July 22, 2010 -- The beauty of the horse and the spirit of the Bluegrass will be showcased in the trophies and medals to be presented to the world champions of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Lexington-based luxury gift store and fine trophy provider L.V. Harkness & Co., has worked with Moser Crystal of the Czech Republic to create team and individual trophies and medals for each of the eight disciplines participating in the Games.
The 2010 Games will feature eight world championships of equestrian sport and are being held for the first time in the United States September 25-October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
The team trophies were designed to showcase each discipline with the true spirit of the Bluegrass: The Kentucky Horse Park skyline and four-plank fencing provide the background for each of the eight trophies. The trophies took over 14 months to create from start to finish and are valued at approximately $50,000 each.
"L.V. Harkness & Co. conceptualized the trophies and the Master Copper Wheel Engraver at Moser brought them to life," said Whitney Fields, Director of Equine Product Development for L.V. Harkness. "We are happy to talk with clients, realize their vision and develop a product that showcases their passion."
Margaret Jewett, owner of L.V. Harkness & Co., is no stranger to horses. In 1891, Jewett's great-grandfather, Lamon Vanderburg Harkness, purchased Walnut Hall Stock Farm near Lexington, Ky. He transformed the farm into the foremost Standardbred breeding and racing establishment in the world. Jewett is also the co-founder and on the board of directors of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, an organization dedicated to providing humane treatment and shelter for all of Kentucky's unwanted equines.
Watch a video of the trophies and medals for the 2010 Games.