Wondering exactly what all this 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games hoopla may look like when it finally begins?
You don't have to wait much longer.
Starting July 21, you can get a free look at two WEG test events: reining, designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse in a show arena; and vaulting, a competitive discipline in which gymnastic elements are combined and performed on a cantering horse.
It's a chance for games organizers to see how their logistics work — and for spectators around the region to get a preliminary peek at how the Kentucky Horse Park, the Games' venue, might look when the Games formally start on Sept. 25, 2010.
Amy Walker, public relations manager for the 2010 Games said, "We want the public to be able to come out and ... get a taste on a smaller scale of this huge event that they've been hearing about for so long. This is just a taste of things to come."
The reining events are 10 a.m. to noon July 21 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 23. The vaulting competition begins July 30 with compulsory rounds, which are more technical. The competitions will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1, with a break for lunch each day, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2.
Although the events themselves are free, parking is $3 for day events and $5 at night.
"Our goal is to fill the brand-new arena at the horse park," Jamie Link, chief executive of the World Games 2010 Foundation, said at a meeting of the group's board of directors Thursday.
The $45 million-plus indoor arena where vaulting and reining competitions will be held has a capacity of about 5,700 stadium seats, plus 200 suite seats. There are 568 parking spaces next to the arena and additional parking elsewhere in the park.
The arena formally opens July 15.