LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2010) – The world is coming to Lexington, and here is your chance to experience it for yourself! Thanks to generous donations from leading companies in the agriculture industry, all Kentucky college and university students will receive free admission to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) on Sunday, Sept. 26, including the morning (7 and 11 a.m.) reining events as well as the daylong endurance event, a 100-mile race.
“What a great opportunity for UK students to see the world in our own backyard,” Ryan Smith, Student Government president, said. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance and we are so thankful to those sponsors who are making it possible for UK students to experience the Games.”
“The World Games Foundation is extremely pleased that Kentucky college students will have a day to call their own at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games CEO Jamie Link. “We encourage them to wear their school colors and cheer on these world class athletes.”
“I hope to see a ton of blue at the horse park on Sunday,” Smith continued. “Just like gameday in Commonwealth Stadium, this is UK’s chance to show the world the excitement that is the Big Blue Nation.”
All students are encouraged to take advantage of LexTran’s $2 shuttle service to the Kentucky Horse Park from downtown Lexington. Parking is also available at the Kentucky Horse Park for a $20 parking fee (cash only). Students must bring a valid student ID to the box office at the Kentucky Horse Park to receive admission. The box office is located near the LexTran shuttle drop off site.
The University of Kentucky is playing an integral role in the Games, with UK HealthCare serving as the official health care provider, the College of Agriculture lending a hand on various aspects of the Games and UK’s arts programs taking center stage at both the opening and closing ceremonies.
“The University of Kentucky is proud to partner with state and local officials, community partners and Kentucky’s world-famous equine industry to help the Commonwealth put its best foot forward for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “When visitors from around the globe descend upon the Bluegrass, students, faculty, staff and alumni will be engaged in a myriad of projects that highlight the depth and breadth of this institution. Our WEG work extends across the campus community and our partnerships show the world how UK values its role in creating a better Kentucky.”