Chance for Kentucky to shine
Kentuckians should recall when Lexington hosted the National Collegiate Association Men's Basketball Final Four and regional tournaments in the past. What exciting times. We opened our doors to visitors from all over the United States and were proud that the eyes of the nation and the world would be upon us.
Kentucky's hospitality should, likewise, be displayed in hosting the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, an amazing opportunity for the world to see us at our best. I'm puzzled that some individuals don't realize the magnitude of this event.
Recently, Kentucky made national news concerning health statistics, and not in a positive light. For too long, we have been run over roughshod by the national media. We should celebrate the fact the Games were awarded to Lexington in their debut outside of Europe.
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Over 1,000 media representatives applied for credentials to cover the Games. Imagine journalists from around the world here in the Bluegrass, all with stories to tell. What an excellent opportunity to put our best foot forward and to be positive about Kentucky.
To those who have embraced this event, you won't be disappointed. It will be the event of a lifetime; it's the Olympics of the horse world. To those who have not yet embraced it, check out all that will be offered. Go to the www.alltechfeigames.com and see that it's a family event with something for all ages.
Donna B. Moloney
My share of profit
Please advise the person responsible for distributing everyone's share of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games that I will be glad to take my payment in the form of four brand new tires, an alignment and — if my windshield cracks by then — a new windshield, as well.
I sincerely hope that tearing up every surface of road in Lexington and Versailles at the same time truly makes a difference in bringing in more money for the grand city of Lexington.
I expect prompt payment, as my tread is wearing out fast.
Too little diversity
It is my opinion that Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ticket sales are sluggish because Kentucky doesn't exactly have the best reputation for welcoming outsiders.
I volunteered to help out at the Games but never heard from any of the organizers. I wonder if my race has something to do with that?
Many people avoid Kentucky because it's a red state that voted for four more years of President George W. Bush.
I don't know, I'm just guessing. But to book Chubby Checker, Charlie Daniels and what's-his-name as entertainment speaks volumes. What organizers are saying is "We don't want you here!" And they have the nerve to be nervous about ticket sales.
Horse Park too costly now
About 10 years ago, my children and grandchildren were visiting and wanted to see the Kentucky Horse Park.
We took three cars; the fee to enter was about $8 per car for all the events.
Fast forward to last month when the same group, about 17 people, made the trip again. The cost, including parking, was $340. Excuse me for being critical.
But it's obvious why the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games tickets may be selling slowly with these kinds of charges and fees for entry into the park, even right now.
The state of Kentucky might want to lower its fees and perhaps attract a greater number of visitors and make more money overall. It's just too expensive for local folks to make this trip. Call me crazy.
Limited Horse Mania artists
After spending the day viewing the horses of Horse Mania 2010, I can't believe that eight artists have two horses each and one artist has three horses.
How is that fair to the hundreds of other applicants who applied and did not get a horse to paint? Ten more artists would have had a horse to paint. The choice of artists seem to be very political or at least about whom you know on the committee.