When Stefanie Jones walked into the Lindsay Wilson College office managing the Kentucky State Work Study program, she had her 4H accomplishments including Kentucky State Walking Horse Champion on her resume. "I happen to know someone looking for a cowgirl" said the administrator. While that was not exactly how we described ourselves, it was ok as she has the senior honors student has proven her worth. Little did she realize what this opportunity meant to a Kentucky country girl who was just looking for a local job. We have put her to work recording her impressions of her experiences working with us here on Mary's Daily Dish. MPH
Dressed up for a special night, I waited in beautiful Spindletop Hall for the arrival of the US Dressage team to the dinner that Mary and JJ were hosting. I had already received a tour of the gorgeous mansion and heard buzz that I would be meeting some very important people. Little did I know that I was about to be taken on the ultimate tour of the Kentucky Horse Park by Dr. Pearse Lyons, the owner of Alltech, the title sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Dr. Lyons was the second guest to arrive. Mary introduced us and Dr. Lyons boasted about how great the Kentucky Horse Park was looking and asked if we had seen it yet. We had not, because no one was allowed in at this time while they were finalizing everything for the games. Dr. Lyons then invited Mary, her friend Diana DeRosa, and me to join him on a quick tour of the grounds. Mary had to decline because she had to receive the other guests, but Diana and I loaded into Dr. Lyons’ car and we were off!
Alltech did an amazing job decorating the Kentucky Horse Park for the WEG. We were welcomed by huge, beautiful signs with larger than life horse photos, as we snuck in the park the back way we began to see tents on top of tents, covering the four acres of the horse park. Many vendors have set up shop, including John Deere, Ariat, Makers Mark, and of course Alltech. Dr. Lyons joked that it was like Disneyworld for horse lovers, and he is not far from the truth!
After a few photo-ops we had to hurry back so that we would not be late to dinner. There, I was able to meet the members of the United States Dressage Team. Three members were there and an alternate, along with the veterinarian and other vital parts of the team. The dinner was phenomenal, and the company was equally as grand. After hours of mingling with the guests, I am really hoping to bump into a few of them while I am at the WEG next week! Good luck to our riders!
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