First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady conducts six-state tour to promote the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 26, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear, along with Alltech’s president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, is conducting a three-day tour through Kentucky and five surrounding states to promote the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“I am eager to share my excitement for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with our neighbors in other states,” said Mrs. Beshear. “This tour will provide an opportunity for us to supply information and answer questions for those who live nearby while we encourage them to make plans to attend and join in the many exciting activities that will be happening at the Kentucky Horse Park.”

Taking place from Sept. 25 – Oct. 10, 2010 in Lexington, Ky., the Games will held in the United States for the first time in what will be the largest sporting event in the nation since the 2002 Winter Olympics. World-class athletes and horses will compete in eight world championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The three-day tour will include a press conference at each of the nine stops, with the opportunity for media and the public to ask questions about the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Each stop will last approximately one hour and will include a short video about the Games. Below is a schedule of the tour, including date, time and location.

5/26/2010 9:30 a.m. Charleston, W. Va. WV Cultural Center
5/26/2010 12:00 p.m. Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Museum of Art
5/26/2010 3:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. Belle Meade Plantation Home
5/27/2010 8:00 a.m. Springfield, Mo. Fingland Stables
5/27/2010 12:05 p.m. Indianapolis, Ind. Governor’s Residence
5/27/2010 3:00 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Zoo
5/28/2010 8:00 a.m. Bowling Green, Ky. National Corvette Museum
5/28/2010 10:15 a.m. Paducah, Ky. National Quilt Museum
5/28/2010 12:30 p.m. Owensboro, Ky. Riverpark Center

The tour will also promote several significant attractions related to the Games.

Beginning in September, the Kentucky Experience Tent will provide international and domestic guests with a hands-on preview of the Commonwealth’s attractions. Located at the Kentucky Horse Park, it will be a 25,000 square-foot interactive exhibit focused on the Bluegrass state that will showcase tourism opportunities, Kentucky Proud products, entertainment and locally-made arts and crafts.

Other points of interest will be two exhibits about Arabian horses at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse (IMOH). The new Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, which is a $10 million, 8,000 square-foot permanent addition will be the largest such appendage in the park’s history. “A Gift from the Desert” is a world-exclusive, temporary exhibition at the Kentucky Horse Park’s IMOH that will be shown from May 29 – Oct. 15, 2010. Featuring 408 artifacts, paintings from 28 museums and lenders representing eight countries, the exhibit is the most comprehensive display ever assembled about Near Eastern equestrian history and the largest exhibit the Horse Park has ever held.

A Celebrity Chef Series by the James Beard Foundation will feature 16 evenings of exceptional dining by nationally- and internationally-recognized chefs from across the country. By showcasing creative techniques with Kentucky Proud foods that reflect the bounty of the Commonwealth, chefs will treat guests to a unique, delicious culinary experience in Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse.

For complete information about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games or to purchase tickets, visit the official site at