Texas musician Lyle Lovett will perform Oct. 10 at the closing ceremony of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Lovett and his Large Band, who have performed their mix of country, bluegrass, swing and folk in Lexington before, will be the headliners at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
However, Lovett also will be involved in Games competition. As a breeder of quarterhorses and an amateur reiner, Lovett owns one of the horses on the Italian reining team, Smart and Shiny, ridden by Marco Ricotta.
"Lyle Lovett is one of America's greatest living singers and songwriters," said Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. "As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games' debut in the United States ... no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett."
Tickets to the closing ceremony are still available. Go to www.alltechfeigames.com or call 1-888-934-2010.
■ All Kentucky college and university students will receive free admission to the Games on Sunday, including the morning reining event and the daylong endurance event, according to the Games' title sponsor.
Alltech collected $10,000 in contributions from feed companies around the world to cover the cost.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where Kentucky is on the world's stage," said Alltech president Pearse Lyons. "Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make this opportunity available to college students. ... Students will be able to engage in a variety of cultural experiences in addition to the world-class competition."
All students are encouraged to take advantage of LexTran's $2 service to the Kentucky Horse Park from downtown Lexington. Parking is available at the Horse Park for $20 (cash only). Students must bring a valid student ID to the box office to receive admission. Ancillary costs (parking, food, beverages, souvenirs) will be at the students' expense.
Lyons also has solicited $1 million in donations to allow as many as 40,000 primary and secondary students to attend the Games.
■ An Australian eventing horse bound for WEG was left in California after it was discovered the horse had developed "shipping fever," according to Dr. Ken Allen, WEG vet services manager. Australian team officials made the call to abort the animal's trip to Kentucky, said Allen, considering it "too stressful for the horse." The fever is a common, short-term respiratory virus. Allen said the horse will be comfortable in the quarantine facilities on the West Coast. The horse will be picked up in California on the team's return home.
■ The tall dirt pile at Oliver Lewis Way and West Main Street — soil and construction debris from the Newtown Pike extension project sitting on R.J. Corman property — is being leveled, according to Noel Rush, a spokesman for the Nicholasville-based Corman company.
"There is some equipment that we are able to peel off from other jobs doing some work," Rush said Tuesday. "There's a ravine (on the property) that will be filled eventually."