09.17.17

One Year Until FEI World Equestrian Games™ Comes to North Carolina, USA

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 6:25 pm by EPR

Tryon, NC, USA – September 12, 2017 – The one year to go countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018  (WEG) was launched today. With more than 500,000 people expected to attend the 2018 Games, the 12-day spectacle of equestrian champions is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar and will be the largest equestrian event in North Carolina’s history. Mark Bellissimo, CEO of host venue Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, NC, announced today that tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 16, 2017. Competition action at WEG 2018 runs from September 12 through September 23, 2018, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for September 11.

A variety of ticketing types and prices will be offered such as an All Games Pass for each week of competition or both weeks, an All Session Day Pass, All Session Discipline Pass, as well as individual event tickets, and opening and closing ceremonies. Ticket prices vary, but include an inexpensive Day Pass that gives attendees access to event grounds and expo only. A complete list of ticketing options will be available online at www.tryon2018.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition to announcing ticket sales, TIEC has today released a “Destination Tryon” video to showcase the region where the 2018 Games will be held. Prior to winning the bid to host WEG 2018, Polk County, North Carolina dwelt as a hidden gem, tucked away in the bucolic Blue Ridge Foothills, bordering South Carolina. Surrounded by bold mountains and scenic foothills, the area is conveniently located within an hour of top cities including Asheville and Charlotte in North Carolina and Greenville in South Carolina. The rural community now joins the league of iconic destinations around the world – like Normandy, Stockholm, Rome and Aachen – to host equestrian sport’s most distinguished championships.

 Click here to watch the Destination Tryon video as part of the one year countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018!

 

For WEG 2018, Bellissimo is focusing on the love of horses to bring added attention to equestrian sport and touch a broader audience of horse enthusiasts globally, highlighting the important role horses have played throughout history.

“All of our nations were discovered on the back of a horse and these amazing animals continue to provide livelihood, transportation, security, entertainment, friendship, therapy, and sport around the world. The love of the horse is universal and profound. The Games is an incredible stage to show the world how important and valuable this creature is and celebrate our relationship with them,” said Bellissimo.

Fédération Equestre Internationale President Ingmar De Vos shared his excitement about the forthcoming Games at TIEC.

“Marking one year to go to the FEI World Equestrian Games is always a very exciting time and we’re really looking forward to the spectacular event that Tryon will bring,” Ingmar De Vos said. “The Games are the greatest gathering of the best athletes and horses from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of people will have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of equestrian sport as world champions are crowned across the eight FEI disciplines. The USA is renowned as a country of horse lovers and is also hugely successful in the sport so we are delighted to have this, the FEI’s flagship event, back in America once again.”

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) President Murray Kessler is pleased that the WEG is coming back to the United States for 2018 and will be hosted all at one venue at TIEC.

“We are confident that Mark Bellissimo and his team at Tryon will host an exceptional World Equestrian Games next year. Having the Games in the U.S. gives us an opportunity to celebrate the joy of horse sports with millions of Americans in a way that will help grow engagement and participation in all equestrian sports in this country.” said Murray Kessler, President U.S. Equestrian.

The Games are expected to have tremendous economic impact to both Western North Carolina and the South Carolina Upstate. The previous WEG held in Normandy (FRA) in 2014 had an estimated economic impact of $400 million and attracted 575,000 spectators. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper praised the organizers’ success in bringing the Games to the Carolinas.

“The World Equestrian Games are an incredible opportunity for North Carolina, and we are pleased to host this event in our state,” said Governor Cooper. “We applaud the efforts of Mark Bellissimo and the organizers at Tryon International Equestrian Center to bring this global event to North Carolina and stimulate tremendous economic growth for our state as a result.”

Held every four years alternating with the Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM combines the world championships for jumping, dressage and para-dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting and endurance into one massive 12-day event.

Click here to watch the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 promo video!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations for the 2018 WEG are being managed by Connections Housing, a full-service sourcing, housing and event management company. With 30 years of experience serving events in a range of industries, Connections has two full-service, fully-owned call centers and will oversee all aspects of the housing process from contracting and room block management to reservations and post-event analysis. Accommodations will be open to the public on Monday, September 18. For more information about accommodations, please visit www.tryon2018.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

For media inquiries, please visit www.tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:

National Media – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com  or at (828) 863-1144.

International Media – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or at 0044(0)203 176 0355.

For more information from the FEI, please contact Leanne Williams leanne.williams@fei.org or at 0041-21-310-4747.

ABOUT THE TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian 

Games 

Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.tryon.com.

ABOUT THE FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. For more information, visit  www.tryon2018.com and www.fei.org/tryon-2018

07.30.17

Recycling at WEG 2018 Encouraged

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon, World Equestrian Games at 10:10 am by Thomas

Some news on plans to promote recycling for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.  As with any large public event waste management is always one of the big things that never seems to get the attention it needs, primarily because we don’t want to think about how much waste we generate.  In this case the local Polk County Government is making plans to address the issue.

Following is the resolution approved by commissioners and the recycling advisory board:

Resolution endorsing solid waste management and recycling efforts during the 2018 World Equestrian Games

WHEREAS, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Polk County, North Carolina (USA) September 2018; and

WHEREAS, the FEI World Equestrian Games, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight World Championships at one event; and

WHEREAS, equestrian enthusiasts from more than 70 countries will compete with 500,000 plus spectators watching; and

WHEREAS, it is a priority of this community to protect human health and the environment through safe and effective management of solid waste; and

WHEREAS, it is a goal of the community to maintain its physical appearance and to reduce the adverse effects of large crowds and the compilation of refuse; and

WHEREAS, Polk County recognizes its role in the encouragement of proper disposal and recycling; and

WHEREAS, involvement of the Tryon International Equestrian Center is critical to the establishment of an effective solid waste and recycling program for an event of this magnitude.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Polk County Board of Commissioners and the Polk County Recycling Advisory Board to hereby support and encourage the development and implementation of practices and policies by Tryon International Equestrian Center to further the aims of waste reduction and recycling during the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

 

Full Article from the Tryon Daily Bulletin

06.29.17

Tryon 2018: 438 Days and Looking Good!

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 8:49 pm by Thomas

Wanted to say that I like what Tryon has done for their title logo for the Games, simplistic but catchy, so far that is the vibe I get from the information I am seeing.  That gives me a good feeling about how these Games are going to go because its easy for these kind of events to get complicated in ways they don’t need to be and nothing good comes from that but Tryon looks to have a good plan and is executing that plan effectively.

03.01.17

2018 World Equestrian Games: Volunteers Requested

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon, Volunteer, Volunteerism at 9:16 pm by Thomas

The request has went out for volunteers for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina.  The Games are scheduled to start September 10, 2018 and go through the 23rd, though as a volunteer you are not expected to do every day of the Games.  For the 2010 Games I did 12 of the 16 days and I was being a bit of an over achiever.  If you are like most people and you can spare a week though I recommend doing at least 4 or 5 days  as a volunteer and this will leave you some time for travel and a day or two to be a spectator while you are there, this is probably what I will end up doing.  The hope with an event like this is to have no more then 3 distinct sets of volunteers which means you need them to average 4 or 5 days and to have some overlap.  I hope many of you will sign up, my experience at the 2010 World Equestrian Games is something I will always remember and cherish.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

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Thomas P. Demond
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12.01.16

Tryon International Equestrian Center decked out for the Holidays.

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 9:43 pm by Thomas

There looks to be lots going on in the month of December at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and they have the place all decked out for the Holidays.  We continue to hear good things about the plans for the 2018 World Equestrian Games with only 648 days until the start on September 10, 2018.

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Thomas P. Demond

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11.03.16

Tyron wins bid to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

Posted in 2018 Games, Tryon at 7:54 pm by EPR

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) from 10 to 23 September 2018. The FEI Bureau today unanimously agreed that the Games should be awarded to Tryon, meaning that the FEI’s flagship event remains in North America, following the withdrawal of Bromont (CAN) earlier this year.

The original dates for the Games (12-26 August) have been changed following two scientific studies commissioned by the FEI which stated that climatic conditions would be significantly more favourable in North Carolina during September, particularly from a horse welfare perspective. The FEI also looked at date clashes with other fixtures on the FEI Calendar to ensure the optimum timeslot for the 2018 Games.

“We are very pleased to announce Tryon as the host of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018”, FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “The Tryon team submitted a really impressive bid and we have every confidence in the organising committee. It’s a truly spectacular venue and almost all the necessary infrastructure for our eight disciplines is already in place. We are looking forward to a fantastic celebration of top level sport as all the disciplines come together to crown their world champions at the Games in two years’ time.”

The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is situated on a 1,600 acre site at the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The venue has 1,200 permanent stables, 12 arenas including a floodlit international arena with a potential spectator seating capacity of up to 12,000 and VIP seating for up to 1,500, a covered arena with 5,000 seats, and has a world-class cross country course that will be used for both Eventing and Driving. The venue is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for Endurance. The venue contains excellent facilities for athletes and spectators including restaurants, hospitality, accommodation, retail and resort amenities. An on-site state-of-the-art veterinary facility is currently under construction.

“We are thrilled with this news and thank the FEI Bureau for having faith in us and entrusting us with the honour of hosting this prestigious event”, Mark Bellissimo said. “It’s a really great fit for North Carolina’s equestrian heritage and we look forward to working closely with the FEI and with the USEF to produce fabulous FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018.”

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 were previously awarded to Bromont (CAN), but a lack of secure funding led to mutual agreement between the FEI and the Canadian Comité organisateur des Jeux Équestres Mondiaux 2018 (COJEM) to terminate the host contract in July of this year.

Following the withdrawal of Bromont, the FEI Bureau mandated the President to find a solution and, after a thorough assessment of a number of options, the President proposed that the Bureau allocate the Games to Tryon. In light of the timeframe, with the Games in less than two years, existing infrastructure was a crucial factor in the evaluation process.

The Bureau met by teleconference today (3 November) to agree the allocation and were unanimous in their support of the Tryon bid.

“The FEI is 100% committed to the FEI World Equestrian Games concept and we are extremely grateful to all those that showed interest in hosting the 2018 Games”, Ingmar de Vos said. “Their enthusiasm demonstrates the importance of the event across the equestrian community.”

08.31.16

WEG Roller Coaster

Posted in 2018 Games, My Thoughts, Tryon at 10:02 pm by Thomas

First, let me apologize for not having posted earlier in the month as the news was breaking in regards to Lexington and the 2018 Games.  In reality its been a busy couple of months and I knew I would need some time to put my thoughts together in a coherent way.  Obviously I was disappointed(again) when the news came out that Kentucky would be passing on making another bid for the 2018 Games.  In some ways I can’t blame that State, we made a legitimate bid last year when things initially fell through for Bromont and the FEI still went back and gave the Games to Bromont anyway.  Yes, the clean venue clause that Longines has with FEI was the reason given for us not getting the Games and on face value that was a hurdle and everyone just excepted that, but in reality I think if the FEI had wanted to clear that hurdle it could of been cleared, certainly the FEI knew of that hurdle before Lexington made its bid, so why even have Lexington make the bid in that case.  Ultimately I do not know the answers to that and even though I have my theories, to speculate on that in a public forum doesn’t serve any good purpose and my ultimately goal remains the success of the Games overall as well as their return to Kentucky.

Now some of my disappointment is self inflicted in that I believe you have to keep a positive attitude about things if you want them to succeed.  Sometimes I am accused of being overly positive, which is funny because I fancy myself a very logical person who prides himself on being able to look at a scenario from all sides.  So in reality I was disappointed but not surprised because there is a lot of competing things going on in the Commonwealth and for the powers that be, there probably isn’t an upside for them to us hosting the Games, certainly not as much upside as potential downside for them.

All of what I have just written is the past now, I have had an excellent summer even with the disappointment of us not getting WEG for 2018 which when you think about it means my life is pretty great and I am very blessed so I continue to move forward with the purpose to improve the lives of those around me and of this great Commonwealth.

Now what I did find to be a happy surprise was the announcement of the bid by the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina to host the 2018 Games.  The Tryon International Equestrian Center is a very new facility that only first opened the summer before the last Games occurred in Normandy and apparently there is some chatter that the developers plans were to bid for the 2022 Games which makes really good sense.  Here is the Google Maps view of the Center , if you compare it to the Kentucky Horse Park it looks about half the overall size but its actually listed at 1,500 acres compared to the Horse Park’s 1224 acres.  Of course a large portion of the Tryon acreage is wooded, almost like somebody was trying to hide the fact that they were building a world class Equestrian Park, I am only half joking as it would seem they didn’t want to get the word until the had the park completed though they have been hosting events there, almost as test runs as they build out the rest of the park.  Now I do not know Mark Bellissimo who heads up the Tryon Equestrian Partners, but I will say at this point my hat is off to them for this endeavor and not only do I wish them much success, I will support them anyway I can.

Now for most people who know me, I probably don’t need to make this next statement, but for those who do not and think I am doing a dis-service to the Kentucky Horse Park by saying I will support Tryon with all the resources I can muster, understand my first responsibility is to the horses themselves because there is no place I am happier then being around horses and events like WEG put horses in front of people who might not otherwise know the majesty of the horse.  As the population of the world has grown and technology has taken us away from nature the percentage of people who know horses has dropped significantly and I do fear for a world that one day has no horses.  On that note I probably need to close this post before I get too philosophical and end with what is probably my favorite quote;

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man!

I will be back sooner then later with more on the Tryon Center, our plans of support and the other potential contenders for the 2018 Games.

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Thomas P. Demond
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07.28.16

Third Time’s a Charm, WEG 2018

Posted in 2018 Games, World Equestrian Games at 8:24 pm by Thomas

So by now I figure most everyone has heard the news that Bromont has pulled out of hosting the 2018 Games.  Of course by now that is old news and in some ways didn’t come as a surprise because as much as I wanted Bromont to be successful I had yet to see any indication that they had ever gotten the financial needs worked out and it seems the expectation had been that the Canadian Federal Government would bail them out.  That of course didn’t happen and worst then that the Feds let them know in no uncertain terms that that wasn’t going to happen and at the same time investigations had started into some of the promises made by the Mayor of Bromont.

All and All not a good situation and even though it puts Kentucky back in the running to host the Games in 2018, it does real damage to the future of the Games.  Now with all that said there is only one thing to do, fight to get the Games back in Kentucky and make them successful both to benefit Kentucky and to shore up the future of the Games.  Of course there has been a number of people saying negative things about the success of the Games in 2010, personally I think it is a fairly easy argument to make that the Games were successful.  I know some people point to some raw numbers and say we spent more then we made but I think when you look out the amount spent on the Horse Park as a long term investment and consider what kind of Signature Event the Games were for Kentucky I can’t think of anything else that could bring that kind of long term value to the state.  Only this week the USEF signed a 40 year lease and plans on building a new 3 story headquarters at the Horse Park not sure how that is anything but a positive outcome from the Games.

So back to the 2018 Games, I still haven’t heard what deal is going to be worked out between Rolex and Longines but something will have to because even the other 2 venues, Wellington and Aachen that might be up to pulling off the Games in 2 years have the same issue that the Horse Park has in regards to the contract the Longines has with the FEI which is the only thing that knocked us out of getting the Games last year.  My hope of course is that Rolex and Longines understand the benefits of the Games and that it is in neither of their interest for the Games to fail to go on in 2018.  Personally I still have real doubts that Wellington could host the Games and certainly not with less then 2 years to go to be ready.  Aachen is in a better place from the stand point of capability but and I am afraid this is a big but, the security situation in Europe is much more unstable then they let on and I see no reason to expect that to be better in 2 years, in fact I expect it to be worse.  So again this really leaves only 1 option, the Kentucky Horse Park and I think the FEI is acutely aware that if Kentucky bids for it again and gets the snub that even I would say we make no further plans to bid for it again and that we come up with our own event with or without FEI sanction.  Now with that said, I don’t think it will come to that, I really believe third time is the charm and that the FEI has not choice because there is no way to host the Games in a venue that hasn’t previously and recently held the Games because of the time crunch they are under.

So I ask, and a lot of you I am going to ask personally to enthusiastically support Kentucky bidding and hosting the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.  This means for those who know any elected officially get them on board, even if that is your county sheriff because you will be surprised how important local law enforcement is to this kind of event to provide the man power and support needed for security.  Those of you in business, let people know that you believe this event is good for your business either by the direct publicity it brings your business or by the new business it generates in the state.  Those of you who volunteered for the 2010 Games let people know you would do it again, I volunteered for 12 of the 16 days and know I would do it again because it was a great experience.

I still have the one year to go poster hanging on my wall that says, “GET YOUR GAMES FACE ON.”, its time to do it again Kentucky.  The Games were a success the first time around, and they will be an even bigger success the second time because we have the experience and the passion.  My slogan this time is going to be “Y’ALL COME BACK NOW”, because people did come back to Kentucky after the Games last time so we should certainly invite them to come back after the second time.

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Thomas P. Demond
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06.30.16

Olympic Impact on the 2018 Games

Posted in 2018 Games, My Thoughts, Olympics, Rio 2016, Summer Olympic Games at 4:32 pm by Thomas

The Olympics generate lots of news both good and bad that can have all sorts of down stream effects on events coming afterwards.  Now to what effect all the negative press for the Rio 2016 Olympics is having on Bromont’s work in preparing for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, no one can say for sure but you will find no one that would say its having no effect because it shows the perils of hosting Global events and certainly provides ample ammunition to Bromont and WEG’s detractors.

With all that said I am still cautiously hopeful that the 2018 Games will be successful and that Kentucky will pursue and land the 2022 or more likely now the 2026 Games.  I say that last part because I very much suspect that there are significant powers looking to get the Games down under in Australia or back to Europe and our current political situations make it unlikely that we will even pursue a 2022 bid.  I would certainly love to see us go for and get the 2022 Games, BUT, and I put that in caps because I feel its a big but, I have to be a realist and pursuing the 2022 Games might not be in the best interest of Kentucky because the odds maybe already stacked against us and we would be spending resources that would be better saved for the 2026 bid which I really feel will have to be a do or die kind of effort.

Next month I will have more on what I feel the plan should be to get the Games back to Kentucky!

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Thomas P. Demond
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05.30.16

Rolex Repeat and all things Spring?

Posted in 2018 Games, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event at 9:20 pm by Thomas

Michael Jung of Germany repeated in 2016 winning the Rolex Grand Slam Events and I had the good fortune of tail-gating at the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event to watch him.  In other news Adelaide, South Australia has given interest in hosting the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games which would be another first for the Games.  I didn’t make it to Sydney for the 200o Summer Olympics so I would certainly have to put it on my bucket list to go if they were successful, with that said of course I am still hopeful that we will submit a winning bid for the 2022 Games.  On a personal note, our horses are showing well and warm weather has finally arrived so Spring has been good on many levels.

Of course we have to take the bad with the good and a number of things have occurred in the last several months that I feel must be addressed because they are part of the horse world.  I guess the first to address is a number of deaths of Eventers that has been reported this spring.  Ultimately Eventing is a dangerous sport and that is something anyone competing in it knows but it doesn’t make any of us feel any better when we hear about the death or injury of someone enjoying something we enjoy as well.  First I want to say to the families that have lost someone you have my deepest sympathies and even though we all will say they were doing something they loved it doesn’t make it any easier for those left behind.

On another somewhat dubious note, Bromont is having a number of issues related to hosting the 2018, Horse Canada just had an extensive article on it that you can read here .  Some may think I would be happy that Bromont was having issues, in no way do I consider Bromont’s issues a good thing for Kentucky because it is certainly not a good thing for WEG.  Remember there was a time before the World Equestrian Games, it was called the 80’s so I maybe more then others is acutely aware that WEG could vanish again.  There has been much talk even before Kentucky hosted the Games about going back to just having the European Championships.  So to say this Spring has been turbulent like a Spring Thunderstorm in Kentucky might be stating it mildly.  So here is hoping that June brings a more sunny outlook on the horse world.

 

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Thomas P. Demond
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12.30.15

2015 Year End Review: 10th Year

Posted in 2018 Games, Breeders Cup, My Thoughts, Thoroughbred Racing, World Games 2010 Foundation at 11:10 pm by Thomas

As I look back on 2015 I am reminded of why this site came into existence, ten years ago this month the announcement was made that Kentucky had won the right to host the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.  As Lexington Kentucky is consider the Horse Capital of the World I dubbed them the Kentucky World Equestrian Games and launched this site as a means to put my talents to use supporting those and future Games.  The 2010 Games are of course a bit more then 5 years in the past now though I still believe their impact is felt in this region.

The big example for this year was the 2015 Breeders Cup, which myself and others feel has a direct connection to the 2010 Games, even those who say the Breeders Cup would have eventually come to Lexington with out us hosting the Games can’t deny that the Games at the very least brought it here sooner then it otherwise may have naturally occurred.   I actually tend to disagree with that as it doesn’t really make sense that it should take the Breeders Cup 31 years to come to Keeneland considering the history and importance of this track but I know there are individuals who can make the argument why Keeneland hadn’t and my response to them then is, then why now, what changed, after a moment of their puzzlement, I say, the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is what happened.

Though we didn’t win the bid in 2014 to host the 2018 Games, Bromont’s win was still viewed as a plus because it again brought the Games to North America, so we were disappointed to hear recently that there are some questions about the integrity of the final proposal in regards to the final document submitted by the Mayor of Bromont.  The current information on the investigation can be found here.  Our hope is this is more a technicality in that not all the details were clearly documented as opposed to a more blatant omission of who was ultimately responsible for the financial requirements of the Games.

Looking forward to 2016, we hope we can be more involved in continuing the case to our new Governor to submit a bid for the 2022 Games.  On a personal note we are leading our county 4-H Horse Program and are looking forward in being involved in the next generation of horse industry leaders.

Happy New Year 2016!

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Thomas P. Demond
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06.30.15

2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont: Early News

Posted in 2018 Games at 9:38 pm by Thomas

The 2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont are less then 38 months away and preparations are well under way.  COJEM2018 (Comité Organisateur des Jeux Équestres Mondiaux) is the organizing committee NPO of the 2018 Games which has already been at work for more then 6 months to get the ball rolling after the tough but successful Games last year in Normandy France.  Now coming to what many consider the France of the West, for only the second time outside of Europe adds a level of pressure to be as successful as Lexington was in hosting the 2010 Games.

One of the early decisions on logistics that I applauded was the decision to exclude all none event required vehicles from the venue grounds and shuttling all spectators and non-essential staff from staging areas around the city.  This is one of the ideas I am pushing for Lexington’s next bid for the Games because traffic logistics is always the largest headache with these kind of events because of how it can strangulate the overall logistics as well as being a security night mare.

In order to provide the best experience for the participants, the Teams will be allowed to drive into the venues and all efforts are being made to provide them accommodations within a 30 minute drive of the their venues.  Most spectators are expected to seek accommodations in Montreal and public transportation will be setup to get them from their hotels to the venues.

I will continue to compile more of the information I am getting and provide further updates.

For those interested in volunteering you can sign up at this link.
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Thomas P. Demond
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09.01.14

WEG 2014: Thoughts from a far at this point.

Posted in 2018 Games at 10:34 pm by Thomas

I have been trying to keep up with all the events at WEG (Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014) in Normandy France from here in the States but do to the time difference and other obligations I have not been able to catch any of the live video of the competitions.  Ultimately what I have been hearing through the proverbial  grape vine hasn’t been good, now I always take internet chatter with a certain grain of salt but there does seem to be a bit confirmation in the variety of sources that are reporting issues.  Keep in mind a large event like this is always going to have some issues and people’s expectations for this event were a bit out of line with what the French were going to be able to do given certain financial, political and logistical constraints they had.  This is a tough one for France because they are looking to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and how these Games are perceived to have went will certainly have a bearing on that bid especially given the competition they will face from the Germans for the 2024 Olympics.  I want to be clear, I want to see these Games be successful because I want to see the World Equestrian Games out live me and return to Kentucky at least a couple of more times before I pass.  So I am wishing everyone currently at the Games, all my best whether you be competitor, spectator, volunteer or official and may I say one more thing to the volunteers, no matter what, your service will make these Games better then they otherwise would of been, so to everyone else, please be nice to the volunteers, because if you are having a tough day, I can assure you theirs is tougher.

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Thomas P. Demond
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06.09.14

Bromont wins the 2018 Games!

Posted in 2018 Games at 9:50 pm by Thomas

So the announcement came out earlier today and as many of you can guess, my disappointment was significant.  I really did believe in my heart and soul that we would win the bid to host the World Equestrian Games again in 2018 and even in my very logical brain I could easily support the argument for why Lexington was the logical choice.  Now with that said, the one argument that I always knew undid the rest of the logical reasons why the Games should come back to Lexington was the very fact that we had had them only 4 years before.  This actually is a real factor, though its impossible to judge the real impact on the decision but you can not discount it.  In the end I don’t look at why we didn’t win the Games to look for something wrong in the past, I look at this as a way to be better in the future.

I want to first and foremost congratulate and wish Bromont and Canada as a whole Great Success with these Games and if there is anything I can offer to help I will be glad to.  As I have said many times before, I am passionate about these Games, as a Horse person its just an awesome concept, and I always want to see them be successful whether they are in Lexington or not.  I actually hope that the Games in Normandy are better than they were in Lexington and that the Games in Bromont are better than Normandy.  This is how you keep anything going, event, business even your personal happiness, you have to keep setting the bar a little higher each time and this makes us strive to want to do these things.  My real concern for the Games is that they are not successful one year and everyone who is of a negative personality piles on and says see, the Games are not worth it and people stop wanting to pursue the Games.

So going forward, my plans haven’t really changed.  I will continue to pursue opportunities that help me be successful and help me to pursue bringing the World Equestrian Games back to Lexington, whether that is sooner or later, I will persever and I will see the Games back here.

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Thomas P. Demond
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03.29.14

Wellington withdraws bid, down to Lexington or Bromont for the 2018 Games.

Posted in 2018 Games, World Equestrian Games at 9:36 pm by Thomas

The Chronicle of the Horse has broken the news that Wellington, Florida has withdrawn its bid to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.  So we are left with Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Bromont, Quebec Canada to give their final bid presentations in June to decide the host city for the 2018 Games.

Go Kentucky!

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Thomas P. Demond
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01.16.14

Look Forward & Always Remember What We Have!

Posted in 2010 Games, 2018 Games, John Nicholson, Kentucky Horse Park, My Thoughts at 11:53 pm by Thomas

First, I will start off by saying Happy New Year, you may say I am a little late but I have learned you need to savior the New Year and give Thanks to the old before moving on.  I am thankful for many things in life, my family and friends first and the many people who cross my path if even but once but who give a piece of themselves to me.  In that regard I want to give thanks to Mr. John Nicholson for his service over the years at the Kentucky Horse Park, though we have never met but in passing, his influence and the events he has put in motion have certainly provided a unique and positive environment in which to grow in certain aspects of my life.  I wish him a well deserved, long and healthy retirement, and hopefully I will get the chance to shake his hand one day to convey my appreciation for all he has done.

Now, before shifting gears on to my resolutions, let me speak to the other side of the coin regarding Mr. Nicholson’s retirement.  I have had discussions with some today on that very topic in regards to what it means for our bid for the 2018 Games.  Again, I do not know Mr. Nicholson personally, but have listened to him enough and seen his actions to think to offer some insight into the impact of his decision which I believe he made fully with the best interest of the Horse Park in his decision.  He certainly has earned his retirement and whether we get the 2018 Games or not will certainly not diminish that and as I still believe we will be successful in our bid that will certainly be a testament to the position he has put the Horse Park in.  His stepping aside now allows for the selection of a new Executive Director with enough time before the formal bid to give that individual the time to get comfortable in their new position but not too comfortable.  My take on Mr. Nicholson would have been had he still been around in June, he would not have felt he could step down until after the 2018 Games and that would of been a lot to ask of the man, because for someone like him, preparing for the Games isn’t a job it’s a total immersion that touches every aspect of your life.  So ultimately I see his retirement as a well thought out decision with the most positive possible out come for the Horse Park.

My resolutions are simple and straight forward.  I will continue to work towards always being a better person as I get older and to be thankful for all that I have in my life.  A significant part of that will be to do what I can to be a positive influence on the conditions in Kentucky.  In regards to what I am doing here that means being dedicated to seeing Kentucky host the World Equestrian Games again and for that to be a positive to the people of the Commonwealth.

One final resolution or maybe I should call it a proclamation.  I still continue to believe that we will be successful in winning the bid to host the 2018 Games but if we are not it will not trouble me for a day because I will be working towards seeing us host at some other date in the future for Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World as we have been blessed by the horse.

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