Chris McCarron, American Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame jockey and founder of the North American Racing Academy, will participate in the opening ceremonies on Sept. 25.
McCarron and his students will be representing Thoroughbred racing.
"It is a tremendous honor for us to be selected as representing the Thoroughbred industry because it is a huge part of Kentucky's agricultural landscape," McCarron said in a news release.
Making it official
The Games are continuing to announce commercial partners.
Smithfield Packing Co., one of America's largest meat companies, has been named the official protein supplier of the Games. Smithfield will provide protein products to food service operators on the grounds of the Horse Park.
Smithfield, based in Smithfield, Va., is noted for its hams, turkeys and marketing partnership with butter guru and chef Paula Deen.
■ Kentucky American Water was named a preferred Kentucky business partner.
A Games statement said the preferred partner packages were created to offer local and state businesses "an affordable way to become involved with the 2010 Games and take advantage of the event to promote their products and services."
■ Sound-Eklin, Inc., a provider of digital radiography, ultrasound and picture archiving, has been named the official veterinary diagnostic equipment sponsor of the Games.
Running out of spaces
The International Equestrian Festival, the convention and trade show being set up at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington during the Games, said Wednesday that there were only 50 spaces left for exhibitors. More than 500 booths have been sold or reserved.
The Animal Health division of Bayer Healthcare is a sponsor of the festival. Bayer will host a series of seminars and will be featured on HRTV, the horse and rider television broadcast partner for the event.