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Kentucky Horse Park Delegation Heads to the World Equestrian Games

Lexington, KY – August 21, 2006 - When the WEG games begin in Aachen, Germany, a diverse contingent of extremely interested observers will represent the great state of Kentucky. Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and his wife Glenna, Lexington Mayor Teresa Issac, along with more than 20 other state officials will attend the Games.

Also on hand will be Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director John Nicholson with 18 Horse Park staff members, and three individuals representing the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be going to the Games,” said Foundation Executive Director Frances Dulaney. “And overwhelmed. The task of preparing for 2010 at the Horse Park is a formidable one.” Chairman of the Board Alston Kerr and board member Becky Jordan will accompany Dulaney to Aachen.

“We’re anxious to see how the Germans handle everything,” said Dulaney. “First there’s the huge issue of infrastructure and crowd management. How do you meet the needs of 500,000 people? And we must, of course, accommodate the needs of all of the horses and riders, starting with the quarantine process.”

Each Foundation member will concentrate on a slightly different area and then compare notes. Dulaney will look closely at the VIP amenities. “I’m anxious to see what kind of designated parking and viewing areas will they offer VIPs and how that’s integrated into the overall event,” explained Dulaney.

Jordan, who also is a member of the state’s Kentucky Horse Park Commission, will focus on the reiningcompetition in Aachen. Both Jordan and her daughter are avid reining competitors and Jordan is proud that Auburn University recently awarded her daughter the school’s first full reining scholarship.

“I pretty much know everyone on the US reining team, which is a great start,” said Jordan. “I want to make sure I meet members of all the other teams and get to know them a little bit. One of my main goals is to discover their expectations, so we can try to meet them in 2010. My purpose in Aachen will be to serve as an ambassador and an information gatherer,” she continued.

“Becky is one of the Foundation’s most ardent fund raiders, said Dulaney. “She’s truly an advocate for the Foundation and, most importantly, for the Horse Park. She also keeps us focused on what the Foundation is all about.” Jordan chairs the Foundation’s Man of War Society, which provides unrestricted funds for the Foundation’s use in the Horse Park. It, therefore, often serves an emergency fund for things around the Horse Park that require immediate attention. These funds have been used for everything from repairing paddocks, to buying a new drag for the show rings.

When Jordan is not riding, working tirelessly for the Foundation, or being a wife and mother, she has two jobs. For the last 27 years she has been a successful State Farm Insurance agent. In addition, she serves as the Deputy Coroner for Scott County, Ky. “It’s a bit like being a CSI,” she described. “Actually, this is volunteer duty. I’ve always had an interest in forensics, so I volunteered to learn the job several years ago and now have progressed to deputy coroner.”

“The 2010 World Equestrian Games will have an enormous impact on the Horse Park and on the state of Kentucky,” commented Jordan. “We must plan how to capitalize on this event for the future of the Horse Park. After the WEG, we must continue to attract world-class events. And the Foundation must be prepared to help make sure we maintain the improvements to the Park, like the new $36 million arena.”

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, visit the website at http://www.imh.org/khp/foundation or call the Foundation office at 859/255-5727.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board Member Becky Jordan Photo ©2006 by Jodi Dickey

This special report is a preview provided by PhelpsSports.com. Look for the debut of this new equestrian news website during the World Equestrian Games in August. Visit http://www.PhelpsSports.com for more information.


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