UK to provide medical services for World Equestrian Games

The University of Kentucky will be the official provider of medical services for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

UK HealthCare will donate more than 7,000 hours in medical personnel time during the two-week event, including providing first aid for spectators and participants.

In addition, the UK College of Agriculture will share knowledge about the health and performance of horses. UK officials said other units, including foreign languages and arts and sciences, will provide support when appropriate.

"This international competition places Kentucky on the world stage, and we are ready to help showcase our state," UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said.

The games will be held Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, 2010, at the Kentucky Horse Park, featuring international competition in eight disciplines. As many as 800 athletes and 900 horses are expected to compete. It will be the first time the games have been held outside of Europe.