Kentucky Withdraws from 2022 WEG Consideration

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 18:24
FEI News

On 13 January 2017 the Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted to withdraw from consideration for hosting the 2022 World Equestrian Games in 2022. That leaves the Slovakian venue of Samorin as sole candidate for the 2022 Games.

Not even a month ago, the FEI announced Kentucky and Samorin's bid for 2022 World Equestrian Games. Lexington has now bowed out as a candidate.

A press release from Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage stated that commission members were concerned about the staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting the games would create with the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park. They say this includes limitations on potential Horse Park-generate and revenue opportunities.

"We are committed to being good stewards of the Kentucky Horse Park," said Tandy Patrick, chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission.  “We do not think it would be economically feasible for the park to host the 2022 games. We have had an open dialogue with the public through several visioning sessions and we’re hearing good ideas about long-term strategic growth at the park,” said Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. "Additionally, a recent survey of the park’s assets found $12 million in deferred maintenance expenses, and we recognize the need for immediate and near-term investments in our facilities.”

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