The state of Kentucky has invested $US110 million into the horse park to prepare for the WEG. It will be the first time the games have been held outside Europe.
Speaking at last week's US Eventing Association Annual Meeting and Convention, US Equestrian Federation CEO John Long said it was five years ago that the USEF made the pitch to host the games. "We've all put in a tremendous amount of work since then," and the event needed to be "technically, artistically, and financially perfect," he said.
Jane Beshear, wife of Kentucky Governer Steve Beshear, said the Kentucky Horse Park was working on "green" solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, when countless people will be on-site. More energy-efficient technology is being used, such as solar-polar trash compactors and endless recycling.
"It's a time when we're all very nervous and excited. We will get everything done before the Games and it'll be the best it can possibly be. You'll be aghast at the metamorphosis of this horse park."
US Eventing chef d'quipe Captain Mark Phillips believes that the United States will have a great "home court" advantage at the event.
"There's going to be a lot of riders working extra hard this winter," he said.
Phillips said that the final mandatory outing before the Games would be held at Chattahoochee Hills in conjunction with the American Eventing Championships. "What better place to prepare for the WEG than at the AEC?" he said.
The team will stay on and prepare for the Games at the immaculate training facility at "Chatt Hills," owned and enjoyed by Belgian rider Carl Bouckaert.