Keeneland Fall Schedule (WEG Impact)

Posted in 2010 Games, Keeneland, Kentucky, Lexington, University of Kentucky, World Equestrian Games at 10:45 pm by Thomas

Keeneland’s Fall Meet runs Friday, October 8th through Saturday, October 30; post time 1:00 PM.

Basic Schedule for the 3 days overlapping with the Games follows with info and the Grade races.

October 8, 2010

Fall Race Meet – Live Racing
Opening Day Fall Meeting
Darley Alcibiades (G1)
Phoenix (G3)
FallStars Weekend

October 9, 2010

Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1)
Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)
Abu Dhabi First Lady (G1)
Woodford (G3)
The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (G1)

October 10, 2010

Juddmonte Spinster (G1)
Bourbon (G3)

Traffic Impacts:   Keeneland opens at 11 AM and is located on the West side of Lexington with the primary bottlenecks being Man O War/Versailles Road at the entrance to Keeneland and Versailles Road/New Circle Road ~ 2 miles East of the main entrance.  The last race generally runs about 5 PM so on Friday the impact will be doubled with normal rush hour traffic.  On Saturday the University of Kentucky (Wildcats) football team will be taking on the Auburn (Tigers)  at home but I will post more information about that at a later date when I have more information on the expected impacts, just wanted to get that information out for people planning on coming out for the last weekend of the Games.

Keeneland area map


Menus Now Available for James Beard Foundation Cookin’ in the Bluegrass Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Fortnight Festival, Lexington, World Equestrian Games at 9:56 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—36 Day to Go—Menu selections are now available for Cookin’ in the Bluegrass, a celebrity chef dinner series to be held each night of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 through October 10.

Each menu features a cocktail hour with Kentucky wines and appetizers, a three-to-five course dinner featuring Kentucky Proud products, and a dessert course.  The detailed menu for each night, as well as the link to purchase tickets, is available now ( http://www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3776. )

Each dinner will feature two celebrity chefs, many of whom are James Beard Award-winners, and one Kentucky-based chef, cooking side-by-side at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse restaurant.  Each night, 80 guests will enjoy dining experiences that replicate the sumptuous dinners held at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.

The celebrity chefs and local Kentucky chefs have been collaborating on recipes, use of Kentucky products and how to best blend their culinary styles for the past several weeks.

“James Beard, who happened to practice the use of regional cuisine, would be delighted at the wide range of local ingredients  and food products featured in the menus,” said Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation Each night will be an enlightening and enriching  experience for our guests.”

The James Beard Foundation has partnered with the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for Cookin’ in the Bluegrass.  This dinner series will occur each night from September 25-October 10, 2010 in Lexington, Ky, as the Kentucky Horse Park hosts the world championships in eight equestrian sports.

Proceeds from Cookin’ in the Bluegrass will benefit the James Beard Foundation, The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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.
Media Contact: Diane Stefanie diane@rosengrouppr.com or 212.255.8224


Attractions: Louisville Zoo

Posted in Attractions, Louisville at 11:17 pm by Thomas

Going to take some time over the next couple of weeks prior to the Games to talk about some other attractions to see for people coming to our Wonderful Commonwealth for the first time.  Today I am going to talk about the Louisville Zoo which is easy to do because we spent the day there.  We try to go at least once, usually at the same time we are in Louisville for the Kentucky State Fair, I wish the Games had been earlier so that those coming could of had the opportunity to visit our Fair which is one of the largest in the World but I digress.

I do not know exactly how the Louisville Zoo ranks with other zoos around the world, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable day there.  The zoo just opened a new habitat for the seals and sea lions as part of the build out of their new Glacier Bay area which will be fully opened by next Spring and will house the new Polar Bear habitat which looks pretty cool (no pun intended) from what has been completed up to this point.   The zoo also had the good fortune of having a baby Giraffe born this year and he is a site to see.

Another new exhibit this year is a Dinosaur walk which I recommend, though it is an additional $5 per person for non zoo members but I think its worth it.  The exhibit is 16 life size robotic Dinosaurs in a very natural setting that may cause you to pause before you walk up closer to them to be sure you haven’t been transported back in time.

The zoo is less then an hour and a half drive from Lexington via I-64 and for all the latest information and exact directions check out their website at http://www.louisvillezoo.org/ .


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.


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.



Posted in Events of Interest, Kentucky at 9:59 pm by Thomas

This year’s Knott County Fall Trail Ride attracted over 10,000 people and 7,000 horses.  The event has now grown into one of the largest equestrian events in the state!   People spent on average $234.22 in the area creating an economic impact on the region of somewhere between $2.3 million and $2.8 million dollars. 

Knott County Fall Trail Ride 2009

Knott County Fall Trail Ride 2009

Located in the heart of Elk Country, the Trail Ride started out three years ago as a three day event.   But this year, campers and trailers started pouring in the Sunday before and stayed all week.  By Tuesday morning, three days prior to the event even starting, there were over 400 campers already set up.   “This is no longer a weekend event”, says Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson.   “People from all over the U.S. are taking a week’s vacation to ride the mountain trails of east Kentucky”.   Riders came from 17 different states including Michigan, Connecticut and Texas.*  

Many people come up early to ride the trails.  Others come just to hear the elk bugle.  “With over 11,000 elk roaming free in the eastern coalfields of Kentucky, it is an amazing experience  and the landscape is absolutely breathtaking”, says one camper from South Carolina.   

The event has grown so much that last year the campsite was relocated to a large coal reclamation site on a portion of land owned by Western Pocahontas Land Company and International Coal Group.   “With over 50,000 acres in which to camp and develop trails, there is always room for more” says Judge Thompson.  

The Knott County Trail Ride takes place twice a year with a ride in both Spring and Fall.  

Details and hundreds of photos can be found at knottcountyadventure.com 

     *This year’s Fall Ride attracted riders from Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona,   Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Connecticut, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina and, of course, Kentucky.   

Contact:   Debby Spencer
WMTH Corporation
P.O. Box 51153
Bowling Green KY 42102
(270)792-5300 or (270)781-6858


Celebrate with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games: Ticket Sales, Kentucky Celebration, and Live Web Stream of Activities on September 25

Posted in 2010 Games, Lexington, Tickets, World Equestrian Games at 9:36 pm by Thomas

The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will celebrate the launch of ticket sales and the final year countdown to the Games on September 25, 2009 and you are invited to join the celebration around the world with a live Web stream of the celebration.

A live Web stream from downtown Lexington will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on the Lexington Fayette Country Urban Government Web site, http://lfucg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=12

The festivities will feature live musical entertainment, prizes, and an official countdown to the ticket sale launch at Noon EST. Leadership of the World Games 2010 Foundation, athletes, and local celebrities will speak, and NBC’s Tom Hammond will emcee the event.

“We are so excited for this day, and with this live Web stream, fans and supporters world-wide will be able share our enthusiasm,” said World Games 2010 Foundation CEO. “We hope that in 2010, many of these fans will be able to join us in Kentucky for 16 days of the best equestrian competition in the world.”

Ticket sales begin at noon on September 25, and purchases can be made online at www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and special needs can be facilitated via the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.


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?


Parking Solutions for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Underway

Posted in 2010 Games, Parking, University of Kentucky at 5:57 am by Thomas

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus as a satellite parking location for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Shuttle transportation services will be provided to spectators at official 2010 Games satellite parking lots directly to the Kentucky Horse Park. Coldstream Research Campus is located five miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, and can hold 8,400 vehicles, providing a safe and efficient shuttle transport system to and from the grounds of the Games.

“We are very excited to be a part of the World Equestrian Games and work with the foundation staff to provide a major park and ride site for all of the visitors who will attend the Games,” said Tina Carpenter, UK Coldstream Research Campus executive director.

“The Coldstream Research Campus site provides an ideal location for satellite parking during the 2010 Games,” said Jamie Link, Foundation CEO. “The site will allow spectators to park as closely as possible to the Kentucky Horse Park, with easy and friendly transportation services to  the Games.”

In addition to the primary parking location at Coldstream Research Campus, the World Games 2010 Foundation will be offering a limited number of premium spaces on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds for purchase online. More information about purchasing on-site parking will be available when tickets go on sale September 25, 2009.

More detailed information on parking and transportation systems for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be available in the spring of 2010.

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.

About the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus

Business and research connect at the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus, a premier location at the intersection of I-75/I-64 and just minutes from the University of Kentucky. Partnerships with UK feature strong R&D programs in ag biotech, equine research, biofuels and pharmaceutical development. Once a prominent Bluegrass horse farm, Coldstream is now the business home for more than 1,000 employees and 55 biotech, pharmaceutical and equine companies, IBM, HP, Embassy Suites Hotel and others. Contact: Coldstream@uky.edu, www.UKColdstream.com, 859.231.TECH (8324).


Danville has a twin; Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

Posted in Danville, Kentucky at 9:33 pm by Thomas

It has been made official, Danville, Kentucky and Carrickfergus, Nothern Ireland are now twins. What this means simply is that the two(2) cities will work hard to build connections between the two in all possible ways. These kind of relationships will benefit from the Games and create another channel for people in Europe to learn about our Wonderful Commonwealth and we look forward to hosting people from Carrickfergus during the Games.

Danville Advocate Messenger Story

More info on Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Thomas Demond
Founder KyWEGO®


2009 Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event

Posted in Kentucky, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event at 9:45 pm by Thomas

Lexington, KY – February 23, 2009- The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, part of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM Series and one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 23-26.

 The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event features the world’s best horses and riders vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money and a chance at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The winning owner will be awarded $80,000 and the winning rider will receive a classic Rolex timepiece.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will run a CCI****, the 12th championship for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Cup, signifying the zenith in Eventing competition in the United States. The event draws over 100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a one-hour special on NBC in the United States.
“This year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event promises to be the biggest and most exciting ever,” said Jane Atkinson, Executive Vice President of Equestrian Events, Inc.(EEI), producer of the event.  “With a brand new stadium and other improvements to the Kentucky Horse Park, spectators can expect an unprecedented experience.  As anticipation continues to build for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the level of competition at Rolex should be at an all-time high!”
The only Four Star Event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in Eventing.  Past winners include United States Olympic Medalists David and Karen O’Connor, Kim Severson, Phillip Dutton, New Zealand’s Blyth Tait and Nick Larkin, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain and Andrew Hoy and Clayton Fredericks of Australia.  
 The $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is awarded to any rider who wins theRolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession.  In 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, became the first, and to date only, rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. 
In addition to the heart pounding equestrian action, one of the most popular attractions at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the Kentucky Three-Day Event Shop. The Shop offers all manner of clothing, accessories and gift items sporting the EEI logo with the competition title, “Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” curved around the top of the logo.
“We are looking forward to having everyone come out to enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park to watch one of the world’s most exciting events,” said Atkinson. “In addition to watching the world-class equestrian competition and strolling through the more than 150 shops and boutiques, equine enthusiasts can tour the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park, stroll the beautiful grounds and catch a glimpse of magnificent horses all around!”
For more information, or to purchase tickets to the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org, complete the ticket order form and return via mail or fax (859-254-5116) to Equestrian Events, Inc., call (859) 254-8123 or order online.


2009 Rolex 3-Day Event Changes

Posted in Announcement, Equestrian Events Inc, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event at 11:02 pm by Thomas

     Lexington, KY-February 16, 2009 – As a result of construction projects at the Kentucky Horse Park, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) is announcing some major changes for the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only annual Four Star Three-Day Event in the Americas.  Scheduled for April 23-26, the event draws over 100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts, including a one-hour special on NBC in the United States.
     Honored with the 2008 Best of Lexington Award in the Special Events category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA), Equestrian Events continues to move forward and adapt to the changes at the Horse Park that will be fully completed by the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Even before it is the Test Event in 2010 for the Eventing World Championships, Rolex Kentucky 2009 will be the first time some of the Park changes come into play. Some of the changes in 2009:
The Stadium
     The arena where the Dressage and Jumping Tests for Rolex Kentucky were previously held is being totally rebuilt to create a new Stadium. This new facility, in the same location as the previous arena, will be a whole new experience for spectators, as well as horses and riders, and is leading to some sweeping changes for 2009 and beyond.
     Prior to the start of construction, the Lake Grandstand-constructed from funds donated by Equestrian Events, Inc., the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and legions of supporters of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event-was carefully and painstakingly dismantled. Located on the south side of the arena with the Park’s picturesque lake behind it, each piece of the Lake Grandstand was numbered and coded and is being stored for re-assembly at a later date at one of the Park’s other outdoor arenas. The Lake Grandstand has 2,325 bench seats, 1,883 of them covered and 24 spaces for disabled seating.
New Permanent Grandstand
     A new permanent grandstand structure, with 7,289 chair seats, 4,630 of which will be covered, plus 102 spaces for disabled seating, is being constructed on the north side of the stadium where the Patron Club and Equestrian Club tents and their temporary grandstand seating were located. The Park Grandstand also houses restrooms and concession areas underneath the second tier of seating. There will be three entrances to the grandstand. The entry level goes directly to the uppermost row of the first tier of seating and disabled seating is on that level. Stairs at the entry level go up to the first row of the second tier of seating.
Temporary Uncovered Grandstand Seating
     Rolex Kentucky organizer Equestrian Events, Inc. is renting uncovered grandstands to provide a total of 15,000 seats in the new Stadium. These stands will be located on the south side of the arena by the Park’s lake and on the west side of the arena.
New Arena Surface
     A new arena surface will greet horses and riders at Rolex Kentucky 2009, but the surface isn’t new to the Horse Park or to the horses and riders that competed in the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The German company OTTO Sport-und Reitplatz GMBH is installing its state-of-the-art riding surface on the Stadium arena and the attached warm-up area and will have its inaugural use at the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. However, the same surface was installed in 2008 in the Park’s Walnut Ring and used extensively last year, to wide acclaim, for Jumper classes at various A and AA-rated hunter/jumper shows at the Park.
Patron Club and Equestrian Club Tents Moved
     Due to its size, the Park Grandstand utilizes all the ground from the edge of the original arena back to Nina Bonnie Boulevard, ground where the Patron Club and Equestrian Club tents and uncovered grandstand seating were previously located. The Patron Club and Equestrian Club tents are being relocated across Nina Bonnie Boulevard to the fence line surrounding the High Hope Steeplechase Course. The tents will overlook the infield of the course, where several major obstacles on the Rolex Kentucky Cross-Country course are located. Grandstand seating for Patron Club and Equestrian Club subscribers will be an additional charge, allowing these Event attendees to choose which grandstand seating they prefer and to sit with friends who are not subscribers to these two ticket options. Video screens will be located in each tent to provide almost larger-than-life viewing of each day’s competition.
East Side of Stadium
     The East side of the Stadium, where temporary grandstands have previously been located, will now be used for the Patron Plus tent, a private hospitality tent, along with the grandstand for Riders, Owners, Grooms and Competitor Guests.
South Side of Stadium
     The configuration of the lake side of the arena is changed, and two grandstands with increased seating will be located here along with the Doggery, the grandstand targeted especially for dogs and their human companions.
West Side of Stadium
     The permanent Sponsor Hospitality Pavilion, previously located on the north side of the arena, has made way for the new Park Grandstand, requiring the creation of a new Sponsor Pavilion on the west side of the arena.  The West Grandstand that was located near the lake remains in the same relative position, but increased in height by one row (36 rows) and in width by 6′.
     Most visitors to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Website have already been introduced to the newest ticket purchasing option from Equestrian Events, Inc., online ticket sales. While the Ticket Order Form may still be downloaded and mailed or faxed to the EEI Office, and orders may still be placed via telephone, those who like the ease and speed of placing orders online now have that option.
     “We are proud of our longstanding commitment to providing outstanding entertainment as well as world-class equestrian competition,” said Event Director, Jane Atkinson.  “The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has always been produced by Equestrian Events, Inc. with a strong commitment to giving spectators an exciting and comfortable experience and we believe that these changes will go a long way in accomplishing that goal.
     The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event features this country’s best horses and riders and international stars vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money and a chance at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.  The winning owner is awarded $65,000 and the winning rider receives a Rolex timepiece. The classic Kentucky Julep Cup is presented by Equestrian Events, Inc. to the winning owner and winning rider as a reminder of their accomplishment.
     For more information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org.  To receive the ticket brochure for the 2009 Event, send your name and address to Equestrian Events, Inc., P.O. Box 12110, Lexington, KY 40580-2110, (859) 254-8123 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm, M-F), (859) 254-5116 (fax), or rktickets@alltel.net.


Fort Harrod BCH Enlists Oxen to Help Clear Trail Areas

Posted in Adventure Tourism, Bluegrass Region, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, Kentucky, Volunteerism at 10:38 pm by Thomas

Harrodsburg, KY, January 12, 2009 – A local team of oxen, owned by Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen (Ft. Harrod BCH) member Brian Rogers, will work with trail enthusiasts on February 7-8, 2009 to clean out an old dump site at Eagle’s Nest Equestrian Trails in Harrodsburg.  The site primarily contains old tires which work crews will dislodge and load onto a sled pulled by the trained steers.  

Rogers’ oxen currently are used for light farm work including pulling a chain drag, pulling logs, moving stones and feed, and more.  The two-and-a-half year old pair has been working in yoke for the past two years and travel annually to participate in the Midwest Ox Drover’s Gathering in Scotts Michigan. 

“By using oxen to remove the debris we hope to limit the impact on the environment and minimize damage to the vegetation.  This is also a great way for us to incorporate the use of draft stock in our trail maintenance efforts,” stated Emily Dennis, President of the Ft. Harrod BCH.   

The tires will be removed from the Cornishville Road area of Eagle’s Nest to a proper disposal location.  Eagle’s Nest Trail Boss, Dennis Blackburn, is currently working with other Ft. Harrod BCH members and the local community to identify a low cost or no cost recycling or disposal alternative for the tires. 

Eagle’s Nest Equestrian Trails is closed for both January and February to reduce impact and erosion to the trails.  The scheduled work days are to be conducted on foot and without horses. 

Individuals wishing to join the trail clean up efforts will be shuttled from the pavilion at Eagle’s Nest to the clean up site.  Clean up efforts begin at 10 a.m. with a midday lunch break featuring potluck chili.  Participants are asked to bring prepared chili to mix and heat at the work site or an appropriate side dish and their own non-alcoholic beverages.  RSVP to confirm attendance by contacting Dennis Blackburn at 859-613-2665 or hardrockfarm@gmail.com.  

For more information or to join the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen contact Emily Dennis at edennis@fewpb.net or 502-330-8798 or Dennis Blackburn at hardrockfarm@gmail.com or 859-613-2665.


Kentucky Horse Park 2008 Media Day

Posted in 2010 Games, Kentucky, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park, Media Day, United States Dressage Federation at 10:47 pm by Thomas

The Kentucky Horse Park hosted the 3rd Annual Kentucky Horse Park and National Horse Center Media Day.  For anyone in the media this is a great learning experience on all that is the Kentucky Horse Park no matter if you are in Equine media or not and I highly recommend it.  The day started out with a number of breed and discipline demonstrations in the covered arena. 

Patricia (PJ) Cooksey discussed (from horseback) the many aspects of the Kentucky Racing Commission and the changes that have been implemented this year.  She was well received and answered a number of good questions.  Dr. Nathan Slovis gave an in-depth demonstration of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Equine Ambulance with audience participation.

It was then on to the Club Lounge for lunch with John Nicholson in which he presented his vision of unity throughout the horse industry that the Kentucky Horse Park is facilitating by currently being the headquarters of 33 Equine Organizations both big and small.  He pointed out that for every employee the Horse Park employees the private organizations there employ 3.  He also pointed out that the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be viewed by some 500 Million people around the world and that for many of them this will be their first discovery of Kentucky. 

John’s passion for the Kentucky Horse Park is always palpable and he summed up the role of the Kentucky Horse Park by saying he expects people to come to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 and fall in love with Kentucky and that some of those people will then move their business’ to Kentucky.  There is no question that I agree with that sentiment and that these Games are the most significant thing to happen to Kentucky since the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

After lunch we received very nice Gift bags provided by the United States Dressage Foundation that had all kinds of cool stuff in them.  We then loaded onto a motorcoach sponsored by Kentucky Horse Council for a tour of the park and the ongoing construction of the new park facilities.  Currently the Horse Park is booked for 3 years into the futures and there is an event going on at the Horse Park every weekend but 2.  Nina Bonnie Blvd, the main East-Main thoroughfair through the Horse Park is going to be widened and will be the main pedestrian thoroughfair for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010. 

We saw the new indoor arena which is well underway and scheduled to be in use by June 2009 with shows allready booked for it next summer.  The arena will have seating for 7,000 with 40,000 sq ft of exhibitor space and will host the Reining and Vaulting for the Games.  We then moved on to the TRF-Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center which works to re-school racehorses and find them new homes.  Susanna M. Thomas is the Director of the Center and is a wonderful great advocate for this wonderful endeavor.  As she put it, “Every Horse has a Story”.  Our next stop was the new facilitiy under construction for the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.  Pat Cline provided us with all the good work the CKRH does and that part of the reason for their great success was the 280 active volunteers they had last year.  As always I will say, here is another great cause for those of you looking to volunteer.

To finish up the day we headed over to the Combined Driving Event that is going on at the Horse Park through the weekend.  On our way we past the location for the new Outdoor Stadium which is starting to take shape and is on schedule to be completed next year.  It will have permanent seating for 7,500 and be expandable to hold 27,500 for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

I want to give a special thanks to Lisa Jackson who was a gracious host and provided a number of us rides to different area’s of the park at the end of the day.  I also want to thank the sponsors which allow the Kentucky Horse Park to put on this event for no charge to the Media, I for one am greatly appreciate for this opportunity.  I look forward to seeing everyone out there again next year.


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