The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) have come and gone, but the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture hopes to reap the benefits of a worldwide exposure for years to come. From prospective students to new partnerships to general awareness about equine programs at UK, much was gained by the university's involvement in the Games. Some of the key highlights of UK's participation in the Games include:

The UK Village

  • 3,200-square-foot official sponsor display in the trade fair;
  • The College of Agriculture was an anchor, along with UK HealthCare and UK, with participation by Saddle Up Safely and Commercialization and Economic Development;
  • Estimated 30,000 attendees throughout 16 days;
  • More than 25,000 bags/giveaways;
  • 271 total volunteers;
  • 230 prospective student forms submitted to the College of Agriculture from seven countries and 34 states; and
  • Many great contacts made and awareness gained for all College of Agriculture programs


  • 27 of the 100 miles of the race were run on UK's Maine Chance Farm;
  • College of Agriculture party under the tent afforded attendees viewing of four loops of the race;
  • 280 RSVPs for lunch, close to 200 for afternoon, and 200 attendees stayed all day; and
  • Positive feedback from external stakeholders and attendees

Equine Village Consortium

  • Eight participating universities from across Kentucky;
  • Paid for by the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, with participation by Asbury University, Georgetown College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University; and
  • Great working partnerships formed with future plans for consortium participation and many equine events nationwide

Student Volunteer Program

  • UK students helped staff the Equine Village;
  • 26 UK students were part of this official program;
  • UK students provided approximately 1,800 man hours of WEG labor; and
  • Georgetown College, Murray State, and Asbury University also provided students for this program

Interesting Stories Emerge

  • The College of Agriculture's (COA) Horticulture Department donated approximately $40,000 worth of flowers and landscaping to decorate the jumping venues;
  • Faculty volunteered with events during the Games;
  • 186 UK informational tweets (via Twitter) were sent on behalf of UK; and
  • COA helped plan event and networking opportunities between Normandy, France (the sight of the 2014 WEG) and Lexington business

College of Agriculture Involvement

  • UK Equine Initiative was the Official Equine Higher Education Program of the WEG;
  • The College of Agriculture advised WEG organizers on turf grass management, animal waste management, regulatory aspects of hay and feed, and quarantine protocols;
  • The Gluck Center and representatives from the entomology department worked to assess the site for ticks;
  • The Youth Summit held in March 2010 attracted almost 6,000 kindergarten through grade 12 students from across Kentucky to learn more about WEG and its disciplines;
  • Making the Games "Green" with the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment; and
  • Stream restoration project at the Kentucky Horse Park and along the Cane Run watershed
  • Collaborated on Legacy Trail


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