Lexington, KY – Ten Kentuckians, representing each of the Commonwealth’s congressional districts, will embark on a special adventure this year as they bring the excitement of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ to their local communities. These individuals were selected and commissioned by Alltech to represent the company and advance the message of Alltech, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and the company’s related initiatives such as the Alltech Fortnight Festival. “These ten men and women were identified by Alltech as individuals who would represent Alltech well in their hometowns and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Over the next year, they will broaden our reach in the Commonwealth by visiting schools, clubs, civic organizations, churches, clubs, and festivals to garner interest and enthusiasm in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the Alltech Fortnight Festival, while telling the story of the global animal health and nutrition company behind both events.”
The Alltech Ambassadors are:
- Jessica Byassee
Byassee, a resident of Clinton, is director of public affairs at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky. She is a member of the Kentucky Tourism Council, Kentucky Historical Society and the Paducah Hospitality Association among other organizations.
- Rosanne Radke
Radke, a resident of Murray, is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and serves at the local, national, and international levels. Her husband, Paul, also enthusiastic about the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will share in her Alltech Ambassador duties.
- Heath Eric
Eric, a resident of Calhoun, is a professional musician and folk artist with an extensive background in marketing and public relations. He owns a recording studio and production company and released his first original album earlier this year. Heath is also involved in several organizations including the Kentucky Festival and Events Association, serving as the president-elect.
- Jeff Younglove
Younglove, a resident of Bowling Green, is the director of campus and community events at Western Kentucky University. Throughout his career, he has been involved in sports radio and television broadcasting, and he has served as the Commissioner of a Fantasy Baseball League for more than 25 years.
- Rachel Shipley
Shipley, a resident of Louisville, is an outdoor enthusiast with a particular interest in hunting, fishing, boating, and archery. She recently organized the first “Annie Oakley Day,” an archery and shooting event for women only. With experience in marketing and real estate, she is currently helping to manage the restaurant she helped her family open.
- Jeff Iker
Iker, a resident of Fort Thomas, is an admissions counselor for Northern Kentucky University. When he is not enjoying sports or outdoor activities, Iker is actively involved in charity events. He organizes a group from Northern Kentucky University, amicably named the NKU Norse Polar Bear Society, to participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Kentucky Special Olympics, raising nearly $10,000 over the last four years.
- John McGlone
McGlone, a resident of Ashland, serves as director of public relations at Ashland Community and Technical College but is also a 4-H livestock leader, growing the Boyle County livestock show from 2 steers and a lamb to more than 150 animals in eight years. With his brothers in law, he manages a small beef cattle herd.
- Phil Smith
Smith, whose first name means “Lover of Horses,” is a resident of London. He is a member of several organizations including the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce, the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Jennifer Crisp
Crisp, a resident of Paintsville, has a passion for the preservation of the Appalachian culture and recently began working toward an Appalachian Studies degree at Morehead State University. She is a member of the Kentucky Association of Secondary and College Admissions Counselors, the Big Sandy Area P-16 Council, and the MSU at Prestonburg Advisory Board among others.
- Ted Kuster
Kuster, a resident of Paris, is the owner of Hillside Farm, Shawhan Place, in Bourbon County. He is a past president and was selected as Farm Manager of the Year by Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers and is extensively involved in Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP).
The newly appointed Alltech Ambassadors are (first row, left to right) Phil Smith, Rosanne Radke, Jennifer Crisp, (second row, left to right) Jessica Byassee, Ted Kuster, Rachel Shipley, Jeff Younglove, (third row, left to right) Heath Eric, Paul Radke (assisting Rosanne Radke), and John McGlone. Jeff Iker is absent from the photo.
Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with over 28 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. Headquartered in Kentucky, USA, Alltech trades in 113 countries and has over 1,900 employees worldwide.
Alltech is the proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ to be held in Kentucky, USA, from September 25 - October 10, 2010. For more information, visit: alltech.com and alltechfeigames.com.
The Alltech Fortnight Festival
The Alltech Fortnight Festival, which began in 2008, presents entertainment throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was created by Dr. Lyons as a means of building excitement for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ while investing in the development of the arts in local communities. The 2009 Alltech Fortnight Festival runs September 25th - October 10th, mirroring its ultimate culmination next year with a “fortnight” of live music held alongside the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™. For more information, please visit AlltechFortnightFestival.com.