World Equestrian Games a 'great success'

October 11, 2010

After 16 days of intense world-class competition among the finest equestrian athletes from 58 countries, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games came to a close on Sunday night (US time) in Lexington, Kentucky.


The closing ceremony at the Games was headlined by Lyle Lovett, and featured a special thank-you to volunteers and closing words from some of the organisers and sponsors. © Alltech

Interview (preview) with Dr Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the closing ceremonies

The closing ceremony scene was a smattering of red, white, and blue - the country flags of both America and France - as thousands of spectators bid a bittersweet farewell to the United States and began their countdown to a "rendezvous" in Normandy for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

By closing day, total attendance for the 16-day event topped half a million.

Sunday's attendance came in at 38,682, bringing the total for the event to 507,022.

"We are incredibly pleased with the number of spectators who have joined us at the Games over these 16 days," said World Games 2010 Foundation CEO Jamie Link.

"We are overwhelmed with the positive comments and remarks we have received about their experiences on the park, viewing competition, and with our volunteers. By their measure, these Games have been a great success."

Daily attendance totals averaged from 25,000 to 35,000 throughout the event.

The biggest days on the park occurred on October 1, when 46,496 attendees packed the park on a day that concluded in a fantastic dressage freestyle competition under the lights of Rolex Stadium; as well as October 2, when eventing cross-country brought 50,818 attendees to the grounds.

Attendance was bolstered by several sold-out rounds of competition, including reining, vaulting, and dressage and para-dressage sessions.

Attendance figures include media, athletes, and volunteers who entered the grounds daily, in addition to tickets spectators and children under the age of 12 who did not require a ticket for entry on most days of competition.