Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, Steve Cauthen, Pat Day and Calvin Borel available for autographs
Lexington, KY (September 29, 2010) – The Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival presented by HRTV today announced several special appearances planned to showcase Kentucky’s proud Thoroughbred heritage. Autograph sessions by legendary jockeys Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, Steve Cauthen, Pat Day and Calvin Borel, and a special signing by Kate Tweedy of her book, “Secretariat’s Meadow,” take place at the Horze stage and display at the International Equestrian Festival, which runs now through October 10 at the downtown Lexington Convention Center.
Sunday, October 3
1:30 p.m. – Triple Crown winning jockeys Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet and Steve Cauthen will share with festival goers reflections on their celebrated careers.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet and Steve Cauthen autograph session
Monday, October 4
2:00 p.m. – Meadow Stable Day – meet Secretariat jockey Ron Turcotte, Kate Tweedy and exercise rider Charlie Davis
Tuesday, October 5
5:00 p.m. – “Secretariat’s Meadow” book signing by Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, owner of the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
Wednesday, October 6
3:00 p.m. – Jean Cruguet and Pat Day autograph session
Thursday, October 7
3:00 p.m. – Calvin Borel autograph session with special Borel bobbleheads available
About the Jockeys
Ron Turcotte is best known as the jockey of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner. That campaign set still-existing track records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. A Hall of Fame jockey, Mr. Turcotte won over 3,000 races and is the only jockey ever to have won five of six consecutive Triple Crown races.
Jean Cruguet holds the distinction of being the only jockey to ride an undefeated Triple Crown champion – 1977’s Seattle Slew. In his forty years as a jockey, Mr. Cruguet won more than 2,400 races.
Steve Cauthen became the youngest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown when, in 1978, he rode Affirmed to victory, a feat that also garnered him Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” award. A Kentucky native, Mr. Cauthen enjoyed a lucrative career, winning nearly 2,800 races.
With more than 8,800 winning races, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day holds nine individual Triple Crown race victories. He is the all-time winning jockey at Churchill Downs and holds the record for all-time North American race earnings.
Winning in 2007, 2009 and 2010, Calvin Borel holds the distinctions of being the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbys in a four-year span. He is also one of only a few jockeys ever to win both the Kentucky Oaks and Derby in the same year. In June of this year, Mr. Borel became the second jockey (Pat Day being the first) to win 1,000 career races at Churchill Downs.
The jockeys will appear at the Horze stage and booth, located within the Festival’s shopping expo of more than 200 vendors. Horze is one of Europe’s largest horse and riding equipment providers, with an online shop accessible in English, German, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian. For more information, visit www.horze.com.
In addition to the Legendary Jockeys activities, the Festival offers visitors an international shopping expo, horse demonstrations, equestrian celebrities, educational seminars and a wide variety of entertainment options. Tickets to the Festival are $5 for a one-day pass or $8 for a multi-day pass and can be purchased at the door. For a complete event schedule, visit www.internationalequestrianfestival.com.
Horse Capital Productions, LLC promotes entertainment, education, and tourism for the horse industry with large-scale events production and web-based education and entertainment solutions. The 2010 Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival presented by HRTV (September 25 – October 10, 2010), is a Horse Capital Productions event sponsored by Pre-Vent Feeders HRTV, Active Interest Media, ABC-36 television, The UPS Store, Nutrena, Hollywood Casino, Bayer Animal Health, Martin Collins International, Spoga Horse, Kraft Brothers Inc., Segway of Paducah and Julie Goodnight, with partnerships including Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Horse Council, and support from Horse Radio Network. Horse Capital Productions, which also runs the Kentucky horse farm tours online ticketing system www.HorseCapitalTours.com, is based in Lexington, the heart of Kentucky bluegrass horse country, and operates under the philosophy of doing what is right for the horse, the community and the sport of horses. Horse Capital Productions, LLC and the International Equestrian Festival are not sponsors or affiliates of the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.
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