08.31.19

Flying Drones in Kentucky

Posted in AbitaDrone, KyWEGO, Technology at 5:07 pm by Thomas

Kentucky Farm Bureau put out a quick little article on flying drones in Kentucky both for recreation and commercially. The article can be found here . If you are interested in learning to fly a drone or even go as far as get your Commercial Drone license check out the AbitaDrone Learning Zone . At our sister site KyWEGO check out the drone services we offer, everything from aerial videography and inspections to wildlife and livestock analysis.

07.17.19

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL’S LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE TRAINING

Posted in Announcement, Kentucky Horse Council at 8:58 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY (July 17, 2019) – The Kentucky Horse Council announces Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 20-22, 2019. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders. They also operate the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team as well as being instructors in technical large animal emergency rescue. The course is geared towards veterinarians, first responders and emergency personnel as well as animal control officers and any horse owner or industry professional. The course will cover subject matter from animal behavior, safety considerations, restraints, containment, entrapments, motor vehicle accidents and overturned trailers, barn and wildfires, unstable ground, water rescues, and natural disaster preparation and response.   Specialized instruction will be given to participants based on their background and auditors are welcome.
“We are excited to be offering this training again this year,” said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. “There is a real need for Large Animal Emergency Rescue training in this part of the country. It is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, volunteers and first responders to receive in-depth, technical training for situations that unfortunately arise too frequently. Last year we had a full training with 35 participants ranging from mounted police officers to firemen to veterinarians. These three groups really learned how to work together to best handle emergency situations. We look forward to providing this training to a great group again this year!”
Continuing education credits for veterinarians are approved. This course is being sponsored by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical AssociationLexington Equine MedicalRood & Riddle Equine Hospital and the Kentucky Horse Park. More sponsors are being accepted at this time.
For more information, to register for the class, or for partnership and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509.

06.30.19

Military Tribute

Posted in Announcement at 8:30 pm by Thomas

My company, AbitaNet® Corporation is sponsoring a Military Tribute on @Hometownliveradio July 1st – the 7th for all those serving at home and abroad on this Holiday that celebrates our Independence and all the sacrifices that have been made over the last two centuries to keep us free.

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04.28.19

Townend Repeats at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN

Posted in Land Rover 3-Day Event at 8:54 pm by EPR

Lexington, Ky., April 28, 2019-It came down to the last jump, but Great Britain’s Oliver Townend successfully defended his title of champion at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN by putting in a perfect performance in the show jumping with Cooley Master Class to finish on a score of 25.3.


Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class defended their title at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN.  Mackenzie Clark for Red Bay Photo

03.28.19

And the new LRK3DE presenting sponsor is …

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:12 pm by EPR


Equestrian Events, Inc. welcomes MARS EQUESTRIAN, a division of MARS INCORPORATED, as the new Presenting Sponsor of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event — a role that will continue through the 2021 event. The company is also the presenting sponsor of the
Land Rover/USEF CCI5*-L Eventing National Championship presented by
MARS EQUESTRIAN.

“Having MARS EQUESTRIAN join as the presenting sponsor of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is not only exciting for us, but for the sport overall,” said Stewart Perry, president of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. “MARS is stepping up for three-day eventing and we are grateful they will be a part of this event through 2021.” 

02.27.19

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:13 pm by EPR

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01.31.19

Earn a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification

Posted in Advertisement at 9:18 pm by Thomas

Are you interested in earning your FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification, aka Commercial Drone License. I have created a set of 6 courses I used to pass(95%) my re-certification exam in November. These courses are very comprehensive and I will continue to update them with new material. The first course is free and its a set of preview test cases for all 5 sections of the exam. The other 5 courses are currently $28 each which is $21 off their list price.Sign up

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

12.31.18

Happy New Year 2019

Posted in New Year, World Events at 10:02 pm by Thomas

I know its not quite the New Year here in Kentucky but in reality more than half the World has celebrated the New Year at this point. It’s amazing to think another year has went by and maybe the last World Equestrian Games has been played. I am one to look forward more then back, not with the intent of forgetting the past but learning from it and building something better.

So we here in Central Kentucky wish everyone World Wide a Very Happy New Year, may it bring you much joy and prosperity.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Paul Demond

KyWEGO®

11.29.18

End of WEG as we know it!

Posted in My Thoughts, World Equestrian Games at 7:19 pm by Thomas

As most have now heard, earlier this month the FEI announced what is effectively the end of the World Equestrian Games.  Instead the FEI is going to go back to the individual Championships format that proceeded the WEG.  When I wrote last month, I knew that was coming, the writing was all over the walls so to speak but that still doesn’t mean I wasn’t saddened from the sentimental standpoint when the official statement was made.  My 12 days volunteering at the 2010 WEG here in Kentucky is certainly one of those amazing events of my life so to see the likely hood of having that kind of event here again become a long shot causes a level of disappointment.

Now if you didn’t catch it, I said long shot, didn’t say an impossibility primarily because I will continue to advocate and one day if I get the chance, financially support an event of the caliber of WEG here in Kentucky.  Not saying it will be the same exact format as what WEG was but I could see putting on a multi-discipline event at the Kentucky Horse Park that would provide a showcase of what the horse represents to the human spirit.

On a more festive note, going to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays now because I am staying quite busy on a number of endeavors and so it maybe the end of next month before I make time to write again.  I am thankful for all of you who follow my blog and who support my efforts.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

10.30.18

State of the Games 2018 – Short Version – No 2022 Games

Posted in 2018 Games, 2022 Games, 2026, Tryon at 9:28 pm by Thomas

It’s been 8 years since Kentucky hosted the Games and the question I keep getting is will we get the Games again.  I am of course optimistic that we will though the clock is running because the longer we wait, we loose the benefits of previously hosting them.  When I say them most people figure I am talking the capital investments in that people feel for these kind of events you have to have brand new facilities. I disagree a bit with that assessment but the bigger loss is in personal capital, the people involved in planning the event and all those involved in the actual event, including an army of volunteers that was trained.  Certainly the loss of Dr. Lyons early this year was a blow in many ways but there are certainly other Kentuckians who can pick up that torch and carry it so I certainly don’t see his loss as something that should prevent us from ever hosting the Games again, and I am sure he would be disappointed in a number of us if that was ever to be the case.  I said this was going to be the short version, so let me get to where I see the Games since the Games at Tryon have completed.

I will say right off the bat that the Games at Tryon did not go as I had hoped.  It has always been important to me that the Games be successful no matter where they were held.  This has never been a competition between Lexington and any other host city, this has always been a hope that the next Games would build on the prior.  That Lexington learned from Aachen and then Normandy learned from Lexington and Tryon learned from Normandy and so on and so on.  In my mind that is a key component to how I judge the success of any particular set of Games.  In general I believe Aachen, Lexington and Normandy were a success in that the overall sentiment was positive and you had that sense of building something.  Now before everyone assumes I am going to say Tryon was not a success and that I am going to pile on to the negative press that did arise from these Games, I am not.  It serves no purpose in what I want to accomplish which is the continuation of the Games and the desire to bring the Games back to Kentucky.  With that said, let me layout where we are and where we need to go from here.

The first thing everyone needs to remember is that Tryon was not the original host and certainly to get into that would not make this the short version of what I wanted to provide.  The reason I bring that up is because if Tryon hadn’t stepped in there may of not been a Games at all but in doing so Tryon was taking on hosting a highly complex event in what was really too short of a time frame.  The leadership at Tryon had to be optimistic about what they were promising because to be realistic would of cost them the support to have probably pulled off what they did, which at some level was a bit of a miracle.  Now with that said, I will say there were some areas where I think the leadership may have believed their own optimistic PR and didn’t really plan with reality in mind.  In those cases I will say they over promised and under delivered and I will not excuse them of that.   I am actually going to stop there because my real interest is in where this leaves us going forward.

First I think the FEI needs to have a real hard look at itself and determine if they as an organization have the passion to provide the leadership that is needed for the WEG to continue.  Now I am sure a few of you that know me are saying, WTF, that I would suggest that the WEG is not viable because of the FEI, actually, I can’t and I am not saying that, only the FEI can make that determination and it has to on the basis of what is best for the individual sports and those involved.  The situation with Endurance is a clear example and there is no way to spin that, that doesn’t leave the sport of Endurance in a tough spot because of some real harm that was done to the sport and I think that will take some time and effort to repair.

As of now no host for the 2022 Games has been selected and this presents a significant challenge for a pair of reasons.  The obvious of course is the same problem Tryon found themselves in, lack of time.  When Kentucky won the Games early in December of 2005 that gave us a little less then 5 years to get everything done, but what a lot of people never realize is how much planning had already been done at the one of a kind facility that the Kentucky Horse Park already was.  The second reason is that who ever would host the 2022 Games has lost the chance to really get a behind the scenes look at the running of the actual event while its going on and you are actually able to take your initial plan and do some simulations against a real event in real time.

So where does that leave us, my recommendation would be that we take a break and not have the Games in 2022 with the intent to make the 2026 Games a true showcase of what Equestrian Sport is, a sport like no other, because no other sport involves the relationship of two life forces like that of a human and a horse.

I appreciate all of you who took the time to read my short version.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

09.11.18

2018 World Equestrian Games Open at Tryon

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 7:55 pm by Thomas

The 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon #Tryon2018 , North Carolina are officially open.  Of course on this the 17th anniversary of 9/11 plus the impending disaster that is Hurricane Florence the Games are not making the cut for the news networks beyond the local talk of the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on the Games, which based on the latest forecast has the potential to be significant and I could see it causing postponements of some events this weekend.  At the moment though everything is still on schedule with Endurance kicking things off at 6:30 AM followed by Dressage at 8:45 AM and Reining at 9 AM tomorrow.

The one negative I have heard and seen posted has to do with the Grooms Housing, but as of tonight it is being reported that additional RV’s and other accommodations have been made for any of the Grooms who want out of what has been referred to as the “Shambles” or on par with military barracks out in the field.  If you want additional background on this story check out what the British Grooms Association had to say on the matter, Grooms Accommodation at WEG.

We will of course be keeping up with all the news coming out of Tryon and will be praying everyone, human and horse alike stays safe, has an incredible time and that the Games themselves are a great success.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

09.01.18

We Want You As A WEG Volunteer!

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon, Volunteer at 7:23 pm by EPR

We Want You As A WEG Volunteer!

Free Community Day Presented By Mars, Incorporated Set For September 17 During World Equine Expo™ And FEI World Equestrian Games™

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 7:14 pm by EPR

Free Community Day Presented By Mars, Incorporated Set For September 17 During World Equine Expo™ And FEI World Equestrian Games™
The Organizing Committee is proud to announce that Monday, September 17, 2018 will be Community Day presented by Mars, Incorporated. Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., both parking and admission to the World Equine Expo™ will be free as a thank you to the regional North Carolina and South Carolina communities that have supported Tryon International Equestrian Center’s efforts to host the WEG this September 11-23. Click here to register to attend now!

07.24.18

Impacts from the 2010 World Equestrian Games still being felt.

Posted in 2010 Games, Business Impacts, World Equestrian Games at 9:31 pm by Thomas

I ran across a recent article discussing the ongoing positive impacts of the 2010 World Equestrian Games on Central Kentucky.  The article just published this week in the Blue Ridge Now out of Hendersonville, North Carolina was titled,  World Equestrian Games: Kentucky still feeling impact from 2010 event.

What was interesting was the fact that just 2 weeks before I had been to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Junior League Horse Show and had remarked on how I felt the Horse Park continued to benefit from WEG.  The Junior League Horse Show had previously been held at the Red Mile in downtown Lexington since the early 20th Century and is the longest running outdoor Horse Show in the United States.  It was moved to the the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to maintain that record and though there were many concerns raised about it being moved I for one found that it was an improvement in multiple ways having it at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The Rolex Arena had been upgraded for WEG and continues to pay dividends in the events it attracts and should do so for years to come.  So check out the article in Blue Ridge Now for a good perspective on the impact of the Games now that enough time has past to provide a more objective view on their impact to the Central Kentucky Area.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

06.30.18

Plan Your Trip to FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 with the Official WEG Destination Guide!

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 12:16 pm by EPR

Download our official FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) Destination Guide to plan your stay in North Carolina this September! Everything you need to know about visiting the Carolinas is there: what to do, where to explore, how to find the best food, and so much more!
 
 

 

05.20.18

World Equine Expo™ Announces Nonprofit Vendor Program

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 10:26 am by EPR

Tryon, NC USA – May 10, 2018 – The World Equine Expo™ featured at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) alongside the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG)September 11-23 has announced a Nonprofit Vendor Program with applications now available. “Nonprofit Row” will be clearly marked for high visibility and consist of 9’x10′ booths shared by two non-profit organizations at a 20% discount.
Each booth includes:
  • (2) 4’x2′ tables (one for each nonprofit organization)
  • (2) chairs (one for each nonprofit organization)
  • (2) waste baskets (one for each nonprofit organization)
Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. An initial inventory of ten booths has been set aside for a total of twenty available spots, but more inventory may be added to suit demand, and organizations can select a full-sized booth as well.
Nonprofits will be responsible for providing their own table coverings that reach the floor, brochures and marketing materials, banners, and signage.
Nonprofits are required to apply as a vendor using the online Vendor Application, agree to terms and conditions, and provide a valid credit card. Booths are not assigned until payments have been received in full. All applicants must provide a copy of their IRS determination letter designating 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
 
Application Process and Pricing
  1. Visit https://vendors.tryon2018.com and click “Vendor Application”
  2. Login if you have an account, or click “Register” to create a new account. Follow the online instructions. 
  3. Once your account has been created, you will receive an invitation to apply as a vendor. Click the link, login, and begin completing the Online Vendor Application.

The three-page application process is easy and straightforward, and includes:

  1. Organization information
  2. Booth selection
  3. Payment and submission
Pricing:
9’x10′ Full Booth – Non-Profit Organization: $6,084
9’x10′ Shared Booth – Non-Profit Organization: $3,042
Additional benefits for Nonprofit Row vendors includes a listing in the World Equine Expo™ Online Marketplace as well as a directory in the World Equine Expo™ program.
Advertising is also available in the World Equine Expo™ Program and the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Commemorative Program. For more information, visit https://tryon2018.com/page/advertise or email advertise@coth.com.
Like the @Tryon2018 Facebook page to stay informed on the most recent news.
To start planning a trip to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, visit www.Tryon2018.com.
Media Inquiries
For media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please contact one of the following press officers:
National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com or +1 (828) 863-1144
International Press Officer – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355
For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at shannon.gibbons@fei.org or 0041-78-750-6146.
About Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.Tryon.com.
About the FEI World Equestrian Games
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.
 
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.
 
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here:
 
For more information, visit www.Tryon2018.com and http://www.fei.org/tryon-2018.

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