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09/23/2010

FORMER WESTERN & ENGLISH today MODEL TO PERFORM AT WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES


OK, we knew that headline would grab your attention, but we knew this horse had "Star Power" when we first met him a couple years back.

Smart and Shiny, the lovely palomino stallion co-owned by Tim McQuay and Lyle Lovett, made his debut in the pages of Western & English Today in our September/October fashion feature — click here to read the full feature.


He'll be competing in reining for the Italian team in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, slated to be ridden by Marco Ricotta. But that doesn't mean his two owners will be taking a back seat to Smart and Shiny's star power.

McQuay, who brought home team gold and individual silver at the 2006 WEG in Aachen Germany and is an NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider, NRHA Million Dollar Owner and NRHA Hall of Fame inductee), will ride in a reining demonstration and compete for the U.S. team on his stallion Hollywoodtinseltown. McQuay is reining's premier player who has won literally every National Reining Horse Association-sanctioned event.

Lovett, known for his versatility and musicality across many genres, from country and bluegrass to swing, folk ballads, gospel and blues, the four-time Grammy Award winner and his Large Band will provide a musical bookend to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games’ closing ceremonies’ celebration of iconic moments in U.S. history and culture.
Lovett has celebrated nearly 30 years of hits including “If I Had a Boat,” “Nobody Knows Me,’ “South Texas Girl,” “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas),” “She’s No Lady,” and his groundbreaking single, “Cowboy Man.”  On his 14th album, “Natural Forces” released last year, Lovett croons a poignant line that speaks to his equestrian spirit: “Home is where my horse is.”

“Lyle Lovett is one of America’s greatest living singers and songwriters,” said Dr. Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. “As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games’ debut in the United States and we bid farewell to newfound friends the world over, no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett.”

In addition to his music, Lovett has appeared in 12 feature films, including several directed by the highly-acclaimed Robert Altman.

Tickets to the October 10th closing ceremonies are still available. Visit www.alltechfeigames.com or call (888) 934-2010.