WHO: Members of the professional working media
WHAT: Exclusive, private, behind-the-scenes tour and introduction to the thrilling sport of competitive carriage horse driving, organized by the Kentucky Horse Park and the Carriage Association of America during the Lexington Combined Driving Classic (entire event runs October 5-7).
The three distinct phases of combined driving?driven dressage, cross-country marathon, and obstacle (cones) driving?were modeled after the ridden sport of three-day eventing (such as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event). On the first day, park visitors will see the beauty of traditional carriages, top hats, and formally dressed grooms while the horses compete in the dressage test. On Saturday, they?ll witness the thrilling speed and daring of horses and drivers as they navigate the maze of each marathon obstacle. On the final day, precision matters most as each competitor must navigate an obstacle course with mere centimeters of clearance between each set of cones. Click on www.americandrivingsociety.org/combined.asp for more information. See photo on page two.
WHEN: Private, behind-the-scenes tour (professional media only, please) and introduction Friday, October 5, 10:30am. Public events October 5-7 throughout each day.
WHERE: Media tour starts at the Visitor Information Center at the Kentucky Horse Park and goes to the Carriage Association of America headquarters at the park, then on to the driving course.
WHY: Driving is one of the eight disciplines included in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010. This will be a great introduction to the sport for members of the media, to begin to learn about competitive driving and to develop a comfort level when covering this particular WEG discipline.