What’s coming up in Kentucky 2010
What’s up in Kentucky in 2010?
North Central Kentucky
2010 Alltech FEI GamesTM
at the Kentucky Horse Park – Being held for the first time outside of Europe, the 2010 Alltech FEI GamesTM are coming to the Bluegrass State for 16 days beginning September 25. Founded in 1975, the eight events (which are unrelated to our world-famous thoroughbreds) are together in one event which includes feats that are as challenging for the rider as they are for the horse. For the first time, para-dressage is included. The Kentucky Horse Park, the City of Lexington and the Commonwealth made the pitch to the Federation Equestre International and landed the world championships for these top equestrian sports. Held every four years, the competition takes place two years prior to the Olympics. Alltech, the naming sponsor, is a multinational biotechnology company founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons. The company, headquartered in Lexington, now has a
presence in 76 countries and growing. It has also created its very own brewing company and ales, which are the official brews of the Games (http://www.kentuckyale.com/).
This is the largest equestrian event to ever be held in the U.S. – http://www.alltechfeigames2010.com/ – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/ – http://www.kentuckyale.com/
Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park
The more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space in the International Museum of the Horse is expanding. The IMH is dedicated to the history of the horse and its unique relationship with humans that spans centuries. Opening in spring 2010, the IMH will include a world-class exhibit–the Horse of the Near East with state-of-the-art space and an array of interactive exhibits which tell the story. This is where international exhibits like “All the Queen’s Horses” and “Imperial China” have provided a glimpse of the influence that the horse has had on specific geographic regions.
Web – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/
A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park
This is the first major exhibition to capture the dynamic impact of the horse on Near Eastern civilization and the influence this spectacular animal had on world culture. It emphasizes the first horse breed, the Arabian horse, and will take visitors on a journey from the arrival of the first domesticated horses in the region to the renaissance of purebred breeding today. From May 29 – Oct. 15, 2010, approximately 350 artifacts and works of art from throughout the world–including the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art–come together with more.
Contact: Cindy Rullman – 800-678-8813 – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/
Derby Museum Renovation at Churchill Downs in Louisville
A torrential summer storm flooded the museum in August. Making opportunity out of adversity, the museum is being renovated, expanded and kicked up a notch. The $5.5 million project includes new and renovated exhibits, interior expansion and new themes. The museum is scheduled to reopen to the public on April 18 in plenty of time for the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Web: http://www.derbymusuem.org/
HullabaLOU Music Festival in Louisville
On July 23 – 25, 2010, Churchill Downs is hosting a new, significant three-day summer music festival that will showcase more than 65 bands. Groups like the Grammy Award-winning Bon Jovi, country music phenomenon Kenny Chesney and Grammy Awardwinning Dave Matthews Band will kick off the schedule. The HullabaLOU Music Festival, designed to be an annual event, will feature a wide range of artists that blend the sounds of classic rock, country, adult contemporary and bluegrass on five stages throughout the sprawling 147-acre facility. Web: http://www.hullabaloufest.com/.
The 27th Breeders’ Cup returns to Louisville and Churchill Downs in 2010 for a record seventh time at the Twin Spires. Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious event consists of 14 races held over two days with purses that total $25.5 million. This season-ending tradition is Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, and will be televised live on ESPN and ABC worldwide to 120 countries.
Churchill Downs Adds Night Racing
People around the world have seen the running of the Kentucky Derby in the light of day. Now for the first time, Churchill Downs is adding night racing to its schedule.
Evening racing is four Fridays during the spring meet and two evenings during the fall meet in 2010. Web: http://www.churchilldowns.com/
Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center in Harrodsburg
Construction is set to begin in 2010.
Kentucky’s history is securely tied to agriculture and this world-class facility will offer interactive exhibits with live animals, a model farm and a walking tour of Kentucky’s agricultural heritage beginning in the year 1775 right through to the present. The center will also house an agricultural library and antique and modern high-tech equipment. Web: http://www.kyagheritage.org/
Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green
Plans are underway for the largest expansion in the park’s history. The 379 acre family recreation destination is home to an amusement park, water park, campground, a nationally recognized drag strip and a stock car track. Named the fifth Friendliest Park in the world by the Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for ’07, ’08 and ’09, the expansion includes a wave pool and lazy river water play structure. In addition to the expansion of the water park, two new rides are planned–a Family Tea Cup and a Quad Runner children’s ride. A new, 400-seat amphitheatre will feature musical productions, the return of the magic show and the Beech Bend Super Star Talent Show. Web: http://www.beechbend.com/
Pennyrile Forest State Park Horse Trails and Campsites
Fall of 2010 – Riding trails in Kentucky are expanding and come fall there will be a new way to tour the spectacular scenery at this western Kentucky park—one of the “nation’s finest”. Funding for 10 to 15 full-service sites for horse camping and 40 miles of equestrian trails has been approved and construction begins in spring with completion scheduled for fall.
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