To Bid For 2010 World Equestrian Games
Largest Equestrian Event Estimated To Have $90 Million Economic
KY (July 8, 2004) Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, on behalf of the United States, will submit
a formal bid to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to
host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). These games are the
most important high-performance equestrian competition in the world,
and are held every four years in a country designated by the FEI,
the international governing body for equestrian sport headquartered
in Lausanne, Switzerland.
am very pleased to announce, along with representatives of the United
States equestrian industry and the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky's
bid to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games," stated Governor
Ernie Fletcher. "Our great Commonwealth is known around the
world for our state's signature horse industry, and Kentucky would
be honored to host this prestigious event right here in the Bluegrass."
WEG are comprised of the world championships for seven equestrian
sports eventing, show jumping, dressage, driving, endurance,
vaulting and reining. They are held every four years, two years
prior to the Olympic Games. The 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez,
Spain, attracted close to 300,000 spectators, 800 equestrians from
45 countries, and 1000 media representatives.
is the Horse Capital of the World and is the ideal location for
this equestrian sport, Commerce Secretary Jim Host said. The
World Equestrian Games will have an estimated $90 million economic
impact on Kentucky, he added.
event will bring international competitors and tourists to Kentucky,
from ten days to two weeks, in September 2010. The WEG will impact
Kentucky in terms of both direct and indirect spending. Airports
and the hospitality industry in Greater Louisville, Northern Kentucky
and Central Kentucky will benefit from the business brought to them
by an estimated WEG attendance of 250,000 people.
have received a great deal of support from the international equestrian
community because of the Kentucky Horse Parks positive reputation,
said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Having the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park
would, for the first time, allow all seven disciplines to be held
at the same venue. Although this will be a monumental undertaking,
we are confident that we can host the best games in the history
of this event.
Fletcher also announced that a bid committee was being formed and
will be comprised of representatives from throughout the United
States and Kentucky. Kentucky would host the World Equestrian Games
but is representing the United States in this bid. The committee
must be national in scope to compete with the other nations
submitting bids. Competitive bids are expected to be made by Normandy,
France; Melbourne, Australia; and the United Arab Emirates.
Long, Chief Executive Officer of the United States Equestrian Federation,
the National Governing Body for equestrian sport said, This
is extremely exciting for our organization. We fund and send the
United States equestrian teams to international competitions
throughout the world, including the Olympic Games, and we relish
the opportunity to host the World Equestrian Games, right here in
our own back yard, the Kentucky Horse Park. Its long overdue
that these games be held in the United States and we are energized
by the enthusiasm the governors office has for this bid.
information on the World Equestrian Games is available by contacting
Sherry Frank, Assistant Executive Director of International Services
at the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., at (859) 225-6913
or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The USEF Website is www.usef.org.