October 9, 2010 

  • world tour

    A daily look at the countries, culture and cuisine of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games:

Country of the day: Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Languages: Dutch, Frisian

Government: Constitutional monarchy

Population: 16,609,518

Time: Six hours ahead of Lexington

Fast fact: Nearly 1,500 miles of dikes protect the lowlands from the North Sea. Without dikes, about 65 percent of those lands would be flooded daily. Holland is the world's leading producer of tulip bulbs.

WEG athletes: 34 athletes from the Netherlands are competing in seven disciplines.

food of the day

Gourmand Madeleines, gourmet French cookies, at the Normandy pavilion.

Cost: $4

Souvenir of the day

Cool Medics vest. Dip the vest in water for 10 seconds and it keeps equestrians cool for six to eight hours.

Cost: $89.

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