Britain tops World Equestrian Games medal table

October 18, 2010

Britain topped the medal table at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, this month. A total of 632 athletes and 752 horses from 58 countries went head-to-head for world championship titles in eight equestrian disciplines at the event, which closed on October 10 following 16 days of competition.


Dr Pearse Lyons with visitors in the Alltech Pavilion.

Eighty-one medals were awarded during the Games. Britain topped the medal table with 19 medals - nine gold, seven silver and three bronze. Germany finished second on the medal table with 14 medals, ahead of The Netherlands (9) and the host nation, USA (8). A total of 17 nations won medals during the 16 days of competition.

The largest sporting event to come to the United States since the 2002 Winter Olympics, the final attendance number for the Games was 507,022. One particular peak day, eventing cross-country on October 2, brought an unprecedented 50,818 spectators to the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Preliminary estimates also indicate that, globally, more than 400 million followed the action on television.

"Without question, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have been an incredible success," said Dr Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech.

"It was a privilege for Alltech to serve as the first-ever title sponsor of the World Equestrian Games, and we could not be more pleased with what was achieved by our collective team who dared to dream of what this event could become through hard work and creativity."

Through Alltech's efforts, 62,707 school children in Kentucky also had the opportunity to experience the Games and tour the Alltech Experience Pavilion to learn more about sustainability, the future of farming, agriculture, aquaculture, and more.

"Give Kids a Chance" was made possible through the donations of Alltech's partners in the feed industry.