Tuesday, September 28, 2010
THE 2010 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES HAVE BEGUN
The 2010 World Equestrian Games are now happening in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the first time they have ever been held outside of Europe and Kentucky is proud to be the first US venue. And what a beautiful place to have the games - right in the midst of Kentucky horse country!
If you live anywhere near you should go. I'm having a hard time deciding what to go see as there are so many interesting events. It is only an hour drive from the Inn and the weather is going to be great during the games.
The opening ceremony was last Saturday night and it was spectacular. If you missed it you can still see it by going to this site, www.USEFnetwork.com There are also some pretty funny guys from Great Britan with a behind the scenes show on that same site.
We Kentuckians claim to be the Horse Capital of the World and this event is one more world class horse sporting event to add to our long list.
The Games are an Olympic style event that lasts 16 days with opening and closing ceremonies, daily equine exhibits and and competitions for eight world championships.
Competitors have come from 58 countries to participate in the vaulting, which is like gymnastics on horseback; dressage, which tests a horse's obedience to the rider's smallest commands; jumping, where horses and riders complete an obstacle course; driving, which involves four horses leading a carriage through dressage and a marathon course; and reining, where riders guide horses through patterns including 360 degree spins and a 100 mile endurance race.
When you purchase a ticket to any of the competitive events then you that allows you to visit the other areas in the park. So you are able to see the Equine Village, the Alltech Experience Pavilion and the Kentucky Experience area. Live music, horse exhibitions and food are available at all these areas. To get tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call them at 1-888-934-2010.