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Shelbyville's John Long has been selected as chair of the World Games 2010 Foundation's Board of Directors.
"I am looking forward to being a very active chairman," Long said in a press release. "The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase both Kentucky and U.S. horse sport, and I know that by working together, we can be sure these Games leave a lasting legacy for many stakeholders."
Long replaces Tandy Patrick, who will remain an active board member.
Named the Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs in 1999, Long became the first CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation in 2003. USEF is the National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the U.S.
The arrival of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky is nearly two and a half years away.
Held every four years, the next Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25- October 10, 2010. This is the first time the Games have ever been held outside Europe.
World Champions will be crowned in the eight disciplines that the Federation Equestre Internationale recognize. These disciplines include show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting, endurance and para-equestrian. Also for the first time ever, all eight disciplines will be held at the same single site.
The expected magnitude of the 16-day event is staggering.
An estimated 650,000-700,000 spectators are expected, as at least 800 athletes and 900 horses from more than 60 represented countries take part in the Games. More than 500 million people are expected to watch on TV.
The impact to the Kentucky economy is expected to be around $150 million.
"We will produce these Games at the highest competitive level so that they will be artistically, technically and commercially successful. In doing so, we will elevation horse sport in America, showcase the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provide for the Kentucky Horse Park to become the greatest equestrian venue on earth."