Even if you’re not a competitor or a diehard reining fan, the World Equestrian Games “World’s Fair atmosphere” will be something itself.
I hope you are planning to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, Kentucky, September 25 – October 10. As you know, AQHA is an official sponsor and the official breed sponsor of reining, one of the eight international disciplines spotlighted at the games. Even if you’re not a competitor or a diehard reining fan, the World’s Fair atmosphere that surrounds the games will be something itself.
Having had the privilege of attending three prior WEG events, I can tell you firsthand, this is a unique experience. The Equine Village will feature 150 educational booths and demonstrations by top-notch clinicians, equine entertainers, and breed organizations, along with a vast trade show. I hope the United States audience will respond to the WEG like the Europeans have, in that the athletes are held in the same regard as our professional athletes.
If you haven’t done so already visit www.aqha.com/WEG to purchase tickets. Each competition is ticketed separately, and this site will easily let you know for which competitions seats are available.
You might also consider purchasing a $25 grounds pass which allows you access to the grounds of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, including the Equine Village, an interactive children’s area, the trade show, a Kentucky Experience that offers a virtual tour of the Bluegrass State, and more. Children 12 and under are allowed entrance to the grounds without charge, when accompanied by a paying adult. Grounds passes do not allow entrance to competition venues. Buy your grounds passes at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets.
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With the huge influx of people expected, parking is another thing to consider, as are accommodations. Details about these and other spectator concerns are available at www.alltechfeigames.com/content.aspx?id=3102.
Stay tuned – the Adequan United States reining team selection trials, as well as the United States Equestrian Federation National Open Reining Championship will be held July 10 as part of the Battle in the Saddle special reining event in Oklahoma City. Visit www.battleinthesaddle.com to learn more about the competitions taking place during BITS and to purchase tickets.
I look forward to being in both Oklahoma City during the Battle in the Saddle competitions, and Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games – hope to see you both places, as well.