Sound-Eklin, Inc. Joins 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as a Sponsor

Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, World Equestrian Games at 10:44 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY – 92 Days to Go – Sound-Eklin, Inc., the leading provider of digital radiography, ultrasound, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) for veterinary care, has signed on as the Official Veterinary Diagnostic Equipment Sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Sound-Eklin will provide all veterinary diagnostic imaging equipment, including ultrasound and digital radiography equipment, to the World Equestrian Games Veterinary Clinic. Sound-Eklin will also provide technical support of equipment for the Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

“Sound-Eklin’s contribution of digital radiography and ultrasound equipment will allow for world-class veterinary care in the World Equestrian Games Veterinary Clinic,” said Kate Jackson, Vice President of Competition for the World Games 2010 Foundation.

“Sound-Eklin is positioned to improve veterinary patient care worldwide, by providing customer driven solutions that exceed the radiographic imaging needs of all practice types,” noted Greg Stoutenburgh, VP of Marketing for Sound-Eklin.

About Sound-Eklin
Based in Carlsbad, CA, Sound-Eklin produces the most widely accepted and used digital radiography and PACS systems in the veterinary industry. Sound-Eklin is the industry leader in digital radiography, ultrasound and education. Sound-Eklin’s mission is to simplify and advance veterinary medicine through diagnostic imaging. Sound-Eklin is a division of VCA ANTECH, INC. (NASD:WOOF).

To contact Sound-Eklin, call 1-800-268-5354 or visit www.soundeklin.com.

Spectator Parking, Transportation Options Set for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Logistics, World Equestrian Games at 12:01 am by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—93 Days to Go—Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games spectators will have a variety of parking and transportation options, including hotel shuttles and on-site parking, for the 16 days of the event.

With the recent availability of property adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park, parking for 10,000 vehicles each day is now possible on-site. Parking will be $20 per vehicle with cash only accepted upon entry. A limited number of premium parking spaces near the spectator entry, with pass-out parking privileges, are also available for $100 per day at www.alltechfeigames.com.

Nine hotel shuttle routes will be implemented for Games spectators, providing a door-to-door transportation service for selected hotels. Spectators who have arranged accommodations through the Games Housing Bureau for the selected hotels, located in Lexington, Georgetown and Frankfort, will be emailed a direct link on or before July 6 with the opportunity to pre-purchase hotel shuttle wristbands online for $5 before August 1. After August 1, the shuttle wristbands will be $10 for Housing Bureau guests. During the Games, wristbands can be purchased for $15, subject to availability. Wristbands are date specific and valid for one day’s round trip transport to the Kentucky Horse Park and are non-transferable. A list of hotels on the shuttle routes will be available on the Spectator Information page of the Games website by July 6.

Buses equipped with ADA seating will be operating on all hotel shuttle systems, and mobility shuttles will be stationed in the on-site parking lots for those who need assistance from designated ADA parking areas.

In addition, taxi cabs and Gold Shield Car Services will be available to transport spectators to the main entrance of the Games at the Kentucky Horse Park. LexTran, the City of Lexington’s public transportation system, will also have roundtrip bus service to the Kentucky Horse Park for $5 per passenger, with parking near Lextran’s Vine Street terminal in downtown Lexington.

“We feel these parking and transportation options provide maximum flexibility and value for our spectators,” said Games CEO Jamie Link. “We expect thousands of people will visit the park each day and our goal is that everyone arrives in a safe and efficient manner, ready to enjoy a great day at the Games.”

Detailed information on transportation services, including directions to on-site parking, hotel shuttle routes, and information for local commuters whose daily routes may be impacted by event traffic will be available soon at www.alltechfeigames.com.


Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron to showcase Thoroughbred industry in Opening Ceremonies

Posted in 2010 Games, Opening Ceremonies, World Equestrian Games at 12:02 am by Thomas

Lexington, Ky.—American Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame jockey and founder of the North American Racing Academy, Chris McCarron, will participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Sept. 25.

Along with a group of his NARA students, McCarron will be representing Thoroughbred racing in the Opening Ceremonies.

“It is a tremendous honor for us to be selected as representing the Thoroughbred industry,” McCarron said, “because it is a huge part of Kentucky’s agricultural landscape.”

McCarron has been a part of the Thoroughbred industry most of his life. The now 55-year-old started his first job when he was 16, hot walking horses. After graduating high school, McCarron continued working with horses at Suffolk Downs and rode in his first race when he was 18 years old.

During his 28 year professional career, McCarron won  many prestigious races including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, all twice. McCarron also had nine Breeders’ Cup victories and was the first jockey in history to reach the $200 million earnings mark.

Once McCarron retired, he put his energies toward creating the North American Racing Academy. Located in Lexington, the NARA is the only fully accredited training program for jockeys and horseman in the United States. McCarron established the school to prepare students for life on and off the track.

“It has turned out very well,” McCarron said about the Academy. “It is satisfying and gratifying. The students have won over 370 races in the last year and a half.”

Although he is used to performing in front of such large audiences, McCarron said there will still be a huge amount of adrenalin going through his body before the Ceremonies. McCarron said he expects his students will also be excited about participating in the Ceremonies.

“Having Chris and his group of aspiring students involved in the Opening Ceremonies is tremendous,” said Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. “The Thoroughbred breed, in addition to other breeds in the Ceremonies, is part of the Kentucky landscape that we know audience members will enjoy seeing.”

Chris McCarron is one of many equine entertainers involved in the Ceremonies for the 2010 Games. Over 200 horses are slated for the Opening Ceremonies alone. In addition to the equine component, the “human” component includes orchestra, choir, dancers, headline musicians, movement corps of hundreds of adults and children, as well as local and international celebrities and dignitaries.

To purchase tickets for the Opening Ceremonies click here.

Smithfield Announced as Official Protein Supplier of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in Suppliers at 12:01 am by Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Smithfield Packing Company, Inc., one of America’s largest meat companies, will contribute a new flavor of southern hospitality to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. As the Official Protein Supplier of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Smithfield will provide protein products to food service operators during the 2010 Games.

“We are excited to announce Smithfield as the Official Protein Supplier of the 2010 Games,” said Terry Johnson, vice president of marketing and sales for the Foundation. “Smithfield’s quality line of protein products provides a valuable resource to our catering and concessions operations during the Games.”

The Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. is comprised of eight brands for retail, foodservice and deli channels. The company exports products to approximately 30 countries to over ten different regions in the world.

“We are delighted to be a part of this international event bringing our premium products with global appeal and versatility,” said Dennis Pittman, director of corporate communications.

About Smithfield Foods (www.smithfieldfoods.com)
Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, Smithfield Foods is a global food company with operations in 13 countries through wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures. The company employs more than 57,000 people across the globe with sales of $12 billion. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.


Why I still believe in the Games and Why you should to!

Posted in My Thoughts, Position Statements at 12:24 am by Thomas

There has been some news lately that tends to suggest that the Games will not be all that we were sold and the truth is there is some truth to that both to the negative and to the positive.  On the negative, ticket sales and hotel occupancy continue to lag indicating that the likelihood of having 400,000 visitors to the Games, the number that I believed to be a realistic ballpark figure after the Aachen Games, in serious doubt.  That of course puts the financial numbers in doubt as well which of course is going to be the final determination on whether the Games are successful or not.

I for one don’t believe that, but today was a tough day because I began to doubt myself on why I believe in these Games because of that possibility that the Games will be perceived as failure if we don’t hit some magic number of visitors.  The problem with self-doubt is that it tends to feed on itself and by the end of the day I had to wonder if I was crazy (and not in a good way) and had wasted the last 4 1/2 years trying to promote these Games and I should just cut my losses and walk away.

Truth be told, there is still a part of me that feels that way, its part of believing in something so much that you have to sometimes ask yourself that question, what if that belief is wrong and if that belief is wrong then is what I believe in myself wrong.  I have asked myself that question today and the answer is NO, I am not wrong for believing in myself in believing that the importance of these Games to Kentucky and to the people who attend these Games is something that nobody will understand until the Games have come and past.  The importance of these Games can not be measured in the dollars spent but in the human interactions that occur because of them.  The total number of people that come to the Games is not as important as how many of those people return home and tell their friends and family about the experiences they came away with and for those of us still here afterwards we will feel it to.

I am very thankful for Dr. Lyons having committed the financial resources of Alltech and his personal belief to see these Games be successful and in that I am happy to call these Games, The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and as a Kentuckian I am Proud to call them The Kentucky World Equestrian Games because they are our Games and on October 11th and for a long time afterwards the spirit that is Kentucky will spread around the world and much good will come from it.

One final note, my self-doubt went away when I realized that no matter what happens, when I wake up on October 11th I am still going to be a Kentuckian and there is so much to be thankful for in being a Kentuckian and so much to be thankful for in my family and friends who have been supportive in my efforts.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond


Build-out for the 2010 Games Underway

Posted in Preperations at 9:26 pm by Thomas

Construction Begins with Temporary Seating at Outdoor Stadium

LEXINGTON, KY—95 Days To Go—The build-out for the 2010 Games has officially begun, and trucks carrying temporary seating and other structures dot the Kentucky Horse Park grounds as workers unload materials and prepare to begin construction.

“These guys will probably be here until September,” said Sean Doane, venue manager for the World Games 2010 Foundation.

Workers will begin erecting temporary seating today beginning with Stands A and C, which line the left and right sides of the Outdoor Stadium. Both stands are expected take 12-13 days each to complete.

Stand B, the other temporary seating structure at the Outdoor Stadium, will run along the back of the stadium but cannot be built until late July because of other events at the Horse Park. This is the largest of the three stands and will take approximately 20 days to complete.

“The Kentucky Horse Park hosts many events throughout the summer, and we are doing our best not to disturb their annual schedule for as long as we can,” Doane said.

In addition to temporary seating, temporary structures, such as office trailers, are also arriving at the Park. Excavators are currently working to flatten land so these structures can be placed.

Later this summer, exhibit tents for the Equine Village will be placed, and in August, work begins in earnest, with media, hospitality and trade show structures going up, along with the completion of two completely temporary competition venues.

Check back for updates and photos as the build-out continues.

New group of performers will represent the Western United States in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in Opening Ceremonies at 9:23 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—97 Days to go—A collaboration of equine entertainers and roping experts are bringing their talents to the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Sept. 25. This group will represent the many traditions of Western riding in the United States.

The performers include Vince Bruce, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Double Dan Horsemanship, Tommie Turvey, the California Cowgirls and the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls. Together the group shares a common theme, but they will each add their own flair to this section of the Opening Ceremonies.

Vince Bruce, also known as the “Wizard of Whips and Ropes,” has been twirling ropes in front of audiences since he was 12 years old. Bruce has been in circuses, performed with the Harlem Globetrotters and starred in the Broadway show “The Will Rogers’ Follies.”

Bruce said he is excited about performing with friends and creating something spectacular for the Opening Ceremonies. A native of England, Bruce said “This (the U.S.) is the home of Western entertainment.”

Eitan Beth-Halachmy will add to the performance with his Cowboy Dressage style of riding. Beth-Halachmy developed Cowboy Dressage from a mixture of several training styles including Dressage, which he calls his discipline, and Western, which he calls his fun.

“I am going to have the opportunity to entertain, give others an idea of what I do, and show them how to have fun riding a horse,” Beth-Halachmy said about coming to the Games.

Dan James of Australia is one of the two “Dans” behind Double Dan Horsemanship. James, who grew up riding horses Down Under eventually partnered with Dan Steers to create a powerhouse of entertainment and equine training that includes clinics and performances across the globe.

Also known for entertaining is Tommie Turvey, an equine extremist who performs tricks and stunts for audiences across America. Turvey grew up with a passion for horses but never really wanted to compete. Instead, he followed in his father’s footsteps and used his natural riding abilities and class clown tendencies to create a niche in equine entertainment.

“It is nice to have people from around the world come to the United States,” Turvey said about the Games. “I can represent what we do here and say ‘Hey! American cowboys are pretty good horse trainers too.’”

And it’s not just cowboys; there are plenty of female riding entertainers in the mix. The California Cowgirls, an equestrian drill team from Wilton, California, will perform complex drill routines while decked out in their signature costumes. They ride American Paints, Appaloosas and Quarter Horses.

“We always love to perform,” said Sara Curtis, captain of the California Cowgirls. “We are looking forward to the grandeur and magnitude of the whole event.”

And last, but certainly not least, are the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, a group of ladies known around the world for their roping and trick riding. Jennifer Welch Nicholson, executive director of Riata Ranch, conducts clinics to not only teach people about western riding but also about life skills such as confidence, physical fitness and self expression.

“This group of talented equine performers, precision riders, and western roping professionals will have the audience on their feet,” said Dr. Everett McCorvey, executive director of the Opening Ceremonies. “It’s a producer’s dream to present ‘wow’ moments throughout a show, and create something that the audience won’t soon forget.”

This group represents just one part of the Opening Ceremonies, which will include over 200 horses. In addition to the equine component, the “human” component includes orchestra, choir, dancers, headline musicians, movement corps of hundreds of adults and children, as well as local and international celebrities and dignitaries.

Tickets for the Opening Ceremonies are still available. For more information about purchasing tickets click here.


16 Days – 60 Nations – 8 World Championships – 99 Days To Go

Posted in Fortnight Festival, Kentucky, Lexington at 8:47 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—June 18, 2010—The 100 Days to Go Celebration for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was a hit June 17, and the Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington drew in hundreds of fans, residents and passersby to help celebrate the occasion.

“It was excellent,” said Diana Simpson, a resident of Lexington, about the celebration. “The speakers were great and there is a lot of enthusiasm. They are making it exciting.”

Those, like Simpson, who came downtown to celebrate, were able to preview some of the festivities that will be a part of the 2010 Games. Walking through the pavilion, visitors were able to grab themselves some Kentucky Ale; see pottery being made; view a Corvette inside and out; taste food from France, the host of the 2014 Games; eat free Dippin’ Dots ice cream and even pet a penguin.

In addition to booths, the celebration featured a fashion show showcasing 2010 Games Ariat apparel, a book signing by Jon Carloftis, world-renowned gardener, for his book “Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky,” and Alltech’s announcement of the line-up for the Alltech Fortnight Festival, a 16-day concert series to take place in venues around the state during the Games. (http://www.alltechfortnightfestival.com/en/pages/default.aspx)

WLEX-18 anchor Nancy Cox emceed the festivities and both she and First Lady Jane Beshear sported 2010 Games apparel on stage during the fashion show. Mrs. Beshear spoke to the crowd about how excited she is to have the Games come to Kentucky, and how Kentucky will benefit from the Games.

“It makes it a little more real that it (the Games) is impending,” said Lauren Howard, of Lexington, about the celebration. “I’ve been watching the (countdown) signs but this is a little more exciting.”

Howard, who brought her two children Tag and Noah, said she is sure she will be buying tickets and added that the celebration was a nice environment for the little ones.

The celebration featured many of the Games partners and sponsors including Alltech’s Kentucky Ale, Alltech Angus, The Kentucky Experience, Newport Aquarium, the Kentucky Horse Park, Ariat, Dippin’ Dots, Corvette and more. In addition, posters listing 100 reasons to attend the Games, brochures and ticketing information were provided.

As the festivities came to a close, so did one more day in the countdown to the Games. And with the 100 Days to Go celebration serving as just a taste of what the actual Games will be like, don’t be left without a ticket, click here to buy yours now.


Fortnight Festival – Can you say party!

Posted in Fortnight Festival, Lexington at 11:58 pm by Thomas

I made it Downtown (Lexington) today for the 100 day kickoff celebration and Fortnight Festival announcements and came away impressed with the line-up.  I have to say, for the non-horse music loving people the Fortnight Festival will be the biggest thing in Kentucky I am sure for several years to come and for us horse-music loving people, things just got that much more complicated.  The number and variety of what I would call big name acts surprised me and I would have to believe that Dr. Lyons has some inside contact in the music industry to have pulled this together.  There are a number of acts on here I would love to see because I suspect I might never get the chance again.  So let me run down the list for all of you who hadn’t heard yet in order of dates (9/23 – 10/9);

  • Little Feat
  • Wynonna Judd
  • Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys
  • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band & Johnson Brothers Band
  • The Temptations
  • American Spiritual Ensemble
  • Vienna Philharmonic – Gustavo Dudamel (sold-out)
  • Chubby Checker
  • Bo Skovhus
  • Ronan Tynan
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Lexington Philharmonic
  • Lo Boheme
  • Annett Hollow
  • Marvin Hamlisch and UK Symphony Orchestra
  • Tony Bennett
  • John Lithgow
  • The Beach Boys
  • Los Labos
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Dave Sanborn

Tickets go on sale June 24th.

There’s only one day to celebrate 100 days.

Posted in Fortnight Festival, Lexington at 8:28 pm by Thomas

There's only one day to celebrate 100 days.

There's only one day to celebrate 100 days.

100 reasons to come to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, World Equestrian Games at 8:11 pm by Thomas

100. You get to walk on the bluegrass. It’s pretty famous in Kentucky.

99. You know that saying “When pigs fly?” Horses actually do fly here…over jumps.

98. Because trail riding is fun, but horses do much cooler things at the 2010 Games.

97. You get to meet someone from a different country, or actually, more than 60 different countries.

96. Single men, two words: International visitors.

95. Single ladies, we’ve got cowboys. With boots and hats. Some even have a southern drawl.

94. You can get horse training tips from world famous equine clinicians.

93. Because you can have a place to party…outside.

92. You can practice using a foreign language with native speakers.

91. Because tickets to the Games are better than anything Santa could ever bring.

90. You get to see horses of every color and size.

89. We’ll have beer. Kentucky Ale to be exact.

88. You can see horses in Kentucky doing something other than run in a circle.

87. Because you’re wondering exactly how one place can hold so many horses and people.

86. The Iron Chef will cook for you. It’s the only time you’ll think even rabbit liver tastes amazing.

85. To buy that cowboy hat you know you’ve always wanted.

84. Don’t care for horses? We’ll have penguins.

83. Don’t like penguins? We’ll have sharks too. Both in the Alltech Experience Pavilion.

82. For the right price, you can sit in the Champions Club without having to vault, drive or jump your way there.

81. The best rooftop gardener in New York City will be there. And guess what? He’s a Kentuckian!

80. If you’ve never made it to the Kentucky Derby, you can watch approximately 90 Kentucky Derbies at about one-third the speed. It’s called Endurance.

79. It’s the perfect horsey fix in between Keeneland’s Fall Sales and Fall Meet.

78. The Kentucky Horse Park will be taken over by an army. Well, we have 7,000 volunteers. That’s basically an army.

77. You can take your girl for a ride on a big green tractor in the John Deere sponsor pavilion.

76. It’s the biggest party in Kentucky this year. Don’t be the only one with nothing to talk about the morning of October 11.

75. Ever wonder how horses do stunts for movies? Equine Village demonstrators will show you.

74. The day doesn’t stop after the competition is over, Lexington will continue the celebration downtown at Spotlight Lexington.

73. To visit the state that makes 95% of the world’s bourbon…and then drink some.

72. Because no matter how crazy your friends are, they are never going to jump on the back of a cantering horse and then do a back flip. But our vaulting athletes will.

71. Our Driving teams bring a whole new feeling to the phrase “horse and buggy.”  It’s a carriage—not a cart—and they drive like NASCAR’s best.

70. Because you’re an Auburn fan and you drove all the way here for the UK Football game. Or because you’re a UK fan who sold your Auburn tickets.

69. UK’s basketball season hasn’t started yet—which means our Jumping athletes will have the biggest “air” in town.

68. When your daughter comes home wanting a dressage pony, you’ll at least know that “dressage” rhymes with “garage.”

67. To cross Kentucky off your list of states visited.

66. The Kentucky Horse Park has 1,224 acres of rolling bluegrass countryside. The 2006 Games in Aachen, Germany had 40 acres. Come see what we’re doing with the extra 1,184.

65. Because your kids get in free.

64. It might be the only time you can have a world-renowned chef cook for you using items you might find at a Kentucky Farmer’s Market. We call it Kentucky Proud, and we’re proud of it!

63. Because you’ve heard someone say they use “Natural Horsemanship” and you have no clue what it is.

62. Not a world champion equestrian athlete? More than a dozen clinicians will be on hand to show you the reins. Or in the case of Stacy Westfall, to entertain you without reins.

61. To pick up some new dance moves. Dressage horses are more graceful than lots of people. Most people, actually.

60. Because if you only know about our bourbon you are missing out on our incredible Kentucky wines. Taste them in the Kentucky Experience.

59. Spend a day with your family for the same cost as a night at the movies. Fun, laughter and memories required with purchase of your Grounds Pass tickets.

58. Because you can have your own bottle of Maker’s Mark personally dipped for you in our Makers Mark Bourbon Village Hospitality Pavilion. Where else will you ever see that signature wax melted?

57. The number of activities for horse-obsessed children is endless.

56. You have never been to a horse show, and doesn’t the saying go: don’t knock it till you try it?

55. Because you’re sick of watching sports that revolve around some type of ball.Reason 55

54. You can spend all day outside…or 16 days outside.

53. Because you’ve never seen a horse up close.

52. How many times have you heard Wynonna Judd sing “My Old Kentucky Home?”

51. Because you’re looking for an excuse to pull out those cowboy boots from the back of your closet.

50. And, if you don’t have boots you have to come put your feet in a pair of Ariat’s.

49. Roads have been created and widened just so you don’t have to fight traffic.

48. It is the first time the Para-Dressage will be part of the World Equestrian Games. Don’t know what Para-Dressage is? Come find out.

47. You get to watch riders play musical horses in the Rolex Top Four jumping competition.

46. You get to learn from top veterinarians and animal health experts.

45. Because weeknights during the Games will be far from boring.

44. Because you don’t have to be a jockey or a zillionaire to get a great seat.

43. Because there are airports in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati that can assure you get to the event as safely as the horses.

42. Following our athlete bloggers? Now is your chance to see them in person.

41. The most talented riders in the world will all be in one location. It’s your chance to see the best of the best compete against each other.

40. Ever heard of the champion racehorse Cigar? He’ll be there. And you can meet him in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.

39. Because if you can’t buy a real horse you can buy a Breyer.

38. We have over 30,000 friends on Facebook and they are definitely coming…don’t be left out.

37. Because our trade show is the only place where you can buy a treadmill for your horse and a watch for your spouse in the same shopping experience.

36. You get to shop…period.

35. There will be a sneak peak of the 2014 Games in France.

34. Because it’ll have more horsepower than that car you’re driving.

33. Our Para-Dressage athletes conquer every challenge—come be amazed.

32. Lexington has created one of the top horse venues in the world.

31. Because your experience at the Games will be timeless, just like a Rolex watch, the official time piece of the Games.

30. You can see the entire state in one place. All nine tourism regions will be in the Kentucky Experience exhibit.

29. Because horses run faster, jump higher and turn quicker than any human ever will.

28. During the Games, Lexington is going to be the talk of the horse world…don’t you want to be a part of it?

27. Because it will definitely give you something to tweet about.

26. You will make your child’s day, month and probably year.

25. Because you don’t know what the word piaffe means and you definitely didn’t know it is something a horse can do.

24. You have never seen a horse slide on its hind legs and look cool doing it.

23. Because you haven’t been to the Kentucky Horse Park.

22. And if you have been to the Kentucky Horse Park, you haven’t seen the Park’s newest addition. Find out about the Park’s Gift from the Desert.

21. Because Kentucky and the city of Lexington have prepared to make this event one to remember.

20. You can find out how Dippin’ Dots made ice cream into tiny, tasty pellets—the creators will be there!

19. Because some of the most beautiful farms in the bluegrass will be transformed into a 100 mile endurance course.

18. You can see a bond between a horse and a rider that you can’t see anywhere else.

17. Because Lexington has had a count-down clock running since December 29, 2007 and it will finally say 0 days to go.

16. You aren’t from Kentucky-or maybe you are- and you are wondering what this state has to offer…the Kentucky Experience will fill you in.

15. If you like taking photos you can fill a bookshelf full of albums with exciting snapshots from this event.

14. Because the Kentucky Horse Park is the only park in the world dedicated to horses.

13. We can bet you have never been to a horse show that has the world championships of eight disciplines held at the same venue.

12. September is the perfect time to take a little vacation.

11. Doesn’t everyone want to take a vacation?

10. Because Lexington has been under construction since 2006 and it’s time for everything to finally come together.

9. You won’t get to see a World Equestrian Games again until 2014.

8. Because other world championship sporting events don’t have tickets for as little as $25.

7. You will be a part of history in the making.

6. It’s Kentucky hospitality. It’s what we do best.

5. You can spend your day watching the biggest horse show to hit this country and your night attending the best party in Lexington.

4. Because the Games have never been here before—and who knows if they will ever be back?

3. Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population. Don’t believe us? We’ll see you in 12 hours. Loser buys a ticket to the Games.

2. Because you’re running out of time, tickets won’t be on sale much longer.

1. 16 days. Eight World Championships. The Horse Capital of the World. Isn’t that enough?


Volunteer Training for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Begins

Posted in 2010 Games, Volunteerism, World Equestrian Games at 6:42 pm by Thomas

Volunteers from Kentucky and surrounding states flocked to Lexington on June 1 for the first volunteer training session in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. This marks the beginning of general volunteer training which will span the month of June.

“It went fabulously,” said Erin Faherty, director of volunteer services, about the first session. “The volunteers are very excited and they are beginning to realize that they not only represent themselves, the local area, and Kentucky, but also the United States.”

The training session, which is mandatory for all volunteers, consists of several educational presentations that are designed to prepare volunteers for what they will encounter at the Games. They include an overview of the Games, information about volunteer check-in, uniforms, behavior, safety and communication.

“I thought it was very informative,” said Donna Vanover, a volunteer from Lexington who attended the first training session. “(It gave) volunteers a general overview of what to expect and opened your eyes to what you hadn’t thought of.”

Vanover said the session answered many of her questions and helped her know how to plan her schedule for when the Games arrive.

“It is a fun two hours,” Vanover said. “Even if it’s after work, it will get you excited even more about the Games.”

During the month of June, training sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Faherty said the training sessions are very interactive, including videos and demonstrations that have gotten both volunteers and staff members excited.

“It has been a long time coming,” said Melissa Gamble, volunteer services manager. “They (the volunteers) have stuck with us, and it was nice to see the passion in their eyes.”

General training is the first leg of training that volunteers will receive in the months prior to the Games. Job specific training and venue training will be assigned closer to the Games, depending on what position the volunteer will be working.

Training is mandatory for all volunteers, both competition and general. They can sign up on Shiftboard using their volunteer profile. Each session is limited to 200 volunteers. Another training option will be available for volunteers who live too far away to attend a session in Lexington. Those volunteers will be contacted through email.

Still interested in becoming a volunteer? Your time is running out. Click here for more information.

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Spectators Can Experience All Kentucky Has To Offer

Posted in 2010 Games, World Equestrian Games at 6:33 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY–This fall, visitors from around the world will get a chance to experience all the sights, sounds and tastes that Kentucky has to offer during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, without ever leaving the Kentucky Horse Park.

“Our goal is to immerse visitors in all that is Kentucky so that before they return home, or the next time they travel, they won’t be able to resist seeing the real thing,” said Mike Cooper, Kentucky’s Commissioner of Travel & Tourism.

While the primary focus of the 2010 Games is eight world championships in equestrian sport, spectators from around the world will be able to enjoy The Kentucky Experience, which will present the multitude of Kentucky cultural, historical and artistic features that make the Bluegrass State such a unique and special place among the world’s travel destinations.

Located at the Kentucky Horse Park and grounds of the Games from September 25 through October 10, The Kentucky Experience is a major exposition that will feature the nine tourism regions of the Commonwealth, from the lakes in the west, to the mountains in the east, and even to the caves and Corvettes in the south.

The Kentucky Experience will have three Pavilions to entice visitors.  The first stop, though, is The Kentucky Experience Welcome Center. At the Welcome Center, visitors will get a dose of Kentucky hospitality as hosts will provide a list of daily events and provide information on each region represented.

Next, walk through the regions of Kentucky and experience the Bluegrass State in the Exhibit Pavilion. Images, artifacts and audio will combine to present a virtual tour of the Commonwealth.  From Ali to Colonel Sanders, horses to houseboats, artists to aquariums, and so much more, the Exhibit Pavilion will present an unbridled Kentucky experience.

The Kentucky Product Pavilion is designed give visitors a taste of Kentucky, literally. Local bourbon distillers will be on hand to show (and let you sample!) the bourbon distilling process, in addition to local wineries and wine tastings.  Kentucky ales will also be featured.  Visitors will also be able to taste a selection of Kentucky Proud products, such as beer cheese and bourbon balls. Beautiful handmade Kentucky folk crafts and world-famous art will be on display and even available for purchase.

Follow the sounds to the Entertainment Pavilion, where performances will be occurring throughout the Games, all by Kentucky artists.  Kentucky is well known for its Bluegrass and Country artists, and will be found at the entertainment pavilion, but so too will the full array and diversity of talent that resides in Kentucky.

The Welcome Center and pavilions will surround a beautiful Kentucky courtyard garden designed by nationally known master gardener and Rockastle County native, Jon Carloftis.

See it, experience it…The Kentucky Experience!

Access to the The Kentucky Experience will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket.  Grounds Pass ticket sales begin April 16 at 10 a.m. at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at (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 and www.thekentuckyexperience.com

Live From Lexington – Voting has begun!

Posted in Announcement at 12:01 am by Thomas

No sooner did I get my last post up and the voting had started. As I said previously my first vote went to Sheri Israel. I decided to give my second vote to Kristine Oakhurst because other then Sheri she was the only semi-finalist that had their first blog entry up. Everyone please vote, the more votes cast the closer Purina comes to their goal of donating $10,000 to the NARHA.


Purina’s Live From Lexington Update – Everything Happens for a Reason

Posted in Updates at 11:08 pm by Thomas

Well we have heard through the grape vine that Purina has chosen the four semi-finalist for the Live from Lexington Blog-O-Spondent contest and afraid yours truly was not among them. I am not too disappointed, I would have really enjoyed being Purina’s Blog-O-Spondent but I have been spreading myself very thin this last year and so to have taken this on may have been a bit much. I do believe “Everything Happens for a Reason”, so I may have missed out on this opportunity but there will be others.

So here is the list as I have been told though Purina still hasn’t officially released the results.

  • Sheri Israel
  • Nina Ackerly
  • Kristine Oakhurst
  • Erin Gallagher

Of these four only one was on my original list and that was Sheri Israel, aka Dressage Mom . Sheri made my list because I liked the way she came across in her video and she has been doing her blog for the last four years which takes a level of commitment that I can so attest to and so she will be getting my first vote. The contest is actually for two Blog-O-Spondents so I will have see what the other three do on their blogs each day and cast my vote on that basis.

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to Celebrate 100 Days to Go with Festival

Posted in 2010 Games, Announcement, Lexington, World Equestrian Games at 10:03 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, KY—The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with several key sponsors and partners, will celebrate 100 Days to Go until the world’s most prestigious equestrian event comes to Kentucky with a celebration in downtown Lexington on June 17.

The Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park will be transformed into a celebration and preview of things to come from September 25-October 10, 2010, when the world championships in eight equestrian sports are contested at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park.

The 100 Days to Go Celebration will kick off at 11 a.m., with live music and a culinary preview of the Games, including Dippin’ Dots, Alltech Angus and Kentucky Ale.

At noon, the Games’ title sponsor, Alltech, will announce the line up for the Alltech Fortnight Festival, a sixteen-day concert series which will take place in venues around the state of Kentucky concurrent with the Games.

At 12:30 p.m., The World Games 2010 Foundation will showcase its Ariat Consumer apparel line for the Games in a fashion show. These festivities will both be emceed by WLEX anchor Nancy Cox.

From 1-3 p.m., some very unique aspects of the Games will get a special spotlight. World-renowned gardener and Kentucky native, Jon Carloftis, will host a signing of his book, Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky, while showcasing a preview of two gardens he will create at the Games venue in the Alltech Experience Pavilion and the Kentucky Experience Pavilion.

Also from 1-3 p.m., Alltech will showcase its aquaculture program, with some help from an African King Penguin and alligator from the Newport Aquarium, which will showcase its marine wildlife in the Alltech Experience and Kentucky Experience during the Games.

Throughout the entire day, the state’s Department of Travel and Tourism will preview The Kentucky Experience, which will allow Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games spectators to venture into the state’s nine tourism regions, as well as a showcase of Kentucky crafts, music, and food products. On June 17, visitors will see a small taste of Kentucky, and can view a Corvette arriving from Bowling Green in time for the celebration.

Of course, the celebration would be incomplete without the stars of the show – horses. The Kentucky Horse Park will offer a preview of its Equine Village, another destination point on the grounds of the Games, with a few majestic equine athletes.

The World Games 2010 Foundation will have a ticketing booth and several prizes, including tickets, will be given away throughout the day.

Come join the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for a fun, family-friendly day as we celebrate 100 Days to Go!

Those unable to come downtown to the festival can still join in the celebration by logging onto www.alltech.com, where a live video broadcast from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. will showcase all of the excitement.

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