World Equestrian Games update

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450 days and counting before the 2010 World Equestrian Games begin at the Kentucky Horse Park. Wednesday marked the first of what will be monthly media updates on the progress in preparations.

Jamie Link, CEO of the WEG 2010 Foundation, began the update by reciting some of the relevant numbers piling up.

"As of this morning, we have 10,650 registered volunteers. As for media registration, 584 have signed up so far, and over 200 of those have never been to the state of Kentucky. We have 7,000 face book fans already, and the number of dogs allowed at the park for games is zero," he said.

The first test event coming up for the games is July 21 through July 23.

Link says, "It will be reigning. It's a 4 star FEI sanctioned test event, and it will be the first competitive event in the new indoor arena here at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event will be free to the public."

There will be a $3 parking fee at the main entrance in the daytime going up to $5 in the evening.

John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Horse Park, took the opportunity to address some temporary inconveniences due to construction.

"The phase that we are in this summer is roads and sidewalks essentially. The sidewalks here are all at least 31 or 32 years old. So far, we have not had to cancel any events at the park because of the construction," he said.

Specific plans were unveiled Wednesday for the 25,000 square foot pavilion consisting of 4 separate temporary structures. One will feature interactive educational exhibits on the wonders of Kentucky, and another will include a tasting room where visitors can sip Kentucky bourbon and wine and Alltech's Kentucky Ale. Another structure will be all about entertainment from performing artists.

It was also announced Wednesday that satellite visitors centers will be set up at various strategic locations around town during the games so people can get directions and answers to their questions quickly and conveniently.

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