Officials say total attendance topped 500,000. Horse Park director John Nicholson says the games enhanced the park’s reputation and its potential for growth.
“After this is over the world will look at Kentucky in a different way, and even more important, Kentuckians will look at themselves in a different way. And hopefully, that’ll be the legacy of the games,”
With music by Richard Strauss and a reddening Kentucky sky as a backdrop, Lakota Native American chiefs opened festivities with prayer. They were followed by cavalry riders carrying an American flag. Spectators rose as Ashland’s Wynona Judd sang Kentucky’s state song.
The Aachen, Germany, games featured 750 athletes and 850 horses from 61 countries and drew more than 500,000 spectators. Kentucky began planning for an even bigger event.
In this four-part series, Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel explores the ins-and-outs of these equine sports, from competition rules to what spectators can expect to see.
Alltech’s products are hard to categorize. They include beer, animal nutrition supplements, algae, Haitian coffee, and Angus beef. Lyons has been all over the globe selling his products, and the games.
Some seven thousand volunteers have registered to help out with the 16 day international event. Games CEO Jamie Link says it would be ideal to have another three to four hundred volunteers available.
Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, says all the horses are walked to an on- site evaluation facility.
City officials Tuesday announced the Experience Louisville Festival. Many of the festival events will be familiar to Louisvillians.
Ticket sales are slow for some of the World Equestrian Games’ early rounds. So organizers are running a sale on certain events through September 6th.