University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


UK Village

UK HealthCare is the official medical provider of the Games, and with that designation, UK is considered a major partner and the Equine Initiative the official equine higher education program of the Games. Part of this sponsorship includes a presence in the "UK Village," a 3,200-square-foot structure that will be located in the trade fair area. The College will be one of three anchors in the UK Village, along with UK HealthCare and UK Public Relations. Saddle Up Safely and UK Commercialization and Economic Development will also be part of the UK Village. There will be giveaways and information about our programs, so come visit us! We will also be tweeting during the event.


COA Volunteers at WEG

It takes a village to run the Village, and we couldn't do it without our dedicated volunteers! UK College of Agriculture's volunteer information page can be found Endurance event

A portion of the endurance event will take place on the College’s Maine Chance Equine Campus and Spindletop Farm. The competition is scheduled for Sunday Sept. 26, 2010 and approximately 27 miles of the 100-mile competition will occur on UK’s farm. The College of Agriculture has scheduled a private viewing for this portion of the competition.

Equine Village Consortium display

Kentucky will be on a world stage for 16 days during the World Equestrian Games and during that time one display in the Equine Village will ask visitors, “Where else for an equine education?” The answer can be found in the display itself, the result of a unique collaboration among universities and colleges in Kentucky with equine programs.  

The consortium of schools has banded together to let the world know that there is no better place to pursue an equine education than at a university or college in Kentucky. It is the horse capital of the world, and in the opinion of the nine Kentucky universities and colleges collaborating on the shared display, Kentucky could make a case for being the equine higher education capital of the world as well.

This unique collaboration has been led and funded by the University of Kentucky’s Equine Initiative and the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program. Other programs represented include Asbury University, Georgetown College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Midway College, Morehead State University, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.


Student volunteer program

Students from within the College of Agriculture are part of an official student volunteer program for the Games within the Equine Village. The University of Kentucky is one of a handful of universities that has a group of students dedicated to volunteering at the Games.


Tours for COA, Gluck, Maine Chance and Plant and Soil Sciences

Tours will be available during the Games for those interested in finding out more about UK’s equine programs. There are currently tours available for the College of Agriculture, Gluck Equine Research Center, Maine Chance Equine Campus and the Plant and Soil Sciences Department. To schedule a tour, please contact the Equine Initiative office at 859-257-2226 or


French connection

The College of Agriculture is working with a delegation from Normandy, France, to help arrange equine business-to-business networking connections between France and Kentucky businesses. Normandy will be hosting the 2014 Games.


Other UK College of Agriculture contributions to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The College of Agriculture is providing plants for the competition venues. Also, the College has served a variety of other roles, including advising on turfgrass issues; animal waste management; regulatory aspects of hay and feed; quarantine protocols; and piroplasmosis issues. The College has also helped with a Greening initiative; helped build the Solar Decathlon House – which is the first exhibit spectators will see as they enter the Kentucky Horse Park; developed a “First Lady Jane Beshear rose variety” to be unveiled just prior to the Games; and is currently partnering with the Kentucky Horse Park to restore vegetation along stream banks as part of a statewide environmental stream restoration grant.