New arena ready for World Equestrian Games

By Jackie Hays - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Work is in high gear at the Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010. A new $45-million indoor arena opened last week and other multi-million dollar projects are currently underway.

Last week, the International Reining Championships were held at the park and Jamie Link, CEO of the World Games, says they went off without a hitch.  According to Link, both competitors and spectators like want they see and are excited about the World Games, which will take place in September and October of next year.

Link said they are getting ready for vaulting competition this week, one of the eight disciplines included in the World Games competition. Vaulting is similar to doing gymnastics on horseback. Other disciplines include stadium jumping, eventing, dressage, endurance and driving.

The 2010 event will be the first time the games, the Olympics of the horse world, has been held outside of Europe. The 16-day extravaganza is expected to draw 600,000 spectators and generate $150 million to the Kentucky economy. Tickets go on sale in September.

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