03.13.08

Why the World Equestrian Games are Important!

Posted in 2010 Games at 12:29 pm by Thomas

Why the world equestrian games are important

By Jessica Butcher

 

For the first time since its conception in 1990, the FEI World Equestrian Games will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Not only will this be the first time this international event will be held in Kentucky, but also for the first time in the United States, or even in North America.  Never before have games been held outside of Europe, making 2010 the first time that the World Equestrian Games will be held inside this hemisphere.

 

Do I have your attention now?

 

Lexington, Kentucky will be hosting the world championships for eight very different equestrian sports.  Three of these disciplines, eventing, show jumping, and dressage, are recognized as Olympic sports.  Also included will be endurance riding, driving, reining, and vaulting.  And, for the first time, para-equestrian (riders with disabilities) championships will be held.

 

While the average person may not know exactly what is involved in these competitions, at the very least everyone needs to know that equestrian sports are the *only* Olympic sport where men and woman compete together and are judged equally.  In this sport, there are competitors spanning from teenagers to retirees and grandparents in their fifties and sixties.

 

Now, would you like to know more?

 

In a little over two years, the world will literally be on Lexington’s doorstep.  Well, not the entire world, but the international equestrian community will be here.  The 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany boasted of having 773 athletes and 852 horses from 61 different countries.  And they competed with over 570,000 spectators watching.  That’s more than a half-a-million people!

 

Sooner than you realize, Lexington will be filled with top-notch international trainers, riders, and their world-class horse counterparts.  And, coming along for the ride (pun intended) will be many hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world! 

And you are not excited yet!?  You should be!

 

This is an incredible achievement for our small city which proudly claims the title of “Horse Capitol of the World.”  And in 2010, we will be given the chance to prove, once and for all, that as Lexingtonians, as Kentuckians, and Americans, we truly are world-class.

 

Re-Posted with permission.

Jessica, thanks for the use of your wonderful article.

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