Well, we thought this day would never come, because it seemed SO far away (even at 100 days and counting, it seemed so far away!) World Equestrian Games begin tomorrow. We at the Horse Council have been back and forth to the park a few times every day for 3 days, and each time we go things get a bit more hectic, and there are more policemen and traffic guards at the entrances. Our ability to “sweet talk” our way in when something unexpected came up got harder and harder as the week went along.
We look around our booth in the Equine Village, and all around us are household names for equestrians – John Lyons, Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm… and realize that for the first time, Kentucky truly is the center of all of the “legends” of the equestrian world. Not just the world-class athletes, but those many who travel the country and the world teaching about the horse, its personality and instincts, its safe and natural handling, and its beauty.
In our Kentucky Horse Council booth, the beauty of the horse shines through as we host two spectacular artists: Our friend and world known equine photographer, John Hockensmith, and Chuck Weber, a newcomer to equine painting but one of those very talented individuals who can capture the flowing grace of the movement of the horse in his stylistic oil paintings.
Both John and Chuck will be at our booth throughout the 16 days to sign their works. John Hockensmith will be signing his gorgeous photo books on the Gypsy Horse and the Mustang of the American West. Chuck Weber will be signing giclee prints of a horse taking a cross country jump, which was created specially for the Kentucky Horse Council and the World Games.
As the excitement builds to tomorrow’s opening days, the Kentucky Horse Council is proud to represent the “Horses of Kentucky”, the theme of our booth.
Next week you will be hearing more about a partnership between the Kentucky Horse Council and the Normandy Horse Council. This international reach can sustain our American horse economy, as we search for trading partners in horses, equipment, services and expertise. The world truly is flat now, and the horse world is no different. We welcome the Normandy equestrians (who will be hosting the 2014 World Games) with open arms.
Stay tuned, we will be updating our Facebook page every day with the sights and sounds of the World Equestrian Games. We will be posting photos from all of the events, compliments of John Hockensmith who will be shooting each event and then showing the shots in our booth on a large screen TV.
Stop and visit us if you are at WEG: We are booth Number 8 in the Equine Village, just outside the KY Horse Park Visitor Center. Just look for the BIG John Lyons sign and we are right next door!