The “Rider” (oops Ryder) Cup Experience
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Ryder Cup is sort of a “Golf Olympics” where the players compete for their country. They do not get paid. It takes place every two years and alternates between Europe and the USA. As with any important opening ceremony, an event planner was hired. Jack Morton Worldwide was the company obtained to plan the activities and ceremonies for this Ryder Cup. It was the first time the tournament has been in Kentucky. Naturally, horses had to be somewhere in the mix. The man in charge was Ted Przybocki, senior Vice President of Jack Morton Worldwide. He has a good knowledge of horses and knew the most elegant discipline involving horses is dressage. Ted called the Kentucky Horse Park and USDF asking for help. In turn, I received a phone call asking if I would help organize the rider part.
First of all, finding six riders and six matching horses to represent dressage was not an easy task. The horses also had to be bomb proof. The riders had to be flexible with their time in order to attend all the practices. Top hats, shadbelly coats and full bridles were also required.
Oh yeah, and, it was the same week as our Regional 2 Championships.
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A special thanks to Barb Jarboe, for sharing this story, and to KDA Newsletter editor Anne Anderson for sending the photos. Check out other interesting articles written by KDA members at their website The Kentucky Dressage Association
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