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EQUINE May 2010 • Vol. 2 • Issue 4

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A Gift From The Desert Destination: Cincinnati Alltech Games Tickets


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10: Discipline Tickets Tickets to the Alltech Games are going fast! Our handy chart helps you select the events you want and order tickets.

4: Desert Delights

14: The Queen City

An amazing exhibition of antiquities at the International Museum of the Horse opens May 29 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Alltech salutes Cincinnati, a must-see destination for Alltech Games attendees and an easy drive from Lexington.

6: Volunteer Center

An expert vet explains how horses that travel long distances to the Alltech Games will be kept healthy.

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It’s that time of year again: The Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix on May 16 tests top jumping competitors.

A Grounds Pass gains you free admission to many pavilions and events at the Alltech Games, including: the Alltech Experience; the Kentucky Experience; the Equine Village; the Trade Show, and a host of Kentucky Horse Park attractions. See our handy pull-out section.

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Tour Fortune Realty’s operations facility, where cadres of volunteers will be trained to work at the Alltech Games.

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18: In the Swing The Alltech Invitational on June 5 is a Pro Am tournament that will benefit the Muhammad Ali Center.

On The Cover Costumed horse and rider capture the glory of “A Gift From the Desert.” (Cover photograph courtesy of Steve Faust, pixbysteve.com.) See article, page 4. In Our Next Issue In June, EI brings you Alltech Games updates, including: a report card on the final Kentucky Cup Test Events for dressage, eventing and jumping; a feature on vaulters who have qualified to represent Hungary at Lexington; fun events and activities in nearby communities during the Alltech Games, and much more!

To see our stories come alive, view our free digital edition at www.alltech.com/EquineInternational

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20: Bounce Back Come to Alltech’s 26th Annual Symposium May 16-19 for exciting equine sessions and Alltech Games previews.

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rom one point of the globe to another, the buildup to the Alltech Games is taking exciting turns this month. From Saudi Arabia to Great Britain and all stops in between, the proverbial train has left the station and is steaming toward Lexington. In a very real sense, the Alltech Games have already begun. That is evident in all regions of the world, where official qualification and selection trials for the Alltech Games are being held. As you read this, three-day eventers from Western Europe are converging on the famed Badminton four-star event in England and France’s three-star event at Saumur. U.S. vaulting contenders will vie at coast-to-coast selection trials in Virginia and California. Dressage greats from Eastern Europe will glide across arenas at qualifying events in the Ukraine, Slovenia and Hungary, while Scandinavian jumpers and driving competitors meet at qualifying events in Denmark. For South American dressage riders, this month’s key destination is the Alltech Games qualifier in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Asian-Pacific eventers will kick on at qualifying events in Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile in Great Britain, international jumpers and dressage riders aiming for Lexington will take a spin on the proving grounds of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. My wife Deirdre and I love to attend Royal Windsor, where the panache of FEI competitors is matched by gleeful youngsters dashing ’round Her Majesty’s backyard on their ponies. Again this year, we will proudly sponsor the Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix on May 16 and support the Best Turned-Out Trooper Award. We hope to see you there!

Photo © Kit Houghton/FEI


Galloping Toward The Alltech Games

While modern-day sporthorses gallop across the Kentucky H orsePark this month through theAlltech Games, visitors can experience the cultural heart of equestrian sports. This exhibit of rare art and artifacts about theArabian horse is truly . . .

By Bill Cooke For thousands of years, royalty admired their nobility. Warriors trusted their stamina. Great leaders in history passionately collected them. Artisans adorned them with jewels and precious metals. But not until this year will horse enthusiasts be able to view the largest, most comprehensive collection of equine art and artifacts that pays tribute to the Arabian horse. I’d like to invite you to A Gift from the Desert: the Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse. It will be held May 29 through Oct. 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse in Lexington. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view almost 400 objects, some of which have never before left their native country or been on exhibit in the United States. Presented by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, the exhibition will include:

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• The Sumerian Standard of Ur, which dates between 2600 and 2450 BC and is one of the most famous artifacts in antiquity. This rare piece is on loan from the British Museum; • The robes and dagger of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia); • The Kikkuli tablet, the first treatise on horse training written around 1400 BC as a training manual for chariot horses in combat. It emphasizes conditioning similar to that still used today by three-day event and endurance trainers. This is one of only four intact cuneiform tablets from this text left in the world; • The Abbas Pasha Manuscript, which may be the most famous document in the world related to the histories and strains of Arabian horses;

• A gold headband from the Sumerian city of Ur, which has one of the oldest portrayals of riding; • A gold horse from the Oxus Treasure, which is the single surviving horse associated with a gold chariot model from a hoard of 180 gold and silver items from the Persian Achaemenid Dynasty (5th-4th century BC); and • Embellished saddles and bridles from the Ottoman Empire. Information: www.giftfromthedesert.com Bill Cooke is Director of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Museum Director Bill Cooke and a selection of artifacts from “A Gift From the Desert�: equestrian paintings from the 1800s (courtesy of the National Museum of Warsaw); stirrups and bridle used by the Ottoman Turks in the second half of the 17th century (Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe); and an Egyptian ivory handle of a light whip carved in the shape of a leaping horse, circa 1391-1353 B.C.E., probably from the reign of Amenhotep III (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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GAMES FACES: MEET JOHN PAUL MILLER

Sharing His With Alltech Games Volunteers

John Paul Miller with Amy Mellinger, Fortune’s property and leasing manager

“The Games being in Lexington is huge because it really means a lot of support for our USA teams… [Alltech] has been able to provide the necessary amount of resources to show Lexington at its best and has really raised the bar in sponsorship.”

– John Paul Miller

Owner of Fortune Realty Official Commercial Realty Sponsor Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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Excitement about the Alltech Games is mounting, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the Volunteer Training Center donated by John Paul Miller and Fortune Realty. When the opportunity arose for Fortune Realty to become involved in the Alltech Games, Miller didn’t hesitate to offer his support. Why? “We love horses, we love Lexington, and we love the Horse Park.” For him, it was as simple as that. Although Fortune Realty has been storing jumps for the Kentucky Horse Park for several years, this is its first experience participating in an event of this magnitude. Along with a sizeable cash donation, Fortune has donated 36,500 square feet of space, including the

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9,500-square-foot Volunteer Training Center pictured below. From the exterior, the Training Center visually catches one’s eye with larger-thanlife posters of previous World Games competitors. The interior was completely redesigned by Fortune Realty to create a space that would inspire excitement. The remodel included moving walls; creating a conference room complete with TV, table and chairs; and a training room set up to accommodate a projector. The space was repainted and decorated with banners supplied by Alltech, along with floor-toceiling posters that Fortune Realty had made. “We had six weeks to transform this open space into a facility that would really wow the people coming through,” said Miller. “Volunteers are a critical part of the Games going smoothly, and we want them to be able to feel our excitement when they walk in.”


John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park and President of the World Games Foundation, expressed his appreciation to Miller and Fortune Realty: “This facility is as magnificent and impressive as we expect the Games to be themselves. There couldn’t be a better place, or a more impressive place, than what Fortune Realty has made available for this Volunteer Center.” The décor includes a number of banners, flags from countries participating in the Alltech Games, a display horse (saddle included), and a carriage. Jumps are on display, and there is an area for Alltech apparel, a Lifeforce display, and a display by Ariat. Fortune Realty is particularly proud of its Limo-Bus, which was specially wrapped with an Alltech Games theme and will be displayed throughout Lexington. “The Games being in Lexington is huge because it really means a lot of support for our USA teams,” said Miller, who lauded Alltech for its title sponsorship. “That was the greatest news! There is no one more passionate about Lexington and making the Games a great success than the Lyons family [owners of Alltech]. They have been able to provide the necessary amount of resources to show Lexington at its best and have really raised the bar in sponsorship.”

VOLUNTEER FAQ How can I volunteer to work for a specific discipline? Each discipline will have its own volunteer page on the volunteer Web site, and interested volunteers will be able to find out more information about the application process for each discipline. Interested volunteers will be required to list their discipline-related experience and may have to go through an interview process before they are qualified and approved. Competition operations opportunities will be limited based on experience and availability. I am with an organization that would like to volunteer as a group. How can we sign up? Groups are encouraged to volunteer. However, each individual in the group will need to register so that the organizers can account for resources, food service needs, credentials, apparel and more. As the Alltech Games near, each member will be able to signify himself as part of a particular group, and groups will be assigned specific volunteer work areas. I do not live in Kentucky but would like to volunteer before the Games in any way possible. How can I help right now from my home area?

Opportunities are being developed for out-ofstate volunteers to lend their support to the Alltech Games. These may include promoting the Games through a Speakers Bureau in your respective state or country. Keep checking your email and the 2010 Games e-newsletter for information on opportunities to get involved from your part of the world! My friend and I would like to volunteer together in the same work area at the same time. How can we sign up to work the same shifts? You and your friend will need to look for opportunities that have at least two openings available and register online for that same opportunity. Every job opportunity will specify the total number needed and how many positions remain open. While every effort will be made to accommodate such requests, the volunteer program cannot guarantee the same assignment for you and a buddy. What are the requirements to be a volunteer? All volunteers must accept a legal waiver during online registration, and a parent must also accept the waiver for any volunteers under the age of 18. All volunteers must speak English and must complete a volunteer orientation and training program before the Games begin.

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What if I receive a volunteer assignment I do not want?

Will all volunteer opportunities be on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park?

Organizers will do their best to accommodate each volunteer’s skills and preferences when assigning volunteer opportunities; however, your first choice may be limited based on availability or experience required. Your flexibility and willingness to volunteer where you are most needed will be appreciated.

Volunteers will be needed on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, as well as throughout the Central Kentucky region. For example, volunteers may be needed at parking facilities, downtown events and at area hotels.

Will the World Games 2010 Foundation cover my travel and accommodations expenses to Kentucky? The World Games 2010 Foundation will provide many benefits to its volunteers for their service; however, each volunteer is responsible for his or her own travel and accommodations to and from Lexington, Kentucky.

Information courtesy of the World Games 2010 Foundation.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER FOR

THE ALLTECH GAMES More than 10,000 volunteers will be needed to help the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games run smoothly this fall. While many volunteers have signed up, there are still lots of opportunities available. There are two types of volunteers: competition-specific and general volunteers. Competition-specific positions are filling up, but there are still thousands of positions that require general

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volunteers. General volunteers need no prior experience with horses or knowledge about the disciplines, just the will to work! All volunteers will receive meal tickets during their shifts, Ariat volunteer uniforms, and a volunteer pass. The pass may be used as a Grounds Pass for the entire length of the Alltech Games, even on days when a volunteer is not scheduled to work. Volunteers can register at www.alltechfeigames.com/volunteer. Those who have registered within the past two years may reconfirm by e-mailing: volunteers@feigames2010.org.


Tickets Are Galloping Away! A Grounds Pass Gets You Lots

More Than Just in the Door

and Driving Marathon. Admission for those competitions requires specific tickets. If you have purchased competition tickets, you do not need to purchase a Grounds Pass for that same day. But, for example, if you have Reining tickets for September 26 and September 28 and wish to visit the Park on September 27, you would want to purchase a Grounds Pass ticket for the interim day.

DESTINATIONS GALORE AWAIT YOU AT NO EXTRA CHARGE… The Alltech Experience • Four acres of splendor, including an open-air garden designed by world-renowned landscape artist Jon Carloftis and Deirdre Lyons, Alltech’s director of corporate image and design

• Interactive exhibits including a Kidzone area exploring agriculture and animal health – and featuring penguins and petting sharks! • Daily workshops led by animal health experts, including veterinarians from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital • A sneak peek at the 2014 Games in France and a special photographic exhibition from the FEI • A tasty beer garden featuring ice cold Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, the silver award winner at the World Beer Cup • A scale model biorefinery, solid state fermentation plant and cogeneration plant surrounded by working windmills, solar panels, algae farms, and cows Continued on page 12

HANDY PULL-OUT SECTION!

Grounds Passes to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have been selling like hotcakes since they became available in mid-April. A bargain at the regular price of $25, the Grounds Pass is an even better deal if you purchase yours by the end of May at the special promotional price of only $20. To order: www.ticketmaster. com or 1-800-745-3000. Grounds Passes are available for 13 days, excluding the competition days of Endurance, Eventing Cross-Country,

Here’s what you get with a Grounds Pass: • Entry for the selected day of purchase. (Limited quantity of Flex Grounds Pass tickets at $30 may be used for entry on any one day of choice, without specifying a date of attendance at time of purchase.) • Free admission for children 12 years of age and under when accompanied by a paying adult. • Access to the Kentucky Horse Park, including entry into pavilions, many exhibitions, demonstrations and trade show areas with over 250 booths!


Alltech Games Tickets

Event

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Time

Location

Price A

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OPENING/CLOSING CEREMONIES Saturday September 25

Opening Ceremonies

7:00 PM

Main Stadium

$150.00

$110.00

Sunday October 10

Closing Ceremonies

4:00 PM

Main Stadium

$80.00

$70.00

Team Grand Prix 1st Half

8:30AM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Team Grand Prix 1st Half

2:00 PM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Team Grand Prix 2nd Half

8:30 AM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Team Grand Prix 2nd Half

2:00 PM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Grand Prix Special 1st Half

10:00 AM

Main Stadium

$125.00

$95.00

Grand Prix Special 2nd Half

2:30 PM

Main Stadium

$125.00

$95.00

Grand Prix Freestyle

7:00 PM

Main Stadium

$140.00

$110.00

Thursday October 7

Dressage- Part 1

9:00 AM

Driving Stadium

$50.00

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Dressage- Part 2

2:00 PM

Driving Stadium

$50.00

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Friday October 8

Dressage- Part 3

9:00 AM

Driving Stadium

$50.00

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Dressage- Part 4

2:00 PM

Driving Stadium

$50.00

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Saturday October 9

Marathon

10:00 AM

Marathon Course

$45.00

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Sunday October 10

Obstacle Phase

10:00 AM

Driving Stadium

$50.00

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Team & Individual Competition

7:00AM

Park Grounds

$45.00

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Speed Competition Part 1

10:00 AM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Speed Competition Part 2

2:30 PM

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

DRESSAGE Monday September 27

Tuesday September 28

Wednesday September 29

Friday October 1

DRIVING

ENDURANCE Sunday September 26

JUMPING Monday October 4

Tuesday October 5

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Team Competition 10:00 AM Main Stadium $90.00 $60.00 Part 1 Team Competition 2:30 PM Part 2

Main Stadium

$90.00

$60.00

Wednesday October 6

Team Final Competition

7:00 PM

Main Stadium

$110.00

$80.00

Friday October 8

Individual Competition

5:30 PM

Main Stadium

$120.00

$90.00

Saturday October 9

Final Four

8:00 PM

Main Stadium

$130.00

$105.00

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Date

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Location

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Covered Arena

$25.00

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PARA DRESSAGE Tuesday October 5

Individual Team Tests Part 1

8:30 AM

Wednesday October 6

Individual Championship Tests

8:30 AM

Covered Arena

$25.00

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Thursday October 7

Individual Championship Tests

8:30 AM

Covered Arena

$25.00

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Friday October 8

Individual Freestyle Tests

8:30 AM

Covered Arena

$25.00

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Saturday October 9

Individual Freestyle Tests

8:30 AM

Covered Arena

$45.00

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Sunday October 10

Individual Freestyle Tests

8:30 AM

Covered Arena

$45.00

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Team Competition 9:00 AM Indoor Arena Part 1

$95.00

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Team Competition Part 2

2:00 PM

Indoor Arena

$95.00

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Team Competition Part 3

7:30AM

Indoor Arena

$95.00

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Team Competition Part 4

11:00AM

Indoor Arena

$95.00

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Tuesday September 28

Qualifying Competition

9:00 AM

Indoor Arena

$95.00

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Thursday September 30

Individual Final Competition

1:00 PM

Indoor Arena

$120.00

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Freestyle Exhibition

6:00 PM

Indoor Arena

$70.00

REINING Saturday September 25

Sunday September 26

THREE-DAY EVENTING Thursday September 30

Dressage Test

9:00 AM

Main Stadium

$60.00

$45.00

Dressage Test

1:30 PM

Main Stadium

$60.00

$45.00

Friday October 1

Dressage Test

8:30 AM

Main Stadium

$60.00

$45.00

Dressage Test

1:00 PM

Main Stadium

$60.00

$45.00

Saturday October 2

Cross-Country Jumping

9:00 AM

X-C Course

$45.00

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Sunday October 3

Stadium Jumping

1:00 PM

Main Stadium

$105.00

$80.00

Wednesday October 6

Compulsory-Team R1

8:30 AM

Indoor Arena

$35.00

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Compulsory- Indv Female/Male- R1

12:30 PM

Indoor Arena

$35.00

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Thursday October 7

Freestyle Indv Female/Male

1:00 PM

Indoor Arena

$35.00

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Friday October 8

Compulsory- Indv Female/Male-Tech

12:30 PM

Indoor Arena

$35.00

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Freestyle Team Competition

4:00 PM

Indoor Arena

$35.00

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Saturday October 9

Freestyle Final Male/Female

2:30 PM

Indoor Arena

$45.00

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Sunday October 10

Freestyle Final Team

11:00 AM

Indoor Arena

$45.00

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The Kentucky Experience • Experience the Commonwealth’s nine tourism regions, from the lakes in the west to the mountains in the east, and even the caves and Corvettes in the south. • A virtual tour of the state in the Exhibit Pavilion, with images, artifacts and audio – from Ali to Colonel Sanders, horses to houseboats, artists to aquariums • A taste of Kentucky in the Kentucky Product Pavilion: a selection of Kentucky Proud products, such as beer cheese and bourbon balls, as well as beautiful handmade Kentucky folk crafts and world-famous art on display and available for purchase. • The Entertainment Pavilion, with performances throughout the Alltech Games, all by Kentucky artists with a widespread diversity of talent

The Equine Village • More than 40 exhibitors and some of the world’s top equine entertainment acts and clinicians, including Clinton Anderson • The kid-friendly interactive Equimania exhibit from Canada • Daily demonstrations by Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm and John Lyons, with limited performances by Stacey Westfall, Tommy Turvey and Mario Contreras • Parade of Breeds • Molly the Pony and a pony petting area • The NCHA mechanical horse and cow • Native American Village

Trade Show • Prominent exhibitors from around the world offering the finest in gifts, collectibles, artwork, apparel, tack, jewelry, as well as other unique merchandise and services • Back on Track USA, Inc., Beval-Butet Custom Saddles, Bit of Britain, The Chronicle of The Horse, CWD Saddles, Devoucoux, Dubarry of Ireland, Equine Design Photos, FITS (Fun in the Saddle), Gameready Equine, High Point International Equestrian Tours, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, Nolan Hoof Health, Ocala Horse Properties, Premier Equestrian, Saratoga Saddlery, Smartpak Equine, Southern States, The Boot Store, The Race for Education, ThinLine, Tipperary, just to name a few.

AND THE 1,200-ACRE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK! • The film “Thou Shalt Fly Without Wings,” filmed throughout the world, which focuses on mankind’s relationship with the horse • A collection of 19th Century horse-drawn carriages and racing vehicles • "Horse in Sport" gallery displaying contemporary uses of the horse in competition • The Farrier Shop’s exhibition of the age-old art of horse shoeing • An outstanding display of 24 of the Park’s nearly 50 breeds of horses in the Breeds Barn • An elite group of horses in the Hall of Champions: Thoroughbred legend Cigar, champion American Saddlebred CH Gypsy Supreme, and Standardbred Pacers Western Dreamer and Staying Together presented daily


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ALLTECH SALUTES THE “QUEEN CITY”

Spotlight on Cincinnati USA

Cincinnati’s rapid growth in the early 1800s, and its status at that time as the largest city in the Midwest, earned it the nickname the “Queen City.” Now an easy 90-minute drive from the Kentucky Horse Park, Cincinnati is a must-see for Alltech Games attendees. From its waterfront

splendors to cultural exhibitions to family funfests, the Queen City has something for everyone. Just across the Ohio River, the charm of neighboring Northern Kentucky offers attractive sidetrips. Information: www.CincinnatiUSA.com

C i nc i nnat i and N orth e rn K e ntuck y w i l l hav e y ou . . . Seeing Red • Watch the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team as they head to the post-season:

September 28-30 vs. the Houston Astros

October 1-3 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

• Get half-price tickets to Reds games at CincinnatiUSA.com with a qualifying Cincinnati USA hotel reservation (check website for details) • Visit the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Feeling Ducky • Take a charming “duck boat” tour of the region • Cruise along both sides of the Ohio River and experience two states: Ohio and the northern region of Kentucky • Stop and shop when the boats let you off to tour the streets and explore the waterfront

Fishing Around • The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky, has been crowned the best aquarium in the Midwest and the best rainy-day outing • See thousands of sea creatures from every corner of the globe • Dance and dine under the stars on the BB Riverboats, also in Newport

Going German • Zip over to “Zinzinnati,” the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world (September 18-19) • Get a taste of Germany from mettwurst to bratwurst while you watch the Beer Stein Races and the Running of the Weiner Dogs (daschunds in their “race gear”— hot dog bun costumes) • What a great way to get into the international spirit just days before the Alltech Games begin!


Did You Know?

All photos courtesy of www.CincinnatiUSA.com

Greater Cincinnati will play an extremely important role in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this September and October. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (“CVG”), which is actually located in Florence, Ky., will serve as the entry point for the vast majority of equine athletes flying into the United States to compete in the Alltech Games. The import period extends from September 16 through October 1. The Organizing Committee for the Alltech Games is constructing and will operate, under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), an Import Quarantine Center at the Cincinnati airport. It will be located on a portion of the airport employee lot. Approximately 450 horses are expected to land at CVG, requiring at least 10 to 15 planeloads. The horses will arrive with a number of grooms and attendants who will have traveled with them and

will care for them during the quarantine period and throughout the competition. Unlike their human counterparts, though, the horses won’t get to do any sightseeing. U.S. animal health laws require that they be transferred directly from air transport containers to quarantine, where they will be housed for several days for blood testing. Once they are evaluated and deemed healthy, the horses will be shipped by vans to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, about an hour-and-a-half away. Horses from certain geographic areas, such as South America and the Asia Pacific region, will be routed through international airports in Miami and Los Angeles. After quarantine, these mounts will hop a second flight and then be trucked to the Park. Ever wondered how these prized horses are kept healthy during such long transports? Just turn the page!

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GALLOPING TOWARD THE ALLTECH GAMES

Keeping Horses Healthy

En Route to the

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By Bryan M. Waldridge, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVIM Just as long-distance travel can take a toll on the human traveler, horses that will journey across the globe for the Alltech Games may face a host of health challenges. Common health issues related to international equine transport include:

Rest stops: Healthy, well hydrated horses usually will not show signs of fatigue until after 28 hours of transport. During rest stops, it is probably better to have vehicles stop moving and leave the horses alone and quiet, rather than removing them from transport boxes and walking them. This is recommended because horses use so much energy to balance and adjust during transport. Frequent rest stops add to the duration of the trip.

EPM: Studies of the experimental induction of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) showed adverse effects of travel stress on horses’ immune systems and their response to disease challenge. In one study, EPM-negative horses were shipped for 55 hours from Saskatchewan, Canada (an area free of EPM) to Columbus, Ohio. On arrival, some horses were inoculated with EPM organisms, others were inoculated later, and a third group was given corticosteroids throughout the study to mimic a stress response. Horses inoculated immediately upon arrival developed EPM antibodies sooner and had more severe clinical signs. Respiratory ailments: Transport and immune system stress from transport are very important risk factors for development of respiratory disease. Transport of healthy horses for 1,200 miles decreased numbers of white

blood cells and increased cortisol (a steroid released with stress) in lung fluid. Pleuropneumonia (infection of the lungs that extends into the chest cavity) is one of the most serious results of respiratory infection. In a study of 45 cases, recent transport farther than 500 miles and viral respiratory tract infection or exposure to horses with respiratory tract disease were found to be strong risk factors for the development of pleuropneumonia. Horses transported in confined spaces have increased and prolonged exposure to irritant particles and possible diseasecausing bacteria or viruses. Respiratory viruses damage the cells lining the respiratory tract, which impairs the cells’ ability to clear mucus and other debris from the lungs and gives bacteria a foothold to begin secondary infections. Cross-tying or tying of horses’ heads during transport does not allow horses to lower their heads to clear mucus or any feed material and saliva that may enter the trachea (windpipe) if horses are allowed to eat while tied. Recent research has shown that tying horses so that they can raise and lower their heads is the most important factor to reduce transport stress.

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Gastric ulcers: Transport and a simulated show or training environment has been experimentally shown to induce gastric ulcers. In this experiment, 10 horses without gastric ulcers were transported by trailer for four hours and then back to their original farm four days later. The horses were meal-fed and moderately exercised twice a day for 30 minutes. Gastroscopy was

performed again the day after horses returned to the original farm. Seven of 10 transported horses had gastric ulcers after transport and simulated showing. Interestingly, two of 10 horses that did not travel or have changes in their handling also developed ulcers. It was speculated that changing the social order of the horses may have contributed to gastric ulceration in the horses kept in the original location.

PREVENTING TRANSPORT STRESS Prevention of transport stress and minimizing its effects is important for all horses shipped long distances. Following are some suggestions: • Immunostimulants administered before transport may prime a horse’s immune system to better deal with infection challenges. They should be administered long enough before transport so their benefits are not minimized or eliminated by the immunosuppressive effects of travel. • Probiotics and prebiotics may help stabilize the bacterial population of the gut and reduce the chances of colic, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal upsets. • Head mobility: If allowed to eat during transport, horses’ heads should be tied to allow them to raise or lower their heads in order to clear mucus, feed material or saliva from the windpipe.

• Water: Dehydration and weight loss in transported horses depends on ambient temperature, much the same as for horses under normal conditions. Weight loss and dehydration can be reduced or stabilized by periodically providing water during transport. Most dehydrated horses fairly rapidly (within hours) recover normal blood electrolyte values when allowed to drink. • Antiulcer medications may take two to three days to fully suppress gastric acid production. Administration should begin a few days before travel to horses that are predisposed to gastric ulcers or that show clinical signs of ulcers when stressed or shown. – Dr. Bryan M. Waldridge Dr. Bryan Waldridge is a veterinarian with Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the Official Equine Hospital & Veterinary Partner for the Alltech Games.


Saturday, June 5th, 2010 Connemara Golf Course 2327 Lexington Rd. Nicholasville, KY 40356

Awards/ live auction following play

Professionals (Stroke play): 1st Place $12,000 Total purse: $27,000

Celebrities/Amateurs: Scramble format

For questions contact:

Russell Smoak, General Manager | Brian Perrin, Director of Golf Brian Bowron, PGA Apprentice (859) 885-4331 All proceeds go to Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund.

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Bounce Back

How would you make your team #1? How do you build your team? How do you make your team number one? How do you jump back from adversity? One of America’s greatest college basketball coaches will address delegates at the Alltech 26th annual Symposium. Coach John Calipari has brought two teams to the NCAA Final Four and currently, as the Head Coach of the University of Kentucky’s basketball team, he is returning this well-known team to its legendary status – In University of Kentucky President Lee Todd’s words, he is doing so with integrity and while bringing together the entire state. Alltech Symposium delegates will learn how Coach Calipari has achieved success with teams. They will hear about his Hoops for Haiti program, which not only compelled many students to get involved, but also accomplished to get each and every county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky involved. What does it takes to build a team? What are the ten key points in any situation from which to bounce back? How do you turn problems into opportunities? How do you welcome feedback? At the Alltech Symposium in May of this year Coach Calipari will elaborate on these questions and his ten key points for building a winning team.

For more information, or to request an invitation, please contact your local Alltech representative, visit www.alltech.com/symposium or email us at symposium@alltech.com.

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