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101 U.S. athletes nominated to compete

The United States Equestrian Federation has nominated 101 athletes from 21 states to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Riders, drivers and vaulters will compete in all eight disciplines at the Games: show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, para-dressage and endurance.

California has the largest delegation of potential athletes — 35, of which 25 are vaulters.

Equestrian sport is one of only two governed by the International Olympic Committee in which men and women compete as equals. There are 60 American women and 41 men nominated for the Games.

Vaulter Ruby Robinson, 11, is the youngest nominee (she vaults on the Sundae Rush Team), and endurance rider Jan Worthington is the oldest at 70.

For a list of the nominated riders and their horses, go to Usef.org.

■ Bouquets in the awards ceremonies and flower arrangements for the VIP and hospitality areas at the Games will be provided by a local company.

The Best of Flowers will be the official supplier and preferred florist, organizers announced last week.

"This event is about the competition but also its pageantry, and The Best of Flowers provide extraordinary arrangements and bouquets, and they are also a Lexington-based company which makes this partnership all the more special," said Terry Johnson, vice president of marketing and sales for the Games.

The Best of Flowers will supply more than 200 bouquets. "We will be designing a bouquet that is colorful, bold and beautiful to match the strength of the equestrian athlete that truly celebrates the winner," said Mary Jo Johnson, owner of The Best of Flowers.

■ Jason Mraz will take the stage Sept. 26 at the Murray State University Regional Special Events Center as part of the Alltech Fortnight Festival. Special guest Christina Perri will open the performance at 7 p.m. CDT.

Mraz's most recent album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., was jump-started by the hit single I'm Yours. Tickets, $27.50 and $39.50, are on sale now. For more information on the statewide festival, which will take place throughout the Games, visit AlltechFortnightFestival.com.

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