CTA Opportunity- “A Gift from the Desert” Orientation Session

Posted in Volunteerism at 4:34 pm by Thomas

Gina Beare, Volunteer Coordinator at the Kentucky Horse Park, is extending an invitation to CTAs to join an orientation session for “A Gift from the Desert” volunteers. Even if you don’t have plans to volunteer, this is great opportunity to learn the art, history and culture of the Arabian horse. RSVP’s are not necessary. Choose one of the two sessions listed below and the first 100 people at each session will receive a free pass to this spectacular international exhibit.

Session 1: Wednesday, May 19th 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Kentucky Horse Park, South Theater

Session 2: Saturday, May 22nd 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Kentucky Horse Park, South Theater

Each session will start with a presentation by one of the guest curators, Sandra Olsen or Cynthia Culbertson, with an introduction to the exhibition, the artifacts and the history of the Near East. Following will be a presentation by Jenny Sutton-Amr, Executive Director of the Kentucky Islamic Resource Group, exploring the culture, traditions and customs including clothing and language.

**Don’t forget! Attending educational programs and seminars counts 5 points towards your Annual Renewal of Certification**

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Receives Entries from 60 Countries

Posted in 2010 Games, World Equestrian Games at 4:27 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—The World Games 2010 Foundation is pleased to announce that 60 National Federations have submitted entries in principle for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. They are:

Argentina                                France                                     Norway
Australia                                 Germany                                 Paraguay
Austria                                    Great Britain                           Poland
Belgium                                  Greece                                     Portugal
Bermuda                                 Guatemala                              Qatar
Brazil                                       Hungary                                  Russia
Bahrain                                   India                                        Saudi Arabia
Bulgaria                                  Ireland                                     Singapore
Canada                                    Israel                                       Slovakia
Chile                                        Italy                                         South Africa
China                                       Japan                                       Spain
Columbia                                 Jordan                                     Sweden
Costa Rica                               Lebanon                                  Switzerland
Czech Republic                        Lithuania                                 Syria
Denmark                                  Luxembourg                            Turkey
Dominican Republic                Malaysia                                 Ukraine
Ecuador                                   Mexico                                     United Arab Emirates
Egypt                                       Namibia                                   Uruguay
El Salvador                              Netherlands                             United States
Finland                                    New Zealand                           Venezuela

With 60 countries expressing an interest in attendance at the Games, the World Games 2010 Foundation anticipates as many as 800 athletes could compete. The world championships for eight equestrian sports will be contested September 25 -October 10 at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park. Final entries and individual athletes will be named in August.


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/.

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