WEG: An Experience for the Entire Family

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) will take place in Lexington, Ky., from Sept. 25-Oct. 10. The World Equestrian Games are held every four years like the Olympics and are the world championships for eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

Despite being the pinnacle of equestrian competition, the Games are not just about horses. During the WEG, the Kentucky Horse Park's 1,224 acres will be blanketed by a world's fair-style celebration with five major destination points including the Alltech Experience Pavilion, the Equine Village, the Kentucky Experience, a 270-booth Trade Fair, and a French Pavilion dedicated to the 2014 Games.

There’s something for everyone at the WEG, and children ages 12 and under receive free admission with a paying adult. So what can a kid see for free while attending the Games?

The Alltech Experience Pavilion provides fun and educational experiences in which children can learn about farming, food, and the environment from Alltech, the title sponsor of the Games. Alltech is a worldwide leader in animal nutrition, health, and performance and works to develop natural feed supplements that help raise healthy animals while also being safe for the environment.

The Alltech Experience Pavilion will have many activities for kids:

  • Kidzone is a new and fun educational program that teaches children between the ages of 4 and 17 about food, farming and the importance of healthy eating. It will allow children to learn about living on a farm and where their food comes from in an interactive free exhibit that offers worksheets, games and quizzes. Kidzone is currently being utilized on an international level and is also present in some California classrooms.
  • The Newport Aquarium will bring along penguins and petting sharks for a hands-on meet and greet. 
  • Dippin' Dots, the famous Kentucky company known for its tiny beads of delicious ice cream, will be offering samples to spectators of all ages and showing how this frozen phenomenon is made. Not many people know that it was actually invented at Alltech.

Everything equestrian will be celebrated in The Equine Village. This space will include entertainers from around the world, demonstrations, and special exhibits that are sure to educate everyone on the equestrian world. Children will especially love "Kids Zone," which will include:

  • The opportunity to braid a horse's tail and dig for bones
  • A meeting with Semore and Quattro, two life-sized horse models that are used to educate children on the anatomy of the horse
  • Rides on the NCHA mechanical cutting horse and cow
  • A pony petting and grooming area
  • A real-life showcase of a Native American Village with actual teepees, drummers, storytellers, and an original stagecoach from the 1800s
  • An appearance by the world champion of sandcastle building and an invitation to build with him in the Equine Village's giant sandbox.

The Kentucky Experience will be the premiere place to learn more about the culture of the Bluegrass State. Besides being known as the horse capital of the world, Kentucky has a lot to offer in the areas of food, art, music, and so much more. Kids will have a great time exploring exhibits representing the natural wonders of Kentucky, sampling Kentucky food, and dancing to the music of local entertainers. They will see the sights of The Kentucky Experience, from crafts to Corvettes to caves.

Those who were able to attend the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, Calif., June 11-13, got a sneak peek at the Kentucky Experience. A Kentucky Village was set-up for attendees to enjoy a live Bluegrass band, sample Kentucky Ale and Alltech Angus, take an opportunity to purchase official Alltech Games gear, view Corvettes, and get updates on the WEG.

The whole family will have an opportunity to enjoy an incredible shopping experience at the Trade Fair. Exhibitors will offer a variety of gifts, collectibles, artwork, apparel, tack, jewelry, and other unique merchandise. Several of the vendors will have products that all kids will like, including Alphabet Art, däv, the Kentucky Horse Park gift shop, Zoubaby, and many more.

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