09.25.09

Celebration of the One Year Countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Pre-Events, World Equestrian Games at 7:38 pm by Thomas

It was a busy day today.  I started off at the Celebration of the one(1) year countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the start of ticket sales.  Because of rain, the event was moved from the Lexington Courthouse into the lobby of Rupp Arena. 

Tom Hammond, a Kentucky native and key sports broadcaster for NBC Studios was the MC of the event.  Former Miss America Heather French-Henry delievered the motivational call to the citizens of Kentucky.  Jane Beashear introduced us to her instructor and possible Dressage competitor for the Games, Reese Koffler-Stanfield, whom gave a very emotional speech on her pride at having the possibility of representing Kentucky next year. Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry spoke about the festivals that will be occuring in Lexington during the Games (http://www.spotlightlexky.com) .  And last but certainly not least, Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and President of Alltech, spoke about his decision to be put up the $10 million dollars to be the Title Sponsor and their additional efforts to see that the Games are a Great success.  There was extensive media coverage of the event and NBC streamed it live on the Web for the whole World to see so all and all I would say the kick-off was a great success.