06.08.10

Lynn Palm and Rugged Painted Lark Join the Fun and Excitement of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Equine Village, World Equestrian Games at 5:05 am by Thomas

Clinics and Demonstrations are Part of Grounds Pass Ticket Offering

Lexington, Ky. – Lynn Palm will be a featured performer at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 to October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Activities provided daily by Lynn Palm include Bridleless Musical Exhibitions with elements of dressage, reining and jumping to showcase the beauty, amazing athleticism and outstanding ability of Rugged Painted Lark, her registered American Paint Horse. In addition, Palm will be a presenter at the Clinicians Corral and the Kids Zone demonstrating dressage principles for all breeds, levels and disciplines. Palm’s demonstrations will be available with a Grounds Pass Ticket, which are now on sale at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets.

One of the few clinicians available today with a proven competition record, Lynn Palm’s list of accomplishments include being named 2007 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year and AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year, amassing a record four AQHA Superhorse wins and over 34 World and Reserve World Championships. Palm has also written three books and produced over 50 videotapes on training the Western and English rider and horse.

For 40 years, Lynn has championed the partnership of horse and rider, bringing her unique perspective to hundreds of thousands of horse enthusiasts around the world. Having performed at the 1996 Olympic Games with Quarter Horse stallion, Rugged Lark, Palm is no stranger to large audiences whether performing bridleless or offering her step by step teaching methods.

“Our musical exhibition is unique and we are proud to showcase the unique abilities of western, dressage, and jumping as well as demonstrate dressage principles that apply to all disciplines,” said Palm. “Most of all we are proud to show a happy horse while performing.”

Lynn will also be available for training questions throughout the Games. Make a point to join her at the booth in the Equine Village for training products, gifts, saddles, giveaways and contests from Palm Partnership Training and the American Paint Horse Association.

Access to the Equine Village will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket. Grounds Pass tickets can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at 1-800-745-3000. Grounds Pass tickets are priced at $25. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.

05.05.10

Pat Parelli Brings Natural Horsemanship Clinic to Equine Village of the 2010 Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Equine Village, World Equestrian Games at 9:38 pm by Thomas

Clinics and Demonstrations are Part of Grounds Pass Ticket Offering

Lexington, Ky.,—As the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games approach, guests should not only be looking forward to the competition, but also to the multitude of equine entertainers and clinicians that will be a part of the 2010 Games Equine Village, September 25 – October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Among the entertainers that are part of the Equine Village is Pat Parelli, known around the world for his Natural Horsemanship training method.

Born in California, Parelli became involved with horses early in life, and learned from a horseman and trapper named Freddie Ferrera. Ferrera introduced Parelli to a more natural way of handling horses, which stuck with him as he grew up.

As a teenager, Parelli started competing in rodeos and won the Bareback Rookie of the Year title in 1972. He began training young horses as a business but soon found that training horses wasn’t all he wanted to do.

Parelli had been developing his own style of teaching based on natural training methods, as well as Kung Fu principles learned from Australian horseman Tony Ernst. Parelli discovered that in order to make a difference with horses he would have to train their owners, and in 1982 he began giving seminars.

“Our philosophy is that we use the same thing that the horse’s mother used,” Parelli said. “She used strength of bond, lightness and politeness of response, and had an ultimate respect. The idea is to create a relationship with the horse that is way more than riding.”

Parelli said his Natural Horsemanship method applies to any discipline and any breed. He and his wife Linda plan to showcase this at the Equine Village by bringing a team of mastery level students and horses from seven different breeds.

“Every demonstration will have a different theme and it won’t be the same thing over and over again,” Parelli said. “We’ll have a western performance, English sport horses and driving horses.”

Parelli also will be doing demonstrations on his world famous mare, Magic, who he said can jump, slide, spin and piaffe all in the same demonstration.

“I think that the World Games is a stage so-to-speak.” Parelli said. “A stage where everything top level equestrian is going to be, and we are there to inspire and educate at the highest level.”

Between performing on his own horses and doing demonstrations along with his students, Parelli has planned an educational experience in Natural Horsemanship that will run every day during the Games.

“Tell everyone they need to bring two pairs of socks,” Parelli said to those who plan to come to the Equine Village, “because we’re going to blow the first pair off.”

Access to the Equine Village will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket. Grounds Pass tickets can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will be on sale at a promotional rate of $20 until May 31. Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 after that time. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.

For more information, visit www.alltechfeigames.com

To learn more about Natural Horsemanship, visit Pat Parelli’s website at http://www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com/.

04.14.10

Clinton Anderson Brings Downunder Horsemanship to 2010 Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Equine Village, World Equestrian Games at 8:35 pm by Thomas

Clinics and Demonstrations are Part of Grounds Pass Ticket Offering

LEXINGTON, KY—As the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games approach, guests should not only be looking forward to the competition, but also to the multitude of equine entertainers and demonstrators that will be a part of the Equine Village.

Among the entertainers in the Equine Village is Clinton Anderson, a clinician known around the world for his training method known as Downunder Horsemanship.

Anderson, who grew up in Australia, became infatuated with riding at a young age. Anderson’s grandparents bought his first horse, Casey, when he was nine years old. Anderson became involved with polocrosse, a combination of polo and lacrosse that originated in Australia.

During a polocrosse game, a man approached Anderson’s father, suggesting clinician Gordon McKinlay could help improve Anderson’s horsemanship skills. Anderson soon attended one of McKinlay’s clinics, and discovered that training horses was actually a career option.

“We’ve gotten to where we have been by a lot of hard work and dedication,” Anderson said about his career. “I started studying this method when I was 13 and once I realized I liked the method, I decided to make a career out of it.”

Anderson decided to leave school at the age of 15 and become McKinlay’s apprentice. After two years with McKinlay, Anderson pursued more training in reining and cutting, working for champion reiner Ian Fracis.

After working with Francis, Anderson opened a training facility in Australia and bought one of his star horses Mindy. Anderson competed with Mindy in the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Australia and the pair finished third in the finals.

Anderson’s success in the arena influenced him to take his knowledge overseas. He made the U.S. his second home in 1997. He began training, touring and conducting clinics—and Downunder Horsemanship took off.

In addition to his clinics and tours, Anderson wanted to “duplicate” himself so others could benefit from his methods even when he was busy. In April 2001, Anderson launched a weekly training program broadcast in the U.S. on RFD-TV, a satellite network focused on agriculture.

“Downunder Horsemanship is idiot-proof horsemanship,” Anderson said. “We make it simple for people to understand how to train their horses at home.”

Being a part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is just another step in Anderson’s plan to share his training methods on an international level. Anderson will be giving demonstrations at the Equine Village throughout the duration of the Games.

“We’ve got demonstrations on problem trailering horses, problem groundwork horses and advanced riding demonstrations as well.” Anderson said.

Building on the success of his Walkabout Tour that covered the U.S. this year, Anderson is planning more tours and clinics for 2011. Anderson said being a part of the 2010 Games is a great opportunity to be involved.

“It (the Games) will give me a chance to expose my methods.” Anderson said.

Access to the Equine Village will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket.  Grounds Pass ticket sales begin April 16 at 10 a.m. at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will be on sale at a promotional rate of $20 until May 31. Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 after that time. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.

04.12.10

Kids Zone in Equine Village to Host Family-Friendly Activities

Posted in 2010 Games, Equine Village, World Equestrian Games at 8:33 pm by Thomas

All Part of Grounds Pass Ticket Offering at 2010 Games

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Families will find hours of fun at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in the Kids Zone area of the Equine Village.

The Kids Zone is a special and exciting interactive area designed for fun and education for all ages.  This special area is anchored by the EquiMania Education Centre from the University of Guelph in Canada.  Children and adults alike will be able to braid a horse’s tail and dig for bones. They will also meet SEMORE and QUATTRO, life sized horse models created to educated children the anatomy of the horse. Families will be encourage do further explore the world of horses with areas dedicated to rider safety, horse welfare, and horse careers.

In addition to the EquiMania exhibits, families can see what it is like to be a real cowboy chasing cattle on a mechanical cutting horse. This fantastic exhibit has multiple levels and will appeal to the young child or the professional cutting horse trainer.

The American Shetland Horse Association will also assist with live pony activities. Children will have the opportunity to pet and brush a pony under safe supervision.  Molly, the pony who survived hurricane Katrina and now has an artificial leg, will also be in attendance.

In addition, the Native American Village will entertain and educate visitors about the culture, music and horses of our country’s original citizens. This area will feature an authentic teepee, drummers and story tellers.

Several acts will showcase various equestrian disciplines at a kid-friendly level.  The National Youth Harness Horse Association will be putting on demonstrations to introduce everyone to the wonderful world of driving. The talented young equestrian Lizzie Turband and her pony will teach fans about trick riding.  The California Cowgirls, one of the best drill and trick riding teams in America, will be on hand to delight and answer questions from aspiring cowgirls.

Finally, the Kids Zone will be host to the world champion of Sand Castle building, who will be inviting everyone to jump in a giant sand box and build along with him.

Access to the Equine Village and Kids Zone will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket.  Grounds Pass ticket sales begin April 16 at 10 a.m. at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at 1-800-745-3000.  Tickets will be on sale at a promotional rate of $20 until May 31st.   Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 after that time. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.

04.09.10

World-Class Entertainers, Clinicians Scheduled for Equine Village at 2010 Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Equine Village, Events, World Equestrian Games at 8:12 am by Thomas

Exhibits and Demonstrations Offered with Grounds Pass Tickets

LEXINGTON, KY—More than 50 of the world’s top performers and clinicians will showcase their talents and expertise during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Entertainment, demonstrations, clinicians and lecturers will delight and educate spectators in the Equine Village of the Games grounds each day during the 16 days of the Games, which take place at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010.

The Equine Village daily acts and 40+ exhibits will be available with a Grounds Pass ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase through www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets, on www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and via the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000. Grounds Pass tickets go on sale April 16.

The Equine Village will include daily demonstrations from Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm, and John Lyons, as well as daily exhibits including the Parade of Breeds, EquiMania, Molly the Pony, the NCHA mechanical horse and cow, the Native American Village and a pony petting area.

In addition, a limited number of performances by Stacey Westfall, Tommy Turvey and Mario Contreras will be offered in the Equine Village.

For a full schedule of activities, visit http://www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3956.

Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 each, but from April 16 through May 31, as a special promotion, tickets will be available for $20. Each Grounds Pass will allow entry to the 2010 Games venue for the selected date of purchase.

To provide for an affordable, family-friendly event, admission for children 12 years of age and under will be free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

A limited quantity of Flex Grounds Pass tickets will be available for $30. The Flex Grounds Pass can be used for entry on any one day of choice, without selecting a specific date of attendance at the time of purchase. Grounds Pass tickets are available for 13 days during the Games, excluding the competition days of Endurance, Eventing Cross Country and Driving Marathon.  Spectators who wish to purchase admission for these competitions should visit www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets.

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 the University of Kentucky. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.