10.11.10

Closing Ceremonies… My thoughts.

Posted in 2010 Games, Closing Ceremonies, My Thoughts, World Equestrian Games at 10:25 pm by Thomas

As a thank you for those of us who worked so hard as volunteers we were offered the opportunity to participate in the Closing Ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010.  I thought this was a nice gesture to those of us that had been so passionate about these Games that we put in many days volunteering.  As with most Closing Ceremonies, they were a lot less formal then the Opening Ceremonies, the only real formality was when HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein read the formal declaration that closed the Games.  I know from some of those that payed full price for the tickets, the Ceremony was a little light for what they paid, though the Lyle Lovett concert that was part of the Closing was very good, and the fact that the spectators were able to come down into the Stadium to be down right in front of the stage was a bit of a bonus.  I certainly enjoyed it though it was bitter sweet to think that it was over after 4 1/2 years of seemingly thinking about it everyday.  Now I am thinking about what it would be like if we do get it back in 8 years, which at this point I would have to say we are the odds on favorite to get it

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

09.21.10

“Cowboy Man” Lyle Lovett to Headline 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Closing Ceremonies

Posted in 2010 Games, Closing Ceremonies, World Equestrian Games at 7:40 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—One of America’s finest songwriters, Lyle Lovett, will bring the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to a vibrant finale at the October 10th closing ceremonies in Lexington, Ky.

Known for his versatility and musicality across many genres, from country and bluegrass to swing, folk ballads, gospel and blues, the four-time Grammy Award winner and his Large Band will provide a musical bookend to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games’ closing ceremonies’ celebration of iconic moments in U.S. history and culture.

Lovett has celebrated nearly 30 years of hits including “If I Had a Boat,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “South Texas Girl,” “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas),” “She’s No Lady,” and his groundbreaking single, “Cowboy Man.”  On his 14th album, “Natural Forces” released last year, Lovett croons a poignant line that speaks to his equestrian spirit: “Home is where my horse is.”

Lovett’s connection to the Games is not limited to the closing ceremonies. As a Texas native, he breeds and raises quarterhorses for reining, competes non-professionally as a rider, and is involved in equestrian charity work. One of his horses, Smart and Shiny, is slated to be ridden by Italy’s Marco Ricotta in Reining.

“Lyle Lovett is one of America’s greatest living singers and songwriters,” said Dr. Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. “As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games’ debut in the United States and we bid farewell to newfound friends the world over, no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett.”

In addition to his music, Lovett has appeared in 12 feature films, including several directed by the highly-acclaimed Robert Altman.

Tickets to the October 10th closing ceremonies are still available. To secure your tickets today, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com or call 1-888-934-2010.