DATE: August 25, 2010
LEXINGTON, KY—30 Days to Go—With just one month to go until the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, ticket sales and hospitality purchases are ramping up as spectators from around the world prepare to witness world championship competition in eight equestrian sports.
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LEXINGTON, KY—35 days to go—Tickets to final rounds of competition for Reining and Dressage at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are close to sold-out. Get your tickets at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets, at www.ticketmaster.com, at your local Ticketmaster outlet, or through 1-888-934-2010 be for the seats are gone!
LEXINGTON, KY—36 Day to Go—Menu selections are now available for Cookin’ in the Bluegrass, a celebrity chef dinner series to be held each night of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 through October 10.
Each menu features a cocktail hour with Kentucky wines and appetizers, a three-to-five course dinner featuring Kentucky Proud products, and a dessert course. The detailed menu for each night, as well as the link to purchase tickets, is available now ( http://www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3776. )
Each dinner will feature two celebrity chefs, many of whom are James Beard Award-winners, and one Kentucky-based chef, cooking side-by-side at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse restaurant. Each night, 80 guests will enjoy dining experiences that replicate the sumptuous dinners held at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
The celebrity chefs and local Kentucky chefs have been collaborating on recipes, use of Kentucky products and how to best blend their culinary styles for the past several weeks.
“James Beard, who happened to practice the use of regional cuisine, would be delighted at the wide range of local ingredients and food products featured in the menus,” said Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation Each night will be an enlightening and enriching experience for our guests.”
The James Beard Foundation has partnered with the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for Cookin’ in the Bluegrass. This dinner series will occur each night from September 25-October 10, 2010 in Lexington, Ky, as the Kentucky Horse Park hosts the world championships in eight equestrian sports.
Proceeds from Cookin’ in the Bluegrass will benefit the James Beard Foundation, The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter. Media Contact: Diane Stefanie
About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.
The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan and the University of Kentucky. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com. Media Contact: Amy Walker
About the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
Since its inception in 1985 the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and a prestigious board has been fulfilling the park’s mission to become the unquestioned leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world. The foundation continues to provide funding for the park’s facilities such as show rings and barns for equine competitions, horses and carriages, costumes, signage, demographic research, land surveys and publications. www.khpfoundation.org. www.kyhorsepark.com Media Contact: Cindy Rullman,
Opening ceremonies took place at both of the Hall of Fame's two locations at the Kentucky Horse Park - the USHJA building, which houses the museum aspect of the Hall of Fame, as well as the Horse Park's outdoor stadium, which displays the plaques highlighting the careers of the men, women and horses who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame.
"We are very excited about our new home at the Kentucky Horse Park," said George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. "The Horse Park hosts more than 300,000 visitors each year, and that number will increase dramatically this year with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. We are honored to be able to call this fabulous facility home."
As part of the Hall of Fame's dedication ceremonies, there was a reception at the USHJA National Hunter Jumper Sport Museum featuring the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection. The next morning, a brief ceremony at the Horse Park's outdoor stadium dedicated the Hall of Fame's plaques honoring its inductees.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, noted, "The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum adds another element of excitement and history to the Kentucky Horse Park. We are thrilled to welcome the Hall of Fame and are confident that the many visitors the Park sees each year will be equally excited to see and learn about the history that makes show jumping such an incredible sport."
"We are truly honored to provide a home for these time honored pieces of our history," stated USHJA President, Bill Moroney. "The Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection provides us with a greater opportunity to market our sport and teach the community about the rich history of show jumping. This collection will be one of the marquee exhibits at the USHJA National Hunter Jumper Sport Horse Museum and will support our goal to make the USHJA headquarters a true home for those involved and supportive of our sport."
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was established in 1987 and formally opened at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL in 1989. The Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.
From its opening, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum has displayed plaques and mementos honoring heroes who have helped make the sport great. Videos recounting the careers of legendary horses and riders like Gem Twist and Michael Matz are featured, as well as treasures like the USET jacket worn by Bill Steinkraus on his way to the individual Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympic Games and the famed "shooting star" jump used by course designer Bert de Nemethy in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Now, horse lovers from around the world who travel to the Kentucky Horse Park will have an opportunity to enjoy them in an ideal setting.
Since 1987, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has inducted William C. Steinkraus, Bertalan deNemethy, Idle Dice (1987); Patrick Butler, August A. Busch Jr. (1988); David Kelly, Jimmy Williams, Ben O'Meara, Frances Rowe (1989); Arthur McCashin, Kathy Kusner, Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, San Lucas (1990); Adolph Mogavero, Whitney Stone, Morton "Cappy" Smith, Pat Dixon (1991); Eleonora "Eleo" Sears, Mary Mairs Chapot, Barbara Worth Oakford, Snowman (1992); Dr. Robert C. Rost, Joe Green (1993); Frank Chapot, Gordon Wright (1994); Mickey Walsh, Trail Guide (1995); Pamela Carruthers, Jet Run, Richard "Dick" Donnelly with Heatherbloom (1996); Edward "Ned" King, Bobby Egan with Sun Beau (1997); Fred "Freddy" Wettach Jr., Melanie Smith Taylor, Johnny Bell (1998); Rodney Jenkins, Sinjon, Franklin F. "Fuddy" Wing Jr. with Democrat (1999); George Morris, Carol Durand, Touch of Class (2000); Eugene R. Mische, Lt. Colonel John W. Russell, Bobby Burke, Untouchable (2001); Harry R. Gill, Clarence L. "Honey" Craven, Calypso, Gem Twist (2002); J. Russell Stewart Sr., Main Spring (2003); Snowbound (2004); Michael Matz, For The Moment (2005); Conrad Homfeld (2006); Joe Fargis, Karen Golding, Marcia "Mousie" Williams (2007); Dr. John Steele, Abdullah, Miss Budweiser, Riviera Wonder(2008); and Neal Shapiro, Balbuco (2009).
As part of its effort to promote the sport, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, a series held under Grand Prix rules and specifications with classes at more than 100 horse shows across the country and Year-End Championships at the National Horse Show in November. The series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur-owner riders in two Conferences-the East Conference and the West Conference. Series standings are used to help determine junior and amateur-owner entries for the National Horse Show.
The USHJA is committed to advancing and representing the hunter and jumper disciplines by fostering an educated community of equestrians that promotes the welfare of the horse and fairness in competition. The United States Hunter Jumper Association is a not-for-profit organization recognized under IRS code 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 870,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2009.
The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is the place to get close to horses. Open daily March 15 to October 31 and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.
For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Web site at www.showjumpinghalloffame.net. Click here to return to story: http://horsecity.com/stories/081710/ene_SJ-hof.shtml