Author: Glenn the Geek

Some Mighty Fancy Footing Being Installed at The Kentucky Horse Park

It has been interesting over the past several weeks watching the very high tech footing being put in at The Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. This footing surface is really cool and has many layers to it. The footing has a name I hope I never have to pronounce on the podcast. It is being installed by Otto Sport- und Reitplatz GmbH is based out of Altdorf, Germany, near Nuremberg. The company’s new state-of-the-art surface is being installed in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Outdoor Stadium, which is currently under construction, as well as two warm-up ring surfaces. The surface for the Walnut Ring and its warm-up ring will total nearly 90,000 square feet. The warm up ring appears to be finished with the new surface. The footing’s Otto Riding Arena Mat System includes special drainage features and safety properties, and the Otto perforated mats ensure that water can drain off quickly when faced with excessive rain fall and precipitation. The mats, which offer non-slip properties and the ability to absorb shock, are complemented with a special footing mixture that is ideal for equestrian competition. This system has been featured at the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, in 1998 and in Aachen, Germany, in 2006, as well as in the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar. Here is a link to the...

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Kentucky Horse Park Construction for 2010 World Games in Full Swing

The construction at the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) is in full swing. It is estimated that they will be spending $30 to $40 Million at the park in preparation for the games. We will give you periodic reports throughout the next two years in my blog and on The Stable Scoop Radio Show. The WEG are the world championships for seven equestrian sports – eventing, show jumping, dressage, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. They are held every four years, right between the Olympics. The 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain drew close to 300,000 spectators, 800 equestrians from 45 countries, and 1000 media representatives. Organizers here in Lexington, KY expect more than 600,000 visitors representing 60 countries, more than 2,000 journalists and television viewership of at least 500 million during the 16-day event. I went out yesterday and took some pictures at the Kentucky Horse Park to give you an idea of the scope of the construction. Needless to say there are almost more construction vehicles in the park than horses. The Kentucky Horse Park New Indoor Arena The new indoor arena is being built on the far side of the park, over by Route 75. It will be a 6,000-seat, climate-controlled arena that includes a competition space of 45,000 square-feet, and 300 new stalls. It will be great for competitions in the...

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