On the Radar: 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

If you stay up-to-date on equestrian news, you’re probably already aware of the huge event that’s planned for Lexington, Kentucky beginning in September.  But for the rest of our readers, we just wanted to spread the word about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  The event is the international championship for eight equine disciplines (eventing, dressage, show jumping, reining, vaulting, combined driving, para-dressage, and endurance) and is going to be hosted on US soil for the first time.

Having visited Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park twice this spring (for the Rolex Three-Day Event and for IHSA Nationals) I know that preparations have been underway for months, and that nearly the entire city of Lexington, if not the state of Kentucky is counting down the days (87 as of today) until the opening ceremony.

Hodges is excited to play a small part in the planning, by supplying all ribbons and sashes for the event through our work with L.V. Harkness, the official awards supplier to the Games.

But really, what is most exciting is the high level of competition, and the fact that all eight disciplines will compete at the same location all during one event.  Even Olympic equestrian sports are limited to dressage, eventing and show jumping. 

Are you planning on going to Kentucky for the Games?  Let us know in the comments.

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Some IHSA snapshots

Rick Hodges and I have been at the Kentucky Horse Park for IHSA Nationals, which started on Thursday.  While we are always happy to come and show our support, this year’s event has been particularly special because we were here to unveil the newly designed Cacchione Cup at the International Museum of the Horse.  The trophy has been a big hit and we’ve been thrilled to be a part of the festivities.  Here are a few shots I’ve taken.

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Heading to IHSA Nationals

Rick Hodges and I are heading off today to attend the 2010 IHSA Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  As the official ribbon supplier of the IHSA (and as a past IHSA Nationals competitor myself), we are happy to support the teams and individuals that have worked hard to qualify for this end-0f-year event.

In addition to watching the competition there are a few other exciting events on the schedule.  This evening there is a reception at the USHJA  headquarters to celebrate the new partnership between the IHSA and the USHJA.  Hodges is also a sponsor of the USHJA and will be watching to see what develops between the organizations. 

On Friday, there is an IHSA celebration at the International Museum of the Horse, where the current Cacchione Cup will be retired and put on display.  Hodges has worked in collaboration with IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione to create a new trophy which will be presented to the winner of the prestigious class on Saturday.

Live from Rolex 2010 – Day 1

Our team made it out to Rolex with less difficulty than some of this year’s European competitors.  Unfortunately we got just as wet today as they did.  Showers and occasionally moderate rain dogged today’s early rides.  By noon things were looking up and the riders after lunch all had dry rides.  The competition is stiff, and even with this year’s difficult test, 9 riders have scores under 50 going into the Cross Country phase.  To see the latest scores, click here.  To see general news about this year’s Rolex Three Day, click here.

Here is a shot of Oliver Townend warming up on Ashdale Cruise Master.  The pair is currently in 6th place.

A groom’s job is never done!  This is Amy Tryon’s Horse Coal Creek after their test.

Finally, a shot of Phillip Dutton warming up on Waterfront.

After the Dressage Test wrapped up, we headed in to Lexington to see the sights.  We ended up at Thoroughbred Park.