Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Establishes World Equestrian Games Advisory Commission

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Members will be ambassadors for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the members of the newly created 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Advisory Commission – a group of individuals who will serve as Kentucky’s ambassadors for the games and will advise the World Equestrian Games Foundation Board and the CEO of the World Games Foundation.

“The members of this commission will bring together expertise from many areas as they work to make the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games a huge success,” said Governor Fletcher. “Hosting these games provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the Commonwealth to the world, and I am confident that the members of this commission will work diligently to make Kentucky shine on the international stage.”

Members of the Commission come from across the United States and from Ireland, bringing together a strong representation from the business community, horse industry, arts community and government. Many members are internationally recognized and are committed to the horse industry.

The members are:

  • Mayor-Elect Jim Newberry, Lexington
  • Marilyn McFarland, saddlebred trainer and competitor
  • Dr. Peter Timoney, director and chair, Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Misdee Wrigley, Hillcroft Farm, Paris
  • Michael Gobb, executive director, Blue Grass Airport
  • Becky Jordan, Jordan Farm, Georgetown
  • Michelle Primm, president of the High Hopes Steeplechase and equine appraiser
  • Margee Koffler, chair, United States Dressage Federation Development and co-organizer of the Kentucky Horse Park Dressage Symposium
  • Marc Williams, Commissioner of Highways, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Paul Steely, Department of Aviation Commissioner, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Chris McCarron, Hall of Fame Jockey and founder of the North American Racing Academy
  • Nick Nicholson, president, Keeneland
  • Walt Robertson, president, Fasig-Tipton
  • Sen. Damon Thayer, Kentucky Senator
  • Stewart Perry, owner, Perry & Perry State Farm Insurance
  • Ralph Coldiron, vice president for development, Thomas & King Inc
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Jay McChord, Lexington Councilman
  • Steve Robertson, commissioner, Governor’s Office of Local Development
  • Sam Barish, president, U.S. Dressage Federation
  • Ned Bonnie, philanthropist and Louisville attorney
  • Jane Forbes Clark, past vice-chair and trustee of the United States Equestrian Team
  • Jay Hickey, president, American Horse Council
  • Myron Krause, president, Arabian Horse Association
  • Vic Staffieri, chairman and CEO, E.ON
  • Eddy Roberts, president, Bellsouth Kentucky
  • J. Ashton Moore, vice-president, USET Discipline
  • David O’Conner, president, United States Equestrian Federation
  • Dr. Kim Sloan, immediate past president, National Reining Horse Association
  • Bill Brewer, executive vice-president, American Quarter Horse Association
  • Christine Tauber, former executive director, American Horse Show Association
  • Jimmy Wofford, veteran eventing coach and former Olympian
  • Jennie Garlington, Paris, Ky., farm owner and daughter of Ted Turner of AOL Time Warner
  • Ed Lane, Lexington councilman, owner of The Lane Report
  • Mike O’Hagan , CEO, The Currah County Kildare, Ireland
  • Dierdre Lyons, Alltech, Nicholasville