now, with the second leg of the Challenge less than one week away, fans will be able to predict who will win at The Hamptons. Stay tuned to the Taylor Harris Facebook page for details on how to vote. The contest will open on Friday after the Grand Prix qualifier.

Winners will receive prizes from ProEquest and THIS, a Hampton Classic commemorative poster, as well as tickets to the Alltech National Horse Show this November!

Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk including property and casualty. Taylor Harris works with their clients to ensure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that’s right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement. Their goal is providing insurance protection for all personal and professional equestrian related risk and delivering peace of mind for their clients.

For further details visit www.taylorharris.com, like the Taylor Harris Facebook page.

By | January 10th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Taylor Harris Insurance $200,000 Triple Crown Challenge Returns

*Originally published on May 29, 2013 by The Chronicle of the Horse.


Taylor Harris Insurance has announced the return of their $200,000 Triple Crown Challenge. To capture the prize money, a single horse and rider team must win all three designated grand prixs in the 2013 year.

The first event in the challenge is the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix on May 30 at Devon Horse Show (Devon, Pa.). The second leg will take place at the $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic (Bridgehampton, N.Y.) on Sept. 1. Following the first two events, competitors will vie for the win at the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix (Lexington, Ky.) on Nov. 2.

“We’re very excited about the return of the Challenge,” said THIS president Michael Taylor said. “It proved difficult in the inaugural year, and we are hopeful that this year we will see a horse and rider emerge victorious. Taylor Harris Insurance is proud to support excellence in equestrian sport.”

To offer the fans a little extra excitement, THIS has teamed up with ProEquest to offer a Triple Crown Fan Challenge on Facebook. Fans can enter to win by naming the horse and rider combination they predict will win all three titles. Prizes include THIS backpacks, ProEquest saddlepads and jackets, 2 VIP passes to the Hampton Classic on Grand Prix Sunday, 2 tickets to the National Horse Show, a Devon Horse Show Silver Plate and much more.

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McLain Ward Ready for Second Leg of THIS Triple Crown Challenge

*Originally published by The Hampton Classic.

Triple Crown Could Be Within Reach With a Win This Sunday


McLain Ward and Rothchild won the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown Challenge at the Devon Horse Show; photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild won the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown Challenge at the Devon Horse Show; photo by The Book LLC

For the second consecutive year, two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, finds himself going into the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic with the potential of winning the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge. This unique challenge awards riders a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win three of the country’s best grand prix events in the same year.

The first event was the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon held on May 30. It was there that Ward won the first leg on Rothchild and now stands to take home the bonus should the pair win the remaining two events in the Challenge.

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The second event, the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, September 1 at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY. With Ward having won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix a record six times, it will be an exciting moment when he and Rothchild enter the grass arena.

Ward has been in this position before. Just last year, during the inaugural year of the Challenge, Ward had one leg of the challenge in the record books after collecting the blue at Devon on Antares F. But the pair couldn’t pull off the win at the Hampton Classic when Kent Farrington of Chicago, IL, came in on Voyeur and shut down Ward’s streak.

Although Ward didn’t lead the victory gallop in the $250,000 class he did win four major jumper classes in 2012.

If Ward can pull off a win and get another step closer to taking home the bonus, the final leg of the challenge will be the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, held on November 2 at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

“It’s exciting to watch someone like McLain Ward head into the second leg of the Challenge,” said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor Harris Insurance Services. “Knowing he’s won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix six times in his career makes it all that much more possible to have him grab another leg of the Challenge. Taylor Harris Insurance is a proud supporter of equestrian sport and the excellence it requires to walk out with the blue ribbon. We are excited at the possibility of McLain emerging victorious in Southampton and heading to the Alltech National Horse Show having won two legs of the Challenge.”

McLain Ward and Rothchild won the first leg of the THIS Triple Crown Challenge at the Devon Horse Show – photo by The Book LLC

Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) was founded in 1987 to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk including property and casualty. Taylor Harris works with their clients to ensure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that’s right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement. Their goal is providing insurance protection for all personal and professional equestrian related risk and delivering peace of mind for their clients.

For further details visit www.taylorharris.com, like the Taylor Harris Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TaylorHarrisInsuranceServices) or call 1.800.291.4774.

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