Lexington bids for 2018 Equestrian games

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The World Equestrian Games may be coming back to Lexington.

The United States Equestrian Federation confirms that Kentucky is one of the two states to start the process to bid for the 2018 games.

"It's important for everyone to realize no bid has been made, at this point we are still in the information gathering stage," said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. "Ultimately there will be one American bid, and that will be a decision by the United States Equestrian Federation."

Wellington, Florida is also in the running.

Business owners in downtown Lexington say they would love to have the games return. In 2010 more than 500,000 people came to the games and surrounding area.

"It was well worth it economically for us, I'd like to see it come back again,especially now that I'm a little more established and know what I'm doing," said Tom Morris who owns Della's Diner.

Cities in Britain and Canada have also entered bids.

When Lexington hosted the 2010 games at the Kentucky Horse Park it marked the first time the event was held outside of Europe.

A final decision is not expected until next year.

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