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.


Rolex has left the building!

Posted in 2026, My Thoughts, Rolex, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event, World Equestrian Games at 9:33 pm by Thomas

The news came out today and I can’t say I didn’t know it was the likely outcome but the reality that Rolex is no longer the title sponsor of, “The Kentucky Three Day Event”, which just doesn’t have the ring of “The Rolex” is bitter sweat.  My first Rolex was 1994 and I always dreamed of getting to compete there but life had other plans, I would still like be an outrider there one of these years.

The upside to this news is it does clear the way for the Kentucky Horse Park to win back the FEI World Equestrian Games because the agreements Longines had with the FEI would not allow the Horse Park to host the Games while Rolex had the agreements it did with the Horse Park.  The reason for this was a clause in the Longines/FEI agreement that required “clean/clear” venues, meaning no Rolex signage or mention anywhere is the simple non-legal explanation.

My sincere hope is that letting Rolex go was with the specific intent of winning the 2026 Games, for me I guess its more then hope, its an expectation that I am going to do all I can to see fulfilled.


Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Amberway Equine Renews Sponsorship of Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm

Posted in Amerberway Equine, Competitions, Spy Coast Farm's Young Horse Show at 6:57 pm by EPR

Midway, Kentucky – April 11, 2015 – Amberway Equine, a leading supplier of barn and arena products for private and professional equestrian facilities, has renewed its sponsorship of Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show, scheduled for May 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Amerberway Equine is just one of the sponsors of the show, which is part of Spy Coast’s Young Horse Show (YHS) Series, an age-appropriate competitive series for young horses that provides a suitable environment for them to begin their careers, embracing and rewarding the pre-eminent qualities of sport horses, aged yearling through five, that have been bred specifically for the Olympic disciplines.”We are delighted to sponsor the Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm again this year,” said Brian Lynch, owner of Amberway Equine. “The shows are very important to the U.S. sport horse industry in that they demonstrate and recognize the top quality horses that are being bred in this country.”

The 2015 YHS season consists of a total of nine qualifiers in nine different States. Each show includes five divisions including free jumping, in-hand, and under saddle classes in dressage and jumping. Schooling classes under saddle for six and seven year-old sport horses has also been introduced this year. Horses may compete in more than one division and/or class within their age group.  The last qualifier and YHS Final will be held on November 6-7 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  The YHS was created in 2009 by Jean Yves Tola, the directors of the North American Studbook, and other professionals from the sport horse industry including equestrian entrepreneur, Mark Bellissimo, and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm.

Amberway Equine has locations in Wellington, Tryon and Midway, Kentucky, just outside Lexington. Amberway is also present at many of the biggest horse shows around the country. Following its 12 weeks at Winetr Equestrian Festival, Amberway was at the Global Champions Tour in Miami and is now heading to the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

About Amberway Equine

Amberway Equine is the one-stop destination for equine products for the private facility, large and small boarding facilities and racing operations. Amberway carries a wide selection of barn and arena products like StableComfort by Promat, Pavesafe Rubber Pavers, Stall Grid, HDPE Fencing, EquiLumination Equine Lighting, Lucas Equine Horse Stalls & Gates, Arena Footing, Cool Barns Fans, Kraft Horse Walkers, Treadmills, Therapeutic Solutions, Fly Spray System and other quality equine equipment. Amberway works with customers from conception to completion and is always available to design, consult, supply and install.

A visit to Amberway’s design center in Midway, Kentucky or to one of its mobile design centers at horse shows across the country provides an opportunity to experience their products first hand. For more information about Amberway or to set up an appointment, please visit www.AmberWayEquine.com, call 248-431-1875, or email info@AmberWayEquine.com.

For more information about Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show Series, please visit www.spycoastfarm.com/initiatives/young-horse-shows


USEF Announces Dates and Location for 2014 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial

Posted in Adequan, Reining, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event, United States Equestrian Federation at 10:32 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY–December 11, 2013–The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to join with HorsePower, Inc. and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), in announcing that the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship will be held as part of the Kentucky Reining Cup which is being run in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, April 24-27, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The Reining championship will also serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team.

Produced by HorsePower, Inc., the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup will also feature a World Championship Freestyle class and offer $120,000 in total prize money. The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial will be a CRI3* event held in two rounds over three days, April 25-27 in the Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Athletes must complete at least two Tryout Events/Qualifying Competitions to be eligible to compete in the Selection Trial. A list of Selection Trial Qualifying Competitions can be found here.

“It is very exciting to once again have the Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover,” said John Long, USEF CEO. “The excitement will be elevated in 2014 with the addition of the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial. We look forward to a great weekend of competition.”

Reining was first held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2011, following its success at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Its popularity with both riders and spectators has been evidenced through the world-class field and enthusiastic crowds it has attracted.

“In just three short years, the Kentucky Reining Cup has become established as a major competition on the national reining calendar,” said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. “The opportunity to host the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and WEG Selection Trial guarantees that we will have the best horses and riders in the nation at next April’s event!”

“The Kentucky Reining Cup has proven to be the perfect event to complement the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Darren Ripley, President of EEI, producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  “We are thrilled that it will be back bigger and better than ever in 2014.”

Further information on the Kentucky Reining Cup is available at www.KentuckyReining.com. Further information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is available at www.rk3de.org. Further information on the U.S. Equestrian Federation is available at www.usef.org.  Further information on HorsePower, Inc., is available at www.hpowerinc.com.


2018 WEG is knocking, lets answer the opportunity.

Posted in 2018 Games, Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons, FEI, Governor Beshear, John Nicholson at 11:31 pm by Thomas

The second article in a little over the week has come out touting the possibility of the 2018 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games being back in Kentucky.  This article was written by Nancy Jaffer for EquiSearch who had discussions with both John Nicholson and Dr. Pearse Lyons and all indications from those discussions were that the idea of us hosting the 2018 Games was under active consideration, though Mr. Nicholson did temper that by saying “that should not imply a decision has been made”.

Now, based on my research and discussions with others there is certainly an opportunity for us to host the 2018 Games if we so desire.  I will go as far as to say that currently the decision has been made and indicated to FEI that we are interested in hosting them.   I should and will clarify, that is NOT information that I have gotten directly from the horse’s mouth, excuse the pun, by which I mean anyone in close contact with the 3 needed principals, Dr. Lyons, John Nicholson or the Governor  Steve Beshear.  Dr. Lyons pretty much hinted though that, that is where the decision lies at the moment, that is to say the Governor is doing the political calculation on whether there would be support for it within our Legislative body to pursue a fast track formal bid.  Now the Governor is not facing re-election but I am sure he doesn’t want to start the process of us formally submitting a bid only to then have the Legislature not provide support for it when the come back into Session after the first of the year, being as this upcoming Session will be a Budget Session for Fiscal Years 2015-2016.

My best guess/gut is a formal announcement will be made this month, possibly as early as the 10th or as late as the end of the Alltech National Horse Show which would take us into early November.  If a formal announcement one way or the other isn’t made by then I would have to say that highly suggests we are not going to pursue a bid to host.  Stay tuned as you know I will be staying on top of this story.

Here is the link to Nancy Jaffer’s article.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Kentucky Horse Council Travels to France & Ireland as Part of Alltech Delegation

Posted in 2014 Games, Alltech, Kentucky Horse Council at 10:04 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY, August 12, 2012 – Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) representatives joined a group of more than 30 Kentucky delegates for a cultural and economic development tour sponsored by Alltech, traveling through Normandy, France, and concluding at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland. The tour was in conjunction with the July 2011 announcement of Alltech’s sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, in Normandy.

Alltech Delegation to France & Ireland

Anna Zinkhon, KHC Board President, and Ginny Grulke,
KHC Executive Director, joined Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Marcheta Sparrow, and Secretary Larry Hayes of the Cabinet for Economic Development, among others, in exchanging ideas during a series of workshops hosted by the Normandy council. The Kentucky Horse Council delegates participated in a workshop with the Normandy Horse Council to discuss partnership opportunities focused on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, in Normandy.


Dr Pearse Lyons personally hosted the delegation, engaging in exploratory conversations about both economic and equestrian opportunities, as well as the cultural bond between the countries.


The equine industry provides a strong link between Ireland, Caen, France and Lexington, Kentucky, USA (host city of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™).  Each community is renowned for top-quality horse breeding programs and elite equestrian competition. The economic impact is also significant in each region, with the thoroughbred industry contributing upwards of €600 million to the Basse-Normandie region, and €900 million in Ireland in 2010.


“This trip represents a vision for the future,” commented Anna Zinkhon, KHC President. “In the equine industry as in other industries, our business is becoming more global. By teaming with the exceptional horsemen in Normandy and Ireland, we can accelerate Kentucky’s international equine growth while examining new equestrian support programs from the European model.”


In 2013, The Kentucky Horse Council will announce shared projects with the Normandy Horse Council, which will be implemented in time for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL – The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, personal liability insurance, trail riding advocacy, horse show support, and an annual statewide equine industry directory. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.


Ginny Grulke
Executive Director

Kentucky Horse Council

Phone: (859) 367-0509


Alltech National Horse Show comes to Kentucky!

Posted in Alltech, Alltech National Horse Show, Competitions, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington at 8:06 pm by Thomas

The Alltech National Horse Show started today at the Kentucky Horse Park. This is the 128th edition of the National Horse Show and it is a Great Honor that this show has come to our Commonwealth. I remember growing up as a kid hearing about riding at Madison Square Gardens as one of those ultimate accomplishments in the competitive horse world. I suspect if we get the honor of hosting this show for another 25 years people will speak of the Lexington in the same way they used to speak of the Garden’s. I have put up a seperate page for the Alltech National Horse so that I can embed the video streams and post other information specific to the show in an easy to access location.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond


World Equestrian Games Anniversary – Wonderful Memories

Posted in 2010 Games, 2026, Alltech, My Thoughts, Opening Ceremonies, Reining, World Equestrian Games at 7:45 pm by Thomas

It was one year ago today that the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, or as you know I always refer to them as, The Kentucky World Equestrian Games started.  I went back and read the posts I made from those initial days and remembered the excitement and nervousness of that first day.

The weather today was fairly similar to what it was last year, cool in the morning but warmed up nicely later in the day.  It is all still amazingly fresh in my memory now when I think back, which I hope remains the case for the rest if my life because it was certainly one of those Great Experiences in my life.

The big news of that first day was that the turnout for the Opening Ceremonies was better then had been expected, though the expectations had been tempered by the economy.  The other big news of that day was Italy taking the lead in the Reining World Championships in the first part of that competition.

It is bitter sweet in some ways to think back to the 4 1/2 years preparing for the Games, and then they were here and gone and now another year has passed.  Though some or maybe even many people will think I am off my rocker to say definitively that the Games will again return to Kentucky, maybe not in 2018 or even 2022, but by 2026 I think we have a good shot of getting them back and you know I will be there again.

In closing on thinking back on this first day, I must as I have in the past give great thanks to many people starting with Dr. Pierce Lyons of Alltech, without whom I don’t think these Games would have taken place, and then all the staff and certainly the Volunteers without whom I do not think the Games could have been the success they were.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond


A Number to Remember: Alltech Opens Call Center for Alltech National Horse Show Questions

Posted in Alltech, Alltech National Horse Show at 6:57 am by Thomas

Lexington, KY –  Similar to the call center Alltech ran before last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a hotline is now open to answer any questions regarding the Alltech National Horse Show taking place November 2-6.

Eager to assist with any questions the public has about the Alltech National Horse Show, Alltech has opened a toll-free call in number answered by live, local staffers who can assist callers with information on the venue, tickets, charity involvement, parking, hotels, and more. The call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (EST). The number to reach the call center is 1-855-255-ANHS (1-855-255-2647).

Personnel may also assist callers with the ticket ordering process. There are nine ticketed events during the five days of the event, all taking place at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.

“Alltech received an overwhelmingly positive response to the call service established for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and we knew that this was a service that would once again be beneficial for the Alltech National Horse Show. Our goal is to make the process of purchasing tickets as convenient for the customer as possible,” said Jonathan Lang, promotions manager at Alltech.

Alltech National Horse Show tickets, ranging from $10-$30, are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Fifty percent of each ticket sold benefits certain local and national charities. Parking at the Kentucky Horse Park is free.

The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 – 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

This year’s show, designated CSI4*-W, will feature a complete schedule of ‘AA’-rated hunter divisions, including the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter section. Also on the agenda, a big money Open Jumper division highlighted by the Sasco Creek Farm $50,000 Welcome Speed Class, the $75,000 Double H Farms Thursday’s Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Faults Converted Speed class on Friday and of course, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event. $100,000 will be up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, including the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, Chansonette and Deeridge Farm. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, presented by C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.свети георги


Alltech Unites with the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee to Make the FEI World Equestrian Games a Success

Posted in 2014 Games, Alltech, Sponsors, World Equestrian Games at 3:48 pm by EPR


July 8, 2011

Alltech Announces Sponsorship of 2014 World Equestrian Games in France

[Caen, FRANCE] – Laurent Beauvais, chairman of the Basse-Normandie Regional Council and Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee, and Alltechpresident Dr. Pearse Lyons today announced that Alltech will be the title sponsor of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy. This joint signing represents an historic partnership in the world of equestrian sports with a commitment from Alltech to the value of €10 million. The seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games will officially be known as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014.

“Alltech is proud to continue our partnership with the World Equestrian Games,” said Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. “These world championships of equestrian sport epitomize the values that we applaud: passion, excellence and performance. When the eyes of the world tune in to watch the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, we will be there. Alltech’s sponsorship of equestrian sport brings the brand to life and creates value for our partners, generating strong ties with the end consumer of our products at moments of great passion. France and Normandy in particular, with its worldwide reputation of excellence in horse breeding, is a strategic location for our company. Alltech has a longstanding history of serving the agricultural community in France, and we are thrilled to support the event in Normandy and to share in the pride of this spectacular event. Given the inherent passion the people of Normandy have for the horse, we hope to leverage this sponsorship to support the communities in which we live and work.”

Alltech’s commitment to supporting national and international equestrian sports began in 2006, when it agreed to become the first-ever title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. More than half a million spectators from all 50 U.S. states and 63 countries attended the 2010 event in Kentucky, and another 500 million television viewers around the world tuned in. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Alltech France, where Alltech has offices in both Paris and Nantes. The company has a strong corporate presence throughout Europe, where 36 of its offices are located. Vice-President for Alltech Europe, Mr. Marc Larousse oversees the European region from the Paris office.

Countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014 officially begins on July 8, 2011. This day marks 1136 days out to the opening day of the event on August 17, 2014. More than 900 riders and 850 horses representing more than 60 nations are expected to convene in Normandy.

For more information on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.normandie2014.com



Rabobank Announced as Official Agribusiness Bank of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, World Equestrian Games at 11:34 am by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—2 Days To Go—Rabobank, a leading bank in the global food and agriculture industry, is the Official Agribusiness Bank and sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“We are pleased to have Rabobank join our family of sponsors,” said Terry Johnson, vice president of marketing and sales for the World Games 2010 Foundation. “Their commitment to financing agribusiness around the world makes them a perfect fit for the 2010 Games.”

As a premier financial services provider to the global food and agribusiness industry, Rabobank is the bank of choice to many leading animal feed companies in the U.S. and in key international markets.  Rabobank is also an active supporter of equestrian sports in its parent country, the Netherlands, sponsoring the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation and Dutch Olympic Equestrian Teams, as well as talent development programs for young Dutch equestrians.

“Rabobank is delighted to be a part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Adriaan Weststrate, Managing Director, Rabobank North America Wholesale banking. “We are thrilled to lend our support as Official Agribusiness Bank to an event which will bring together world leaders in the areas of equestrian health, nutrition and sports.  This sponsorship is a wonderful way to continue and extend our commitment to our many valued clients in the global animal feed industry, and to showcase the talent of the Dutch equestrian team.   We are especially pleased to be involved with the Games for their debut in the U.S., a country in which we have established a leadership position in the F&A market over the course of our 30-year presence.”


Rabobank (www.Rabobank.com) is the leading financial services provider to the global food and agribusiness industry, providing a full range of specialized services, products and advisory to meet the needs of wholesale, production and retail clients operating across the entire food and agri value chain.  Established as a banking cooperative by Dutch farmers over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the 20 largest banks in the world by Tier I capital, with operations in over 40 countries.  Rabobank is ranked as one of the safest banks in the world, with a triple A credit rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service for 29 years.  Rabobank remains true to its agricultural and cooperative heritage, and brings an unparalleled depth of industry knowledge, sector expertise, and long-term commitment to every client relationship.   Rabobank:  the financial link in the global food chain


Reem Acra to be Presenting Sponsor of Eventing World Championships, Champions Club at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, World Equestrian Games at 2:37 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—22 Days to Go—Internationally-renowned fashion designer Reem Acra will be a presenting sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  The Games will feature world championships in eight equestrian sports at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10.

Reem Acra will be the presenting sponsor of the Eventing World Championships, as well as the presenting sponsor of the Champions Club, the most exclusive offering of the event’s hospitality program.  Reem Acra designs will be featured in Champions Club gifts, and in displays at various venues throughout the Games.

Reem Acra has had a love of equestrian sports all her life.  “This is my second chance to finally participate fully in the international equestrian community. My first experience was interrupted when I was a young woman growing up in Beirut. I have a close professional and personal relationship with HRH Princess Haya, and when I saw how passionate she was about the FEI, I felt that it was natural to link my brand to the sport,” Ms. Acra said.  “The people who compete in the Games are a perfect reflection of my customer base and I believe that this is a great way to show how the Reem Acra brand is synonymous with elegance and luxury. I am also excited to have my company serve as a presenting sponsor of the upcoming Games in support of HRH Princess Haya and all she is doing as President of the Games this fall.  I look forward to visiting Kentucky this season to see the competitions for the first time in the United States.”

Celebrated for her ability to match a look to a woman’s personality, Acra has dressed global icons of style for weddings, red carpet appearances and awards ceremonies.  Her following includes Angelina Jolie, Princess Haya, Halle Berry, Beyonce Knowles, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Eva Longoria as well as royal families around the world.

Acra’s ready-to-wear and bridal collections are carried by 150 of the world’s most exclusive retailers.  These stores include Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States as well as Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols in the Middle East.  Her designs are also available at top specialty retailers across the world located in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea.



Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, World Equestrian Games at 2:16 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—51 DAYS TO GO—AT&T* will provide wireless service and devices to the World Games 2010 Foundation as the Official Wireless Service Provider of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

2010 Games will feature eight world championships of equestrian sport and are being held for the first time in the United States from September 25-October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

In addition to providing wireless services prior to and during the 16-day event, AT&T will also be leasing the Foundation Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards to be used as GPS tracking devices placed on the horses for the Endurance event. This is the first time in the history of the World Equestrian Games where Endurance athletes will be tracked using GPS throughout the 160 km competition.

“With GPS tracking devices for the Endurance competition, we are changing the way this sport is followed,” said Emmett Ross, Discipline Manager for the Endurance World Championship. “This is the first time any World Equestrian Games has individually tracked each competitor in this way, and we hope that this will also make Endurance more spectator-friendly during the 2010 Games.”

AT&T is also enhancing its Lexington network to help ensure those in town to attend the 2010 Games have a winning wireless experience. AT&T is expanding capacity and coverage surrounding the Kentucky Horse Park and other key areas in anticipation of increased voice and data traffic on its wireless network.

Overall network preparations include:

  • Third additional layer of capacity added to AT&T cell sites surrounding the Kentucky Horse Park: 2G (GSM/Global System for Mobile Communications) voice and data capacity increased by 100 percent and high-speed 3G (UMTS/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) voice and data capacity increased by 280 percent.
  • The addition of backhaul connectivity to cell sites surrounding the Kentucky Horse Park to increase voice and data capacity between the sites and the routing switch.
  • Three mobile cell sites on wheels (COWs) which boost network capacity.
  • Capacity added to cell sites in the vicinity of Kentucky Horse Park.
  • The addition of backhaul connectivity to cell sites surrounding the stadium to increase voice and data capacity between the sites and the routing switch.
  • An additional new 3G cell site at the Horse Park that will boost wireless services for those attending the Games.

“This is an exciting 16 days of equestrian events  and folks want to capture these experiences, as they are happening, whether its through a voice call, text message, e-mail or picture or video message,” said Jim Thorpe, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for Tennessee and Kentucky. “Our network team has been working for months to deliver the best possible wireless experience for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.”

“We’ll continue to strengthen our wireless network performance so that our customers can have the best experience with their AT&T devices,” said Mary Pat Regan, president, AT&T Kentucky. “Our network investments and upgrades have made it possible for us to continue to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network.”

AT&T operates 30 AT&T-owned retail locations in Kentucky. Its products and services are also available at a number of other authorized dealers and national retail locations. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.

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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). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States. Tickets to the 2010 Games are still available and can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets, at www.ticketmaster.com, through the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000, or at your local Ticketmaster outlet.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which marks 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 $167 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan, Kentucky Ale, and UK Healthcare. For more information on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games please visit, www.alltechfeigames.com.


Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color to Provide Signage and Advertising Graphics for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Sponsors, Suppliers, World Equestrian Games at 8:08 pm by Press Release

LEXINGTON, KY—74 days to go—Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color, a manufacturer, printer and installer of large format signage and advertising graphics has been named the Official Signage and Graphics Sponsor for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Monster Color division will bring full-color stadium graphics and full-color signage to the 16-day world championship event held at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10.

“We are excited that Lynn Imaging has partnered with us,” say Terry Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing for the World Games 2010 Foundation. “Their involvement is vital to our success and the fact they are a local company makes the relationship that much more special for us.”

In addition to providing full color graphics and signage, Monster Color will provide signage and promotional printing needs to all sponsors and participating partners using a customized website developed especially for the 2010 Games by Lynn Imaging.

“For over sixty years we have been providing quality printing to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We have expanded these services to large format color and digital services while maintaining the foundation of customer service that our family owned business was built on,” said J.L. Lynn, C.E.O. of Monster Color. “Recent expansion into the Ohio market with the opening of two new stores in Cincinnati allows us to service our regional clientele better. Being named the signage and large format graphics provider for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is both an honor and privilege.”

About Lynn Imaging / Monster Color

Lynn Imaging’s Monster Color is a locally owned and operated business that is completely dedicated to large and small format color printing needs. With locations in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, Cincinnati and West Chester we are better able to service our regional business clientele. Most notably, Lynn Imaging maintains the value system that it was built on in 1946. Lynn Imaging employees are loyal to their customers, and work to provide superior customer service. Each member of the sales team, executive committee and managers working at Lynn Imaging average over twenty years of experience with the company. This unique team carries knowledge of the industry, and insight into customer needs which translates to peace of mind for their clients. As a proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, we are also offering all sponsors the opportunity to brand their business with the World Games by ordering through a customized website www.2010gamespromo.com.  More information available on our website www.lynnimagingmonster.com


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.


Papa John’s Pizza Announced As Sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in Papa John's at 8:05 pm by Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), the world’s third largest pizza chain, will be the Official Pizza of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as today announced by the World Games 2010 Foundation and the Kentucky-based company.

“Papa John’s looks forward to delivering our ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.’ brand promise to visitors from all over the world as they converge in Lexington for the Games,” said Mike Coomes, division vice president for Papa John’s. “Our brand has always been known for quality and we are proud to partner with another quality organization in the World Equestrian Games.”

As part of the agreement, Papa John’s will assist in feeding thousands of volunteers over the course of the 16-day event and will be the exclusive pizza sold on the grounds. They will also have a significant presence on the grounds during the event.

“Papa John’s coming on board as a sponsor is very exciting for the Games,” stated Terry Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Games. “Not only are their products of the highest quality, but they are also a proud Kentucky company, which makes it even more special.”

Papa John’s is based in Louisville, Kentucky and has more than 3,400 restaurants in 30 countries.

About Papa John’s
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third largest pizza company. For nine of the last 10 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains in the pizza segment and was named 2007 Pizza Today Chain of the Year. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com.

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