Following the 36th Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event this weekend, attention is focusing quickly toward this summer and the anticipated announcement of the site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The Kentucky Horse Park hosted the international horse competition four years ago. Veteran Equine Public Relations Specialist Marty Bauman believes central Kentucky is in a good position to host the event again.
"We have the capability of putting on a world class event. We can host many thousands of spectators. We can host the athletes. We've got the facility. And then having done it once successfully in 2010, we would have to think that that should be in our favor," said Bauman.
If the Horse Park is named to host the Games again four years from now, it would represent a first. The World Equestrian Games have never been held twice in the same city.
"There's been six times, this summer will be the seventh one and it's all been seven different countries, it's never gone back. But, we're hoping to break the mold with that, and being one of two finalists we have a very good chance," added Bauman.
The site announcement for the 2018 World Equestrian Games is expected in June.