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




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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.

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


2008 Ryder Cup: Volunteer Update

Posted in Louisville, Volunteerism at 9:17 pm by Thomas

Sara on the American Saddlebred Jig, Thomas(Ground Crew)The Kentucky Horse Park put on a Soiree for the players and staff of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Churchill Downs last Friday night.  The Soiree consisted of 16 horses, numerous Horse Park staff and volunteers and was met with great weather and a wonderful crowd.  As for me personally I had a great time, these are the kind of events that are like iceing on the cake of volunteering. 

The Ryder Cup of course was great fanfare for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provided a glimpse of the attention the Commonwealth will receive in two years with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  I can’t say enough good things about the efforts the Horse Park does to promote the State and to show why we are the “Horse Capital of the World”.  As always I will say if you have some time on your hands and would like to get involved in a great cause volunteer out at the Horse Park, whether you are a horse person or not you will find it a great experience.



We Will Never Forget*******

Posted in United States at 8:52 am by Thomas

On this day I want to say for myself and this organization, We Will Never Forget and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those lost that fatefull day seven years ago.  For those lost, you will always remain in our hearts and souls and so you will never truly be lost or forgotten. 



Celebrate Labor, 753 Days to Go. Just Do It!

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Position Statements at 9:27 pm by Thomas

Happy Labor Day, you don’t probably here that often.  Labor Day is the last hurrah of the Summer and so its understandable that the idea of celebrating Labor not something we think about.  I won’t even step into the conversation of Labor = Job.  No I want to talk about the concept of Doing, of applying human mental and physical force to a task at hand and getting it accomplished, that is my broad definition of Labor.  That can be a Labor of Love or a Labor of Need, but ultimately Doing something is at the core of us as humans, pretty much because it is at the core of survival. 

So today I want to Celebrate Labor, a Labor of Love, my Labor of promoting the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, and pursuing a goal of seeing some form of the Kentucky World Equestrian Games continue past 2010 and of seeing Kentucky’s involvement in hosting a Summer Olympic Games sometime in the future, if not in my lifetime then in my son’s. 

I prefess that these are honorable goals and I seek your support and Labor in seeing that we accomplish those goals for the benefit of all.

Thomas Demond
Kentucky World Equestrian Games .ORG

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