PRESS RELEASE:  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to Host Community Forum

LEXINGTON, KY—Do you have questions about the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games? Here’s your chance to get answers.

The World Games 2010 Foundation is partnering with the Lexington Public Library and Business Lexington to host its first community forum for the 2010 Games. The first forum will take place on September 23rd, from 12:30-1 p.m. at the Central Library Theater, 140 East Main Street in downtown Lexington.

Business Lexington editor Tom Martin will moderate a brief on-stage interview with 2010 Games staff members. Afterwards, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Games.

Suggested topics for discussion and questions can be emailed to the Foundation at community@feigames2010.org.

“We are receiving questions about the Games daily and on a wide range of topics,” said Cathy Rutter, Director of External Relations for the Foundation. “We want the local community to be knowledgeable and excited about this event, and we want local residents to know what they can expect to see and do in 2010. In addition, we want the Lexington area to take ownership of these Games and to be proud of being the host city for this event.”

If the first forum is successful, the Foundation will plan regular forums to cover topics suggested by audience members.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010, are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The Games have never before been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines ever previously been held together at a single site— both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has made the largest network commitment to coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include the Rolex Company and an unprecedented $10 million title sponsor, Alltech. It is anticipated that more than 600,000 tickets will be sold for the 16-day competition.