The World Equestrian Games could be heading to Lexington for a second time.
The International Equestrian Federation announced Lexington, the 2010 host, is bidding to stage the four-yearly event in 2022. It faces competition from Samorin, Slovakia.
The federation's ruling committee will decide in November.
In order to determine the final location, the Equestrian Federation will conduct site visits between January and May 2017, and candidates will be required to submit their completed bids and sign the host agreement by June 2017. The candidates will make formal presentations to the federation’s evaluation commission in the third quarter of 2017, according to Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet release.
“The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to be selected as a candidate for the 2022 Games,” said Laura Prewitt, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, in the release. “We believe the Kentucky Horse Park is the world’s premier equine tourist destination, and we look forward to exploring the opportunity to host the 2022 Games.”
The U.S. is also hosting the 2018 games at the Tryon center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
The games combine eight world championships in jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
“As the proud host of the successful Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, the Commonwealth of Kentucky appreciates how important this global event is for the equine and tourism industries,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “We will now focus on what effect these Games would have on the Commonwealth and our taxpayers.”
In 2010, the Kentucky Horse Park became the first venue outside of Europe to host the World Equestrian Games and drew attendees from 63 countries and all 50 states. The event contributed more than $200 million in economic impact to the Kentucky economy, the release noted.