I am a bit late in posting this as I had left my wifi card in my press center locker, but I know you will enjoy the story anyway. After covering every World Equestrian Games since the first one in Stockholm in 1990, here it is The 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, in my own back yard of my beloved Kentucky! We had a wonderful evening long planned for the opening ceremonies, which began from our Kentucky home, in a limo, with our guests of dear friends. Some of them are horse lovers, others just excited to make the trip to Lexington. Our first stop was at our WEG base just six miles from the Kentucky Horse Park at Reese and Travis Stanfield’s beautiful farm where US Dressage Reserve rider Catherine Haddad has her lovely horse stabled. Then it was on to opening ceremonies, and evening packed with non stop entertainment, horses, celebrities, and splendor.
Our other base for the next 16 days is the magnificent Spindletop Hall, a private club for the University of Kentucky where we are members. This beautiful mansion has reasonably priced temporary memberships which includes free parking and wonderful dining and social setting literally across the street from all the action. (contact Jana McGuire to learn more). We sat out the traffic after the evening on the beautiful veranda with food, wine and interesting company.
After a full first day of competition where we photographed reining and were thrilled with an American victory, we headed back to Spindletop to watch the endurance riders come through looping twice around the beautiful settings. Members and guest sat in lawn chairs and cheered on the riders, most at a strong canter, waving to the crowd as they passed through. In the first group which passed through was the eventual winner,
Then once again the Spindletop Veranda was the location of the Competitor’s Welcome party hosted by the charming and perfect sponsors and supporters of the Games, Dr. Pearce Lyons, and his lovely wife Deidre. The American Gold Medalists for Reining stopped by and lingered for a long time even though they had another party to attend, to the delight of their host Dr. Lyons who gave a warm welcome to a packed party of international proportions.
US Dressage Coach, Anne Gribbons was there along with several judges and most of the dressage team. She was thrilled to see her trainer from years ago Harry Boldt, a special moment for her evening. Our team is ready, relaxed, and excited to begin competition tomorrow.
We are taking hundreds of photos, and our readers can expect the show to continue for weeks to come… Can’t wait for the morning, and need to get to bed!!!