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Photo Credit: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Boone and their daughter Ali at the Kentucky Spring Classic.

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Alex Boone Contributes to Equestrian Sport through Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Family Dedication

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2007-05-18

Lexington, KY – May 18, 2007 – When Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington led the victory gallop in yesterday’s $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, CSI 3*, the crowd applauded the young rider for one of his many victories. Farrington has had numerous successes with the 10-year-old chestnut gelding. The pair took home grand prix wins at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and Tampa, FL, and at a Littlewood Horse Show in Wellington, and they recently finished second in Charlotte, NC.

In the audience, Alex Boone and his family were also congratulated. Boone co-owns the winning mount with Richard Bass and James McNerney, and he contributes to the equestrian industry in a multitude of ways.

“It’s kind of ironic that we have Up Chiqui because my father had owned pieces of grand prix horses, and Anne Kursinski rode them,” explained Boone. “He had Top Seed, who I think was the alternate for the Olympics, and then Eros, who was in the Atlanta Olympics. I never really thought we’d be participating in that, but we are participating with Up Chiqui. He’s won quite a bit, and I can only equate it to having a thoroughbred that wins multiple grade one stakes.”

“He’s a little horse with a lot of heart,” said his wife Tricia Boone. “He’s very athletic, and it’s fun to watch him. It’s fun to have successes from time to time.”

In addition to owning Up Chiqui, Alex Boone and his wife attend horse shows regularly to watch their two children compete. Ali, who turned 13 today, shows in the pony hunters and jumpers and recently moved up to horses. She participated in the Children’s Hunter division for the very first time at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and also showcased her ponies. Seventeen-year-old Catie Boone is a successful junior jumper and equitation rider who trains with Norman Dello Joio. Tricia Boone is an equine veterinarian who practiced in the Lexington area for seven years. She now works hard to manage their horses’ health and support the kids with their riding careers.

Along with participating with the horses through his family, Alex Boone also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. “I’m from Lexington, born and raised,” commented Boone. “My family is in the thoroughbred business and has been since the early ‘70s. And then we got into this as our children came along.”

“I serve on the board here and just try to help the horse park. The foundation has basically built everything at the horse park, minus the purchasing of the land and the museum,” he noted. “But all of the improvements you see at the park, whether they are the show rings or the three-day event course or the steeplechase course or the barns, the foundation has done that. Our latest project is the farmhouse. We’re going to have a clubhouse with locker rooms, a restaurant, and things that are just for the benefit of the people who participate here. I’ve always kind of been part of the horse park in some way,” he said. “It’s a good thing for the entire community, not just the horses.”

When asked about the World Equestrian Games coming to Lexington in 2010, he replied, “I think it’s fabulous and a bit awe-inspiring. There’s a lot to happen between now and then. A tremendous amount of work has already gone on, and a lot of people are involved. The whole community will be involved before it’s over.”

“The state has given the park $40 million for the climate-controlled indoor arena, and that’s where reining and vaulting will be held,” he articulated. “After that, it will allow the park to operate 12 months a year. They can have large year-end shows, whereas before the park basically shut down in October and didn’t open again until right now. So this will allow them to lengthen their season, which will be a great benefit to the park and also the community for the tourism dollars. There are additional ideas currently being discussed about an outdoor stadium.”

He added, “The games will leave a tremendous facility for the state of Kentucky, and hopefully it will become kind of a summer base for all disciplines of the horse industry. Wellington is unique because everyone wants to go for good weather, and then come April everybody kind of scatters. It’s not really a central location. Lexington is very central geographically, and hopefully could become the summer base for people. We’re at 10 ‘AA’ shows right now, and you could really have a nice circuit going on. That’s just hunter and jumpers; you have all kinds of other disciplines that operate at the horse park too.”

As the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games quickly approach, the Kentucky Horse Park will be well-prepared for the prestigious competition. With dedicated horsemen like Alex Boone behind the scenes, there is no doubt that the event will be a grand success and, possibly, a new beginning.

Photo Credit: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Boone and their daughter Ali at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo © 2007 Jenny Ross. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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