The World Equestrian Games are full of things to doBy GRANT HARNED
History is being made in Lexington, Ky. For the first time, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held somewhere other than Europe. This year’s WEG festivities are being held in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The World Equestrian Games were first conducted in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. They are held every four years in a different location, featuring the best athletes and horses in the equine world. Horse owners and enthusiasts have traveled from all across the globe to be a part of this historic happening. Be sure not to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity, as the next games will be held in Normandy, France.
This year’s games feature eight different disciplines: Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining and Para Dressage. The games last from Sept. 25 until Oct. 10.
The opening ceremony was held in the main stadium on the grounds on Saturday. The show featured performers from all different disciplines. Each performance focused on giving the audience an appreciation of the magnificent animals that would be competing.
The events began Saturday with Reining preliminaries. Reining is the competitive arena version of something you might see on a cattle farm where horses and riders use skills to move livestock along. This event continued on Sunday, along with the Endurance competition. The United States won the gold medal for Reining on Sunday.
The Endurance competition had horses traveling many miles across the Kentucky countryside to see who was the best distance runner.
For students looking to attend the games, there is a list of events online at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games website. All of the events at the games will be worth going to see.
Some notable and enjoyable upcoming events that might interest you are the Jumping and Vaulting events. Jumping is probably the most recognizable event. Horse and rider must complete a marked course. This course has obstacles along the way which the duo must jump over to finish. Jumping will take place on Oct. 4 and 5 beginning at 10 a.m. on both days. This event will also take place on Oct. 6, 8 and 9, later in the day.
Vaulting is another very entertaining event to watch as it combines horse riding with various gymnastics skills. Riders perform all sorts of acrobatics while riding their horses. Preliminary Vaulting will take place on Oct. 6, 7and 8.
These eight events are not the only things happening on the grounds. Also, on the website, under the On-Site Attractions tab on the left-hand side of the screen, there is a link to The Daily Must-See. This will give you a detailed list of all the happenings going on that day at the park and not just the events schedule.
There are vast numbers of places to shop, eat and learn. There is also trade show for those wishing to shop at the games. The Equine Village is a place for people to learn about some of the equine organizations present at the games. Along with these attractions, there are many other booths to visit and some are even giving away free merchandise, such as hats. What could be better?
Tickets are available in the Student Life Office at no cost for students wishing to attend events on a given day. If you are planning to attend the games, be forewarned, the Kentucky Horse Park is massive. The events and attractions of the games are spread out over the grounds and parking is a good distance away from the park as well. Wear good walking shoes and possibly bring or buy some water along the way. This will make the day much more enjoyable. Parking is $20 a car so carpooling is a good idea.
For those who have never been to the Kentucky Horse Park, it is very simple to find. A map of the grounds with a schedule of events is also a good thing to have during your day of equine enjoyment. So if you find yourself with a spare day and want to attend a huge, historical horse event, make the short trip to Lexington and be a part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: ELIZABETH CLEARYBy AVA JORDAN
You may not know Elizabeth Cleary, but you’ve probably seen her work. Cleary is a Maskrafter here at Georgetown, though she mainly works behind the scenes. If you’ve seen a play on campus in the last few years, there’s a very strong chance she had a hand in it.
Related to Cleary’s work with Maskrafters is the fact that she is a Theatre major and a Psychology minor. Most of her best moments at Georgetown relate to the Theatre department—her best memories are “probably late nights working on productions with the Theatre kids, then going out and enjoying Hong’s at two in the morning where we laugh about the most random things.”
Similarly, Cleary’s favorite class is the Screenwriting class with Dr. Ed Smith. As Cleary says, “It’s got to be one of the most interesting, thought-provoking and simply hilarious class[es]” that she has had at Georgetown.
Aside from working with Maskrafters, she works with 93.7 WRVG campus radio and as a library student assistant in the LRC and has held these positions since her freshman year. She has also been a writer for The Georgetonian.
In her spare time, Cleary shows dogs in the American and United Kennel Clubs. She describes these experiences as “traveling across the US with my pups and just having a blast. You win, you lose, you laugh, you sometimes cry, but [you] always have a great story to tell.”
Her love for showing dogs is evident as, when asked what she would do if she only had a few minutes left to live, she would “love to get one last agility run in. Agility is my passion in dog sports; it’s amazing and lively. It takes a lot out of you and I haven’t been able to compete for a few years now.”
When it comes to her impending graduation, Cleary says she is excited. “There are times where I sit back and go ‘Seriously? You graduate in May?’ and then there are times where I go, ‘Seriously! I’m almost done!’ I have a lot on my plate as it comes to things to do before May so it keeps me grounded, but I think overall I’m excited about the opportunities that graduating brings.”
Cleary plans to continue showing dogs and mentoring children in 4-H and Junior Handling programs after graduation. She expects to continue instructing obedience classes and working with rescue dogs. She plans to attend graduate school, but her life plans are not set in stone. “I’d like to get a job with a theater company, I might like to teach….I’m up to anything life tosses my way.”
In her time at Georgetown, Cleary has experienced many changes, “both good and bad, but overall, they have been changes geared [toward] making things better.” Georgetown’s adoption of Bishop College and addition of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky are some of the “big changes that seem to be making an impact on the campus,” though Cleary is still waiting to see if some of the campus changes will form good or bad impacts for the students.
As a soon-to-graduate senior, Cleary has some simple advice for younger students— get involved. Cleary explains her brief advice by saying, “Whatever else you do means nothing if you don’t have any fun along the way. If you get involved and get passionate about something, you’ll find that while college can be crazy, the passion and liveliness you feel doing something you like will outweigh all of it.”
“Eine Kleinstadt mit einer reichen Geschichte”German AP Students
Scott County High School
Die Geschichte Georgetowns von 1700 bis 1900 ist sehr interessant. Die Stadt hat drei wichtige Sehenswürdigkeiten: Georgetown College, Ward Hall und Cardome. Die Sehenswürdigkeiten sind sehr wichtig für Georgetown.
Georgetown College ist die älteste Baptistische Universität westlich des Alleghenygebirges. Der erste Präsident ist durch ein Pferd in Washington D.C. gestorben. Als Reverend Rockwood Giddings Präsident gewesen ist, hat er das erste ständige Gebäude bauen lassen. Reverend Howard Malcom hat den Studiengang der Universität abgeändert und hat viele Studenten registriert. Reverend Malcom hat Giddings Hall fertiggestellt. Professor James Jefferson Rucker, unter Reverend Richard M. Dudley, hat 1889 Frauen in die Universität integriert. Professor Rucker hat ein Gebäude, das eine Kapelle, eine Bibliothek, eine Sporthalle, ein Museum und viele Konferenzzimmers hatte, bauen lassen.
Georgetown College ist eine wichtige Sehenswürdigkeit, und Ward Hall ist eine andere Sehenswürdigkeit in Georgetown mit einer interessanten Geschichte. Ward Hall wurde 1855 gebaut. Ward Hall war Junius Wards Sommerferienhaus. Junius Ward hatte nach dem Sezessionskrieg kein Geld . Er verkaufte Ward Hall darum. Kolonel Milton Hamilton hat das Haus während des Sezessionskriegs gekauft. Er hat es für die Hauptstadt Kentuckys benutzen wollen. Der letzte Besitzer hat das Haus renoviert und das Haus in ein Museum umgebaut.
Ward Hall ist wichtig für Georgetown, aber eine wichtigere Sehenswürdigkeit ist Cardome. Die Indianer haben von der Zeit vor 1774 das Land “Elkhorn County” genannt. Der Name für Cardome kommt von Latein “Cara Domas” oder “Dear Home” auf Englisch. Viele Familien haben Cardome besessen. Die Familien und die Nachfahren sind wichtig für die Geschichte von Georgetown College. Die Sisters of Visitation haben Cardome in eine Schule umgebaut. Die Bradford Familie hat das erste Gebäude in 1821 gebaut.
Diese drei Sehenswürdigkeiten sind wichtig in Georgetown.
A Small Town with a Rich History
The history of Georgetown from 1700 to 1900 is very interesting. The city has three important tourist attractions: Georgetown College, Ward Hall, and Cardome. These sights are very important to Georgetown.
Georgetown College is the oldest Baptist College west of the Alleghany Mountains. The first president died (en route to the College) in a horse accident in Washington D.C. When the Reverend Rockwood Giddings became president, he built the first permanent building. Reverend Howard Malcolm changed the course of study and registered many students. Reverend Malcolm completed the construction of Giddings Hall. Professor James Jefferson Rucker, under Reverend Richard M. Dudley, allowed women to register as students in 1889. Professor Rucker oversaw the construction of a building that housed a chapel, a library, a gym, a museum, and many classrooms.
Georgetown College is an important landmark, and Ward Hall is another important site in Georgetown with an interesting history. Ward Hall was built in 1855. It was Junius Ward’s summer vacation home. After the Civil War, Junius Ward had no money. Because of this he sold Ward Hall. Colonel Milton Hamilton purchased the home during the war. He wanted to use it for the capitol of Kentucky. The last occupant of the house had it renovated and then remodeled as a museum.
Ward Hall is important to Georgetown, but a more significant landmark for the city is Cardome. The Indian name for this area prior to 1774 was “Elkhorn County.” The name for Cardome is derived from the Latin “Cara Domas” or “Dear Home,” in English. Many families have owned Cardome. The families and their descendants are important to Georgetown College. The Sisters of Visitation turned Cardome into a school. The Bradford family built the first building 1821.
These three landmarks are important to Georgetown.