The Bluegrass Hospitality Association is offering two training sessions this week to help restaurants and businesses prepare for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The training is based on similar courses in Louisville before the Ryder Cup, said Krista Greathouse, the city's liaison to the Games.
"It's about how to make guests feel welcome in our community," she said, including topics such as European tipping habits and how to create prix fixe menus or fix speciality drinks.
The sponsors are Brown-Forman, Sysco, Coca-Cola and Spotlight Lexington, the downtown festival planned by the city during the Games, Sept. 25 to Oct. 10.
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The free sessions will be at the Hilton Suites at Lexington Green at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday
Online registration is available through the Bluegrass Hospitality Association Web site, Bluegrasshospitality.org.
n While some of the top sport horses in the world visit the Kentucky Horse Park, some of the park's everyday residents will be taking a break.
The horses that are part of the park's daily Parade of Breeds, the mustangs used for trail rides, the draft horses that pull visitors on tours of the park and the carriage horses will be moved to paddocks at the back of the park to make room for the horses coming for the Equine Village at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
"They will be getting a two-week vacation," said Cindy Rullman, horse park spokeswoman.
But Rullman said Cigar, Funny Cide, Da Hoss and the other celebrity horses at the park's Hall of Champions will be staying put, and their daily shows will go on during the Games.
n The August/September issue of Garden and Gun, a Southern lifestyle magazine based in Charleston, S.C., has devoted a sizeable spread to Lexington and the Games. Author and essayist Eric Reece writes about his memories of Lexington compared to today's realities. There's a roundup of places to eat, stay and shop, an explanation of the Games themselves, and "The Thoroughbreds: Five influential locals worth watching." They are: University of Kentucky opera director Everett McCorvey; former Keeneland president Ted Bassett; Alltech president Pearse Lyons; Distillery District developer Barry McNees; and Debbie Long, the owner of Dudley's Restaurant.
n CBTS of Cincinnati will be the official technology sponsor for the Games, providing software, computers, servers, and on-site engineers and technical support before and during the 16 days of the Games.