If you’re one of the lucky young riders who will be attending the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25-October 10, you’re going to have plenty to see and do. Not only will you get to watch the top riders, drivers and vaulters in the world competing, but there are plenty of activities for you to do. You can be a part of the action, too!
Take a look at some of the things you can do at the games.
Free Grounds Pass
Kids 12 and under will be allowed free entrance to the WEG grounds if they are accompanied by a paying adult. This means you can walk around the Equine Village, an interactive kids’ area, a trade show and the Kentucky Experience, a virtual tour of the Bluegrass state.
Ride a Reiner
In the John Deere Reining Arena near the games main entrance, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) will offer “Ride a Reiner” test rides to WEG spectators. You’ll have the opportunity to hop on a well-trained reining horse and try a dizzying spin or an exciting sliding stop. The arena will also play host to demonstrations from NRHA professionals.
The Equine Village
The Equine Village is open to anyone with a grounds pass. It will feature more than 40 exhibits and will include daily demonstrations from top clinicians Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm and John Lyons. It will also have a daily Parade of Breeds, Molly the Pony, the National Cow Horse Association mechanical horse and cow, a Native American Village and a pony petting area. Equine celebrities including trainer Stacy Westfall and trick rider Tommy Turvey will also make limited appearances in The Equine Village.
Make sure you take this copy of Young Rider with you to the games. Or buy an autograph book. Why? If you spot one of your riding idols, you can ask them to give you an autograph! Most top riders don’t mind autographing items for kids if they’re not busy with their horses. If they’re walking around the trade fair or appearing at a trade booth, they’re fair game! See how many autographs you can collect at the games.
Fun with Breyer Model Horses
Make sure you visit the Breyer booth at WEG. It will have beautiful displays of historic portrait models, an artisans’ gallery where you can watch models being created in front of your eyes and a store where you can buy models of some of the top WEG competitors. You’ll also be able to meet top competitors at the Breyer booth and get their autographs. There will also be an interactive play area, activities involving Breyer models and fun jumping course designed for kids!
Shop ‘til You Drop
Start saving your money now, so you’ve got plenty to spend at the WEG trade fair. Prepare to spend hours moseying around the trade fair. You’ll find riding clothes, safety gear, toys, models, jewelry, feeds, supplements, grooming supplies, tack and lots more in the trade fair. And make sure you stop by the Young Rider booth to say hi to the YR team!
EquiMania is an educational and kid-friendly exhibit in The Equine Village. Young horse lovers will be able to braid a horse’s tail and dig for bones in an archeological exhibit. They’ll also meet Semore and Quatro, life-sized models created to educate kids about equine anatomy. EquiMania will also feature young rider Lizzy Traband who will teach fans how to teach their horses how to do tricks and The California Cowgirls who will perform drill team routines. EquiMania will also have an area that explores equine careers.
If you’re interested in different kinds of horses, you’ll enjoy the breed showcases. More than 20 breed societies will show off their horses at WEG. Get up close and personal with breeds including Rocky Mountain Horses, Paso Finos, Nakotas, Connemaras, American Paint Horses, Miniature Horses, Arabian, Gypsy Horses and American Morgan Horses.
The Alltech Experience
Located right in the middle of the Kentucky Horse Park will be The Alltech Experience, a four acre pavilion spotlighting Alltech, the company which is the main sponsor of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Learn all about Alltech’s work improving the natural health and performance of horses, pets, poultry, fish and other types of livestock.
You can also sample yummy Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, get close to penguins and sharks from the Newport Aquarium and attend daily workshops led by local equine veterinarians.