07.23.10

WEG Course Designer Pleased with Progress

Posted in 2010 Games, Combined Driving, Construction Status, World Equestrian Games at 7:51 am by Press Release

The driving course designer for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Richard Nicoll, was recently on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park for several days to work with the course builder, meet with various decorators, and generally check on the progress of the marathon obstacles.

According to Nicoll, construction is now about ninety-five percent complete on the marathon obstacles. Once everything is finished, all that will remain is the decorating. Some of this will need to be completed at the last minute because two obstacles contain portable elements that will be moved into place after the eventing cross-country phase (on the first Saturday during the WEG).

After his meeting with the decorators, Nicoll was pleased to note how enthusiastic and, with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event having been at the KY Horse Park for so many years, how experienced they are. He expects that spectators familiar with driving, and those new to the sport, will be wowed by the beauty of the course.

The drivers themselves may not appreciate the beauty of the obstacles to the same degree that the spectators will, but they will have their own beautiful views earlier in the day. While he was here, Nicoll inspected the course he had laid out for Sections A and D of the marathon. The track does not just go “round and round a field,” as he said, but follows roads, pathways, and pastures through several working farms adjoining the Kentucky Horse Park. So the drivers will get a unique view of some truly beautiful Kentucky countryside and farmland.

Nicoll says that he’s “very encouraged and excited about all the progress that’s been made at the Horse Park.” And he encourages everyone to come out on Saturday, October 9, to watch the driving marathon, if for no other reason than this is probably the only time in our lifetimes that we’ll be able to see so many FEI-level four-in-hand drivers in one North American location. Nicoll recalled how, after the 1993 World Pairs Championship in New Jersey, a number of people said they had heard how wonderful the championship was and how much they regretted having missed it.

“This time around, don’t be someone who regrets not having come to see the driving championship. This is going to be too good to miss!”

07.12.10

Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color to Provide Signage and Advertising Graphics for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, Suppliers, World Equestrian Games at 8:08 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—74 days to go—Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color, a manufacturer, printer and installer of large format signage and advertising graphics has been named the Official Signage and Graphics Sponsor for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Monster Color division will bring full-color stadium graphics and full-color signage to the 16-day world championship event held at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10.

“We are excited that Lynn Imaging has partnered with us,” say Terry Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing for the World Games 2010 Foundation. “Their involvement is vital to our success and the fact they are a local company makes the relationship that much more special for us.”

In addition to providing full color graphics and signage, Monster Color will provide signage and promotional printing needs to all sponsors and participating partners using a customized website developed especially for the 2010 Games by Lynn Imaging.

“For over sixty years we have been providing quality printing to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We have expanded these services to large format color and digital services while maintaining the foundation of customer service that our family owned business was built on,” said J.L. Lynn, C.E.O. of Monster Color. “Recent expansion into the Ohio market with the opening of two new stores in Cincinnati allows us to service our regional clientele better. Being named the signage and large format graphics provider for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is both an honor and privilege.”

About Lynn Imaging / Monster Color

Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color is a locally owned and operated business that is completely dedicated to large and small format color printing needs. With locations in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, Cincinnati and West Chester we are better able to service our regional business clientele. Most notably, Lynn Imaging maintains the value system that it was built on in 1946. Lynn Imaging employees are loyal to their customers, and work to provide superior customer service. Each member of the sales team, executive committee and managers working at Lynn Imaging average over twenty years of experience with the company. This unique team carries knowledge of the industry, and insight into customer needs which translates to peace of mind for their clients. As a proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, we are also offering all sponsors the opportunity to brand their business with the World Games by ordering through a customized website www.2010gamespromo.com.  More information available on our website www.lynnimagingmonster.com

07.08.10

Get The “Royal” Treatment at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Suppliers, World Equestrian Games at 6:20 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY – 78 Days to Go—Understanding the importance of a good cup of coffee, Royal Cup Coffee will provide all coffee and tea products to be served during the 16 days of the Games as the Official Coffee Supplier to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Games feature eight world championships in equestrian sport and will be held September 25-October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

“We are excited for Royal Cup to join the 2010 Games family,” stated Terry Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing for the Games. “Our food and beverage program is very important to the overall success of the Games and serving Royal Cup products will provide the high level of quality we demand for our spectators.”

Royal Cup Coffee has grown from its small, hometown roots in Birmingham, Ala., to become a major importer, roaster, and distributor of premium coffees and teas. Serving customers in the food service, office and specialty coffee markets, Royal Cup now reaches markets throughout the United States, into Mexico and the Caribbean including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, IHOP, La Madeleine French Bakery & Café, Outback Steakhouse, Peabody Hotels, Red Lobster, The Ritz-Carlton, Sea World, Sea Island Resorts,  and Hilton Hotels.

“Royal Cup Coffee is proud to be associated with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said   Ben Pitts, Vice President of Food Service and Hospitality for Royal Cup Coffee. “We know the participants and patrons of the Games have very high standards, so we are thrilled to have been selected. We are excited also about our long term partnership with Kentucky and the Kentucky Horse Park, and look forward to supporting a high quality food and beverage experience for their visitors.”

About Royal Cup

Royal Cup’s commitment to quality products begins with the purchase of only the finest coffees from around the world. Only the coffees that meet their rigorous requirements will be roasted using the latest technology available. The result is the best coffees the world has to offer.

“Sustainability” is the buzz word in the coffee industry today, and Royal Cup, is committed to aligning with partners in the business who do the “right thing.” Royal Cup contributes on a regular basis to Coffee Kids, Women in Coffee, and other U. S. based organizations that focus on people development in the producing countries.

07.07.10

Patina Restaurant Group to Provide First-Class Catering for World-Class Hospitality Program at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Suppliers, Vendor Spotlight, World Equestrian Games at 11:15 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—79 days to go—Patina Restaurant Group, a bi-coastal boutique catering company, will be providing first-class catering for a world-class hospitality program at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The 2010 Games will feature eight world championships in equestrian sport and are being held for the first time in the United States from September 25-Ocotober 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

As the Official Food Provider for the Hospitality Program of the 2010 Games, Patina will provide food for Hospitality offerings at each venue, in addition to the James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner Series, at the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Farmhouse.

“I am extremely excited that we’ve selected Patina Restaurant Group to be our exclusive caterer for the hospitality program for the 2010 Games,” said Kim Bennett, Director of Hospitality Programs for the World Games 2010 Foundation. “Their quality, presentation, and service of food are unparallel to anyone else in the premium segment of the food service industries. I’m positive that we will provide a world-class hospitality program and partnering with Patina Restaurant Group elevates that expectation.”

Patina’s Sports & Entertainment division has unique experience with major sports arenas, such as Arvest Ballpark, and a broad array of entertainment and performing arts venues. Past successes include the US Open Tennis Championships, the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and the 2004 Breeder’s Cup, among others.

“We are proud to be the caterer for the 2010 Games – which provides the challenge of preparing food to a mix of athletes, spectators, sponsors and VIPs,” said Nick Valenti, Restaurateur and longtime PRG CEO.

“PRG’s Chef and Founder, Joachim Splichal, will be hosting and cooking for one of the exclusive James Beard nights,” Valenti continued. “We will pay homage to local Kentucky farmers and foods at the September 30th dinner while presenting our signature Patina culinary style.”
About Patina Restaurant Group

Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com), a bi-coastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Rock Center Café, The Sea Grill, Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, Café Centro, Naples 45, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera and La Fonda Del Sol. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, FL.

On the West Coast the portfolio includes the renowned, Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot at the Maguire Gardens, Zucca Ristorante, Pinot Bistro, Catal and three other restaurants in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan and UK Healthcare. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.

07.02.10

Attractions: Louisville Zoo

Posted in Attractions, Louisville at 11:17 pm by Thomas

Going to take some time over the next couple of weeks prior to the Games to talk about some other attractions to see for people coming to our Wonderful Commonwealth for the first time.  Today I am going to talk about the Louisville Zoo which is easy to do because we spent the day there.  We try to go at least once, usually at the same time we are in Louisville for the Kentucky State Fair, I wish the Games had been earlier so that those coming could of had the opportunity to visit our Fair which is one of the largest in the World but I digress.

I do not know exactly how the Louisville Zoo ranks with other zoos around the world, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable day there.  The zoo just opened a new habitat for the seals and sea lions as part of the build out of their new Glacier Bay area which will be fully opened by next Spring and will house the new Polar Bear habitat which looks pretty cool (no pun intended) from what has been completed up to this point.   The zoo also had the good fortune of having a baby Giraffe born this year and he is a site to see.

Another new exhibit this year is a Dinosaur walk which I recommend, though it is an additional $5 per person for non zoo members but I think its worth it.  The exhibit is 16 life size robotic Dinosaurs in a very natural setting that may cause you to pause before you walk up closer to them to be sure you haven’t been transported back in time.

The zoo is less then an hour and a half drive from Lexington via I-64 and for all the latest information and exact directions check out their website at http://www.louisvillezoo.org/ .