Kentucky attempting to hold the WEG

Kentucky attempting to hold the WEG

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher will dispatch a team to Bahrain in an attempt to bring the 2010 World Equestrian Games to America for the first time ever in the history of horse sports. The games occur every four years and have never been held outside of Europe.

The 2010 World Equestrian Games will be the largest single sporting event ever held in Kentucky, including the Kentucky Derby. Attendance is estimated to be more then 300,000 over a two-week period. Economists predict the games will have an economic impact of some $100 million. That is the equivalent of hosting two NCAA men's basketball championship Final Fours. Nearly 1,000 equestrians from approximately 50 countries and 1,000 media members are expected to attend the event.

Normandy, France and Dubai, UAE are the other finalists competing with the American bid. However, only France and the United States have been asked to make final proposals.

The World Equestrian Games are the seven equestrian world championship events as recognized by the FEI. Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining comprise the seven disciplines.

Those involved with the American bid will gather at the Kentucky Horse Park December 6 to await word on the announcement.

Kentucky — Unbridled Spirit for the 2010 World Equestrian Games

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