2010 World Equestrian Games – 5 Years Later!

Posted in 2010 Games, 2022 Games at 9:36 pm by Thomas

This weekend marks the 5th anniversary of the closing of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, or what we of course more affectionately call the Kentucky World Equestrian Games.  Its even crazier to think that this December will mark 10 years since the announcement of us winning the bid to host the Games in the first place.  Early this year I really believed we would be working on hosting the 2018 Games at this point but that wasn’t meant to be but that has created impetuous for us to land the 2022 Games, though that push is on hold until after the November elections when we know who our next Governor will be.

The last memory I have of the Games on this weekend 5 years ago was being part of the Closing Ceremonies and Lyle Lovett signing our credentials, which are hanging on the wall beside me as I type this.  I am not a Lyle Lovett groupy but it was a nice closing note on an amazing event in my life that made for a perfect memory of the Games.  Of course I still believe I will get to make new memories of another World Equestrian Games and maybe even Lyle will make those games as well.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond





Split Rock Jumping Tour Changes Schedule for Friday

Posted in Split Rock Jumping Tour at 7:17 pm by EPR

Split Rock Jumping Tour Changes Schedule for Friday
FEI Grand Prix Moved Earlier to Beat Forecasted Rainstorm
Lexington, KY – October 8, 2015 – The Split Rock Jumping Tour has announced a change to its Friday schedule, moving its FEI Grand Prix earlier in the day. With heavy rain forecasted for Friday afternoon, the start time for the Grand Prix is being moved up to 11:30 am. The Bourbon International CSI 3*, the second show of Split Rock’s new international jumping series, is being held at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY, October 9-11.
“The weather forecast is calling for some heavy rain on Friday afternoon so in the best interest of our horses we are adjusting our schedule,” said Derek Braun, Founder and President of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. “By moving our FEI Grand Prix earlier in the day, we can allow our riders to show their top international horses before the rain moves in.”
With the change, Friday’s competition schedule will now start at 8:00 am with the $2,000 Kingsland Child/Adult 1.10m class, followed by the $2,000 Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur 1.40m class. The $40,000 Hollow Creek Farm CSI 3* Grand Prix will begin at 11:30 am, to be followed by the $5,000 L.V. Harkness 1.40m class.
This past summer, Split Rock installed new all-weather footing. The footing was installed by Equestrian Services International (ESI), recognized as the  leading provider of horse show footing. “We were committed to providing world-class footing for our world-class field of horses and riders,” said Braun. “Now, given Friday’s forecast, we can proceed throughout the weekend knowing that no matter what comes Friday afternoon, our ring can handle it.”
The Split Rock Jumping Tour, a new international show jumping show series is creating an “unparalleled show jumping experience” for competitors, sponsors and spectators in the U.S. The Tour’s inaugural event, the Lexington International CSI 3* held in May, received rave reviews and hosted some of the world’s top competitors representing 14 countries. Over 3,000 spectators came to enjoy the world-class competition, and discovered first-hand how the Split Rock Jumping Tour is truly revolutionizing the sport of show jumping.
In addition to the chance to see many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in world-class show jumping competition, spectators also have the chance to enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles!
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend both horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.
Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, including a detailed schedule and how to order tickets, is available on line at the Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by emailinginfo@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.