Lovett has celebrated nearly 30 years of hits including "If I Had a Boat," "Nobody Knows Me," "South Texas Girl," "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)," "She's No Lady," and his groundbreaking single, "Cowboy Man."
On his 14th album, "Natural Forces" released last year, Lovett croons a poignant line that speaks to his equestrian spirit: "Home is where my horse is."
Lovett's connection to the Games is not limited to the closing ceremonies. As a Texas native, he breeds and raises quarter horses for reining, competes non-professionally as a rider, and is involved in equestrian charity work. One of his horses, Smart and Shiny, is to be ridden by Italy's Marco Ricotta in reining.
"Lyle Lovett is one of America's greatest living singers and songwriters," said Dr Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. "As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games' debut in the United States and we bid farewell to newfound friends the world over, no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett."
In addition to his music, Lovett has appeared in 12 feature films, including several directed by the highly-acclaimed Robert Altman.