Kentucky Equine Research Brings Unique Expertise to WEG Tryon 2018

Did you know that Kentucky Equine Research provides competition support all around the world for equestrians and equine athletes? Learn more about how KER will help horses and athletes at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon!

TRYON, NC, USA – April 18, 2018 – Kentucky Equine Research® has been named the “Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG)”. This is a familiar role for the company, which has coordinated the logistics of importing, controlling, and distributing feed, forage, and bedding at major international equestrian competitions for more than 20 years.

Horse owners know that consistency is key to feeding and managing healthy horses, especially in the midst of travel and competition. When show schedules take horses across international borders, biosecurity concerns and import procedures make staying on familiar feed a challenge. Kentucky Equine Research has a long history of helping national federations and athletes navigate this process at events around the world.

Kentucky Equine Research® is one of the most prolific private equine nutrition and exercise physiology research organizations in the world. Studies are conducted year-round at its Central Kentucky research farm and two Ocala locations.

“Competition support is a little-known aspect of Kentucky Equine Research’s services to the global equestrian community,” said company founder and president Joe D. Pagan, Ph.D. “We have feed-manufacturing partners on six continents and are familiar with the sources and processes necessary to ensure the world’s top horses continue to receive their proven diets in Tryon.”

The company’s technical staff will also recommend ways to optimize feeding programs and nutrition management leading up to and during the event.

Kentucky Equine Research® has the laboratory capabilities, trained research horses, and experienced staff necessary to develop innovative products.

“We are excited to offer the national federations and athletes competing at Tryon direct access to the experts at Kentucky Equine Research,” said Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions. “Kentucky Equine Research has decades of experience and is the go-to organization for managing the feed and forage at events like the World Equestrian Games. Having Kentucky Equine Research’s technical staff on hand to assist competitors with their feeding management is another way we’re supporting competitors and ensuring Tryon 2018 is a top-caliber event.”

Kentucky Equine Research’s® involvement with FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 is one piece of an exciting year for the company, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary and recently unveiled a global rebrand.

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Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving both the horse producer and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. For more information, see or call 888-873-1988.


Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world‘s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines.

Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at


The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here.

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