"I am looking forward to being a very active chairman," said Long. "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 previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs, where he supervised the management, operations, and planning for the company's racetracks and simulcast facilities. In 2003, Long became the first CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., which is the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the US.
"We will produce these Games at the highest competitive level so that they will be artistically, technically and commercially successful," said Long. "In doing so, we will elevate horse sport in America, showcase the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provide for the Kentucky Horse Park to become the greatest equestrian venue on earth."
The USEF supports a membership of more than 90,000 ranging from children with their first pony, to the training and selection of Olympic equestrian teams. Twenty-eight breeds and disciplines are represented in the Federation, and annually participate in more than 2800 USEF-licensed horse shows in the US and in high-level international competitions, including the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, and World Cup competitions.