Local/Regional News
4:00 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Head of Saudi Equestrian Team Says Horse Park Looking Good For WEG

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The team director of the Saudi Equestrian Federation says he's looking forward to the first ever World Equestrian Games to be held outside Europe. Sami Al Duhami got to tour the facilities at the Kentucky Horse Park when the Saudi Arabian royal family was in Lexington last week.

"It's nice to visit another place. I think the competition here will be really tough. A lot of countries will be competing. In my opinion I think it will be the biggest for show jumping."

Al Duhami says he's very pleased with the footing in the arena. With a little less than four months to go before WEG opening ceremonies, he's still working on his team line-up.

"Usually up to now, all the countries are not really choosing, because with horses you never know. So we are waiting until the last moment. All of our riders are in Europe competing and we're preparing our riders for the top level."

The Saudi team will use the games as a qualifier for the 2012 summer Olympics.