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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Getting Excited for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Anyone who knows anything about eventing has heard of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  Even if you don’t event there’s a good chance you know about the only CCI Four Star competition held on U.S. soil.  Taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 22-25, the event is also being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Cup Test Events for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Three of us here at Hodges are very excited because we’re taking a trip to be part of the action up close.  With dressage tests on Thursday and Friday, the Cross Country on Saturday and the Jumping Test and awards on Sunday, it looks to be an action-packed long weekend. 

With an impressive list of horses and riders entered for the event, the level of talent is high.  American Olympians Karen O’Connor, Phillip Dutton and Amy Tryon, among others, will compete against Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend, who is attempting to become only the second rider to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.  After winning the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials in 2009, the pressure is on to take the title and a $350,000 prize, in addition to the event’s own prize money.

Oliver 'Ollie' Townend aims for the Grand Slam

Sound exciting?  Want to join in on the fun?  You can view the full schedule through the RK3DE website, and tickets are still available online.  You can buy a single day admission if you can’t make it to all four days.  From my own experience, finding a local hotel room might prove harder than getting tickets, so get planning!