11.15.11

Southern Lights: Military Night

Posted in Kentucky Horse Park at 10:34 pm by EPR

Southern Lights:
Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights

Wednesday, December 7

Free admission for all current and retired military personnel and their families
on this special Southern Lights evening!
Just show a military i.d., DD-214 or VA Medical Card at the gate for free admission.
This is one very small way for us to say “thank you” to our extraordinary
men, women and families who have served our country in the military.

Southern Lights is an annual holiday event at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Take a 3-mile drive surrounded by light displays with more than one million bulbs, then visit our indoor acitivies that include lots for the whole family to enjoy!
www.KyHorsePark.com
859-255-5727 or 859-259-4200

11.06.11

Fun @ 2011 NHS Grand Prix

Posted in Alltech National Horse Show, Show Jumping at 7:55 pm by Thomas

Last night I had the enjoyment of attending my first National Horse Show after having heard of this show for the last 30 plus years.   Of course it is now known as the Alltech National Horse Show and was hosted at The Kentucky Horse Park. It is certainly one of the successes to come out of hosting the 2010 Alltech FEI World Games and we are thrilled to have it in Kentucky.

Onto the show itself, it was all general admission seating, unless you had connections to have a box seat at the end of the arena, but that also required suit and tie and after a busy Saturday not sure I really would have been up to getting all dressed up. We arrived a little earlier so we actually picked out some pretty nice seats on the upper end of the arena. There wasn’t a crowd but the arena was filled to a nice capacity and I would expect after a few years of Kentucky hosting it we would get capacity crowds.

I will admit my one goof of the night was buying my tickets through TicketMaster online @ $37.50 each, when we could have purchased them for $30 at the window. Of course I am one of those people that likes to have his tickets in hand before I go to an event, but a 25% premium gets my attention, especially when part of that you don’t see until you actually hit the submit button. Of course TicketMaster isn’t in the business of making friends, they are in the business of making money.

Now onto the competition, the horse and riders were of excellent caliber and did not disappoint. We had 31 competitors total and 5 had clear rounds within the 81 second time allowed to make it to the Jump Off. The Jump Offs are always what I think first attracts non-horse people to watch show jumping even if they never take up riding themselves. It was great to watch Jessica Springsteen(daughter of Bruce) riding Cincinatti Le Silla take 3rd with an excellent ride. This young lady is not 20 yet so I would expect her to win this before she is 30 easily. I know we had a blast and this will certainly be one of those annual events for our family.

I won’t type out the full results because you can find them here.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

11.02.11

Alltech National Horse Show comes to Kentucky!

Posted in Alltech, Alltech National Horse Show, Competitions, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington at 8:06 pm by Thomas

The Alltech National Horse Show started today at the Kentucky Horse Park. This is the 128th edition of the National Horse Show and it is a Great Honor that this show has come to our Commonwealth. I remember growing up as a kid hearing about riding at Madison Square Gardens as one of those ultimate accomplishments in the competitive horse world. I suspect if we get the honor of hosting this show for another 25 years people will speak of the Lexington in the same way they used to speak of the Garden’s. I have put up a seperate page for the Alltech National Horse so that I can embed the video streams and post other information specific to the show in an easy to access location.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond
KyWEGO®