Good Question: What sets this year's World Equestrian Games apart from years past?

Lexington has certainly rolled out the red carpet for the thousands of spectators and athletes here in town for the World Equestrian Games.

This year there are a lot of firsts for the games?

Good Question: What sets this year's World Equestrian Games apart from years past?

The games are underway, athletes and horses are competing for the title of the best in the world and they are also a part of a history making event.

"These games to be held in America hold several firsts for any World Equestrian Games, said Amy Walker with WEG Public Relations.

First and foremost the venue at the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other the games have ever seen.

"The grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park provide an opportunity that no other games has had, we can put all spectators in one place at one time," said Walker.

Of the Horse Park's 1200 acres, some 850 are being used for the games, that's a far cry from the last competition.

"The entire venue of the 2006 games in Germany fit in our front parking lot which is about 40 acres."

We also wondered if other cities rolled out the entertainment wagon for visitors?

Amy Walker says in 2006 Aachen had a continuous party of sorts, but admits Spotlight Lexington probably set the bar high for the next city in line.

While impressing visitors and pulling off an exciting world competition is the goal for organizers, they hope to leave a WEG legacy for Kentuckians when its all said and done.

"So we hope part of the legacy of this event is introducing new audiences all over the world both to Kentucky, but then introducing Kentuckians to equestrian sport."

This is also the first games to hold world championships for para equestrian athletes with disabilities and the first games to have a title sponsor.

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