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!

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

07.27.13

Jack Kelly (2013)

Posted in 2010 Games, World Equestrian Games, World Games 2010 Foundation at 10:14 pm by Thomas

My condolences go out to the family of Jack Kelly who passed on July 24th after a long battle with cancer.  He was the CEO of the 2010 World Equestrian Games organization from 2006 to 2008 and played a significant role in laying the foundation for the success of the Games.

Funeral services for Mr. Kelly will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Legacy Center at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville, with a reception afterward.

For the complete story go to Kentucky.com.
Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO

09.10.10

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau Partners with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Jamie Link, World Equestrian Games, World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:06 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—14 days to go—The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau has partnered with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Games Media Village.

In partnering with the Games, the Lexington CVB has made many of the media services possible for the more than 1,000 accredited journalists and photographers coming to Kentucky to cover the eight world championships in equestrian sport.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the rich heritage and unparalleled beauty of the Bluegrass to media attending the Games from around the world. This opportunity truly allows us to spotlight Lexington as a first-class tourism destination,” said David Lord, president of the Lexington CVB. “We are excited to partner with the Games as the presenting sponsor of the Media Village.”

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide a concierge desk in the Media Village with information on media tours in Central Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region and will assist media in arranging tourist activities while in Lexington.

“Our partnership with the Lexington CVB is a great way to give Lexington exposure to a worldwide audience through the eyes of the media,” said Jamie Link, CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation.

08.29.10

Volunteer Update: Venue Specific Training

Posted in 2010 Games, Jamie Link, Volunteer Training, Volunteerism, World Equestrian Games, World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:36 am by Thomas

The Venue Specific training was held in 2 sessions yesterday for all those that could attend I believe we found it to be extremely useful.  One of the key lessons was a video by Chris Young on Protocol, basically a top 10 list of do’s’ and don’t in dealing with an International public.  A lot of his points could/should be commonsense but we can always use a refresher course on that from time to time.  All and all it was a great experience, and for those of you who are still on the fence on volunteering, their is still time for you.

The pace is picking up and with only 26 days to go it only going to get quicker.  Jamie Link pointed out that ticket sales are picking up, which isn’t really a surprise, at this point the expectations is somewhere in the 200 – 300,000 spectator range which would be about the perfect size for this event in my opinion.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond
KyWEGO®

04.19.10

2010 Games Launches Business Opportunities, Supplier Registration Web Page

Posted in World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:55 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games today launched a Business Opportunities Web page, which will house bidding opportunities for potential suppliers.

Current bidding opportunities will be posted on http://www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3936. This page will be updated on a regular basis to reflect new bid requests.

The Games will feature world championship competitions in eight equestrian disciplines and will be held at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10.

All businesses and organizations interested in working with the 2010 Games should also register with the Supplier Registration Service prior to submitting any responses. A link to the supplier registration can be found on the Business Opportunities page.

All registered suppliers will receive future bid opportunities directly. However, all potential suppliers are strongly encouraged to check the Business Opportunities page frequently to ensure that you are aware of all bid requests.

02.20.10

MAKER’S MARK® NAMED OFFICIAL BOURBON OF THE ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

Posted in World Games 2010 Foundation at 11:35 am by Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. February 18, 2010 – Maker’s Mark, the world’s oldest operating bourbon distillery, has been named the official bourbon of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Games will make their American debut Sept. 25 – Oct. 10, 2010, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.  

“Our Maker’s Mark traditions and heritage are rooted in Kentucky, which is why we’re so thrilled to be a partner of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Bill Samuels Jr., president and chief executive officer of Maker’s Mark. “Bourbon and horses are a natural pair – especially in Kentucky where their histories run deep. We’re looking forward to making our ‘mark’ on the games.” 

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear also noted the significance of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games’ announcement. “Bourbon is a part of the fabric of Kentucky and Maker’s Mark is a world-class spirit,” she said. “It’s only fitting that they are part of this international event that showcases our wonderful Commonwealth.”  

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and are held every four years. The Games have never before been staged outside of Europe, nor have all eight disciplines competed at a single site – both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. 

“Having the Games’ American debut held right here in Kentucky makes this an historic occasion,” said Terry Johnson, vice president of sales for the Foundation. “We’re proud that Maker’s Mark is part of an event that not only has worldwide recognition, but will also have a very positive economic impact on the state of Kentucky.”

Maker’s Mark will sponsor the Games’ main hospitality tent that will be visited by thousands of horse and bourbon enthusiasts from around the world. The tent will feature the “world of bourbon” and include a wide variety of brands.

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.

About Maker’s Mark

In 1954, at a small Victorian distillery in Loretto, Ky., Bill Samuels, Sr., made the first 19 barrels of whisky, which six years later would herald the modern era of bourbon. Using limestone water from the distillery’s spring-fed lake and a mash consisting of corn, barley and soft, red, gentle winter wheat, Mr. Samuels created a bourbon that brought “good taste” and “taste-good” together for the first time. Today, Maker’s Mark continues to handcraft its bourbon exactly the same way, in small batches by passionate individuals who are committed to craft, heritage and tradition. Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky is 45% alc./vol., and is distilled, aged and bottled by the Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., in Loretto, Ky. Maker’s Mark makes its bourbon carefully, and please enjoy it that way. 

Bill and Jamie with the custom Barrel head for the Games

World Equestrian Radio Offered for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in World Games 2010 Foundation at 11:07 am by Thomas

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced the availability of “World Equestrian Radio,” a personal radio service complete with a souvenir radio receiver, to spectators of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The World Equestrian Radio personal radio receiver will allow patrons to listen to live commentary and information while viewing a specific event or discipline. Users will be able to hear unique commentary and information pertaining specifically to the event they are attending.

The radio receivers cost $45. Units may be pre-ordered at, www.weg2010store.com/woeqra.html. Customers will pick up their pre-purchased receivers when they arrive at the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 Games. A limited number of units will also be available for purchase on site during the event.

The price includes expert commentary for Vaulting, Dressage, Reining, Eventing Dressage and Eventing Jumping, Driving Dressage and Para-Dressage. Presently, commentators include:

· Dressage—Cathy Connelly, noted trainer and commentator

· Eventing—Jean Mitchell, former FEI judge and commentator; Betsy Steiner, World Championship Dressage rider

· Vaulting—Nancy Stevens Brown , trainer, coach, commentator

· Reining— Rick Weaver, Current NRHA President, past Futurity winner

“World Equestrian Radio will give spectators the opportunity to hear the competition from an insider’s perspective,” said Kate Jackson, Vice President of Competitions for the Foundation. “It will essentially be like attending a private clinic on the discipline and is also a great way for non-equestrians to learn more about what they are watching.”

The commentators are top professionals that have a broad reaching knowledge of their disciplines and will provide a compelling insight for the listener. Before the events and during the breaks the listener will have the opportunity to hear updates from the other disciplines as well as event information.

The World Equestrian Radio service providers are Speakeasy, LTD and Flight Line Radio.

02.09.10

Become a “WEGspert“ for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Jamie Link, World Equestrian Games, World Games 2010 Foundation at 11:31 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Fans of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now have the opportunity to become experts—or WEGsperts—of the eight world championship competitions coming to the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25-October 10.

Starting today, anyone interested in the Games can visit www.alltechfeigames.com and complete a video training program to become a 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert.

The training program showcases the eight equestrian disciplines of the Games, the Kentucky Horse Park, what spectators can see and do during their visit, and how to be involved.

“We want Kentuckians, Americans and international fans to become ambassadors for the Games,” said Jamie Link, CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation. “This program will educate people around the world about why the Games are coming to Kentucky and how they can share in the excitement.”

After completing the 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert training, fans will be provided links to additional information. Two promotional videos about the Games will be available to download.

“We want fans to share the program and these videos with their own civic, equine and business groups,” said Amy Walker, Public Relations Manager for the Foundation. “The 2010 Games will be America’s largest sporting event this year, and our WEGspert training will be an excellent resource for various groups to become informed and involved.”

The WEGspert training program was created in partnership with Promogistics LLC, a Kentucky-owned and -operated company specializing in online training and education, as well as live training and corporate events. Find out more at www.promogistics.com.

Visit www.alltechfeigames.com to become a 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert, and to find the latest information on ticketing, accommodations and travel.

09.09.09

One Year to go Celebration: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Kentucky, Lexington, Tickets, World Equestrian Games, World Games 2010 Foundation at 10:09 pm by Thomas

Host:   Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

When:  Friday September 25, 2009
                11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where:  Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza
                 Downtown Lexington, Kentucky

Why:  Food, Fun, Entertainment, *Ovation* !!!  Why Not?

07.21.09

Kentucky Cup Reining Test Event Gets Rave Reviews

Posted in 2010 Games, Disciplines, Kentucky Horse Park, Reining, World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:17 pm by Thomas

World Games 2010 Foundation Testing All Operations

LEXINGTON, KY- The first test event in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games kicked off with spirited competition and rave reviews for the Kentucky Horse Park’s new indoor arena that opened with the Kentucky Cup Reining competition.

Team USA’s Aaron Ralston made history as the first athlete to compete in the arena.

“After my ride, it really started to sink in. It is so special to be a part of something as big as these preparations for the 2010 Games,” he said. “To be on this team with these athletes-it’s all bigger than just me.”

The competition ran smoothly and the facility preparation received high scores from the teams.

Team USA chef d’equipe Jeff Petska commended the Games’ organizing committee and event management for their outstanding job in putting on the event. The organizing committee did a fantastic job,” he said. “It’s a great arena and the footing was very, very good. We are very excited for the opportunity to come back here for the 2010 Games.”

Petska also thanked sponsors such as Alltech, Ariat, John Deere, Rolex, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the American Farriers Association, UK Healthcare, Fortune Realty and Pieratts, for their commitment to reining.

Just as organizers are testing their preparations at Kentucky Cup events, participating countries are testing their best against teams they may see in 2010.

“We certainly have our work cut out for us to beat Team USA and others-such as Germany and Italy who are not here today,” said Team Canada Chef d’Equipe Wendy Dyer. “We will plan as best we can to field the best horses and riders.”

Team Mexico Chef d’Equipe Alberto Hawa noted, “I am very pleased to be here and it is an honor to be part of this first event. I think the arena is very good, and everyone’s teams were very good. We are trying to be better every time and we are learning from the big guys. We are excited to see what will happen between now and next year.”

As reining grows in popularity, organizers and teams know that fans around the world will be looking toward the Kentucky Horse Park and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with great anticipation.

Kentucky Cup Reining will conclude Thursday evening with the individual finals at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event are free to the public. Evening parking at the Kentucky Horse Park is $5.

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). Her Royal Highness Princess Haya is the current president of the 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 and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.  For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.

02.25.09

World Games 2010 Foundation 2nd Community Forum

Posted in 2010 Games, BusinessLexington, Jamie Link, LFUCG, Trade Fair, World Games 2010 Foundation at 10:31 pm by Thomas

I attended the second World Games 2010 Foundation Community Forum at the Lexington Public Library today.  Tom Martin, editor of Business Lexington was the moderator for the hour long event.  The forum panel was made up of new Foundation CEO Jamie Link, Vice President of Sales Terry Johnson, and Housing Bureau Director Krista Greathouse.

The primary topic of the day was the economy though by the end of the hour a wide range of subjects had been discussed.  Tom noted that the Foundation and the Local Government were still working out the intricacies between the two bodies.  The Host City Agreement is before the Lexington Urban Council but has yet to come up for a final vote.

Currently spectator interest in the Games continues to be high with Krista  stating that they are averaging a new group a week contacting them for accommodations, with 75% of those groups being International as well as 2000 new room requests per month.  Krista also noted that the area should have plenty of accommodations for all those planning on attending and that currently they had three times as many private residences for rent then the current demand though she expected that to change as the date for the Games got closer.

On the other side of the equation, Terry stated they were 70% of their budgeted goal for sponsorships  and that two or three new major sponsors would be announced in the next 90 days.  He also reported that they have deposits for 60% of the currently designated Trade Fair booth space and that if they filled that up that they would find additional space for anyone else looking for booth space during the Games.

On another interesting note, the City is planning on having a duplicate medal ceremonies downtown at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza during the Games.

CEO Jamie Link closed the forum by addressing the issue of the economy and how the investment in the Games was an investment in the future of Kentucky during these tough times.

Thomas Demond

Found KyWEGO

01.24.09

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Web site at 9:39 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games has a new look on the Web! Today the World Games 2010 Foundation officially launched a new Web site for the 2010 Games, at www.feigames2010.org.

Visitors to the new Web site will find valuable educational materials about the eight world championships to be contested in 2010.   Curious fans can get a sneak peak of what the Kentucky Horse Park will look like in 2010, with an interactive venue map, stadium and arena renderings, and links to the horse park’s construction updates.

In depth information regarding business, retail, and community opportunities is also available, including the 2010 Games Trade Show.

Visitors will also be able to use the new Web site to plan their trips to Kentucky in 2010.   Information about the 2010 Games Housing Bureau and hotel options, traveling to Kentucky, and local tourism resources are all available on the new site.

“We wanted the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Web site to be a tool for everyone interested, whether you want to learn more about the Games, want to be involved in the Games, or want to plan your trip to Kentucky,” said Danielle Landolt, Marketing and Sales Manager for the Foundation. “We will continue to provide information that is relevant and exciting on the new Web site from now until 2010.”

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The Games have never before been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines competed at a single site—both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

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 other current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere and Ariat International, Inc. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.feigames2010.org.

01.05.09

World Games 2010 Foundation Names New Chief Executive Officer

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Jamie Link, World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:48 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY— The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced that it has selected Jamie Link as the new Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. 

Link has been serving as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet since December 2007 and prior to that spent several months as the Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. In his current role, he has served as an ex officio member of the World Games 2010 Foundation board of directors and has been actively involved in the ongoing construction projects at the Kentucky Horse Park and major vendor selections related to the Games. 

“I am honored to be selected as CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation and look forward to working with the wonderful staffs of the Foundation and the Kentucky Horse Park,” Link said. “It is going to take all of us working together and we are committed to showcasing to our visitors not only the world’s finest equestrian venue that is the Kentucky Horse Park, but also the many amazing attractions we have throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” 

“I have watched Jamie participate in many of the meetings and was impressed with his ability to get things done. The planning for the Games is at a critical juncture and we need to have a full time CEO to manage the process for the next 21 months,” said John Long, board chairman and acting CEO. “Jamie’s familiarity with the Games planning means he will be able to jump in immediately and make an impact.”

Long also added that the Games proactively recruited Mr. Link. There was no pressure from the state. In fact, Long said that Secretary Marcheta Sparrow—also a board member—politely reprimanded him for stealing Link.

Secretary Sparrow added “although I am sorry to lose Jamie as my co-worker in state government I am confident in his abilities to lead the Games at this critical time. His knowledge of the Kentucky Horse Park and the importance of this event to our state’s image throughout the world is tremendous.”

 John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park said “having known and worked with Jamie Link for a number of years, I can state with confidence that he is uniquely qualified for this position and I am delighted that he has accepted the Board’s offer. Everyone at the Kentucky Horse Park has witnessed firsthand Jamie’s uncommon talent, integrity and dedication during his time as Deputy Director. He understands the Park’s day-to-day operations and the special needs of the Park for the 16 days of high level championship competition. In addition, it is helpful to have someone familiar with all of our key community and state leaders involved in this project to help streamline our efforts. I look forward to once again having the pleasure of working with him as we build toward, not only this epoch moment in our history, but for the great legacy it will provide.”

Link will officially begin serving as CEO on January 12, but has already begun the transition and attending meetings as needed to be up-to-date on all operations when he joins the staff full-time. 

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The Games have never before been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines competed at a single site—both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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 other current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere and Ariat International, Inc. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit

www.feigames2010.org.

 

Media Contacts: 

World Games 2010 Foundation
Amy Walker
859-255-2010 ext. 235 or 859-699-0443 (cell)
awalker@feigames2010.org 

Ellen Gregory
Preston-Osborne
859-231-7711 ext 234 or 859-338-1775 (cell)
elgregory@preston-osborne.com

09.25.08

T – 2 Years: Competition Schedule is Out.

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Kentucky Horse Park, World Games 2010 Foundation at 9:23 pm by Thomas

Competition Schedule Set for

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

09/22/2008

Click Here to view competition schedule

LEXINGTON, KY – Sixteen days of eight world championships are officially scheduled for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The competition schedule was released today by the World Games 2010 Foundation.

A detailed competition schedule is now available online at www.feigames2010.org.

“This schedule is certain to provide an exciting variety of top sport on each of the 16 days of the Games”, said Competition Director Kate Jackson. “Spectators will find events of interest every day and will be entertained by the beauty and spectacle that is inherent to equestrian competition at this level”.

“I am particularly happy that we are able, for the first time, to include Para-Equestrian as an integral part of the World Equestrian Games. We are pleased and honored to do so”, Jackson said.

The Games will begin with opening ceremonies on September 25, 2010. The first weekend of competition will include Vaulting and Endurance.

The Vaulting competition will continue into week one, along with Dressage and Eventing.

In week two, Jumping, Para-Dressage, Driving and Reining will be contested. The Games will end with closing ceremonies on October 10, 2010.

“We are excited to share these details with competitors and spectators who are already making their plans to join us in Kentucky”, said Rob Hinkle, Foundation Chief Operating Officer. “We know that many local communities, businesses, volunteers and others have also been waiting for this schedule to begin making plans for 2010”.

The schedule may still experience minor changes, but no major shifts to the individual discipline schedules are expected.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse, are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The Games have never been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines competed at a single site? both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has made the largest network commitment to 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 the Rolex Company and an unprecedented $10 million title sponsor, Alltech. It is anticipated that more than 600,000 tickets will be sold for the 16-day competition.

Click Here to view competition schedule

Media Contact:
Amy Walker
Office 859-255-2010 ext. 235
awalker@feigames2010.org
For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games visit www.feigames2010.org

02.03.08

Volunteer for the Games.

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Volunteerism, World Games 2010 Foundation at 12:34 am by Thomas

The World Games Foundation has activated the Volunteer Recruitment website.  I was able to register the first day it was up, not sure the reason, but was able to register today.  I signed up as a General Volunteer for now, but you have the ability to pick the specific discipline(s) you would like to work with.  They do ask for your background in each of the disciplines in order to judge your suitability for those positions.  The link to the registration site is provide below and as always I recommend volunteering out at the Horse Park now prior to the Games.  I will have further updates on my own volunteering and the needs of our organization.

Click the image below to volunteer!

12.06.07

Two Years and the “run” has been established.

Posted in 2010 Games, Kentucky, Kentucky Horse Park, World Games 2010 Foundation at 11:34 pm by Thomas

Its been two(2) years since the announcement that Lexington, Kentucky would be hosting the 2010 World Equestrian Games. A lot has happened in that two(2) span and with only some thirty-three(33) months to go there is still much to be accomplished. However to borrow a football metaphor, you have to establish the run before you can start passing the ball effectively. That is to say that all the parties involved in one form or another have to work out the fundamentals of what is needed before they could successfully start working towards the goal of a highly successful event the size of the World Equestrian Games. With that said I think it is safe to say that for the most part the run has been established and the ball is being moved down the field.

One of the key accomplishments for the World Games 2010 Foundation so far was having Alltech step up as the title sponsor early on as this provides the business leadership for this kind of event. This leadership helps to get other major corporate interest involved which is necessary in bringing in the capital and logistical investment needed. Now in the last two(2) months the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital has also stepped up as a major sponsor and you can expect to continue to see these kind of business leaders come on board as sponsors.

Another key area that the Foundation has succeeded in would be in filling the major personnel needs for the Games. Ultimately this may be the most important thing in the success of the Games is having GREAT people lead the way and for an event of this size and complexity you need quite a few.

Many other organizations and businesses including our own have also made great strides over the last two(2) years in coming up to speed to see that these Games are a Great Success for the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In this next year I expect that things will really start to come together and everyone who hasn’t been talking about the Games will start to see the vision that many of us have for these Games start to become reality and they to will become excited and believers in what we Kentuckians can accomplish.

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