is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oh, The Sun Shines Bright...

Tonight, I watched the opening ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games (official name is 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games) - at the Kentucky Horse Park and I have to say, I am so proud to be a Kentuckian right now.

As the Star Spangled Banner was sung, I wept like the big baby I am. I loved it that it was done by a spiritual ensemble (led by University of Kentucky's Dr. Everett McCorvey) versus being sung as a solo. After all, we are the United States of America...and plus, I remember w hen everyone - everyone - used to stand, put their hand over their heart, and sing the National it's always nice to hear it performed that way. I am not all that crazy about over-articulated versions of any song, but especially the Banner. I'm kinda kooky that way.

I'm also glad I watched the ceremony on television, because I really only want to be a part of a crowd that big for the Derby. The Kentucky Derby is a marathon, a test of strength and patience, and I only have enough strength and patience to endure that sort of a gig once a year on the first Saturday of May. I did, however, have more than a few friends who participated as volunteers, and their fortitude is admirable. Good for them and for everyone who devoted so much time to making the night so very special!

So, yes, indeed - tonight's was a grand ceremony, the Bluegrass was wonderfully represented, and WLEX-TV, our local NBC affiliate, did a splendid job walking us all through the countries' contingents as they were escorted into the Rolex Stadium by young volunteers wearing the silks from and representing the support that Thoroughbred owners and breeders have enthusiastically given to the games.

[photo of FIRST DUDE courtesy of Photos by Z]

Kentucky's most famous native son, Muhammed Ali was there, Wynona Judd sang My Old Kentucky Home. Mayor Jim Newberry's opening remarks were short, sweet, and to the point, then Governor Steven L. Beshear gave a wonderful speech wherein he thanked former Governor Ernie Fletcher for bringing the games here -- it's the first time they've ever been on American soil, ever!

What better place to have an event that embraces man's time honored relationship with the horse than the Kentucky Horse Park...and even though I heretofore have shunned the thought of traveling all the way out there (sheesh, it's only 9 miles :) and fighting the crowds (there's plenty of room, all I have to do is catch a bus and bring $25 for the general admission), plus some horsing around money, it's going to be tough to resist the urge to go out and be a part of these equestrian games that have brought the world to Kentucky.

Hope to see you there!
peace, y'all,

(note: I tried to upload some really cool horse photos, but Blogger is having a bugaboo night. sorry...kjt )

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