Eight Kentucky Universities Welcomed the World During WEG

While Kentucky was on the world stage for 16 days during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, one display in the Equine Village asked visitors, "Where else for an equine education?" The answer was found in the display itself, the result of a unique collaboration among Kentucky universities and colleges with equine programs.

The consortium of schools banded together to let the world know there is no better place to pursue an equine education than in Kentucky. The state is known as the horse capital of the world, and in the opinion of the universities and colleges that collaborated on the shared display, Kentucky could make a case for alsobeing the equine higher education capital of the world.

The University of Kentucky's Equine Initiative and the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program led and funded the collaboration. The two programs have worked closely together in recent years.

"There has been national attention given to the unprecedented degree of collaboration between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky over the last four years on post-secondary equine education conferences, foreign tours, and specialized courses, as well as on a variety of broader projects, such as the first Kentucky Youth Horse Festival and also the World Equestrian Games," said Rich Wilcke, director of the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program. "This unique and highly effective cooperation between UK's College of Agriculture and UofL's College of Business has been to the benefit of both the equine industry and the taxpayers of the commonwealth. It has also enabled the other private and public colleges in the state that offer horse courses to benefit from this spirit of statewide harmony."

Programs represented, in addition to UK and UofL, included Asbury University, Georgetown College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University.

The consortium has also created a website that lists each of the participating partners. For more information, please visit www.kentuckyequineeducation.org.

Holly Wiemers, MS, is the communications director of the Equine Initiative at the University of Kentucky.

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