2010 Alltech FEI WEG Games
The eyes of the world were on Kentucky as the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games came to the Commonwealth. The largest sporting event ever held in Kentucky, the games are known as the Olympics for horses and was held outside of Europe for the first time ever. The Kentucky Horse Park was abuzz with unprecedented excitement as eight world championship events unfolded in dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para dressage, reining and vaulting. The games were sponsored by Alltech, an international feed products company based in Kentucky, the games attracted the world’s attention as tens of thousands of spectators from out-of-state and nearly 2,000 accredited journalists converge on the horse park in Lexington for the 16 days of competition.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky sponsored the games and promoted tourism throughout the state by simultaneously staging the Kentucky Experience, three pavilions on the horse park grounds showcased a wide variety of Bluegrass state cultural performances, exhibits and products. All regions of the state were represented in the Kentucky Experience, and tourism throughout the state experienced a boost from the worldwide attention generated by the games.
The excitement of the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG Games may have passed, but the event left our Region with upgraded facilities, an international following, and a confidence that the Bluegrass can accomodate the world with the southern hospitality it is so known for. We continue to pride ourselves on the strong natonal and international equine presence at the Kentucky Horse Park, which is home to dozens of horse associations, the International Museum of the Horse, the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries and much more!