Castleton horse farm putting on Games face

The owner of Castleton Lyons Farm is getting into the spirit of the World Equestrian Games in a picturesque way.

Irish aviation executive Tony Ryan is having a new stone wall designed for the farm at Newtown and Iron Works pikes where part of the equestrian games competition is expected to be held. The intersection is one of the gateways to the Kentucky Horse Park where the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held in 2010.

A preliminary design for the wall was sent to Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry with a letter requesting his support for the project.

The design includes flagpoles, ornamental circles jutting above the top of the wall, miniature stone towers at the corners and an inset "Castleton Lyons Stallions" sign.

The small towers reflect the farm's symbol, a 124-foot Irish round tower that Ryan had built at Castleton Lyons after he bought the farm in 2001. The tower is a replica of one at the Rock of Cashel in Ireland.

Tentative plans call for Castleton Lyons and other farms near the Horse Park to be part of the 100-mile endurance course that is one of the eight championships that will make up the 2010 games. The current plan is for a "cloverleaf" course, said Terry Johnson, spokesman for the games.

"They leave from the stadium and they loop and they come back to the stadium and loop out again," Johnson said. "One of those loops encompasses part of Castleton Lyons."

Counting down to 2010

For news and views about the games, radio listeners can tune in to a weekly program at noon Sundays on 630-AM WLAP in Lexington or via the Internet at through its link to

The 2010 Countdown Show had its debut this week. It is produced by the World Games 2010 Foundation, which is organizing the 2010 games, in partnership with Clear Channel Broadcasting, owner of WLAP. The show's focus will be on equestrian sport issues, with specific emphasis on planning for the 2010 games, the foundation said.

The host will be the foundation's CEO, Jack Kelly, who said the goal is to create "a fun and engaging way to keep the public informed" about the games and related subjects.

Eight world championships will be decided at the games, which have never been held outside Europe. The 16 days of competition are expected to attract 250,000 to 300,000 visitors from all over the world. The games also will be televised to dozens of countries.

The official magazine

One of horsedom's oldest magazines is taking on a new role. Equestrian magazine, the print voice of the United States Equestrian Federation since 1937, has been named the official publication of the 2010 games.

Beginning with the January 2008 issue, a section of the magazine will be produced by the World Games 2010 Foundation, the non-profit that is organizing the games.

"We need to have an 'official' means of effective communication to the broad equestrian community, both in the U.S. and elsewhere," said Jack Kelly, the foundation's CEO. "The audience we want to reach reads Equestrian magazine."

In addition to the magazine, information about the games and equestrian issues will be on the Web sites of the federation and the games.

The average issue of Equestrian totals more than 100 pages and is read by about 90,000 federation members in 51 countries.

Media panel named

A committee has been formed to advise the foundation on media issues, including communicating with the media during the games, issuing credentials and operating the media center during the 16 days of competition.

The committee's chairwoman will be Chris Stafford, vice president/production and news director of The Horse TV Channel.

Other members include Craig Cornwell, director of programming for Kentucky Educational Television; Alastair Martin-Bird, TV coordinator for Federation Equestre Internationale; Jamie Saults, a freelance journalist; and Marnye Langer, a freelance journalist.

Also, John Strassburger, former editor of The Chronicle of the Horse; Lisa Jackson, director of marketing for the Kentucky Horse Park; Nancy Jaffer, a freelance journalist/photographer; Charles Mann, an equine photographer; and Brian Sosby, editor of Equestrian magazine.

Also, Julie Balog, director of public relations for The Keeneland Race Course; Julie Koenig, vice president of communications for Churchill Downs; and Ron Garrison, visuals editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader.