Make IT Happen – 6 months to Go!

Posted in 2010 Games, World Equestrian Games at 6:59 am by Thomas

Today is March 25th, only 6 Months (183 days) until the start of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games or as we still like to call them, the Kentucky World Equestrian Games.  Things continue to come together on all fronts, there of course have been hurdles to jump, but when you consider that two of the disciplines at the World Equestrian Games involve jumping obstacles, jumping some hurdles to see the Games be successful feels appropriate.  Now that the weather is getting nice we are encouraging everyone to get out and do the little things to make our State, our Commonwealth beautiful for the guests that will soon be upon us.  Lets Make IT Happen.

And how could I call myself a Kentuckian without saying, Go Cats!

Thomas Demond


Volunteer Spotlight: Carmen Rader-Bowles

Posted in 2010 Games, Volunteer Spotlight, World Equestrian Games at 4:15 pm by Thomas

For Carmen Rader-Bowles, volunteering to serve others is a common philosophy. And, the retired school teacher with a love for horses has become a familiar face at the World Games 2010 Foundation office.

“Service is something I have always done,” Rader-Bowles said. “I don’t take, I give back.”

Rader-Bowles has lived by this philosophy her whole life. She started giving back as a teacher. After graduating from Transylvania University in 1973, she spent 35 years in education, teaching at Fayette County Schools for the majority of her career.

“After I retired I needed something to fill the time,” Rader-Bowles said. “I combined my two passions; teaching and horses.”

Rader-Bowles has had a horse since she was eight years old and said she even rode her grandfather’s dairy cattle until he gave in and bought her a horse. She has experience with driving, Saddlebreds, Western and jumping, and currently owns a retired racehorse and half-leases a Warmblood.

Her experience with horses made her a perfect volunteer at the Kentucky Horse Park where she has worked with the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, as well as Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a therapeutic riding program for disabled children.

Stretching out her services even farther, Rader-Bowles began volunteering at WEG in January of 2009 and began to organize the awards for the 2010 Games. Comprised of more than 20 ceremonies complete with dozens of ribbons and trophies to be ordered, Rader-Bowles calls the awards planning a massive endeavor.

Thinking ahead to when the Games arrive, Bowles said she anticipates a week similar to finals week in college, with lots of coffee and little sleep.

“I have not been able to clone myself in the last 35 years,” Rader-Bowles said. “It will be interesting to see if I can this time around.”

But despite the hard work, Rader-Bowles is looking forward to the arrival of the Games and encourages others to volunteer, regardless of their experience with horses.

“For every minute you spend helping someone you get so much more back,” Rader-Bowles said. “You’ll never get the chance to be involved in something this big again, this is the Olympics baby!”

Although a volunteer is giving service without pay, to those who have tried it, like Rader-Bowles, it is something more; the opportunity to help others, meet new people and be a part of a special experience. Click here for more information about how to become a volunteer for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


Tickets Now On Sale for Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Events, Kentucky Horse Park, Tickets, World Equestrian Games at 9:34 pm by Thomas

16-night Dinner Series hosted by the James Beard Foundation at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse

LEXINGTON, KY—Ticket sales will begin on Friday, March 5, for sumptuous dinners with America’s award winning chefs and leading chefs from around Kentucky, at Cooking in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series.

The dinner series will be hosted by the James Beard Foundation at the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Farmhouse each of the 16 nights of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Games feature the world championships in eight equestrian sports and are being held in Kentucky for the first time from September 25-October 10, 2010.

Tickets are $300.00 per person, and can be purchased through http://www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3778.

A maximum of eight tickets will be available per purchase, as interest is very strong. Seating is limited to approximately 80 guests per evening, replicating the dining experience of the James Beard House in New York City. For special groups and parties over eight, please contact Lisa Wallace, Hospitality Catering Services Manager, at 859-255-2010.

Each ticket grants access to a delectable menu utilizing the expertise of two celebrity chefs, paired with Kentucky’s best culinary talent, using Kentucky Proud Products. The schedule and menu for each evening will be released in late summer.

“This dining experience is going to be a truly special occasion to ticketholders,” said Don Pritchard of Global Food Service Solutions and food services consultant to the World Games 2010 Foundation. “This cuisine, with local products and top chefs, will create a memorable evening for guests who enjoy the flavors and delicacies of the culinary world.”

The dinner series stems from collaboration between the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the James Beard Foundation and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and is sponsored by Kentucky Proud, a program of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.  Proceeds from the event benefit the partner organizations.

More information about the program and participating chefs can be found at www.alltechfeigames.com.

On May 24, the James Beard Foundation will also offer a kick-off “Bluegrass Experience” at the James Beard House in New York to honor the World Equestrian Games culinary events.

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter.


Become a fan of “Volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park”

Posted in Announcement, Kentucky Horse Park, Volunteerism at 10:31 pm by Thomas

Wanted to get the word out that we have created a Facebook fan page for Volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park.  We are always looking to get the word out about the wonderful opportunities to volunteer at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The John Henry Adoption Fair is next month and we can always use volunteers for that as well as the new exhibit, “A Gift from the Desert”, coming to the Museum in May that will run through the World Equestrian Games.   The fan page will provide updated information on volunteer opportunities at the Kentucky Horse Park as well as insights to what it is like to be a volunteer at the Kentucky Horse Park, the coolest horse park in the World.

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