16 Days – 60 Nations – 8 World Championships – 99 Days To Go
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Spectator Parking, Transportation Options Set for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
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 web site 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.
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.
New Group of Performers will Represent the Western United States in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
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!”
Also performing will be 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.
Click Here to Read More About the Group of Performers Selected to Represent the Western United States in the 2010 Games Opening Ceremonies
Denyce Graves to Perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves will entertain audiences in a special performance in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The 2010 Games will feature world championship competitions in eight equestrian sports at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10. The Games will be the largest sporting event in America this year and are renowned to be the world’s most prestigious equestrian competition.
Graves has captivated audiences all over the world as one of the most renowned mezzo-sopranos. Making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995, Graves has starred as the title role in famed operas such as Carmen, and Samson and Delilah. Graves has had the opportunity to perform in front of dignitaries and royals, including a papal visit, several presidential inaugurations, and a memorial service for victims of 9/11.
Graves will be one of several guests to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Games. The Opening Ceremonies will also feature more than 200 horses, a symphony orchestra and chorale, all of whom will showcase Kentucky’s, and America’s, equestrian and musical heritage to the world.
Tickets for Opening Ceremonies, as well as the competition events of the 2010 Games, are still available and can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets. Tickets for Opening Ceremonies range from $120 to $150.
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Build-out for the 2010 Games Underway
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.
Workers will begin erecting temporary seating today beginning with Stands C and A, 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.
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.
To follow the build out of the 2010 Games venue and to view photos go to www.alltechfeigames.com
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Lynn Palm and Rugged Painted Lark Join the Fun and Excitement of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Lynn Palm will be a featured performer at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 to October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Activities provided daily by Lynn Palm include Bridleless Musical Exhibitions with elements of dressage, reining and jumping to showcase the beauty, amazing athleticism and outstanding ability of Rugged Painted Lark, her registered American Paint Horse. In addition, Palm will be a presenter at the Clinicians Corral and the Kids Zone in the Equine Village demonstrating dressage principles for all breeds, levels and disciplines. Palm’s demonstrations will be available with a Grounds Pass ticket, which are now on sale for $25 at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets.
One of the few clinicians available today with a proven competition record, Lynn Palm's list of accomplishments include being named 2007 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year and AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year, amassing a record four AQHA Superhorse wins and over 34 World and Reserve World Championships. Palm has also written three books and produced over 50 videotapes on training the Western and English rider and horse.
Lynn will also be available for training questions throughout the games. Make a point to join her at the booth in the Equine Village for training products, gifts, saddles, giveaways and contests from Palm Partnership Training and the American Paint Horse Association.
Access to the Equine Village will be available with a Grounds Pass or a competition ticket. Grounds Pass tickets can be purchased at www.alltechfeigames.com, www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, and at 1-800-745-3000. Grounds Pass tickets are priced at $25. All children 12 years of age and under will be granted free entry with a paying adult.
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Pre-Games Workshop to Give Sport Horse Owners an ‘Edge’ on Health Care
Achieving prime fitness in equine athletes will be the objective of The Winning Edge: Promoting Peak Performance in the Equine Athlete, a health care workshop for sport horse owners held in conjunction with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.
Hosted jointly by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Alltech, the Friday, Sept. 24 workshop will be set in Lexington, Kentucky, just one day prior to the opening of the World Equestrian Games.
The workshop will unite members of the diverse disciplines of equestrian sport to learn about specialized health care practices. Horse owners and competitors will gain an understanding of industry issues and relevant health care information from veterinarians who have treated world champions.
Speakers and topics include:
• FEI Rules and Regulations Regarding the Use of Medications in Sport Horses – A. Kent Allen, DVM
• Use of Joint Medications for Sport Horses – C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., FRCVS, DSc
• Managing Carbohydrates for Performance Horses – Bill Vandergrift, Ph.D.
• Current Threats Faced by the Sport Horse Industry – Graeme Cooke, MA, VetMB, MRCVS
• Purchasing or Adopting the Ex-Racehorse for Sport: What Will Help Me Succeed? – Chris Newton, DVM
• Activate Your Horse’s Core: Unmounted Exercises for Suppleness, Strength and Balance – Hilary Clayton, BVMS, Ph.D., MRCVS
• Muscle Diseases in the Sport Horse – Stephanie Valberg, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM
• Shoeing Options for Sport Horse Disciplines – Rodney J. King, NZCEF, CJF, AWCF
The workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Sponsors of the program include Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, Equus, HayGain Hay Steamers, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Triple Crown Nutrition, The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care.
Pre-registration is $75 (includes lunch) and available online. The deadline to pre-register is Sept. 7. After Sept. 7, registration increases to $90 and will only be available onsite. For more information about the workshop or to register, visit www.aaep.org/horsemen_seminar.htm.
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The non-profit World Equestrian Games 2010 Foundation, Inc., on behalf of the Kentucky Horse Park and the United States Equestrian Federation, will produce the games at the highest competitive level so that they will be artistically, technically, and commercially successful in order to elevate horse sport in America, showcase the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provide for the Kentucky Horse Park to become the greatest equestrian venue on earth.