World Equestrian Games offering free tickets

By Eva McEnrue

The world is coming to Lexington, and University of Kentucky students have a chance to experience it for free.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have declared this Sunday, Sept. 26, “College Day at the Games” and are offering free admission to all Kentucky university and college students.

To gain free admission, students must present a valid student ID to the Kentucky Horse Park box office, located near the Lextran shuttle drop off site. Highlights of the day include the morning reining events as well as the daylong endurance event, a 100-mile race.

“The World Games Foundation is extremely pleased that Kentucky college students will have a day to call their own at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Equestrian Games CEO Jamie Link. “We encourage them to wear their school colors and cheer on these world class athletes.”

Additional costs will be at the students’ expense.  Parking is available at the Kentucky Horse Park for a $20 cash only parking fee.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of LexTran’s $2 round-trip shuttle service. Buses will operate a continuous loop between downtown and the Kentucky Horse Park in 30-minute intervals beginning at 5 a.m.

“What a great opportunity for UK students to see the world in our own backyard,” Ryan Smith, Student Government president, said. “I hope to see a ton of blue at the horse park on Sunday. Just like gameday in Commonwealth Stadium, this is UK’s chance to show the world the excitement that is the Big Blue Nation.”