THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
WHEREAS, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held September 25-October 10, 2010, at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, Kentucky, the largest state-owned tourist attraction in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the only park of its kind in the United States; and
WHEREAS, in its 20-year history, no World Equestrian Games has ever been held outside of Europe; and
WHEREAS, the 2010 Games will be the largest equine event ever held in the United States, and the largest sporting event ever held in Kentucky; and
WHEREAS, the Games are held every four years, two years prior to the summer Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and consist of the world championships for eight equestrian sports; and
WHEREAS, for the first time, FEI is including para-dressage competition in the 2010 Games; and
WHEREAS, the games will include some 600,000 attendees, have an anticipated economic impact of $150 million, participation of 60 nations, a number of world leaders, 700 equine athletes, 800 human athletes, 500 million television viewers and 8,000 volunteers; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a state with a rich tradition of unbridled spirit, and Lexington, are known as the Horse Capital of the World.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors commends Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, other Kentucky cities, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park and Alltech for bringing credit to all American cities by hosting the World Equestrian Games in the United States for the first time;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors extends its strong wishes to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for great success in Lexington.