2010 Games Myth Busters: Restricted Items

Lexington, KY - The popular show MythBusters tests the validity of urban legends and myths—and now we’re going to do the same. We are going to challenge some of the biggest rumors and myths about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Note: the following are actual myths).

Myth: “You can’t bring anything into the park during the Games. Security is too tight!”

First, let’s take a look at the items that you cannot bring through the security gates of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and restricted activities.

Restricted Items and Activities:
• Alcoholic Beverages Animals/Pets (exception, ADA service dogs)
• Food (beverages in plastic containers will be allowed) Glass bottles or glass containers, cans, coolers, thermoses or ice chests
• Bags larger than 12” by 12” by 18”
• Umbrellas, Sticks or Poles (canes are permitted)
• Firearms and all other weapons (ex: Knives, Pepper Spray, Handcuffs, Multi-tools, etc.)
• Fireworks or other pyrotechnics
• Signage, banners or flags larger than 3 feet by 5 feet
• Golf carts, bicycles, skateboards, skates, scooters, segue ways or other unauthorized means of transportation
• Any item which may be deemed an annoyance to horses or riders including balls, frisbees, balloons, projectiles, radios, horns, whistles, cowbells, musical instruments or laser pointers
• Any item considered dangerous, unsafe or unnecessary by security or law enforcement personnel
• Professional photography or videotaping equipment including tripods, microphones or recording devices
• Distribution of unauthorized promotional or commercial materials
• Smoking in unauthorized areas

Some of these items are restricted for more obvious reasons than others. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games receives the most questions about dogs, umbrellas, food, and cameras, so we’ll look into why these items are restricted and what the specific rules are for each.

Why no Dogs?
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and United State’s Department of Agriculture have met stringent requirements in order to allow international horses into Kentucky for the Games. In doing so, the KDA has worked to mitigate the risk of disease, particularly the spread of disease through ticks. The KDA has worked to eliminate the tick population at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Dogs could potentially carry ticks—and tick-borne diseases—to the Kentucky Horse Park from outside sources. We appreciate everyone’s efforts in protecting the health and safety of our world champion horses.

Why No Umbrellas?
Yes, the competitions are “rain or shine” events. However, an umbrella poses two problems for those around you.  One; if you put up an umbrella while in your seat, you are nice and dry, but everyone around you is now unable to view the competition. And two; umbrellas can be used as weapons and therefore cannot be allowed.

If there is a chance of rain, be prepared with a rain jacket or a poncho instead of an umbrella.

Why no food?
Outside food is not allowed at the park for several reasons. One; food could be used as a means to bring in contaminants or other dangerous materials that could cause a security risk.

Two; outside food sources create an increase risk of trash and litter that the Games want to contain. Did you know that 95 percent of all food service trays, cutlery, wrappers, and other items at the 2010 Games will be compostable? Keeping food service in designated areas of the park and in individual venues helps us keep the grounds clean and beautiful for our guests.

The food service at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Games will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, with food court style service as well as “grab and go” options. The menus are priced between $5 and $20, and feature a wide range of daily options, including healthy and vegetarian meals.

Those who need to bring in their own food for medical reasons will be able to do so. In order to process through security most efficiently, they should bring a doctor’s note.

Beverages in plastic containers will be allowed—we want everyone to stay hydrated while on the grounds.

What does the camera restriction mean?
Cameras with lenses six inches or less will be allowed into the park. Large, long lenses and tripods or monopods will not be allowed because they could interfere with the spectators around you, and could potentially be used as weapons.

Video cameras are not allowed to protect the broadcast rights for this event. NBC Sports is providing an unprecedented network broadcast, with the most coverage dedicated to equestrian sport on a major U.S. television network in history. Additionally, more than 300 hours are planned worldwide through international broadcast rights.

The items listed above are the only items not allowed at the 2010 Games. In addition, the restricted items and activities for the Games are meant to ensure the welfare of horses, and to help create a comfortable, safe and clean environment for our spectators. There are logical reasons for each item on the list and because of this, the myth “You can’t bring anything into the Games, Security is too tight!” is officially busted.