Special days set aside to honor several groups

lblackford@herald-leader.comSeptember 20, 2010 

Organizers of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will hold several "special days" to honor groups attending the Games.

On Sept. 30, a Ladies Day event will be held at The Alltech Experience, where there will be a fashion contest. The three best-dressed women will be awarded gift certificates to local boutiques, and all the women in attendance will be eligible for raffles and other giveaways. Prizes will be awarded at 7:30 p.m.

On Oct. 3, the Games will honor and welcome six of the eight living Kentucky governors to the Kentucky Horse Park, including current Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear. Governors will receive a tour of the Kentucky Experience and Alltech Experience pavilions, and the opportunity to attend one of the eight equestrian world championship events.

The military will be recognized Oct. 7. Discounted grounds passes already are available for $15 with a valid military identification card (with a maximum of four tickets a person). Military appreciation tickets will not be available for purchase Oct. 6; they must be obtained in advance through Ticketmaster.

On Oct. 8, the Games will observe Hispanic Heritage Day with a Latin ballroom dance competition, and music by such bands as Cosa Seria, Blue Steel and Mariachi Azteca.

■ Matt Lauer will interview two athletes from the Games on the Today show Tuesday at the start of the 8 a.m. news segment, organizers said. Lauer will talk to McLain Ward, a member of the U.S. jumping team at the Games, and top show jumper Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, on the Rockefeller Center set. The interview will focus on the Games' debut in Kentucky and the United States.

■ The Rotary Club of Kentucky is putting out a national call for volunteers at the Games. Through an agreement with the Games' concessionaires, Rotarians will be the primary workers serving food and performing cashier duties at the Games' public concession sites. The money they earn will go to the Rotary Foundation, including the Polio Plus program to eradicate polio worldwide.

Famed jockey Calvin Borel has just signed on as a spokesman for the "End Polio Now" campaign. All Rotary workers must be 18 or older. Each participant will receive an additional free pass for another day at the Games as a spectator. For more information, go to Rotary-weg.org.

■ The Muhammad Ali Center is selling tickets for the Games. They are available in the lobby of the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 North Sixth Street, Louisville, through Oct. 3.

■ Mac Stone, the state's organic foods certification director, will take part in two panel discussions titled "Your Horse is What He Eats, Drinks and/or Digests." The discussions will encourage people to choose organic food and avoid genetically engineered foods for themselves and their horses.

The discussions will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 in the seminar room of the Hyatt Regency Lexington, 410 West High Street. They are part of the International Equestrian Festival.

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