Lexington In The Running To Host WEG Again

Oct 3, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington has an outside chance of hosting the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, according to The Herald Leader.

Credit eventingnation.com

The paper is reporting that Lexington is one of two U-S cities being considered as a host site for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. 

The Kentucky Horse Park was the first North American venue to host the Olympic style horse events in 2010.  The other U-S site reportedly being considered is Wellington, Florida. 

Great Britain and Canada are also said to be interested but have yet not yet identified their cities. 

The games are held every four years.  The next one takes place in Normandy, France in 2014. 

Nicholasville-based Alltech was the title sponsor at the Lexington games, and it has signed on as a major sponsor in Normandy as well. A study commissioned by the FEI found that the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington had an economic impact of $233 million, with $100 million in spectator spending, $11 million in team expenditures and $45 million for event management, sponsors, trade stands and the media.

However, the state spent $108 million on numerous infrastructure improvements inside, outside, and around the Kentucky Horse Park.