I finally broke away from my daily routine (shoot/edit/transmit event images for this blog and slideshows) and ventured into the Trade Village, Equine Village, and Alltech Experience. Everyone should do this. It was amazing and well done and even with the crowds it was easy to get around.
Horse demonstrations were abundant and visitors even had opportunities to ride a horse. The Rood and Riddle Pavilion gave insights into the equine veterinary world of technology while the Kid Zone educated kids on all animals.
On my way back to the Media Village I walked by the competitors’ barn area where the onsite Equine clinic is based and where Security monitored everyone’s credentials.
Here are a few of the people I met along the way.
Stacy Vollet, Vendor, Booth 124
Vollet owns Clay Chick Ceramics (http://www.claychickceramics.com/) Booth 124 in the Trade Village.
“This has been a really good show for us,” said Vollet. “It’s fun to see the different nationalities. Columbia and Ireland have loved us.”
Working 8 am to 7 pm daily, Vollet has had a steady stream of customers and one of her ornaments was the featured “Souvenir of the Day” in Lexington’s local newspaper. Riding boots and horsehoe ornaments that have WEG on them have been her most popular items.
“In the end the profit margin will be well worth it, “ said Vollet. “ My only regret is not getting out of the booth to see the show!”
Allie Hembree, Alltech Public Relations Coordinator
Hembree gives tours of the Alltech Experience venue and is in charge of the Media Chill Zone.
“It’s a wonderful atmosphere with so many fun things to do,” Hembree said. “All the options for kids are exciting like the Dippin’ Dots and petting sharks and penguins.”
Lynn Johnson, Security Sector Coordinator
Working 12-hour shifts for Hamilton-Ryker security firm, Johnson is based outside the stable gate where all competitors are located. Questions about ‘how to find things” are the most common according to Johnson.
“It’s been good to talk with people from so many countries,” said Johnson. “I’ve been most impressed with the Para Equestrians. It is amazing what they can do. They are incredible riders.”
Tim O’Hagan, Irish student intern at the Rood and Riddle Veterinary Clinic.
l-r, Dr. Denis Goulding, Tim O’Hagan and Dr. Kent Allen
Located inside the restricted stable area where all the horses are housed, the vet clinic attends to all veterinary needs of the athletes
Working every day shift since the horses started arriving, O’Hagan has assisted the veterinarians with ultrasounds, radiographs, passports, bloodwork, billing and generally whatever is needed.
“Getting to meet and work with veterinarians from around the world has been a great experience,” said O’Hagan. Among those international vets are Kent Allen, official veterinary coordinator of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, imaging specialist Jean-Marie Denoix, and Chris Newton (lameness exams) with Rood and Riddle.
An avid rider, O’Hagan has enjoyed meeting the riders as well and viewing some of the Eventing Cross Country.