Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nearby farms are part of WEG endurance course - Full Article


Sept. 22--Imagine hosting a party on scale so grand you'll need to ask a neighbor to open his yard for your party.

And another neighbor, and another and ... .

That's what it's been like for Emmett Ross.

Endurance discipline manager for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Ross has led the way in cobbling together a 100-mile course over 24 pieces of private property for Sunday's endurance competition.

The endurance race -- essentially a long-distance race in which the rider must pace the horse so that it remains fit to finish -- will begin and end at the Kentucky Horse Park, but it is the one WEG competition whose course will extend beyond the park.

Originally, 65 landowners gave permission to use their property. That proved to be a bit much logistically, so Ross "just drove around all the time" and came up with a more precise route. Still, it's the largest course on private land to be used in a World Championship, according to Ross.

"It's a pretty neat trail," he said. "The big thing is the relationships I've had with the landowners and farm owners..."

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