The buildup for the FEI World Equestrian Games has reached a feverish pitch, as riders are preparing for the grueling weeks ahead at the Rolex Ranking Equestrian event to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Grounds.
The venue has already changed beyond recognition; dotted as it is with temporary scaffoldings and vehicles carrying the paraphernalia necessary for the racing event.
Commenting on the activities, Sean Doane, Venue Manager, said that the site would be a beehive of activity until September. Later he took the opportunity to describe the seating plan in detail; starting with Stands A and Stands C which line the left and the right sides of the Outdoor stadium.
Work on Stand B would begin in the month of July after the completion of the annual horse racing events. The stand is expected to take 20 days for completion.
The premier equestrian event will have valuable Rolex Ranking Points on offer, making it a must for fans and competitors alike. Understanding the importance of the event no expenses have been spared to make the event a huge success.
Logistic concerns of the teams will be taken care of by erecting temporary office structures at the site. The activities are expected to hit a peak in the month of August with the erecting of media, hospitality and trade show infrastructures.
The event became important after the recent upheavals in the world of FEI World Equestrian games, caused by relegation of some events to non ranking event due to their failure to fulfill the mandatory $25,000 prize money requirements.
The Kentucky Equestrian event was one of those that suffered because the FEI chose to downgrade the event due to its failure to comply with the minimum prize money requirement. Rolex Ranking points are highly sought out by the horse racing fraternity as it allows them to measure themselves against their competitors.
The decision to downgrade the Kentucky event infuriated many veterans who said that prize money should not be the only factor while determining whether a tournament is worthy of Rolex ranking points. According to them, there were other factors that should be taken into consideration like popularity of the event, the venue and the level of completion. They said that it was unfortunate that certain European events benefited from currency fluctuation even though the quality of the competition at these events was nothing to crow about. According to them, the Rolex Ranking Points garnered at such events was seriously devalued because it did not come against the best in the completion.