A delegation of Kentucky officials, including Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, are attending the Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships at Windsor Castle in England this week.
The event is one of the last major preliminary championships before the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"This event in London gives us a huge opportunity to begin wowing the crowd," Beshear said in a news release. "We have three goals: to reassure anybody nervous about the games leaving Europe that Kentucky knows how to host an international event; to give competitors, sponsors and spectators a taste of the many attractions Kentucky will offer; and to ramp up the interest in the weeks before the public ticket sale."
Tickets to the 2010 Games go on sale to the public Sept. 25.
Among the points of interest in Kentucky Village at Windsor this week are traditional foods such as burgoo and hot Browns, Maker's Mark tastings and sessions on how bourbon is made, a section on Kentucky attractions and information about tickets and travel arrangements. Alltech is providing financial support for the exhibition.
Friday night has been designated Alltech World Equestrian Games Gala Night, at which attendees will be introduced to bluegrass music and the eight equestrian sports to be held at the 2010 Games.
In another development related to the 2010 Games, officials announced Tuesday that the University of Kentucky's Coldstream Research Campus will be used as a satellite parking location.
Shuttle transportation services will be provided to spectators at official Games satellite parking lots directly to the Horse Park. The Coldstream campus, 5 miles from the Horse Park, can hold 8,400 vehicles.
In addition to the primary parking location at Coldstream, the World Games 2010 Foundation will offer a limited number of premium spaces on the Horse Park grounds for purchase online. More information about buying on-site parking will be available when tickets go on sale Sept. 25.