World Equestrian Games Decade: Happy New Year 2020

Posted in Kentucky Horse Park, KyWEGO, My Thoughts, New Year, World Equestrian Games at 7:40 pm by Thomas

A decade ago at the close of 2009, the plans were well underway for the 2010 World Equestrian Games here in Lexington, Kentucky. The Aachen Games of 2006, four years prior had been considered a success and so there was much optimism for the success of our Games. Almost ten years later I would say our optimism was well placed in that the investments that were made ten plus years ago continue to pay off and certainly strengthened Lexington’s Horse Capital of the World mantra and so the future for Lexington continues to look bright. The Games in 2014 and 2018 were fraught with a number of issues with the Games at Tryon even being besieged by the remnants of a Hurricane.

Now as we close out 2019 though, the future for the World Equestrian Games is not so bright. For all practical purposes, the Games no longer exist in their single venue form. Now the individual championships are held in separate locations at different times which is simpler to do but takes away some of the grandness of the World Equestrian Games format. This tends to diminish the level of general media attention Equestrian sports get overall but is probably healthier for the individual sports because WEG was starting to suffer from the same sort of bloat that the Olympics are known for.

My hope is that one day, probably 20 years in the future we will bring back the full World Equestrian Games to the Kentucky Horse Park for at least one more go because I do think it is a worthwhile endeavor.

In the near term, I want to wish everyone a Very Happy New Year for 2020, may this new decade bring you great happiness and joy in all your endeavors, equestrian and otherwise.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Flying Drones in Kentucky

Posted in AbitaDrone, KyWEGO, Technology at 5:07 pm by Thomas

Kentucky Farm Bureau put out a quick little article on flying drones in Kentucky both for recreation and commercially. The article can be found here . If you are interested in learning to fly a drone or even go as far as get your Commercial Drone license check out the AbitaDrone Learning Zone . At our sister site KyWEGO check out the drone services we offer, everything from aerial videography and inspections to wildlife and livestock analysis.


Great American Eclipse 2017

Posted in KyWEGO at 9:06 pm by Thomas

The Great American Eclipse of August 21st, 2017 was a non-horse event but still brought a lot of attention to Kentucky.  We found a great location in Cadiz, Kentucky just east of the Land Between the Lakes to catch totality only 16 miles from the point of greatest eclipse so totality lasted almost 2 minutes and 4o seconds.  It was our first total eclipse and it was an amazing experience to say the least.  We actually setup an experiment to capture what is referred to as Shadow Bands or Shadow Snakes.  We had several video cameras running to capture both the eclipse and the shadow on the ground.  Two of the cameras were mounted on a drone we custom built just for this event, we are still processing some of the videos but the video of the ground effects from the drone is online in 2 separate videos to make it a bit smaller to load, you can find them by going to our website KyWEGO .  We are building other drones to do everything from Equine Movie Production to Real Estate videos and Dynamic Agricultural Analysis.  We also can repair, service and upgrade drones so what ever your needs maybe give us a call.


Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond

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