World Equestrian Games CEO Dies

Jul 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jack Kelly is being remembered as a key sports figure in Lexington.

Jack Kelly
Jack Kelly

Originally from Boston, Jack Kelly ran the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul and served as president and CEO of the Goodwill Games before coming to Lexington, where he helped organize the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Kentucky Horse Park executive director John Nicholson says the historic event exposed Lexington and the Horse Park to 500 million people who watched it on TV, in addition to those who attended.

Bluegrass Sports Commission executive director Terry Johnson remembers Kelly as an energetic personality, who became a mentor for those who worked for him.

Kelly passed away Wednesday following a two-year battle with bladder cancer. He was 68.